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Pope Francis is calling for prayers for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

Just War Theory and Ukraine: Would war with Russia be in accord with Catholic teaching?

Jan 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The prospect of war between Ukraine and Russia, and the potential involvement of the United States, brings with it questions... Read more

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Are targeted drone strikes allowed under 'just war theory'?

Jan 3, 2020

By Matt Hadro

A U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian official on Friday has ignited discussion of the Catholic Church’s teaching... Read more

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at a press conference in Romania, Novemebr 2016.

New Iran sanctions continue discussion on 'proportionality'

Aug 2, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The Trump administration added another high-ranking Iranian official this week to its list of sanctions against Iran, inviting continued discussion about the... Read more

Pro-government demonstrators march in support of the regime after the weekly Friday Prayers on January 05, 2018 in Tehran, Iran.

Are economic sanctions on Iran just?

Jul 3, 2019

By Matt Hadro

As some observes warn that sanctions on Iran are beginning to restrict the availability of daily necessities, questions have arisen... Read more

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Drone strikes and proportionality: What is 'just war?'

Jun 21, 2019

By Ed Condon

President Trump said Thursday that he cancelled a military strike because it was not "proportional," a concept rooted in just... Read more