Reflections on life, meaning and purpose

OSV News Showcase | July 14, 2023

What are you reading this weekend?

I took a look at my overflowing bookcase this afternoon and realized I need to finish and pass on books — stat. The problem is knowing where to start!

Will I finally wrap up Sertillanges’ “The Intellectual Life” or get sucked back into a mystery novel? Reread then pass on an adventurer’s captivating history of coffee and civilization? Read Joyce Kilmer’s anthology of Catholic poets? I haven’t bought a single book in over six months, yet somehow the to-read pile keeps growing exponentially.

However, you, dear reader, don’t have to sort through the 100+ stories we wrote this week. Below is a selection of OSV News content published on clients’ sites and curated just for you to keep you in the know. Enjoy!

Megan Marley

Digital Editor

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FDA approves first over-the-counter birth control pill

The Food and Drug Administration announced July 13 it approved the sale of a birth control pill without a prescription for the first time in the United States, a move that will increase the availability of oral contraception and impact ongoing debates about abortion policy post-Dobbs.

Annual Father Augustus Tolton procession to be joined by National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

An annual procession to Venerable Father Augustus Tolton’s gravesite in Illinois will be joined next year by pilgrims walking the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage en route to Indianapolis, the Diocese of Springfield’s worship director announced.

‘Right to life’ at stake: Catholics react to high court’s ruling on Navajo water rights

After a 5-4 Supreme Court decision struck a blow to the Navajo Nation’s request for federal assistance in securing water for the reservation June 22, Catholics who minister among Native Americans shared their thoughts on the historic water crisis facing the Southwest U.S. and the Indigenous populations who live there.

Northern Virginia diocese rolls out new paid family leave policy

The previous policy protected an eligible individual’s job for 12 weeks of family leave, as required by federal law, but the leave was unpaid unless the employee qualified for short-term disability or used vacation or sick days to cover time off.

US bishops praise expansion of family reunification processes for migrants

The U.S. bishops July 10 praised a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that it would expand family reunification processes for some migrants.

Special forces, weapons embargo needed to rescue Haiti, says leading Haitian-American priest

“There are not only many gangs in Haiti but they are equipped better than the police force. And the gangs are in the countryside, the mountains, and in the capital and the highways that lead to other big cities in Haiti.”

Cardinal-designate Pierre called to help people have ‘a personal encounter with Jesus’

Days after his appointment by Pope Francis, OSV News spoke with Cardinal-designate Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., who shared his thoughts on his new role, the Synod on Synodality, and why both the synod and the National Eucharistic Revival are “just the beginning” of a fresh encounter with Jesus Christ.

Kyiv bishop opens up about the spiritual impact of the war in Ukraine

With Russia’s war on Ukraine now approaching its 10th year – and the full-scale invasion surpassing the 500-day mark – OSV News traveled to Kyiv to meet with Bishop Vitalii Kryvytskyi of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kyiv-Zhytomyr, who shared his reflections on the war’s spiritual impact.

Antonio Canova: A rare glimpse into the process of creative genius

In our age of mass-produced objects, these masterworks in clay offer a rare visual connection to the human touch of an artist’s creative hand: One sees Canova’s rugged fingerprints in the clay. This impressive exhibition is on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, from June 11 through October 9, 2023, and at the Art Institute of Chicago from November 19, 2023, through March 18, 2024.

Elderly or homebound can still participate in parish life

COLUMN: There are myriad ways our homebound parishioners can still participate in parish life. Depending on a person’s capabilities and talents, they can participate — at their own pace — from their home.

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” (Paramount)

MOVIE REVIEW: In a timely move, the folks behind the slick, vibrant espionage thriller “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” (Paramount) have added an experimental Artificial Intelligence project run amok to their roster of villains.

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