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Archive for December 23rd 2008

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, America unveils a new print design with its January 5-12 issue. Associate editors James Martin, S.J., and Matt Malone, S.J., discuss the new design and how the look of the magazine has changed over the last 15 years. Father Martin also introduces America's new Books & Culture section, which will expand the magazine's coverage of film, television and theater.

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sat down with religion reporters in New Haven before his final class on "Faith and Globalization" at Yale University, and the America Magazine Podcast was in attendance. The class is among the first initiatives launched by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which seeks to promote understanding among religions and show that faith can be a force for good in the modern world. Mr. Blair responded to questions about the rise of the new atheism, Rick Warren, Catholic social teaching and what he has learned from his students.

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Why did Pius XII choose to act as he did during World War II? Could he have spoken more forcefully against the slaughter of the Jews? Has he been misunderstood by his critics? Historian Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J., takes up these questions as he considers the complicated legacy of Eugenio Pacelli. Read Father Fogarty's article, "A Pope in Wartime," from the Dec. 15 issue of America.

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