The National Catholic Review

December 18, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 20Whole No. 4757

Editorials

Current Comment
Papal DiplomacyThe visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey in the final days of November was by far the most challenging of any of the trips undertaken thus far by the pope.
Light for Our Darkness
The most commonplace symbol of our Christmas celebration is a light shining in the darkness: a candle in the window, a star on top of a tree. The symbol is so familiar that we can sometimes fail to appreciate its distinctive message. Many lights shine in the darkness.

Articles

Christmas-ists
John F. Kavanaugh
Icon of Creation
Sally Cunneen
Festival of Lights
Rabbi A. James Rudin
Priests and Nurses
George B. Wilson

Books and Culture

Books
Preachers, Teachers Take Note
Daniel J. Harrington
In the more than 40 years since Vatican II, the short document on the relationship of the Catholic Church to other religions (Nostra
Books
The Monk, the Poet, the Writer
James Martin, SJ
In November 1949, the year after the publication of his bestselling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton dropped a

Columns and Departments

The Word
When Heaven Meets Earth
Daniel J. Harrington
The Word
Dignity and Respect Within Jesus Family
Daniel J. Harrington
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen
Poem
The Fathers
Paul Mariani
Letters
Letters