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May 29, 2006

Vol.194 / No.19
Current Comment
The Editors May 29, 2006

Down on IslamSome years ago Cardinal Francis Arinze, then the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, complained that the dialogue with Islam consisted largely of Catholic initiatives, and it was time for the church’s Muslim partners to bear responsibility too for th

Poem
Kathleen O May 29, 2006

A photocopy of my mother’s heart,

Books
Thomas R. Murphy May 29, 2006

The historical reputation of William Jennings Bryan has not been a distinguished one He is ridiculed for losing three presidential elections He is often presented as a reactionary spokesman for a dying rural culture that resisted yielding to the progress of urbanization His opposition to American

Pheme Perkins May 29, 2006

Timing is everything. Jesus’ fatal confrontations with religious and political authorities in Jerusalem coincided with the crowds of pilgrims arriving for Passover. Almost 2,000 years later, attentive to timing, the National Geographic Society rolled out its newly restored Gospel of Judas just

The Word
Daniel J. Harrington May 29, 2006

Pentecost is one of the major dates in the church rsquo s calendar along with Christmas and Easter Our word Pentecost derives from the Greek word for 50 The feast occurs 50 days after Easter Pentecost was and is a Jewish festival celebrated in late spring 50 days after Passover Its biblical

Patrick Lang May 29, 2006

“For 14 hours yesterday, I was at work—teaching Christ to lift his cross by the numbers, and how to adjust his crown; and not to imagine he thirst until after the last halt. I attended his Supper to see that there were no complaints; and inspected his feet that they should be worthy of the nails

Editorials
The Editors May 29, 2006

Although the number of women prisoners is far smaller than the number of men, the rate of incarceration for women is rising at a much faster rate than for men. Over 200,000 women are now behind bars throughout the country, most of them African American and Hispanic. And according to the nonprofit Se