Praised Be Creation

July 20-27, 2015

Vol.213 / No.2
CALL TO ACTION. Journalists attend a news conference for the presentation of Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” at the Vatican on June 18, 2015.

Looking back at a life-giving encyclical on The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Prison inmates at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia pray during a Mass in mid-January. Pope Francis has a planned visit to the prison Sept. 27 during his two-day visit to the city. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com)
Signs Of the Times

The Vatican on June 30 released details of Pope Francis’ itinerary for his visit to the United States from Sept. 22 to 27. The pope is making his first-ever visit to the United States to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. During his five-day East Coast whirlwind visit, Pope

Books
Kim R. HarrisJuly 08, 2015

'Nothing But Love in God's Water,' by Robert Darden

COURT'S CALLS. Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate in front of the Supreme Court on June 26.
Signs Of the Times

President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, survived a Supreme Court challenge on June 25 in a 6-to-3 decision. “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice John Roberts argued for the majori

Of Other Things
Raymond A. SchrothJuly 08, 2015

The writer’s job is to sell who he or she is, with an emphasis on humanity and warmth.

Poetry
Richard BeckerJuly 09, 2015

“The bird lies still while the light goes on flying.”From “Unknown Age,” by W. S. Merwin Those with strapped-on wingsfor ages dreamt of flying like the birds and fell from cliffs broke limbs or died.But when I ask for the wind’s help getting beyond the mi

(Un)Conventional Wisdom

Will the upcoming election be the most important of our lifetime?