The National Catholic Review

June 4, 2007

Vol. 196 No. 20Whole No. 4777 Download PDF


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Out of the Shadows?
Raids by federal agents on five Swift meatpacking plants last December around the country, as well as raids in New Bedford, Mass., in March, called public attention to the fear haunting the lives of undocumented immigrants. As the raids demonstrated, fear of family breakup runs high among the undocumented, with the specter of breadwinners deported and U.S. citizen children left behind in the United States.


Remembrance and Hope
Olga Bonfiglio
A shoeless boy wearily weaves his way down the street, alone, in a limp pair of soiled shorts and a torn T-shirt.
Salvation Among the Poor
Martin Maier

Why do you return to your former parish in El Salvador every year or two?

Our Catholic Hemisphere
Carl A. Anderson
With a new president in Mexico and a more immigration-friendly majority in place in both houses of the U.S.

Books and Culture

He Who Is
Gerald O'Collins
Now two years into his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI has published a work that is fast becoming a bestseller everywhere.
Scientific Racism
George M. Anderson
“A bright stripped to a nude condition...and a careful examination is made of all parts of the body by the Dr.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Forgiven Sinners
Daniel J. Harrington
The Word
Sacrament of Ongoing Christian Life
Daniel J. Harrington
A Different Sort of History
Terry Golway
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Joseph A. O'Hare
Letter to a Thousand Poets
James S. Torrens
Lost and Found
John Slater

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