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March 1, 2002 Cover story:

Welfare reform
1996 law a success for some,
but as economy slows more are left behind

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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: Welfare reform

linked button Cover story: Welfare reform - at a glance

linked button Cover story: struggling to get out of the welfare way of life

linked button Cover story: Reform’s ignored goal: marriage promotion

linked button Inside NCR

linked button Starting Point: Bearing the lightness of being

linked button America on the Tiber: Round tables in Rome’s religious life

linked button Holy Land fund undercut by name confusion

linked button Two more scholars censured by Rome

linked button Papal contender has passion for poor

linked button Popular Chicago priest vows to resist transfer

linked button Appreciation: Margaret Traxler lived her passion for justice

linked button Protesters demand that church hear abuse victims

linked button Catholics grapple with scandal at parish forum

linked button ‘We must be ceaselessly on guard’

linked button Lenten Series Liminal Space: Lent is a time to listen to our lives

linked button POETRY

linked button At the Movies: War and Family

linked button Theater: Finding God through longing and darkness

linked button Joan Chittister column: Remember when discussion of public policies was mark of a great democracy?

linked button Viewpoint: Myth of Israel’s ‘generous offer’ damages truth, peace

linked button EDITORIAL: Some children are being left behind

linked button EDITORIAL: A just peace is more sensible that militarism

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