Foreign Affairs

Letter from Rome

What Pope Francis is doing during his first trip to Africa, despite security threats; who among the cardinals thinks the pope is "wobbly" on church teaching, again.

After Paris

How to remove ISIS is a puzzle whose solution will require resolve, patience, and international cooperation. For the United States to act alone would be a mistake.

A Long Walk Through Mexico

Driven by poverty, Central American migrants continue to cross Mexico for the United States, the vast majority now making the journey almost entirely by foot.

The Opening of the Canadian Mind?

The election of Justin Trudeau resoundingly closes what many observers view as a dismal era in modern Canadian politics personified by conservative Stephen Harper.

Mary McGrory, Leding Lady

John Norris's new biography of Pulitzer prize-winning political journalist (and Commonweal Catholic) Mary McGrory is engaging, carefully researched, and sympathetic.

False Friends

To understand how Islamic extremism grew, one must consider Washington’s decades-long military support to Pakistan, and its protection of the Saudi Arabian monarchy.

Letter from Rome

Pope sows "confusion" by inviting Muslims take part in upcoming Jubilee Year, giving a Eucharistic chalice to a Lutheran pastor, and remaining the Bishop of Rome.

A Paris Moment for American Politics?

It remains to be seen whether a monstrous terrorist attack will shake the trajectory of a presidential campaign that is operating within a logic of its own.

'No One Is a Stranger'

The horrors suffered by Christians in parts of the Middle East can't be overlooked. But in Jordan, the historic coexistence of Islam and Christianity continues.

Letter from Rome

U.S. Paulist Fathers give moral prescription for Synod; Priest fired for announcing gay partnership reveals more in upcoming book; Families in Rome welcome migrants.

Battered Souls

Stone's characters were human, and humans screw up; there wasn’t much to do about that except to situate the culprits in clarifying narratives of moral scrutiny.
Workers in an electronics factory in Shenzhen, China.

Stuck in the Mire

Why higher levels of manufacturing employment are no longer enough to turn economically developing countries into developed countries.
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