(RNS) — A visitors to the cemetery recognizes the enormous price in military dead America has paid, and continues to pay, for our freedom.
(RNS) — The USCCB began as a war council gathered to present a patriotic Catholic face at a critical time for the US and American Catholics.
The most haunting story that I know. It’s about Veterans’ Day.
...I used the season to revisit old accounts of that war and what it shows about how religious and other leaders can get swept up and caught up in hyper-nationalism, patriotic idolatry, and loss of self-critical (or prophetic) perspective.
(RNS) A 1917 speech to Congress by President Woodrow Wilson that concluded with a quintessential religio-political reference is the seedbed from which 'American exceptionalism' and 'indispensability' sprang.
(RNS) It strains the conscience of our modern societies to realize that 100 years after the death of 1.5 million Armenians, the threat of further genocide hangs heavy over our so-called “civilized world.”
(RNS) A newly commissioned liturgy to commemorate the centennial of World War I is as much about atonement as it is about remembrance.
(RNS) “If you do not understand the messianic and apocalyptic imagery used by all sides, and how wide-ranging those images were among all classes, all groups, all nations, you cannot hope to understand the war," scholar Philip Jenkins says.
A distinguished historian argues that The Great War was also a holy war that reshaped every major religion of the 20th century.