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James Martin, S.J., culture editor at America and author of My Life with the Saints, introduces his latest book, a guide to Ignatian spirituality for the general reader. In A Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Father Martin explains such Jesuit maxims as "finding God in all things" and "contemplatives in action" while also providing a clear description of the examen, lectio divina and other ways to pray that have grown out of the Jesuit tradition. He also draws upon the work of Avery Dulles, Karl Rahner and other, lesser known Jesuits who have served as "wisdom figures" in his own life.

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In this, the third edition of our annual Oscar Podcast, Bill McGarvey of BustedHalo joins Father James Martin and Tim Reidy of America to review the best picture nominees for 2009. Will "Avatar" triumph or can "The Hurt Locker" squeak out a surprise win? What are the surprise nominees in the expanded list of ten? What do "Up" and "Up in the Air" have to say about detachment, and what exactly happened in the final scene of "A Serious Man"? Find out on this extended podcast in anticipation of the Oscar broadcast on March 7.

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Can health care reform still pass now that the Democrats have lost their filibuster proof majority? How do the bishops assess the House and Senate bills, especially on the question of abortion? As the director of domestic social development for the U.S. bishops' conference, Kathy Saile has worked to insure that the bishops' voice is heard on Capitol Hill during during the health care debate. Here she talks with associate editor Kevin Clarke about the prospects for reform and why the bishops are still pushing hard for "health care for all."

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Can health care reform still pass now that the Democrats have lost their filibuster proof majority? How do the bishops assess the House and Senate bills, especially on the question of abortion? As the director of domestic social development for the U.S. bishops' conference, Kathy Saile has worked to insure that the bishops' voice is heard on Capitol Hill during during the health care debate. Here she talks with associate editor Kevin Clarke about the prospects for reform and why the bishops are still pushing hard for "health care for all."

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On January 25 Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, accepted the 2009 Campion Award from the editors of America. A renowned scholar, theologian, ecumenist, pastor, professor and poet, Archbishop Williams is the author of more than a score of books. In his remarks upon accepting award, he dilated on the idea of a “martyrial ecumenism,” mused on the surprising links between Shakespeare and St. Edmund Campion and emphasized the central place of forgiveness in all relationships. Drew Christiansen, S.J, the editor in chief of America, introduced the archbishop, and literary editor Patricia A. Kossmann presented Williams with the award.

The Campion award is given on a regular basis to a notable Christian person of letters. It is named after St. Edmund Campion, S.J., an English writer and martyr who is honored in both the Anglican and Catholic traditions. For more coverage of this year's award ceremony visit our Campion Web page.

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