Like every serious Roman Catholic, Pope John Paul II believes that confession is good for the soul. He also thinks it can be good for the church. But how can any pope account for, much less repent for, all the sins committed in the name of the Catholic faith over the past thousand years?That's what John Paul sought to do last Sunday in an unprecedented act of public contrition on behalf of all the "sons and daughters of the church." Begging the forgiveness of God, the pope recalled a millennium...
It took almost five years and a signature last week from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. But the United States will now send a retired Rwandan pastor back to Africa to stand trial for genocide--the first time an indicted criminal living in America has been extradited to an international court.
Did the Chinese slight Strobe? Scarcely had Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott landed back in Washington after a week of talks with Chinese officials than Beijing unleashed a thunderous 10,000-word volley, warning Taiwan that an indefinite refusal to negotiate reunification would trigger "all drastic measures possible, including the use of force." The threat was clearly aimed at influencing Taiwan's March presidential election.
Can any golfer with a lead feel safe? his staggering winning streak had pundits saying "best ever." What makes Tiger Woods so dominant? Here's what people are saying in the papers, over the airwaves, on the party circuit and around the water cooler: It's His Bod: Woods brings a compulsive fitness focus to the sport, buffing up in the weight room.
Hop in the way-back machine: the 2000 race is getting compared to several elections of yore. Most analogies assume a Bush-Gore contest. Here's what people are saying in the papers, over the airwaves, on the party circuit and around the water cooler: It's 1992 A charming Southern governor (Clinton=G.W.) whups a clueless, Beltway-bound veep (Bush Sr.=Gore).
Can good food win the good will of a fractious press corps? The Gore campaign has decided to give it a try. To ease the monotony of long days, endlessly repeated speeches and infrequent access to the candidate, the veep is now showering the media with creature comforts. "It's not brain surgery," says a Gore aide. "I ask myself what would I want if I'd been on the road for nine hours.