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February 5, 2007

Vol.196 / No.4
Of Many Things
John W. DonohueFebruary 05, 2007

Books, like houses, can be remodeled. The house and garden sections of city newspapers often include articles about energetic people who have transformed a rundown farmhouse in the Catskills or a cabin in the Maine woods by knocking down walls between cramped rooms, installing new lighting and build

Faith in Focus
Patricia SchnappFebruary 05, 2007

It is an irony that Victorian, Anglican England produced two poetic geniuses who were neither Victorian nor Anglican. Both were quintessentially Catholic, one so avant-garde he has been called the “father of modern poetry” and the other a tardy Romantic. These blazingly gifted men are, of course


Abbé Pierre, Helper of Poor, Dead at 94Abbé Pierre, the founder of the Emmaus Community in France, dedicated his life to fighting poverty and serving the poor, Pope Benedict XVI said. The 94-year-old priest, repeatedly voted the most respected person in France, died Jan. 22 in Paris. Informed of t

Claire Schaeffer-DuffyFebruary 05, 2007

No one 8217 s life runs a straight course There are arrows and roadblocks and turns we take that influence the subsequent journey The remarkable life of the Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai founder of the Green Belt Movement and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize is no exception In th

Ladislas OrsyFebruary 05, 2007

More than 40 years have passed since Nov. 21, 1964, when the bishops assembled at the Second Vatican Counil—after much argument and amid great rejoicing—approved solemnly the “Decree on Ecumenism.” Ever since, we have paused from time time to ponder, trying to assess our prog

Current Comment
The EditorsFebruary 05, 2007

Hispanics, Immigration and the WarAbove any other concern, it was the Iraq warspecifically, the U.S. voters’ opposition to the way it was being conductedthat gave the Democrats their Congressional majorities in the November elections. Exit polls showed critical gains among political independen

Richard A. BlakeFebruary 05, 2007

Suppose Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib are not merely momentary aberrations, but rather preludes to even stronger responses to the threat of terrorism. After all, in a very short time, we’ve become used to teams of guards in black coveralls carrying automatic rifles as they patrol our airpor