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January 8, 2001

Vol. 184 / No. 1

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James D. WolfensohnJanuary 08, 2001

The new millennium, with all its promise of change, presents us with a profound challenge: how to stem the rising incidence of global poverty. It is surely a major piece of unfinished business carried over from the previous century—how to give the poorest people of the world real hope for a be

James S. Torrens, S.J.January 08, 2001

On Dec. 1, while George W. Bush and Al Gore were hacking their way through legal thickets, Vicente Fox Quesada strode into the presidency of the United States of Mexico. It was a holiday that elicited from Mexicans, whose history has made them very cautious, much more hope than they are used to feel

Of Many Things
James Martin, S.J.January 08, 2001

Certainly one of the most surprising revelations in my life has been my experience with women religious. Before entering religious life I cherished the same notions about sisters that much of the American public does. They were - as I understood from the media, popular culture and even popular Catho

Our readersJanuary 08, 2001

In Good Faith

In his carefully reasoned examination of the recent case of the conjoined twins Jodie and Mary (12/2), Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M., M.D., criticizes British medical arrogance, narrow pastoral advice and judicial bullying. This is unfair.

I too deplore the doctors

The EditorsJanuary 08, 2001

In his gracious concession speech, Vice President Al Gore showed himself to be a better loser than a campaigner. [W]hat remains of partisan rancor now must be put aside, he told the nation. Now, the political struggle is over and we turn again to the unending struggle for the common good of all Amer

The Word
John R. DonahueJanuary 08, 2001

The Lectionary continues the theme of the initial manifestations of Jesus The Gospel joins the first words of Luke rsquo s Gospel to Jesus rsquo initial proclamation at Nazareth Luke states that his purpose is to produce a narrative or story in reliance on traditions handed down by eyewitnesses a

The Word
John R. DonahueJanuary 08, 2001

In the early church the Epiphany cycle included other manifestations of Jesushis baptism and the wedding at Cana Today rsquo s liturgy focuses on the third manifestation the wedding feast at Cana the first of Jesus rsquo signs that is symbols of the divine power at work in the incarnate Word