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December 5, 2005

Vol.193 / No.18
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ December 05, 2005

"Spots of time" is what the poet William Wordsworth called those places that imprint themselves so deeply into our minds that simply remembering them can lift our hearts - in other words, holy places. I thought about that phrase as I left Kentucky last month after visiting the Abbey of Get

Poem
Mary Soon Lee December 05, 2005

The Silk Road never came to Cleveland.

Gerald OCollins December 05, 2005

From its opening session in October 1962 until its close 40 years ago in December 1965, the Second Vatican Council held millions of Catholics and others riveted. Pope John XXIII, who convoked the council only 90 days after he was elected, hoped that it would update the Catholic Church, renew it spir

Books
Kristin Shrader-Frechette December 05, 2005

Consider that cancer is the leading killer of Americans under age 85 that 40 percent of victims are under 65 and that for 25 years childhood cancers have been increasing 1 4 percent annually mostly because of environmental contaminants If the National Institutes of Health are right industrial to

Mark A. Lewis December 05, 2005

From the archives, the story of the early followers of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Editorials
The Editors December 05, 2005

Botanists in a greenhouse can cross a white flower with a red flower and raise generations of pink flowers that do not revert to red or white. This experiment provides a tiny example of evolution, but it provokes no debate because it was observed happening. The situation was different in 1859, when

Letters
December 05, 2005

Not Rhetorical

Thank you for writing about the important matter of torture and for the good editorial, The Shame of Torture (11/7).

I was a bombardier in Europe during World War II, which I regret in my old age, and I am even more ashamed of our country today because of its