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On July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued a bombshell decree restricting the pre-Vatican II Mass. It's called “Traditionis Custodes” or, in English, “Guardians of the tradition.” It overrides and reverses a 2007 decree from Pope Benedict that made generous accommodations for its use across the Catholic Church. Why did Francis reverse course? What does this mean for the Catholics who celebrate the pre-Vatican II Mass? And how will this decision affect the all-important unity of the Catholic Church? Colleen Dulle, host of America Media's "Inside the Vatican" podcast breaks it all down.

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With the election of a pro-choice Catholic to the White House, the question of who may or may not be admitted to Holy Communion has surfaced in Catholic public discourse, particularly among the U.S. bishops. In this episode of Behind the Story, Sam Sawyer, S.J., joins America's national correspondent ,Mike O'Loughlin, to explore the theological roots of this debate and how the bishops are addressing it at their annual meeting.

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How is the Holy Spirit alive in the world today? We asked six senior Jesuits to reflect on their experiences of the Holy Spirit and where they see the activity of the Spirit in the church and the world.

Come Holy Spirit!

 

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There are 11 saints associated with the Catholic Church in the United States. None of them are of African descent. But, an initiative by the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans wants to raise the profile of six Black Catholics—women and men who the Church believes have saintly potential.

Read "Who will be the first Black Catholic saint from the United States?" at https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/01/21/black-catholic-saints-united-states-239730

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With a growing shortage of priests, some Catholic parishes are thinking creatively about alternative models of pastoral ministry. Meet Elizabeth Simcoe, a lay woman appointed by her bishop to run St. Vincent de Paul parish in Albany, NY. It's a demanding job that requires strong leadership and the ability to collaborate and listen. It's about being "pastoral" which isn't an attitude reserved only for ordained priests.

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Prayer may seem complicated or frightening, but anyone can pray! James Martin, SJ, shares some useful definitions of what prayer is and what we can learn from each of them.

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Fr. Bryan Massingale, professor of theological ethics at Fordham University, joins Matt Malone, S.J., to discuss yesterday's attack on the nation's capital.

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The hiddenness of St. Joseph's life can speak to those overwhelmed by the pandemic. Fr. James Martin, SJ, reflects on why St. Joseph is the saint we need as enter into a new year.

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As the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available in the United States and other countries, some Catholics have challenged the moral legitimacy of these vaccines. Dr. Moira McQueen, executive director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, explains why the vaccines do not pose a moral dilemma for Catholics and why Catholics (and all people) should get vaccinated.

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The Dorothy Day Guild and America Media present a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Dorothy Day on Nov. 29, 2020, featuring a conversation about her living legacy with New York Times columnist David Brooks, Comment magazine editor Anne Snyder and The New Yorker contributor Paul Elie. The event is convened by Robert Ellsberg, publisher at Orbis Books, and the panel is moderated by America Media's Colleen Dulle.