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December 14, 2001 Cover story:

‘If peace comes’
For Afghan refugees, fear of what’s next tempers fragile hope of returning home

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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: In refugee camps peace is an ‘if’

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linked button Advent reflection: Vision of peace shimmers in Advent scripture

linked button Special Report: Islam on the defensive

linked button Special Report: Building relationships with Muslims

linked button Immigrant plight spurs bishops to ask for meeting with Ashcroft

linked button Doctrinal congregation given authority over sex abuse cases

linked button Sacramentary may be casualty of liturgical wars

linked button POETRY

linked button Books: A faith you can’t get out of your bones

linked button Rosemary Radford Ruether column: ‘Ecumenical deals’ that leave women out

linked button Moments in Time: Conflicted over war

linked button Viewpoint: Absolutism a losing strategy

linked button Viewpoint: We need new way of teaching history

linked button EDITORIAL: A ‘defense’ that civilization can do without

linked button Perspective: It’s the next stage of a journey

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