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January 6-13, 2014

Vol. 210 / No. 1

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BEACH READING: A priest reads the Bible as he waits for the arrival of Pope Francis on Copacabana Beach during World Youth day in Rio de Janeiro on July 26.
Stephen J. RossettiDecember 23, 2013

Every so often a rumor arises that young priests today are not faring well. It is suggested that they are dispirited and leaving the priesthood in large numbers. In 1999, this rumor was so rife that the Catholic sociologist Dean Hoge led a research project to investigate. Dr. Hoge concluded in his s


The Dignity of the Vulnerable By Meghan J. Clarke‘The dignity of the human person and the common good rank higher than the comfort of those who refuse to renounce their privileges” (No. 218). In a simple sentence, Pope Francis summarizes the bedrock of Catholic social doctrine: human dignity

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.December 23, 2013

What has always struck me about this passage is Matthew’s immediate yes to Jesus’ invitation.

Our readersDecember 23, 2013

Open the Doors“The Continuing Crisis,” by Jon Fuller, S.J., M.D. (12/2), addresses important issues and appropriately recognizes terrific work Catholics are doing to combat H.I.V./AIDS. That being said, as a young Catholic working in the H.I.V./AIDS community, I believe important questio

Cardinals gather in synod hall at the Vatican March 7 for one of several general congregation meetings held ahead of the conclave. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
The EditorsDecember 23, 2013

Pope Francis' collegial spirit is demonstrated and practiced in his new exhortation.

Faith Faith in Focus
Julia WalshDecember 23, 2013

Some people, focused almost exclusively on numbers, are concerned that religious life is in decline. This narrows our ability to see what God is doing.


There is a common assumption that the more familiar a person is with a given subject the less objective he or she becomes in assessing it Earle Labor rsquo s new biography of Jack London represents a notable departure from this conventional wisdom After over 50 years of studying Jack London and t