Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
A smiling and standing pope patted the children on their heads as their parents held them, according to photos of the encounter released by the Vatican.
Alejandra Molina - Religion News Service
Washington, Colorado and Oregon are now among the U.S. states that have legalized the process of converting human bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show “respect for the body of the deceased.”
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
With violent crime rising in a number of U.S. cities, Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich is urging Catholics to consider how they might contribute to a more just and peaceful society.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis “is continuing his planned treatment and rehabilitation, which will allow him to return to the Vatican as soon as possible.”
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Thomas G. Wenski
The Haitian people are resourceful enough and resilient enough to find Haitian solutions to Haitian problems, if allowed to do so.
FaithFaith and Reason
Brian P. Flanagan
Given all the challenges facing the Catholic Church in our country, we are far overdue for a moment in which the bishops, clergy, religious and lay faithful of our country can discern together how to be the people of God in our time and place.
FaithFaith in Focus
Liz Hauck
One way through grief is service. And as many of us know, from the tips of our fingers through the depths of our hearts to the bottom of our wallets, there are many ways to serve.
Field technicians dig at a former plantation
Politics & SocietyNews
Renée Darline Roden
“You go through a lot of emotions visiting a plantation, walking in the same steps as your ancestors,” said Angela Wilson, a descendent. “It can be eerie. It can be exhilarating.”
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis continues to make progress after his operation but will remain in hospital for to “optimize in the best way possible the medical and rehabilitation therapy.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leads the Angelus from a balcony of Gemelli Hospital in Rome on July 11, 2021, as he recovers from intestinal surgery. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The pope looked well and spoke strongly one week after surgery, reports Gerard O’Connell. In addition to thanking people for their prayers, he called for universal health care and condemned violence in Haiti.
In this file photo, Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square on Feb. 28, 2021. He is expected to recite the Angelus tomorrow from Gemelli Hospital. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis continues to make progress in his post-surgery recovery and celebrated Mass in a private chapel on Friday. America’s Vatican correspondent, Gerard O'Connell, reports.
Arts & CultureBooks
Daniel Burke
The best essays in 'The God Beat' are quietly reflective, deeply informed, subjective but not solipsistic.
Journalists gather near a mural featuring Haitian President Jovenel Moise, near the leader’s residence where he was killed by gunmen in the early morning hours, and his wife was wounded, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
“Everyone is in a waiting mode,” waiting to find out what happened and why, and “what will happen,” Father Saint-Félix said. He asked the Jesuits in Haiti and the lay people who work with them to stay off the streets.
Todd Richmond – Associated Press
A Wisconsin bishop has taken the unusual step of removing a priest from the ministry after he made a series of divisive remarks about politics and the pandemic.
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
Pope Francis, Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and the Rev. Jim Wallace, moderator of the Church of Scotland, marked the 10th anniversary of South Sudan’s independence and again promised to visit the country when it has a stable peace.
Arts & CultureMusic
James T. KeaneJoe Hoover, S.J.
Did the singer-songwriter era come about specifically to fill a demand by retreat directors for a poignant soundtrack to accompany the spiritual epiphanies of 16-year-olds?
Conan O’Brien ended his nearly 11-year run on TBS, Thursday, June 24, 2021, with the final episode of the late-night show “Conan.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jake Martin
Conan never did quite fit in, and I mean that in the best possible way.
FaithFaith and Reason
Megan Halteman Zwart
What if instead of a few philosopher-kings magnanimously steering the unruly mob, we focused on building a democracy full of philosopher folks?
Arts & CultureNews
Carol Zimmermann - Catholic News Service
Missing for decades, the university’s long-rumored possession of the blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” showed up in a white trash bag stashed high in a theater department’s office.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis continues to recover well from the intestinal operation he underwent on July 4. He has walked in the corridor, resumed work, celebrated Mass, and is eating regularly.