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July 21-28, 2014

Vol. 211 / No. 2

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Oliver P. RaffertyJuly 08, 2014

A Catholic chaplain wrote from the front in 1915, in the face of bloodletting on an almost unimaginable scale, words that have lost none of their accuracy and power across the generations: “War, war, sickening war. My God how long, how long.... Who can resist a cry of passionate resentment aga

Archbishop Eugenio Pacelli, center, representing Pope Benedict XV, at the imperial Headquarters in 1917.
Dennis A. CastilloJuly 08, 2014

This year marks the centenary of one of the greatest disasters humanity ever brought upon itself, the First World War. Not only did it cost the lives of over 16 million people; it also set the stage for other conflicts and even greater carnage in the decades that followed. In fact, its legacy of fea

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.July 08, 2014

The drive to kill and conquer has more to do with original sin than entangled alliances.

Our readersJuly 08, 2014

The Role of ConscienceEditor’s note: Lisa Fullam, an associate professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., a graduate school of Santa Clara University, responds to “The Ethics of Exit,” by Daniel J. Daly (6/9). Her letter expresses concerns rai

Demonstrator chants in support of federal contraception mandate outside U.S. Supreme Court. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
The EditorsJuly 08, 2014

Framing the court ruling as a victory for religious freedom, while accurate, is perhaps too narrow.

Faith in Focus

Fay Vincent Jr. reflects on an early encounter with death.

Faith in Focus
John J. McLaughlinJuly 08, 2014

International service experiences teach volunteers to 'build the kingdom on God’s time.'