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October 20, 2014

Vol. 211 / No. 11

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Cardinal Dolan celebrated Mass and visited classrooms during his tour of Saint Francis Xavier School in the Bronx in Oct. 2013.
Timothy Michael DolanSeptember 19, 2014

Like almost every other diocese in the United States, the Archdiocese of New York is undergoing a serious and daring refashioning of our beloved Catholic elementary schools. Since 1727, when the Ursuline Sisters of New Orleans opened the first Catholic grade school in what would become the United St

PROMISES TO KEEP. People stand at an intersection in Koreatown, one of several neighborhoods designated by the Obama administration as a promise zone in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014.
Joe Kennedy IIIOctober 03, 2014

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a two-part series. We asked two prominent members of Congress, both Catholics with famous names, to respond to Pope Francis’ repeated calls to empower the poor. The first response, by Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, appeared on

WEDDING INVITATION. Pope Francis presides at the wedding of 20 couples on Sept. 14.
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 08, 2014

Not since the Second Vatican Council has a gathering of representatives of the world’s Catholic bishops sparked such interest and controversy as the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which opened in the Vatican on Oct. 5. While the agenda is very wide,

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.October 08, 2014

Civilization, wrote Thomas Gilby, O.P., is marked by people locked in argument.

Our readersOctober 08, 2014

Guilty NationRe “Prison Possibilities,” by Valerie Schultz (9/29): Ours is a crazy society. We believe that sending someone to prison for life will somehow restore justice in the world for a loved one whose life was cut short. At a rate of 716 people per 100,000, the United States incarc

The EditorsOctober 08, 2014

Surrogacy is sure to grow in popularity if other policy alternatives are not explored.

SEE THE VICTIM. Women pray at the New Life Word Center Church in Sanford, Fla., after the George Zimmerman murder trial.
Politics & Society Features
Elizabeth BruenigOctober 10, 2014

During my year in the United Kingdom I kept up obsessively with news of home. It is not a habit that is encouraged among students abroad, but I expected with the sort of headlines I followed I would not be missing much. How is it possible, I then reasoned, to read about controversial or troubling ev