’I couldn’t find anyone else to go—it was too close to Christmas.” But the matter was urgent: a death row prisoner was to be executed in two weeks, and he was asking for spiritual guidance.
Man bites dog is news. So is the decline of religion. Dog bites man is continuity. So too the persistence of religion. That’s not news.
Last September, the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization in Cancún, Mexico, failed.
Introduction by James Martin, associate editor of America.