Last Take

A street performer celebrates Independence Day in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2018. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Nelson J. Pérez June 26, 2020
The events of 2020 show that Americans still struggle to achieve social justice, writes Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez of Philadelphia in a July 4 reflection. Yet we can take note of what we have survived so far.
Jaime L. Waters June 19, 2020
Juneteenth, when we celebrate the freedom of slaves in the United States, is a good time to reflect on ancient prophets who have much in common with today’s activists.
Protesters walk past a line of police in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Olga Segura May 29, 2020
Black and brown Americans continue to speak out against police misconduct and pervasive racism across the United States, writes Olga Segura. The church has an opportunity to show that it is listening.
Students at New York City's Stuyvesant High School leave classes on March 13. Schools in New York City have since been closed for the rest of the academic year. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
Rosemarie Nassif April 28, 2020
Children are grieving the absence of their teachers and schoolmates, writes Sister Rosemarie Nassif of the Center for Catholic Education. We can teach them to adapt to, and overcome, this disturbance in their lives.
A health care worker in New York City rests on a bench near Central Park on March 30. (CNS photo/Jeenah Moon, Reuters)
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J. April 22, 2020
For now, the overall picture is dark, writes Leo O‘Donovan, S.J., of Jesuit Refugee Service USA, but we must still work for our brothers and sisters so that hope can endure and even blossom.
A health care worker outside the emergency center at Maimonides Medical Center, in New York City, on April 13. (CNS photo/Andrew Kelly, Reuters)
Juan Vidal April 20, 2020
For some, a deadly pandemic may confirm their disbelief in any higher power, writes Juan Vidal, but the picture is larger than what we can see with our eyes.