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These new cardinals include prelates from 11 dioceses and six countries that have never before had a cardinal, and from places far outside the traditional European orbit of ecclesiastical influence: Albania, for example, plus the Central African Republic, Lesotho, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea.

But the real surprise in these picks, as in past appointments, is that they came as a complete surprise to many of the new cardinals themselves, and to the pope’s closest collaborators.

Lee Porter 3-01-2006

Lee Porter's quilts capture the beauty of rural Nicaragua.

Protesters converged on Managua in February with brooms in hand to "

Protesters converged on Managua in February with brooms in hand to "sweep out" corrupt public officials. Organized by CEPAD, the Nicaraguan Council of Protestant Churches, thousands marched to municipal offices and courts to present

William O'Brien 7-01-2001

One of the most urgent issues for faith communities during the 1980s was the contra war in Nicaragua.

Jim Rice 3-01-2000

Actually, even in Nicaragua, revolutionary fervor isn't what it used to be.

Marvin Rees 1-01-1999
Real disaster relief requires more then 'Good Samaritan' acts.
Jim Luken 12-01-1988

A Meditation on the Death of Carmen Mendieta

Jim Wallis 10-01-1987

The Iran-contra hearings have provided a summer-long opportunity for Reagan administration spokespersons to make their case for the contras on national television.

Jim Wallis 7-01-1987

Ben Linder is dead. The 27-year-old engineer from Portland, Oregon, built dams in rural Nicaragua and liked to dress up like a clown for the kids.

Dennis Marker 7-01-1987

As congressional hearings began in Washington to determine the "facts" in the Iran-contra scandal, the family of Ben Linder attended his funeral in Nicaragua.

Joyce Hollyday 3-01-1987

To look into the eyes of Gustavo Parajon is to see compassion and integrity.

Jim Wallis 2-01-1987

When I look into the eyes of Eugene Hasenfus, I see a man who is scared, helpless, and trapped. Eugene Hasenfus [was] the first American caught in the net, the first American who [fell] into the pit we dug in Nicaragua...[and he wasn't] the last.

Joyce Hollyday 10-01-1986

My experience at Norway Christian conference called "KORSVEI."

Joyce Hollyday 7-01-1986

Truth was a casualty in the U.S. bombing mission.

Jim Wallis 6-01-1986

This spring more than 200 U.S. religious leaders finally told the truth about Nicaragua.

Joyce Hollyday 5-01-1986

It was an unusually difficult week.

Jim Wallis 11-01-1983

Risks have always been taken in war; we're learning they must also be taken for peace.