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May 2023

Vol. 228 / No. 5

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Politics & Society Of Many Things
Sam Sawyer, S.J.April 17, 2023

You need not worry that I will be outsourcing “Of Many Things” columns to our robot overlords in the future.

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Faith Your Take
Our readersApril 20, 2023

Readers respond to Father Sam Sawyer's article about how St. Ignatius' ideas could offer a way out of current ecclesial, cultural and political polarization.

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Politics & Society Editorials
The EditorsApril 20, 2023

The crisis for teens is both psychological and spiritual, and it demands a response from both mental health and faith communities. How do we make our church again a place of belonging for young people who are hurting?

Does this guy’s job description make more sense than that of the U.S. president? Britain's King Charles III meets members of the Westend Gospel Choir on Nov. 2, 2022. (Isabel Infantes/Pool via AP, File)
Politics & Society Short Take
Jeffrey von Arx, S.J.April 20, 2023

At one time, the British king and U.S. president had similar roles in their nations. But the British system evolved while the United States still has a president that is too powerful and too difficult to remove.

A man rides a motorcycle past debris from destroyed buildings in Samandag, southern Turkey, on Feb. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Clotilde BigotMarch 08, 2023

Long before the earthquakes in February, the viability of the Christian community in Samandag had been under cultural and economic threat. Many from the city’s minority Christian community had already departed, seeking economic or educational opportunities elsewhere.

Politics & Society Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 14, 2023

Pope Francis told the Latin American church leaders, “Anyone who lessens the impact of this history or minimizes the current danger dishonors those who have suffered so much and deceives those they claim to serve.”

Relatives gather around one of the victims of the attack by gunmen during a Pentecost Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Owo, as she receives treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Nigeria, June 6, 2022. Reports said at least 50 people were killed in the attack. (CNS photo/Temilade Adelaja, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Chris Chatteris, S.J.March 15, 2023

Extremist and criminal violence is on the rise across Northern Africa from Somalia to Nigeria as local security forces face off against gangs and insurgencies they are often ill-equipped to contain.