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Shortly before the state elections in Hesse and Bavaria, the Jesuits sent a so-called "Wahlprüfstein" (election test stone). The respective top candidates received this touchstone in the form of the current issue of the publication JESUITEN with the title "Die Welt - unser Haus". The main topic sets a clear counterpoint to current political movements and discussions.

Despite global upheavals and global connections, nationalism seems to have returned in recent years, and the signs point more to demarcation and isolation. The fear of what is one's own is disguising the link to what is common, and political actors are not initially seeking social cohesion, but exclusively their own interests. This stands in contrast to the basic idea of the Jesuit Order. The Society of Jesus was founded as an international order; Jesuits go to the limits of society; they often live and work abroad.

The editors and authors of the current issue of JESUITEN, entitled "Die Welt - unser Haus" (The World - Our House), explore this topic. In the first part of the issue, the authors of Universality with all its advantages and disadvantages get to the bottom of it. The structure of the Order today relies on local units (provinces) across national and linguistic borders, and Jesuits who have never seen each other before find themselves in internationally composed communities. In the second part of the issue it becomes more political. Beatrice von Weizäcker remembers the courageous confession of Alfred Delp SJ: "A Christian can never be a nationalist". In a remarkable plea she updates this for the 21st century.

A letter from the Provincial Father Johannes Siebner SJ and editor-in-chief Tobias Zimmermann SJ was enclosed with the booklet as a touchstone for the election test. The two men of the order appeal to the politicians not to stir up further fears and encourage them to promote compromises: These are the basic figures of a democratic and open society. The editorial staff of the publication JESUITEN wants to use this campaign in the last weeks of the election campaign to give politicians a thought-provoking impetus and remind them of their responsibility for democracy.

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