The National Catholic Review

January 7-14, 2013

Vol. 208 No. 1Whole No. 4996 Download PDF


Slaughter of Innocents

If we cannot control violence in the world, we can try to limit the damage.

Missed Opportunity to Lead

Why did the Senate fail to ratify an international treaty for persons with disabilities?


Work can be dignifying, but only when workers are treated with dignity.

Conflict of Interest

Governments must reject the misguided trend of prison privatization.


Chained, but Free
John Levko, S.J.

The spiritual journey of every Christian is a journey of conversion that involves inward maturing, openness to the spirit and a developed prayer life.

Sign of God
Marlana Portolano

Even when he does not speak, Father Joe is able to hold the rapt attention of the congregation.

Culture Shift
Robert J. Carlson

One of the tasks of the new evangelization is to rebuild a culture of vocations.

Books and Culture

Arab Winter
Jerome Donnelly
David Lesch, a recognized specialist in Syrian politics, is the author of an earlier book on Syria’s Pre
A Mother's Tale
Diane Scharper
Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary tells an intriguing, though not always convincing story.
The Story of a Soul
Michael V. Tueth
Fate and forgiveness in ‘Les Misérables’

Columns and Departments

The Word
Signs of the Wedding
Peter Feldmeier
The Word
Life-Giving Waters
Peter Feldmeier
Faith in Focus
"That Man Is Me"
Charles Klamut
My life-changing encounter with a fictional French bishop
Faith in Focus
Guantánamo Journal
Luke Hansen, S.J.
A Jesuit's week at Camp Justice
The Essential Question
Thomas J. Massaro
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.