• In the introduction to her book “Andalusian Hours: Poems from the Porch of Flannery O’Connor” (Paraclete Press, 2020), Angela Alaimo O’Donnell recounts how “at least one reader” asked “...

    <p>This meme accompanies the second article of Faith Alive! No 27. (CNS illustration; photo by Chaz Muth) </p>

    This meme accompanies the second article of Faith Alive! No 27. (CNS illustration; photo by Chaz Muth)

  • In the introduction to her 2014 prose work “Mortal Blessings,” poet and educator Angela Alaimo O’Donnell offers this frank observation: “Poetry seemed to be something I could manage on...

    <p>Angela Alaimo O&rsquo;Donnell is a writer, poet and professor at Fordham University in New York City. (CNS photo courtesy Angela Alaimo O&rsquo;Donnell)  </p>

    Angela Alaimo O’Donnell is a writer, poet and professor at Fordham University in New York City. (CNS photo courtesy Angela Alaimo O’Donnell)

  • The church teaches that parents are the primary educators of the faith. I have to be honest: That made me uncomfortable.

    <p>Matt Palmer is director of media relations for Towson University in Maryland. He formerly was a social media strategist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (CNS photo courtesy Matt Palmer)  </p>

    Matt Palmer is director of media relations for Towson University in Maryland. He formerly was a social media strategist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (CNS photo courtesy Matt Palmer)

  • Blessed Stanley Rother, left, a young priest from Oklahoma, served impoverished indigenous people in Guatemala.

    Blessed Stanley Rother, left, a young priest from Oklahoma, served impoverished indigenous people in Guatemala. In 1981, Father Stanley Rother became the first American citizen to be martyred. (CNS file photo)

    Feb 16, 2021
  • Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest is seen in this 2012 file photo.

    Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest is seen in this 2012 file photo. The encyclical, "Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home," encourages "a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet." (CNS photo by Octavio Duran)

    Feb 10, 2021
  • Solar panels are seen on the roof of the Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican in this Dec. 1, 2010, file photo. Under Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican City began installing solar panels in 2008.

    Solar panels are seen on the roof of the Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican in this Dec. 1, 2010, file photo. Under Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican City began installing solar panels in 2008. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)

    Feb 10, 2021
  • Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, second from left, joins hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Edgar Chandler and Msgr. Robert J. Hagarty of Chicago, far right, in 1964 at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights in Chicago's Soldier Field.

    Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, second from left, joins hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Edgar Chandler and Msgr. Robert J. Hagarty of Chicago, far right, in 1964 at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights in Chicago's Soldier Field. King once said, "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." (CNS photo courtesy University of Notre Dame)

    Feb 04, 2021
  •  People in Kenosha, Wis., march during a protest Aug. 27, 2020, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times in the back Aug. 24 while entering his car with his three small children inside the vehicle. We experience solidarity when we gather to march for social justice.

    People in Kenosha, Wis., march during a protest Aug. 27, 2020, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times in the back Aug. 24 while entering his car with his three small children inside the vehicle. We experience solidarity when we gather to march for social justice. (CNS photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

    Feb 04, 2021
  • This is a screen grab of North America's Building Trades Unions' website.

    This is a screen grab of North America's Building Trades Unions' website. (CNS screen grab)

    Jan 29, 2021

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