Creating ‘Silence’

December 19-26, 2016

Vol. 215 / No. 19
Children carry flowers to place at a figurine of the baby Jesus as Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Editorials
The EditorsDecember 06, 2016

To those who lived in that world of fear, it must have seemed absurd that an infant would be the answer to their fear.

Politics & Society Signs Of the Times

The Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said he was horrified to see widespread devastation and what he called “ghost towns” during a recent visit to northern Iraq. He said by email that there was little left in some of the communities that he toured on Nov. 27-29 and that

Arts & Culture Books
Thomas GibbDecember 06, 2016

For some, El Salvador was a shameful episode, in which Washington backed the perpetrators of a death squad bloodbath in a failed attempt to militarily defeat a homegrown leftist insurgency.

Politics & Society Current Comment
The EditorsDecember 06, 2016

One of the signs of a functioning democracy is confidence in data from the government.

Arts & Culture Poetry
George David ClarkDecember 06, 2016

Sometimes it’s not the infant’s holy face that awes us

Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottDecember 06, 2016

Today the chances of selling a Christian-themed, anti-commercialism Christmas special would seem just as slim as they were in the 1960s.

An election night rally in New York City Nov. 8. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Politics & Society Columns
Margot PattersonDecember 06, 2016

At the end of this election year, a time for silence seems sorely needed.