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  • October 27, 2014

    Mercy on the Mediterranean

    “We don’t know where to go to cry for them,” one survivor told Pope Francis at a gathering on Oct. 1 to mark the anniversary of the Lampedusa tragedy. A year after more than 360 migrants perished in a shipwreck off the tiny Italian island, many families still do not know where the recovered bodies of their loved ones were laid to rest. The question for the international community is:...

  • October 20, 2014

    Father Arrupe’s Return

    “The ship of the Society has been tossed around by the waves, and there is nothing surprising in this,” said Pope Francis during a Vespers service in Rome on Sept. 27 that marked the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814, after its suppression by Pope Clement XIV in 1773. The pope urged his brother Jesuits: “Row then! Row, be strong, even against a headwind!...

  • October 13, 2014

    Breaking Ebola

    Six months into the unprecedented outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, the United States and international community are finally trying to catch up to the crisis. On Sept. 16 President Obama committed 3,000 military personnel and $750 million to coordinate relief efforts. Two days later the United Nations Security Council convened its first emergency meeting on a public health crisis...

  • October 6, 2014

    Sacred Silence

    Everyone knows—or should know—that a priest cannot break the confessional seal. Canon law is clear on this point. Some have argued that the person making a confession can waive his or her right to confidentiality and thus release the priest from his obligation. That question might soon reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • September 29. 2014

    Voting on Trial

    It is not yet November, but voting in this year’s midterm elections is well underway. In North Carolina, Alaska and Georgia, election officials have already sent out “no excuse” absentee ballots. And thanks to a recent federal court ruling that blocked early voting restrictions in the Buckeye State, Ohioans can begin voting in person on Sept. 30. 

  • September 22, 2014

    Final Payments

  • September 15, 2014

    The Minority Majority

  • Sept. 1-8, 2014

    Into Africa

  • August 18-25, 2014

    Assisted Suicide Split

  • August 4-11, 2014

    Revamping God’s Bank

    Ridding the beleaguered Vatican Bank of the occasional scandal is not enough for Cardinal George Pell, the new prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy appointed by Pope Francis to lead the reform efforts. “Our ambition is to become something of a model for financial management,” the Australian prelate told a packed press conference held on July 9 to unveil the latest measures in the...