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January 29, 2007

Vol.196 / No.3
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. BreslinJanuary 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. CupichJanuary 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 EditorsJanuary 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

Books

Two societiesIsraeli and Palestiniancoexist in one land Revered as holy land by Jews Christians and Muslims this special space has for decades been cursed by outrageous violence The present moment is a terrible one for both societies For this very reason conversation between the contending par