Closed doors, hearts cause suffering to innocent migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like the people of Israel in exile, migrants forced from their homeland due to war and persecution are often left to suffer because of closed hearts and doors, Pope Francis said. “In these cases one may ask, ‘Where is God? How is it that so much suffering can come upon men,…

Ukraine crisis shows the danger of manipulating truth, chaplain says

ROME (CNS) — Propaganda and fear were the sparks that ignited the conflict in eastern Ukraine, a conflict that has become a real war, said a Jesuit military chaplain. “In Ukraine you can see how distortion of truth, how perversion of reality, can actually cause a real war where people are killed — innocent people…

‘Just war’ in attacking Syria?

Some see cloudy answers, some see clear ones Sept. 13, 2013, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service Even with “just war theory” as a guide, the answers remain murky to moral and ethical questions about whether a military strike is the appropriate response to what U.S. officials believe was a chemical attack against Syrian…