Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:44 am
A woman named Rabbit is a kind of miracle: She was pulled out of her dead mother's grave beside the Ma River in Vietnam, on the night of a full moon — when folklore says that a rabbit walks the moon. Rabbit is the center of poet and author Quan Barry's new novel, She Weeps Each Time You're Born.
The Vietnam War is raging; American troops have just begun to pull out, and Rabbit grows up in a landscape of leveled homes, shattered lives, and barren, poisoned fields, her life slipping between present tense and parable.
Pope Francis and the Vatican have recognized Oscar Romero as a martyr. This may move the name of the late archbishop of San Salvador a little further in the process that could one day make him a saint.
But being deemed a martyr is also holy. It means the church believes his life can inspire people; Pope Francis has said Romero inspires him.
Romero was considered a kindly, orthodox conservative parish priest when Pope Paul appointed him archbishop in 1977. He did not question El Salvador's ruling regime.
Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 3:55 pm
There was hope in Libya and around the world for Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown four years ago.
But today, Libya is a country torn apart. There are now two competing governments, in different cities with their own parliaments and their own military.
A traveler first needs a visa from one government to land in Tripoli, then a so-called "landing permission" to fly east to the other government's territory — and has to hopscotch around jihadist-controlled areas along the way.
Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:00 pm
Saturday is Boys' Bid Night at the University of Virginia, when fraternities welcome their new members.
Women from U.Va.'s sororities are always invited to join the Boys' Bid Night party, but this year, they're under strict orders from national sorority presidents to stay clear of frat houses. The orders come after a Rolling Stone article about a gang rape at U.Va. that was later discredited.
But the women at U.Va.'s sororities are outraged, calling the ban unnecessary and patronizing.