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A hospice nurse (seated in a chair) cradles the hands of an elderly male hospice patient (sitting in a bed). (iStock)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Michael D. Connelly
Physician-assisted suicide can seem like an easy fix to a health care system reluctant to deal with end-of-life issues. But there are other options, including hospice care, that patients deserve to know about.
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
Is hell empty? Pope Francis hopes so. Among the thinkers of the past century who speculated it could be so was Hans Urs von Balthasar, a favorite of the past two popes and a prominent theologian of his time.
Harold and Margaret Engel pictured in a hospital room in a scene from ‘A Still Small Voice’
Arts & CultureFilm
Jake Kring-Schreifels
“A Still Small Voice” provides clear-eyed glimpses into the thorny work and religious versatility required of chaplaincy.
FaithFaith in Focus
William Critchley-Menor, S.J.
Death and remembrance show us a profound interconnectedness between individuals, bridging diverse lives through shared memories.
FaithShort Take
James T. Keane
Friends and colleagues remembered Richard Gaillardetz, who died on Tuesday, as a perceptive theologian, mining in his talks, articles and books the ecclesiology of Vatican II and Pope Francis’ vision for the church. They also noted the powerful witness of his reflections on his final months of life.
Matthew Perry arrives at the premiere of "The Invention of Lying" in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. Perry, who starred as Chandler Bing in the hit series “Friends,” has died. He was 54. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jake Martin
What do you do when literally the entire world loves you, but not you?