The National Catholic Review

January 2, 2017

Vol. 216 No. 1Whole No. 5152 Download PDF


The Senate's Responsibility

The constitutional process for approval of cabinet appointments has rarely seemed so crucial.

Let There Be Peace on Earth

“Peace is the only true direction of human progress."

A Dangerous Occupation

It is not a good time to be a journalist in Turkey.

The Right to Ride

The “transportation prison” is trapping more and more people in the United States.


Immigrants and the Jinn
Erik Raschke

New and ancient paths to better mental health

Called to Conscience
James F. Keenan

Americans must recognize their own capacity for evil.

A Human Hero
Eloise Blondiau
Anxious Hearts
Gregory Popcak

A faithful look at a frightening emotion

Books and Culture

The Crucible of Culture
Leo J. O'Donovan

As the historic presidency of Barack Obama comes to an end, our country is reminded that the African-American story continues to be written today.

Portrait of a Martyr
Elizabeth Kirkland Cahill

Maura Clarke might appear to have been a loser in the fight for human dignity. Not so.

Our First Love
Kathleen Norris

A hospice chaplain learns that people carry burdensome secrets and regrets, and the prospect of dying makes them want to unload them.

Lives and Deaths of the Tsars
Robert E. Scully

The 19th century witnessed an intriguing range of tsars, from reformist to reactionary or a combination of both.

Columns and Departments

The Word
To Show the Way

Michael Simone

The Word
Submerged in the Spirit

Michael Simone

Faith in Focus
Songs on the Wing

Emil A. Wcela

The Riches of the Church

James Martin, S.J.

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Matt Malone, S.J.

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Our readers

Generation Faith
Discerning Desire

Andrew Heyer

Of Other Things
Moonlight and Manhood

Bill McGarvey

Vatican Dispatch
No Slowing Down

Gerard O'Connell