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A Mexican soldier patrols outside the Church in Cerocahui, Mexico, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
Politics & SocietyNews
From AP, CNS, RNS, Staff and other sources
The bishops’ statement followed the slayings of two Jesuits and a person they were protecting in their parish—a crime attributed to a local crime boss in a part of the country dominated by drug cartels.
President Truman's envoy to the Vatican, Myron C. Taylor, left, has an audience with Pope Pius XII at Castelgandolfo near Rome, on Aug. 26, 1947. (AP Photo/Luigi Felici, File)
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The documentation, published amid renewed debate about the legacy of the World War II-era pope, contains 2,700 files of requests for Vatican help from Jewish groups and families.
Arts & CultureBooks
Sharlee DiMenichi
In his memoir, Greg Bourke illuminates the devout faith that sustained him and his husband through the legal journey that resulted in the groundbreaking marriage-equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.
A school bus in front of a building; the building has a yellow banner on it that says “imagine a future free of gun violence.”
Politics & SocietyFaith in Focus
Britt Luby
One month after Uvalde, we are growing numb to gun violence. Even so, we must resolve to comfort the mourners, to beat guns into plowshares, and to say “never again” and mean it.
A man bows his head in prayer before a computer screen showing nine people doing the same
FaithFaith in Focus
Keara Hanlon
As pandemic restrictions have eased, most parishioners have returned to in-person Masses. But some would prefer the option for virtual services to remain.
Reva (Moses Ingram) in Lucasfilm's "Obi-Wan Kenobi” on Disney+. (© 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd.)
Arts & Culture
Jim McDermott
The introduction of more people of color and women to the ‘Star Wars’ series is a correction of an error, not an error in itself.
Politics & SocietyEditorials
The Editors
What is most needed in the public debate on abortion is an honest moral reckoning with the two goods that are in tension when a woman faces a pregnancy she feels she cannot continue.
Pro-life demonstrators in Washington celebrate outside the Supreme Court June 24, 2022, as the court overruled the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. (CNS photo/Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Catholic leaders welcomed the news as a culmination of decades of pro-life activism while also calling for the creation of a stronger social safety net to assist women facing crisis pregnancies.
Politics & SocietyNews
Mark Sherman - Associated Press
The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion.
FaithFaith and Reason
Rafael Luévano
No Latin American country is more dangerous for Roman Catholic priests than Mexico. The murder of men and women in pastoral ministries—particularly Roman Catholic priests—has become part of daily life.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
The demise of a browser seems meaningful, even if that browser was terrible.
Inside the Vatican
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and host Colleen Dulle recap the Vatican’s recent family-related news through the lens of Gerry’s interview with Cardinal Farrell.
Pope Francis arrives to attend the Festival of Families in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on the first day of the World Meeting of Families, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
The Associated Press
The Vatican released the itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit to Canada in late July, providing a sign he intends to go ahead with the trip.
Women fill a section of stands at the Fairplex fairgrounds on Feb. 14, 2020, during the third and final day of La Luz del Mundo’s Holy Supper ceremony in Pomona, California. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina
Alejandra Molina - Religion News Service
Following the imprisonment of the leader of La Luz Del Mundo, a Christian denomination in Mexico, for sexual abuse, denominational leadership reiterated its support for Naasón Joaquín García.
Pope Paul VI and the future Pope John Paul stand side-by-side before a crowd
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
The future pope was hesitant about categorically banning contraception before the release of “Humanae Vitae,” documents and recordings show.
Will Dagger and Jamie Brewer in Will Arbery’s new play "Corsicana" (photo: Julieta Cervantes)
Arts & CultureTheater
Rob Weinert-Kendt
“Corsicana,” named for the small Texas city in which it is set, is odd and stiff—qualities that are only exacerbated by director Sam Gold’s spare, often awkwardly formal staging.
A priest touches the photos of Jesuit priests Javier Campos Morales, left, and Joaquin Cesar Mora Salazar during a Mass to mourn their death, at a church in Mexico City, on June 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Kevin Clarke
One of Father Mora’s former students wanted me to know that he was much more to her than just another name, another victim, another number in Mexico’s spiraling civil violence.
A Volkswagen pickup truck in a field of grain under a stormy gray sky.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
A life lived in the Gospel makes demands upon us. If it does not, we need to look again. Maybe we are not living such a life.
Gerard O’Connell
The Irish-born American cardinal and former bishop of Dallas, Tex., is considered a big hitter in the Vatican because of the many important responsibilities that Pope Francis has entrusted to him in recent years.
KNA International
The shift of power away from the hierarchy of bishops "will break the neck of the church," the cardinal said.