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November 20, 2006

Vol.195 / No.16
Current Comment
The EditorsNovember 20, 2006

Abu Ghraib at HomeThe now infamous photo of an Abu Ghraib detainee crouching in terror before a snarling dog appalled people around the world. But the same thing is happening in prisons in five U.S. states. Jamie Fellner, director of the Human Rights Watch prison program, points out in an October re

Faith in Focus
Katherine OlsonNovember 20, 2006

After receiving my bachelor’s degree in English from Fordham University in May, I have been full of doubts about the future: Can I find my true vocation? Will I find employment that is both challenging and exciting? What kind of accomplishments will I shamelessly be bragging about over cocktai

Maryann Cusimano LoveNovember 20, 2006

Our family has a new baby, and this has us thinking about the nature of help. What is help? Is it the neighbor who cooked a fancy gourmet meal for us (that none of us, all sick with colds, could eat) and left our kitchen in shambles, using every pot and pan in the place? Is it the friend who decided

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonNovember 20, 2006

At this time of year choirs all over the world are beginning to rehearse George Frideric Handel rsquo s ldquo Messiah rdquo This oratorio is an anthology of key texts from both Testaments set to music One high point among many for believers and even nonbelievers is the so-called ldquo Halleluj

Thomas J. CurryNovember 20, 2006

For me, a Catholic bishop, the past four years have been Dickensian—the best of times and the worst of times. How they have been the worst of times hardly needs explanation, but the growing realization that they have also been the best of times has come to me as an ever-deepening conviction an

The EditorsNovember 20, 2006

With the exception of his appearance before his old faculty at the University of Regensburg, Pope Benedict XVI’s travels have been quiet affairs. Even a trip to Spain last July, which threatened to erupt into controversy over policy differences with that country’s Socialist government, t

November 20, 2006

Ability to Respond

The deep reflections on the issue of torture in From Disciplina to the Day of Pardon, by Drew Christiansen, S.J., (10/2) are both pertinent and pressing for any Christian troubled by the present political situation in the United States. Your rejection of