The National Catholic Review

September 30, 2013

Vol. 209 No. 8Whole No. 5023 Download PDF


The Pope’s Progress

We are thankful to Pope Francis for embracing his role as pope with a “big heart open to God.”

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Solidarity 101; A Tragi-Comic Opera; Understanding the Poor


Is Reform Possible?
John W. O'Malley
Historical and theological perspectives on the Roman Curia
A Big Heart Open to God
Antonio Spadaro, S.J.
The exclusive interview with Pope Francis

Books and Culture

Things Fall Together
James P. McCartin
Many retreat houses feature a labyrinth; pilgrims wend their way through a circuitous though orderly rou
A Boy Grows in Brooklyn
Dennis Vellucci
It is the 1941 baseball season, and Joe DiMaggio is not content. Fans idolize him.
A House Divided
Robert T. Davis
During his long, distinguished life as historian and novelist, Thomas Fleming has focused for the most p
The Tall Tales We Tell
Don Clemmer
An American paratrooper leaps from a plane, descends through the hazy night sky and lands, unnoticed, d