Politics & Society News
Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez Nieves of San Juan lives on the northern part of the island, which was spared most of the worst effects of the quakes.
Politics & Society News
The disaster killed an estimated 220,000 people, injured more than 300,000 and left 1.5 million homeless.
Faith News
Catholic News ServiceJanuary 13, 2020
Bishops from U.S. Region VIII -- North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota -- met the pope on the first day of their "ad limina" visit.
Faith Faith in Focus
Samuel SmithJanuary 13, 2020
I know how difficult going to Mass can be. But I also know I feel worse when I stay home.
Faith Examen
James Martin, S.J.January 13, 2020
The Rev. James Martin, S.J. leads listeners through a guided reflection on the Baptism of Jesus.
Pope Francis pays a pre-Christmas visit to Pope Benedict XVI on Dec. 21, 2018, in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, where the retired pope lives. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 12, 2020
They call on the church “not to be impressed” by “the bad advocacies, the diabolical lies, the erroneous ways by which they wished to devalue priestly celibacy” in the media reporting of that synod.
Faith Podcasts
In the series finale of ‘Plague,’ Mike looks at what’s happening in the church in HIV and AIDS care today and then reflects on comments and questions from listeners about the ongoing debates over LGBT issues in the Catholic Church.
Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, arrives in procession for a Mass of thanksgiving for Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Nov. 22, 2010. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
The former prelate had stayed a little over one year at St. Fidelis Friary, run by the Capuchin Franciscan order in Victoria, Kansas. While his new residence has not been publicly disclosed, one diocese vociferously declared that McCarrick was not within its territory.
Politics & Society Explainer
Ryan Di CorpoJanuary 10, 2020
In response to the U.S. attack that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Iran has announced it will enrich uranium beyond the restrictions of the 2015 nuclear deal.
’The Cave’ is a portrait of courage under fire, resilience and hope (photo: National Geographic).
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJanuary 10, 2020
“The Cave” is something of a talking-dog movie: You’re astounded it exists, never mind what it has to say.
Politics & Society News
Catholic News ServiceJanuary 10, 2020
The Catholic Church runs some 54,000 educational institutions in the country, and at least half of them get financial aid from the state.
Faith News
The "ever-more-complex situation of families in France" had made compiling Catholic documents "sometimes difficult," especially with baptisms.
Faith News
The festivities already began at Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood, Texas, Jan. 4. Other celebrations occur throughout January.
Rural Fire Service crews engage in property protection during wildfires along the Old Hume Highway near the town of Tahmoor, Australia, outside Sydney, Dec. 19, 2019. Wildfires have been burning since August and have destroyed an area comparable to the combined region of the Netherlands and Belgium. (CNS photo/Dean Lewins, AAP via Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ben WilkieJanuary 10, 2020
The nation’s Catholics have started to reflect on their long-term responsibilities in the face of this unprecedented environmental catastrophe.
Politics & Society Editorials
The EditorsJanuary 10, 2020
Because abortion will likely remain legal in many if not most states regardless of where the court comes down on Roe, building a culture that helps mothers and fathers to welcome children remains imperative.
Politics & Society Your Take
Our readersJanuary 10, 2020
In conjunction with the annual March for Life and the lead editorial in this issue, we asked America’s readers for examples of promoting a culture of life in individuals or groups, either by themselves or with their neighbors.
Politics & Society Editorials
The EditorsJanuary 10, 2020
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this month, it is worth remembering that despite the intensely political nature of his ministry and activism, Dr. King was himself not a politician so much as a prophet.
A fracking gas well in the Marcellus Shale formation, which is primarily in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and is the largest source of natural gas in the United States. (iStock/6381380)
Politics & Society Short Take
Ciara MurphyJanuary 10, 2020
Ireland will violate the concept of the common good if it meets its energy needs through the contamination of water on the other side of the Atlantic, writes Ciara Murphy of the Jesuit Center for Faith and Justice.
Faith Features
Nichole M. FloresJanuary 10, 2020
Psalm 137 reflects my longing to return home, even as I am aware that I have idealized it in my earnest efforts to not forget it.
Faith The Word
Jaime L. WatersJanuary 10, 2020

Today’s readings describe moments of destruction, uncertainty and discord. They invite us to reflect on the imperfections of the world, learn from them and grow in our relationship with God and one another.