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Pope Benedict XVI devoted most of his UN General Assembly speech to a philosophical explication of the moral foundations of human rights and of the UN itself.
We have a story today about two young men who grew up together best friends — one white, one black — and then took different religious paths. One became an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, the other a Muslim. Today they argue, of course, but as Betty Rollin reports, they’ve found their theological differences don’t matter nearly as much as friendship and laughter. More
n a live special report on the pope's address to the United Nations Friday (April 18), RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY managing editor Kim Lawton and executive editor Bob Abernethy analyze the speech and how it amplifies key themes of Pope Benedict's papacy.
Today Pope Benedict XVI, like his predecessors Paul VI and John Paul II (twice), made a religious-political pilgrimage to the United Nations.
The pope offered a vision of a world in which faith can draw the world's peoples and cultures together instead of pushing them apart.
Pope Benedict spoke from the perspective of a committed internationalist. This was evident from the very fact that he accepted the invitation to speak at the UN.
Simple free market driven development, where success is measured by increases in per capita GDP, runs the risk of leaving out the poorest and most marginalized peoples.
Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, was saved from the Holocaust as an infant by his Polish Catholic nanny, who baptized and raised him as a Catholic during the war years. He recalls a conversation with Pope Benedict XVI about that experience. More