Author Archives: Robert Christian

A Prophetic Rejection of Sectarianism and Defense of Human Rights in the Middle East

In a remarkable communiqué, the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has put Christian persecution in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring in the proper perspective. The persecution of Christians in the region is real and gravely serious, but it does not exist in isolation. Other groups are […]

Spotlight on North Korea’s Brutal System of Repression

While North Korea’s global reputation is shaped by its repression and insularity, the eccentricity and absurdity of Kim Jong-Il may have distracted many of us from the true depth of the regime’s cruelty and brutality, which persists to this day under his son Kim Jong-un. A recent report by the United Nations highlights just how […]

Positive Signs among Millennials on Economic Justice

Millennial values are neither as virtuous as their staunchest defenders claim nor as problematic as their fiercest critics find them. Like all previous generations, our generation’s commitment to the common good is neither non-existent nor complete. However, on matters of economic justice, specifically those regarding the plight of the poor, there are some promising signs. […]

Quote of the Day

Fr. Frans van der Lugt, SJ, who was murdered earlier today in Homs, where he had chosen to remain in solidarity with the people living under the Syrian regime’s siege and to shine a light on the dire humanitarian situation there: “I don’t see people as Muslims or Christian, I see a human being first […]

The Rwandan genocide: 20 years later

Former Washington Post reporter Keith Richburg looks back on the Rwandan genocide, which started 20 years ago today, and at our willingness to put our heads in the sand:

Archbishop Wilton Gregory to Sell $2.2 Million Residence

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory will sell the $2.2 million residence that he moved into just months ago, following criticisms that his accommodations were too lavish. Archbishop Gregory told the AP, “I have decided to sell the Habersham property and invest the proceeds from that sale into the needs of the Catholic community.” This decision comes […]

Angelina Jolie Meets Syria’s Lost Children

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie recently visited Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, to meet 11 year old Hala and her five siblings who arrived as orphans from Syria’s war: In June of last year, she spoke with other refugees from Syria. One refugee asked, “Why is no one standing by the Syrian […]

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