The National Catholic Review


The significance of this mounting and rapidly developing Greek tragedy, most politicians in Europe agree, is its likely effect on the stability of the single currency, the beleaguered euro, if not on the whole European project itself. If there is a Greek exit (the vaunted “Grexit”) from either the currency or the politico-economic union of 28 member states, the impact on each or both could be devastating, but nobody really knows this because it has never happened before.

Pope Francis returns with joy to Latin America this Sunday, July 5, and is expected to be given a rapturous welcome by millions of people during his seven-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.

On the eve of his departure, he went to the Basilica of St Mary Major’s in Rome to pray before the revered image of Our Lady and entrust his visit to her. He placed a bouquet of flowers on the altar composed of the colors of the flags of the three countries he will visit, and then prayed for 20 minutes.  Last Monday, he asked the faithful to accompany him with their prayers.

On this Independence Day, when the flags are unfurled and whipping in the summer breeze and the bunting is put out and the picnic tables are festooned with the arrangement of hamburgers and hot dogs, the pickles and the pretzels and potato chips, macaroni and potato salads (and don’t forget the cole slaw!), the soda and the lemonade, centered by that quintessential apple pie and vanilla ice cream that just oozes Americana, it would behoove everyone to take a few minutes to reflect about the meaning of this “Glorious Fourth”; to take time to think about the freedom it is that we celebrate an

It’s said to be Pope Francis’ favorite Church document.  In his lifetime of ministry, his most cited. Back in 1975, in Evangelii Nuntiandi (Proclaiming the Gospel), Pope Paul VI insisted that

“My hope is that Pope Francis will give us a greater sense of unity as a church and a nation, for we suffer at times from polarization which diminishes us”, Archbishop Blase Cupich said in an interview with America magazine. 

He spoke soon after the Vatican published the program for the pontiff’s visit to Cuba and the United States next September.

On Saturday we celebrate the United States of America and the wonderful freedoms that inhere in being a citizen of this great country. But what, really, is freedom? It is a complicated matter, a subject for much political and theological speculation.

Getting older is about to get a lot tougher, if a recent article in The Irish Times is to be believed. According to bureaucrats, politicians and social scientists in Japan, the latest phenomenon to become worried about is the problem of how to handle the increasing growth of what is called the “silver influx”—that is, the increasing rise in population of the elderly in that country.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, took “Laudato Si’” on the road, presenting the “green encyclical” from Pope Francis to a packed audience during a special conference at the United Nations on June 30. 

The state’s relative affluence may promote political stability.

Ignatian education calls more out of people than they knew they had.