The National Catholic Review

September 30, 2013

Vol. 209 No. 8Whole No. 5023 Download PDF

Editorials

The Pope’s Progress

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

Current Comment

Solidarity 101; A Tragi-Comic Opera; Understanding the Poor

Articles

Is Reform Possible?
John W. O'Malley

The first question asked of Pope Francis in the widely reported impromptu press conference on July 28 during the flight home from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro

A Big Heart Open to God
Antonio Spadaro, S.J.

Editor’s Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome.

Books and Culture

Books
Things Fall Together
James P. McCartin
Many retreat houses feature a labyrinth; pilgrims wend their way through a circuitous though orderly rou
Books
A Boy Grows in Brooklyn
Dennis Vellucci
It is the 1941 baseball season, and Joe DiMaggio is not content. Fans idolize him.
Books
A House Divided
Robert T. Davis
During his long, distinguished life as historian and novelist, Thomas Fleming has focused for the most p
Film
The Tall Tales We Tell
Don Clemmer
An American paratrooper leaps from a plane, descends through the hazy night sky and lands, unnoticed, d