Jon M. Sweeney is a frequent contributor to America and the author of many books including Francis of Assisi in His Own Words and, for children, The Pope’s Cat series, illustrated by Roy DeLeon.
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyOctober 02, 2020
Few artists in history have found as many devotees as Richard Wagner, for better or for worse.
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyMay 29, 2020
A spy story that sounds like a novel, but it true to life.
Faith Faith in Focus
Jon M. SweeneyApril 03, 2020
As Christians have become more familiar and neighborly with people of other religious traditions, we have extended that familiarity to appreciation, and sometimes appreciation becomes appropriation. 
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyDecember 06, 2019
Some last-minute gift ideas: books!
Wendell Berry (photo: Guy Mendes)
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyOctober 18, 2019
The natural world is Wendell Berry’s primary teacher: its rhythms, its largesse, its mysteries.
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyFebruary 11, 2019
When it comes to writing fiction about the papacy, we imagine the popes we want—most of the time.
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyMay 04, 2018
A graphic novel about Pope Francis.
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyApril 24, 2018
Every Christian needs a better understanding of the Jewish origins of his or her faith.
Faith Features
Jon M. SweeneyMarch 05, 2018
People have been asking this question for decades.
Politics & Society Features
Jon M. SweeneyFebruary 21, 2018
Remembering Billy Graham’s relationships with presidents, priests and popes.