Pope Francis, Holy Land Peacemaker; But Will It Work?

Pope Francis in Bethlehem

 The world's a mess, it seems.  The downed airplane in Ukraine; the drug cartels and irrepressible violence driving children northward from Mexico and Central America; the unremitting terrorism in parts of the world where Islamists seek to impose their culture by force....And of course, the rising tensions in the Holy Land, where Israel and Palestine continue their struggle to define their borders. *     *     *     *     * And into that strife between Israel and Palestine, Pop … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Plants a “Virtual Olive Tree”

Pope Francis tweet

Plant a forest of peace:  That's the message that Pope Francis wanted to impart to the world's children on March 19, when he tapped the screen of a tablet and planted a "virtual olive tree."The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is promoting the initiative, which was originated by Scholas Occurrentes, the "Worldwide Network of Schools Getting Together."Director General of the Scholas Occurrentes Enrique Palmeyro told the international news agency ZENIT the history of the … [Read more...]

The Pope and the President: Two Approaches to the G-20 Summit

Obama and Putin

As the G-20 Summit gets underway in St. Petersburg, things are tense between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.The Russian president has warned that a U.S. military strike against Syria would be considered “an act of aggression” if the move was not first unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council.  And just yesterday, Putin accused Secretary of State John Kerry of “lying” to Congress over al Qaeda’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.  According to Reuters, … [Read more...]