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November 24, 2014

Vol. 211 / No. 16

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Can this unique Islamic culture survive an era of absolutism? (Photo: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)
David PinaultNovember 12, 2014

My host paused with his hand on the lid as we stood before the long wooden box. “Are you ready,” he asked, “to see the ‘shawl’ of Mbah Jarik?” What awaited me in that container was a glimpse of Indonesia’s ancient Muslim traditions—traditions that are

A BROTHER'S EMBRACE. Pope Francis greets Metropolitan John of Pergamon, head of the Orthodox delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, at the Vatican on June 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
John R. QuinnNovember 12, 2014

The fact that before the year A.D. 325, synods were held everywhere in the church demonstrates that the bishops realized, as the author Msgr. Michael Magee put it, that “no bishop was entitled to exercise his office in isolation from the common good of all the Churches, or from his brothers in

BUILDING THE CALIPHATE. Members of a group linked to Islamic State militants published a video on the Internet on Sept. 22 claiming responsibility for the kidnapping of Hervé Gourdel of Nice, France.
Patrick J. Ryan, S.J.November 12, 2014

‘Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice,” Karl Marx notes in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1852). “He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Entirely too many protagonist

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.November 12, 2014

The legacy of George W. Hunt, S.J., continues to grow with America's new literary prize.

Our readersNovember 12, 2014

Market Measures“Market Assumptions” (11/3), by Bishop Robert W. McElroy, is a thoughtful, well-reasoned and inspired explanation of Pope Francis’ statements on income inequality and how some cultural assumptions in the United States make a full appreciation of his critique and chal

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The EditorsNovember 12, 2014

How can we teach the news reading skills that are essential to responsible citizenship?

Christmas cards by David Hammer
Faith in Focus
Camille D'Arienzo, R.S.M.November 12, 2014

One man’s jouney from death row to a new life