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Interreligious dialogue with edge and purpose
GEORGE WEIGEL
The evening of September 12, 2006, was, in a word, memorable.

Living by the Sword
BRAD MINER
"The Crusades Controversy: Setting the Record Straight" is a 50-page broadside against the serial stupidities and half-truths of those who believe that the Crusades were "the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general."

The Cross and the Crescent
FRANCIS X. MAIER
By looking at the past - our own past and the common history we share with Islam and other religious traditions - and by judging it honestly and rigorously, but without fear or rancor, we serve the truth that makes us free. We "contribute to the path of reconciliation," however difficult that might be.

A Coptic Monument to Survival, Destroyed
SAMUEL TADROS
No one knows exactly when the Virgin Mary Church was built, but the fourth and fifth centuries are both possible options.

Does Islam need the Pope?
FR. RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
The question — Does Islam need the Pope? — presumes a prior premise, which is that Islam faces a challenge in which the Pope is well-suited to provide assistance.

The Missing Madonna
CALVIN TOMKINS
The story behind the Mets most expensive acquisition.

What I would do if I were a multibillionaire
PAUL JOHNSON
There is nothing sinful in amassing wealth, provided it is done justly.

John Paul the Great
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
Many have been calling our dear Pope John Paul II "the great." Have any other popes had this title?

Christianity, the Environment, and Modern Gnostics
MATTHEA BRANDENBURG
In the public square, Christianity has often been mischaracterized in the environmental debate.

Something Beautiful Has Begun
PEGGY NOONAN
John Paul made you burst into tears. Benedict makes you think. It is more pleasurable to weep, but at the moment, perhaps it is more important to think.

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