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Drew Christiansen, S.J., former editor in chief of America, is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development at Georgetown University and a senior fellow with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. He is co-editor with Carole Sargent of A World Free from Nuclear Weapons: The Vatican Conference on Disarmament (Georgetown, 2020).
Clergyman waves as Pope Francis leads Angelus at Vatican.
In All Things
Drew Christiansen
Philosophers keep exploring the empty space left by the eclipse of religion in the West at least in the academic company they keep In his Religon for Atheists 2012 Alain de Boton perceptively described the consolations of religion and going further he suggested how atheists might ldquo despoil
Pope waves as he leads Angelus at Vatican (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters).
FaithIn All Things
Drew Christiansen
Since the first days of his pontificate, Pope Francis has spoken of his plans to renew the Synod of Bishops. In the last weeks it emerged as a centerpiece of his ministry. Three times this month he has spoken of "synodality"—that is, the role of meetings of bishops in church governance.
In All Things
Drew Christiansen
T M Luhrmann is once more pressing her case that religion is less about belief than about belonging On Thursday rsquo s New York Times op-ed page the Stanford anthropologist and frequent Times guest columnist argues that many of today rsquo s Evangelicals even when they don rsquo t believe adh
Photo courtesy National Defense University
In All Things
Drew Christiansen
In an hour-long speech Thursday afternoon President Barack Obama laid out his policies toward global terrorism He touched on revoking the war powers passed in the wake of 9 11 on drone warfare as a method of defense on the potentially negative impact of an unending state of war on U S civil lib
PEOPLE STAND IN LINE AT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT OFFICE IN SPAIN
In All Things
Drew Christiansen
On May Day there were riots in Greece in protest of the ruinous austerity imposed by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund Eurostat the official European statistics agency announced Tuesday that unemployment had hit a new high of 19 million Youth unemployment on a continent-wide
In All Things
Drew Christiansen
At Boston College a co-ed posted an invitation to her Facebook friends to join her in walking the last several miles of Monday rsquo s ill-fated marathon from the point where the police after the bombing had held back the throng In an hour 600 ldquo friends rdquo had committed to the walk By
In All Things
Drew Christiansen
This week brought news of two significant developments for the cause of peace in the world First the United Nations approved a Treaty on Small Arms Trade By a vote of 154 to 3 with 23 abstentions the United Nations General Assembly approved a treaty intended to limit the transfer weapons to pote
In All Things
Drew Christiansen
The announcement that Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper in a private ceremony with youthful offenders in the Casal del Marmo Youth Jail is the latest act of exemplary leadership in his new pontificate He and the 50 delinquents 10 girls and 40 boys will be joined only by his
Signs Of the Times
Drew Christiansen
Catholic greens had reason to sound exclamations of joy during the inaugural papal Mass.
Drew Christiansen
‘Pacem in Terris” was born in the mind of Blessed John XXIII in the fall of 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis, when he served as a back channel between President John F. Kennedy and the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, urging dialogue to end the most dangerous confrontation of the col