Young Iraqis study to be priests in spite of dangers

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Read Jackie Spinner's full account of Seminarians in Iraq in "A few brave men."


A few brave men: Answering God's call in Iraq

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Iraqi Catholics risk their lives to join the priesthood and serve their own in a turbulent state.

Father Daud Barber of the College of St. Ephram in Qaraqosh, Iraq once traveled to Egypt, Syria, and Germany to study music and play the oud, an ancient stringed instrument. He performed with the symphony in Lebanon, he recounts, his coal-colored eyes brightening at the memory.


A few brave men: Answering God's call in Iraq

By Jackie Spinner| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Spirituality War and Peace
Iraqi Catholics risk their lives to join the priesthood and serve their own in a turbulent state.

Father Daud Barber of the College of St. Ephram in Qaraqosh, Iraq once traveled to Egypt, Syria, and Germany to study music and play the oud, an ancient stringed instrument. He performed with the symphony in Lebanon, he recounts, his coal-colored eyes brightening at the memory.


Morally wounded: The spiritual costs of war

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Grisly photos of U.S. soldiers spotlight the spiritual injuries our men and women in combat sustain in war, as well as their tragic results.

Morally wounded: The spiritual costs of war

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Article War and Peace
Grisly photos of U.S. soldiers spotlight the spiritual injuries our men and women in combat sustain in war, as well as their tragic results.

Tweet like an Egyptian

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Article Politics
The Internet keeps its promise in Egypt.

Is anyone listening to the prophets anymore?

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"They're speaking to every segment of any culture. They're giving hope to those that are under the heel. They're making those, like ourselves-who are somewhat in possession-- uneasy. And then, to authority, they're absolutely ruthless about the kind of power that crushes people and wages wars."

No forgiveness, no future

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Article War and Peace

In late 1995 Archbishop Desmond Tutu was looking forward to his retirement when South Africa's President Nelson Mandela appointed him chairperson of the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. "Who could ever say Mr. Mandela nay?" Tutu recalls. "My much-- longed-for sabbatical went out the window, and for nearly three years we would be involved in the devastating but also exhilarating work of the commission."


Even unto death: The martyrdom of Jean Donovan

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Jean Donovan was a modern-day martyr, losing her life while caring for the poor in the midst of El Salvador's bloody civil war. Thirty years later, her memory continues to inspire.

When I heard the news that four U.S. church women, including Jean Donovan, were raped and killed in El Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980, I was a senior at Duke University with plans to enter the Jesuits. But I was having second thoughts. What difference could I make? How can one witness to Christ in such a harsh world? Why bother?


Silent flight: Christians leave the Holy Land

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The land of Jesus’ birth may soon be without Christians to celebrate it.

At eventide the square of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem lights up like a Christmas scene. Brightly colored lights trail around the bell tower bathing Manger Square in a warm amber glow. Tourists lean on stones that have held up weary pilgrims for centuries. The low-tech light show washing over the square is unassuming and peaceful, just right for the spot tradition says the Prince of Peace entered human history in a most humble and vulnerable form.


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