The international political system stood "one step from the abyss" over a potential U.S. attack in Syria, Enrico Letta said Sunday.
Q and A: Those wondering if history is repeating itself in regards to U.S. intervention in the Middle East need only look back 11 years.
A priest with strong interfaith ties in the Middle East said the global superpowers must find a political resolution to the Syrian civil war and humanitarian crisis but cautioned any armed intervention would result in longer-term instability.
"What we need is for the Americans to work with the Iranians and the Russians to find a political solution; otherwise, we will have another Iraq or Afghanistan," Fr. Nabil Haddad, director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center, told 12 U.S. Christian writers and bloggers.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said Curia reform and how to improve the Vatican's image will take priority when the council of cardinals meets.
There is more than enough blame to go around for the military coup in Egypt and subsequent events, and the United States is not exempt.
As in El Salvador, Nicaragua, East Timor, Angola, Lebanon and Gaza in previous years, the killing of civilians in Egypt has been made possible by U.S.-provided weapons used by a U.S.-backed government. As a result, the Obama administration and Congress are morally culpable through their support of the repressive military regime responsible for most of the killings.
Fr. Greg Reynolds of Melbourne, Australia, has become the first person excommunicated for such beliefs under the papacy of Pope Francis.
Bishops in southern Philippines have condemned rebels’ use of hostages as human shields in gunfights with government troops.
The gunfights have escalated since Sept. 9 after hundreds of Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters reportedly attacked government troops who were securing five coastal districts in Zamboanga.
Kenya's bishops respond to mall attack with message of solidarity, prayers for 'quick recovery.'
A German bishop who was criticized by his priests and laity for an extravagant lifestyle and authoritarian leadership has apologized for "misjudgments."
We say: Praise goes to Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama for seizing the opportunity that Russia's last-minute intervention in the Syria crisis allowed.