Letter from Rome

There was a moment during the pope’s visit to East Asia that must have turned people's thoughts towards that time when his successor will be elected.

'Til Faith Do Us Part

Since 1960, the number of interfaith marriages in the U.S. has more than doubled. Do couples considering marriage underestimate the significance of religion?

The Commonweal Catholic

Commonweal writers represent a heritage that traces all the way back to the greatest of early Christian theologians.

Russian Spring

A friendship between two priests manifests the possibility of different relations between Orthodoxy and Catholicism in easternmost Europe.

An Interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper

How is mercy key to understanding God? Commonweal posed this and other questions to Cardinal Walter Kasper.

An Interview with Christian Wiman

The poet discusses "accidental theologies," Gerard Manley Hopkins, faith in literature, and what it's like no longer being the editor of Poetry magazine.

The Big Dig

Last fall, the Archdiocese of Boston released an ambitious plan designed to stem the decline it has experienced—in priests, Mass attendance, and treasure...

‘Grave Ambiguities’

This book documents the travails and the courage of the late Jacques Dupuis, the Jesuit priest and theologian whose work on what he called “a Christian...

Readings for Writers

Richard Ford is the author of the novels The Sportswriter, Wildlife, Independence Day (which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and Lay of the Land...

More Mission, Less Maintenance

In March of 1979, Pope John Paul II opened his first encyclical, Redemptor hominis, with these words: “The Redeemer of humanity, Jesus Christ, is the center...

A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift...

A View from the Edge

A little more than a year ago, in November 2011, Catholic and Muslim leaders from around the world convened in Jordan for the second forum hosted by A Common Word,...
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