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This Weeks Edition:   April 18, 2003
Cover Story
Hope in the face of suffering

By Teresa Malcolm
It did not take Chicago artist Jean Morman Unsworth long to collect photos for her collage “By His Wounds We Are Healed.” Two weeks of TIME and Newsweek back in 1999 provided many images to represent the suffering of Christ. “There was so much violence,” said Unsworth, whose resulting work of art is featured on NCR’s Easter cover this week.

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Building strength

Arthur Jones

A decade after the death of César Chávez, the union he founded seeks to preserve his legacy of justice for farm workers.

César Chávez was buried here at La Paz 10 years ago.

Two hours out of Los Angeles, La Paz is the United Farm Workers central headquarters. The administrative center is a steel, expandable Butler building on 200-acres of rough, sandy paths, rock, tough grass, shrubs and some trees, acreage pockmarked still by a few tumbledown buildings from its 1930s heyday as a tuberculosis sanitarium.

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César Chávez: Heart of a movement

By Arthur Jones
Césario Estrada Chávez was born on his grandfather’s small farm near Yuma, Ariz. His father, Librado, was forced from his farm. Chávez quit school in eighth grade to work in the fields full-time to help support the family. In 1944 he volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific. While waiting to be shipped out he was arrested in a Delano, Calif., movie house for sitting in the “whites only” section.

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A flagship of organizing

By Arthur Jones
The United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, is not so much a union as a movement, said current president Arturo Rodriguez, himself a member of the AFL-CIO’s governing executive council.

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At war

On the Web, alternative views of the Middle East

By Dennis Coday
As the war in Iraq got underway, NCR (March 28) published a list of Web sites that offered news and views of the war and the Middle East. Below is a continuation of that list, naming sites NCR found and reviewed.

After that are some of the more than 200 Web sites readers suggested be added to the list. NCR has not yet reviewed all of these sites.

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Policy experts warn of precedent set by ‘preventive war’ in Iraq

By Joe Feuerherd
Even prior to the fall of Baghdad, senior Bush administration officials were citing the military success of their Iraqi war plan as a warning to other governments.

“I think a lot of countries, including Syria, will eventually get the message from this, that it’s much better to come to terms peacefully with the international community, to not acquire these weapons of mass destruction, to not use terrorism as an instrument of national policy, and to take care of your own people,” Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said April 6 on “Meet the Press.”

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Eye on the Media
Five scenes in a week

By Raymond A. Schroth
I. An ethics case

Sydney Schanberg stands up in a boat smoking a cigarette crossing the Mekong River, Cambodia, 1975 (The Village Voice, March 26- April 1). His article, “The Itch,” explains why a reporter is drawn to war.

Schanberg is a “case study” in my media ethics class. We read his New York Times Cambodia dispatches from the Vietnam war and watch “The Killing Fields” and consider the moral choices journalists face when their lives -- and the lives of those they love -- are at stake.

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Peace activists seek return to Iraq to witness against war

By Chris Herlinger
Religion News Service
By turns angry, hopeful and a bit exhausted, a group of American, British and Canadian peace activists find themselves today in a kind of no man’s land -- stranded in neighboring Jordan, wanting to return to Baghdad to demonstrate what they believe is needed solidarity with the people of Iraq.

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Mixing aid with proselytism provokes debate among relief groups

By Mark O’Keefe
Religion News Service

Will proselytizing in Iraq offer comfort and hope to a nation that is 97 percent Muslim?

Or will it reinforce the growing perception of Muslims worldwide that the war, no matter what President Bush says, is against Islam, not Saddam Hussein?

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NCR Editorial

After the symbols fall, then what?

The cameras lingered long on the statue. A rope was slung around its neck, and Saddam came tumbling down amid a cheering crowd.

It is an exhilarating sight when the symbols of tyranny fall, and in Baghdad, as the television crews soon made clear, the symbols exist in abundance. In this capital city it is impossible to walk for more than a block without coming upon some representation of the brutal Saddam Hussein. 

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When all the Earth is holy ground

By Patricia Lynn Morrison

Like the rest of her family, Wazma, who is 18, is a recent refugee from Afghanistan and a Muslim. Since she hadn’t yet had the opportunity to visit many American homes, I offered to give her the “grand tour” of mine, unassuming rental that it is.

The first stop was the living room, then on to the kitchen.

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 Jeannette Batz 

Sr. Madeleine and the House of Peace

I swear I’ll only stay five minutes. The roads are getting slick, I’ve got laundry in the washer at home and groceries in the trunk, and I’m only dropping something off.

I stay an hour.

It’s almost a gravitational force, the peace that swirls through the tiny South St. Louis bungalow Sr. Madeleine Lane shares with another School Sister of Notre Dame.

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Arthur Jones

Sheen and Moore: virtual ticket for 2004

In the pure media era, Democrats need to entice ‘West Wing’ president and Oscar pontificator.

Maybe Ronald Reagan was the wave of the future. And I didn’t want to recognize it at the time. Perhaps all our politicians should come from Hollywood. How did we fare after Reagan? We went from a well-scripted B actor to bring on the gubernatorial and ex-Congressional clowns: Goofy, Fatty Arbuckle, and English-as-a-First-Language-plagued Mickey-Rooney-goes-to-Washington (AKA, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II).

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Viewpoint & Opinion

Patriotism is not the highest calling

Michael Welch
Christians are obliged to set their country right when it is in the wrong.

In her readable yet scholarly book, The Vietnam Wars: 1945-1990, Marilyn B. Young defines the major premises of U.S. foreign policies following U.S. victories in the Second World War. The first axiom she lists is surely pertinent today; it exists, in an unwritten form, in the minds of many of us.

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Church in Crisis

Homosexuality a risk factor, Vatican told 

By John L. Allen Jr.
Experts emphasize it is not cause of abuse; message may derail document on seminaries.

Homosexuality is a risk factor in, but not the cause of the sexual abuse of adolescent males, according to experts who addressed a private April 2-5 Vatican symposium attended by officials charged with handling the abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic church.

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Catholic church takes lead in child protection industry

By Joe Feuerherd
Cost and control among issues as dioceses push to establish ‘safe environments’ for children.

The child protection business is a growth industry -- and the U.S. Catholic church is leading the way.

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Prayer in a time of War
From Darkness to Light A Meditation

By Keith J. Egan
“The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less; The times are winter, watch, a world undone.”

Gerard Manley Hopkins(1) knew all too well, as he wrote above, much darkness and winter, but he also knew that “Nothing is so beautiful as Spring.” An earlier fellow poet also knew the movement from darkness to light. In a dark, dingy cell along the Tajo River in Toledo, Spain, John of the Cross(2) was brutally “degraded” nearly to death by his brothers.

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Inside NCR

Tom Roberts


Under normal circumstances, understanding the power of Easter is a difficult matter.

I know the words, the concepts, and in personal moments I have known the profound and deep touch of God’s love. I also know, however, that the Easter Alleluia did not remain a personal moment for long. The community, we are led to believe, fairly quickly buzzed with the rumor, the crazy rumor, and then with the reality.

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Care of the soul

By Margot Patterson
A small center for religious instruction in Paris made history by making the individual its priority

La Maison d’Ananie, or House of Ananias, sits on a residential street in Paris’ 7th arrondissement. Built centuries ago for aristocrats who couldn’t afford the high price of living at Versailles, this part of Paris is lined with dignified white stone mansions and popular with foreign embassies. Here, up the street from the Swedish and Tunisian embassies, the House of Ananias is reached through a quiet courtyard. Inside, the atmosphere is calm, hushed, determinedly discreet.

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A priest who inspirited intellectuals and artists

By Margot Patterson
The House of Ananias was founded in 1938 by Jean-Pierre Altermann, a Jewish convert to Catholicism who went on to become a priest. A well-regarded poet and writer, Altermann moved in literary and artistic circles and became a friend and spiritual adviser to some of France’s most celebrated writers, musicians and artists in the period between the two world wars. Now demolished, a well-known Benedictine monastery on the nearby Rue Monsieur served during that era as an oasis of prayer in the middle of Paris.

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At the movies

Human moments

By Joseph Cunneen 
Adventurous directors put Iran on the movie map.

The Oscar show at least managed to get finished by midnight, but seemed merely a movie version of the military overkill unfolding in Iraq. The fact that many who appeared in the proceedings are appalled by Bush’s war didn’t make the proceedings any less the annual celebration of Hollywood’s ability to impose its product on the rest of the world.

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Music echoes across centuries

By Matt Stoulil
Collection re-creates sacred songs Jesus might have heard 2,000 years ago.

A new collection of sacred music, aptly titled “Ancient Echoes,” lets the Western world hear what Jesus and the people of Israel might have heard and sung around the turn of the first century.

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U.S. foreign policy today: Zealotry triumphant 

Captain America and the Crusade against Evil: The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism

Reviewed By James Fredericks
The Feb. 18, 2002, cover of Der Spiegel caught the attention of Daniel Coats, the U.S. ambassador to Germany. The cover depicted “the Bush Warriors” (die Bush Krieger). Colin Powell was portrayed as Batman, Donald Rumsfeld as Conan the Barbarian. Dick Cheney was depicted as the Terminator, flanked by Condoleezza Rice as Xena, the Warrior Princess. The president himself was given pride of place in this band of warriors as Rambo, in the classic pose with a bandoleer draped manfully over his chest.

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Poetry for April 18, 2003
 Letters to the Editor

Letters for April 18, 2003  

  Classifieds for April 18, 2003  
Briefs World & Nation

News Briefs for April 18, 2003

Last Words

‘It is time to beg God/Allah to bless all peoples; to drive the demons from all hearts, whether those hearts belong to the vanquished or to victors.’

 Keith Egan

A memorable quote from this week's issue.

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