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  • With the “coincidence of Donald Trump’s first victory coming the night before Ash Wednesday,” asks Michael Sean Winters at the National Catholic Reporter, “who can now say that God doesn’t have a sense of humor?”

    While short on Christian charity, Mr. Trump displayed impressive ecumenical reach on Tuesday, winning all age groups and income levels, even winning college...

  • Between the kickboxing and slugfests of the political debates, it is healthy to switch channels to a university faculty fencing match, which can be just as dangerous, but sometimes deal with more lofty issues.

    The stakes at Mount St. Mary’s University of Maryland in Emmitsburg, Md, the country’s second oldest Catholic university, with 2,240 students and 120 full time staff, are high: faculty fired, reputations spoiled, students threatened with pointless dismissal, the principles of...

  • Just in time for rumination before Pope Francis arrives in Mexico—after a brief stop to make history in Cuba with Patriarch Kirill on Feb. 12—the Pew Research Center offers some statistics on the state of Catholicism in Mexico . Mexico is not only home to the world’s the largest Spanish-speaking population, Pew reports, it also represents the globe’s second-largest Catholic...

  • It was on this day in 1990—February 11—that a man of great dignity and bearing emerged from many years of captivity into the sunlight of freedom. It was a long time coming, this “freedom”; as he had spent the large part of his life—27 years—in a narrow, cramped prison cell. Eighteen of those years were spent in the same place, on a remote island, where he was forced to work along with others in a lime quarry. They were difficult years—years that could easily make or break a human being. He...

  • Twenty-five years after the beating of Rodney King (it occurred on March 3, 1991), one doesn’t hear much about police brutality in Los Angeles, which may very well be a sign of the progress that’s been made.

    And yet, shootings by police in Los Angeles County nearly doubled in the last year , from 23 to 45 cases, 19 of them...

  • The meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill “is almost a defining moment for ecumenism,” Bishop Brian Farrell, the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, told America magazine on the eve of this truly historic encounter at Havana's international José Marti airport, Cuba, on Feb 12.

    “Things that seemed impossible became possible, so we can be confident that even the difficulties between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches can eventually be...

  • What is it about Ash Wednesday that attracts people so? On this day, you see throngs of people in churches everywhere gathered to wait patiently on line for the imposition of the ashes upon their foreheads, to be told: “Remember man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return” (or a variation thereof). Apart from Christmas and Easter, this is the one day of the year that really draws people in past the threshold of a church door.

    I have often wondered about that: how a solemn...

  • So a fascist and a socialist walk into a bar in Manchester…

    The Trump soufflé didn’t fall in New Hampshire, and Democrats did not get cold feet about voting for Bernie Sanders. For the first time since 1960, all 10 counties went for the same candidate in both parties’ primaries, with Mr. Trump and Mr. Sanders building commanding leads from rural, economically distressed Coos County to the highly educated band of Boston exurbs in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties.

    On the...

  • Father Ron Gonzales, S.J. (Sean Salai, S.J./America Media)

    Father Ronald D. Gonzales, S.J., is pastor of Sacred Heart Church in El Paso, Tex. , a Jesuit parish that primarily serves migrants and is...

  • There’s a moment in the liturgy of Baptism when we are asked to reject Satan, and all his works, and all his empty promises. Just before Christ claims us, the church asks us to recognize evil for what it is: something ugly and stupid, something which separates us from ourselves.

    Primo Levi does the same in his memoire of Auschwitz,...