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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 3, Issue 23

      MONDAY 3 February 2003

      Feast of SS. Blasé and Asgar

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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
      PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WHOLE
      WORLD AND FOR CHURCH UNITY

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      • The Consecrated Are a Sign of God's Love, Says Pope
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      • Pope Mourns for Crew of Space Shuttle Columbia
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      • Pope Congratulates Asians for Lunar New Year
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      • John Paul II Warns of Genetics' Manipulation of Human Life
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      • Serbian Orthodox Delegation to Visit Vatican
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      • 1st U.S. Bishop of Asian Ancestry Ordained
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      • Congolese Bishop Condemns Acts of Cannibalism
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      • Ivory Coast Urged Toward National Reconciliation
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      • CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      • HOW TO POST A QUESTION TO THE CATHOLIC REFERENCE DESK AND
      HOW TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE FOR PUBLICATION
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      • EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      • DAILY REMINDER
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      • ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      • COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      The Consecrated Are a Sign of God's Love, Says Pope

      Poverty, Chastity and Obedience Seen as Aid Against Egoism

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- People consecrated to God in poverty, chastity and obedience are, with their faithfulness of life, a manifestation of divine love for the world, says John Paul II.

      For the occasion of World Day of Consecrated Life, the Pope sketched the general features that should characterize the men and women religious and consecrated laity.

      "Poverty, chastity and obedience are distinct characteristics of redeemed man, freed interiorly from the slavery of egoism," he said Saturday during his homily at the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica marking the occasion. Members of various religious families were on hand.

      "Free to love, free to serve: this is how the men and women are who deny themselves for the Kingdom of Heaven," he said. "Following in the footsteps of Christ, crucified and resurrected, they live this freedom as solidarity, bearing the spiritual and material burdens of their brothers."

      This is the meaning of the "service of charity" that consecrated men and women offer "in the cloister and in hospitals, in parishes and schools, among the poor and immigrants, in the new Areopagus of the mission," he added.

      The witness of integrity in "consecrated life is an epiphany of the love of God in the world," the Pope concluded.

      World Day of Consecrated Life is observed on the feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple. The Mass, in which the Pope participated, was celebrated by Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

      After the homily, John Paul II led the prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of consecrated life, and the men and women religious present renewed their commitment to be faithful "to Jesus in the mission."

      The Statistical Yearbook of the Catholic Church says that at the end of the year 2000 there were 139,397 religious priests, 518 religious deacons, 55,057 men religious (not priests), and 801,185 professed religious women. Secular institutes had 719 men members and 29,968 women members.

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      Pope Mourns for Crew of Space Shuttle Columbia

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II prayed for the victims of the U.S. space shuttle Columbia disaster and expressed his spiritual closeness to the relatives.

      The spaceship ripped apart over Texas on Saturday as it re-entered the atmosphere after a 16-day mission.

      When greeting the faithful gathered today in St. Peter's Square, the Pope expressed his "distress" on hearing "the painful news of the tragic explosion," which killed seven astronauts.

      "I invite all to pray for the victims of the incident, who died while carrying out an international scientific mission," the Holy Father said.

      "At this time of harsh trial, I am spiritually close to the relatives, whom I assure of my remembrance in prayer," he added.

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      Pope Congratulates Asians for Lunar New Year

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II congratulated millions of Asians who celebrated the Lunar New Year, and hoped that it would be a year of peace.

      When he greeted the pilgrims gathered today in St. Peter's Square to pray the Angelus, the Pope said the new year is celebrated especially by the Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans "who live this holiday in the intimacy of the family."

      The Lunar New Year, celebrated Feb. 1, is ushered in with fireworks, prayers and traditional dances. It is the major celebration of Chinese communities throughout the world.

      China estimates that trains, planes, buses and other means of transport in the country make some 1.8 million trips during this season. Some experts say it represents the greatest movement of people in the world in one period.

      In his congratulatory message, the Pope repeated his words for the World Day of Peace, observed Jan. 1: "May the New Year be a period of peace, founded on four precise needs of the human spirit: truth, justice, love and liberty."

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      John Paul II Warns of Genetics' Manipulation of Human Life

      Can Turn a Person into a Mere Instrument, He Says

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Warning of genetic manipulations that violate the dignity of human beings, John Paul II said that "you cannot trade with life."

      Currently there "are situations in which the human person becomes an instrument for economic, political and scientific interests, especially when he is weak and does not have the strength to defend himself," the Pope said today.

      He gave this warning before reciting the midday Angelus with the several thousand people gathered in St. Peter's Square. The Church in Italy was observing Pro-Life Day, under the theme "You Cannot Trade with Life."

      The Holy Father observed that a "certain commercial logic, allied to modern technology, can at times take advantage of human desires that are good in themselves, such as that of becoming a mother or father, to the point of wanting a child at any cost."

      "In reality," he continued, "human life can never become an object: from conception until natural death, the human being is the subject of inviolable rights, before which freedom must be restricted."

      "Therefore, in these complex matters, it is indispensable that states adopt organic and clear laws, founded on solid ethical bases, to safeguard the inestimable good of human life," John Paul II said.

      Lastly, the Pope recalled his message for the World Meeting of Families, which ended in Manila, Philippines, on Jan. 26, and whose theme was "The Christian Family: Good News for the Third Millennium."

      "Dear Christian families, you are good news," the Pope said. "Sustained by the grace of the sacrament of marriage, face the different situations of life united and contribute to maintain the social fabric healthy."

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      Serbian Orthodox Delegation to Visit Vatican

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican and the Serbian Orthodox Church hope to foster fraternal relations with this week's visit to Rome of a delegation of the Belgrade Patriarchate.

      The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity revealed that the Orthodox representatives will be guests of the Holy See, a sign of the progressive rapprochement between the two sister churches.

      The Belgrade delegation will be led by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Crna Gora and Primorje and four other ecclesiastics and will be received in private audience by John Paul II on Thursday.

      The visitors will meet with Vatican officials, including Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

      Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the pontifical council for Christian unity, visited the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate last May.

      In a press statement, the council said the Monday-to-Saturday visit "is a new concrete answer to Christians' responsibility in favor of unity."

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      1st U.S. Bishop of Asian Ancestry Ordained

      SAN FRANCISCO, California, FEB. 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Monsignor Ignatius Wang, 68, was ordained as the first bishop of Asian ancestry in the United States.

      Appointed as auxiliary bishop in December by the Pope, he was ordained Thursday at St. Mary's Cathedral, the Associated Press reported. Asians comprise about 25% of the members of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

      Born in Beijing, Ignatius Wang was ordained in Hong Kong in 1959. Unable to serve in China because of the Communist government, he left for Rome. In 1974, he moved to San Francisco, where he worked in parishes and eventually also served as chancellor.

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      Congolese Bishop Condemns Acts of Cannibalism

      New Chapter in Civil War

      KINSHASA, Congo, FEB. 2, 2003 (ZENIT.org-Fides).- Reports of cannibalism by militant rebels in Congo prompted a bishop's strong response against the grisly practice.

      "Everyone in Congo condemns cannibalism," said Bishop Melchisedech Sikuli Paluku of Butembo-Beni. He was among the first to denounce violence and cannibalism against the Pygmy people on the part of militant rebels of the Movement for Liberation of Congo (MLC), led by Jean-Pierre Bemba.

      "This was not a case of tribal rituals," the bishop said. "The worst thing is that these crimes foment racism which paints Africa and Africans as primitive beings."

      "The United Nations is investigating reports and terrifying testimony," he said. "It is affirmed that MLC warriors forced family members to eat their own relatives."

      He added: "Every day, new crimes are discovered, like the common graves found recently near Mambasa, the city attacked by Bemba's militants." A Xaverian missionary, identified only as Father Silvio, told the Fides news service: "I have just returned from that area and everyone I spoke to was horrified by these inhuman acts."

      "I would underline that Congo is living a civil war which has caused at least 2 million deaths," he added. "It is in this context where people lose their mind and all sense of ethics that the episode of cannibalism must be seen."

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      Ivory Coast Urged Toward National Reconciliation

      Pope Pleads for Unity and Respect for Law

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II appealed for national reconciliation in Ivory Coast, where a months-long crisis gave way in recent days to rioting over a French-brokered peace pact.

      "Once again my thoughts go to Ivory Coast, tried by a serious crisis that lacerates those peoples," the Pope said after praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

      "Let us pray so that, beyond the divisions and claims, the forces of those who have the unity of the country at heart and respect for legality will prevail," the Pontiff implored.

      He also prayed "that the Catholic faithful in particular, led by their pastors, will know how to act so that dialogue and respect of persons and their goods will be practiced and promoted by all."

      On Saturday, tens of thousands of people protested in the streets of Abidjan against the agreements signed Jan. 24 in Paris.

      On Friday, hundreds of people invaded the city's international airport trying to harass French families who were fleeing from the former French colony.

      Supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo rejected the pact for what they consider excessive concessions to the rebels, who have occupied virtually half of the country since the unsuccessful coup attempt Sept. 19.

      "May Mary, Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, intercede for the reconciliation and concord of all the children of that beloved nation," John Paul II prayed.

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      4.DIVINE OFFICE TEXTS & AUDIO ONLINE:

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      8. BIOGRAPHY OF MAMA GILI WITH PHOTO
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      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession of Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili, or, for more information about the cause of her investigation for canonization to:

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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY

      When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you the crucified Body of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

      When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you the precious Blood of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

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      DAILY REMINDER

      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium approaches unity among all Christians of the various confessions will increase until they reach full communion." John Paul II, Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 16

      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus clinging to her robes while walking down a dusty and busy crowded street and you'll always be safe."

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