FaithFaith in Focus
Simcha Fisher
“Medieval Peasanting” means reminding myself that there once existed Catholics who couldn’t read or write. They said their prayers and did their best to obey the commandments, and when they failed, they repented.
FaithShort Take
Bill McCormick, S.J.
The U.S. church isn’t just polarized; it is tired. And it is polarized in part because it is tired.
Politics & SocietyNews
Catholic News Service
Pope Francis told the group, “It is important to seek out what is positive at a time when life is not at its most beautiful. Seek the positive in order to keep going forward.”
Politics & SocietyVideo
America Video

With the election of a pro-choice Catholic to the White House, the question of who may or may not be admitted to Holy Communion has surfaced in Catholic public discourse, particularly among the U.S. bishops. In this episode of Behind the Story, Sam Sawyer, S.J., joins America's national correspondent ,Mike O'Loughlin, to explore the theological roots of this debate and how the bishops are addressing it at their annual meeting.

Associated Press
The pope told the public gathered in St. Peter's Square that he was joining his voice to that of the Asian nation's bishops in also calling for humanitarian corridors.
FaithCatholic News Quiz
J.D. Long-GarcíaMolly Cahill
This year, as we observe World Refugee Day, America Magazine is testing our readers' knowledge of papal refugee statements.
Frances D'Emilio - Associated Press
The Vatican said Pope Francis on Saturday approved a decree declaring the "heroic virtues" of Schuman, a former prime minister, finance minister and foreign minister for France after World War II.
Jack Jenkins - Religion News Service
The statement was announced minutes after clerics voted to draft a document on Communion following debate that discussed whether or not to deny the Eucharist to Catholic politicians who back abortion rights.
Politics & SocietyJesuitical
This week on Jesuitical, Zac and Ashley talk with Brittany Barnett about the experience of visiting her own mother in prison and her work fighting to get clemency for men and women sentenced to life without parole for drug offenses.
Dennis Sadowski - Catholic News Service
The U.S. bishops approved by a wide margin a plan to draft a document to examine the "meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church" following a lengthy debate.
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Politics & SocietyThe Moral Economy
John W. Miller
“From a Catholic point of view, there’s no question that reparations make sense.”
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Both supporters and critics of the proposal said it could be used to pressure bishops to deny Communion to pro-choice Catholic politicians.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Kevin Spinale
Princeton University is dropping the requirement for knowing Latin and Greek to major in Classics. Its decision is a frightening one and augurs ill for the future of the field.
Inside the Vatican
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell discuss the fallout of Cardinal Marx’s offer to resign.
Arts & CulturePoetry
Taylor Byas
I’m tired of funerals, the pallbearing of myself
Arts & CulturePoetry
Susan Vickerman
No songs, no vicar, but why no humanist?
FaithThe Word
Jaime L. Waters
Today’s reading gives biblical examples of expecting and accepting rejection and persevering despite the obstacles.
Arts & CultureBooks
Mike St. Thomas
The narrator of 'The Great Gatsby,' Nick Carraway, is the focus of Michael Farris Smith's new novel, 'Nick.'
FaithThe Word
Jaime L. Waters
Jesus responds to needs quickly and effectively, demonstrating selflessness, adaptability and concern for the welfare of others.
FaithThe Word
Jaime L. Waters
Today’s readings teach several important points about leadership: the need for rest, retreat and recovery, and compassion.