The National Catholic Review

In All Things

  • Are we an “awe-deprived” society? Does such deprivation come at the cost of altruism? Psychologists studying awe voice their concern and describe their research in a recent article in the New York Times. Awe is defined as “that often-positive feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world.” Awe spontaneously arises from collective...

  • The next time you are about to throw out that half-eaten container of fast-food take-out, consider these facts: about one-third of the world’s food production and consumption  systems either gets lost or wasted—that comes to about 1.3 billion tons, the value of which comes to the astronomical sum of $1 trillion. And this in a world where one in every nine people go hungry: an estimated 900 million people.

  • Pope Francis seems to describe his life in the Vatican almost as if he were in prison—at least as far as his freedom of movement goes. But that is not the first thing he cites when he talks about what he and prisoners have in common.

    When visiting a prison, he said, "I think to myself, 'I, too, could be here.' That is, none of us can be sure that we would never commit a crime, something for which we'd be put in prison."

  • Gregory Popcak (Image)

    Gregory Popcak is an American Catholic author, psychotherapist and teacher. The director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an internationally-recognized, Catholic counseling practice,  he is also an adjunct professor at the Franciscan University of Steubenville...

  • The closing day of the four-day conference at Georgetown University celebrating the close of the Second Vatican Council was devoted to the council’s opening to other faiths, especially Judaism and Islam. It was also a day for tough questions and cautionary observations from interfaith interlocutors.

  • Cardinal Walter Kasper offered the highlight speech of this Memorial Day weekend’s Georgetown University/Marymount University conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. He spoke Saturday morning at Washington’s National Cathedral, the event’s third sponsor and chief ecumenical partner. 

  • The day after a city and a country celebrated the beatification of Oscar Romero, the city of San Salvador is quickly returning to normal, though here and some posters advertising the beatification ceremony have escaped the memorabilia-seekers--and the water-bags with Romero's likeness stamped on them are still everywhere, missing their precious cargo.

  • He had wanted to be a veterinarian, but at the time one couldn’t study veterinary science in Hong Kong. Nevertheless, his affection and love for the animal world, especially cats, never faded, as is evidenced by the subject matter of so much of his near-professional quality photography. 

  • The full text of Pope Francis' message to the Archbishop of San Salvador, read at mass today: His Excellency José Luis Escobar Alas Archbishop of San Salvador President of the Episcopal Conference of El Salvador Dear Brother:

    The beatification of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez, who was Pastor of that dear Archdiocese is a cause for great joy for the Salvadoran people and for those who rejoice by the example of the best children of the Church. Archbishop Romero, who built...

  • When Blessed Oscar Romero's relic (the shirt he was wearing under his vestments when he was murdered) was carried into the Beatification Mass this morning, I ran back to the press tent to watch the procession on screen (and to wait for my own video to upload). It would have been a moving experience anyway, even watching on screen--to see the hands reaching out to touch the tabernacle holding his bloodied shirt, to see the obvious devotion. But in the press tent there was something else: