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  • When Ayham Edris, 2, and his 1-year-old sister, Fatima, arrived at Rome’s Fiumicino airport from Beirut early this morning, they were unable to rejoice like other refugees traveling with them because they cannot see or hear anything. They are suffering from a rare neurological problem that has caused them to lose their sight and hearing.

    Their extremely vulnerable situation gained them humanitarian visas and places on the Alitalia flight that brought 101 Syrian refugees from the...

  • This Friday, May 6, 2016, America Media will broadcast a video live stream of the funeral Mass of renowned peace activist and Jesuit priest, Daniel Berrigan, S.J. The liturgy begins at 10 a.m. ET, and will be broadcast from the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City. Watch the stream right here.

  • In a refugee camp at Tel Abbas in northern Lebanon, three miles from the Syrian border, a Syrian family of six is preparing to travel to Beirut on May 2 and from there take an Alitalia plane to Rome early the following morning. Sami Al Aabayan, 41, his wife Ghazala, 27, and their four children are on the list to travel to Italy prepared by the “Humanitarian Corridors” project, an Italian ecumenical initiative operated by three Christian communities—the Community of Sant’Egidio, the...

  • A lot of us are sorting through our Daniel Berrigan memories this weekend. Many, surely, knew him or of him when he was young and stirring up heaps of trouble. I only knew him when he was old, so weak that the poetry of his sharp tounge remained mostly under his breath.

    There are a bunch of things—his way of saying Mass in ordinary, scandalous words, his gentle asking after whatever I was writing. I knew that when the day of his death came, I would regret not recording those...

  • A young Syrian couple, Mouhammad Amin El Oujali, 35, and his wife Zafira El Aquad, 34, and their three young children, including a two-month-old baby suffering from hydrocephalus and spina bifida, are among 101 vulnerable refugees that will take an Alitalia plane from Beirut to Rome in the early morning hours of May 3 to begin a new life in Italy.

    They managed to join the group at the very last moment thanks to the insistence of Zafira, who pleaded for her baby son, Layah, who needs...

  • The “Acela primaries” in the Northeast made it clearer than ever that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be the major-party nominees this fall, and I concur with a tweet by ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis: "A candidate who thrives on giving offense versus one who thrives on taking umbrage. This will be a looong six months."

    Any hope of a substantive general-election campaign was extinguished by Mr. Trump’s...

  • Driving on the prairie, your eyes arrive long before your car. If something rises up from the land, like a grain silo or a church steeple, you’ll have time to reflect as it sprouts in your windshield. That is, unless you’re racing across the prairie, from one metropolis to another. If your mind is mired in where you’ve been and where you’re going, the plains present themselves as only a long delay in your plans.

    But if you’ve got nowhere in particular to go, and you have the time,...

  • It was a little over four years ago that ABC’s late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel launched a segment called “Mean Tweets,” in which celebrities were asked to read nasty comments that had been tweeted at them while REM’S ultra-sad “Everybody Hurts” played in the background.

    The bit was a huge hit—it’s been viewed 48 million times on YouTube—and new installments have since become Kimmel’s most popular segment by far.

    What’s made the segment so appealing seems to be two...

  • Since 2003 the International Labor Organization has marked April 28 as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, but in the United States it has been marked for decades as Workers’ Memorial Day. It is the day when we remember the thousands of workers who die on the job every year in traumatic workplace accidents—almost all of them preventable. Most go largely unnoticed, but in recent months we have seen the conclusion of a spectacular saga from the world of West Virginia coal mines....

  • Heather King (photo provided)

    Heather King is a Catholic writer and ex-lawyer based in Los Angeles. Raised on the coast of New Hampshire, she struggled with alcoholism before getting sober in 1987. In 1996,...