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May 13, 2002

Vol.186 / No.16
Franco Mormando May 13, 2002

This new edition of the fascinating account by a medieval Franciscan friar Odoric of Pordenone of his journeys through the Middle and Far East modern-day Turkey Iran Iraq India Sri Lanka Sumatra Java Borneo Vietnam and China comes at an appropriate moment in our national life Since Sept

Lorraine V. Murray May 13, 2002

Are you somebody’s mother? the little girl asked. I paused from cutting pizza slices in the school cafeteria, where I was volunteering for the afternoon. Not really, I said, and the child looked a little crestfallen and wandered away. There wasn’t time to explain that I had fervently pon

The Word
John R. Donahue May 13, 2002

The annual celebration of the paschal mystery which began on Ash Wednesday culminates at Pentecost In a narrative evocative of major Old Testament themes Acts recounts the overwhelming gift of the Spirit Such a fresh outpouring of the Spirit was to accompany the messianic age Also the first-ce

Michael L. Papesh May 13, 2002

Welcome to the club! The bishop in a Midwestern diocese offered these words of greeting as he exchanged the sign of peace with each new priest during the ordination ceremony. The year was 1965. The story was told among a group of newly ordained priests, who struck me as both embarrassed and tickled

José I. Badenes May 13, 2002

Cities often express their unique character through the particular buildings with which they are associated In the United States for example New York City is linked with either the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building not to mention the recently disappeared twin towers of the World Tra

Our readers May 13, 2002

Continuities and Gaps

The trenchant review by Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., of Passionate Uncertainty, by Peter McDonough and Eugene C. Bianchi, (3/25) fairly raises issues of method, interpretation and context, to which the authors are rightly challenged to respond. In

D. Paul Sullins May 13, 2002

Many Catholics believe that unless the priesthood is opened up to women or married men, the church will soon lack enough priests to provide Mass. According to most Catholic social scientists, the growing number of Catholics and shrinking number of priests are inexorably moving the church toward a si