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Vatican Sets Up Sports Department

John Paul wants to make “the Holy See’s solicitude felt in the world of sports,” the Vatican said. The pontiff has given the weeks-old department its marching orders. Among the directives, the Vatican said, is fostering a “sports culture which promotes a vision of sports activity as a means of integral personal growth and as an instrument in the service of peace and brotherhood among peoples.” Lixey said the Church…

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Mobiles and the Appropriation of Place

Now teens and twenty-somethings generally do not set a fixed time and place for a meeting. Rather, they initially agree on a general time and place (Shibuya, Saturday late afternoon), and exchange approximately 5 to 15 messages that progressively narrow in on a precise time and place, two or more points eventually converging in a coordinated dance through the urban jungle. As the meeting time nears, contact via messaging and…

The Devil's Dictionary

CANNON, n. An instrument employed in the rectification of national boundaries. CONSERVATIVE, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. CONVENT, n. A place of retirement for woman who wish for leisure to meditate upon the vice of idleness. CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.…