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June 3-10, 2013

Vol. 208 / No. 19

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Politics & Society
Matt Malone, S.J.May 21, 2013

The mission of America, wrote its first editor in chief, is not only to “chronicle events of the day and the progress of the church” but also to “stimulate effort and originate movements for the betterment of the masses.” When John Wynne, S.J., penned those words in 1909, he

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.May 21, 2013

This December marks the 50th anniversary of “Inter Mirifica,” the “Decree on the Means of Social Communication” promulgated by the Second Vatican Council. The decree is one of the guiding lights for America. The reflections on our mission and identity in this issue are heavil

Our readersMay 21, 2013

Tears of JoyAs the grandparent of a Providence College student, I saw the “Papal Embrace” before it became viral on the Web. But, in looking at it anew on the cover of the April 29 issue, I gained a new appreciation of the sanctity of the moment caught not by the central characters, but

The EditorsMay 21, 2013

Much-needed reforms in the way food aid is delivered may be thwarted in Congress.

Faith in Focus
Silas HendersonMay 21, 2013

One of the strongest images I have of my paternal grandparents’ home in east Tennessee is of a rather large print of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that hung at the far end of their hallway. My grandmother told me that she and Grandpa had received it as a wedding gift in 1946. It had been hanging i

Jon M. SweeneyDecember 10, 2013

Two new books on Pope Francis; neither can be considered a true biography.

Arts & Culture Books
Timothy WadkinsDecember 10, 2013

Cesar Chavez is widely considered a great American hero. But 'From the Jaws of Victory' by Matt Garcia explores some of the activist's flaws not often acknowledged by those who know only the legend.