A Message from the Editor
The United States has a humanitarian crisis at the United States/Mexican boarder and a moral crisis in the leadership in the White House. We demean the value and dignity of human life when we cage children, traumatically separate children from their parents, and express hatred for Latino immigrants and Muslims.
To counterbalance this hatred of immigrants, we have a review of the film St. Frances Xavier Cabrini by my friend Lucia Mauro about an extraordinary woman who spent her life loving and helping immigrants.
Prayer of the Month
A Prayer for Migrant Children
Good Lord, who said “Whoever receives one of these little ones, receives me,” bless the little ones who are caught in the struggle of migration, separation, and abuse. Give all those adults who are responsible for them and for their welfare the wisdom and courage to do the children justice and to protect them. Make our hearts more loving and willing to do the right thing by them. May we see in all people young and old your image and so reverence their great dignity.
We make our prayer through you who came among us as a child and who was forced to flee the threat of violence Amen
by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
Quote of the Month
Migrants trust that they will encounter acceptance, solidarity, and help, that they will meet people who will sympathize with the distress and tragedy experienced by others, recognize the values and resources the latter have to offer, and are open to sharing humanly and materially with the needy and disadvantaged.
by Pope Francis
1.6 Million Children in Need after Cyclone Idai hits South-East Africa by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World
USCCB president decries terrorist bombings of Sri Lanka churches, hotels by Catholic News Service/ National Catholic Reporter
Young Martyr: 11-Year-Old Was Murdered While Standing in Line for Communion by Deacon Greg Kandra Patheos Link to War/Terrorism/Genocide
Honoring Victims and Survivors of the Holocaust by United States Holocaust Museum
Northern Ireland bishop expresses ‘shock, revulsion’ after journalist’s murder by Charles Collins Crux
After Columbine: How one survivor found faith, and a vocation by Jonah McKeown Angelus Link to Vocations
Cardinal Tagle: Fight Evil with Humility, Never with Violence by Roy Lagarde Zenit
Church’s Teachings Challenge Troubling Migration Policies and Practices by Dr. Anne T. Gallagher International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
Mexican bishops deplore plight of migrants by Fides News/Independent Catholic News
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing by Norma Martinez WBEZ
Why We Need to Do More to Fight Islamophobia by Carly Pildis The Tablet
Bannon helps spread cancer of populist nationalism by Michael Sean Winters National Catholic Reporter
Steve Bannon and U.S. ultra-conservatives take aim at Pope Francis by Richard Engel NBC News
'The Brink' shows Steve Bannon as a human, and as the enemy by Sr. Rose Pacatte National Catholic Reporter
Call to end Affordable Care Act is 'immoral,' says CHA president by Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Agency/The Pilot
Northern Ireland bishop expresses ‘shock, revulsion’ after journalist’s murder by Charles Collins Crux
From Ballymun to Chile in search of social justice by Hannah Harn The Irish Catholic Link to Social Justice
English cardinal: Human slavery ‘as deep as ever, just in different forms’ by Christopher White Crux
The Jews of San Miguel de Allende by Roslyn Bernstein The Tablet Magazine
Poems from children on the frontlines of climate change by Veronica Gaylie America
Visit With Raphael Mechoulam, the Israeli Godfather of Cannabinoid Research by Madison Margolin Tablet Magazine
Jewish rock-n-roll journo describes her path into the Church by Charles C. Camosy Crux
Justice Wecht Breaks Judicial Silence on Anti-Semitism by Joel Cohen America Link to Antisemitism
Should the Church focus only on "spiritual matters"? by Fr. Nick Meisl Catholic Canada
The Fire of Notre Dame and the Theology of Architecture by René Albert Patheos Link to Spirituality and Architecture
She was buried in a mudslide that killed her father and brother. Singing has been her salvation by Catherine Saillant The Los Angeles Times Link to Spirituality and Music
Pope Francis makes Surprise visit to Alzheimer Patients for Mercy Friday by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World Link to Alzheimer’s disease
He’s 4 years old with Down syndrome, and his brothers’ joyful keeper by Annalisa Teggi Aleteia
What happens when a priest is falsely accused of sexual abuse by Michael J. O’Loughlin America
Solitary confinement in U.S. prisons qualifies today as torture by Mark Pattison Catholic News Service/Crux Link to Prison Challenges
Bishop calls on UK to promote global abolition of death penalty by Independent Catholic News Link to Death Penalty
Cardinal address epidemic of violence sweeping the U.K. by Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service/The Arlington Catholic Herald
Summary Report on End-Of-Life Care (euthanasia) In Québec. by Alex Schadenberg Catholic Canada Link to End of Life
Pope cites tech whiz as role model for young people by Junno Arocho Esteves Crux
What’s in your cup of coffee? Capeltic, a Chiapas-based cooperative, is serving up dignity by Jan-Albert Hootsen America
Meet The Catholic Graffiti Artist Who Created A Giant St. Thomas Aquinas Mural In Texas by Vivian Cabrera America Link to Spirituality and Art
Importance & Influence of Blessed Cardinal Newman by Dave Armstrong Patheos
Pope: human trafficking a crime of the “commercialization of the other" by Robin Gomes Vatican News Link to Human Trafficking
Can you find God in a black hole? by Guy Consolmagno America
Across the Universe: An extraordinary, ordinary man by Br. Guy Consolmagno The Catholic Astronomer
Parish ministries working to end domestic violence by Michelle Martin Chicago Catholic Link to Domestic Violence
Euthanasia would undermine whānau values by Dame Tariana Turia NZ Herald
Dozens of doctors in Appalachia charged in opioid fraud bust by Gabriella Borter Reuters Link to Substance Use/Addiction
Nun who threw “perfect pitch” at Chicago Sox game to get own baseball card by John Burger Aleteia Link to Sports and Spirituality
Liturgy Q & A: Communion for the Autistic by Fr. Edward McNamara Zenit
Health Equity: Examining How Systemic Racism Has Sickened Our Communities by NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Untold Story: Nazi Murder, Torture and ‘Experiments’ on Polish Girls in Ravensbrück Prison Camp by Brian Kelly Catholicism
Though this holy priest died of cancer, here’s why he’s recognized as a martyr of Communist Poland by Larry Peterson Aleteia
NATO Military Alliance Incompatible with Gospel Nonviolence · by Tony Magliano Pax Christi International
Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop of Cork & Ross by Jim Fair Zenit
25 years after Rwanda genocide, survivors forgive killers by Associated Press/Crux Link to Forgiveness and to War/Terrorism/Genocide
Cardinal: Create a sense of belonging for young people to counteract gang culture, knife crime by Independent Catholic News Link to Gang Violence
Robots are coming: Time to consider the ethical dimensions by Paul de Dinechin Aleteia Link to Artificial Intelligence
The day Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day and Bruce Springsteen met at America magazine by Chad Mitchum America
Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years by David Crary Associated Press/Crux
‘Harry Potter’ books burned at Catholic parish in Poland by Monica Scislowka Associated Press/America
China's 'genocide' unlike any other The global community must act to end the forcible extraction of organs from prisoners of conscience by Benedict Rogers La Croix International
Archbishop Auza Stresses Climate Concerns at Fordham Conference by Zenit Staff Zenit Link to Environment Challenges
The gifts of poetry and Down syndrome. Tyrants, who are usually expert in doing the numbers, often fear poets because they cut through the shallow, the cheap and the brutal by Andrew Hamilton La Croix International Link to Spirituality and Poetry
Teen kicks cancer, ready to head to World Irish Dance Championship by Mary Stachyra Lopez Crux Link to Cancer
Diocese faces demand for Spanish-speaking priests by Zita B. Fletcher Catholic Herald
National Trust: One-third of Canada’s churches to close within 10 years by Michael Swan Catholic News Service/Crux
New Zealand mosque attack: Egypt’s grand imam schools the West on terror equality by Ashraf Ramelah Voice of the Copts Link to War/Terrorism/Genocide
An Exorcist Comments on Walmart’s Satanic Products by Patti Armstrong National Catholic Register Link to Exorcism and Satanism
Artificial Intelligence experts at Rome event warn of ‘technology arms race’ by Claire Giangravè Crux Link to Artificial Intelligence
David Hogg in Minneapolis: Work Together on Gun Violence by Jack Hartjes Patheos Link to Gun Violence
Q & A with Sr. Véronique Margron, leader of religious addressing abuse in church by Elisabeth Auvillain Global Sisters Report Link to Sexual Violence Against Women
With a church in crisis, why do Catholic women stay? by Cecilia González-Andrieu America Link to Women's Challenges
You can’t keep your kids from screen addiction unless you do this one thing by Mathilde De Robien Aleteia
Former Catholic priest to plead guilty in child porn case by Associated Press/Idaho State Journal Link to Pornography Challenges
Priest arrested in arms fair protest by Independent Catholic News
Occam’s Razor, a Feast for William, and a Celebration of Critical Thinking by James Ford Patheos
Father Greg Boyle’s solution to an unjust criminal justice system: radical kinship by J.D. Long-García America Link to Prison Challenges
Marquette’s Markus Howard is changing the way athletes talk about mental health by Zac Davis America Link to Mental Health/Illness
Beirut: Young people from 43 countries attend Taize weekend by Katja Dorothea Buck Independent Catholic News
The Power of Negative Thinking: On Trauma and Validation by Melinda Selmys Patheos
Small Portland parish offers big hospitality to poor, homeless by Peter Feuerherd National Catholic Reporter Link to Homeless
Out of Darkness. What We Can Learn from a New Orleans Lynching by Paul Moses Commonweal Link to Racial Challenges and to Murder
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Dorothy Day: An Introduction to Her Life and Thought by Terrence C. Wright Reviewed by Rachelle Linner The Pilot
When Jesuits were Giants by Fr James Schall Reviewed by Tracey Rowland Catholic World Report
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe Commentary by Terrance Klein America
Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky Reviewed by Jake Marmer Tablet
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris Reviewed by David Russell Mosley Patheos
Miracle Workers by Simon Rich Reviewed by Jake Kring-Schreifels America
The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard Rohr Reviewed by Cathleen Falsani Religion News Service/National Catholic Reporter
Making Missionary Disciples by Curtis Martin Reviewed by Kathryn Mihaliak Wallice National Catholic Register
Glorious Weakness by Alia Joy Reviewed by Kristy Burmeister Patheos
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Reviewed by Anna Clara Ionta Profiles in Catholicism
The Italian Panacea in Two Films by Lucia Mauro by Anna Clara Ionta Symposium on Italian Cinema
Mary Magdalene Reviewed by by John Anderson America
The Brink Commentary by Sr. Rose Pacatte National Catholic Reporter
Us Reviewed by Eve Tushnet America
'Prey': A documentary by Windsor director shines a light on sexual abuse by priests? Commentary by CBC News
Unplanned Reviewed by Kate O'Hare Patheos
Faces Places. Reviewed by Charles Bramesco Vulture
The Devil’s Doorway Reviewed by Eve Tushnet America
Avengers: Endgame Commentary by Colten Biro, SJ The Jesuit Post
Dumbo Reviewed by Steven D. Greydanus National Catholic Register
Shazam Reviewed by Paul Asay Patheos
Noah Commentary by Peter T. Chattaway Patheos
The Best of Enemies Reviewed by Sr. Rose Pacatte Patheos
Five Feet Apart Reviewed by Roberto J. De La Noval America
Les Miserables Reviewed by Kate O'Hare Patheos
Game of Thrones On ‘Game of Thrones,’ Jesus Christ is a girl on a dragon by Jim McDermott America
Workin’Moms Reviewed by Megan Harper Patheos
Fosse/Verdon Reviewed by Rob Weinert-Kendt America
Wine Masters Review, Season 1: France Commentary by Bernard Kenner
Oranges and Ink Reviewed by Christy Lawrance Independent Catholic News
The Jungle Reviewed by Yasmine El Rashidi NYR Daily
Feasting with the Saints
A Prayer for Those Killed and Harmed and their Families in the Sri Lanka Terrorist Attack
Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all those who work for peace,
And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts. by Author Unknown
A Prayer for Those Who Have Suffered Abuse by the Clergy
God, in your providential love you comfort those who are wounded and afflicted.
Hear our prayers for those who have suffered abuse by those in their families or by those entrusted with their care.
In a special way, we pray for those who suffered abuse by clergy who betrayed a sacred trust and who were meant to stand for your loving presence in their lives.
May those who have been hurt find support and encouragement in communities of faith, hope, and love.
May they discover healing in genuinely loving and caring relationships.
May they reclaim hope for themselves. May they be strengthened and confirmed in their resolve to set things aright.
May they rest in you who make all things work for the good. Amen
by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to Prevent Nuclear War
Lord God, you created life and beauty in this world. You then entrusted the human community with caring for, and enhancing, your creation. Strengthen us, we pray, in this challenging time when the power to destroy this creation has grown so dangerously. Lead us on a road of peace, a road that includes a program of removing all nuclear weapons from our earth. We cannot hope to meet this challenge without your continuing presence and support. For this we make our prayerful plea in your name. by John T. Pawlikowski, OSM Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to Prevent Antisemitism
Lord God, through the covenant you established with the Jewish People, we Christians have been grafted into this covenantal tradition according to St. Paul. But very often throughout history we have shown ourselves ungrateful for this gift given us through Jesus who imbued in his teachings this Jewish covenantal tradition through acts of antisemitism. We join with Popes St. John Paul II and Francis in confessing our sins of antisemitism past and present. Through this prayer we commit ourselves to the elimination any remaining anti-Semitic teachings in the Catholic community and pledge to add our public voice in denouncing any manifestations of antisemitism in contemporary society. We ask your blessing so that we may have the strength to fulfill this pledge we make in your presence.
by John T. Pawlikowski, OSM Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to End Racism
As we gather together for prayer and communion, we are reaffirming our commitment to love unconditionally, welcome all people and work to root out the cancer of racism that betrays our faith and country’s highest principles.”
by The Rev. Dr. Darryl Roberts, Senior Pastor, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Washington. DC
A Prayer for East Africa
O Lord, with so much tragedy going on in our own country, children separated from their parents at our borders,
needy asylum seekers turned away,
against the spirit of all that we stand for,
as stated on the Statue of Liberty,
help us to think of, pray for, and find the means to help others
around the world, especially the millions of people facing starvation in East Africa.
We are called by the Jewish prophets and by Jesus
to help all in need, and our country has the resources to do so.
Help us to work together with other nations around the world
to raise awareness of the desperation of the East Africans,
and to pool our resources to send them food and medical aid,
so that they may survive and help others to survive and thrive.
We ask this in the name of our Loving Father, the Son who sacrificed his life for all, and the Holy Spirit who permeates all reality and the hearts and souls of all humans.
Amen by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse
God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
To save us by the blood of his cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
by Christian Peschken Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to End Gun Violence
Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem,
Before your passion,
As your people waved palms in your honor,
You saw the city and wept over it because you
You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer
In that beloved city
still you loved it and wept over it.
Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them,
Love them and protect them.
Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer
Violence and chaos.
Weep over us and love us.
Lord Jesus, weep over us and love us. (See Lk 19)
by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M.. Profiles in Catholicism
Why did St. Padre Pio receive the Stigmata? by EWTN Vaticano
Sandpiper Shores Elementary School students honor child survivors of the Holocaust
Conference on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment
by Archdiocese of Winnipeg
How Do We Drive Demons from Our Lives?
by Rabbi Schneider
Dr Gregory Bottaro and Father Ian VanHeusen on Catholic Mindfulness by CatholicPsych Institute
Alfred de Zayas about Global Compact for Migration by Christian Peschken PESCHKEN reports