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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 1, Issue 64 SUNDAY, 2 DECEMBER, 2001 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT Today s Lectionary Readings http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/120201.htm * * *
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      Volume 1, Issue 64

      SUNDAY, 2 DECEMBER, 2001


      Today's Lectionary Readings

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      • Pope Urges Overcoming of Obstacles for Full Christian Unity
      In Message to Patriarch of Constantinople on Feast of St. Andrew
      • Church´s Social Doctrine Vital for Costa Rican Democracy,
      Pope SaysTells Country´s Bishops of Pacifying Force of the Gospel
      • John Paul II and Prodi Discuss Future of European Union
      Emphasize Need for Appropriate Recognition of Churches
      • Afterlife Is Focus of Theological Videoconference
      Initiative of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy
      • Israel No Longer Credible Guarantor of Holy Places, Christian Leaders Say
      Ecumenical Statement on Construction of Nazareth Mosque
      • South African Justice Official Opposes Secrecy of Confession
      Triggers Swift Response from Archbishop of Pretoria
      • Carlo Cardinal Furno Celebrates 80th Birthday

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      Pope Urges Overcoming of Obstacles for Full Christian Unity
      In Message to Patriarch of Constantinople on Feast of St. Andrew

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- In a message to
      Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, John
      Paul II expressed the hope that the obstacles to full Christian
      unity will be surmounted.

      The papal message was sent for the feast of St. Andrew, patron
      of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, considered "first among equals"
      among the Orthodox Churches.

      As usual, a Vatican delegation, led this year by Cardinal Walter
      Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting
      Christian Unity, traveled to Fanar, the patriarchate's
      headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, to take part in the Nov. 30

      The patriarch will return the courtesy June 29, when he sends a
      delegation for the feast of SS. Peter and Paul, patrons of the
      Church of Rome.

      Before the exchange of messages between the patriarch and
      Cardinal Kasper, a solemn liturgy was held in St. George's
      Cathedral in Fanar, presided over by Bartholomew I.

      During his visit, Cardinal Kasper will meet with the synodal
      commission responsible for relations with the Catholic Church,
      as well as with local Catholic and non-Catholic Christian

      In his message to the patriarch, John Paul II referred to the "the
      difficulties experienced in the last years by the Joint International
      Commission for Theological Dialogue," composed of Orthodox
      and Catholics.

      The Holy Father urged the overcoming of obstacles. "Dialogue
      must once again find its initial positive spirit and be led by the
      will to resolve genuine problems," he said. "It must also
      demonstrate that enthusiasm that only theological faith and
      hope can nourish."

      The Pope expressed his gratitude to Patriarch Bartholomew I for
      his "willingness" manifested "with constancy, in responding
      favorably to the requests for collaboration presented by the
      Catholic Church and encouraging the initiatives of the Orthodox
      Churches that entail the participation of the Church of Rome."

      Lastly, the Holy Father referred to the critical international
      situation. "In these recent times, terrorism and wars, with all the
      burden of death and destruction they entail, have generated an
      anxiety that paralyzes populations and retards the normal
      development of civil life," he said.

      In this context, John Paul II said that he considered it opportune
      to urge believers to participate in a Day of Prayer for Peace on
      Jan. 24 "to implore God for his protection over all peoples and
      revive men's consciences."

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      Church´s Social Doctrine Vital for Costa Rican Democracy, Pope
      SaysTells Country´s Bishops of Pacifying Force of the Gospel

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Church's social
      doctrine has had, and must continue to have, a key role in Costa
      Rica's democracy, John Paul II said today when he received the
      country's bishops in audience.

      The meeting took place in the Vatican, at the conclusion of the
      bishops' quinquennial "ad limina" visit to Rome.

      The Holy Father started off by referring to Bernardo Agusto Thiel,
      the second bishop of San Jose, who was a pioneer in Christian
      social doctrine.

      To this doctrine is owed "the long democratic tradition of
      dialogue and tolerance in Costa Rica, a precious legacy that will
      lead you to renewed confidence in the pacifying force of the
      Gospel, at a moment of history when this value, indispensable
      for nations and the whole of the human race, seems to be
      threatened and almost impossible to attain."

      "This conviction will also help to focus with Christian
      discernment on the current processes of social coexistence, one
      of which is the presence in Costa Rica of numerous immigrants
      from neighboring countries," the Pope added.

      "In Costa Rica, as in other countries, man is living in a dramatic
      but at the same time fascinating moment," the Bishop of Rome

      "On one hand, a lifestyle seems to be spreading that is based
      on purely material criteria, which incites to trivial consumerism,
      which entails so many negative consequences for the dignity of
      individuals and the common good of society," the Pope

      "On the other, however, one perceives the resurgence of a deep
      religious spirit, well rooted in the Costa Rican people, and the
      search for the real face of the Christian faith," the Pope added.

      About 76% of the Central American country's 3.77 million
      inhabitants are Catholic.

      Christianity "is not a group of propositions that must be accepted
      and ratified by the mind, but knowledge of Christ experienced
      personally, a lively remembrance of his commandments, a truth
      that must be lived," the Pontiff explained.

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      John Paul II and Prodi Discuss Future of European Union
      Emphasize Need for Appropriate Recognition of Churches

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- During a meeting
      today in the Vatican, John Paul II and Romano Prodi, president of
      the European Commission, addressed the extension of the
      European Union and juridical recognition of the Church.

      "The conversations centered on the priorities of the European
      Union, in particular, the process of the reformation of the Union's
      treaties and its extension to new members," Vatican spokesman
      Joaquín Navarro-Valls said in a statement.

      The Pope has long defended the extension of the Union to
      include the former Communist countries of Eastern Europe, so
      that the continent might be able "to breathe with two lungs."

      "At the same time, the contribution that the Churches might offer
      Europe was emphasized, and the need for their appropriate
      juridical recognition in the Union's legislation," Navarro-Valls'
      statement adds.

      He explained that the Pope and Prodi referred to "the European
      Union's commitment to the struggle against terrorism and the
      search for a just peace for the Middle East."

      Following the 30-minute private audience, Prodi met with
      Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, and with
      Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican secretary for relations
      with states.

      Prodi, who was accompanied by Michel Barnier, European
      Commissar of Regional Policy and Institutional Reform, and
      other collaborators, gave the Pope a 16th-century Missal and
      said that "the Vatican Library does not have a copy."

      Prodi, a practicing Catholic, has known the Holy Father
      personally for 20 years and met with him on numerous

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, NOV 30, 2001 (VIS) - Made public yesterday
      afternoon was Pope John Paul's Letter to Ambassador Brunson
      McKinley, director general of the International Organization for
      Migrations, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its
      founding. In his Letter, written in English and dated November
      22, the Pope praised the IOM's service to migrants over the last
      half century.

      "Although it was founded to deal with the problems of migration
      in one part of the world and only for a limited time," wrote the
      Holy Father, "The IOM gradually adapted its structures and
      activities to deal with the challenges of migration through the
      world in an enduring way." He pointed out that "the Holy See, as
      an Observer, has followed with great interest the IOM's
      broadening commitment through the last half century."

      The Pope noted that "Today migration is taking place in all kinds
      of ways, and the intermingling of people from different cultures
      means that great efforts must be made to help immigrants to
      become positively integrated in this new milieu." In particular, he
      recalled "the Organiza-tion's invaluable contribution to the battle
      against trafficking in human beings by helping the victims of this
      reprehensible trade to be restored to their freedom and dignity."

      "In these troubled times," John Paul II concluded, "the
      challenges before you are larger than ever, not least in seeking
      to supplement the legislation of individual nations with the
      introduction of international norms capable of preventing
      unilateral decisions which do particular harm to the weakest
      countries. The Church stands with you in spreading awareness
      of the fundamental truth that, beyond all differences, all men and
      women are brothers and sisters in the one human family."

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, NOV 30, 2001 (VIS) - The Holy Father received
      today in the Paul VI Hall 1,000 participants in the international
      symposium promoted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
      Faith, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the death of
      Croatian Cardinal Franjo Seper, former prefect of the same

      In his discourse in Croatian and Italian, the Pope emphasized
      Cardinal Seper's role "in the life of the Church of Zagabria, in
      particular from 1954 to 1968, in a very delicate period for
      relations between Church and State. ... His ministry also had a
      profoundly ecumenical character. He was actively committed to
      the promotion of the unity of Christians."

      Cardinal Seper's activity during these years," he continued, "was
      not limited to the care of his diocese and of the Church in his
      country. He participated in the preparations of Vatican Council II."

      John Paul II noted that the deceased cardinal was "rooted in the
      local Church and at the same time had a sense of belonging to
      the universal Church."

      "With his example," he concluded, "Cardinal Seper continues to
      be for the faithful an invitation to trust pastors, listening to their
      teaching and welcoming with generous readiness the pastoral
      directives given by them in harmony with the head of the
      episcopal college, the successor of Peter."

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      Afterlife Is Focus of Theological Videoconference
      Initiative of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Literature of the 20th
      century was "impregnated by constant fear," a sign of man's
      longing for the transcendent, a cardinal said at a
      videoconference on the afterlife.

      It was one of the insights raised at the event, the third such
      conference that electronically linked theologians from around the

      The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy promoted the event, a
      chance to reflect on the ultimate questions of death, judgment,
      hell, purgatory and heaven.

      Video screens linked theologians in Rome, New York, Sydney,
      Johannesburg, Manila, Taipei, Madrid and Bogota. Internet users
      could follow the event live. A recorded version can be seen at

      Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for
      the Clergy, opened the discussion. The cardinal referred to last
      century's literature, "impregnated by constant fear" -- the
      existential void, the folly of life -- which evidences contemporary
      man's thirst for the transcendent.

      The cardinal said that, without this transcendence, death
      becomes just another "chapter in the drama of life."

      Catholic theology, on the other hand, presents a God who, "when
      reached, is heaven; when lost, is hell; when discerning, is
      judgment; when purifying, is purgatory," the cardinal explained. In
      this regard he cited the 1992 document of the International
      Theological Commission, entitled "Current Problems of

      Father Bruno Forte, member of the International Theological
      Commission, replied to the question of how to harmonize
      individual and collective salvation, personal and last judgment.

      Salvation brought by Christ's resurrection "is at the same time
      redemption of the individual and new life for the Church and the
      world," the theologian said. "Therefore, more than underscoring
      the dualism between individual and collective destiny, paschal
      eschatology calls for rethinking the individual's future in solidarity
      with that of the community and the whole cosmos."

      From New York, theologian Michael F. Hull tackled another
      question: Are Christians the only ones saved or are all men

      Hull, professor of sacred Scripture at St. Joseph's Seminary in
      suburban Yonkers, said that hell is a reality, confirmed by divine
      revelation. To deny the reality of eternal damnation would be
      tantamount to denying human freedom, he said.

      Hull said that non-Christians of good will can be saved. Yet,
      "incorporation into Christ and his Church through the sacrament
      of baptism, does matter in the end and in the end times," he

      Christianity is not merely a "first among equals" among
      religions, Hull asserted.

      From Sydney, professor Julian Porteous of the Catholic
      University of Australia said that since the Second Vatican
      Council, eschatology is no longer relegated to the end. Rather,
      there has been a rediscovery presented as "a radical dimension
      of the life of faith," he said.

      According to this vision, Porteous added, "neither the world nor
      our humanity is sacrificed in God's gracious design."

      If man's final end is heaven, one should ask what is heaven -- a
      question that professor Alfonso Carrasco Ruoco, dean of the St.
      Damaso School of Theology of Madrid, tried to answer.

      Heaven is "to see the face of God," Carrasco said, "to know him
      as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the mystery of Unity, in the love
      and infinite freedom of personal relations."

      "We will see him face to face, but not as external observers,
      which would be impossible, but as children, as the Son sees
      and knows the Father," Carrasco added.

      "We will know him as filial humanity, assimilated and united to
      Jesus Christ, because by him, with him, and in him humanity
      participates in divine filiation, receives the Gift of the Father, and
      responds filially with the total Gift of self," he said.

      Cardinal Castrillón announced that the text of the addresses
      would be sent in five languages to the 10,000 priests registered
      in the electronic mail distribution list of the Congregation for the

      * * *

      Israel No Longer Credible Guarantor of Holy Places, Christian Leaders Say
      Ecumenical Statement on Construction of Nazareth Mosque

      JERUSALEM, NOV. 30, 2001 (ZENIT.org-Fides).- The
      construction of the controversial mosque in Nazareth, promoted
      by Muslim fundamentalists with the support of the Israeli
      government, challenges Israel's role as a credible guarantor of
      the Holy Places, say Christian leaders.

      Leaders of the various Christian Churches and communities of
      the Holy Land made their complaints in a message published
      Thursday by the Vatican agency Fides.

      The statement is signed by 12 Christian leaders including Latin
      Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Irenios I,
      Bishop Mounib Youan of the Lutheran Evangelical Church, and
      Father Giovanni Batistelli, Custody of the Holy Land.

      "This is an ill-advised plan of certain Israeli political circles,
      which are making use of a marginal group of Muslims in order to
      sow division between Christians and Muslims in Israel and
      among Muslims themselves," the statement explains.

      The Christian leaders note that many Muslim religious leaders
      are opposed to the project, as are the national authorities of the
      Holy Land and of other countries of the world, including U.S.
      President George W. Bush.

      "If some Israeli authorities abuse their governmental power to
      manipulate people's religious sentiments, to divide the
      population to create conflict, to foment intolerant
      fundamentalism, then they cannot credibly claim that they can be
      trusted to respect any religion's Holy Places in their jurisdiction,
      whether in Nazareth or elsewhere," the message adds.

      The Christian leaders "recall that the UN General Assembly
      Resolution 181 (II) of November 29, 1947, foresaw international
      guarantees for all Holy Places throughout the Holy Land."

      "As the recent case proves such guarantees may now be more
      necessary than ever," the Christian leaders emphasize.

      The Vatican is also concerned about the situation of Christians
      in Israel and Palestine, reports Fides, an agency of the Vatican
      Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

      Catholic leaders from the Holy Land will meet with the Pope in
      Rome on Dec. 13 to discuss the problems of adequate pastoral

      * * *

      South African Justice Official Opposes Secrecy of Confession
      Triggers Swift Response from Archbishop of Pretoria

      JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, NOV. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- A
      government official who criticized the secrecy of the confessional
      doesn't know what he is talking about, says an archbishop.

      "Clearly, Maduna does not understand the meaning of a
      sacrament," Archbishop George Francis Daniel of Pretoria said
      Thursday, in response to statements made a day earlier by
      Justice Minister Penuell Maduna.

      On Wednesday, the Justice Minister said the secrecy
      surrounding what's revealed in the sacrament of penance is a
      serious obstacle for police operations.

      "What do men of the Church and priests do, who hear in
      confession what a person has done?" the Minister asked.

      "They go to the police and say: 'I have heard this highly
      interesting confession on this or that person who abuses
      children,' or they say, 'Let's protect our religion and pretend that
      nothing happened,'" Maduna added.

      In this context, he insisted, criminals and transgressors "know
      that once they have spoken to the servant of God, the matter is

      Archbishop Daniel's response was quick and forceful.

      "Priests would prefer to be imprisoned or executed" rather than
      betray the secrecy of the confessional, the archbishop said.

      Maduna's statement came at a time when South African society
      is faced with chronic, acute criminality. In recent months, a
      series of cases of child abuse has shocked the public.

      From January 2000 to June 2001, police say, 32,000 sexual
      attacks against minors were reported.

      * * *


      CardinalL Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State, gave the opening
      address this morning at the symposium on Catholic Volunteer
      Work in Health Care that was organized by the Pontifical Council
      for Health Pastoral Care. The two-day symposium in Vatican
      City's New Synod Hall is entitled "Vade et tu fac similiter" ("Go
      and do likewise") and was organized within the framework of the
      United Nations International Year of Volunteers. In his speech,
      Cardinal Sodano highlighted volunteer associations: a Christian
      witness; volunteer work: a witness to charity and volunteers in
      health care and the defense of life.

      * * *


      Archbishop John Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for
      Social Communications, spoke today in Bucharest, Romania, on
      "Ethics in Action; Ethics in Communication: Foundations for a
      Sound Democracy" at a conference entitled "For a Democracy of
      Values" which was sponsored by the New Europe Foundation.

      * * *


      The International Theological Commission will hold its annual
      plenary assembly from December 3 to 7 at the Domus Sanctae
      Marthae in the Vatican under the presidency of Cardinal Joseph
      Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
      Faith. Father Georges Cottier, O.P., secretary general, will lead
      the work sessions. The plenary will focus on two themes: the
      diaconate and "Revelation and Inculturation."

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, NOV 30, 2001 (VIS) - The Holy Father received
      today in separate audiences:

      - Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission,
      accompanied by his wife, and an entourage.
      - Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop of
      Washington, U.S.A.
      - Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, president of the Prefecture for
      Economic Affairs of the Holy See, with Bishop Franco Croci,
      secretary of the same prefecture.

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, NOV 30, 2001 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

      - Appointed Fr. Dorylas Moreau, pastor of St. Patrick's in
      Riviere-du-Loup in the diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere,
      as bishop of Rouyn-Noranda (area 23,000, population 58,946,
      Catholics 56,913, priests 31, religious 96), Canada. The
      bishop-elect was born in Kamouraska, Canada in 1947, and
      ordained to the priesthood in 1972. He succeeds Bishop
      Jean-Guy Hamelin, whose resignation from the pastoral care of
      the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with
      the age limit.

      Appointed Fr. Jose S. Vasquez, of the clergy of the diocese of
      San Angelo, Texas, U.S.A., pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in the
      same diocese, as auxiliary bishop of Galveston-Houston (area
      23,257, population 4,442,230, Catholics 908,190, priests 437,
      permanent deacons 292, religious 779), U.S.A. The bishop-elect
      was born in Stamford, in 1957, and ordained to the priesthood in

      * * *

      Carlo Cardinal Furno Celebrates 80th Birthday

      Carlo Cardinal Furno was born in Bairo Canavese, diocese of
      Ivrea, Northeast of Turin, Italy, on 2 December, 1921. He was
      ordained a priest on 25 June, 1944, and devoted his entire
      ecclesiastical career to the Vatican diplomatic service beginning
      in the 1950's being named Secretary of the Apostolic
      Nunciatures in Colombia and Ecuador, and of the Apostolic
      Delegation in Jerusalem. He then worked for 11 years in the
      First Section of the Vatican Secretariat of State and taught at
      Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy from 1966-73. On 1 August ,
      1973, Pope Paul VI named him titular bishop of Abari having the
      personal title of Archbishop and ordained the following month on
      16 September. He was appointed the Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
      1973-1978; Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon 1978-82; Apostolic
      Nuncio to Brazil 1982-92; and Apostolic Nuncio to Italy 1992-94.
      John Paul II elevated him to the College of the Cardinals during
      the Consistory of 26 November, 1994 as Cardinal-Deacon to the
      titular Church of Sacred Heart of Christ the King. He was
      appointed Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy
      Sepulchre of Jerusalem on 16 December, 1995. He was
      appointed the pontifical delegate for Patriarchal Basilica of St.
      Francis in Assisi in 1996. He was appointed archpriest of the
      patriarchal basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, 1998.
      Curial membership: Secretariat of State (second section);
      Oriental Churches, Bishops (congregations); State of Vatican
      City, Institute for Works of Religion (commissions).

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