FaithFaith in Focus
Marie Glancy O’Shea
Our democracy demands that we refrain from using party politics as a stand-in for unshakable creeds. Rather, we must practice and honor dissent.
Pope Francis greets people during his general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican June 30, 2021. The pope continued his series of audience talks focused on the Letter to the Galatians and reflected on St. Paul's life and the power of God's grace. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
The Associated Press
Pope Francis sent to Rome hospital for stenosis surgery. The brief announcement did not say when the surgery would be performed but it said there would be announcement when the surgery is complete.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
A trial of this nature and dimension has no precedent in the history of the Vatican in the modern era.
Claire Giangravé - Religion News Service
The day before Easter this year, a group of transgender people came to the Vatican at the invitation of Pope Francis to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an official who oversees the pope’s charitable works.
Arts & CultureBooks
Zac Davis
With his debut novel, Phil Klay lays out our country's new way of waging war, without clear beginnings, middles or ends and without clear moral goods and evils.
Jonathan Roumie as Jesus in Season 2 of ‘The Chosen’ (photo: Angel Studios)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Mary Grace Mangano
The show’s most important feature is that it portrays the characters as human—especially Jesus.
Insurrectionists scale the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
Politics & SocietyVantage Point
Robert David Sullivan
A month before this Independence Day, a group of 100 scholars warned about “the recent deterioration of U.S. democracy.” America has been covering this topic from all angles; here are highlights from our archives.
Politics & SocietyNews
Carol Zimmermann - Catholic News Service
Activists who oppose the death penalty said the Justice Department’s temporary stop of federal executions is a step in the right direction — but not enough.
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The Vatican’s bioethics academy and the World Medical Association on Friday called for an all-out effort to combat vaccine hesitancy and correct the “myths and disinformation” that are slowing the fight against the coronavirus.
Michael J. O’Loughlin
“This is a time to say, ‘Yes, let’s speak about the hunger...for the presence of God.’ This is the moment, and I think the bishops want to do that. But some of our pastoral leaders are making it difficult.”
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael Balsamo, Colleen Long and Michael Tarm – Associated Press
The Justice Department is halting federal executions after a historic use of capital punishment by the Trump administration, which carried out 13 executions in six months.
Maggi Van Dorn
My grief did not unfold neatly or in any predictable way as the “stages of grief” might suggest.
Firefighters participate in an appreciation rally for medical workers at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center in Roslyn, N.Y., April 9, 2020, during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
“Essential” workers have returned to “normal,” confronting the low wages, poor-to-no benefits—including no paid sick time or company-sponsored health insurance—they faced before the crisis.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Lebanon cannot be left prey to the course of events or those who pursue their own unscrupulous interests,” Pope Francis said on the day of prayer and reflection for peace in Lebanon.
Politics & SocietyOpinion
Charles C. Camosy
Pro-lifers and pro-choicers should both want to help women and families be in a place to choose to have another child.
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Pope Francis has agreed to meet in December with Indigenous survivors of Canada’s notorious residential schools amid calls for a papal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in the abuse and deaths of thousands of native children.
FaithPope Francis Homilies
Pope Francis
How is it possible that God uses a sinner, a frail and weak person, to do His will? Everything has been prepared in God’s plan.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
There is the faith that we profess, and then there is the experience of faith by which we believe. One is a list of notions. The other is an encounter with a person.
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Colleen Dulle
The pope said business leaders should shift their focus to production, creating jobs and “investing in the common good, not hiding money in tax havens.”
Politics & SocietyEditorials
The Editors
Forgiveness and healing can begin only after the most difficult part is addressed: confronting the past, speaking the truth, revealing the worst.