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March 17, 2014

Vol. 210 / No. 9

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"We must work to see that our field hospital is a place filled with hope."
Joseph G. KellyMarch 04, 2014

‘I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.” What a stunning

Peter J. VaghiMarch 04, 2014

‘The most important thing that can happen to a person,” Pope Francis explained during a homily on the First Sunday of Advent before confirming a group of parish children, “is to encounter Jesus, who loves us, who has saved us, who gave his life for us.” In our increasingly di

PRISON BREAK. Pope Francis blesses prisoners from Pisa and Pianosa jails during a private meeting, Feb.19.
Katarina M. SchuthMarch 04, 2014

Almost everyone has an opinion about Pope Francis. For some time I have been inquiring of my students, co-workers and others in widely varying circumstances what they think of him and why he has so captured the imagination of believers and nonbelievers alike.The responses are telling: Francis emphas

Rhona TarrantMarch 04, 2014

Every evening at 6 p.m., programming on Ireland’s national radio and television broadcaster stops. News and weather are put on hold while a bell tolls, ringing in the pattern 3-3-3-9. This daily observance of the Angelus, the Catholic prayer honoring the Annunciation, is among the longest-runn

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.March 04, 2014

The factions so feared by the founding fathers have paralyzed the political process.

Our readersMarch 04, 2014

Football Is Immoral“Fairness in Football” (Current Comment, 2/10) evoked a huge reaction in me. I have often questioned why Americans not only love football, but idolize it. It is our country’s favorite sport and religion.I have asked myself if viewing a football game is an accepta

The EditorsMarch 04, 2014

There are few experiences more devastating than being falsely accused of a crime.