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Quotable & Notable
Issue Date:  July 16, 2004

Quotable & Notable

“Please, Lord and Mother Mary, let there be no explosions on Ziad’s wedding. Please, God, keep car bombs and guns away from them on Friday. Amen.”

-- The prayer of Sabah Nasser, an Iraqi Christian, in the weeks leading up to her son’s recent marriage

“The Muslim religion is not a history and a religion only for the Arabs. My music is the noise of peace, and I am Muslim. And I think that peace is tolerance, is recognizing diversity, and is very important.”

-- Senegalese music celebrity Youssou N’Dour, whose album “Egypt” had its U.S. release in June, composes songs that celebrate Islam

“That all those who are able to benefit from a holiday period during this time of the year may be helped during their vacation to rediscover in God their inner harmony and to open themselves to the love of human beings.”

-- Pope John Paul’s general prayer intention for the month of July

“A hot Australian hunk” is giving the all-American girl “some tips and tricks from international waters.”

-- U.S. toy maker Mattel announcing that Barbie has a new man in her life, a surfer dude called Blaine. Barbie split from her suitor of 43 years, Ken, in February.

“Stop thinking and end your problems.”

-- Lao Tzu, c. 600 B.C.

National Catholic Reporter, July 16, 2004

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