The National Catholic Review

Signs Of the Times

  • Obama administration moves on immigration were drawing attention and pre-emptive opposition from Republican lawmakers, who will soon control Congress when the lame duck session ends in January. President Barack Obama was poised in mid-November to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield from deportation as many as five or six million immigrants now living in the United States without documentation. House Speaker John A.

  • November 24, 2014

    The Mexican government delayed investigations into the enforced disappearances of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero State, and the killing of 22 people in Tlatlaya, Mexico State, the New York-based Human Rights Watch alleged in a report released on Nov. 7. In the Tlatlaya case, state prosecutors sought to cover up military wrongdoing by coercing false testimony from witnesses.

  • November 24, 2014

    According to data collected in October by the Chaldean Diocese of Erbil, there are more than 10,000 Christian families who have found refuge in the suburbs of Erbil and other parts of Iraqi Kurdistan after fleeing Mosul and the cities of the Nineveh Plain before the advance of Islamic State militants. The local church wishes to use the refugee census to create a database to monitor and update the distribution of family units in the different areas and...

  • November 24, 2014

    First there was dead silence and then there were tears.

  • November 24, 2014

    The Archdiocese of Chicago on Nov. 6 released approximately 15,000 pages of documents related to 36 archdiocesan priests who have substantiated allegations against them of sexual misconduct with minors. The documents are posted on the archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org. All the records pertain to incidents that took place years or decades ago. Fourteen of the 36 priests have died, and none of them are in...

  • November 24, 2014

    A parish twinning-style relationship between St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa, Fla., and a small Catholic community in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province has resulted in official permission for the construction of the first new Catholic church to be erected in Cuba in nearly six decades. • In a lecture on Nov. 6 in Manchester, England, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, said his government could defeat Boko Haram Islamist militants if it could...

  • November 24, 2014

    If you have been paying any attention to California news lately, you’ve heard about the state’s devastating three-year drought: counties worth of farms decimated, whole towns without water and government officials proposing emergency legislation. This year has been thus far the driest year California has known since it began keeping track 163 years ago. Eighty-two percent of the state faces extreme or exceptional drought conditions. To look at satellite...

  • November 24, 2014

    Catholic leaders in Pakistan protested the beating and burning on Nov. 4 of a young Christian couple accused of desecrating the Quran. “The government has absolutely failed to protect its citizens’ right to life,” said the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Pakistan in a statement on Nov. 5.

  • November 17, 2014

    The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference called on the Confederation of African Football to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 soccer tournament, scheduled for Jan. 17 to Feb. 8, because of the Ebola threat. • New light is shining on the Sistine Chapel after a state of the art LED lighting system donated by Osram, a German lighting company, was inaugurated on Oct. 29.

  • November 17, 2014

    Catholic bishops and aid agencies criticized a move by European nations to scale down the rescue of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean Sea, where hundreds drown each month attempting to reach Europe.