The National Catholic Review


  • Over the past 30 years, E. L. Doctorow has written eight novels for which he has received a number of prestigious awards. While the subject matter of these novels covers a time period of over 100 years—ranging from the Wild West in Welcome to Hard Times to the 1960's youth culture of The Book of Daniel—the setting to which Doctorow obsessively returns is that of New York City at around the time of his birth (1931). In World's Fair, Doctorow brings everyday life in...

  • August 3-10, 2015
    Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), Aug. 9, 2015

    As infants, prior to the coming of speech, we communicate with sounds, gestures and facial expressions. Long before we can speak to our mothers, fathers or older siblings, we fall in love with them. It is a tactile love, based upon the senses of touch, hearing, smelling and seeing. What if this is how we fall in love with God?

  • August 3-10, 2015
    Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), Aug. 16, 2015

    You are what you eat. There is some truth to this in the physical sense, as the bloated Western diet can lead us to heart disease and obesity, while more nutritious and moderate eating can lead to better health and more energy. Yet every physical food, in moderation, can be transformed into necessary fuel for the body.

  • August 3-10, 2015

    Though he try fiendishly and implacably, it is not given to man to destroy mankind. It was God Who brought the human race into being; it is His Providence, and not man’s passion for tearing down, that will bring mankind’s earthly sojourn to an end.

  • Pope Francis presided over Vespers with the bishops, priests, deacons, men and women religious, seminarians and representatives of Paraguay's Catholic movements on Saturday evening in the cathedral of Asunciòn. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father's prepared remarks in their official English translation.


    Vespers with Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Men and Women Religious, Seminarians...

  • Pope Francis opened the Fifth National Eucharistic Congress in Bolivia with a Votive Mass for the Most Holy Eucharist in the city of Santa Cruz. The Congress will take place in the city of Tarija in the southern part of the country.

  • In his homily during the “Mass for the Evangelization of Peoples,” celebrated in Quito’s Parque Bicentenario (Bicentennial Park), Pope Francis focused on the theme of unity and independence. The Holy Father spoke of Jesus’ cry for unity at the Last Supper, and Latin America’s cry for independence which is commemorated in the Park where the Liturgy took place. “I would like to see these two cries joined together,” he said, “under the beautiful challenge of evangelization.” He continued, "We...

  • July 20-27, 2015
    Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), Aug. 2, 2015

    There is a fine line between having what we need to sustain our physical existence and feeling we just do not have enough. Or is that line the one where we want more and more? Once we cross that line, as individuals and as societies, to where our most notable identification is as a consumer, it can be difficult to cross back. Once this takes place, the most surprising of things begins to happen: Our own sense of worth and value can be tied up in things we...

  • July 20-27, 2015
    Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), July 26, 2015

  • “The Word of God calls us to live in unity, that the world might believe.” With these words, Pope Francis set the theme of evangelization within the context of Jesus’ prayer for unity at the Last Supper, during his homily for Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador.