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December 10, 2012

Vol.207 / No.17
Brad RothrockDecember 10, 2012

Because of the recent synod on the new evangelization, and because I study Catholic religious education, the question of how best to converse with the wider world about faith is often on my mind. This is especially true when I am on Facebook. I have a variety of friends: some believers, some unbelie

Signs Of the Times

Congress should avoid measures that harm at-risk students, low-income families and the global poor who benefit from international assistance, said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and the S

Maryann Cusimano LoveDecember 10, 2012

You never know what you’re going to get during the dinner table family roundup of the day’s events. Our kindergartner recently told us: “The king and queen of England used to be really mean. They made everybody go to one church. They wouldn’t let people go to other churches.

Herman R. EberhardtDecember 10, 2012

Certain dates in history have a powerful hold on the American imagination When we think about World War II we remember Dec 7 1941 mdash a date President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed would forever live ldquo in infamy rdquo Our minds also turn to D-Day June 6 1944 when Allied forces led by

Signs Of the Times

During the public sessions, on Nov. 12–13, of the annual Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, among other actions, the bishops: • Approved their first document on preaching in 30 years, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,&rdq

The EditorsDecember 10, 2012

According to the Syrian novelist Dima Wannous, the seed of Syria’s Arab Spring revolt was planted in Damascus in February 2011. A policeman insulted a shop owner, and a crowd of young workers and traders formed chanting, “The Syrian people cannot be humiliated.” The interior minist

Signs Of the Times

When we pray for peace, we pray for peace for everyone,” said the Rev. Yoel Salvaterra, who serves the Catholic community in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, after a morning in which more than 20 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the city. “Our prayers have no borders. W