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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.
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.
Deacon Michael Boldizar hands the chalice to a communicant during Mass July 21, 2019, at St. Anne Church in Garden City, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
FaithShort Take
Michael Rozier, S.J.
The thin body of evidence on the true health risks of bringing the chalice back to Mass should lead to humility rather than overconfidence. We must be open to changing behaviors based on new knowledge.
FaithLast Take
Gloria Purvis
When the Covid pandemic gave us a chance to kiss the mantle of poverty and self-sacrifice we rebelled, writes Gloria Purvis. When offered the cross, we ran.
Politics & SocietyNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
“Even in the College of Cardinals, there are some negationists,” Francis said Wednesday, en route home from Slovakia.
FaithFaith in Focus
Maureen K. Day
A summer road trip to reunite with friends around the country became a 10,000 mile hope-based pilgrimage to find unexpected grace in the ordinary.