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Archive for December 30th 2010

Associate Editor Kevin Clarke outlines the issues at stake leading up to the January 9 referendum in Sudan. If the populace votes in favor of independence for the South, civil war could break out again, as forces in the North seem unwilling to allow their fellow citizens to form their own nation. The referendum was set nearly five years ago when a peace agreement ended years of fighting, yet the international community has not paid much attention to the issue until the last few months. In their editorial, "Deadline in Sudan" America's editors urge the international community to heed their "responsibility to protect" innocent parties in Sudan.

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Fr. Guido Gockel, former director of the pontifical mission for Palestine, describes the Christmas customs in Bethlehem, including the marathon of liturgies at the Basilica of the Nativity that begin on Christmas Eve. Fr. Gockel, a member of the Mill Hill Missionaries, also describes his current work for the Catholic Near Eastern Welfare Association, which published the magazine One.

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Drew Christiansen, S.J., first began reading the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., as a novice, and the French Jesuit's thinking served as a formative intellectual and spiritual influence. Discussing his essay, "On the Slope with Teilhard," Father Christiansen explains Teilhard's fascination with matter, and how matter can help the spirit to flourish.

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