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All that remains of St. Colman Church in Dillon, W.Va., on Irish Mountain in Raleigh County, is seen June 27, 2022, after it was found burned to the ground June 26. (CNS photo/courtesy Beaver Volunteer Fire)
Colleen Rowan - Catholic News Service
More than two weeks after a 145-year-old Catholic church was destroyed by fire, law enforcement officials announced that two suspects were arrested and charged with felonies for a blaze officials confirmed was arson.
Factory-produced fake meat is not necessarily the solution to factory farming. (iStock/Grandbrothers)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Robert Cruz
If it depends on supporting the fake meat industry, vegetarianism is not a superior ethical or moral stance. But there is an alternative in the “ideal kind of farm” described by Pope John XXIII.
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
Wendell Berry could be described by many labels. More than anything else, he has been a voice of practical reason and concise cultural commentary in his more than 80 books published over six decades.
Arts & CultureFeatures
W. Ralph Eubanks
Though a small state in terms of geographic size and population, Mississippi occupies an outsized place in the world of American letters. Why? How has “a little state that rests alongside the banks of a great and mighty river” made so many significant contributions to American literature?
Anita's Tortilleria, a restaurant and gas station on the south side of Fremont, Neb., is one sign of the growing diversity in many American small towns. (Nathan Beacom)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Beacom
As rural America becomes more diverse, it faces many of the problems associated with big cities, writes Nathan Beacom. The urban-rural divide in our politics does not reflect reality.
In the Ohio and Upper Mississippi river basins, 10 million metric tons of commercial fertilizer is applied each year, and much of it ends up in our waterways. (iStock/filmfoto)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Beacom
In “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis called drinkable water a human right. But as Nathan Beacom writes, our methods of farming and raising livestock are degrading our soil and polluting our waterways.