Edward W. Schmidt, S.J., is a senior editor at America.
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.
Arts & Culture Last Take
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.August 09, 2018
Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were shot by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, while riding in a limousine through Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.
Pope Pius XI and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (Images: Wikimedia Commons/Composite: America)
Arts & Culture Ideas
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.June 05, 2018
Teilhard’s Six Propositions were locked away until 2007 when they were discovered in the Jesuit archives in Rome.
Faith Vantage Point
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.May 17, 2018
Juzefa Maciokiene recalls her ministry to her fellow prisoners 50 years ago, when she served them—to use her word and theirs—as their priest.
Politics & Society
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.February 04, 2018
Super Bowl week is the holiest of sports weeks, and the Sunday game the holiest of Sabbaths.
Politics & Society Faith
Edward W. Schmidt, S.J.September 13, 2017
As coverage of Hurricane Irma grew, I was transported back to family trips down to Florida.