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December 2023

Vol. 229 / No. 5

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Bishops file into St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Oct. 29, 2023, for a Mass marking the conclusion of the first session of the Synod on Synodality. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Of Many Things
Sam Sawyer, S.J.November 16, 2023

There is something to learn from the fact that discussion at the synod on the most difficult topics was neither rushed to a conclusion nor closed absolutely.

Pope Francis prays while holding a crosier during Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 29, 2023, marking the conclusion of the first session of the Synod of Bishops on synodality. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Your Take
Our readersNovember 16, 2023

Our readers respond to Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell’s interview with Cardinal Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States since 2016.

Politics & Society Editorials
The EditorsNovember 13, 2023

As voters in the United States approach another presidential election, how can this synodal experience inform the ways that U.S. Catholics engage in political conversation?

A Palestinian looks out from a hole in the wall of his house, damaged by airstrikes, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on Oct. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
Politics & Society Short Take

Some humility about how much we really know can help prevent toxic rhetoric when we talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with family, friends and colleagues of different faiths.

Protesters outside Leinster House, Dublin, as the Dail resumes after summer recess on Sept. 20. (Press Association via AP Images)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin HargadenOctober 11, 2023

The protest was organized over social media, where it was dubbed “Call to the Dáil,” drawing participants from far-right groups and individuals nurturing a host of grievances and anxieties about contemporary Irish society, from Covid-19 conspiracies to immigration and transgender issues, housing

Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 24, 2023

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston is urging local Catholics to contribute resources for migrants arriving in Massachusetts, calling the situation a "major humanitarian and societal crisis."

Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 29, 2023

Exclusive interview: Cardinal Cupich on the end of the first session of the Synod on Synodality.