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A girl poses for a photo in the living room at her orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2021. Researchers estimate that 7.5 million children have been orphaned during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of orphaned children jumped 90 percent during delta variant surge. (CNS photo/Jorge Silva, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Researchers report that pandemic-associated orphanhood and caregiver loss are increasing at an unparalleled speed.
Nick Ut, center, flanked by UNESCO Ambassador Kim Phuc, left, holds “Napalm Girl,” his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, as they wait to meet with Pope Francis  Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
Politics & SocietyNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Nick Ut, a retired Associated Press photographer, gave Pope Francis a copy of his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a young Vietnamese girl running naked down the road after a napalm attack.
Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura in ‘Drive My Car’ (Janus Films)
Arts & CultureFilm
Ryan Di Corpo
The Oscar nominee “Drive My Car” is a three-hour elegy whose quiet intensity intimates an emotional storm beneath the surface.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon assesses the future in Myanmar one year after a coup turned back a decade of democratic progress, calling for dialogue, the end of violence and the release of political prisoners.
FaithShort Take
Gregory Hillis
Thich Nhat Hanh, who died on Jan. 21, had a profound influence on Thomas Merton, who said, “I have far more in common with Nhat Hanh than I have with many Americans, and I do not hesitate to say it.”
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis, who turned 85 on Dec. 17, is “looking well and in good health,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the archbishop of Mumbai, said in an exclusive interview with America’s Vatican correspondent.