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October 21, 2013

Vol. 209 / No. 11

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New Evangelizer: Pope Francis in Cagliari, Sardinia, on Sept. 22
Donald W. WuerlOctober 08, 2013

When I first read the substantive interview with Pope Francis in America, I was drawn by the pope’s openness, engaging style and repeated call to “go out” and meet people where they are. What is needed, he says, is nearness and proximity to those who are wounded.This certainly is a

Pope Francis at a home in the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro on July 25.
Robert W. McElroyOctober 08, 2013

Newly appointed Bishop of San DiegoRobert McElroy on Pope Francis' vision for the Catholic Church.


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

Editor Roberto Veiga in Havana in 2012
Margaret E. CrahanOctober 08, 2013

The strengthening of religions in Cuba, especially since the 1980s, is reflected in the expansion of religious media. Espacio Laical and Palabra Nueva, both publications of the Archdiocese of Havana, are the most visible and perhaps the most influential and widely disseminated, particularly among po

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.October 10, 2013

Recent events suggest we are experiencing a kairos moment in the life of the church.

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

The EditorsOctober 09, 2013

A government shutdown is an unconscionable burden on those least able to bear it.