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[5 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Women, You Are Creating the Future

Patricia Smith Melton
USA
I Celebrate the Women of the World!
You are the deepest heartbeat on our planet. You have roots like great trees, reaching into the earth. You have the vision of the hawks, seeing the smallest gem even if far away. You have the arms of nature’s vines, holding everything around you. Your strength and nourishment travel far, like mighty rivers.
In your hands small treasures are held, large works are created, children are fed and educated, and communities find the good in themselves.
In your dreams, you see the future. In …

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[5 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Miriam’s Story

Nadra Mahdi
Sudan
Everything is changed. How can she hold her baby and bring him to their community when she has no husband?
What will she say when they ask her about the baby’s father? No one will believe her. It is a strange story.
But everything that happens after that is miracle. She births the baby and a voice tells her to eat from the palm tree above her and drink from the little river under her. And when anyone asks her about her baby, she must say that she has made a …

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[4 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee
This week’s stories bring out that leonine mood that has come to be associated with the beginning of March. Or maybe it just feels like a week of roaring-ly big news from where I’m sitting—in an airplane on my way back from our two-year term in Sudan.
One reason this week feels full to overflowing with stories is that the long-awaited decision from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on whether or not to indict Sudan’s president Omar Al-Bashir for crimes against humanity is scheduled for this afternoon, …

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[25 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

It’s Ash Wednesday, the day Christians begin six weeks of preparation for Easter and you can pick the observant Catholics out of a crowd by the smudges on our foreheads. When I was a kid in parochial school Lent meant giving up sweets because Mom and the nuns expected me to. Then Vatican II came along, and I rejected the old “if it hurts it’s good for you” line of reasoning . . . until I joined the peace movement. One of my heroes, the late Dick McSorley, SJ, posed …

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