Papal DiplomacyThe visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey in the final days of November was by far the most challenging of any of the trips undertaken thus far by the pope.
Light for Our Darkness
The most commonplace symbol of our Christmas celebration is a light shining in the darkness: a candle in the window, a star on top of a tree. The symbol is so familiar that we can sometimes fail to appreciate its distinctive message. Many lights shine in the darkness.
Books and Culture
In the more than 40 years since Vatican II, the short document on the relationship of the Catholic Church to other religions (Nostra
In November 1949, the year after the publication of his bestselling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton dropped a