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The Holy See and Islam: the diplomatic dance continues

While the diplomatic maneuvering between the Holy See and Muslim leaders has taken several striking turns in recent weeks, the Vatican’s strategic purpose in this conversation has been clear since […]

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Anonymity and remembrance in Berlin

I’d not been in Berlin since 1987 — before the Wall came tumbling down — so I eagerly accepted an invitation to speak at an international conference there this past […]

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Enjoying the big questions

It was a very peculiar place in which to find one of the world’s most distinguished philosophers: the hard-currency bar of the Hotel Europa in Moscow, a basement dive full […]

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An Islamic Leo XIII?

There’s been a lot of chatter since 9/11 about Islam’s need for a Martin Luther, a Muslim reformer who would accelerate this great world religion’s acceptance of two key planks […]