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July 29, 2002

Vol.187 / No.3
Books
Richard Ryscavage July 29, 2002

Every year the president determines how many refugees will be allowed into the United States for permanent resettlement In 2001 President Bush set the number at 70 000 But in the wake of Sept 11 the government decided to carry out a security review of the refugee screening process and shut down

Poem
Paul Mariani July 29, 2002

Down the precipitous switchbacks at eighty

The Word
John R. Donahue July 29, 2002

Peter is more prominent in Matthew than in any other Gospel Along with Mt 16 16-19 the promise to Peter and 17 24-27 the temple tax today rsquo s Gospel is one of three distinctive Petrine episodes Throughout these Peter rsquo s faith is a gift from God that is tested by suffering and doubt

Editorials
The Editors July 29, 2002

An antique wooden plaque in one of our offices reads: “It is wonderful that the First Amendment protects freedom of speech. It is even more wonderful that the First Amendment doesn’t make anyone listen.” Most Americans would agree with both parts of the message. But on June 17 the

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ July 29, 2002

Perhaps the saddest person I ever met was a fellow named Benjamin. Between 1992 and 1994 I worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi, Kenya. My job was to help urban refugeesthat is, people who had migrated to Nairobi from countries like Sudan, Rwanda and Ugandato start small businesses and

Books
Nancy J. Curtin July 29, 2002

ldquo Take religion away and the Irish are a pretty friendly people rdquo a Protestant woman from Derry remarked to Marcus Tanner the author of this rather unfocussed history of religious conflict in Ireland Tanner the assistant foreign editor of the London Independent came to the project as

Letters
Our readers July 29, 2002

Another Word

Every time I thought I just couldn’t handle another word, article or program on our current scandal, America would appear on my desk with its plenitude of scholarly, sane, informative articles. Your coverage over the past weeks has been outstanding! Each issue