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Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
Pope Francis is pictured at top left on a television screen as he leads a virtual meeting of his Council of Cardinals from his residence at the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican Sept. 21, 2021. (CNS photo/Dicastery for Communication)
FaithIdeas
Jim McDermott
The pope’s recent meeting of his cardinal advisors gave a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these men (and their Zoom game).
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
Maybe in this time of uncertainty, fear and doubt, it would be worth recruiting some young people like BTS, Greta Thunberg or Malala Yousafzai to officially join the pope in his fight for the future of our planet.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
Maybe the problem is not that men or “celebrities” don’t know how to be vulnerable or messy but that we don’t like to be reminded that they are. (And we are, too.)
Arts & CultureShort Take
Jim McDermott
I know what you are thinking—a decadent spectacle of wealth, really, that’s what the church needs right now? But hear me out.
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (Production Still)
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
To have John Mulaney dump his wife, leap into a celebrity romance and become a baby daddy all in a couple months feels like a complete betrayal to many of his fans. Catholics know that feeling well.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Many of the stories that came out of 9/11, tales of grief and rage, sin and freedom, seem relevant once again.
Siobhan Finneran and Sean Bean in ‘Time’ (photo: Britbox)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
The show presents a radical, eminently Catholic conviction: that men and women in jail are not “convicts,” but human beings on the same journey of sin, mercy and redemption.
A man fixes a young girl's face mask
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jim McDermott
Families are trying to be hopeful and trying to keep perspective. But they're also anxious, frustrated and exhausted.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Catholics have lots of great advice for their priests. Here, with all the humility you might expect of a Jesuit, is my own list of top five suggestions for Catholic preachers.
Women show their health passes to a waiter in Paris on Aug. 19, 2021. France, Italy, Denmark and the U.S. cities of New York, San Francisco and New Orleans are among the places that have imposed vaccination requirements at places like restaurants, gyms and theaters as the Delta variant of Covid-19 spreads. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
It can be dispiriting, even infuriating, to imagine our future with Covid-19. Spiritual exercises inspired by Ignatius can help us become more aware and move past our anger.