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America Media EventsApril 24, 2019
Join Kirsten Powers, CNN analyst and USA Today columnist, and Rev. James Martin, S.J., Editor at Large of America Media and New York Times best-selling author, for a live show celebrating the 100th episode of Jesuitical.
Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. Witnesses are reporting two explosions have hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Politics & Society News
Since the end of the nation's 26-year civil war, in which the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group from the ethnic Tamil minority, sought independence from ethnic Sinhala Buddhist majority Sri Lanka, the country has seen sporadic ethnic and religious violence, but the scale of Sunday's bloodshed recalled
Faith Faith in Focus
Reilly CosgroveApril 21, 2019
Most converts I know have an elevator speech on why they became Catholic. My Catholicism just sort of “happened.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd after delivering his Easter message and blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 21, 2019
Pope Francis prayed for victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka and called for peace, highlighting 18 conflicts around the world.
Faith Lent Reflections
Certain memories linger in our hearts with special clarity. For me, a long-ago Holy Saturday that marked the day before my reception into the Catholic Church is one of those.
Pope Francis carries a candle in procession as he arrives to celebrate the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 20, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 20, 2019
Pope Francis called on Christians not to give into a “tomb psychology,” and quoted the American poet Emily Dickinson, who wrote “We never know how high we are/Till we are called to rise.”
in ‘Never Look Away,’ Doctor Seeband, played by Sebastian Koch, smoothly transitions from denying the rights of the individual in the name of the Volk to denying them in the name of class struggle. (Photo: Sony Pictures Classics)
Arts & Culture Film
John J. ConleyApril 19, 2019
In ‘Never Look Away,’ the murderous eugenicist and the abortionist, the Nazi and the Communist, become one.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Bill McCormick, S.J.April 19, 2019
Father Schall was often described as a contrarian, but he had his mind set on the "essential and ultimate" questions.
Prayers for Our Lady. Photo by Melissa Vida.
Faith Dispatches
Melissa VidaApril 19, 2019
The air was still thick with smoke and the ash burnt the eyes of the onlookers, who were relieved to see the cathedral still standing. For many Catholics, the coincidence of the blaze occurring at the start of Holy Week speaks of the greater mysteries of Easter.
"Hillary and Clinton"
Arts & Culture Ideas
Rob Weinert-KendtApril 19, 2019
In Hnath’s play, Hillary has put all her bets on competence, while Bill unsurprisingly presses her to show more humanity.
Faith Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.April 19, 2019
The day before this issue went to press, we watched on our newsroom monitors the devastating fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.
Faith The Word
Michael SimoneApril 19, 2019
The Twelve were servants of Jesus’ mission. Now, after the resurrection, they have become Jesus’ friends.
Faith Faith in Focus
The liturgies of Lent and Easter, like the churches themselves, are built upon the conviction that the resurrection changes everything.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is a frequent visitor to the Csíksomlyó shrine in Romania, where Pope Francis is expected to celebrate Mass this spring. (Associated Press)
Politics & Society Short Take
Marc Roscoe LoustauApril 19, 2019
The pope will visit a section of Romania with a large ethnic Hungarian population—and a Marian shrine that has attracted allies of the autocratic, anti-migrant Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán.
Faith Features
In many corners of the church, women are not treated with equal dignity and worth. Too often, the structures of the Catholic Church show little openness to meaningful transformation. But our church’s lack of insight, and the breakdown of our own self-monitoring systems, are curable.
Faith Faith in Focus
James Martin, S.J.April 19, 2019
All journalists should be humble because we are so often wrong.
Politics & Society Editorials
The EditorsApril 19, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court is bedeviled by never-ending questions about capital punishment that underscore the practice’s capriciousness and cruelty.
Arts & Culture Books
Justin Shaun CoyleApril 19, 2019
Paul J. Griffiths’s latest book, Christian Flesh, seeks a speculative account “of human flesh in particular and Christian flesh in particular.”
Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954). Self-Portrait as a Tehuana, 1943. Oil on hardboard, 30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm). The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and the Vergel Foundation. © 2019 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Arts & Culture Art
Kahlo’s paintings, the vast majority of which are self-portraits, are rife with self-revelation,
Arts & Culture Books
Kevin SpinaleApril 19, 2019
In his new book about his work, Robert Caro explains why it takes so many years to research and write his books.