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December 10, 2012

Vol.207 / No.17
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

Daniel CallahanDecember 10, 2012

A modest proposal for controlling health care costs

Ivan J. KauffmanDecember 10, 2012

Growing up Protestant and Republican in Kansas, I began life as a political conservative. But when I was in college, John F. Kennedy changed that. He and Pope John XXIII opened the door to the Catholic Church for me, and for most of my adult life I considered myself a Catholic political liberal. I a

Signs Of the Times

Around 62 percent of adult U.S. Catholics have a profile on Facebook; 58 percent of Catholics 30 and under share pictures, articles and comments at least once a week; and nearly a third say they would like their pastors and bishops to use blogs. Those are some results of a study released by the Cent

Timothy WadkinsDecember 10, 2012

El Salvador is not your typical tourist destination. It has been wracked by earthquakes and frequently finds itself in the way of devastating hurricanes. It is also the smallest, most densely populated and most violent nation in all of Latin America. So why have so many North American Christians mad

Eileen MarkeyDecember 10, 2012

Taking inspiration from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn rsquo s seminal One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Jens Soering has written an unblinking and harrowing critique of the American prison system and what he argues is the nation rsquo s over-reliance on incarceration Soering takes readers through a