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Cardinal Turkson said that it is "plausible" that Pope Francis may write a new encyclical letter on Just War Theory (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
We need a just war tradition that is clear and attempts to regulate modern warfare (AP)

Why we still need just war theory

Campaigners are urging the Vatican to abandon the tradition. They don’t realise how much it has already evolved

Plus: Charles Guthrie on the perils of pacifism

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, (CNS)

Cardinal Peter Turkson has called for a ‘broad and deeply felt’ debate on just war theory

Lt Col Chris Keeble, who was second in command of 2 Para at the Battle of Goose Green (PA)

A new book emphasises the importance of spiritual insight into questions of war and peace

US Army soldiers mark a landing zone north of Baghdad with green smoke

Modern military leaders ignore the insights of Augustine and Aquinas at their peril

Satellite trucks parked near St Peter's Basilica in February (CNS)

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Benedict XVI makes his final public appearance as Pope in February (AP)

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Lord Guthrie: 'Rhetoric is a dangerous thing'

‘If there’s so much rhetoric there’s a danger of sliding into things,’ says former SAS head Lord Guthrie

Women in Benghazi rally in support of coalition strikes (CNS photo/Finbarr O'Reilly)

This is a risky venture: but the risk of doing nothing was much greater