Author: André DeBattista

On June 29, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 70th year of priesthood. His successor, Pope Francis, wished him well. He thanked this “contemplative in the Vatican” for his “credible witness” and his “gaze, constantly directed towards the horizon of God”. Though marked in a low-key manner, this anniversary is significant and deserves greater attention. Firstly, Benedict XVI – Joseph Ratzinger – is one of the most accomplished theologians and thinkers of the past century. Secondly, he is a historical figure whose work has the potential to challenge us out of our stupor – if and when, we allow it…

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The pandemic has dominated public discourse for the past year and a half. Though our attention has been geared towards this health emergency, it is pertinent to look at other political developments taking place on the international stage. US President Joe Biden completed his first whistle-stop tour of Europe 120 days after entering the White House. It was a tour of sorts that tried to drum up support for the western alliance. In the United Kingdom, following the G7 summit in Cornwall, the US president and the British prime minister signed a new Atlantic Charter resolving to “defend the principles,…

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