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Quo Vadis?

Charles-Villa-Vicencio-fn.jpgAuthor: Charles Villa-Vicencio
April - May 2014
Volume 47 , Issue 2
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This May, the leader of the world’s largest Christian denomination will visit a people who have spent more time under military domination than any other in recent memory.  Who will he see? What will he say? What might this unpredictable Pope Francis do? 

Our feature article looks to the past for some guidance on what this visit might portend. 

Our author is Charles Villa-Vicencio, Emeritus Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Cape Town, Visiting Professor in the Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow and founder of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town. From 1996-1998 Dr. Villa-Vicencio played a central role in South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We are pleased to introduce him to readers of The Link.

Abourezk-II-fn.jpgOur book review selection is the recently updated edition of former Senator James Abourezk’s “Advise & Dissent.” It is reviewed on page 11 (PDF Version) and online by AMEU president Bob Norberg. In 1974, then-Senator Abourezk wrote a feature article for The Link entitled “History of the Middle East Conflict.” It was a courageous piece then as it is today—as, indeed, is the man himself.

In connection with the pope’s visit, we are highlighting a new (2013) documentary film that traces the Palestinian catastrophe through the eyes of its Palestinian Christians. This Special Edition of “The Stones Cry Out” is reviewed on page 12 by AMEU director Edward Dillon. A Catholic biblical scholar, Fr. Dillon has led several AMEU trips to the Holy Land and is the author of three Link articles.  [Note: his articles, and all Link articles going back to 1968 are available on our website,]

Other books and videos relevant to our feature article are listed on pages 13 to 15 of the PDF.

--John F. Mahoney, Executive Director

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