Letter from Rome

Pope Francis commissions specially selected "Missionaries of Mercy" for Holy Year while record numbers of Italian Catholics are seeking "annulments" of their baptism

A Debate Worth Watching

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have conducted a remarkably substantive debate on a range of issues, including how to help U.S. workers and regulate Wall Street.

Pedagogy for the Unimpressed

How to cut through the entitlement or ambivalence of college students and get them to see the connections between economics, ethics, inequality, and oppression?

Ending the Gun Lobby’s Con Game

Only fearlessness will flip the politics of guns. Republicans can't forever embrace an irrational absolutism that leaves the country powerless before carnage.

Letter from Rome

In 2016 Francis will be focusing more on calling to the episcopacy and promoting to the cardinalate men who have the charism and willingness to be pastoral bishops.

A World Without War

Could war follow the same path to extinction as slavery? It could, and this is a reason not to dismiss the Catholic Church’s call for its abolition.

GOP Consultant for a Day

The Republican presidential race is one of the most fascinating political brawls in years. It’s about to hit full stride, and I can’t resist kibitzing.

Top Books of 2015

Out of the more than eighty book reviews Commonweal published in 2015, these twelve were the most read, discussed, and shared on social media.

Top Films of 2015

We've chosen the film reviews from this year you'll most want to read again.

Letter from Rome

At the end of his address to the Roman Curia, Pope Francis quietly invoked the memory of one of the most important reform-minded bishops in the United States.

Which Party Loves the USA?

The debates we have witnessed have provided an incontestable answer to the question of which party embraces the United States of Now in all of its raucous diversity.

'Room'

"Room" is a work of skill, with an interesting shift that says as much about the differences between literature and cinema as it does about the talents involved.