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September 23, 2002

Vol.187 / No.8

Pope Urges World to Address Underlying Causes’ of TerrorismAt a special general audience marking the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, Pope John Paul II said it was necessary and urgent to address the global injustices that created the conditions for

The EditorsSeptember 23, 2002

Even death penalty proponents do not want to see innocent people executed. In recent times, though, a number of prisoners have come within minutes of a walk to the death chamber before being exonerated of a capital crime. In Illinois alone, 13 men on death row were freed within the past two decades.

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJSeptember 23, 2002

Before my sister’s son, Charles, was born four years ago, I found it difficult to understand why people found their children’s comments so amusing. Certainly I had friends and relatives with young and often precocious children, but when they repeated their supposedly hilarious comments t

Daniel J. HarringtonSeptember 23, 2002

The Dead Sea scrolls have fascinated the general public for over 50 years Indeed 10 years ago they were front-page news with wild claims about their contents and charges about coverups and conspiracies What has happened since and what can we expect in the future These two fine books can help t

Faith in Focus
Julie Donovan MasseySeptember 23, 2002

It was a quiet Saturday morning. I cuddled on the couch with one of our daughters as we looked at the small book of children’s Bible stories her teacher had given her. We examined the stories of Moses and Noah and Jonah. Each page held a brief text accompanied by a powerful illustration. Soon

Valerie SchultzSeptember 23, 2002

It had to happen. Just as the shoemaker’s children go barefoot and the carpenter’s children live under a leaky roof, I knew this day would come. I am a church worker whose daughter has stopped going to church. My daughters have grown up with the church as their second home, because it wa

George M. AndersonSeptember 23, 2002

“Recovering the founder’s charism”—this is how Lawrence Goyette, F.S.C., described the impulse that led to the opening of the first-ever San Miguel School—a middle school that began almost a decade ago in Providence, R.I. During a visit in June, Bro. Lawrence explained