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Kane Tanaka, then 116 years old, at a nursing home in Fukuoka, Japan, on March 9, 2019. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP, File)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
John W. Miller
“Please cherish the elderly,” Pope Francis says. “Because they are the presence of history.” Kane Tanaka, who died in April at the age of 119, is an example of what Francis is talking about.
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?
Arts & CultureBooks
Bryan McCarthy
A Columbia professor comes clean about his casual drug use—and thinks the rest of us should think more about harm reduction than eradication when it comes to addictive substances.
Pope Francis greets people during his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 16, 2022.
Pope Francis
The elderly “will be the ones to sound the alarm, the alert: ‘Be aware, this is corruption, it will bring you nothing,’” Pope Francis said during his general audience on March 16.
A leading contributor to climate change is the release of methane gas from livestock grazing in pastures and confined in feedlots around the globe. (iStock/dusanpetkovic)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Mary E. McGann
Pope Francis has called for Catholics to support principles of “total sustainability.” A meat industry that warms the planet, ravages forests and fouls our water is incompatible with those principles.
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
What a 1965 novel by Graham Greene taught a young Dr. Paul Farmer during his first years working in Haiti.