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December 18, 2006

Vol.195 / No.20
Current Comment
The EditorsDecember 18, 2006

Papal DiplomacyThe visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey in the final days of November was by far the most challenging of any of the trips undertaken thus far by the pope. It was this pope’s first visit to a Muslim country and came after the Muslim world had been angered by his now-famous allus

Poem
Paul MarianiDecember 18, 2006

From house to house he treks, and inn to inn, the feral dogs

Books
Daniel J. HarringtonDecember 18, 2006

In the more than 40 years since Vatican II the short document on the relationship of the Catholic Church to other religions Nostra Aetate has emerged as especially important Its section on the Jewish people suggests that mutual understanding and appreciation can best be furthered by biblical and

John F. KavanaughDecember 18, 2006

A newly fashionable atheism has emerged in public discourse. Religious faith, in this account, is not only quaint; it is dangerous. In a recent conference titled Science, Religion, Reason and Survival, sponsored by the Templeton Foundation, religion took a beating. Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonDecember 18, 2006

For most Christians the family is the first school of spirituality In that context we learn or do not learn the basics of morality and religion and we develop our sense of responsibility and mutual respect On Christmas Day we celebrated the birth of Jesus through whom we believe that we have e

Rabbi A. James RudinDecember 18, 2006

In the Bible used by Catholics, a pair of books celebrates an extraordinary Jewish military success that took place in 165 B.C.E. in the land of Israel. Surprisingly those two books are not included in the Hebrew Scriptures; nor do they appear in the Protestant canon. Can you name them? Hint: There

Editorials
The EditorsDecember 18, 2006

The most commonplace symbol of our Christmas celebration is a light shining in the darkness: a candle in the window, a star on top of a tree. The symbol is so familiar that we can sometimes fail to appreciate its distinctive message. Many lights shine in the darkness. Some of them can be brutal and