America Magazine

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists in the Oval Office at the White House on March 24 after the American Health Care Act was pulled before a vote. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Predictably Mr. Trump has also clashed with the Catholic Church and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on many of the policies he has promoted during his first 100 days.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 9:48 pm

This is not TV viewing for the faint of heart or any other parts of the soul for that matter.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:46 pm

Forty years after the end of the Cultural Revolution, schoolchildren in China are once again being mobilized for an anti-espionage drive reminiscent of the Mao era.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:34 pm

Pope Francis addressed Muslim leaders in Egypt about the need to educate young people for peace.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 7:25 pm
Pope Francis shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, in Cairo, April 28 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia).
The pope emphasized that Egypt, because of its history and geographical position, “occupies a unique role in the Middle East.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:51 pm

“What is needed are peacemakers, not fomenters of conflict; firefighters not arsonists; preachers of reconciliation and not instigators of destruction.”
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:48 pm

President Trump’s budget provides a boost to “our common defense” at the price of cutting support for “the general welfare.”
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:15 pm
 04.19.2017 Pope Francis greets a young choir member during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The pope practices a 'very pastorally engaged moral theology.'
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:45 pm
Bill McKibben, author and activist, in 2009. Photo courtesy of Nancie Battaglia
Even fans of McKibben may not know that the founder of the 350.org environmental nonprofit is also a religious man.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:43 pm
In this Monday, April 24, 2017 photo, the shadow of Coptic Christian Ayman William is reflected on a dome where he is painting a biblical scene of Samson, at Mar Girgis Church in Zawiya al-Hamra, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
"God gave me talent and I must make use of it to serve him," Ayman William said.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:36 pm
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announces the disbandment of police operations against illegal drugs on Jan. 30 in Manila. (CNS photo/Ezra Acayan, Reuters)
"Filing a complaint at the ICC is a good move for the whole world to know that crimes against humanity, seemingly sanctioned by the government, are being committed in this Christian country," said Bishop Bastes.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:40 pm

If anyone doubted the damage a shallow, sanitized Marian ideal of womanhood could inflict—on women, on faith and on the church—Margaret Atwood’s 'The Handmaid’s Tale' shows us.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:34 pm
A billboard with a picture of Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II, left, welcomes Pope Francis, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday, April 27, 2017.  (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Pope Francis came to Egypt on Friday for a historic two-day visit aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God's name.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:33 pm

Celebrating Mass was wonderful the first time I did it 63 years ago. It is, if possible, even more wonderful today.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 7:35 pm

Dios sale a nuestro encuentro en medio de todos los desafíos que atravesamos en este mundo.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 7:27 pm

House Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to “reform and repeal” the Affordable Care Act before the clock runs out on the Trump administration’s first 100 days on Saturday, April 29.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:59 pm
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France, is pictured before the start of Pope Francis' general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will face off on May 7, when voters will choose who will be the French president for the next five years.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:38 pm
Women religious gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on March 23, the day the high court heard oral arguments in religious groups' suit against the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA) 
A year after the Supreme Court returned their cases to lower courts, those fighting Obamacare's contraception requirement still do not have a direction.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:34 pm
Stacks of booklets distributed by Jehovah’s Witnesses are seen during the court session on Dec. 16, 2010, in the Siberian town of Gorno-Altaysk, Russia. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alexandr Tyryshkin
Most recently, Russia banned Jehovah’s Witnesses, labeling them “extremist” and ordering the state to seize their properties.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:29 pm
Death-row inmate Ledell Lee. A ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing officials to use a lethal injection drug that a supplier says was misleadingly obtained cleared the way for Arkansas to execute Ledell Lee on Thursday, April 20, 2017, although he still had pending requests for reprieve. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
To take Holy Communion in the face of death is to say that it is fellowship, and not food, that matters most.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 8:09 pm
In this 1955 file photo, Mamie Bradley, mother of Emmett Till, pauses at her son's casket at a Chicago funeral home.
One cannot begin to understand the current deterioration of American race relations without confronting the enduring realities of white supremacy present in the case of Emmett Till.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 6:45 pm
A man rides a bicycle past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis April 26 ahead of the pontiff's April 28-29 visit to Cairo. (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)
“Peace be with you” was the message of the Risen Jesus to his disciples on the first Easter, and it is the message Francis will bring to the Muslim and Christian communities in this land.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 4:11 pm
Pope Francis is presented with a football helmet by Michigan football team coach Jim Harbaugh during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Coach Jim Harbaugh presented a custom Wolverines helmet and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers to Pope Francis.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 3:56 pm

The 'Hamlet'-inspired play made the playwright Tom Stoppard an overnight sensation.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 2:20 pm
In this Feb. 20, 2017 file photo, an Indonesian al-Azhar university student, center, and an elderly Egyptian woman pray at al-Azhar Mosque, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
This weekend, Pope Francis meets in Cairo with Al-Azhar's grand imam, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, their second meeting in a historic initiative to improve Muslim-Christian dialogue.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 2:14 pm
In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Moina Shaiq holds a sign at a rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Trump called the sanctuary cities order a "weapon" against communities that disagree with his preferred immigration policy
Posted: April 26, 2017, 1:58 pm
Pope Francis meets with Canadian bishops from Ontario on April 25 during their
Ontario bishops spoke particularly about concerns that proposed Ontario laws and policies surrounding euthanasia currently offer no real guarantees of the freedom of doctors and nurses to conscientiously object to actively helping a person die.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 1:40 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington is seen on Jan. 31. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) 
During oral arguments, the court seemed evenly divided as it examined whether an Alabama death-row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert during his sentencing trial more than 30 years ago.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 1:34 pm
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