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Let’s end Lent

Editor's note: The following essay appeared in the February 27, 1982, issue of America. It elicited several strong responses, including a rare rebuke from editor Joseph A. O'Hare, SJ, who wrote an accompanying commentary in the same issue,…

One day in Venice

This story began 35 years ago and refuses to end ...In the summer of 1987, my parents and I came to Italy from Moscow via Vienna. We waited for our American refugee visas by the Tyrrhenian Sea in the town of Ladispoli, better known for…