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February 19, 2001

Vol.184 / No.5
The Word
John R. Donahue February 19, 2001

Ash Wednesday has become a virtual sacrament of Catholic identity as people throng churches to get ashes which paradoxically is just what the Gospel counsels againstexternal signs of devotion It also begins not simply the 40 days preceding Easter but the whole paschal cycle which continues past

Columns
Camille DArienzo February 19, 2001

The U.S. federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., is a harsh and punishing place, as correctional facilities are meant to be. Privileges for relatively normal communication that are allowed the general population do not apply to those on Death Row. A separate wing shelters the men condemned to dea

Of Many Things
David S. Toolan February 19, 2001

Is there a vocation crisis? That depends on your perspective. If you think of clergy, the answer is yes. But if you widen the horizon, the picture changes. Think of the number of laymen volunteering to become deacons or the extraordinary number of women presently acquiring advanced degrees in system

Books
William Bole February 19, 2001

Near the end of this eye-opening book the renowned Peruvian economist and businessman Hernando de Soto trots out Bill Gates the world rsquo s richest man to bring home his argument about the world rsquo s poorest people Apart from his personal genius how much of his success is due to his cultur

Patricia Ann Lamoureux February 19, 2001

A few months ago, the Rev. Peter J. Sammon reported in America (8/26) on the Living Wage movement, which has emerged in response to the increased numbers of working poor and the growing wage inequality in society. This circumstance is especially troubling at a time of such economic prosperity. Livin

Eric Stoltz February 19, 2001

Not since the invention of television has a new technology portended such changes in the way we live as has the Internet. Internet access continues to triple each year, and the content of the World Wide Web grows exponentially at regular intervals. People are using the Internet not only to receive n

George M. Anderson February 19, 2001

The U.S. bishops issued a statement at their November meeting in Washington, D.C., called Welcoming the Stranger Among Us. Although largely intended as guidelines for parishes with many new members who come from other countries and cultures, the document also makes brief but pointed reference to the