In our September-October issue, we feature a profile of the courageous papal nuncio to Ukraine, Archbishop Visvaldas Kilbokas, who is trying to shepherd his suffering flock through the fog of war; our news reports spotlight some of Pope Francis’ latest changes at the Vatican; Professor Anthony Esolen questions whether the Synod on Synodality is really going to “the peripheries”; and John Byron Kuhner looks at the liturgical reform of Vatican II through the lens of Cardinal John Henry Newman’s conversion. We also have an interview with screen legend – and Catholic convert – Gary Cooper’s daughter Maria, and a glimpse of Rome’s “second Sistine Chapel.”

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A True Evangelist by Robert Moynihan


Ukraine’s Nuncio, Abp. Kulbokas: “The Pope is the only leader close to those who suffer” by Giacomo Gambassi (Avvenire) 

An Interview with Abp. Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states by Gerald O’Connor (America)


Rome/Three women appointed to Vatican’s bishops’ dicastery by Christopher White (NCR) with ITV staff 

Rome/Holy See enacts new investment policy by Vatican News/ITV staff 

Rome/Pope makes changes to Opus Dei by Courtney Mares (CNA)

Is the motu proprio a power grab or just administrative reshuffling? by ITV staff 

Commentary/Unity and division: Our “de-facto” split threatens to spin out of control by Robert Moynihan

Commentary/Synod on synodality: Is the Church really going to the “peripheries?” by Anthony Esolen, Ph.D.


OBITUARY/A Catholic Prince: Dom Luiz d’Orleans-Bragança by Vik van Brantegem 

Footsteps on the Way/Italy’s “Miracles of Mercy” by ITV staff

Interview/A daughter remembers Gary Cooper, movie star and Catholic convert by Barbara Middleton

Education/Catholic educators renew devotion to the Eucharist by Patrick Reilly

Latin/The Church’s “Newman Problem” by John Byron Kuhner

Scripture/”Little Lamb, Rise Up” by Anthony Esolen, Ph.D.


Icon/Nicaea and the Creed by Robert Wiesner 

East-West Watch/Metropolitan Tikhon of Pskov: Future Patriarch? by Peter Anderson 

News from the East/Pope urges unity; Ukrainian bishops gather in Poland; Ukraine celebrates Baptism of Rus’; Lithuania bans Kirill; Jerusalem Patriarch: “Protect Holy Land Christians” by Matthew Trojacek 


Tradition and Beauty/Churches are ours — but before this, they are His by Aurelio Porfiri

Art/”Second Sistine Chapel” restored in Rome’s oldest hospital by Lucy Gordan

Lord of the World/”Will this worship be compulsory?” by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson 

Vatican Watch/A day-by-day chronicle of Vatican events: June-July 2022 by Matthew Trojacek 

People/Cupich joins worship dicastery; Pope meets Trudeau; Chinese bishops’ release sought; Indian archbishop asked to resign; Lebanese archbishop detained; Bishop Barron’s new diocese by Matthew Trojacek 

Food for Thought/A New Era for “Slow Food” by Mother Martha