In Rio, refugees will compete under an international flag. Maybe this will inspire new reflection on the purpose of a nation.
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Recently the online world has been filled with images of people in desperate conditions, images not from Pakistan or Syria but from the Greek islands closest to Turkey: Chios, Lesbos, Leros. One picture showed a migrant raft landing near sunbathing tourists on Kos, an island I once knew well. It was a way station on my yearly visits to the nearby island of Patmos, where St. John was once a refugee himself. I went there to visit another immigrant to Greece: a spiritual poet named Robert Lax, who was Thomas Merton’s best friend.
The wrenching dislocations of World War II were often pitilessly ignored by the world. What story will be told of our time, and of us?
As many as 13.6 million people have been displaced by the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. What can American Christians do?
In the face of huge unanswered questions and with the unpredictable outcome of any act of war, U.S. military action against Syria is unwarranted.
Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon in massive numbers. The situation threatens to overwhelm a country already struggling to maintain a delicate peace.