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Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: It seems Francis himself has recognized the humor inherent in being pope. "Francis," the comic strip, picks up on that cue.

Pulled from the sea, migrant's rescue puts spotlight on Italian policy

Tweeting with hashtags that translate as "Closed ports" and "Open hearts," Italy's interior minister disputed claims that the Italian government was complicit in leaving a migrant to die in the Mediterranean Sea as she clung to a board from a destroyed fishing boat.

Morning Briefing

Morning Briefing: Trump: Treason or trouble with a double negative? Spadaro and Figueroa critique "prosperity gospel." And nuns and brothers who were not born Catholic.  

Researchers find link between Trump tweets and spike in anti-Muslim hate

It may be a law of nature: President Trump tweets something about Islam. Anti-Muslim hate crimes follow. That's according to a working paper by two researchers from the University of Warwick.

In new book, Eunice Kennedy Shriver finally gets her due

"Of the hundreds of books written about the Kennedys, none has focused on the member of the clan who made the most enduring mark," writes Eileen McNamara. "This biography is an attempt to correct that record." 

Spadaro and Figueroa rile the Christian right again in new essay

With the publication of "The Prosperity Gospel: Dangerous and Different," the Jesuit priest and Prebysterian minister are happily stirring up trouble again, eschewing the false politeness that characterizes too much writing on the Catholic left. 

Parish roundup: Plea from Nigeria; Alaska outreach; serving veterans

The Field Hospital: Nigerian pastor describes "Christian genocide"; St. Cloud Catholic Charities files suit against its diocese; Montana priest's op-ed warns of "sea of incivility."

'Grace' author shares story of son's suicide

Book Review: In a reader-friendly way, the book incorporates research, background and behavioral studies about suicide within the law enforcement world, and how police communities are coming to grips with how the high-tension realities of their work impact mental health.

Church leaders weigh in as Zimbabwe's July 30 elections draw near

Catholic bishops and other church leaders in Zimbabwe want the country's polls on July 30 to be peaceful and credible as opposition parties battle to force the electoral body to institute reforms.

Justice Action Bulletin: Seattle buses carry ads against nuclear weapons

The latest news on active nonviolence: Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action draws attention to nuclear submarines; Catholic legal group calls to extend temporary protected status for Somalia, to Guatemala; observances planned for anniversaries of atomic bomb