A photo of Blessed Carlo Acutis, who died as a teenager in 2006.
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Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
In a statement released Oct. 11, the Diocese of Assisi said that since his beatification one year ago, an estimated 117,000 pilgrims visited the teen’s tomb in the Shrine of the Renunciation at the Church of St. Mary Major in Assisi.
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Mark Pattison - Catholic News Service
The racial divide in American society and within the Catholic Church is one that needs to be bridged so that healing and progress can take place, said retired Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Illinois.
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Pope Francis
Nothing leaves Jesus indifferent; everything is of concern to him. Encountering faces, meeting eyes, sharing each individual’s history.
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Gerard O’Connell
The synod is intended to involve all the baptized—bishops, clergy, religious and laity—at the diocesan and continental levels.
Catholic lawyer Joseph Donnelly, pictured in a Jan. 3, 2013, photo, is U.S. President Joe Biden's nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Donnelly, from Indiana, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2013 and a U.S. senator from 2013 to 2019. The White House announced Biden's nomination of Donnelly Oct. 8, 2021. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)
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Catholic News Service
Joseph Donnelly, 66, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013 and was a U.S. senator from 2013 to 2019.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Like President Biden, Speaker Pelosi is Catholic and has been attacked publicly by some American bishops for favoring abortion legislation.
Guatemalans march during a protest demanding the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei and Attorney General María Consuelo Porra in San Cristobal Totonicapan July 29, 2021. (CNS photo/Luis Echeverria, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
Guatemala’s historical social inequality has only worsened because of economic deterioration intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic and a political crisis created by President Giammattei’s increasing authoritarian tendencies.
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Pia de Solenni
Perhaps when we ask if women can be ordained, we are asking the wrong question.
Christine Hill cuts out yellow Stars of David before an Anchorage Assembly meeting about a proposed mask mandate on Sept. 29, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jenn Morson
Some opponents of vaccine and mask mandates claim that they are being treated like Jews in Nazi Germany. This appropriation of the Holocaust is wildly offensive and shuts down civil discussion.
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Colleen Dulle
And why is Pope Francis holding a synod on synodality?
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Matt Malone, S.J.
During the pandemic, Matt Malone, S.J., e-biked and prayed around the perimeter of Manhattan—which happens to look almost exactly like the pattern of a rosary.
Arts & CultureFilm
Jim McDermott
The ‘Bond’ franchise has finally rid itself of a decades-long pattern of misogyny and sexism. Unfortunately, the movies are also showing signs of losing relevance.
Ann Down and Reed Birney star in a scene from the movie "Mass." (CNS photo/Bleecker Street)
Arts & CultureFilm
Jim McDermott
“Mass” captures perfectly this experience of tragic loss, from two radically different perspectives.
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Francis J. Butler
Archbishop (later Cardinal) John Francis Dearden of Detroit (1907-88) played an exceptionally significant role in paving the way for what Pope Francis is trying to do in reviving the ancient practice of including all the baptized in the work and mission of the church.
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Jesuitical
Why isn’t Morrison typically thought of alongside the usual lineup of Catholic novelists?
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Inside the Vatican
With the COP26 conference focused on advancing the goals of the Paris Agreement, Colleen and Gerry ask, can this interreligious document play a similar role to “Laudato Si,” changing the hearts and minds of political leaders from around the world?
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Maka Black ElkWilliam Critchley-Menor, S.J.
The Jesuits came to Pine Ridge at the invitation of Chief Red Cloud, but the impact of their assimilative efforts, made in conjunction with the United States government, are undeniably still present.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Part II of an exclusive interview with Bishop Robert McElroy on immigration, the upcoming synod and why the U.S. bishops have not defended the pope against attacks from EWTN.
Pope Francis waves as he walks during his general audience on Sep. 29.
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Catholic News Service
Pope Francis will not be going to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, as he had hoped.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
As former Facebook employee Frances Haugen testified before Congress, one question seemed to rise to the surface: Is it time to regulate (and perhaps break up) Facebook? From a Catholic standpoint, the answer is absolutely and emphatically yes.