A Message from the Editor
There are many studies demonstrating the impact of gratuitous violence in an increase of violence in society. Please read Carl Kozlowski's review of the film Joker. Police have been called out to many theaters showing the film. We pray that those who hope to reduce the violence in our cities will boycott the film.
God of life, Source of hope, The violence within our world, Our communities, our families, Indeed our very selves Is destroying creation.
Make still The restless spirit within me That is self-seeking.
Stir within my heart A renewed spirit Of reverence, respect, and reconciliation.
In union With the Precious Blood of Jesus Give me strength To break the cycle of violence By realizing that peace begins with me.
Amen. by Missionaries of the Precious Blood
A Quote to Remember
Pope answers policies that suffocate hope. Key to this drama is the hope that one can change, be accepted, be forgiven and be reconciled. Without this vision the costs to society are uncountable. by Andrew Hamilton La Croix International Link to Forgiveness
Lithuania’s new cardinal spent time in Soviet prison for defending Catholicism by Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service/America Link to Prison Challenges
2 killed in shooting near German synagogue; 1 person arrested by Geir Moulson and Jens Meyer Religion News Service
Felled by bullets, 11 Pittsburgh Jews will be remembered this Yom Kippur as martyrs by Yonat Shimron Religion News Service Link to Antisemitism
Should A Catholic Support the Border Wall? by Daniel Mascarenhas, SJ The Jesuit Post
Violence on Amazonian border puts indigenous at risk, say church workers by Barbara J. Fraser, Catholic News Service/Natonal Catholic Reporter
Ecuador declares National State of Emergency by James Blears Vatican News
Pope unveils sculpture commemorating migrants and refugees by Vatican News Link to Spirituality and Art
Pope’s right-hand man works bureaucratic miracle for refugees by Paulina Guzik Crux
How to help others through a crisis of faith by Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck US Catholic
Study: Autistic Kids Struggle in the Catholic Church by Fr. Matthew Schneider , LC Patheos Link to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
A Journey to Religious Freedom and Education by Corinne Brodeur International Migration Commission
Pope Francis reminds Christians that migrants and refugees should be welcomed around the world by Gerard O’Connell America Link to Migrants, Refugees, and Immigrants
Campaigners express concern after Italian Court legalises euthanasia by Independent Catholic News Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
CAFOD at UN: 'World needs faith groups in fight against poverty' by Independent Catholic News Link to Poverty
Peru's Catholic bishops call for dialogue amid political crisis by La Croix International staff (with Catholic News Service)
Pope warns of ‘new barbarism’ in age of artificial intelligence by Inés San Martín Crux Link to Artificial Intelligence
What Americans can learn from Northern Ireland: Walls make bad neighbors by Joseph M. Brown and Gordon McCord America
Pope Francis sings the praises of Gregorian chantz by Deacon Greg Kandra Patheos Link to Spirituality and Music
'Why Is There Nothing Left?' Pension Funds Failing At Catholic Hospitals by Chris Arnold NPR/Religion News Service
For this Chicago pastor, community justice means food justice. by A U.S. Catholic interview
Transcribing Dorothy Day: Who wouldn't want to help make a saint? by Mark Piper National Catholic Reporter
Vatican financial control office director, four others suspended by CathNews Link to Financial Crimes
Government Plans to Begin DNA Testing on Detained Immigrants by New York Times/Bioethics.com
Women in church leadership: 40 years after Sr. Theresa Kane's request to pope by Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans Global Sisters Report Link to Women's Challenges
A Zen Priest Visits the Site Where Fr Thomas Merton Died by James Ford Patheos
The Amazon Synod: Laudato si’ in Action by Taylor Fulkerson, SJ The Jesuit Post
Catholic bishop in New Zealand resigns over sex allegationFrancis has accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Palmerston after being accused by a young woman and an independent investigation by La Croix International staff (with Catholic News Service)/ La Croix International
What Irish products in the US will be affected by Trump’s 25% EU tariff? by IrishCentral Staff IrishCentral
Newman and Ratzinger by David G. Bonagura, Jr.The Catholic Thing
Missionary nun says God hasn’t forgotten Haiti, but humanity has by Inés San Martín Crux
Bracing for a humanitarian crisis in Syria — UPDATED by Deacon Greg Kandra Patheos
Lost In Translation: How Christians Frequently Misunderstand Judaism by Guest Contributor Patheos Link to Catholic/Jewish Challenges
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Newman Reviewed by Michael Collins America
Giraffes on Horseback Salad’ Reviewed by J. Hoberman Tablet
100,000 Little Stalinists Reviewed by by David Mikics Tablet Magazine
Ad Astra Reviewed by Kevin Christopher Robles America
Toy Story 4 Reviewed by Don Johnson Catholic World Report
Downton Abbey Reviewed by Rob Weinert-Kendt America
Judy Reviewed by John Anderson America
Joker Reviewed by Carl Kozlowski Catholic World Report
God Friended Me’ Season 2: Brandon Micheal Hall on the Problem With Joy Commentary by Kate O'Hare Patheos
Theater Reviews and Commentaries
Feasting with the Saints
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 relationship. 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 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 Loved it.
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
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
An Encounter with Silence
Loving God, I come before you to pray for my brothers and sisters, your children and members of Christ’s body, at the southern border of the United States today.
What we read of their suffering seems nothing less than a Passion for thousands. Little children crowded into cells where they scarcely have room to stand. Without decent sanitation or food, separated from their families, the older ones taking care of the younger.
God of mercy, I believe that you live within whatever and whoever I am, the ground of my existence, its gracious cause and hope, its true future, its blessed promise of eternal life. I could not always have said so much. But now through your grace I do believe it.
But God of all, I am shaken in that faith when I read of what is happening on the threshold of my country. Are not the women and men and children there also vessels of your eternal presence? Many of them, most perhaps, from what we call the Northern Triangle, have indeed been baptized. But your incarnate Word is addressed to all of them. Your Spirit of freedom hovers over all of them
by Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J .America
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