Though the United States may have taken the lead in the international diplomatic initiative against Iran's nuclear program, the Obama administration has also taken the lead in undermining the United Nations' efforts to promote nuclear arms control and disarmament elsewhere.
Over the centuries, the international community has developed criteria for determining whether a war is just and for regulating conduct in combat; now it needs clearer guidelines for "humanitarian intervention" and for post-conflict reconciliation, said the Vatican secretary of state.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis' top aide and chief coordinator of the Vatican diplomatic corps, also warned against indifference toward situations of conflict around the world.
Pope Francis called on world leaders, activists and people of faith to pull together to rid the world of the threat of nuclear weapons.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent representative to U.N. agencies in Geneva, read the pope's statement Monday in Vienna at the opening of Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.
In his message, Pope Francis restated the Vatican's long-standing advocacy for the global elimination of nuclear weapons and said peace is not just a balance of power, "but true justice."
As the Islamic State tears across Iraq and Syria this summer, sending religious minorities fleeing for their lives, Congress created a new job at the State Department -- one the president needs to fill immediately, say those who pushed for the position.
The job: "Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia."
Book review: Two new books shed light, much of it not very flattering, on three seminal figures who dealt with the realities of the developing world.
Nigeria is one of the places in the world where wars with religious overtones are being waged.
This past week, after our interview with Jimmy Carter, we covered this conflict on "Interfaith Voices." It is largely a Christian/Muslim conflict with an underlying economic cause (no surprise).
Our Loretto Committee for Peace supports ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) passed by the United Nations last April by a vote of 154 to 3. One of our committee members, Eileen Harrington, wrote the following account on our behalf for our in-house Loretto newsletter, Interchange:.
Opinion: While concerns about hardliners in Tehran undermine rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran, the bigger threat may be hardliners in Washington.