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Clouds gather but produce no rain as cracks are seen in the dried-up municipal dam in drought-stricken Graaff-Reinet, South Africa, Nov.14, 2019. In a July 13, 2022, message to participants of a Vatican conference on climate change, Pope Francis said humanity has a "moral obligation" to protect the environment and combat climate change. (CNS photo/Mike Hutchings, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
America Staff
A recent Pew survey found that overall Catholics show a higher degree of worry about the impact of climate change than other Christian denominations, but the issue appears to divide U.S. Catholics along the same political and racial lines as within the wider public.
crown of thorns on a purple background with a candle in front
The Editors
That the Lord seeks not to punish us for our sins but to call us all back to holiness is a conviction so strong among theologians in the church in the modern age that it risks becoming a truism.
a bas relief sculpture of black people from slavery to emancipation with holy spirit above them
Politics & SocietyYour Take
Our readers
Read the responses to Christopher J. Kellerman, S.J., on the Catholic Church's history with slavery. Comments were gathered from the online version of the article.
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Politics & SocietyOf Many Things
Maurice Timothy Reidy
“Our communion is unsure of itself.” We must “recover a sense of what holds us together.” The stakes are very high for our church, and listening to one another is the first step on a much longer journey.
FaithJesuit School Spotlight
J.D. Long-García
Sofia Bell was recently selected to play in the 2023 McDonald’s All-American Games and had offers from schools like Gonzaga, Notre Dame and Stanford.
Arts & CultureBooks
Robert E. Hosmer Jr.
With 'Botticelli’s Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance,' Joseph Luzzi has written a fascinating narrative that tells the story of the drawings and seeks to revise our understanding of the phenomenon traditionally known as the Renaissance.
Arts & CultureBooks
Patricia Lawler Kenet
In Dawn Eden Goldstein's biography of the Rev. Ed Dowling, we encounter a remarkable individual whose intellect, enthusiasm and humility helped Alcoholics Anonymous burgeon into a worldwide haven for spiritual growth for those struggling with addiction.
Arts & CulturePoetry
Jill RiceSarah VincentLisa Ampleman
With great poetry God is not only in the details, but in the details of the details.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jim McDermott
Learning a little more about Flipboard got me wondering what kind of vision of the Catholic Church you might find when the audience creating it is from around the world.
Erskine Childers pictured during the Boer War (Wikimedia Commons) 
Arts & CultureBooks
Christopher Sandford
Erskine Childers went from being the John le Carré of his day to a convicted war criminal and nationalist martyr.
A pro-life sign is displayed during the 2019 annual March for Life rally in Washington.
Politics & SocietyNews
Kate Scanlon - OSV News
Under the bill, an abortion would be considered homicide, subject to sentences of 30 years in prison or the death penalty.
FaithScripture Reflections
Kevin Clarke
A Reflection for Thursday of the Third Week of Lent, by Kevin Clarke
Irish children in Catholic school uniforms stand in front of their school
Kimberley Heatherington - OSV News
Even after decades of Ireland’s rapid societal secularization, clergy and laypeople have cause for optimism about the renewal of the Catholic faith first brought to the Emerald Isle by St. Patrick in 432.
for an article about JPII knowledge of sex abuse cases, pope john paul ii waves to a crowd in a 1979 black and white photo in czenstochowa, poland,
Paulina Guzik - OSV News
The bishops of Poland announced they will create a commission of experts to investigate cases of abuse of minors by clergy from the past, including Karol Wojtyla's archbishopric.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Maurice O'Sullivan
This St. Patrick’s Day we can find Irish Americans at the height of political power, but they may not be what predecessors like John F. Kennedy and Patrick Moynihan expected.
the pool of siloam in Jerusalem where Jesus healed the blind man
FaithThe Word
Victor Cancino, S.J.
March 19, 2023, The Fourth Sunday of Lent: The goal of this Lenten path is restoration between God and his creation. 
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent by Father Terrance Klein
Relatives gather around one of the victims of the attack by gunmen during a Pentecost Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Owo, as she receives treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Nigeria, June 6, 2022. Reports said at least 50 people were killed in the attack. (CNS photo/Temilade Adelaja, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Chris Chatteris, S.J.
Extremist and criminal violence is on the rise across Northern Africa from Somalia to Nigeria as local security forces face off against gangs and insurgencies they are often ill-equipped to contain.
corned beef and cabbage and carrots on a plate for st patricks day
James T. Keane
Can (or should) you eat meat this St. Patrick's Day? Some archdioceses are giving out dispensations, while others insist upon fasting. Who is right?
A bishop in black robes speaks into a microphone at a bishops' conference
OSV News
Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary-general of the Synod, has named Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, and six others to be members of the preparatory commission for the general assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October.