National Catholic Reporter

The National Catholic Reporter is a Catholic newsweekly. It was founded in 1964 and is published 44 times a year by National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company Inc.Subjects include religion. The editor is Thomas Roberts.

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 19, May 16

Catholic Response on Immigration
Maryada Vallet and Walt Staton, a couple in their late 20s and members of the group No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths) in Tucson, Ariz., narrated a slide show during a recent retreat in Kansas City, Mo., for 12 Midwestern Catholic Worker Houses. The focus...
Catholic Writer Says We Can Find Healing in the Rhythms of the Day
Every big motherhouse of a sisters' religious order probably has a parlor where artifacts inherited from the sisters' ministries and parish alliances are kept on display. There treasures, such as silver chalices, gold monstrances and patens, and silk...
Food Banks Struggle to Keep Shelves Filled, Clients Served
Rising prices for fuel and food are hurting the delivery of social services, church agencies across the country report. "People think that food banks get everything donated. That's absolutely not true," said Vickie Riddle, executive director of...
Glowing Embers of the Ancient and the New: Iraqi Artists Remind Us Not Only of War but of a Humanizing Civilization
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] In April 2003, Iraqi artist Qasim Sabti stood weeping in what remained of Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts, where he had once been a student and later taught painting. After heavy bombings of the area, roaming mobs had entered...
Hard Truths: 'Fugitive Pieces' and 'Standard Operating Procedure' Examine Grim History
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Fugitive Pieces, a new Holocaust survival film, shows the difficulties of adapting a deeply poetic novel to the screen. Anne Michaels, a Canadian, was already an established poet when she wrote the book. The movie's strongest...
Hugo Chavez Has a Mission-And Oil
Hugo Chavez. Among U.S. government officials, the name itself inspires undifferentiated disdain. Because of his political relations with Fidel Castro and Iran, his characterization of President Bush as the devil and his defense of Colombian guerrillas,...
In Africa, Small (Farming) Can Be Beautiful
Is small the new big when it comes to agriculture in southern Africa? Rising food prices worldwide make a compelling case for greater investment in small-scale farming. Pedro Sanchez, director of tropical agriculture at Columbia University's Earth...
Old Soldiers Shill the Pentagon Line
"Old soldiers never die," said Gen. Douglas MacArthur on retiring in 1951, "they just fade away." No more. Now they hustle from battlegrounds to the high grounds of TV news shows, there to supply NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC and others with hawkish...
Papal Visit a 'Both/and' Moment in Sex-Abuse Crisis
Dispassionate discourse about the sexual abuse of children is an oxymoron. The subject touches our most primitive passions and fears, rendering rational thought and balanced reflection difficult to sustain. Pope Benedict XVI's mid-April visit to the...
Populist Bishop Elected President
Fernando Lugo won the presidency of Paraguay April 20 and made history twice. Running for the Patriotic Alliance for Change, a coalition of nine opposition parties, Lugo broke 61 years of uninterrupted rule by the conservative Colorado Party. ...
Religious Youth Push New Political Agenda: Jim Wallis Says Hot-Button Issues Ceding Ground to Broader Concerns
Not long ago, if the words religion and voting came together in the same sentence, chances are the topic was a certain kind of religious voter: a Protestant evangelical or conservative Catholic driven to political activism by opposition to legal abortion...
Sant'Egidio: Linking Friendship and Service in World-Changing Ways: Though Previously Little Known in the United States, a Catholic Lay Movement Started 40 Years Ago by High School Students in Rome Is Gaining Members in U.S. Cities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Piazza of Santa Maria in Trastevere is about as picturesque as you'd expect of any Roman piazza. There's a fountain in the middle, ringed by steps where Roman youth lounge and loiter. From inside the basilica that dominates...
The Vatican's Culture Maven: Rome's Point Man on Culture, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi Is a Writer, Scholar, Amateur Archaeologist and Consummate Communicator
Despite criticisms from some in the Roman curia that he is a syncretist and a dangerous progressive, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi was handpicked by Pope Benedict XVI as the Vatican's unofficial minister for culture. As president of the pontifical Council...
Unsworth's Tales of the Community
His career in journalism began with a letter that contained the combination of charm, empathy, humor and sharp wit that characterized his work for the next 24 years. Tim Unsworth, who died April 30 at age 78 after a long illness, was, as much as anyone...
Way beyond Writing Term Papers: Marquette Student a Political Powerbroker as the Youngest Superdelegate
The corridors of power in 2008 presidential politics run straight through the dormitories of Marquette University, where junior Jason Rae, 21, has become a real-world political powerbroker: the youngest of the Democratic Party's 795 superdelegates....
We Remember a Friend
Many of you have already heard the sad news that Tim Unsworth, a long-time columnist for NCR, died April 30 after a long illness. He was 78. The day he died, coincidentally, was the same day that a collection of his best work for NCR was sent to the...
What's Up with Padre Pio's Remains?
VATICAN CITY -- The body of Italy's beloved saint Padre Pio went on display last month at his shrine in southern Italy; over the coming months, more than 1 million people are expected to see it. Pilgrims file past a casket with walls of bullet-proof...
Why Not a Priest in the White House?
Although various popes have asserted that the Catholic church is not a political entity but rather a spiritual and moral entity that is "in the world but not of it," history suggests otherwise. For example, in the late 19th century, Pope Pius IX vehemently...