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   This Week’s Edition: October 19, 2007 

Vol. 43 No. 42   
Cover story -- China & India
The emerging Asian superpowers

By John L. Allen Jr.
A butterfly in China beats its wings, in the classic illustration of how small events can trigger big ones, and rain falls around the world. In Asia today, however, forces far more powerful than the wings of a butterfly are pounding out the future, and it doesn’t require the intricacies of chaos theory to predict choppy weather for global Catholicism as a result.

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Catholicism: stagnant in China, troubled in India

By John L. Allen Jr.
Spirituality is flourishing in today’s China, despite strong controls from an officially atheistic state. Pentecostal Christianity, Islam and even revamped forms of Taoist thought are growing like gangbusters. For example, a slim volume called Notes on Reading the Analects -- a sort of Confucian Chicken Soup for the Soul -- sold between 3 and 4 million copies in 2007, making it one of the biggest best-sellers in China since Mao’s “Little Red Book.”

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Peru's poor speak up: Tourism is good, law school is better

By Andrés Tapia
The stoplight turns red, and Osvaldo springs into action. With two mallets in each hand, he positions himself in front of the morning commuters in cars, buses and motorbikes and begins to juggle. The intersection is his stage, the Andes mountains his backdrop.

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Fisherwomen question tourism's 'magic'

By Inter Press Service
Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney described his 2002 tour of Kerala, a state in southern India, in one word -- “magical.” For thousands who throng the state’s green villages, picturesque backwaters and beaches, the experience is no less than a “Magical Mystery Tour.” But local fisherwomen say it means new and harsh realities for them.

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Australian bishops warn against joining U.S. in preemptive strike

By Catholic News Service
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference said it did not believe the war in Iraq is justified and warned against participating in another preemptive strike with the United States.

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University says no, then yes to Tutu

By Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
Nobel laureate's comments on Israeli occupation are at heart of St. Thomas brouhaha.

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Paths to Peace
Iraq and the way out of war

By Emiliano Huet-Vaughn

African quests for lasting peace

By Joe Komakoma and
NCR Correspondent

Peacemakers ponder the tough questions
NCR Editorials
Peace takes hard work and risk

Peacemaking, as a word and an activity, suffers a fate similar to love. It has been dulled by overuse and drained of power by sentimentality and low expectations. We pray for peace, we sing about it, we may even occasionally march in protest for the cause of it, but we rarely really expect it to happen.

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Tutu, Israel and open debate

We take the word of Fr. Dennis Dease, president of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., that he had good intentions -- sparing the Jewish community unnecessary pain -- when he decided to ban Nobel Peace Prize winner and untiring champion of nonviolence, Episcopal Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from speaking on campus.

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Quotable & Notable

“There is a significantly reduced number of monks on the streets. Where are the monks? What has happened to them?”

-- Shari Villarosa, acting U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, where hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Buddhist monks have been arrested to quell antigovernment protests

More quotes

Radford Ruether

The sisters, the workers and the union

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Stephen Zunes

Proposed Mideast arms package a dangerous deal

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Not your father's seminary

By Susan C. Thomson
Call him Charlie. Everyone else does. With cropped gray hair and an intense gaze, Dominican Fr. Charles E. Bouchard, 56, arrives for an interview looking corporate-casual in a pressed blue plaid sports shirt. Only for a photo later does he express a preference for donning the habit that marks him as a member of the Order of Preachers.

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We shall still overcome

By Jeff Biggers
Highlander Folk School celebrates 75th anniversary.

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Paths to Peace
Arsonist's family joins church in rebuilt sanctuary

By Religion News Service

Tales of a peace correspondent

By Colman McCarthy
Inside NCR

Rita Larivee


Revered elders owed respect
You will read in this issue of NCR a story about the controversial decision by the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., to keep Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu from speaking on its campus. That decision was reconsidered, and kudos must go to the leadership of the university for having the courage to listen to the collective wisdom of the community and acknowledge the unfortunate mistake. I speak as a former college president and I know from experience the balancing act educational leaders face in guarding the ideals and public face of their institutions. It’s not easy.

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Starting Point
Starting Point

By Carolyn Lawrence
We were told that the leaves were past their peak. We went to see them anyway. We figured there would still be enough color to make it worthwhile. We piled into the car and headed for New England.

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Variations on a theme

Some of our readers wrote to tell us what “sentimentality” means to them.

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Spiritual searchers nutty with independence

By Dick Staub
On the Road and 'Into the Wild' depict two adventurers seeking to set their souls free.

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A Guatemalan whodunit
By Francisco Goldman
Grove Press, 416 pages, $25

Reviewed by Paul Jeffrey

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Poetry October 19, 2007

 Letters to the Editor

Letters for October 19, 2007

Classifieds for October 19, 2007

News Briefs for October 19, 2007

People for October 19, 2007

Last Words
'The Jesuits are very serious. Sometimes I have to tell them I'm teasing them.'

-- Dominican Fr. Charles Bouchard

A memorable quote from this week's issue.

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