Amid war, Philippine village resists historic
Not far away, the sounds of
war are nearly omnipresent. Yet here it’s quiet, except for the laughter of
children as they spin their wooden tops on the basketball court, which soon will
be covered with rice harvested from the surrounding fields and raked out on the
concrete to dry in the tropical sun.
Pope gets credit for averting
John L. Allen Jr.
Although John Paul IIs opposition has so far
failed to stop the war in Iraq, it may have succeeded in brokering a separate
peace between Christians and Muslims in the Islamic world.
Minority of churchgoers say religious
beliefs shape view of war
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
Although most Americans who attend church
regularly said they have heard about the war in Iraq from the pulpit, only a
small minority said their religious beliefs have been the biggest influence on
their own thinking about the war, according to a national survey.
For years the Superior areas chapter of
Grandmothers for Peace has been urging parents not to buy war toys for their
children, and they have been holding nonwar toy drives for the
Now, the grandmothers say they are appalled at the
latest marketing trend they are seeing -- Easter baskets filled with war
Prayer in a Time of WAR
A Muslim Womans
Mahnaz Mehdi Shabbir
time of unrest among tribes, I need to reach out to my faith and to find solace
in Your words. It’s difficult for me to think that in our wonderful world there
are people who want to hurt other people. I look to You, God, to help me
understand why this happens.
The yin and yang of Chinas
By Robert J.
By mid-November it was
beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Regal East Asian Hotel in Shanghai.
A large neon angel
blowing her horn and an equally large neon reindeer had been installed on the
overhang of the entranceway, and festive lights were glowing in the lobby.
Turkey richly rewards search for the
By Len Biallas
Visitors to Turkey have
decreased 90 percent since Sept. 11, 2001. Many fear to go because of terrorist
threats, war with its neighbor Iraq, and ongoing border struggles with the
Kurds. Still, this land of 65
million people -- about twice the size of California -- is a wonderful country
Sign of inner peace is a fine
By Kris Berggren
I could easily become
addicted to travel. I love experiencing a new place’s history, geography and
culture. I also love leaving behind the banalities of daily life -- in my case,
cooking, cleaning and laundry; chauffeuring children to and fro; harping on
everyone to do homework and household chores.
Shrines mark Nazi victims in the
By Raymond A.
Deaths at Terezin and Lidice speak to us of
We approach Terezin, about an
hour north of Prague, on a gray summer morning through blue hills and rolling
fields of wheat and sunflowers.
Living with the costs of
In 281 B.C. King Pyrrhus of Epirus, champion of
Greek civilization whose skills as a general were said to compare favorably
with those of Alexander the Great, landed in southern Italy to lead his army
into battle. His intent was to defend Greek settlers from Roman domination.
Pyrrhus won the battle, but lost half his men. Dismayed by those losses, he is
reputed to have exclaimed: One more such victory and I am
Pope has placed church on side of
Writing just prior to the beginning of the first
Persian Gulf War, on Christmas day 1990, John Paul II sent this poetic message
(emphasis in the original) to the world:
The Light of Christ is
with the tormented Nations of the Middle East. For the area of the Gulf, we await
with trepidation for the threat of conflict to disappear. May leaders be
convinced that war is an adventure with no return!
Cruising through South America
Passing through three nominally
Catholic countries reveals two churches.
Not long ago, Jean and I flew to Santiago, Chile,
where we boarded a 1,700-passenger cruise ship that was a Noahs ark of
humans from all parts of the globe. The uniformed crew came from 39 countries
and the passengers -- mostly Americans -- were species from a dozen other
countries. It was largely a geezer cruise, filled with Medicare-eligible
patients with corrugated faces. One could easily have powered the 52,000-ton
ship with captured flatulence.
A different kind of despair
Come to dinner when the war against Iraq
ends, Jamil said, as I opened the car door. He had just parked the sedan
a short distance from the Bethlehem military checkpoint, the one closest to
U.S., Arab TV each tell only half the
Rami G. Khouri
Pacific News Service
On either side, news of Iraq war colored by
To fully understand this war and its consequences,
it is necessary to watch both Arab and American television.
As new president, her goal
Eight years ago Alice Bourke Hayes had a tough act
to follow. It was 1995 and the St. Louis University executive vice president
had been appointed president of the University of San Diego.
The beloved president she succeeded had been in
office for 24 years. A popular dean who had been at the university for many
years, and who felt it was already on the right track, later told her that his
chief hope when she arrived was that she wouldnt screw things
Program examines Catholic identity
In the late 1980s, Tom
Landy sensed some sort of “imbalance” in the Catholic university setting.
Court takes on same-sex marriage
By Chuck Colbert
The case for same-sex civil marriage took a
significant step forward March 4 when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
heard oral arguments in a potentially landmark case, Goodrich et al v.
Department of Public Health.
Dioceses at odds over pedophile
By Arthur Jones
The diocese of San Bernardino, Calif., has sued
the Boston archdiocese for hiding the background of accused child rapist and
molester Paul Shanley, 71, a former Boston priest.
THE EDITOR'S DESK
Thirty-five years ago this month, the Rev. Martin
Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. His is a challenging and complex
legacy, one that continues to confront the conscience of this country,
particularly as we continue to deal with matters of racism and discrimination.
Unfortunately, what doesnt get talked about much is the absolute
centrality of nonviolence to his approach to social reform and how that
conviction influenced his view of the conduct of the United States in the wider
Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns
From the tomb, new life
Recently, my daughter and I were at Mass. It was
just the two of us. We were sitting near the back. Toward the end of the
liturgy, she leaned over and asked me a question that only an innocent 4 year
old can: Is he dead, daddy? she whispered softly.
As bombs drop, faces of Iraqis still haunt me
Joel Preston Smith
This morning I woke up to bleak images of Baghdad
at sunrise, and the vague rumble and flash of explosions broadcast live on CNN.
For more than six months, sometime after U.S. President George W. Bush began
his personal crusade against Iraq, I have been praying this day would never
Eye on the Media
Pause and reflect
Raymond A. Schroth
If the first war week was one of shock, awe, and a
bad day, the last few days have forced both the military and the nation to --
borrowing two words from the headlines in The New York Times -- pause
Hopes Edge: The Next Diet for a Small
By Gary MacEoin
Frances Moore Lappé is ambitious. She is
committed to persuading us to buck the corporate capitalist system.
She understands that this is a mighty big demand, calling -- as it does -- for
a rethinking of the basic assumptions of our society.
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News Briefs for April 11, 2003
Addenda for April 11, 2003
WALANZO ROBINSON, 31, was executed in Oklahoma
KEITH CLAY, 35, was executed in Texas March
20. JOHN MICHAEL HOOKER, 49, was executed in Oklahoma
March 25. LARRY MOON, 57, was executed in Georgia March
JAMES COLBURN, 43, was executed in Texas March 26.
Colburn was the 842nd person executed in the United States since the Supreme
Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
We ask prayers for the victims of the crimes
that may have been committed by those listed here, for those executed and for
those participating in executions done in our names.
To settle a case involving charges of sexual abuse
against Fr. John Lenihan, the Los Angeles archdiocese and the Orange, Calif.,
diocese paid $1.2 million. Because of an editing error, the figure was
incorrect in the March 21 issue.
|Im a Christian man. If I have to kill
the other guy, I will, but it doesnt make me a hero.
memorable quote from this week's issue.