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The Dirty War Moves South

Mudslinging. Hit jobs. Dark arts. Whatever you want to call the practice, it's back for Campaign 2008, and it's only going to get worse.

The World's Main Places of Pilgrimage

Traditional pilgrimages are drawing ever-increasing throngs. Every year, tens of millions of people of many faiths take spiritual journeys that are becoming increasingly important both to pious and nonpious alike.

Perspectives: Quotes in the News

"I am fighting for the truth as well." Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, when asked by a reporter why he hasn't stepped down, despite bipartisan calls for his resignation "A year ago my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn and my vice president had shot someone.

Religion: Holy Family Values

The world into which Jesus was born and raised has shaped morals for two millennia. How Jewish mores became Christianity's customs.

Perspectives

"We have just begun to fight."Attorney Daniel Petrocelli, reacting to the conviction of his client, ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, on fraud and conspiracy charges"I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner, you know."President George W.

Perspectives

"Mexico is our friend."California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, attempting to ease recent U.S.-Mexico tensions over immigration"This is what we have. We cannot talk about dreams."Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on building a Palestinian state around the areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War"I think this is about a country that just has trouble making up its mind."U.S. envoy Christopher Hill, on North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the difficulty in making progress in the six-nation...

An Inconvenient Woman

She witnessed the resurrection, then vanished, leaving popes and painters and now 'The Da Vinci Code' to tell her story. In search of the real Mary Magdalene.

Beliefwatch: Good Word

Jesus has always been able to move product, especially books. On average, every 1.6 seconds a new English-language Bible is purchased. Joel Osteen's "Good News" philosophy just earned him a multimillion-dollar book contract.

Beliefwatch: Good Word

Jesus has always been able to move product, especially books. On average, every 1.6 seconds a new English-language Bible is purchased. Joel Osteen's "Good News" philosophy just earned him a multimillion-dollar book contract.

Letters to the Magazine

Katie Takes On the Evening NewsI'm a 42-year-old working mom, and I've never watched the evening news on any network. But you can bet that I'll be tuning in to CBS now that Katie Couric will be its anchor ("Katie's News," April 17).

A Contrarian's Christ

Garry Wills's latest book, "What Jesus Meant," should affront most of his fellow Christians--right from the foreword, which argues that Christ was not one of them.

Cubic Roots

Malaysian painter Syed Ahmad Jamal can still remember when he discovered cubism. It was in 1951 in a bookshop in London, where the then 22-year-old bought his first art book on the work of Georges Braque. "I didn't even know the word existed," he recalls. "In those days, cubism hadn't really spread in Asia."Eventually, it did.

Poor, Poorer, Poorest

The ruins of Matera in Italy's southern region of Basilicata are a grim reminder of how desperate life has been for the region's poor. Generations of families once lived here in squalid, windowless caves cut out of the steep ravines, often sleeping alongside their pigs, chickens and goats.

SEPARATE, NOT EQUAL AT ALL

Here is where we begin: with Easter, the holiest day of the Christian calendar, with the visit by Mary Magdalene to the tomb in which Jesus is laid after the crucifixion.

PERISCOPE

EXCLUSIVETale of Two TerroristsHardly anyone was more surprised by Iraq's insurgency than Osama bin Laden. He had never foreseen its sudden, ferocious spread, and he was likewise unprepared for the abrupt rise of its most homicidal commander, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi.

Beloved and Brave

PRIEST, EVANGELIST, POET. PROTECTOR OF THE POOR AND DEFENDER OF THE FAITH. JOHN PAUL II'S LEGEND AND LEGACY.

Periscope

Hardly anyone was more surprised by Iraq's insurgency than Osama bin Laden. He had never foreseen its sudden, ferocious spread, and he was likewise unprepared for the abrupt rise of its most homicidal commander, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi.

From Jesus to Christ

HOW DID A JEWISH PROPHET COME TO BE SEEN AS THE CHRISTIAN SAVIOR? THE EPIC STORY OF THE EMPTY TOMB, THE EARLY BATTLES AND THE MAKING OF A GREAT FAITH.

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