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January 29, 2007

Vol.196 / No.3
Of Many Things
George M. Anderson January 29, 2007

Nowadays when I read of Albania in the media, it is often in reference to Albanians who—desperate to escape their poverty-stricken country, where they are also beset by ethnic conflict—flee in rickety boats across the Adriatic Sea toward Italy. If they have not drowned or been intercepte

Faith in Focus
Stephanie Ratcliffe January 29, 2007

When my marriage ended, I had no means by which to support my 18-month-old son. I had no job and no hope of child support until the divorce was finalized. I needed to find work, but was reluctant to put my son in day care. Then it occurred to me: maybe I could find a job as a nanny, which would allo

News

U.S. Bishop Discusses Palestinian PlightThe encroachment of Israeli settlements on Palestinian water sources must be addressed, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., said his two-day visit to view Catholic Relief Services project

Letters
January 29, 2007

Concern for Life

Pope John Paul II stated quite clearly his view of a Christian’s attitude toward this planet on which we livea moral matter, as I recall. I long wondered whether his message was being announced among the faithful, although several bishops’ groups have written

Books
John B. Breslin January 29, 2007

Postapocalyptic novels were once popular back in the last millennium when we all worried about the Bomb and what it might do to us Nevil Shute an Australian novelist delivered himself of quite a successful one On the Beach that later was translated to the screen and did its best to present th

Blase J. Cupich January 29, 2007

Is the right to life unconditional in all circumstances, or can it be forfeited by criminal behavior or advancing age? Proponents of a South Dakota law banning all abortion except to save a mother’s life forcefully argued that the right to life is universal and God-given. The statute they supp

Current Comment
The Editors January 29, 2007

The Baghdad ExecutionsThe execution of Saddam Hussein by hanging on Dec. 30, followed two weeks later by the hanging of his half-brother, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former head of Saddam’s secret police, and Awad Hamad al-Bandar, the chief judge of Saddam’s revolutionary court, made a m