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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 4, April

A Prescription for Disaster
Why aren't life-saving AIDS drugs reaching suffering people in Africa? HE TRAGIC SAGA OF HIV/AIDS IS PERHAPS THE best-documented viral pandemic in human history. Its impact on people in the United States has been routinely discussed in U.S. media,...
Behold the Body of Christ
Our bodies are precious to us. To surrender them as Jesus does is breathtaking. THIS YEAR I HAVE become a midwife of death. Like many of you reading this, I have joined the ranks of caregivers, a club nobody wants to join but many are drafted into,...
BROKEN Yet Beloved
What I've learned from Henri Nouwen Calvin Burge gave up on love many decades ago. Well, he almost did, after growing up in a family in which his mother died giving childbirth and "my dad couldn't take care of us." By the time he was an adult, Burge...
Can the Pope Resign?
When Bishop Karl Lehmann, the head of the German bishops' conference, commented in an interview with German Radio in early January on the possibility of a papal resignation, he was talking about a hypothetical situation. The bishop's widely quoted...
Catholic Tastes
CROSS EXAMINATION Though the cross today is the most widely used and immediately identifiable symbol of Christianity, most scholars believe that it was almost never used as a religious symbol until some 400 years after Jesus of Nazareth was crucified....
"Crucify Him!"
I have participated in a number of memorable interfaith worship experiences. I will pray with anyone who prays to the one, true, living God, whether called by that name, Allah, Adonai, or the Holy One. But before adding my "Amen," I listen carefully...
Feedback
Q: The first time I remember having a vivid sense of what a nuclear attack would be like was when ... We had nuclear attack drills in grade school during the 1950s. Phil Giuntoli Palatine, Ill. Pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were shown....
Give Them Liberty or Give Them Debt
During Robert E. Burns' hiatus, we have selected a powerful column from 1991 that bears repeating. AS WE ARE BEING TOLD FREQUENTLY IN THE MEDIA, next year--1992--will be the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus into this hemisphere....
I Had to Laugh
Might Easter be just the time for a little holy humor? WE ARE CATHOLIC, THEREFORE WE CELEBRATE. We can celebrate for weeks at a time, not to mention celebrating the 900th anniversary of Saint So-and-So. We have seasons of sorrow as well as joy....
Jesus Behind BARS
Halfway between the Franciscan Fathers and St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Jesus is locked behind bars, his nose literally rubbing against rusty cylinders fencing a front yard. But everyone long ago stopped trying to set him free, believing...
Let's Do Away with Nuclear Bombs Now
With the Cold War over, a window of opportunity has been opened to finally free the world from the threat of nuclear annihilation, argues Bishop Leroy T. Matthiesen. ON MAY 3, 1983, AT the height of the Cold War and after three years of unusually...
Odds & Ends
A most Catholic affair Yesterday's books appear as today's movies. One particularly successful reincarnation from page to picture is the recent film The End of the Affair. This movie, based on Englishman Graham Greene's 1951 novel, brings a unique...
Saint and Sinner: Mary Magdalene in Art History
That images of Mary Magdalene are identifiable from the beginnings of Christian art into the present is a sign of her critical importance in Christianity. The iconography of Mary Magdalene in Western art shows her as the first witness to the Resurrection...
Telling Life Stories
Christians are urged to run the good race and fight the good fight. But how, exactly, do we learn to live an exemplary life? Patrick McCormick says there's much to be learned by standing on the shoulders--and the stories--of those who've gone before...
The Art of Cultivating Spiritual Growth
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW JOYCE RUPP To the undiscerning seeker, the slew of spiritual books on bestseller lists and bookstore shelves these days can be overwhelming. Tantalizing titles promise much but often deliver only watered-down, feel-good messages...
Who Framed Mary Magdalene?
How the first witness to Christ's Resurrection was made into a prostitute, and how women today are restoring her reputation. It all comes down to the Resurrection. Twenty centuries of Christianity--and the faith of billions--rest on this singular...