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December 24, 2007

Vol.197 / No.21
Current Comment
The EditorsDecember 24, 2007

Killing the Death Penalty

The U.N. General Assembly is expected to call for a worldwide moratorium on executions in a plenary session this month. Although it will not bind individual countries, abolitionists see the resolution as carrying moral and political weight. They also

Faith in Focus
Stephen MartinDecember 24, 2007

As I laid my cellphone on a bookshelf near the door and stepped outside into the late winter afternoon, I remember thinking, What can happen in just 30 minutes? True, my wife’s due date for our first child was just a few weeks away. It’s also true this fact made me quiver on occasion li

Books
Ann RodgersDecember 24, 2007

Lourdes at 150: a pilgrims' guide, reviewed

Columns
John F. KavanaughDecember 24, 2007

In my previous column (11/26), I recommended Francis Beckwiths book Defending Life for serious arguments in defense of human life at its earliest stage. Another powerful defense, more accessible and less technical, is forthcoming in Embryo, by Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen, to be publis

Poetry
Paul MarianiDecember 24, 2007

At the interstices between the word & silence

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonDecember 24, 2007

The term epiphany means a showing forth or manifestation In the context of the Christmas season it refers to the showing forth of the infant Jesus to a group known as the Magi The story of the Epiphany in Matthew 2 describes how these exotic visitors from far away come in search of the newborn ki

Faith in Focus
James Martin, SJDecember 24, 2007

How overwhelming the first Christmas must have been for Mary and Joseph.