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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 1, Issue 63 FRIDAY, 30 NOVEMBER, 2001 Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Son of St. John the
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 30, 2001

      Volume 1, Issue 63

      FRIDAY, 30 NOVEMBER, 2001

      Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

      Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Son of St. John the Apostle

      Today's Lectionary Readings

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      • Bulgaria Trip Scheduled for May
      Papal Visit Was Requested by Intellectuals
      • John Paul II´s Answer to Lack of Vocations
      • Religious Education Urged as Way to Overcome Fanaticism
      Key Factor to Foster Tolerance," Vatican Aide Tells U.N. Conferees
      • Holy See Address at U.N. on Protecting the Environment
      "We Need a ´Third Revolution´"
      • Chinese Regime Threatens Existence of a Diocese
      Bishops and Priests Arrested; Monastery and Convents Closed
      • Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Kibeho, Rwanda,

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      Bulgaria Trip Scheduled for May
      Papal Visit Was Requested by Intellectuals

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Bulgarian Foreign
      Minister Solomon Passi announced that John Paul II will visit
      Bulgaria for the first time next May 23-25.

      The Minister made this announcement following a meeting with
      Monsignor Renato Boccardo, who is in charge of protocol at the
      Vatican State Secretariat. The monsignor was in Bulgaria to
      prepare the papal visit.

      Monsignor Boccardo confirmed that the Holy Father plans to be
      in Bulgaria on May 24, feast of SS. Cyril and Methodius,
      evangelizers of the Slavs and authors of their alphabet. Every
      year on that date the Pope receives a Bulgarian delegation in the

      The Vatican has thus responded positively to the invitation
      addressed to the Pontiff last January by 75 Bulgarian

      During his visit, the Bishop of Rome will meet with
      representatives of the Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox and Muslim
      communities, Monsignor Boccardo disclosed.

      According to Foreign Minister Passi, it is "an event that has long
      been awaited by the whole country."

      Four Bulgarian presidents have visited the Pope in the past, but
      the Orthodox Church opposed a papal visit to the country.
      Recently, however, Patriarch Maxim has adopted a more neutral
      attitude in this respect.

      Three Bulgarians are suspected by Italian justice of having
      organized Mehmet Ali Agca's attack on the Pope in St. Peter's
      Square in 1981.

      Serguei Antonov, one of the suspects, was arrested in 1982 in
      Rome and released four years later for "lack of evidence."

      During the Communist era, the Bulgarian state responded by
      saying that the attack was "a great manipulation" by the U.S.
      Secret Service to compromise Bulgaria, then the Soviet Union's
      most faithful ally.

      A Bulgarian investigation, carried out after the fall of
      Communism, found no evidence of Bulgarian involvement in the
      attack on John Paul II.

      In their open letter, the 75 intellectuals said that Bulgaria's name
      "continues to be unjustly associated with this attack" and "this
      injustice can be finally repaired by a visit of the Holy Father" to the

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      John Paul II´s Answer to Lack of Vocations

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Religious should
      respond to the vocation shortage by having more faith in God
      and showing cooperation with one another, John Paul II says.

      That was the thrust of the Pope's message to Father Jesús
      Maria Lecea Sainz, president of the Union of European
      Conferences of Major Superiors.

      Officials from 41 national conferences, representing 400,000
      religious in the active life, are meeting in Salzburg, Austria,
      through Sunday to analyze the challenges to religious life in the
      Old World.

      The assembly's motto is "Cross Over to the Other Side ... Do Not
      Be Afraid." In this connection, the Pope in his message
      highlights the discrepancy between the Gospel and religious
      vows on one hand, and the secularized world on the other.

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, NOV 29, 2001 (VIS) - The Holy Father received
      today in audience the presidents of Italian regions and
      autonomous provinces. In his discourse, he asked them to act
      with "a spirit of altruism and sincere cooperation, ensuring that
      institutions offer to all of the citizens, without discrimination, 'the
      possibility to participate freely and actively in establishing the
      juridical foundations of community politics, as well as in the
      governing of public affairs, and in determining the scope of the
      actions and limits of the different organisms'."

      The Pope emphasized the need to pay particular attention to the
      family, and he referred to the expectations of young couples who
      delay marriage due to the difficulties related to work and a

      "Concern yourselves," the Pope went on, "with the world of
      schools. In this milieu, state and regional jurisdictions converge,
      which are equally oriented towards guaranteeing the freedom of
      educational choices of every family."

      "And what can be said then," he asked, "regarding the weak, the
      sick, or those in difficulty? ... May you give constant attention to all
      that concerns the life and the needs of the human being: from
      health care to social assistance, to instruction to professional
      formation, to culture and historical-artistic goods, to work and
      productive activities, to the good order of the territory and the
      protection of the environment."

      John Paul II concluded by affirming that "openness to direct
      relations with regions of other countries can contribute to the
      development of a fruitful reciprocal knowledge and collaboration
      between peoples with different histories and cultures."

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      VATICAN CITY, NOV 29, 2001 (VIS) - Published today in French,
      English and Italian was the annual message from the Pontifical
      Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Muslims for the end of
      Ramadan, 'Id Al-Fitr 1422 A.H./2001 A.D. The Message, signed
      by council president, Cardinal Francis Arinze, focussed on
      "Promoting Human Values in An Era of Technology."

      Following are excerpts:

      "I address this message to you as a sign of esteem and
      friendship on the part of the Catholic Church."

      "In addressing you at this moment, the end of the period in which
      you have been fulfilling a specific religious duty in order to come
      closer to the Most High, I cannot forget, in the first place, the
      dramatic events which our world is experiencing, events which
      affect in a particular way the hearts of believers belonging to the
      monotheistic religions. The faithful adorers of the One God are
      called to be in the world the artisans of a civilization founded on
      the perennial values of peace and justice, of unity and love, of
      dialogue and freedom, of cooperation and fraternity, between
      persons and among peoples. May expressions of solidarity and
      fraternity among believers and all people of good will lead
      society along new paths, in full respect for human values and in
      the promotion of these values.

      "This year it is precisely upon this theme of human values and
      their promotion in an era marked by great technological
      progress that I wish to reflect with you. We are living in an era of
      technology which touches all spheres of activity: transport,
      communications, information, medicine, genetics, etc.
      Technological advances are constantly transforming the face of
      the earth and even allowing human beings to reach out to
      conquer space. However the most exciting and at the same time
      controversial field of technology is genetics which touches
      human nature directly."

      "What can we do, Christians and Muslims, together with the
      believers belonging to other religions and other people of good
      will, to ensure that we make good use of these new means at
      our disposal?

      "Can we not work together to protect the most important human
      values which are threatened by a world in continual
      transformation? In the first place comes the right to life, to be
      protected from conception right up to natural death. For life
      comes from God and it is to Him that it must return, when He
      wills. Life is a most precious gift from God, the precondition for
      all other divine gifts. Next comes the dignity of the human person
      and the rights which flow from it; these we must promote for all."

      "How can we protect and promote these values together in this
      technological era? First of all through dialogue, which ... could
      lead naturally to collaboration in the fields already mentioned.
      This dialogue and collaboration are to be pursued at all levels,
      local, regional, national and world-wide. ... The common action
      to which we are invited concerns the whole of humanity."

      * * *

      Religious Education Urged as Way to Overcome Fanaticism
      Key Factor to Foster Tolerance," Vatican Aide Tells U.N. Conferees

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Children should be
      educated in their faith and taught to respect the beliefs of others,
      the Vatican urged at a U.N. conference in Madrid, Spain.

      Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Vatican representative at the
      U.N. in Geneva, addressed the conference on "School Education
      in Relation to Freedom of Religion or Belief, Tolerance and
      Non-Discrimination." The conference ran Nov. 23-25.

      "Religious education is a powerful instrument to help believers
      intensify their efforts toward the realization of the unity of the one
      human family," Archbishop Martin told his audience.

      Moreover, religion is "a key factor in fostering understanding and
      tolerance among religious communities," he said.

      "Religious freedom constitutes a fundamental human right and
      can certainly be considered one of the cornerstones of the
      edifice of human rights, because it touches such an intimate
      sphere of human existence and personal identity, the
      relationship between the person and the transcendent,"
      Archbishop Martin emphasized.

      This freedom also includes "the right of religious groups not to
      be prevented from freely demonstrating the special value of their
      teachings for the organization of society and the inspiration of
      human activity in general," the Vatican representative added.

      "Honestly addressing the tensions of the past, generates a
      strong force for the construction of a different future and for the
      beginnings of a process of reconciliation and healing," he

      He added that the "formation of future teachers should pay
      special attention to their ability to sensitively address divisive
      historical issues. Where necessary, school textbooks and
      curricula should be revised to remove harmful or unbalanced
      presentations of other religious traditions and historical events."

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, NOV 29, 2001 (VIS) - The General Secretariat of
      the Synod of Bishops today published two reports on meetings
      held recently in Rome by the post-synodal councils of the
      Special Assembly for Oceania and the Special Assembly for

      The fifth meeting of the post-synodal council of Oceania was
      held on November 23, the day after the promulgation of the
      Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in Oceania" by
      Pope John Paul II in the Vatican's Clementine Hall. The Pope
      that day signed the document and transmitted it via e-mail to all
      the bishops of Oceania. The communique today added that
      those present at the meeting of the post-synodal council
      primarily discussed the distribution and application of the
      just-published apostolic exhortation.

      On November 20-21 in the offices of the Secretariat General, the
      fifth meeting of the post-synodal council of Asia was held, in the
      presence of three cardinals, three archbishops, three bishops
      and four staff members. The agenda included discussion on a
      questionnaire sent out regarding the distribution and application
      of "Ecclesia in Asia" and a synthesis of the answers received so
      far in the secretariat. It was decided that the Synod of Bishops
      would directly contact religious congregations and episcopal
      conferences concerning the distribution and application of this
      post-synodal apostolic exhortation.

      * * *

      Holy See Address at U.N. on Protecting the Environment
      "We Need a ´Third Revolution´"

      NEW YORK, NOV. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of a U.N.
      address Wednesday by Archbishop Renato Martino, the Holy
      See's permanent observer at the United Nations, regarding the

      Intervention by H.E. Archbishop Renato R. Martino
      Apostolic Nuncio
      Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the U.N.
      On Item 98f
      Environment and sustainable development: Protecting of global
      climate for present and future generations of mankind

      28 November 2001

      Mr. Chairman:

      At the end of the last century, mankind looked back at its
      achievements of the last one hundred years and felt justifiably
      proud. It had unlocked the secrets of the atom and had split the
      nucleus to unleash its energy, it had discovered that the universe
      is expanding, that life's architecture is based on a beautifully
      simple double helix of DNA and it had traveled to the moon not to
      conquer but to learn. We are entitled to a moment of reflection on
      God's gift of the human intellect.

      However, then came the realization that the same mankind that
      had understood the forces of nature had left out one of them:
      mankind itself had become a force of nature, so powerful as to
      be potentially capable of changing our world for centuries to

      This force has brought about the greenhouse effect and the
      scientific community at large is now in broad agreement as to
      the implications of this man-enhanced phenomenon. Indeed,
      "there is a new and stronger evidence that most of the warming
      observed over the last fifty years is attributed to human activities"
      and that coming changes will affects all aspects of the
      environment and societal well-being, especially for the poor, the
      vulnerable and the generations yet unborn. (IPCC; "Climate
      Change 2001, The Scientific Basis", 2001)

      Mr. Chairman:

      The history of humanity has been punctuated by various sorts of
      revolutions. The first revolution occurred thousands of years ago,
      at the end of the last ice age, when mankind used "knowledge"
      to sow seeds and found a more stable and predictable source of
      food. The second revolution began almost three hundred years
      ago with the industrial revolution when "knowledge" was used to
      obtain energy, no longer from animals or the wind but from coal
      and steam. That engineering feat unleashed the build-up of
      greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. More than one hundred
      years ago, the Swedish chemist S. Arrhenius warned that a
      doubling of carbon dioxide gas may have dire consequences for
      humankind and now that phenomenon has been recognized in
      its full dimension.

      Nature required one million years to produce the amount of
      fossil fuel that humanity burns in only one year. The activities of
      twenty-five percent of the world's population are responsible for
      almost seventy-five percent of the global emission of
      greenhouse gases.

      Global warming, as it is popularly called, is global in scale. It
      recognizes no boundaries, no nationalities, no cultural divides. It
      is the great equalizer with unpleasant consequences.

      Responses to such a phenomenon should reflect our
      interdependence and common responsibility for the present and
      the future of our planet, taking into account the important role that
      the virtue of prudence could play in addressing climate change.
      Prudence is intelligence applied to our actions through
      knowledge and wisdom and it is not merely a careful and safe
      approach to decisions, but rather a thoughtful and reasoned
      basis for taking or eluding action to attain a moral good and
      promote the achievement of common good. (United States
      Catholic Bishops: Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue,
      Prudence and the Common Good, June 2001)

      Mr. Chairman,

      Perhaps we need a "third revolution" in which we use our
      knowledge once again. Knowledge is a public good, one we can
      share with others without losing it. Knowledge will help us move
      from a model that is resource intensive to one that is knowledge
      intensive. Knowledge is an unlimited natural resource.

      Instead of burning coal and wood, we must begin to burn
      knowledge so that finally the people of the world will count for
      more than they produce, that the human person will truly be the
      center of our concerns for sustainable development. We should
      not become a civilization that knows the price of everything and
      the value of nothing.

      Mr. Chairman,

      After his Angelus Message, on the eve of the Rio Conference on
      Environment and Development, Pope John Paul II shared
      thoughts that are as relevant even today and appropriate as we
      prepare for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to
      be held in Johannesburg in September, 2002.

      "This important meeting -- he said -- sets out to examine in
      depth the relationship between protection of the environment
      and the development of peoples. These are problems which
      have, at their roots, a profound ethical dimension, and which
      involve, therefore, the human person, the centre of creation, with
      those rights of freedom which derive from his dignity of being
      made in the image of God and with the duties which every
      person has towards the future generations."

      "I invite all to pray -- he continued -- with me that the high
      representatives of the various nations of the world ... will be
      farseeing in their deliberations and will know how to orientate
      humanity along the path of solidarity with humankind and of
      responsibility in the common commitment to the protection of the
      earth which God has given us." (Pope John Paul II, Message
      before the Angelus, St. Peter's Square, 31 May 1992.)

      Knowledge is the only true inexhaustible resource that assures
      a sustainable environment and development and, Mr. Chairman,
      only knowledge, together with an ethical sense of our
      relationship with the environment, can help to guide our efforts
      today and for future generations.

      Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, NOV 29, 2001 (VIS) - The Holy Father received
      today in separate audiences:

      - Brian Cowen, foreign minister of Ireland, accompanied by his
      wife and an entourage.
       - Three prelates of the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica, on
      the occasion of their "ad limina" visit:
      - Bishop Jose Francisco Ulloa Rojas of Limon.
      - Bishop Angel San Casimiro Fernandez of Ciudad Quesada.
      - Bishop Hugo Barrantes Urena of Puntarenas.

      * * *

      Chinese Regime Threatens Existence of a Diocese
      Bishops and Priests Arrested; Monastery and Convents Closed

      ROME, NOV. 29, 2001 (ZENIT.org-Fides).- The Catholic Diocese
      of Feng Xiang in the central Chinese province of Shaanxi may be
      in danger of disappearing.

      The Italian daily La Repubblica reported Wednesday that police
      have arrested Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng and his assistant,
      confined a dozen priests, closed a monastery and two convents,
      and sent seminarians, monks and nuns home -- all in the past

      These faithful are part of an underground Catholic community
      that refuses to join the state-approved "patriotic" church.

      Quoting local sources, La Repubblica reported that police went
      to the Feng Xiang cathedral and took Bishop Lucas Li telling him
      to "pack a lot of clothes" for a "long journey" and a long political

      The 81-year-old bishop was taken with his assistant to an
      unknown locality. They haven't been heard from, since Nov. 4.

      Feng Xiang Diocese is perhaps the only Catholic diocese in
      mainland China which has only an underground community;
      there is no "official" community here.

      Until recently the bishop, 16 priests, 14 brothers, 25 nuns and
      about 20,000 Catholics were free to live their faith in a number of
      parishes and convents.

      Last summer, however, a branch of the Religious Affairs Bureau
      was opened in Feng Xiang to register Catholics in the
      state-controlled church, or Patriotic Association (PA). The
      "church" is headed by Communist Party members, mostly

      Also on Nov. 4 police and security officials went to various
      parishes calling priests and parishioners to church.

      At least 12 priests were taken in custody and confined in three or
      four hotels for "courses" on government "Regulations on
      Religion," which give instructions on how Catholic activity must
      be controlled.

      Witnesses say the police threatened the priests: "If you do not
      join the PA you will no longer be considered priests; your
      ordination will be declared invalid. You will not be allowed to go
      to work in church."

      All the priests were ordained by Bishop Lucas Li. Government
      rules say a priest may only carry out his ministry with government
      control and registration.

      La Repubblica sources say that on Nov. 21 police went to a Feng
      Xiang monastery and told all the brothers and novices to go
      home. The same day security guards went to a building next to
      the cathedral and sent away the 15 seminarians and four nuns
      in charge. The same happened in a convent of 20 nuns in a
      parish in Waiyoutou.

      Feng Xiang Diocese is now left with two priests in poor health,
      aged 90 and 78. The former is at the cathedral, the latter in a
      small parish.

      A local Catholic said, "They are trying to eliminate our diocese.
      We know all about these pressures. All we want to do is to live in
      freedom of religion, in communion with the Pope and the
      universal Church. And we are not afraid."

      Two years ago a secret Chinese Communist Party document
      came to light. The document said that in view of possible
      diplomatic relations between China and the Holy See, the party
      would reinforce the Patriotic Association in order to persecute
      and eliminate the most-orthodox clergy and faithful.

      Numerous Chinese bishops, official and underground, have
      asked the authorities to suppress the Patriotic Association and
      let the bishops themselves be responsible to the government for
      Church activity. So far, Beijing has refused.

      * * *

      Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Kibeho, Rwanda,

      Rome, (30 NE - eclesiales.org) This week the Church of
      Rwanda celebrated for the first time the solemnity of Our Mrs. of
      Kibeho, having a shrine located in the diocese of Gikongoro,
      southern Rwanda. On the 29th of June a definitive judgment had
      been published on the appearances of the Virgin in Kibeho that,
      recognizes the appearances from 1981 1983 as authentic, and
      fixed the date of the celebration of Our Lady of Kibeho on 28th of
      November, in memory of the first appearance. The Mass was
      preceded by prayers and songs in honor of Mary: they are at
      least 50 inspired by the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at
      Kibeho. Many faithful came from all over Rwanda, Burundi and
      the Congo, and a priest even from the Ivory Coast. According to
      the seers during the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at
      Kibeho she invites everyone to prayer and conversion. After the
      official recognition of the appearances, Mons. Misago, Bishop of
      Gikongoro, showed his hope that: " Kibeho, thanks to Mary, shall
      become the city of reconciliation ".

      [text translated and edited by Roman Catholic News]

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