Drew Christiansen, S.J. is the former Editor in Chief of America.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is greeted by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, prior to an Oct. 24 private meeting between Maduro and Pope Francis at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Miraflores Palace handout via EPA)
Politics & Society Short Take
February 28, 2017
Drew Christiansen, S.J., discusses the significance of religious peacebuilding in struggling countries.
December 22, 2016
The inspiration for public theology lies in the Catholic belief that the church has a role in transforming the wider society under the influence of the Gospel.
Politics & Society Dispatches
December 12, 2016
“Violence is not the cure for our broken world,” the pope writes.
In this Dec. 10, 2009 file photo, Elie Wiesel lights a candle for Holocaust victims on a memorial wall, which identifies tens of thousands of Hungarian Holocaust victims, in the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest, Hungary (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky).
In All Things
July 05, 2016
'Dawn,' the sequel to Elie Wiesel's better known novel, 'Night,' offered a prophetic critique.
A young girl smiles as she embraces Pope Francis during an audience for families participating in the pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 14. (CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters)
Synod on the Family
April 08, 2016
Morally—and religiously—we are works in progress.
VOICES FOR FREEDOM. Pope John Paul II talks with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev during a historic 1989 meeting at the Vatican. The two expressed broad agreement on the need for greater religious freedom in the Soviet Union.
February 18, 2016
The church's evolving understanding of religious liberty.
BUMPER TO BUMPER MASS. The World Meeting of Families closing celebration along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
October 07, 2015
Ron Murphy, S. J., a Georgetown University German professor, was returning from the Catholic University of America, where Pope Francis had celebrated the canonization of St. Junípero Serra, when a woman approached him. “Father, Father,” she exclaimed, “this pope is wonderful. This
CALL TO ACTION. Journalists attend a news conference for the presentation of Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” at the Vatican on June 18, 2015.
July 08, 2015
Looking back at a life-giving encyclical on The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Laudato Si
June 18, 2015
When Pope Francis was elected, he made clear that the name contained a full agenda for his pontificate inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi: the poor, the environment and peace. At the top of the list came the poor.As he recounted his choice of the name, the new pope explained that Brazilian Cardinal
Guests of honor listen during the opening ceremony of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center in Vienna Nov. 2012
In All Things
May 25, 2015
The closing day of the four-day conference at Georgetown University celebrating the close of the Second Vatican Council was devoted to the council rsquo s opening to other faiths especially Judaism and Islam It was also a day for tough questions and cautionary observations from interfaith interloc