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The Pope’s Clear Position on Ukraine

Wars make strange bedfellows, and their first casualty is truth. War is always the hour of darkness, when disorder reigns, brute power sets the rules, and the innocent are crushed; when human appetites — lust, greed, rage, revenge — are...

The Pope’s Clear Position on Ukraine

If You Want Peace, Defend Life

Editor’s Note: This article is a translation of a column that originally appeared on El Heraldo de Mexico on March 21, 2022.  The Roman Flavius Vegetius composed a work called “Epitoma rei militaris” around the year 390. In it, the...

If You Want Peace, Defend Life

Pope Francis, Ukraine, Fatima, and the Flood

During his Wednesday audience of March 16, 2022, Pope Francis commented that for all our talk of progress, “our imagination appears increasingly concentrated on the representation of a final catastrophe that will extinguish us…an eventual nuclear war… it seems that...

Pope Francis, Ukraine, Fatima, and the Flood

The abyss of evil at the heart of war

On Wednesday during his general audience, Pope Francis made an appeal for peace in Ukraine, and called for a day of prayer and fasting next week on Ash Wednesday: My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine. Despite...

The abyss of evil at the heart of war

September 11 As a Childhood Memory

I’m a little hesitant to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks for Where Peter Is. But I volunteered to do so, and so here I am. As a member of one of the youngest cohorts that...

September 11 As a Childhood Memory

A Prayer for Afghanistan

Within the past twenty-four hours, Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has fallen to the militant Islamist theocratic group the Taliban amidst the ongoing withdrawal of US forces from that country. The US overthrew a previous Taliban-led government in 2001 and...

A Prayer for Afghanistan

The Gospel of Peace

This reflection is written against the backdrop of the release of Pope Francis’s third encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,“ on Oct 4, 2020, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The focus of this encyclical is “fraternity” and “social friendship.” In his...

The Gospel of Peace