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May 26-June 2, 2014

Vol. 210 / No. 18

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COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTION? Conestoga Wood Specialties founder Anthony Hahn speaks to the press at the U.S. Supreme Court, March 25.
Ellen K. BoegelMarch 18, 2014

Religious freedom, Obamacare and the rights of American business: Ellen K. Boegel's legal backgrounder on the Hobby Lobby case

FINAL COMMENDATION. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley presides at the funeral Mass for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Aug. 29, 2009.
John F. BaldovinMay 13, 2014

On Nov. 22, 1963, the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church assembled for the second session of the Second Vatican Council voted on the final draft of the “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy” (“Sacrosanctum Concilium”). A few hours later President John F. Kennedy was assassina

Mosaic showing Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I in Jerusalem.
Thomas StranskyMay 13, 2014

The dates of Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land are no accident. Pope Francis intends to visit from May 24 to 26, primarily to commemorate with Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem in

ON THE FRONT LINES. The Rev. Carl Subler, a U.S. Army chaplain, distributes Communion in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, in 2009.

At age 16, Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was drafted into Hitler’s military. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft unit outside of Munich that targeted Allied bombers, a job Ratzinger described as bringing “many an unpleasantness, particularly for so nonmilitary a person

Of Many Things
Luke HansenMay 13, 2014

Christians have long written about connection between war and the liturgy.

Our readersMay 13, 2014

Writing in the WorldI read with interest “Writers Blocked?” by Kaya Oakes (4/28), an assessment of Catholic writing today. The “Golden Age” writers Thomas Merton, Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy were read, not because they were Catholic but because they had something

The EditorsMay 13, 2014

Increasing economic and ethnic diversity without racial preferences will be difficult.