The National Catholic Review

January 7-14, 2013

Vol. 208 No. 1Whole No. 4996 Download PDF


Conflict of Interest

Governments must reject the misguided trend of prison privatization.

Slaughter of Innocents

If we cannot control violence in the world, we can try to limit the damage.

Missed Opportunity to Lead

Why did the Senate fail to ratify an international treaty for persons with disabilities?


Work can be dignifying, but only when workers are treated with dignity.


Culture Shift
Robert J. Carlson

The new evangelization can encourage vocations in a changing church.

Chained, but Free
John Levko, S.J.

How Walter Ciszek gained spiritual liberation in Lubyanka prison

Sign of God
Marlana Portolano

What Catholics can learn from deafness

Books and Culture

Arab Winter
Jerome Donnelly

David Lesch, a recognized specialist in Syrian politics, is the author of an earlier book on Syria’s Pre

A Mother's Tale
Diane Scharper

Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary tells an intriguing, though not always convincing story.

The Story of a Soul
Michael V. Tueth

Fate and forgiveness in ‘Les Misérables’

Columns and Departments

The Word
Life-Giving Waters

Peter Feldmeier

The Word
Signs of the Wedding

Peter Feldmeier

Faith in Focus
"That Man Is Me"

Charles Klamut

Faith in Focus
Guantánamo Journal

Luke Hansen, S.J.

The Essential Question

Thomas J. Massaro

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Matt Malone, S.J.