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America Magazine - The Jesuit Review The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture America magazine was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1909 as a Catholic weekly review of faith and culture.

The first editor in chief was John J. Wynne, S.J. (1859-1948), who also conceived the idea of the Catholic Encyclopedia, the first volume of which appeared in 1907 under his direction. From 1892 Wynne edited a devotional Catholic monthly, The Messenger of the Sacred Heart. Determined to publish materials less devotional and more wide-ranging, so that readers might ”find God in all things,” he had by 1902 divided that earlier journal in two: The Messenger of the Sacred Heart, which remained the organ of the Apostleship of Prayer, and The Messenger, a Catholic magazine of more general interest. He wanted The Messenger to be yet ”more solid and serious,” and in 1909 the improved version appeared as America. This title was meant to demonstrate the new magazine's scope, and the subtitle “Catholic Review of the Week” specified its point of view. The Jesuits at America From the beginning the magazine has been the work of Jesuits and lay colleagues from across the United States and this breadth of origin was reflected in the first editorial board, composed of Jesuits from all the U.S. provinces of the Society of Jesus then existing. Wynne himself, a peremptory if industrious character, lasted only a few months as editor of America, but the editorial formula he devised lasts to this day—editorial comment, articles and reviews of arts and letters. Since 1909 over 200 U.S. and Canadian Jesuits have been associated with America. Prominent Jesuits associated with our history include the social critic and civil rights activist John LaFarge, the theologian John Courtney Murray and Congressman Robert F. Drinan. America’s tenth editor in chief, Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. later served as president of Fordham University. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., president emeritus of Georgetown University, has been a regular contributor to America since 1969. Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., America’s current Books Editor first wrote for the magazine in 1957. Editorial Directions America aggressively promoted racial and social justice from the 1930s through the 1960s, with the contributions of longtime editors like John LaFarge, S.J., and Benjamin Masse, S.J. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-38), the magazine was sympathetic to Spanish Catholics and therefore tended to support the Catholic aspects of Franco’s cause, and on this issue the magazine parted company with liberal U.S. journals with which it is sometimes compared. On the other hand, in the early 1950s, under the editorship of Robert Hartnett, S.J., America criticized Senator Joseph McCarthy, who was often championed by Catholics of that day for his supposed anti-communism, and the magazine and its editor suffered for that principled stand. In the 1960s the magazine enthusiastically reported and supported Vatican Council II, and America Press Inc. published the first available English edition of the counciliar documents. Between 1960 and 1970, C. J. McNaspy, S.J., one of the associate editors, enlivened the magazine’s appreciation of liturgy, music and the fine arts. Throughout its history, America has sought balance in its coverage, always preferring analysis to ideology. A historical example is the editorial of Aug. 17, 1968, carefully dissenting from that part of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae” which prohibited all forms of artificial birth control. During the post-Vatican II period, the editors consistently promoted conciliar reform, but they struck a balance between the extremes of opinion in the reforming church, acting as a bridge for church dialogue. New York City The headquarters of America has been located at various addresses in Manhattan since its founding. America began life at 32 Washington Square West. In 1911, the editors moved to 59 East 83rd Street. In 1918, the editorial residence was a town house at 39 West 86th Street. Then, in 1926, another move was made, this time to a double house at 329 West 108th Street, where the editors remained for 39 years. In 1962, a generous gift from Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston made it possible to purchase a building at 106 West 56th Street, which had been the New York headquarters of a national fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. The nine-story facility contained living quarters, library, editorial and business offices, meeting halls and a chapel designed by Thomas Slon, S.J. In 2016, America announced the sale of its headquarters building and re-location to modern facilities elsewhere in Manhattan. America Today In 2015, Matt Malone, S.J., 14th editor in chief, announced that America Press, the publisher of America magazine, would be relaunched as America Media and would produce content across multiple media platforms in addition to print. In 2017, the number of annual print issues was reduced from 39 to 26, reflecting the fact that the majority of America’s content was now produced daily online and through social media. The print edition and website were also re-designed and relaunched in January, 2017 as America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture.

Mission: The ministry of the word we exercise at America is a distinctive one. We are neither an official nor a semi-official review; neither a scholarly periodical nor a catechetical one. We are a journal of Catholic opinion. We serve educated Catholics and other readers interested in intelligent examination of church and world affairs, seen through the lens of the Catholic faith and with the eyes of catholic reason. As Jesuits, we will continue to carry out our mission with fidelity to the Petrine office, to Pope Francis and to his fellow bishops.

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As a ministry of the church, America Media exists to bear witness to a different perspective, one rooted in the same rea...
12/02/2020
What St. Edmund Campion and AIDS victims share: They were killed by fear

As a ministry of the church, America Media exists to bear witness to a different perspective, one rooted in the same reality for which Edmund Campion died, the same reality in which our forebears labored at this work. Either America, the magazine, belongs to every faithful Catholic voice or it is not Catholic. Either America, the country, belongs to all Americans or it belongs to no one.

Father Matt Malone’s homily for the Feast of St. Edmund Campion, patron America Media.

Learning these stories is imperative if L.G.B.T. people and their families and friends are to have a proper understandin...
12/01/2020
What reporting on the AIDS epidemic taught me about my fellow LGBT Catholics

Learning these stories is imperative if L.G.B.T. people and their families and friends are to have a proper understanding of our church’s history.

Part of my project aims to show that Catholics responded heroically to H.I.V. and AIDS in the early days. What I didn’t realize in setting out to tell these stories was how raw that time remains for…

12/01/2020
Austen Ivereigh on writing with Pope Francis

Papal biographer Austen Ivereigh joins "Inside the Vatican" host Colleen Dulle to discuss his collaboration with Pope Francis on the new book "Let Us Dream."

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Papal biographer Austen Ivereigh joins "Inside the Vatican" host Colleen Dulle to discuss his collaboration with Pope Francis on the new book "Let Us Dream,"...

Today’s the day to power change!Thrive For Life empowers incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people by providing spir...
12/01/2020

Today’s the day to power change!

Thrive For Life empowers incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people by providing spiritual support, academic services, transitional housing and workforce training and America Media does it through amplifying the voices of the marginalized in award-winning coverage and storytelling.

Your gift will be split evenly between America and Thrive for Life.

Make your gift now: www.americamedia.org/givingtuesday.

Given that the entire Advent season revolves around the birth of the God-child, we should pause to consider what it is a...
12/01/2020
The example of a child’s faith

Given that the entire Advent season revolves around the birth of the God-child, we should pause to consider what it is about children that makes them true reflections of God’s wisdom.

Listen to an audio reflection for the first Tuesday of Advent 🎧

A Reflection for the First Tuesday of Advent

The Buffalo diocese — upstate New York’s largest with 163 parishes and missions across eight counties — sought bankruptc...
12/01/2020
Pope Francis names new bishop to Buffalo diocese facing hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits

The Buffalo diocese — upstate New York’s largest with 163 parishes and missions across eight counties — sought bankruptcy protection in February, citing hundreds of lawsuits filed against it since August 2019.

The Buffalo diocese sought bankruptcy protection in February, citing hundreds of lawsuits filed against it since August 2019 over its handling of sexual abuse allegations.

Seventy-six Catholic nuns have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak at a Franciscan convent in northwestern Ge...
12/01/2020
76 Franciscan nuns test positive at monastery in Germany

Seventy-six Catholic nuns have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak at a Franciscan convent in northwestern Germany, church authorities said Tuesday.

Local health authorities put the the entire monastery under quarantine late last week after the first cases of coronavirus were discovered there.

Pope Francis: Guaranteeing justice for all men and women is not possible while a few people control most of the world’s ...
12/01/2020
Pope Francis to judges: There cannot be true social justice amid deep inequality

Pope Francis: Guaranteeing justice for all men and women is not possible while a few people control most of the world’s wealth and everyone else’s right to a dignified life is disregarded.

Guaranteeing justice for all men and women is not possible while a few people control most of the world’s wealth and everyone else’s right to a dignified life is disregarded, Pope Francis said.

“Because of the pandemic, there are more elderly people who live alone. We can create bonds with each of them — this is ...
12/01/2020
Vatican tells young people to ask for words of wisdom for Christmas

“Because of the pandemic, there are more elderly people who live alone. We can create bonds with each of them — this is a treasure waiting to be discovered!”

One present young people should ask for this Christmas is words of wisdom from older people they know.

We do not want judges to act immorally, but at the same time, we do not want them to replace legal analysis with persona...
12/01/2020
Six Catholics are on the Supreme Court. What they should do on death penalty cases isn’t clear—or satisfying.

We do not want judges to act immorally, but at the same time, we do not want them to replace legal analysis with personal moral conclusions, no matter how much we agree with them.

The Trump administration’s speed-up of federal executions is bringing new scrutiny to Catholic judges. Nathaniel V. Romano, S.J., writes about the challenges facing the faithful in a pluralist…

Less than 24 hours until #GivingTuesday! Power change by supporting Thrive for Life’s Ignacio House and American Media! ...
11/30/2020
Power Change with Jesuits! Transform lives this #GivingTuesday

Less than 24 hours until #GivingTuesday!

Power change by supporting Thrive for Life’s Ignacio House and American Media! Check out this video to learn more.

Your gift transforms lives. Can we count on you to make a gift tomorrow?

Make your gift early: www.americamedia.org/givingtuesday.

Make your gift today: https://www.americamagazine.org/givingtuesdayThis #GivingTuesday, power real change by supporting two Jesuit ministries committed to pe...

In his first interview since returning to Rome, the pope’s former treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, said he feels a disma...
11/30/2020
Cardinal Pell says he feels ‘vindicated’ by Vatican finance corruption being investigated

In his first interview since returning to Rome, the pope’s former treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, said he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation.

In his first interview since returning to Rome, Cardinal Pell said he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed.

The call to discipleship is a call to learn about Jesus first. It’s not an instantaneous promotion.Listen to a reflectio...
11/30/2020
Being a disciple means being a student of Jesus

The call to discipleship is a call to learn about Jesus first. It’s not an instantaneous promotion.

Listen to a reflection for the Feast of St. Andrew:

A Reflection for the Feast of St. Andrew

Molly Mattingly's  (much more conventional) Advent playlist includes music that draws her into preparing and waiting in ...
11/30/2020
Advent Playlist: Classic hymns to help you wait in hope

Molly Mattingly's (much more conventional) Advent playlist includes music that draws her into preparing and waiting in hope for Christ’s coming.

Last year, 'America' published “An (unconventional) Advent Playlist.” This is my (much more conventional) Advent playlist.

Advent is a reminder that, just as the baby Jesus and his blessed Mother and Joseph made their way across Palestine on a...
11/30/2020
An (unconventional) Advent playlist

Advent is a reminder that, just as the baby Jesus and his blessed Mother and Joseph made their way across Palestine on a donkey, so, too, are we all on various types of journeys in our lives.

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is not the only Advent song out there.

To use a 21st-century expression, Mark reminds us all to stay woke! We must be mindful of what is happening to us and ar...
11/30/2020
What does it mean to ‘be alert’ during Advent?

To use a 21st-century expression, Mark reminds us all to stay woke! We must be mindful of what is happening to us and around us.

We must be mindful of what is happening to us and around us, responsible for ourselves, our actions and our community.

You can power change this #GivingTuesday!Thrive For Life empowers incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people by provi...
11/30/2020

You can power change this #GivingTuesday!

Thrive For Life empowers incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people by providing spiritual support, academic services, transitional housing and workforce training and America Media does it through amplifying the voices of the marginalized in award-winning coverage and storytelling.

Can we count on your support? Your gift will be split evenly between America and Thrive for Life.

Make your gift early: www.americamedia.org/givingtuesday. Every gift transforms lives!

To learn more about Thrive For Life, visit www.thriveforlife.org.

Please join our Board of Directors and staff on Dec. 1  at 11am ET for a live-stream Mass to celebrate the Feast of St. ...
11/29/2020
Feast of St. Edmund Campion, S.J., Mass with America Media

Please join our Board of Directors and staff on Dec. 1 at 11am ET for a live-stream Mass to celebrate the Feast of St. Edmund Campion, S.J., patron saint of America Media. Mass will be celebrated by editor in chief Matt Malone, S.J.
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Please join us on the Feast of St. Edmund Campion, S.J., - Tuesday, December 1 - at 11 am ET for a live, virtual Mass.

Science will eventually save us from the pandemic, but who will save us from ourselves? A reflection for the first Sunda...
11/29/2020
It’s Advent and it’s okay to be sad

Science will eventually save us from the pandemic, but who will save us from ourselves?

A reflection for the first Sunday of Advent:

It is okay to be sad. Rather than loathe, we lament, because we know of a better land.

"The first step of faith is to tell God that we need him" and to ask that he "come close to us once more," the pope said...
11/29/2020
Pope Francis celebrates start of Advent with new cardinals, warning against indifference and mediocrity

"The first step of faith is to tell God that we need him" and to ask that he "come close to us once more," the pope said. "God wants to draw close to us, but he will not impose himself; it is up to us to keep saying to him, 'Come!'"

People should repeat this short prayer frequently throughout the day -- "before our meetings, our studies and our work, before making decisions, in every important or difficult moment of our lives -- 'Come, Lord Jesus!'" the pope said.

Pope Francis said the two key phrases for the Advent season were God's closeness and people's vigilance against indifference and mediocrity

Like most things in 2020, this will be an Advent unlike any other. These short reflections, written by the staff of Amer...
11/29/2020
Coming soon: Daily Advent Reflections

Like most things in 2020, this will be an Advent unlike any other. These short reflections, written by the staff of America Media, are meant to help you take a few minutes each day to reflect on the coming of our savior at Christmas.

Join America Media as we prepare for the coming of our Lord with special daily Advent reflections on The Word podcast.

At consistory in Rome today, Pope Francis created 13 cardinals, including Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington D...
11/28/2020
Pope Francis has made Wilton Gregory the first African-American cardinal

At consistory in Rome today, Pope Francis created 13 cardinals, including Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington D.C., who is the first African-American cardinal in the history of the church.

Wilton Gregory said he hopes Pope Francis will find him to be “supportive, encouraging and trustworthy” in his role as a cardinal, but his primary ministry is still to be the archbishop of Washington.

In prior years, we celebrated the Feast of St. Edmund Campion, S.J., patron saint of America Media, as a community. We w...
11/28/2020
Feast of St. Edmund Campion, S.J., Mass with America Media

In prior years, we celebrated the Feast of St. Edmund Campion, S.J., patron saint of America Media, as a community. We want to continue this tradition alongside supporters like you. Join us on Dec. 1 at 11am ET for the Mass, celebrated by editor in chief Matt Malone, S.J.

Please join us on the Feast of St. Edmund Campion, S.J., - Tuesday, December 1 - at 11 am ET for a live, virtual Mass.

Participants at the service celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and prayed for greate...
11/27/2020
Inclusive prayer service for people with disabilities marks 30th anniversary of the A.D.A.

Participants at the service celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and prayed for greater inclusion in worship. It had been organized by Ability Xavier, an advocacy group of parishioners at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan.

An New York City parish organized a fully accessible prayer service for people with disabilities, who even in the church are often forgotten on the margins.

Although St. Bonaventure insisted that St. Francis and his followers were men of joy, it is hard for a modern person to ...
11/27/2020
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Although St. Bonaventure insisted that St. Francis and his followers were men of joy, it is hard for a modern person to read the old stern-minded authors without a feeling of coldness in the stomach. They are constantly recommending cultivating “contempt” for the things of the world.

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Believe it or not—Advent is almost here!
11/27/2020
Coming soon: Daily Advent Reflections

Believe it or not—Advent is almost here!

Join America Media as we prepare for the coming of our Lord with special daily Advent reflections on The Word podcast.

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