“2017 was marked by the loss of three figures of great importance for PISAI and for Islamochristiana. The first to return to God was Prof. Mohamed Talbi, followed only a few days later by Prof. Ali Merad. Both of them, in different ways, had collaborated with PISAI in past years through courses and conferences, and beyond this, had written articles and given useful and occasionally decisive assistance to the editing of Islamochristiana. Fr. Maurice Borrmans recalls this with great emotion in his tributes to each of them In memoriam. We had certainly not anticipated that we would be publishing in the same volume a memorial to the same Fr. Borrmans. As we all know, Islamochristiana was the beloved child of Fr. Maurice, who founded it, together with the staff of the institute, in 1975 as the signature journal of PISAI and later served as editor in chief until 2004 with only minor interruptions. … With profound emotion, we honour him, conscious of what he accomplished both for our institute and for this journal, with the certainty of faith that he will continue to protect and assist us with his wisdom and with his witty and indulgent grin”.
These words emotionally start the new issue of Islamochristiana 43 (2017) entitled Laudato si’ and Ecology, recalling the title of the major encyclical of Pope Francis promulgated on May 24, 2015. This edition of Islamochristiana is particularly rich, presenting interesting articles by Mira Sievers, Martín Carbajo Núñez, Grégoire Catta, Kiara Jorgenson, Adnane Mokrani, Jaime Tatay, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Jason Welle, Diego Sarrió Cucarella, Rémi Caucanas, Christian Salenson, Gonzalo Villagrán Medina and Juan Antonio Macías Amoretti, Ignazio De Francesco. A substantial series of Book reviews and a relevant collection of Notes and Documents complete the volume.