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December 7, 2001 Cover story:

Crossing a moral threshold
Do any benefits justify human cloning? Can we talk about it?

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The employees of The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company express their deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those harmed in the recent terrorist attacks. This is a sad time for our world. Please be assured of our prayers as we unite with you in your loss.

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The Word From Rome
By John L. Allen, Jr.
NCR's Vatican Correspondent

This feature is updated weekly.

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The Peace Pulpit
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
This feature is updated weekly.

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linked button Cover story: Small step, big fuss

linked button Inside NCR

linked button Advent reflection: When all has collapsed, mystery can enter

linked button Vatican moves to address sex abuse problem

linked button Pope calls for peace gathering, fast

linked button Cardinal compares Sept. 11 horror to Auschwitz

linked button Sex-related case blocked in Vatican

linked button Breakaway parish ordains woman priest

linked button Despite call to postpone, protestors march on School of Americas

linked button Activists deplore bishops’ approval of military force

linked button Television: News rituals

linked button Books: Milestones in the human rights struggle

linked button Kris Berggren column: Honeybees and heifers on the Christmas gift list

linked button Viewpoint: War is not blessed by God

linked button EDITORIAL: ‘Open, just procedure’ needed in Maciel case

linked button EDITORIAL: Interests of poor countries heard at WTO meeting

linked button Special Section: Spirituality

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