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The Lessons of Paris

December 7-14, 2015

Vol. 213 / No. 18

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A man waves a French flag as several hundred people gather to observe a minute of silence in Lyon, France, Nov. 16 (CNS photo/Robert Pratta).
Pierre de CharentenayNovember 19, 2015

The theory of a “clash of civilizations” prevents us from understanding the reality of terrorism. It also leads us to wrong answers.

Denise Alexander and Madison Craig put the finishing touches on an Advent wreath at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, Md., Nov. 30.
Philip MetresNovember 24, 2015

During Advent a few years ago, I composed meditations each morning on the day’s scriptural readings as I experienced the season. This Advent journal was my experiment, my practice as a writer and a seeker, to anchor myself before each day pulled me in all its directions. I began with Scripture

FOLLOWING FRANCIS. Iowa Catholic and other religious leaders and clean energy advocates convene to urge action on environmental issues in light of “Laudato Si’” on July 2.
Brandon R. PetersonNovember 24, 2015

Even 50 years after “Gaudium et Spes,” the pitfalls about which Karl Rahner, S.J., prophetically warned loom as large as ever.

FOR I HAVE SINNED. Pope Francis goes to confession during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 13.
Marc TumeinskiNovember 24, 2015

The jubilee is an invitation to witness to the forgiveness rooted in the cross and resurrection.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during press conference at Trump Tower to announce he has signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate, Sept. 3, 2015 (iStock photo)
Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.November 23, 2015

Donald Trump’s claim that he witnessed cheering on Sept. 11 can mean one of only two things.

Our readersNovember 24, 2015

Out of the SpotlightRe “The Big Dig,” by Maurice Timothy Reidy (11/16): As a priest and native of Boston who happened to be visiting family there when The Boston Globe began its “Spotlight” coverage, I am not sure I will be watching this movie. I hope I am wrong, but I am wil

In this May 31, 2014, file photo, two Royal Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet jets fly over Romania. Canada's new government has decided to stop airstrikes against Islamic State in the Middle East. (CNS photo/Mircea Rosca, EPA)
The EditorsNovember 20, 2015

The perhaps most treacherous mistake in the aftermath of the Paris attacks is to be deceived by the glamour of retribution.