The National Catholic Review

December 18, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 20Whole No. 4757


Current Comment

Papal Diplomacy

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.


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

Books and Culture

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
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 droppe

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
The Fathers
Paul Mariani
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