September 15, 2014

Vol.211 / No.6
Pope Francis greets people as he visits Cassano allo Ionio, in Italy's Calabria region, with Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano allo Ionio. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Signs Of the Times

The Catholic Church should make “unconventional couples” feel at home instead of making them targets of “de facto discrimination,” the leader of the Italian Bishops’ Conference and an ally of Pope Francis said. “Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also

CORPORAL WORKER. Pope Francis in Campobasso, Italy, on July 5.
Walter KasperSeptember 02, 2014

The precept of mercy applies not only to individual Christians but to the church as a whole. Many ask: If God is always merciful, why is the church not the same? Or, why does the church not seem to be as merciful as God? The question expresses the uneasiness of many Christians.They are right: The ch

Books
Karen Sue SmithSeptember 02, 2014

'Beethoven: The Man Revealed,' by John Suchet

Cardinal Edmund Szoka
Signs Of the Times

Vatican Radio reports that so far this year nearly 1,900 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe—far surpassing the 700 dead recorded in 2013 and 500 in 2012. • Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka, a former Vatican official and one-time head of the Archdiocese of Detroit

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.September 02, 2014

Without mercy the world will fail to realize the true peace for which every heart longs.

BREAKING BORDER. Unaccompanied migrant children at a facility in south Texas.
Gabriela RomeriSeptember 02, 2014

On the Feast Day of Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, a call to make room for today's migrants and refugees.

Columns
​Helen AlvaréSeptember 02, 2014

There's still no consensus about whether child care is a worthy expenditure of women’s time.