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Maryann Arceo, a volunteer at St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park, Calif., listens to a man as he receives a box of free groceries at St. Anthony's Catholic Church Nov. 18, 2021. The program provides about 300 meals every day, except Sunday, as well as groceries to anyone in need. (CNS photo/David Maung)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
J.D. Long-García
“All the prices are ridiculously high,” said Manuel Jeremías Ake, a father of six in California. “We were struggling to buy what we could afford. But now, forget about it. I’ve never seen anything like this in this country.”
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Anthony Egan, S.J.
The South African human rights campaigner and Anglican clergyman was known throughout the world for his human rights accomplishments. But above all, he was a committed priest and person of deep prayer.
FaithDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
The new policy instructs priests who currently celebrate a form of the Mass, sometimes called the Latin Mass or Tridentine Mass, which was supplanted with the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, to request permission from the archbishop if they wish to continue using the extraordinary form.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Our Dispatches contributors were kind enough to share some thoughts on what stories are likely to be important in 2022 as we cross off, in some relief, the concluding days of 2021.
FaithDispatches
Judith Sudilovsky
Since chef Fadi Kattan was a child getting underfoot in his grandmother’s kitchen, the preparation and communal eating of the burbara pudding has been a pre-Christmas symbol of the coming of the holiday on the Palestinian West Bank.
Fireworks illuminate the Church of the Nativity as Palestinians light a Christmas tree at Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 4, 2021. (CNS photo/Mussa Qawasma, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Patriarch Sabbah: “When you celebrate Christmas, remember that in Bethlehem, in Jerusalem, life is not a Christmas life. It is not the blessed life of the new redeemed humanity. The song of the Angels is far away.”