International Affairs

Unhappy Anniversary

In late 1990, a year after the Revolution of 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe, the peoples of the newly self-liberated countries, who had suffered under the Soviet jackboot since

Ukraine: Disinformation and Confusion

Two recent interviews in the National Catholic Register suggest that there’s considerable confusion about what’s what in Ukraine. Those confusions reflect the success of the extraordinary Russian disinformation campaign that’s been underway

Evangelical Challenges for Vatican Diplomacy

The bilateral diplomacy of the Holy See is unique in world affairs, in that it has little or nothing to do with the things with which diplomats typically occupy their

POTUS on Ukraine: A Reverie

I’d now like to introduce a special guest, sitting in the gallery, who has come a long way to be with us tonight. Dr. Olha Bohomolets is a member of

Europe and Nothingness

In the wake of the horrific jihadist attack on the Paris-based journal Charlie Hebdo, the trope “satirical magazine” was regularly deployed to explain Charlie’s character and content. But that’s not quite right.

Africa’s Catholic Moment

According to an old Vatican aphorism, “We think in centuries here.” Viewed through that long-distance lens, the most important Catholic event of 2014 was the dramatic moment when Africa’s bishops

Kowtowing to Moscow is Bad Ecumenism

In his tireless work for Christian unity, St. John Paul II often expressed the hope that Christianity in its third millennium might “breathe again” with its “two lungs”: West and

Vatican II and the Berlin Wall

History sometimes displays the happy capacity to arrange anniversaries so that one sheds light on another. On Nov. 21, 1964, Pope Paul VI solemnly promulgated the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution

Ukrainian Lessons for the West

This article is adapted from Mr. Weigel’s remarks in the above video, which were delivered at “Religion in the Ukrainian Public Square: An Analysis of the EuroMaidan and Its Aftermath,”

Ecumenism and Russian State Power

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s department of external relations and a frequent visitor to the West, is a young man of parts: a widely-published author,

Ukraine Rising

I first met Sviatoslav Shevchuk in Rome in April 2011, a few weeks after his election and enthronement as major-archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Byzantine in liturgy and

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