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May 27, 2000

Vol.182 / No.19
W.W. MeissnerMay 27, 2000

Suicide is a major mental health problem that touches all our lives The incidence of suicide is frighteningly highthere are few among us who do not know a friend or family member who has either attempted or committed suicide and no one of us is immune from its reach We have much to learn from tho

Nancy HartnagelMay 27, 2000

The debate over whether the United States should give permanent normal trade relations to China pits human rights concerns against economic ones. While others focus on labor, environmental or military issues, the U.S. bishops oppose special trade privileges for China because of China’s human r

Philip J. MurnionMay 27, 2000

It might surprise many to learn that no bishop has ministered to more persons living with AIDS than Cardinal John O’Connor, who by his own report tended to countless patients at St. Clare’s Hospital. I dare say also that no bishop has directly ministered to more priests and bishops who w


Pope Links Fatima Secret To Assassination AttemptPope John Paul II, ordering the publication of the third secret of Fatima, believes part of it was a direct reference to the attempt made on his life in 1981, said the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Cardinal Sodano, the highest-ra

The EditorsMay 27, 2000

Health care is emerging as a major campaign issue, and rightly so, because we are in trouble. The U.S. Census Bureau has found that over 44 million people lack health insurance. It is estimated that by the year 2008, the number of uninsured will have risen to 55 millionalmost a quarter of all non-el

The Word
John R. DonahueMay 27, 2000

The first reading captures the meaning of today rsquo s liturgical celebration Matthias not one of the original followers of Jesus is chosen to be a witness to the resurrection From Easter to Pentecost all the readings in effect present different aspects of what it means to be such a witness The

Faith in Focus
Patrick J. MaloneMay 27, 2000

Always fall in love with what you’re asked to accept. Take what is given and make it over your way.... The best way is through. Robert Frost