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February 13, 2006

Vol.194 / No.5
The EditorsFebruary 13, 2006

As a cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger made clear his desire for the church to find a way to convey to the world the joy at the heart of the Gospel. Now as Pope Benedict XVI, he has, with his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), taken a decisive step in that direction. What is fresh about the

Peter HeineggFebruary 13, 2006

Always try to do too much must be taken as one of Salman Rushdie rsquo s mantras and he certainly lives up to it here This sprawling story flashes back and forth from pre-World War II Strasbourg to present-day Los Angeles touchesat least fleetinglyon every major world crisis from the Holocaust to

Vincent GragnaniFebruary 13, 2006

For 20 years, West Philadelphia’s St. Francis de Sales School was on the diocesan dole. Like many inner-city schools, it could not support itself with tuition and parish funds. Its principal, Sister Constance Marie Touey, I.H.M., feared a decade ago that St. Francis de Sales would suffer the f

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonFebruary 13, 2006

In almost all of Jesus rsquo healing miracles the person in need of healing displays an attitude of faith in him and his power In Mark rsquo s account of the healing of the paralyzed man however it is the man rsquo s friends who display faith by the extraordinary way they bring their friend to

Our readersFebruary 13, 2006


Professor Lawrence S. Cunningham’s vignette on St. John of the Cross presented a streetwise poet-mystic-reformer (1/30). John’s friendship with St. Teresa of vila and her influence on him were also nicely presented. But St. John’s connections to the Society of Jesus


Ugandan Archbishop Makes Plea to U.N.Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, Uganda, presented a statement to the United Nations Security Council on Jan. 24 asking that the United Nations take action to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda. Specifically he asked that the United Nation

Bill GunlockeFebruary 13, 2006

Joan Didion has been writing books for more than 40 years When she was introduced at a reading of her newest and most unforgettable book The Year of Magical Thinking at a giant Barnes amp Noble store in New York last fall there was a catch in the voice of the teary-eyed woman who hosted the ev