April 19, 2004

Vol. 190 No. 14Whole No. 4649

Editorials

Eight Hundred Thousand

This year, the United Nations proclaimed April 7 an International Day of Remembrance. For in the 100 days beginning on the eve of that date 10 years ago, 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda.

Articles

Ministers of Communion
Margaret Mary Kelleher

Someone once asked me, “Why do we need ministers of Communion? Why not just pass the eucharistic bread and wine and let people take it themselves?” There are several answers.

Must We Preserve Life?
Ronald Hamel

Is the removal of a feeding tube that supplies nutrients and fluids, especially in patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS), simply a means of killing a vulnerable persona form of euthanasia

Remembering Rwanda 1994-2004
Mark Raper

During early April this year, thousands of quiet, sad memorials were held across Rwanda. Holy Week also fell in early April, but the passion that Rwanda re-enacted is uniquely its own.

The Glorious Paradox
David E. Nantais

If a Jesuit Volunteer Corps community were ever chosen to appear on MTV’s “The Real World,” you might hear words like the following, an altered version of the program’s usual opening credits: “This

Hispanic Ecumenism
Kenneth G. Davis

With the steady growth of the Hispanic population in the United States, Christian denominations have been competing as never before for the allegiance of Latinos.

Books and Culture

Books
Cleanse Us From Our Sins
Thomas H. Stahel
You’ll need an iron stomach and a leather bottom to get through these two investigative reports, but if you want to know about sexual abu
Books
Voice of the People
George M. Anderson
El Salvador’s civil war took 175,000 lives, and during the dozen years of its duration human rights abuses ran rampant.
Books
Boulder's Miracle Child
Ron Hansen
On Aug.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Is He Alive in Us?
Dianne Bergant
The Word
A Great and Diverse Multitude
Dianne Bergant
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
John W. Donohue
Letters
Letters
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