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Pope Francis meets relatives of hostages taken from Israel by Hamas militants in his residence at the Vatican on Nov. 22, 2023. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithShort Take
David Neuhaus, S.J.Guy Alaluf
One might criticize Pope Francis' statements about the war in Gaza, but they should not be confused with the question of the Catholic Church’s relationship with the Jewish people.
Julie Asher - OSV News
Despite the irreverent “homecoming” funeral for actor and author Cecilia Gentili not going as planned, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said he believes the “cathedral acted extraordinarily well.”
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
Graham Greene crafted some of English-language literature's finest works, part of a fascinating life marked by bouts of uncertainty and the certainty of doubt.
FaithLast Take
William Critchley-Menor, S.J.Patrice Critchley-Menor
It is an extraordinary testament to a person’s pastoral care when they are remembered as someone who was a steady presence in the most difficult times.
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Five years after Pope Francis convened an unprecedented summit on sex abuse, the Catholic Church’s in-house legal system and pastoral response to victims has proven still incapable of dealing with the problem.
KNA InternationalOSV News
The cardinal's warning comes after lay German Catholics involved in the Synodal Path called on the bishops to defy Rome and stick to the reform course.
FaithThe Word
Victor Cancino, S.J.
February 25, 2024, the Second Sunday of Lent: It seems that Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son is not the most radical thing to contemplate this Sunday. Perhaps it is the belief in a hopeful future even as we are flooded with messages that the world is falling apart.
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The Vatican has been trying for years to debunk the idea that its vaunted secret archives are all that secret. But a certain aura of myth and mystery has persisted — until now.
Karla Bellinger teaches and coaches preachers—mostly ordained Catholic men—to give effective homilies. “Effective preaching is like good butter sinking into warm toast,” she says. “You’ve gotta give the Holy Spirit a little bit of time to do some work.”
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
They will continue to focus on the theme: “For a synodal church: communion, participation and mission.”
Professor Terence Sweeney joins Jesuitical to talk about Exodus 90—why people love it, what it leaves out and what Catholics who don’t participate can learn from it.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Michael O’Brien
André 3000's new album and accompanying tour, “New Blue Sun,” highlights the spiritual restlessness of an artist who has achieved everything, but is still searching for meaning by looking towards the heavens.
Politics & SocietyVantage Point
James T. Keane
The death yesterday in a Russian penal colony of Alexei Navalny might naturally bring to mind the story of Walter Ciszek, S.J., the famed American Jesuit who spent 23 years in Soviet captivity.
Young men and women stand in line outside a polling place with a "Vote Here" sign.
Politics & SocietyFaith and Reason
Kathleen Bonnette
Protecting democracy is critical this year and beyond. But as Catholics we should use the power of the vote to promote the common good, rather than to protect our own interests.
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
“Higher Learning” interweaves the stories of three freshmen wrestling with identity and belonging.
Arts & CultureFilm
Simcha Fisher
It’s the first Friday in Lent, and you know what that means: Mandatory Lent Film Party! At least, that’s what it means at our house.
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
During Lent, Pope Francis said, Catholics—and especially Catholic seminarians—should rediscover the joy of simplicity, and pay less attention to their appearance and more to their prayer lives.
FaithFaith in Focus
Molly Cahill
On the surface, the message of the Jesuit maxim “men for others” is simple, but its history and evolution only add to its layered and meaningful message.
Arts & CulturePoetry
Tristan Macdonald
At the crucifixion’s liturgy, I see the Tent of Meeting pierced and purged
Arts & CulturePoetry
Greg Kennedy
speak in scent. text in fungi. laugh in pollen and seldom stray from meditation.