Edward W. Schmidt, S.J., is a senior editor at America.
Father Adolfo Nicolas, superior general of the Society of Jesus, and Pope Francis, meet before celebrating Mass at the Church of the Gesu in Rome in this Jan. 3, 2014, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.May 20, 2020
“As superior general,” Father Arturo Sosa said of Father Nicolás, “he brought to the Society his deep missionary vocation that helped us to see the universality of the mission from the perspective and the passion of presenting the Good News in all corners of the world.”
Author James Lee Burke stands in Lolo, Mont., July 7, 2005.(AP Photo/The Missoulian, Linda Thompson)
Arts & Culture Books
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.July 05, 2019
In 37 novels and two short story collections, Burke writes about characters who struggle to do good in a context of pervasive evil.
Politics & Society Last Take
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.June 27, 2019
We need to share our many blessings with immigrants.
Faith Faith in Focus
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.April 16, 2019
We will continue to write our stories, in glass and in stone, perhaps, but also in how we live our lives with others and for others.
Faith Faith in Focus
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.February 15, 2019
Father Daniel Flaherty, S.J., who died February 13, 2019, shared his gifts with the Society of Jesus and the church throughout his long career as a Jesuit priest.
A handwritten score for ‘Silent Night,’ autographed by the song's author, the Rev. Joseph Mohr (photo: Salzburg Museum).
Arts & Culture Music
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.December 06, 2018
The Rev. Joseph Mohr wrote the words to the hymn as a reflection on peace after a summer of violence in Salzburg.
Faith Faith in Focus
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.December 05, 2018
Miracles surround us; burning bushes keep revealing the Lord’s work. But we need to stop and notice.
Faith News
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.September 26, 2018
The spirit of Pope Francis will remain in the Baltic states for a long time to come.
Faith Dispatches
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.September 21, 2018
Pope Francis ends his official visit to Vilnius on Sunday evening at the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, housed in the former headquarters of the K.G.B.
Pope John Paul II prays in 1993 at the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai, Lithuania. Pope Francis will make the same three-nation visit, stopping at a number of the same places as his saint-predecessor. (CNS photo/Arturo Mari, L'Osservatore Romano) 
Faith Dispatches
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.September 20, 2018
Francis is visiting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to help mark their centennial of independence from czarist Russia.