About 70,000 people live in Rocinha, making it the most populous favela in Rio de Janeiro. iStockphoto
Politics & Society Dispatches
Eduardo Campos LimaDecember 23, 2019
The increasing number of fatal acts of police are among the emerging concerns addressed by the Pastoral of Favelas, an archdiocesan commission created 42 years ago to respond to the needs of Rio’s slum dwellers.
Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) in ‘1917’ (photo: Universal Pictures)
Arts & Culture Film
Bill McGarveyDecember 23, 2019
Echoes of “Saving Private Ryan” and “Apocalypse Now” are evident, but “1917” has a sense of relentlessness and time that is unique.
Politics & Society News
Associated PressDecember 23, 2019
It had been unclear whether Israel would grant permits to members of Gaza's tiny Christian community to leave the Hamas-ruled coastal territory.
Faith News
The report "identified 175 minors as victims of sexual abuse committed by 33 priests of the congregation" in the 78 years since the order's founding.
Politics & Society News
Makeshift camps have formed close to the border in Mexico, where people wait their turn for a hearing on U.S. soil
Faith Examen
James Martin, S.J.December 23, 2019
The Rev. James Martin, S.J. leads listeners through a guided reflection on the meaning of Christmas: Christ's birth.
Pope Francis greets Cardinal Angelo Sodano, now dean emeritus of the College of Cardinals, during his annual audience to give Christmas greetings to members of the Roman Curia at the Vatican Dec. 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Francis also changed the norms of the office so that the dean would be elected to a five-year term renewable only once.
Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his annual audience to give Christmas greetings to members of the Roman Curia at the Vatican on Dec. 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 21, 2019
Pope Francis stressed the need for reform and a new approach to evangelization in his annual Christmas address to the Roman Curia. America‘s Vatican correspondent, Gerard O'Connell, reports.
Faith The Word
Jaime L. WatersDecember 20, 2019
Merry Christmas! Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Faith Faith and Reason
Douglas J. CremerDecember 20, 2019
The clergy need to rethink our approach to ministry through wide research and consultation among women of diverse ethnicities, languages, sexual identities and classes.
Photo courtesy Jon Rou, Loyola Marymount University
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottDecember 20, 2019
Being courtside at a presidential candidate debate sounds thrilling, but it turns out that you don’t get a great view of all the candidates. While I can see Biden’s head, I cannot see the body to which it is attached, and from my angle Senator Elizabeth Warren is just a left arm. Worse, Mayor Pete
Politics & Society News
Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed. Yet an accidental fire in peacetime finally stopped the Paris cathedral from celebrating Midnight Mass this year, for the first time in over two centuries.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, right, walk through the Commons Members Lobby, during the state opening of Parliament, in London on Dec. 19. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Austen IvereighDecember 20, 2019
As dawn broke after polling day, it was clear that the Boris Johnson earthquake had shattered the “red wall” of Labour strongholds across north Wales and in England’s northwest, Midlands and northeast.
Arts & Culture Art
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J.December 20, 2019
More painful, though not treated in the exhibition, is the current situation of Sudan, which only became independent from British colonial rule in 1956.
Photo courtesy Jon Rou, Loyola Marymount University
Politics & Society Short Take
Cecilia González-AndrieuDecember 20, 2019
There was something truly inspiring about the presence of these undocumented students at a moment that could very well determine their place in this country.
Politics & Society News
The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president's political opponents," he wrote.
Faith News
Catholic News ServiceDecember 20, 2019
Some 800 students met Pope Francis there Dec. 20; he was ready to listen to their questions and offer his reflections.
Arts & Culture Jesuitical
JesuiticalDecember 20, 2019
“I’ve been asked: How did you build this character? I didn’t. He did, and I follow in his footsteps.”
This is the story of the AIDS crisis from the perspective of a priest, trying to figure out what he could do to help.