The National Catholic Review

Signs Of the Times

  • September 14, 2015

    When Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago received the pallium, a symbol of his unity with the pope and brother bishops, at a special Mass on Aug. 23, he asked the entire church to join him in seeking out lost sheep. • The Diocese of St. Augustine will join the city of St. Augustine, Fla., in celebrating the 450th anniversary of the first permanent settlement of European origin in what became the continental United States on Sept. 8.

  • September 14, 2015

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on Aug. 21 said that while the Little Sisters of the Poor and fellow plaintiffs appeal its July ruling against them, they need not comply with the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage or follow procedures to hand off that responsibility to others.

  • September 14, 2015

    One evening in July, a couple of hundred people gathered in a dark San Diego hotel ballroom for an awards ceremony. At the front of the pop-up tables, a fold-out stage sported a podium that could be quickly wheeled to the next event. A pull-down screen behind sat at the ready to display slides of winners and a commemoration of the deceased.

  • September 14, 2015

    The British Labour Party has long been marked by factionalism and splits, entryism and intrigue. The center and the right have it too, but they hide it better. With Labour, it is visible and endemic.

  • September 14, 2015

    As Puerto Rico’s government marches on toward a critical financial deadline regarding its $72 billion “unpayable” debt, there are hopes for a jubilee of the kind espoused in Scripture.

    Church leaders, like Archbishop Roberto González Nieves of San Juan, have offered diverse opinions about the effects of the crisis. His recent column in Time magazine was tinged with pastoral, political and solidarity overtones.

  • September 14, 2015

    A new labor agreement between the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the union representing teachers at the four archdiocesan high schools states that Catholic teaching must remain paramount in the classroom and that teachers are accountable for personal conduct that could negatively affect their ability to serve the Catholic mission.

  • September 14, 2015

    On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina buried one of the world’s most iconic cities in a flood of biblical proportions. More than 1,800 people lost their lives. “It was like a war zone. No sign of life,” said the now-retired archbishop of New Orleans, Alfred C. Hughes. Across the region, 200,000 homes were destroyed or heavily damaged. Dozens of public, private and Catholic schools closed forever. But in the midst of the devastation, the Catholic Church jump-started the...

  • August 31-September 7, 2015

    In a statement released on Aug. 11, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, the head of the Philippine bishops’ conference, said helping the poor and getting rid of political dynasties should be the focus of discussion as the nation prepares for elections in May. • Five years after the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, Pope Francis named Paolo Bizzeti, S.J., an Italian, on Aug. 14 to succeed the bishop as apostolic vicar of Anatolia,...

  • August 31-September 7, 2015

    To promote a reflection on the need for a “conversion of mind and heart” open to the needs of others, Pope Francis has chosen “Overcome indifference and win peace” as the theme for the church’s celebration of the next World Day of Peace. Announcing the theme for the celebration on Jan. 1, 2016, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said that peace is difficult to achieve when people are indifferent “to the scourges of our time.” The problems everyone...

  • August 31-September 7, 2015

    The Conference of Major Superiors of Men passed a resolution on Aug. 7 committing to “a deeper engagement” to protect the earth and “cherish all creation.” The conference, made up of leaders who represent more than 17,000 Catholic religious brothers and priests in the United States, laid out steps for member congregations to take in solidarity with Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change in his encyclical on the environment. “With this act, C.M.S.M....