In the News, July 31

Sociologist Robert Bellah, coiner of the phrase "civil religion," has passed away; he is remembered here and here.

Happy Feast of St. Ignatius Day! Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Vatican, marking the feast day of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits. (Check the Jesuit Pope out here.) Want to learn more about St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality? Read about his riches to rags story, watch this video meditation about St. Ignatius and listen to what makes a Jesuit a Jesuit. 


Colombians are displaced as tensions mount in a Venezuelan border state and Ireland 'Oks' abortions in some cases. 

Pope Francis announces 'fraternity' as theme for World Day of Peace.

A PETA-like protest at Washington National Cathedral. 

The Pope stated in an interview on Monday regarding gay and lesbian people, "Who am I to judge?" provoking many positive reactions, but what does it mean? America senior editor Kevin Clarke breaks down the significance of Francis's comments. He also takes a crack at explaining Secretary Kerry's Middle East gamble. And while we're in the neighborhood, take a look at what the editors think about "Making Peace with Iran."

N.S.A. whistleblower Edward Snowden's father believes his son to be a true patriot

Forecast for the month of July: 180,000 new workers with a chance of optimism.


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