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June 22-29, 2015

Vol. 212 / No. 12

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FAR FROM HOME. A Syrian girl in Turkey awaits a transport to a refugee camp.

From the Middle East, the very cradle of Christianity, come daily headlines that make us want to recoil in disbelief. They accompany images of ghastly beheadings, families torn apart, innocent bystanders mercilessly gunned down and homes torched for no other reason than the faith of their residents.

Vatican Council I, 1869-70

The interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has been a matter of controversy since the council ended. Should the council be interpreted in continuity with the church’s traditional teaching (especially from Trent and the First Vatican Council), or does it represent a significant new depart

Margot PattersonJune 10, 2015

Today the United States reopened its embassy in Havana. Here's what Cubans are saying about the diplomatic thaw.

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.June 10, 2015

Robert Kennedy and the truly radical nature of our Christian call in the modern world.

Our readersJune 10, 2015

Deepening DialogueI welcome the suggestion in “Coping With Polarity” (Editorial, 5/25) that “after naming the wounds, we can begin to heal by toning down fiery words and divisive stances, by admitting differences with our friends and colleagues without alienating them or blaming th

A woman waves a flag during a nuclear weapons protest April 13 outside Faslane Naval Base in Helensburgh, Scotland ( CNS photo/Joey Kelly, EPA).
The EditorsJune 12, 2015

U.N. conference on nuclear disarmament ends with a whimper

Faith in Focus

Punctuation can make a world of difference in our understanding of written communication. Consider, for example, the following sentences: “Let’s eat, Uncle Larry!” and “Let’s eat Uncle Larry!”Each sentence is composed of the same words. But a single punctuation ma