September 30, 2013

Vol.209 / No.8
Signs Of the Times

An international panel of cardinals charged in April with preparing recommendations for the pope on reforming the Curia will issue their report and meet with Pope Francis on Oct. 1-3. • According to reports from the Sudan Catholic Radio Network in September, the Sudanese air force continues to

Columns
Bill McGarveySeptember 17, 2013

I’m not sure if any official guidelines exist about going to a priest for spiritual direction; but if they do, I’m fairly certain that “Remember to insult your spiritual director at the first meeting” is not among them.In my defense, it wasn’t intentional. I’d kno

Books
Robert T. DavisMarch 12, 2014

During his long distinguished life as historian and novelist Thomas Fleming has focused for the most part upon 18th-century America and the Revolution That sustained focus however in some surprising ways has now led to his newest book a highly recommended narrative history that is dominated b

Editorials
The EditorsSeptember 17, 2013

We are thankful to Pope Francis for embracing his role as pope with a “big heart open to God.”

Signs Of the Times

Avid readers of U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of colleges and universities will find the names of dozens of Catholic schools on the lists. The University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Ind., is the top-ranked national Catholic institution, placing 18th. Georgetown University, i

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.September 17, 2013

Organizations as old as America rarely do anything completely unprecedented. For every “new” idea, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s been done before, in one way or another, during the course of 104 years of weekly publishing. This issue of America, however, is truly a f

Columns
Michael Rossmann, S.J.September 17, 2013

A coworker of mine was struggling to get her students to understand the concept of tolerance during a discussion in her sophomore English class. Seeing in class a pair of best friends, one Christian and the other Muslim, she used them as an example of people who showed tolerance towards each other.