The National Catholic Review

May 13, 2002

Vol. 186 No. 16Whole No. 4569


A Meditation for Pentecost

Christ promised that the underworld would never overpower his church, but he did not say this community of his followers would be immune from troubles. Nor has it been. From its first days in Jerusalem, the church has often been violently shaken by forces both within and without.


Empty Pews and Empty Altars
D. Paul Sullins
Farewell to the Club
Michael L. Papesh

Books and Culture

A Friar's Journey to the East
Franco Mormando

This new edition of the fascinating account by a medieval Franciscan friar, Odoric of Pordenone, of his journeys through the Middle and F

God's Architect
José I. Badenes

Cities often express their unique character through the particular buildings with which they are associated.

All the Wrong Reasons
R. Bentley Anderson

When democracies like the United States go to war, it is up to the leaders of these duly elected governments to protect the life, liberty

Columns and Departments

The Word
Born of the Holy Spirit

John R. Donahue

Are You Somebody's Mother?

Lorraine V. Murray

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

George M. Anderson


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