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  • A lot of us are sorting through our Daniel Berrigan memories this weekend. Many, surely, knew him or of him when he was young and stirring up heaps of trouble. I only knew him when he was old, so weak that the poetry of his sharp tounge remained mostly under his breath.

    There are a bunch of things—his way of saying Mass in ordinary, scandalous words, his gentle asking after whatever I was writing. I knew that when the day of his death came, I would regret not recording those...

  • Since 2003 the International Labor Organization has marked April 28 as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, but in the United States it has been marked for decades as Workers’ Memorial Day. It is the day when we remember the thousands of workers who die on the job every year in traumatic workplace accidents—almost all of them preventable. Most go largely unnoticed, but in recent months we have seen the conclusion of a spectacular saga from the world of West Virginia coal mines....

  • Heather King (photo provided)

    Heather King is a Catholic writer and ex-lawyer based in Los Angeles. Raised on the coast of New Hampshire, she struggled with alcoholism before getting sober in 1987. In 1996,...

  • On Dec. 24, 1968—Christmas Eve—the three astronauts of Apollo 8 were circling the moon, a practice run for the eventual lunar landing that had been President John F. Kennedy’s goal for the nation. It would happen within the next seven months, in July of 1969. But in this space flight of Apollo 8, the act of actually getting close to the moon’s surface was a momentous achievement in and of itself. It proved that all the work, sacrifice and dedication were coming close to a fruition.

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  • The kerfuffle in France over Western fashion designers producing Islamic clothing for women is one of the great non-issues of our time. But the kerfuffle itself is telling. It’s another sign of the stigma Islam carries today and the prejudice against it, couched, often, in the language of liberalism and, in France, laïcité .

    A number of Western designers have started offering Islamic or “modest” fashions—loose, full-length-robes, or abayas , and long skirts—not just in Middle Eastern...

  • Father Dwight Longenecker (photo provided)

    Father Dwight Longenecker is a Catholic priest, husband and father of four who serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, S.C . Raised as an evangelical Christian in Pennsylvania, Father Longenecker converted to Anglicanism while...

  • The following is part of a reflection delivered at a memorial vespers service that Oblate School of Theology organized on March 30 to commemorate Fr. Virgilio Elizondo. Fr. Virgilio, one of the founding fathers of U.S. Hispanic theology, died on March 14. This reflection has been lightly edited for style.

    The day after Father Virgilio Elizondo died, a close friend wrote to me saying that he was the spark that brought us together. As we can see tonight, that rings true. We are Fr....

  • One might think this election season couldn’t get any wierder. But now people are getting arrested by the hundreds in Washington, D.C., as they attempt to stem the flow of campaign money into the political system. It began earlier this month with “ Democracy Spring ,” culminating with this “ Democracy Awakening ,” which concludes today. So far, over...

  • I am sure that we all were edified and grateful, and perhaps a bit awed, by Pope Francis’ visit today to the refugee campus on the island of Lesbos. He went there to be be with people in a desperate plight, to assure them that they are not forgotten.

    That he met there the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, and the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymos,...

  • Rome—In modern times, the “life for life, eye for eye” rule is seen by many as archaic, outdated and even barbaric. Yet with its recent controversial accord with Turkey, the European Union has imposed a “one-for-one” deal that applies the rule quite literally. As Pope Francis visits the Greek island of Lesbos to directly confront the refugee emergency there, let us hope his presence is not only a symbol of hope for refugees but also an opportunity to convince governments to fulfill those...