The National Catholic Review


Buried in the depths of a great fish, caught in the darkness of the sea and perhaps never to see the light of day again, the Prophet Jonah cried out: “Out of my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me; From the midst of the netherworld I cried for help, and You heard my voice” (2:3). Jonah was shortly thereafter cast out of the fish and went on to preach to and save the Ninevites. Folklore tells us that Jonah, after growing into old age, died and was interred in the city of Mosul in Iraq.

Here's an AP lead you don't see every day: 

Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.

While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military operations.

Pope Francis is well known for his early resistance to Liberation Theology. Less well known is his vocal critique of capitalism following the Argentinian debt crisis of 2002. This week, thanks to the U.S. courts, Argentina may undergo its second debt default in a decade. While its impact on the debt of nations may turn out to be less than some fear, its impact on the poor may be more damaging, undoing more than a decade of debt relief begun by Saint John Paul II in the Great Jubilee of 2000.

Priest and former Wall Street broker instructed Beltway public figures in the faith.

On national tests a majority of fourth and eighth graders are not proficient in math.

In the first entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on Galatians, I discussed introductory matters concerning the founding of the churches to the Galatians, the situation when Paul wrote to them, when the letter might have been written and the type of letters which Paul wrote, based on the common Greco-Roman letters of his day.

Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., is a Canada-based Basilian priest and journalist.

The kingdom is as close as our five senses, if only we know how to see.

The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano is bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. A Brooklyn native, he graduated from Regis High School in 1977 and attended Yale University briefly before deciding to study for the priesthood. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Cathedral College and an M.Div in theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary.

Dale S. Recinella is a lawyer and lay minister who serves on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Florida as Catholic Correctional Chaplain to Florida's Death Row and Solitary Confinement population. Together with his wife, Dr. Susan Recinella, who is a psychologist specializing in mental illness, he is a lay minister to the families of executed prisoners and of murder victims. He holds a J.D. from Notre Dame University Law School and an M.T.S. degree in theology from Ave Maria University’s Institute for Pastoral Theology.