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Arts & CultureBooks
Christine Lenahan
Sucked into the belly of an 80-foot sperm whale, scuba diver Jay Gardiner reconciles the loss of his father and challenges the power of the creatures of the sea in Daniel Kraus’s novel 'Whalefall.’
Arts & CultureBooks
Jude Joseph Lovell
Daniel Hornsby’s new page-turning novel 'Sucker' is consistently funny, a sobering screengrab of our wealth- and power-obsessed nation.
Arts & CultureBooks
Abraham M. Nussbaum
In his debut book, 'The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine,' Ricardo Nuila presents the conflict between the profit motive of health care and the art of medicine by describing the hospitals that work for people and the hospitals that do not.
Arts & CultureBooks
Leslie Woodcock Tentler
In 'The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church,' Rachel Swarns tells of “one of the largest documented slave sales in the nation," the Jesuit sale of 272 enslaved persons in 1838.
Arts & CultureBooks
René Ostberg
In recent years, several books have attempted to piece together what really happened behind the doors of power in Ireland's Magdalene laundries, including Emer Martin’s novel 'The Cruelty Men,' Claire Keegan’s novella 'Small Things Like These,' and new collection of essays, 'A Dublin Magdalene Laundry: Donnybrook and Church-State Power in Ireland,' edited by Mark Coen, Katherine O’Donnell and Maeve O’Rourke.
FaithFaith in Focus
Eileen Markey
Dr. Edward Eismann structured Unitas around surrogate families—groups of teens and younger children assigned to care for each other in cascading mentorship that also supported birth families. As they spoke at the funeral home, those who had grown up in Unitas testified to its profound influence in their life.
FaithFaith in Focus
Kathleen Brady
In times of reflection, when Francis of Assisi asked himself what would be the most important qualities for his followers to have, he would focus on one or another of the brothers who were already by his side. I, too, have a list of virtues that I prize. Mine, however, is a list of what I want to see in those I have to deal with when I am trying to get things done.
FaithFaith and Reason
Jaisy A. Joseph
Preparations for the upcoming Synod have prompted an important question: How might the local church of the United States become a powerful witness of the good news amid cries for racial healing and justice?
Stephanie Saldaña
The story of how one Iraqi refugee preserved the memory of home through her art
Liony Batista, holding microphone, is the founder of Fundación Nueva Alegría in the Dominican Republic. Photo courtesy of Cross Catholic Outreach.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
J.D. Long-García
The children and teens of Quitasueños can also take recreational classes, like hip-hop, dance and drama; and the center organizes summer camps in the mountains. Oh, and one more thing. The young people learn about God.
Politics & SocietyEditorials
The Editors
The United States needs to repent and believe. Until then, there will be no justice for immigrants, neither here nor in their home countries.
FaithOf Many Things
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
Sam Sawyer, S.J., returns from his tertianship in South Africa to his role as editor in chief.
FaithYour Take
Our readers
In her feature, Cecilia González-Andrieau explores the potential of the Catholic Church. The article elicited numerous responses from our readers.
Politics & SocietyNews
Kate Scanlon - OSV News
Former President George W. Bush called for the reauthorization of PEPFAR, the AIDS relief program, calling the program “sufficiently pro-life,” despite claims to the contrary from some pro-life advocates.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Antonio Spadaro, S.J., announced today that he will end his 12-year role as editor in chief of La Civiltá Cattolica on Sept. 30, and will become undersecretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Culture and Education.
From left to right, family members Bernadette Semple (in the background), Toni Ann Semple and Denise Semple pray during Mass Sept. 3, 2023, at St. Peter Claver Church in St. Inigoes, Md. The Mass closed the Southern Maryland GU272 – Jesuit Enslaved Descendant Gathering Aug. 31-Sept. 3. (OSV News photo/ Mihoko Owada, Catholic Standard)
FaithShort Take
Brian Paulson
Six years ago, for the first time, I sat face-to-face with the descendants of the 272 people my own religious order, the Jesuits, enslaved and sold 185 years ago.
Politics & SocietyNews
Jill Lawless - Associated Press
Despite deep political fractures surrounding the issue, the British Parliament passed a bill which would halt most prosecutions for killings by militant groups and British soldiers during the Troubles.
Monsignor Victor Manuel Fernandez, archbishop of La Plata, shakes hands with a a man after a Mass at the Cathedral in La Plata, Argentina, Sunday, July 9, 2023. Fernandez was appointed by Pope Francis to head the Holy See's Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Antonio Spadaro, S.J.
In an interview with La Civiltà Cattolica, Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández reflected on his mandate from Pope Francis to “promot[e] theological knowledge” rather than to correct “doctrinal errors.”
FaithScripture Reflections
Michael O'Brien
A Reflection for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, by Michael O'Brien
Inside the Vatican
At the Synod on Synodality’s Roman meetings, lay men and women have both been included for the first time as full, voting members. But, argues the Rev. Louis Cameli, if this synod is not to be a “parliament,” as Pope Francis often warns, perhaps there should be no voting in the synod at all.