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Issue Date:  December 9, 2005

Quotable & Notable


-- The number of people in Pakistan who remain inaccessible in remote Himalayan regions experiencing subfreezing temperatures and the first snowfall of the season

“As a wife and mother, she lived the evangelical simplicity of self-sacrifice for love.”

-- Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Vicenza, Italy, at the beatification of Eurosia Fabris, or “Mamma Rosa,” an Italian woman who raised 11 children and is being held up as a model of sainthood for all mothers

“Bizarre and irrational ... callous and terrible”

-- John Dayal, president of the All India Catholic Union, reacting to a call from Hindu fundamentalists for Hindu couples to produce more than three children -- suggesting a dozen sons per family -- to sustain their religious majority

“Investment in AIDS works, but the world is seriously under-investing.”

-- Richard Feachem, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Only one in 10 people in Africa who need antiretroviral drugs can get them, the United Nations says.

“We have a whole book section for it.”

-- Kane McEntire, owner of a Wichita, Kan., bookstore that stocks books about Christian creation stories and books exploring religious takes on evolution

“Even 10 years ago her selection would have been shocking. But these are practical times.”

-- German historian Manfred Goertemaker who said that neither the gender nor East German origin of Chancellor Angela Merkl were issues during the recent campaign

“Sales went up a lot, for sure.”

-- Melissa Padgett, manager of a Lawrence, Kan., bookstore who reports a hard time keeping in stock bumper stickers like “Darwin Loves You” and “What’s Next? Gravity?” and other pro-evolution paraphernalia since the Kansas Board of Education approved new science standards that cast doubt on evolution.

“I can’t change the situation in Iraq. I can’t change the situation in New Orleans. But I can change this little corner of the world.”

-- Dan McCauley whose enforcing rules against misbehaving children in his Chicago restaurant has won him scorn among the child-centered and kudos from the childless

National Catholic Reporter, December 9, 2005

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