Why can't there be a magazine out there that doesn't make women feel terrible?


For millions of women around the world, women’s magazines—from Teen Vogue and Seventeen to Cosmopolitan and Glamour—have played a pivotal role in the way we are taught to view ourselves. These publications condition the way we view our hair, bodies, sexuality and relationships.

But what are the damaging effects these publications can have on women? This week, we talk with Kara Eschbach, founder, CEO and editor in chief of Verily Magazine, “a photoshop-free magazine empowering women to be their best selves.” We talk with Kara about Verily’s mission statement, the differences between Catholic and secular media, accepting our flaws and more.


And in Signs of the Times, Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci, both Catholics, are out of the Trump administration. How long will the new chief of staff, John F. Kelly (another Catholic), last? In Canada, parishioners were not happy about Kumo, the robotic spider that was hanging outside of Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral. In Ireland, “The Exorcist” and “The Omen” are screened in an abandoned church; a “nude mansion” sparks outrage in South Korea; seminarians, mistaken for men in “fancydress,” are kicked out of a pub; and, finally, a nun presides at a Catholic wedding in Canada.

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Links from the show:

Verily Magazine

On feast day, the Jesuit pope praises the Jesuit founder

Ottawa archbishop surprised by negative reaction to robotic spider on cathedral

Priest horrified at exorcist film showings in abandoned church

‘Nude mansion’ sparks anger in Christian saint’s hometown

Nun presides at Catholic wedding in Canada

What’s on tap?

Maker’s Melt by Kara Eschbach

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