The National Catholic Review

Signs Of the Times

  • September 29. 2014

    At least 124,000 migrants entered Italy in the first eight months of this year, more than twice the 60,000 who arrived in all of 2013. The vast majority landed first in Sicily. Seeing to the new arrivals’ immediate needs in Sicily’s multiple port cities is now a joint effort between church and civil society. In January, the Palermo branch of Caritas signed a convention with city authorities to open four centers for migrants, known as extraordinary welcome...

  • September 29. 2014

    President Obama’s decision to delay executive measures on immigration until after the November elections drew sharp rebukes from some of the most vocal advocates for immigrants, while others continued to urge specific actions toward reform and analysts weighed whether the delay hurts or helps candidates in close congressional races.

  • September 29. 2014

    Listening to President Obama’s speech on Sept. 10, outlining his administration’s purportedly new strategy for defeating Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, David Cortright found himself wondering what, if anything the United States has learned from its long and costly involvement in the region.

  • September 29. 2014

    In an address at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Sept.

  • September 29. 2014

    U.S. bishops visiting the Holy Land on Sept. 11 said an on-the-ground tour about the situation in East Jerusalem heightened their awareness of the settlement issue in the divided city. “The expansion of settlements is quickly driving [the possibility of a two-state solution] off the drawing board,” said Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

  • September 29. 2014

    The heat was on Christians of all denominations in China this summer, as an ongoing campaign sought to reassert the Communist Party’s ideological leadership. In one of the most overtly anti-mainstream religious movements in years, Protestant churches were targeted in one of Christianity’s strongest regions, coastal Zhejiang Province, where crosses displayed on churches were systematically removed and in some cases churches or shrines were torn down.

  • September 22, 2014

    In a technological and cultural first, Pope Francis joined a Google Hangout, video chatting with young people across five continents, including a student in the gang-infested neighborhood of La Campanera, in San Salvador, on Sept. 4. • The cause for canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely, according to a statement issued on Sept. 3 by the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., where the archbishop was born.

  • September 22, 2014

    ‘I’m doing this for my future, for my sons to have a union,” Jamne Izquierdo said, holding up a sign demanding a better wage outside a McDonald’s restaurant on 8th Avenue and 56th Street in New York on Sept. 4. Izquierdo has worked at a different Manhattan McDonald’s fast food restaurant for eight years, and earns just $8.20 an hour, a wage that leaves behind each month “a lot of bills, a lot of problems,” she said, shaking her head.

  • September 22, 2014

    Chicago Catholics are as feisty and independent as the wind that famously whips across this city from its lakeshore. In decades past, they enthusiastically embraced the labor and Catholic Worker movements. At some parishes today, lay people give sub-radar reflections at Sunday Mass.

    “Catholics here have a strong sense of the vocation of the laity,” says Greg Pierce, a local publisher and community organizer. “They believe that...

  • September 22, 2014

    Amnesty International has issued a devastating report detailing summary executions, child abductions, sexual assaults, forced religious conversions and “ethnic cleansing on a historic scale” committed by the Islamic State militant group as it swept across northern Iraq from its base of operations in Syria.