The National Catholic Review


Nothing was expected of St. Francis de Sales when he was born on August 21, 1567. He was born prematurely, and as a child he was regarded as delicate and sickly. Yet, somehow, he survived and grew to adulthood. Contemporaries described him as a sturdy man, a pleasant man, a religious man. He was all of these—and more. He was a priest and he was a bishop but he was renowned above all for one thing: his gentleness.

Architectural style has become an irresistible metaphor for cold, soulless bureaucracy

G. K. Chesterton once wrote a biography of St. Thomas Aquinas. Originally published in 1933, it was simply called St. Thomas Aquinas: “The Dumb Ox.” How’s that for a catchy book title? Years ago, when school was my primary occupation, I came across this appellation of the saint and was intrigued by it. Yes, St. Thomas Aquinas is the great philosopher and theologian; he is a Doctor of the Church. However, it was the human Thomas that interested me—and what I found was even more intriguing.

Pope Francis has decided that the public ceremony of investiture of the Pallium on Metropolitan Archbishops will henceforth take place in the prelates’ home dioceses and not in the Vatican as has been the case under recent pontiffs.

Notre Dame professor recalls colleague's progressive principles and generous spirit

Jesuit Father Brian Daley, a patristics expert and professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, Ind., shown here in 2012 before winning a major theology award from the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation (CNS photo/Matt Cashore, courtesy of the University of Notre Dame, Sept. 28, 2012)

Reflecting on online dating and the modern world at The New York Times, David Brooks identifies the "enchantment leap":

Local pastor sees "a very diverse community working together, acting together."

Cities spend money to save lives during storms—would it be immoral not to?

Catholic Schools Week has begun. The annual weeklong celebration runs from Jan. 25 until Jan. 31. The National Catholic Education Association notes:

Georgetown University announced a new infusion of funding -- $4 million -- for its impressive project to reimagine the future of higher education.