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. 21, June 13

Airport Chapel under Reconsideration
CLEVELAND -- Most of the 30 or so chapels at U.S. airports are tucked in a corner or on a second floor that isn't well-traveled. And most are small and plain. But the Regina Caeli Chapel at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is different, and...
Bishops to Consider Stem Cells, Mass Translations
The nation's Catholic bishops are expected to approve a new set of translations for the Mass and a policy statement on embryonic stem-cell research at an upcoming meeting in Orlando, Fla. More than 240 bishops from across the country will gather...
Christianity: Sunrise or Sunset?
Have you seen Christianity lately? Depending on where you look and whom you are talking to, the followers of Jesus are either watching the sunset of days gone by or anticipating the sunrise of a new day. Inside this week's NCR you will find two stories...
Christianity under Siege: As Islam Infiltrates Secular Europe, How Will the Religious Landscape Be Reshaped? Depending upon Who's Doing the Forecasting, the Rise of Islam in Europe Could Be the Nail in the Coffin for Institutional Christianity or the Harbinger of a Revival. Still Others Believe That an Aroused Christianity and Islam Could Pool Forces against Secularism
Until recently, Amsterdam's Oude Kerk, or "Old Church," seemed the perfect symbol for Europe's religious situation. Founded in the 13th century, when such massive cathedrals expressed the faith of an entire continent, the Oude Kerk is today surrounded...
Churches and Saints of Lower Manhattan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Can't afford the airfare to Goa, St. Francis Xavier's burial grounds in offshore Western India? Not up to a 100-mile hike or bike trip required of pilgrims to the tomb of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela, Spain?...
Churches Intimidated, Services Impeded: Zimbabwe's President Mugabe Has Said Church Leaders' Repeated Calls for His Regime to Respect Human Rights Are Nothing More Than Dabbling in Politics
Church leaders in this southern African nation say government officials and members of Zimbabwe's recently defeated ruling party are impeding religious services and humanitarian work. The officials have accused faith-based groups of being "an appendage...
Cyclone Leaves Thousands Orphaned
Ko Ko Aung watched his brother Wai Yan Soe being washed away as powerful waters tore through their house on the night Cyclone Nargis struck last month. By then, the brothers had given up calling to their parents and two sisters for help. They had...
Gods and Idols: 'Idol Anxiety' Looks at the Relationship between Images, Artists and Audience
Jan Gossaert's 1520 painting "St. Luke Drawing the Virgin" shows an angel guiding the kneeling saint's hand as he illustrates his vision of the Virgin, Child and five putti circumscribed by a circular cloud formation. But however encouraging the angel...
Gypsies' Restless, Faith: Catholics and Pentecostals Vie for the Loyalty of Romania's Roma
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The children inside Ceferino Catholic Church of Valea Rece, Romania, are repeating the Our Father in the Gypsy language. "Am maro Dat con san ando cheri," they say. They cross themselves: "O Dat, O Chavo, O Dushon Sfinton."...
Immigrant Nightmare: A Catholic Parish Becomes a Refuge for Torn Families in the Aftermath of an Iowa Immigration Raid That Swept Up Hundreds. the Laws and Enforcement Policies, Say Church Officials, 'Are Inappropriate to the Reality.'
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] For Mary McCauley, a Sister of Mercy of the Blessed Virgin Mary and pastoral administrator of St. Bridget Church here, the threat of an immigration raid has long hung over this small northeastern town like the ominous spring...
Keep the Pulpit Nonpartisan
By almost any measure, Chicago's Fr. Michael Pfleger has had a remarkable ministry. Pastor of St. Sabina Church on the city's South Side since 1981, Pfleger has led the predominantly black congregation to financial security, including an expanded and...
Love, Literature and the Lion: 'Reprise' Follows Budding Writers; 'Prince Caspian' Revisits Fantasy Land
Reprise is first-time director Joachim Trier's all-encompassing take on youth, love and literature in contemporary Norway. Drawing on a style strongly reminiscent of the French New Wave of the '60s, it focuses on two aspiring 20-something writers and...
Minnesota Parishes Tussle with Impending Ban on Lay Preaching
An archbishop's recent order to end lay preaching in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese has brought a deep sense of loss to Catholics who believe in the practice and the theology behind it. In some parishes, lay leaders are seeking ways to register...
NCR Nets Top Press Award for Ninth Year Running
For the ninth consecutive year, National Catholic Reporter was honored for general excellence in the national newspaper category by the Catholic Press Association. The judges said NCR "offers, by far, the most insight into Catholic issues of any...
Panic in the Parks: Why Public Lands Will Change
Summer is a time when American families travel to the nation's public parks. But what many Americans do not know is that our public parks and other protected areas are in trouble--and the trouble goes far deeper than the usual business of too many...
Ponying Up to Save Catholic Schools
Parishioners called it a "miracle," and who could deny the improbable serendipity? Last month, an utterly unexpected $20 million gift saved St. Brigid Church in Lower Manhattan, N.Y., from the wrecking ball and the parish's elementary school from closing....
Rosary Rally Called 'Spiritual Warfare'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The third rosary rally to be held in a major American sports stadium in three years drew approximately 25,000 attendees to Kauffman Stadium May 25 on a hot, humid Sunday afternoon. Organizers said they were pleased with the...
Shameful Silence on Cluster Bombs
Cluster bombs, an efficient way of spreading the deadly horror of land mines, are such a repugnant weapon that 110 countries, representing well over half the world's governments, met in Dublin, Ireland, in late May to sign a treaty banning the production,...
Summit Affirms Lay Stake in Future Church: Lifetime Formation, Financial Support Dominate Lay Ministers' Concerns
Catholic laywomen and men turned a corner in this city of fantasy and family fun April 20-23. They stepped out of the shadow of their church's sex abuse crisis and its acute shortage of religious vocations and looked instead at the light that their...
The Brutish Sport of Horse Racing: The 'Sport of Kings' Is Another Name for Cruelty
For mixing pageantry and cruelty, nothing is quite like horse racing's Triple Crown, which refers to the Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May, the Freakness Stakes two weeks later in Maryland and New York's Belmont Stakes in early June. At each...