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April 12, 2002 Cover story:

Middle East desperation
Dwindling hopes for peace
spotlight U.S. policy failures

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Crisis in the Church - Clergy Sex Abuse

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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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Summer Listings I
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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: Americans in every aspect of Mideast conflict

linked button Cover story: International activists: a non-violent force

linked button Cover story: When does a ‘special relationship’ become a blank check to Israel?

linked button Inside NCR

linked button Starting Point: Words, like touch, sustain and heal

linked button Frailty increasingly curtails pope’s activities

linked button Templeton Prize winner defends Christianity’s credibility in a scientific age

linked button Church in Crisis: On Good Friday, protesters pray for victims of sex abuse

linked button Church in Crisis: Forgiveness marks Holy Thursday service

linked button After 190 years, Loretto sisters still stake out new frontiers

linked button Far-flung networks serve the margins

linked button POETRY

linked button Music: Sisters set prayers of human heart into song

linked button Gregory Pierce column: Finding God’s presence in jobs of drudgery

linked button Jeannette Batz column: The lure of a gun’s shallow power

linked button Rosemary Radford Ruether column: Though poles apart, peaceful coexistence and dialogue possible

linked button Viewpoint: Zambia Mass both lively and sensual

linked button EDITORIAL: Needed: coherent, even-handed Mideast policy

linked button Perspective: Celibacy’s history of power and money

linked button Special Section: Destinations

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