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.
What it’s like to be an 11 year old Afghan boy fleeing the Taliban
After the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2021, thousands of Afghan refugees have been seeking a permanent home in the United States. This is the intimate family portrait of Ali, a child refugee since eleven years old, and his American foster parents, Mary and Mark Kaech.
The episode is based on an article written for America Magazine by J.D. Long-García called
Thousands of Afghan refugees fled to America in search of a new home. Too many are still waiting.
Learn more about the Afghan Adjustment Act
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.
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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.
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Ed Schmidt, S.J. : Is ‘Silent Night’ the greatest Christmas song ever?
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?
Jesuit Volunteers Corps
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.
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?
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?
'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.”
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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Crying as a spiritual discipline may change how you see the world
Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up & What We Make When We Make Dinner.
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?
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.
Well crafted. Nice to have a personal touchstone in these times.
Can't believe I didn't know about this!
I just found out about America Media podcast through the website which I read regularly (although I don't have a subscription since I live in far too many different places throughout the year) & am overjoyed. Please have Jesuitical advertise for you! Their fan base would be all over this