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Making Room at the Inn

The self-sufficient, autonomous individual is at the heart of America's economic and political institutions. But some people are legitimately dependent on others.

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John Paul the Great

The pope proceeded down the line, nodding and patting, and when he got to me I jerked into a kind of curtsy-bow and touched his right hand with my hands. Then I bent and covered his thick old knuckles with Chanel No. 23 Red Raspberry lipstick. I couldn't help it. I think I said, "Papa."

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Don Arrigo Beccari: A Safe Haven In Villa Emma

It was a long train ride from Yugoslavia to Italy. No one knew what to expect. The children were good actors and hid their fear in silence. They were Jewish child refugees from Germany, Austria, and Poland whose parents had been deported to Nazi concentration camps. Josef Ithai, the young teacher who looked after them, shared their fear.

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Roy Schoeman's Conversion Story

My parents were observant Jews in Europe who fled to the U.S. to escape the Holocaust. I was raised as a "conservative" Jew, and was rather pious by nature and very enthusiastic about the religious instruction I received and the religious activities I participated in.

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Watching Billy and the Pope

The old voice was shaky and the pre-recorded tape was poor, but the Rev. Billy Graham's words hit home during the recent Nashville tribute to June and Johnny Cash.

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A living prayer of self-sacrifice

Shortly after Pope John Paul IIs difficult September pilgrimage to Slovakia, I received an e-mail from a Polish friend, a poet and longtime friend of the Popes. In language whose insight and sincerity of feeling more than compensated for its deficiencies in grammar, my friend described what he had witnessed:

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Haunted House

This Halloween, when I go trick-or-treating with my nephews, I'm dressing as an 18th-century Russian-born priest. Halloween is supposed to be about what's scary, and what Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin encountered - called by the Baltimore Catholic Review the "truest ghost story ever told" - sounds scary enough.

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