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Preparing for the Storm: Anticipating and Countering the Likely Attacks on Pope Francis and His Environmental Encyclical

Over the past several weeks, Pope Francis has made explicit reference to the challenge of climate change with respect to nutrition, migration and the United Nations international treaty negotiations. Given that Francis’ ecological encyclical is expected to be published in the next several months, these remarks make it seem increasingly likely that the pope will […]

The Difference between Saints and Celebrities

When I was younger, I never felt that I was particularly gifted. I liked to draw and did well enough in sports, but it always seemed to me that I was a dimly glowing ember outshone by radiant stars. As a college freshman in particular, I recall attending various student events and feeling that I […]

A Glimmer of Hope in the Struggle to Contain the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared two West African nations—Senegal and Nigeria—free of the Ebola virus. This encouraging news of the successful containment of imported cases of Ebola is tempered by worrying figures. More than 10,000 cases—all but 27 of them have occurred inside Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea—have been reported in eight countries, […]

On Love and Dignity and Dying

This post by Jason Welle, SJ is also featured on The Jesuit Post. Maybe by now you’ve heard the story of the California woman who shortly after her 29th birthday learned that she had brain cancer. About two months after her initial diagnosis, she learned that it was a very aggressive, incurable cancer and she […]

Why All Neutral Baseball Fans Should Back the Royals

Traditional sources of community have been frayed in modern American life. People change jobs more frequently, are more likely to relocate across the country from their family and friends, and local clubs and organizations have declined in membership. One enduring source of community, however, is sports. While the players might come and go more frequently […]

Before You Know It: Learning to Love

This post by Brendan Busse, SJ is also featured on The Jesuit Post. My memory stinks. It’s incredible how little content I actually remember from my own schooling. As a teacher this both frustrated me and liberated me from the ego-driven worry that my students would receive, savor, and treasure every last pearl that dropped from my […]

Are You Not Entertained?: How Should NFL Fans Respond to Off-the-Field Violence?

In the days leading up to this year’s Super Bowl, journalists pondered whether the NFL’s drive to increase revenue might come at the cost of squeezing out the NFL’s broadest fan base. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell enticed owners back in 2010 with the goal of tripling league revenue to $25 billion by 2027. As USA […]


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