James Martin, S.J., talks about Jesus: A Pilgrimage, a new book that takes readers on a journey with the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. Father Martin is an editor at large at America and the author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Between Heaven and Mirth, among other books.
Matthew McGarry is the Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, a position he had held since July 2012. He is responsible for overseeing approximately 60 staff members in four offices, as well as a range of programming including Humanitarian Assistance, Civil Society, Peacebuilding, Advocacy, and Youth Development—all aimed at serving vulnerable Palestinians. McGarry also has worked with CRS programs in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Charles Camosy talks about his book For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action, which examines the Christian's responsibility to "non-human animals" and the ethics of eating meat. Camosy talks what the Christian tradition says about the treatment of animals and the ways in which industrial practices place barriers between consumers and the food on our table.
Is Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street" a meditation on evil or a celebration of excess? Should he have made "American Hustle" instead? Is "Philomena" anti-Catholic or an eloquent argument for forgiveness? What would Pope Francis say about Spike Jonez's "Her"? Listen to Bill McGarvey, Tim Reidy and James Martin, S.J., discuss the nominees for Best Picture on America's 2014 Oscar podcast.
James M. Shaughnessy, S.J., talks about his work as a chaplain aboard cruise ships and the spiritual needs of the passengers he encounters. Father Shaughnessy has worked in pastoral care at Tufts Medical Center in Boston for 27 years. Read his article from America's 2014 Travel & Pilgrimage issue, "Anchored in Faith."
Picture: Father Shaughnessy anoints the sick at sea.
Shaina Aber, the policy director of the U.S. Jesuits' office of social and international ministries, reports on politics and social challenges in Honduras and the church's efforts on behalf of marginalized communities in the country. The Feb. 10 issue of America includes a report on Honduras by Luke Hansen, S.J., and an interview with Bishop Michael Lenihan, O.F.M., of La Ceiba, Honduras.
Managing Editor Kerry Weber talks about her new book, Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job. Read an excerpt from the January 20-27, 2014 issue of America. Available now on the Kindle.
Ray McGovern, an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency for nearly 30 years, talks about his service on the daily briefing teams for Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan. He also responds to "Good Intelligence," an editorial in America (11/18) on the expansion of U.S. intelligence agencies in the last decade, and he describes some of the challenges the C.I.A. faces today.