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December 21, 2001 Cover story:

‘You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear!’ -- Luke 1:42

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NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (NCR), an independent newsweekly, seeks an experienced journalist for the position of Managing Editor. NCR, repeatedly honored for general excellence and investigative reporting, tackles stories within the church and society that would otherwise go untold. With a strong international component, NCR gives voice to alternative views on issues within the wider culture. Candidates must possess good editing, writing, and organizational skills. Looking for a newsroom leader who knows how to produce a vibrant, compelling, reader-friendly newspaper. Five years of journalism experience, a knowledge of contemporary issues facing Catholicism, and a passion for issues of peace and justice essential. The managing editor reports to the editor and works with in-house writers, reporters and stringers. Based in Kansas City, MO. Send resume to: Publisher, Managing Editor Search, 115 E. Armour Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111. Fax: 1-816-968-2280. E-mail: URL: EOE

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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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The links below will take you to this week’s stories:

linked button Cover story: Joy reverberating for 2,000 years

linked button Cover story: Creating a stained glass window

linked button Inside NCR

linked button Advent reflection: Extend God’s peace in the poignant season of hope

linked button As war rages, talk of peace

linked button Institute explores justice as part of peace processs

linked button Bank’s links to arms trade provoke boycott

linked button Media supplies simple solutions, writer says

linked button Pacifist petition circulates among Massachusetts Catholics

linked button Professor: U.S. bombs kill 62 Afghan civilians a day

linked button Peace activist brings aid as bombs fall

linked button Vatican prepares two new documents on family

linked button Church grows when pastor helps people find God’s love

linked button Christimas: Serving in a new, intriguing place

linked button POETRY

linked button Jeannette Batz column: Working hard to be festive, all by myself

linked button Kris Berggren column: Unwrap your hidden inner Christmas

linked button Viewpoint: A marzipan strawberry and a tin alligator

linked button EDITORIAL: Mr. Bush, we’re ready for new marching orders

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