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Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
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Jim McDermott
The film "The Florida Project" depicts a new reality: families who live week to week in motels, unable to afford permanent housing.
Dating Project
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“For the Paulists part of the mission is supposed to be reaching out to the unchurched.” The best ways to do that are constantly shifting. These contemporary leaders of Paulist Productions look on that fluid landscape with optimism.
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Jim McDermott

Given the moment we are in, you might think a lot of shows on television would be trying to talk about current events or “America” in some way. But in point of fact, there aren’t that many. And even fewer are doing it well.

The most recent to enter the ring is “Here and Now,” HBO’s new show about a late-middle-aged liberal couple in crisis and their four semi-adult children, one of whom is haunted by the numbers “11:11.” (No, really.)

(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
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The Russians directed propaganda toward religious groups on Facebook; the social-media site is responding with new hurdles for ads from churches and parishes.
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The best “Black Mirror” stories ground themselves in a concrete human question or struggle.
Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." (Lucasfilm via AP)
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'The Last Jedi' is a film that strips away 40 years of lacquer to highlight both the inspiration and the challenge at the heart of the “Star Wars” saga.
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Jim McDermott
As Pope Francis writes in “Laudato Si’,” we face “one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”
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“We were expecting there to be some pain with the sale of @LAWeekly,” wrote editor-in-chief Mara Shalhoup online. “But we weren’t expecting the Red Wedding.”
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You know Dasher and Dancer, Rudolph, Prancer and Vixen.... But do you know Noel?
A man holds a sign in support California's new "sanctuary state" law during 2017's annual May 1 march in downtown Los Angeles in support of immigration reform. (Picture: Molly Adams/Flickr) 
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Acting Director of ICE Thomas Homan has threatened that the state will face more ICE community activity as a result of its new sanctuary law.