Take and Read: NCRonline launches a new blog series focused on the power -- and lasting impact -- of a good book.
Film review: "No Más Bebés" airs Feb. 1 on PBS with the story of Latina women who sued California in 1975 over their forced sterilizations at the L.A. County hospital.
Film review: Filmmaker Jim Whitaker holds that everything in his new film is true, the story of the greatest small boat rescue was achieved by "real superheroes without capes."
Speaking Italian, Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio kissed the pontiff's hand on Jan. 28, and offered a "grazie" (thank you) "for granting me this private audience with you."
Faith and Justice: The weakness of the conservative cause was shown by its need to use power when persuasion failed, but the liberal Catholic voice has never been successfully organized in the U.S.
Film review: Body and soul, love and sacrifice. The natural and unnatural in a tension that hemorrhages blood and life. This is just a sample of what "The Revenant" is about.
Grace on the Margins: In an exhibit at the College of New Rochelle, the manger scene is a powerful reminder of God's presence within our most forsaken people and places.
Eco Catholic: Laudato Si' could be a very fine guide indeed to a family film festival or school, parish or group.
INVENTING A CHRISTIAN AMERICA: THE MYTH OF THE RELIGIOUS FOUNDING
By Steven K. Green
Published by Oxford University Press, $29.95
A couple years back, NCR at editor at large Tom Roberts almost apologetically asked me if he could have some time off because he needed to finish writing the biography of Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister he had been working on. "Tom," I answered, "take all the time you need. That work will be as important as anything you'd be writing for NCR over the next couple weeks. Go for it."