Building a Better Peace

August 3-10, 2015

Vol.213 / No.3

August 3-10, 2015

NUKES NO MORE. Participants talk at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ Civil Society Forum in Vienna on Dec. 6.

The Roman historian Tacitus, writing near the time of Jesus, described how the Pax Romana was experienced by people, like the Celts and Jews, who had been conquered by the Romans: “They make a desolation and call it ‘peace,’” he wrote, quoting Calgacus, a besieged Caledonian

PEOPLE AS PROPERTY. A policeman makes his way through an abandoned human trafficking camp in northern Malaysia, May 2015.
Nicholas D. SawickiJuly 21, 2015

The Vatican’s gardens are lush. Palm trees create a canopy unique to that part of the world, marble buildings punctuate the landscape, often at unexpected turns, and it is not unusual to see members of the papal staff or cardinals scurrying about, either hurrying off to a meeting or pacing in

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.July 21, 2015

Statements that refer to “the bishops” often belie a diverse and complex reality.

Letters
Our readersJuly 21, 2015

Troubled StarsRe “Mother and Sister Earth” (Editorial, 7/6): A Sufi teaching instructs: “To pluck a flower is to trouble a star.” Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” presents a very comprehensive view of the human impact on earth’s community

Editorials
The EditorsJuly 21, 2015

How does a nation build up an economy that builds up its people?

Nagasaki, 1945. Photo: Shutterstock/ Everett Historical
Vantage Point
The EditorsJuly 21, 2015

Though he try fiendishly and implacably, it is not given to man to destroy mankind. It was God Who brought the human race into being; it is His Providence, and not man’s passion for tearing down, that will bring mankind’s earthly sojourn to an end.But man can embark on a course of destru

Books
Gerald F. UelmenJuly 21, 2015

'Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics,' by Marie Gottschalk