Karen Armstrong is a British author and commentator of Irish Catholic descent known for her books on comparative religion. Here, Karen Armstrong tells Christiane Amanpour about the impact social distancing is having on religious communities around the world. Video, source: CNN
A former nun, Armstrong has written two books about this experience: Through the Narrow Gate, about her seven years in the convent, and The Spiral Staircase, about her subsequent spiritual awakening, when she developed her iconoclastic take on the major monotheistic religions — and on the strains of fundamentalism common to all. She is a powerful voice for ecumenical understanding.