The National Catholic Review

Signs Of the Times

  • July 6-13, 2015

    The U.S. Senate on June 16 approved a measure supported by Catholic and evangelical leaders that would prohibit the use of torture by any U.S. government agency as an interrogation technique. • The Philippine government on June 16 started the Catholic Church-backed process of decommissioning members of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, a process bringing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front a step closer to its goal of self-determination...

  • July 6-13, 2015

    The Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land issued a strong condemnation against an early morning arson attack on the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee on June 18. The council, which is made up of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Heads of the Local Churches of the Holy Land and the Ministry of Islamic Waqf of the Palestinian Authority, said they were outraged by the arson and vandalism.

  • July 6-13, 2015

    Recently, America readers enjoyed a great online article by Joseph McAuley (“Some Food for Thought,” May 28) about the scandal of food waste. And as I write this column all the talk is of “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on protecting the environment. Even before its...

  • July 6-13, 2015

    Americans have less confidence in organized religion today than ever measured before—a sign that the church could be “losing its footing as a pillar of moral leadership in the nation’s culture,” a new Gallup survey finds. In the mid-1970s, nearly seven in 10 Americans said they had “a great deal or quite a lot” of confidence in the church or organized religion. That has headed downward decade by decade to a new low of just 42 percent, according to the report...

  • July 6-13, 2015

    Addressing “every person on the planet” in a groundbreaking encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis speaks frankly and passionately about the “global environmental deterioration” of “our common home,” appealing “for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.”

  • July 6-13, 2015

    Pope Francis accepted the resignations on June 15 of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee A. Piche of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

  • July 6-13, 2015

    Expressions of regret and horror, prayer services and moments of silence across the country followed in the aftermath of a shooting in a historic church in Charleston, S.C. The rampage on June 17 claimed the lives of nine people. Once again the nation faced the grim, inexplicable spectacle of a mass slaying while a police dragnet began for the 21-year-old suspect Dylann Roof.

  • June 22-29, 2015

    From the beginning of his pontificate the Argentine pope has given particular attention to “the peripheries” of the world. Bosnia-Herzegovina, with its capital city Sarajevo, is one of them. Life is hard there. The economy is weak, unemployment is high and ethnic tensions are never far from the surface in this country of around 3.8 million people, sandwiched between Serbia and Croatia.

  • June 22-29, 2015

    At St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Del., on June 6, President Obama delivered the eulogy for Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden. • Pope Francis sent “heartfelt condolences” to the citizens of Ghana after at least 150 people were killed in an explosion at a gas station in the country’s capital, Accra on June 4.

  • June 22-29, 2015

    The black market or informal economy threatens workers’ rights, security and protection worldwide, and more must be done to strengthen minimum wages, safety standards and maternity benefits, said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who heads the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.