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FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis has asked the October synod to focus not on single issues but on one key question: “How to be a synodal church in mission?”
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FaithJesuit School Spotlight
Christopher J. Devron, S.J.
Catholic social teaching can provide a stronger framework for antiracism programs.
Arts & CultureNews
Gina Christian - OSV News
“Sober St. Patrick’s Day” is set to mark its 13th year of celebrating Irish arts, culture and food—minus the alcohol—following New York’s annual parade for the beloved patron saint of the Irish.
FaithNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Pope Francis says he has no plans to resign and isn’t suffering from any health problems that would require doing so, saying in a new memoir he still has “many projects to bring to fruition.”
FaithPodcasts
Inside the Vatican
On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell and host Colleen Dulle discuss what’s next for Pope Francis on the 11th anniversary of his election.
Byron Tittle and Robbie Fairchild in “Illinoise” at Park Avenue Armory (photo: Stephanie Berger)
Arts & CultureTheater
Rob Weinert-Kendt
‘Illinoise,’ the new dance-theater piece by choreographer Justin Peck, is as bespoke as Stevens’s carefully composed album.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
A Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, by Father Terrance Klein
FaithSpeeches
Pope Francis
The saints are “those who become themselves fully, who fulfil the vocation proper to every man or woman,” Pope Francis said in today’s general audience on the topic of virtue.
FaithFaith in Focus
Joe Laramie, S.J.
The pope’s monthly prayer intentions reflect the tension between the comfort and challenge of the Gospel. On March 13, the 11th anniversary of Francis’ papacy, there is no better gift than to pray with and for him.
FaithNews
Jonathan Luxmoore - OSV News
Catholic clergy from Egypt have warned that ties with Orthodox and Islamic leaders are being derailed by a Vatican decision to allow the blessing of same-sex couples.
CommunityNews
The Editors
Sam Sawyer, S.J., editor in chief of America, and Traug Keller, America Media’s president, announced today the selection of three graduating seniors to serve as the 2024-25 Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellows.
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
Pedro Arrupe, S.J., is well on the path to sainthood. So who was he? And why do people have such strong opinions about him?
FaithShort Take
James F. Keenan
“I do not think that the present anxiety about recognizing the ‘gay’ Catholic is unlike the first-century anxiety regarding the Gentiles becoming Christians,” Jesuit moral theologian James F. Keenan writes.
A pro-life activist wears a shirt that reads 'I love life' near the Palace of Versailles during the Congress session of both Houses of Parliament in Versailles, on March 4. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Bridget Ryder
After France became the first country in the world to enshrine abortion as a “guaranteed freedom” into its constitution, pro-life leaders say they are mobilizing to counteract the unprecedented move.
FaithThe Word
Victor Cancino, S.J.
March 17, 2024, the Fifth Sunday of Lent: As the church nears the end of this somber season, the Gospel of John ascends to a beautiful interpretation of Jesus’ approaching hour of glorification.
FaithNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The ruckus over the pope’s comments once again put the Vatican’s diplomatic corps in the position of having to smooth over Francis’ informal, off-the-cuff way of speaking.
FaithPodcasts
Preach
The “Preach” team sought the expertise of two esteemed liturgical scholars and practitioners, Kim Harris and John Baldovin, S.J., to give preachers a whistle-stop tour of the readings and liturgies for this sacred week.
Arts & CultureFilm
America Staff
In a somewhat predictable race, “Oppenheimer” took home seven Oscars, including “Best Picture.” Despite its dominance, however, it was not the only film to gain attention during this competitive awards season.
FaithFaith and Reason
Bryan N. Massingale
Observing Ramadan, a sacred time of fasting in the Islamic world, heightens my awareness of the afflictions that so many are forced to endure and the ways our world still needs healing.
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael Kelly - OSV News
In the highest-ever “no” vote in Irish referendum history, Irish voters rejected amendments that would widen the definition of marriage and remove a clause that reinforced women’s role in the home.