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This is where the Catholic Church meets the most interesting and consequential issues of our time. Each episode explores a different topic through immersive stories told by America’s editors. “Church Meets World” is the best of our award-winning magazine content reimagined in podcast form. It’s not only what you read in our pages but how you hear it. Presented by Maggi Van Dorn and Sebastian Gomes.

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This is where the Catholic Church meets the most interesting and consequential issues of our time. Each episode explores a different topic through immersive stories told by America’s editors. “Church Meets World” is the best of our award-winning magazine content reimagined in podcast form. It’s not only what you read in our pages but how you hear it. Presented by Maggi Van Dorn and Sebastian Gomes.

    Introducing: Hark! The stories behind our favorite Christmas carols

    Introducing: Hark! The stories behind our favorite Christmas carols

    Church Meets World is proud to share the latest podcast in the America Media family: Hark! The stories behind our favorite Christmas carols.
    Subscribe to the entire Hark! podcast series online, on apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcast.
    It is hard to imagine a midnight Mass on Christmas Eve without Silent Night. Musicians may treat it differently—singing it a cappella, with spare chords on the organ in the background, or to the gentle picking of a guitar as its creators intended—but it is universally cherished. Its basic three-chord structure makes it a cinch to play and its lilting rhythm is perfect to soothe a congregation and lull a baby to sleep—even to sing to a president breathing his last. But it has also been usurped for evil.
    Join host Maggi Van Dorn on this final episode of “Hark!” as she plumbs the historical and emotional depths of this Austria-born classic with Jesuit priest Ed Schmidt and Rusty McDermott, the songbird mother of another Jesuit. To pull apart the chords and arpeggios of Silent Night, we invited back Colin Britt, the composer and conductor we spoke to in episode three about “Hark! the herald angels sing.”  
    Special thanks to the Liturgy Arts Group at Boston College, One Hope Project, Harpa Dei, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir; Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, Convivium Records and the Ignatian Schola for allowing us to play their recordings of Silent Night. 
    To support the production of “Hark!” and to access other great Advent reflections from America Magazine staff, please subscribe at americamagazine.org/subscribe. 
    Related articles:
    Ed Schmidt, S.J. : Is ‘Silent Night’ the greatest Christmas song ever?

    • 40 min
    Young adults struggle with the church. But they are also its best advocates for justice.

    Young adults struggle with the church. But they are also its best advocates for justice.

    What does it mean to be ruined for life? Join America’s summer intern Amelia Jarecke, as she follows three young women who have spent the last year serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. They wrestle with lots of challenges, like:

    How do you live on a $100 month?

    Can you live simply and gluten-free without breaking the bank?

    How do you reconcile being Catholic and bisexual?

    What happens when your prayer life dries up?

    And what does it mean to take the Pedro Arrupe prayer seriously- and let your love for the world define everything?


    Related links:
    Jesuit Volunteers Corps

    • 36 min
    What Catholics still don’t understand about the abuse crisis

    What Catholics still don’t understand about the abuse crisis

    Three years ago, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report described in graphic detail the abuse of over 1,000 minors at the hands of more than 300 priests.
    Then, Theodare McCarrick, an influential cardinal in the American Church, was found credibly accused of abusing minors and adult seminarians.
    For survivors, the news was painful, yet validating. How did this second wave of scandal–the news of both abuse and cover up–affect the Catholic faithful more broadly? What do they 
    believe caused the crisis? Did the Grand Jury report and news about McCarrick impact their faith and affiliation with the Catholic Church?
    Maggi Van Dorn, the host of the Deliver Us podcast, unpacks a new and ground-breaking survey conducted by America magazine and CARA in the latest episode of the “Church Meets World” podcast.
    *Audio correction: Only 33 percent of respondents said their parish actually helped them process the sex abuse crisis. The word “percent” was mistakenly omitted from the original file. 

    Related articles:

    Editorial: How you see the sexual abuse crisis
    Three years after the 2018 ‘summer of shame,’ what do American Catholics think about the sex abuse crisis?
    AWAKE Milwaukee

    Related episodes from the Deliver Us podcast:

    Episode 2: How’s Your Celibate Life Going?
    What is the cause of the sexual abuse crisis? Does it happen more in the Catholic church than other institutions?
    Episode 4: Are the reforms working?
    How has the Catholic Church dealt with the abuse crisis?

    • 39 min
    'The Memory of God': How residents of one NYC nursing home survived Covid

    'The Memory of God': How residents of one NYC nursing home survived Covid

    As the world went into lockdown, the residents at Terence Cardinal Cooke–a Catholic nursing home and rehabilitation center run by the Archdiocese of New York–did too. Many seniors required long-term care while others had only expected to stay for a short period of recovery. The pandemic changed everyone’s experience. Ricardo da Silva, S.J., an associate editor at America, takes us through the center to hear from the residents who not only survived Covid but persevered through a year of extreme isolation from family, friends and loved ones. Hear their stories and where they were able to find what their chaplain, Juan Toro, calls “the memory of God.”

    • 33 min
    How I learned to grieve

    How I learned to grieve

    In a time when so much has been lost, what does it mean to grieve well? In this episode, America’s audio producer, Maggi Van Dorn, turns the mic on herself to capture a more intimate side of a subject that is already pretty personal- the experience of grief. To help her unpack this strange and unpredictable force, she turns to friends and people whose lives have also been visited by grief. 
    Support this podcast by subscribing to America!

    Related Links:
    Ben Perry:
    Crying as a spiritual discipline may change how you see the world
    Liz Hauck: 
    Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up & What We Make When We Make Dinner.
    Britt Luby:
    I felt alone after my miscarriage. Then other women (like Meghan Markle) began sharing their stories.
    How to celebrate with the graduate in your life who is grieving the loss of a loved one
    Fr. Richard Leonard, S.J.:
    Where the Hell Is God?

    • 46 min
    Descendants & the Jesuits: Beginning a path toward racial healing

    Descendants & the Jesuits: Beginning a path toward racial healing

    In 1838, to save itself from financial ruin, the Jesuits at Georgetown University sold 272 enslaved persons. It’s a shameful piece of history and one that the Jesuits are reckoning with like many other communities and institutions today. But the bill of sale that has been recently recovered has enabled thousands of descendants to discover their ancestry and reunite for a better future. And the Jesuits have pledged $100 million to a partnership with those descendants called, the Descendants Truth & Reconciliation Foundation. And while this marks one of the largest collaborations of its kind - that is between a group of descendants and a religious institution - it’s not just about the money. It’s about reconciliation and transformation- much deeper work. 

    This episode is based on an article written by J.D. Long Garcia called The Jesuits have pledged to raise $100 million to advance racial healing. But reconciliation is about more than money.

    Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life is offering an online dialogue, Owning Slavery, Pursuing Justice, Seeking Reconciliation: Lessons from Georgetown and the U.S. Jesuits on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. EDT. You can RSVP to join or watch the recording here.

    • 35 min

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