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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.

    '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.”
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    • 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. 
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    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?
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    • 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.
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    • 35 min
    Should colleges pay their athletes?

    Should colleges pay their athletes?

    Should college athletes get paid? That’s the question we’re exploring in today’s episode of Church Meets World. It was written, produced and narrated by Kevin Jackson and based on a feature he wrote last year called, “Should colleges pay their athletes? What Catholic social teaching has to say.”

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    • 43 min
    'Year of the Rat'

    'Year of the Rat'

    America's poetry editor Joe Hoover S.J. sits down with Ohio's first poet laureate Amit Majmudar to talk about his poem "Year of the Rat." They discuss the unforgettable year that was 2020, writing during Covid, and mystical parallels between Catholicism and Hinduism.
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    • 45 min
    Entrapment: The data scientists fighting to end human trafficking

    Entrapment: The data scientists fighting to end human trafficking

    Riana decided to run away from home after getting into an argument with her mother for missing curfew. It was cold and nighttime. She had nowhere to go. Looking for help, she reached out to an older man who had given her his phone number earlier that day...
    Isabelle Senechal narrates the harrowing story of Riana, a young woman who was manipulated and coerced by a violent sex trafficker.
    The booming industry is largely hidden, but some faith-based anti-trafficking initiatives are making progress by tracking the digital footprints of traffickers using the most advanced data science to recommend policy solutions.

    Links from the show:
    How some researchers are using data science to fight sex trafficking
    Learn more about America's Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship
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    • 30 min

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88 Ratings

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This was an amazing and deeply thought theological analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement. This podcast is not a mere retelling of the facts of George Floyd’s death but shows why we as Catholics should care about inequality and social injustice.

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