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Arts & CultureIdeas
Amir Hussain
What we do as teachers is a sacred trust. Coach Wooden helped me to do that in my Jesuit setting.
Arts & CultureBooks
Diane Scharper
Somerset Maugham's short story “The Letter” serves as the linchpin of Tran Twan Eng’s third novel, “The House of Doors,” which was selected for the 2023 Booker Prize long list.
Pope Francis and Argentine President Javier Milei share a laugh after the Mass for the canonization St. Maria Antonia de Paz Figueroa, known as Mama Antula, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 11, 2024. She is the first female saint from Argentina. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
David Agren
Pope Francis has been managing church-state relations well since Javier Milei’s election, while the church hierarchy in Argentina has kept a cautious and skeptical distance from the country’s new leader.
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
As much as ‘The Tree of Life’ is about a family, it’s just as much about Jack’s relationship with God, and how it changes as he grows.
FaithFaith in Focus
Grace Etterbeek
The church’s respect for marriage should never supersede its respect for the lives and safety of the people who enter into that sacrament. It’s time for the church to do more to speak up for abused women.
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
Every diocese, Catholic religious order and institution in the world must have clear safeguarding guidelines and procedures and that they are publicly accessible, the new guidelines reaffirm.
Arts & CulturePoetry
Paul Mariani
Lonely, cold, but stubborn, it had somehow managed to rise up from the half-frozen, slowly thawing soil.
Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton speaks on Jan. 11, 2006, at a press conference in Columbus, Ohio. Gumbleton, a Catholic bishop in Detroit who for decades was an international voice against war and racism and an advocate for labor and social justice, died Thursday, April 4, 2024. He was 94. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
Ed White - Associated Press
Bishop Gumbleton became a national religious figure in the 1960s when he was urged by activist priests to oppose the U.S. role in the Vietnam War. He was a founding leader of Pax Christi USA, an American Catholic peace movement.
Politics & SocietyThe Weekly Dispatch
Kevin Clarke
A court decision in Canada crossed a regrettable, if predictable, redline. For the first time, a young woman successfully applied to proceed with medical assistance in dying based on her autism diagnosis.
J.D. Long GarcíaMichael O’Brien
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has named Kelly Ryan, an accomplished diplomat, attorney and policymaker, as its new president. She will begin serving on May 1.
Caroline De Sury — OSV News
Record-breaking surge in Easter baptisms reflects shifting religious landscape in France, with increasing numbers of adults and adolescents seeking entry into the Church amidst what many describe as accelerated de-Christianization.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter, Sunday of Divine Mercy, by Father Terrance Klein
FaithThe Word
Victor Cancino, S.J.
April 7, 2024, Second Sunday of Easter: What do Jesus’ wounds have to do with the peace he brings into the world?
Inside the Vatican
In this special “Deep Dive” episode of “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle paints a comprehensive picture of seminary formation today and the challenges formators are seeing.
FaithLast Take
James Martin, S.J.
Father Lohfink’s book, ‘Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was,’ is a model of clarity, scholarship, insight, belief and, best of all, surprises, Father James Martin writes.
A group of Muslim Uyghurs pray during a work break in Xinjiang Province, China. (iStock/Gujiang Xie)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Shmuly Yanklowitz
Christians and Jews have come together to support the U.S. civil rights movement and the end of apartheid in South Africa. The repression of the Uyghurs in China also demands interreligious unity.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis appealed for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza after the killing of seven aid workers and the bombing of the Iranian consulate, warning against the war’s escalation.
Pope Francis
In a speech at his weekly general audience, Pope Francis highlighted justice in his cycle of catechesis on virtues. Justice, the pope said, is animated by the righteous person who “desires the good of society as a whole.”
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
“It is not easy to be a Catholic, and it is not easy to be a writer. To be a Catholic writer is doubly difficult,” wrote Jacques Maritain, who nevertheless became one of the most influential 20th-century Catholic writers on either side of the Atlantic.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
It appears Pope Francis did not want the story of his relationship with Benedict XVI to be told by others, least of all by Archbishop Georg Gänswein.