The National Catholic Review


  • Time is running out for victims of Nepal's earthquake, who are suffering because aid cannot reach them, said Bishop Paul Simick of Nepal.

    "The biggest challenge now is the time factor. All of us have to rush to reach out to the victims. It's already too late," Bishop Simick told Catholic News Service on April 30 after a five-hour trip to some of the worst-affected areas of Nepal's capital.

  • For an upcoming Vatican charity concert, Rome's immigrants, poor, elderly and marginalized will be getting front-row VIP treatment, while benefactors will be seated in the back.

    The charity benefit, to be held in the Vatican's Paul VI hall May 14, will raise money for the papal Almoner's Office.

    Local charitable organizations and parishes will be bringing about 2,000 people to the concert -- people without homes, refugees, immigrants and families and youth experiencing...

  • Five days after a powerful earthquake sowed death and devastation in Nepal, victims could be seen trying to salvage possessions from mountains of rubble in the suburbs of Kathmandu.

    "Let such a calamity never happen to anyone anywhere," Amrit Maharjan, standing on the rubble of his three-story house, told Catholic News Service April 29.

    Soya, Maharjan's 11-year-old daughter, was among 18 people who died in the congested village following the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that hit...

  • Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a journalist and a longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, died on April 28 after a struggle with a recurring cancer. True to form, she transformed her last days into an opportunity for a final, lesson in living with dignity and grace. Her experience of cancer “is like a living wake,” she said in one of her last interviews. “You get letters...

  • May 11, 2015

    The U.S. bishops on April 17 released an annual audit tracking the church’s response to the abuse of children by members of the clergy. During the 2014 audit year (July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014), 37 allegations of abuse were current and 620 were made by adults who had been abused in the past.

  • May 11, 2015

    Stefanie Tiefenbacher, 87, of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, was robbed and murdered in her bedroom in the small town of Ixopo, near Durban, South Africa.

  • May 11, 2015

    The Jesuit Refugee Service expressed disappointment on April 24 with the measures announced by the European Union to respond to the accelerating migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, describing the outcome after meetings in Brussels as “a lost opportunity.” James Stapleton, the international communications coordinator for J.R.S. , told Vatican Radio that J.R.S. was hoping for something “much stronger” to emerge from E.U.

  • May 11, 2015

    The president of the Latin American bishops’ conference called Pope Francis’ planned visit to Cuba an opportunity for the church to play a larger role in a country experiencing reforms and re-embracing institutionalized religion.

  • May 11, 2015

    In a chilling reprise of the events of 2008, South Africa in April endured a resurgence of anti-immigrant violence. Sparked by a demand from the Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini that foreign- born Africans “pack up and go home,” the attacks on individuals and businesses quickly spread from Durban to other major cities. Events such as the killing of a Mozambican...

  • May 11, 2015

    National attention was drawn to the Archdiocese of San Francisco in mid-April after a group of about 100 area Catholics placed a full-page advertisement in The San Francisco Chronicle criticizing the leadership of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and asking Pope Francis to remove him.