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Children gather over the destruction after an Israeli airstrike in Deir al Balah, Gaza Strip, on April 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)
Politics & SocietyThe Weekly Dispatch
Kevin Clarke
Some of the “made in the U.S.A.” bombs Israel Defense Forces are dropping over Gaza include 2,000-pound bombs that have been responsible for some of the most devastating—and questionable—strikes of the months-long campaign against Hamas.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael O’Brien
Many Jesuit schools have recently been sites of passionate protest, peaceful activism and regrettably some incidents of anti-Semitism.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
J.D. Long García
Directly ending human life—at any stage—tears the metaphysical tapestry of existence.
A poster depicting the Israeli-American hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin is displayed in Re'im, southern Israel at the Gaza border, on Feb. 26, 2024, at a memorial site for the Nova music festival site where he was kidnapped by Hamas on Oct. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Eugene Korn
An immediate and permanent cease-fire would leave Hamas and its military capabilities in place in Gaza. In such a scenario, who will protect Israeli citizens from continued acts of terrorism?
A photo of fast-food workers preparing bags for take out. The low-paying fast food industry has driven the surge in violations of child labor laws, with teens working longer and later than permitted under federal law. (iStock/halbergman)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Dwayne David Paul
In some states, the thinking seems to be that the way to “solve” this problem is by weakening the laws. Catholics should resist those efforts.
Participants in the “March for Life” rally stand with banners reading “Every life is a gift,” “Life is life” and “Euthanasia no thanks” in Munich, Germany, on April 13, 2024. An independent experts commission has recommended that abortion in Germany should be made legal during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. (Uwe Lein/dpa via AP)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Bridget Ryder
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in June 2022, overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in 1973, has provoked supporters of abortion access in Europe to press for liberalization of abortion laws across the continent.