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January 29, 2007

Vol.196 / No.3
Editorials
The EditorsJanuary 29, 2007

Many nursery rhymes began as coded verse that once circulated among the dissenting populace under autocratic rulers. A number of famous verses date to the Tudor monarchy. Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary satirizes Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary), her garden a veiled reference to the graveyards where Protestant m

Poetry
Kathy CoffeyJanuary 29, 2007

If healing has hands

Books
George W. HuntJanuary 29, 2007

Michael Lewis is a splendid and exceptional writer What creates the splendor is his gift for narrative pace for sly wit for the telling detail for the clarity and verve of his sentences What makes him exceptional is his ability to compose gripping tales about highly technical or dull subjects

Michael GriffinJanuary 29, 2007

Since the war in Iraq began, we at the Catholic Peace Fellowship have heard from more than 1,000 soldiers. And wea group that supports conscientious objectors through education, counseling and advocacyhandle just 6 percent of the calls on the national GI Rights Hotline. In answering the phone each d

Of Many Things
George M. AndersonJanuary 29, 2007

Nowadays when I read of Albania in the media, it is often in reference to Albanians who—desperate to escape their poverty-stricken country, where they are also beset by ethnic conflict—flee in rickety boats across the Adriatic Sea toward Italy. If they have not drowned or been intercepte

Faith in Focus
Stephanie RatcliffeJanuary 29, 2007

When my marriage ended, I had no means by which to support my 18-month-old son. I had no job and no hope of child support until the divorce was finalized. I needed to find work, but was reluctant to put my son in day care. Then it occurred to me: maybe I could find a job as a nanny, which would allo

News

U.S. Bishop Discusses Palestinian PlightThe encroachment of Israeli settlements on Palestinian water sources must be addressed, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., said his two-day visit to view Catholic Relief Services project