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December 17, 2007

Vol.197 / No.20
Peter HeineggDecember 17, 2007

Of all the dizzying questions devised 8220 How did language begin 8221 has to rank near the top Humans plainly learn to speak by imitation but back in the beginning who was there to imitate We can 8217 t talk without a vocabulary and syntax 8212 but where did they come from All the earli


Pope’s New Encyclical, ‘Spe Salvi,’ Addresses Modern Crisis of Hope In an encyclical on Christian hope, Pope Benedict XVI said that without faith in God, humanity lies at the mercy of ideologies that can lead to “the greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice.&#8221

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonDecember 17, 2007

The Hebrew name Emmanuel which means God is with us combines the Hebrew expression for with us and one of the words for God El It refers to the presence of God among usthe great Advent hope Psalm 24 todays responsorial psalm was part of a liturgy carried out at the Jerusalem temple the mou

George B. WilsonDecember 17, 2007

Thank you for coming. My name is Bishop Pascal. I am the diocesan bishop of Heartlands, and I need your help. Let me first tell you my situation and some of the options that are being proposed to me for dealing with it. Then Ill welcome your suggestions or proposals. Our diocese has 83 parishes to s

Current Comment
The EditorsDecember 17, 2007

Summit in Annapolis, McCain's immigration wisdom, Housing crisis in New Orleans

The EditorsDecember 17, 2007

Gift ideas from America's editors

Olga BonfiglioDecember 17, 2007

Forgiveness & the Nickel Mines school shooting: 'Amish Grace,' reviewed