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June 19, 2006

Vol.194 / No.21
The Word
Daniel J. Harrington June 19, 2006

Today we rejoin Ordinary Time in the Sunday Lectionary cycle The reading from Mark rsquo s Gospel describes Jesus stilling a storm on the Sea of Galilee He and his disciples some of them professional fishermen are traveling by boat from their home base on the western shore to the eastern shore w

Thomas Ryan June 19, 2006

"I take on as my primary task the duty to work tirelessly to rebuild the full and visible unity of all Christ’s followers,” said Benedict XVI in his first message after being elected. Primary task, one might well ask? Is this primary task of full, visible Christian unity something t

Current Comment
The Editors June 19, 2006

A German Pope at AuschwitzAt the close of Pope Benedict XVI’s prayers at the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland, storm clouds overhead gave way to sunshine and, improbably, a rainbow appeared.Unlike his predecessor, Benedict is not much of a world traveller. He has taken only

Poem
Brian Doyle June 19, 2006

For the woman who died Tuesday of raging cancer and left two children.

Books
Gene Roman June 19, 2006

Religious faith exerts a powerful influence on life in the United States and throughout the world The Center for Moral Clarity established and operated by the Rev Rod Parsley of Columbus Ohio--one of 10 outreaches of his World Harvest Church--advocates against abortion pornography and same-sex m

John F. Kavanaugh June 19, 2006

In this column I want to make three points. First, various state initiatives are rushing to fund embryonic stem cell research and therapeutic cloning. Second, the naughty word cloning is avoided, even though it is in fact the procedure described by the sanitized locution somatic cell nuclear transfe

The Word
Daniel J. Harrington June 19, 2006

The two stories in today rsquo s Gospel reading provide an example of Mark rsquo s ldquo sandwich rdquo technique The story of the woman with the flow of blood interrupts and is sandwiched in between the two parts of the account of Jairus and his daughter The stories have several common features