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  • The next World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin, August 22-26, 2018. It will focus on Pope Francis’ exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love) and “should be a world event even in its preparation,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told a Vatican press conference today.

    This global gathering “is an event of the whole church” and “will be an important milestone” in the application of the fruits of that synod process and of the exhortation, “which has been very well received in...

  • While I was studying abroad, my mom and dad, Mary Jean and Bob, were able to meet my mom and dad, Maria and Bosco. That is, my biological mom and dad were able to meet my host mom and dad. During the week they visited me in Rwanda, my parents were treated to a very sincere and genuine hospitality, which included a visit to Maria and Bosco’s new house in the town of Nyamata.

    Nyamata is in southeastern Rwanda, about 40 kilometers from Kigali, where I was staying. We visited...

  • This Tuesday, May 24, America Media, in partnership with Imitatio and...

  • The Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, one of the largest and most diverse dioceses in the U.S., is defending immigrants in a powerful essay that—without mentioning names—seems to take direct aim at Donald Trump and his supporters by ripping the “racist and xenophobic tendencies” in society and arguing that immigration in fact helps the economy.

    “Those who are in favor of mass deportation seem not to have an understanding of what this might mean for our reputation, and the lives of...

  • “The meeting is the message,” Pope Francis said as he welcomed Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar and the highest religious authority of the Sunni Muslims, to the Vatican on May 23.

    The two leaders talked together in private for 25 minutes about the importance of the commitment of “the authorities and the faithful of the major religions” to peace, the rejection of violence and terrorism and the protection of Christians amid conflicts and tensions in the Middle East....

  • When I was a child, as I vaguely remember, there was some official Vatican publication known as “The Pope Speaks.” When I look back, I recall it to be entirely sober and cautious, written by speech-writers, vetted by the curia, printed in the pope’s name. Pope Francis is different, of course, and his interviews ever promise something new and unexpected. His latest, the interview with the French Catholic magazine, La Croix, with Guillaume Goubet and Sébastien Maillard, is no exception. It is...

  • In a new report, researchers from the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) conclude that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. "Education is more than just a right and a response to an immediate need," the report argues. "Education also engenders hope as it prepares refugees to meet future challenges. Education provides stability and a sense of normalcy, and acts as a form of vital psychosocial support to children whose...

  • The recent visit of Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, and his wife Princess Kiko, with Pope Francis highlighted yet again the strong, friendly relationship that exists between the Holy See and the land of the rising sun.

    It all began on Aug. 14, 1549, when St. Francis Xavier arrived at Kagoshima, on the island of Kyshu, and introduced Christianity to the people there. During his 27-month sojourn he baptized some 700 Japanese, including...

  • Morley Safer was a witness to much of what happened in this world, and, because of his career in journalism, he was given opportunities to understand the nuances and complexities of it. And because he possessed such knowledge, he was gifted with the ability to see things and express what he saw in his usually inimitable way, using the tools of wry understatement and appreciable irony.

    He died of pneumonia at the age of 84 on May 19—barely five days after his official retirement from...

  • What do institutions that benefited from the sale and exploitation black bodies owe the descendants of slaves? How should individuals tainted by their complicity in the United States' "peculiar institution" be remembered or memorialized?

    These are questions all Americans must grapple with; but today at Georgetown University they are no longer simply being considered in the abstract.

    The Georgetown Memory...