October 21, 2013

Vol.209 / No.11
Poem
Clifford Paul FettersOctober 08, 2013

I don’t know, never knowwhy this sudden joy swell,the sea wall of self fallsand a tide of stars poursover and through me.Please take my blood,make a serum, inoculateme for when this passesand I again fear, certainthat wonder cannot be.

Overlooking Assisi: On Oct. 4, Pope Francis made his first pilgrimage as pope to the birthplace of his namesake
Signs Of the Times

On Oct. 4 Pope Francis called on the whole church to imitate St. Francis of Assisi.

Letters
Our readersOctober 10, 2013

Readers respond to "A Big Heart Open to God," by Antonio Spadaro, S.J. (9/30)A Beautiful HeartThe wonderful interview with Pope Francis is something that I will read over and over, trying to grasp for my own life the deep values that Francis holds dear and his vision for the church. I

Editor’s note: The historic interview with Pope Francis (Am. 9/30) has generated a great deal of dialogue in the church and in society at large. We asked several writers to offer their reactions to the pope’s words. Selections from these responses are printed below. The full versions of

Signs Of the Times

A Catholic religious order has urged international action to stem “uncontrolled lawlessness” in the Central African Republic after one of its Italian missionaries was threatened with death by rebel soldiers. “Let us pray that peace may return in this country torn apart by different

Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"
Film
John P. McCarthyOctober 08, 2013

Today, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" received 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

Current Comment
The EditorsOctober 10, 2013

Play On?; 'Sell By' Dates; Just War for Oil?