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August 18, 2008

Vol.199 / No.4
Books
Kevin P. Quinn August 18, 2008

There is shocking news from the journalist E Benjamin Skinner slavery is very much alive in our day A 1999 study estimated that there were then 27 million slaves worldwide This claim motivated Skinner to infiltrate trafficking networks and slave trades in Godforsaken places and interview the sla

Columns
John F. Kavanaugh August 18, 2008

What will you do to reduce the number of abortions?

The Word
Daniel J. Harrington August 18, 2008

The cross is the central image or symbol of Christianity It is common in churches and in other Christian institutions Many Christians wear a cross around their neck or on their lapel as a badge that identifies them publicly as Christians Some crosses are elaborate and expensive works of art whil

Faith in Focus
Thomas Merton August 18, 2008

To mark what would have been Thomas Merton's 99th birthday, a reflection and poem from the great spiritual writer that appeared in our pages in 1963.

Books
Denise Lardner Carmody August 18, 2008

Catholic studies programs are growing in popularity on Catholic campuses across the country especially as a minor or part of a double major They offer students the opportunity to round out and deepen their education through an understanding of Catholicism rsquo s interaction with the cultural root

Poem
Michael Colonnese August 18, 2008

An important distinction is being deliberately blurred

Editorials
The Editors August 18, 2008

Despite the distant drumbeats for war, a diplomatic settlement is still possible