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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.
FaithLast Take
Molly CahillDoug GirardotKeara HanlonJim McDermottSarah Vincent
So it’s time for you to graduate. Four young America editors and one Star Wars nerd have some advice for you.
FaithFaith in Focus
Valerie Schultz
I’m afraid, but not of the virus. Frankly, I’m afraid of what I will see, of what I will hear when I get there and step inside the church.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jim McDermott
The Biden administration’s mask mandate for public transportation has been struck down, and people are now free to do whatever they want on planes and trains. But what should we choose to do?
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FaithShort Take
Sara Scarlett Willson
The livestreamed Mass was a godsend to a recent convert during the height of the pandemic. But the importance of a parish community and in-person encounters quickly became obvious.
A woman prays at the closed doors of London's Westminster Cathedral in early April 2020 during England’s lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
It is understandable not wanting to take the time to draw attention to the second anniversary of the recent surreal horror show of Covid-19. But there are also many moments of grace scattered across the landscape of lockdowns.