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A Shattered Mosaic

Considering how religiously diverse and culturally cosmopolitan its cities were before WWI, few could have foreseen today's calamity for the Middle Eastern region.

Playing TV Tough Guys

I’d ask a favor from these candidates: Please stop saying how Christian you are unless you show a few signs of understanding the social obligations the word imposes.

Letters | An unstifled church, false friends

Readers respond to those "brimming with raw hostility to this liberal pope," and recent challenges to the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Don't Shut the Door

Catholic teaching emphasizes the obligation of nations to help the stranger in need. It is neither statesman-like nor Christian to close the door on Syrian refugees.

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

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.

Let's Not Defeat Ourselves

Congress needs to show that though voters have given the presidency and control of Congress to different parties, we're capable of being a functional democracy.

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.

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.

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.
Jacques Maritain

Christian Human Rights

In "Christian Human Rights," Samuel Moyn concedes that the modern human-rights movement is untethered from its Christian origins. Is this something to worry about?

The Year of Lear

You don’t need to be a thespian to appreciate James Shapiro's "Year of Lear"—a brilliant, meticulously researched history of social tensions that inspired the play.
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