A City Under Fire

January 18-25, 2016

Vol.214 / No.2
Pope Francis kisses a disabled child during a visit to the parish of Santa Maria dell'Orazione on the outskirts of Rome March 16. (CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, pool via Reuters)
Editorials
The EditorsJanuary 07, 2016

In World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis reminds us: “God is not indifferent!”

Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJanuary 07, 2016

God's mercy has been at the heart of Pope Francis' life ever since he was 17.

Books
Dennis VellucciJanuary 07, 2016

'The Mare,' by Mary Gaitskill

Signs Of the Times

Unprecedented flooding around the world drew the attention of Pope Francis during his last general audience of 2015 in Rome on Dec. 30. Noting several rain-driven crises, he said, “I invite everyone to pray for the victims of the calamities which in these days have befallen the United States,

Faith in Focus
Matthew Wooters, S.J. January 07, 2016

Cheer on the opponent? Know who has fans here and who doesn’t? Where was I?

Signs Of the Times

The bishops of the United States were “gravely disappointed” that the 2016 omnibus funding bill, passed on Dec. 18, did not include the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act. Without the measure, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic institutions that provide health ca

The Word
John W. MartensJanuary 07, 2016

The broad context for Ezra rsquo s reading of the Law of Moses to the people ldquo before the Water Gate rdquo is the return from the exile in Babylon and the reconstruction of the religious life of the people of Israel This reconstruction included rebuilding the Temple but also rebuilding the kn