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Pope Francis’ Silence on China
Whatever his reasons, Francis’ China policy has drawn both supporters and vehement critics. An outspoken pope’s silence on the moral challenges of the world’s largest country will remain jarring.
The U.S. Catholic Church Needs Migrants, and Not Just to Fill Pews
With rising numbers of migrants reaching our southern border, we need to be reminded of the mutually beneficial relationship between the Church and migrants in our transnational world. Migrants need the Church and the Church needs migrants.
The Year of St. Joseph: Five Essential Lessons for Humanity
During the Year of Saint Joseph, what does this silent saint have to teach our hurting and divided world? Michael Martinez SJ reflects on five of his important lessons for us today.
Pope Francis’ Visit to Iraq Highlights the Plight of Internally Displaced People
In his recent visit to Iraq, Pope Francis gives encouragement and hope to the wounded healers who help returnees in Qaraqosh.
5 Takeaways from SEEK21
Every other year, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) hosts its SEEK conference that draws thousands of young Catholics together to encounter Christ and share the Gospel. As a virtual event this year, SEEK21 was actually the largest it’s ever been, with 27,000 participants from 20 countries on 6 continents. Check out our 5 key takeaways.
An Overview of Fratelli Tutti
On Sunday, Pope Francis released the third encyclical of his papacy entitled “Fratelli Tutti,” on fraternity and social friendship. An encyclical is one of the highest ranking documents from a Pope. In this lengthy letter, he offers critiques of populism, neoliberalism, and militarized borders. He restates a rejection of the death penalty. He calls on all people to recognize and live out our common fraternity. Read this article for a complete overview.
The Value of Human Life: An African Jesuit Reflects on the Black Lives Matter Movement
What is the value of human life? While there seems to be an agreement that such a question is worth asking, there is much debate on what ought to be its appropriate response. The incongruity in the responses to this age-old question has led to the heart-rending...
Solidarity Across Borders: Can You Help A Community In Need?
The socioeconomic and political crisis has caused millions of Venezuelans to flee their homeland. Now those migrants are suffering even more acutely amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hear about how the Jesuits in Colombia are responding to this crisis, and learn about how you can get involved.
The stones would cry out: Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Concert
The setting of Milan’s Duomo triggers reflections on space, time, and inexorable need for communion.