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  • Dr. Karl van Bibber (UC Berkeley)

    Dr. Karl van Bibber is professor and chairman of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. A nuclear physicist specializing in particle astrophysics and cosmology among other areas, he holds a Ph.D. in physics and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds numerous professional honors, memberships and fellowships in the scientific community, has been...

  • In the upcoming issue of America, I describe “ 15 Ways President Obama Has Changed the Direction of America ,” building off the president's own seagoing metaphor from a 2015 interview with the podcaster Marc Maron...

  • When the attached Peanuts cartoon first appeared in 1971, I was not yet born, but Bob Dylan, he of “your sons and your daughters are beyond your command,” was already aging out of the only population his generation was supposed to have any faith in. Remember "Don't trust anyone over 30"? (Actually, Jack Weinberg, the author of that famous quote, had turned 30 a year before). I suspect Charlie Brown’s melancholy might have been far worse had he realized that Bob Dylan would outlive him by 16...

  • The next World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin, August 22-26, 2018. It will focus on Pope Francis’ exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love) and “should be a world event even in its preparation,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told a Vatican press conference today.

    This global gathering “is an event of the whole church” and “will be an important milestone” in the application of the fruits of that synod process and of the exhortation, “which has been very well received in...

  • While I was studying abroad, my mom and dad, Mary Jean and Bob, were able to meet my mom and dad, Maria and Bosco. That is, my biological mom and dad were able to meet my host mom and dad. During the week they visited me in Rwanda, my parents were treated to a very sincere and genuine hospitality, which included a visit to Maria and Bosco’s new house in the town of Nyamata.

    Nyamata is in southeastern Rwanda, about 40 kilometers from Kigali, where I was staying. We visited...

  • This Tuesday, May 24, America Media, in partnership with Imitatio and...

  • The Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, one of the largest and most diverse dioceses in the U.S., is defending immigrants in a powerful essay that—without mentioning names—seems to take direct aim at Donald Trump and his supporters by ripping the “racist and xenophobic tendencies” in society and arguing that immigration in fact helps the economy.

    “Those who are in favor of mass deportation seem not to have an understanding of what this might mean for our reputation, and the lives of...

  • “The meeting is the message,” Pope Francis said as he welcomed Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar and the highest religious authority of the Sunni Muslims, to the Vatican on May 23.

    The two leaders talked together in private for 25 minutes about the importance of the commitment of “the authorities and the faithful of the major religions” to peace, the rejection of violence and terrorism and the protection of Christians amid conflicts and tensions in the Middle East....

  • When I was a child, as I vaguely remember, there was some official Vatican publication known as “The Pope Speaks.” When I look back, I recall it to be entirely sober and cautious, written by speech-writers, vetted by the curia, printed in the pope’s name. Pope Francis is different, of course, and his interviews ever promise something new and unexpected. His latest, the interview with the French Catholic magazine, La Croix, with Guillaume Goubet and Sébastien Maillard, is no exception. It is...

  • In a new report, researchers from the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) conclude that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. "Education is more than just a right and a response to an immediate need," the report argues. "Education also engenders hope as it prepares refugees to meet future challenges. Education provides stability and a sense of normalcy, and acts as a form of vital psychosocial support to children whose...