The National Catholic Review

In All Things

  • Pope Francis will travel to Korea, from Aug. 13 to 18. He is going there for a meeting with young people from 30 Asian countries at the Sixth Asian Youth Day, and to beatify 124 Korean martyrs from the first 50 years of the Catholic Church’s existence in this East-Asian nation that was evangelized by lay-people in the 18th century.

    It will be his first visit to Asia since becoming pope. He is the second pope to visit Korea and its vibrant Catholic community; John Paul II came here in...

  • L to R: Archbishop Sir David Moxon, Ms. Antonia Stampalija, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Ambassador Ken Hackett, and Ms. Gabriella Marino (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See)

    Almost lost in the Vatican Gardens, with St. Peter’s Basilica looming on one side and the Apostolic Palace on the other, the Casina Pio IV may be easily overlooked. This small retreat provides a snapshot into the baroque lifestyle of the Popes in the 16th-century. It was here, amidst the works of Barocci and Zuccari, that Catholics and Anglicans, diplomats and NGO representatives, academics and journalists all gathered in the Great Hall of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (housed in the...

  • Lionel (Michael Lebron) is a New York-based nationally syndicated talk radio veteran and television personality. He is also an ex-prosecutor, author, bluegrass musician and standup comedian.

  • Today is July 31st, your Feast Day, and here I am writing a letter to you, one of God’s illustrious saints. It seems almost presumptuous to be doing so, for someone from the 21st century—like me—going back in time to correspond with you. But it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea; after all, in your time, you, too, were a letter writer, and a prodigious one at that—you supposedly wrote over 7,000 letters! However, it was from your writings, prayers, letters and witness that a religious...

  • New York, N.Y. (July 31, 2014) – Father Matt Malone, S.J., Editor in Chief of America and Monsignor Peter I. Vaccari, Rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary and College, announced today a new event series to take place over the next year at St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York.  The three part series will begin with a Flannery O’ Connor Symposium to take place October 17-18, 2014. 

  • As anti-Israel protests flare up across Europe, it’s easy to see why leaders are tense. France has the third largest Jewish population in the world, England has seen an alarming increase in reported hate crimes, and Germany has—to put it lightly—a complicated relationship with the Jewish people.

  • Ron Hansen is an American Catholic novelist, essayist, teacher and deacon. He is the Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J.

  • The Spanish captain grimaced in pain, asking for his leg to be broken and stretched again.

    Íñigo López, age 30, had just returned home from a battle at Pamplona where an enemy shell had smashed into his legs. After he fell, the Spanish surrendered the city to its French besiegers. The enemy doctors had set his leg out of respect and sent him home to Loyola on a cart, but he was horrified at what he discovered after getting back there: One leg was shorter than the other.

  • Robert Royal is a Catholic author, academic and founding president of the Faith and Reason Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank dedicated to exploring the intersection of faith and reason in American public life.

  • Buried in the depths of a great fish, caught in the darkness of the sea and perhaps never to see the light of day again, the Prophet Jonah cried out: “Out of my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me; From the midst of the netherworld I cried for help, and You heard my voice” (2:3). Jonah was shortly thereafter cast out of the fish and went on to preach to and save the Ninevites. Folklore tells us that Jonah, after growing into old age, died and was interred in the city of Mosul...