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."
Column: Of all the books I've read this past year, Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship With Food was the most affecting.
NCR Today: NCR spoke to award-winning writer Maureen Orth about her experience writing National Geographic magazine's cover story on the Virgin Mary.
Lauren F. Winner asks, "What pictures, what images and metaphors does the Bible give us for who God is, and what ways of being with God might those pictures invite?"