A Planetary Pope

May 25-June 1, 2015

Vol.212 / No.18

May 25-June 1, 2015

A MOUSE’S LIFE. A pharmacologist checks the reaction on a hairless mouse after applying drugs for anti- tumor cancer at Natco Research Center in the Indian city of Hyderabad.

‘Animal abuse? I don’t look at it that way. It’s not testing cosmetics. It’s trying to save my life.”So says Eileen Youtie, a breast cancer patient who, according to a Dec. 14 report from the Associated Press, is paying more than $30,000 to test various chemotherapy dru

Ezo owl chicks on Hokkaido Island, Japan.

Squabbles over Catholic teachings are not unusual, yet this summer brings a twist: Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology has garnered anticipatory praise as well as skepticism. The fervent speculation about a papal document before its publication seems to be something new under the sun. “T

Robert E. LauderMay 13, 2015

Over 50 years as a priest I have read many profound books of theology and philosophy, from Jean Mouroux’s The Meaning of Man to Jacques Maritain’s True Humanism to Romano Guardini’s The Church and the Catholic and The Spirit of the Liturgy. These books deeply affected me because th

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.May 13, 2015

A day is a long time in politics; so we can easily imagine how long a month or a year is.

Letters
Our readersMay 13, 2015

An Archbishop RespondsI write to express my strong disagreement with the article “Confirmation Bias,” by Michael A. Marchal (4/27). I believe that the best time for confirmation in our time and in our country is in the high school years. I understand that some want the traditional sequen

Editorials
The EditorsMay 13, 2015

Catholics of different political stripes do agree on important things.

Books
Dennis VellucciMay 13, 2015

'A History of Loneliness,' by John Boyne