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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 1, Issue 65 MONDAY, 3 DECEMBER, 2001 FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT Feast of St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) Jesuit Missionary Today s
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 1, Issue 65

      MONDAY, 3 DECEMBER, 2001

      FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

      Feast of St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) Jesuit Missionary

      Today's Lectionary Readings
      http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/120301.htm

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      • Papal Address Before the Angelus
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      • Domestic Refugees Must Be Helped Too, Vatican Aide Says
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      • Attacks in Israel Sadden Pope
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      • Pope Appeals for Full Social Integration of Handicapped
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      • Pope Will Distribute Donations Resulting from Day of Fasting
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      • At 40, German Aid Group Still Helping Latin America
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      • Frédéric Cardinal Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi Celebrates 71st
      Birthday
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      • Paul Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo Hsi, S.J., Celebrates 78th
      Birthday
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      Papal Address Before the Angelus

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 2, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of
      John Paul II´s address at St. Peter´s Square today before the
      midday Angelus.

      Dearest Brothers and Sisters!

      1. With today´s first Sunday of Advent, a new liturgical year
      begins. The Church takes up her journey again, and invites us to
      reflect more profoundly on the mystery of Christ, a mystery that is
      always new and that time cannot exhaust. Christ is the Alpha
      and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Thanks to him, the
      history of humanity proceeds as a pilgrimage toward the
      fulfillment of the Kingdom, which he himself inaugurated with his
      incarnation and victory over sin and death.

      Because of this, Advent is synonymous with hope: not the vain
      awaiting of a faceless god, but concrete and certain trust in the
      return of him who has already visited us, of the "Spouse" who
      has sealed a pact of eternal alliance with humanity in his blood.
      It is a hope that stimulates vigilance, the characteristic virtue of
      this singular liturgical time. Vigilance in prayer, fostered by a
      loving expectation; vigilance in the dynamics of concrete charity,
      aware that the Kingdom of God comes close wherever men
      learn to live as brothers.

      2. The Christian community begins Advent with these feelings,
      maintaining the spirit vigilant, to better receive the message of
      the Word of God. The famous and wonderful saying of the
      prophet Isaiah resounds in today´s liturgy, spoken at a time of
      crisis in the history of Israel. "In days to come, the mountain of
      the Lord´s house shall be established as the highest mountain
      and raised above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it; ... /
      They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears
      into pruning hooks; / One nation shall not raise the sword
      against another, nor shall they train for war again" ([see] Isaiah
      2:1-5).

      These words contain a promise of peace more urgent than ever
      for humanity and, in particular, for the Holy Land, from where
      even today, unfortunately, sad and worrying new reaches us. May
      the words of the prophet Isaiah inspire the minds and hearts of
      believers and of men of good will, so that the day of fasting -- on
      Dec. 14 -- and the meeting in Assisi of representatives of the
      religions of world -- next Jan. 24 -- will help to create a more
      relaxed and mutually supportive climate in the world.

      3. I entrust this invocation of peace to Mary, vigilant Virgin and
      Mother of hope. With renewed faith, in a few days we will
      celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. May she
      guide us on this way, helping every man and nation to look
      toward the "mountain of the Lord," image of the final triumph of
      Christ and the advent of his Kingdom of peace.

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      Domestic Refugees Must Be Helped Too, Vatican Aide Says

      Archbishop Martino Addresses U.N. General Assembly

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 2, 2001 (ZENIT.org-Fides).- All refugees
      have a right to humanitarian assistance, including those
      oppressed by their governments in their homeland, a Vatican
      aide told the United Nations.

      Archbishop Renato Martino, permanent observer to the United
      Nations, voiced the Holy See´s deep concern for the prolonged
      fighting in Afghanistan and for 3.5 million Afghan refugees
      camped in Pakistan and Iran.

      He stressed that people adrift and "trapped by war or
      persecution within state boundaries, need just as much help or
      possibly more than refugees."

      In the past the U.N. High Commission for Refugees has helped
      these people even though it has no explicit mandate to do so, he
      reminded a U.N. General Assembly commission on the
      question of refugees.

      The Holy See commends and encourages this activity by
      UNHCR and other agencies, despite the criteria of territorial
      sovereignty and even if this goes against government wishes,
      since "these human beings have a right to humanitarian
      assistance."

      To alleviate the sufferings of people, forced to abandon their
      homes, there must be security and humanitarian aid: prime
      necessities without which "any refugee assistance program is
      senseless or counterproductive," the archbishop said during his
      Nov. 20 address.

      The Catholic Church´s permanent U.N. observer also explained
      that short-term assistance is necessary but not sufficient. The
      reasons why people forced to leave their home -- there are 22
      million refugees overseen by the UNHCR -- must be discovered,
      he said.

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      Attacks in Israel Sadden Pope

      Reminds Faithful of Days of Fasting and Prayer for Peace

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 2, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II expressed
      grief and concern today over the suicide attacks that killed at
      least 25 and wounded more than 200 in Israel during the
      weekend.

      The Holy Father also reminded the thousands of pilgrims
      gathered in St. Peter´s Square that today is the first day of Advent,
      the liturgical season of preparation for Christmas.

      "Advent is synonymous with hope," hope in God, who is
      incarnated at Christmas, the Pope said. He cited today´s liturgy
      which quoted the prophet Isaiah: "One nation shall not raise the
      sword against another, nor shall they train for war again."

      "These words contain a promise of peace more urgent than ever
      for humanity and, in particular, for the Holy Land, from where
      even today, unfortunately, sad and worrying news reaches us,"
      the Holy Father lamented.

      In the latest of the three weekend attacks, a powerful bomb
      ripped through a bus in Haifa today, killing at least 16 people
      and injuring about 35 others, CNN reported.

      The attacks are the most tragic bloodbath since the Palestinian
      uprising began 14 months ago. The uprising has left 1,039
      dead.

      In face of this situation, the Pontiff proposed again, to "believers
      and [...] men of good will," to join the day of fasting and prayer for
      peace, which he called for Dec. 14, as well as the meeting of
      representatives of the world´s religions, which will be held in
      Assisi on Jan. 24.

      The spirit of these initiatives is to help create "a more relaxed
      and mutually supportive climate in the world," the Pope
      concluded.

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      Pope Appeals for Full Social Integration of Handicapped

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 2, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II appealed
      for the full social integration of the handicapped, on the occasion
      of today´s U.N. Day of the Handicapped.

      While addressing pilgrims gathered at St. Peter´s Square, the
      Pope directed "a special greeting to all persons living with some
      type of handicap" and assured them of his "spiritual closeness."

      John Paul II expressed his appreciation "for all initiatives that
      foster the full and authentic social integration" of the
      handicapped.

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      Pope Will Distribute Donations Resulting from Day of Fasting

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 2, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II will
      distribute, to victims of terrorism and war, the donations resulting
      from the Day of Fasting and Prayer scheduled for Dec. 14.

      The announcement was published in a statement by the
      Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," which fosters and coordinates
      the charity work of Catholics worldwide.

      When he proposed a day of fasting to Catholics last month, the
      Holy Father explained: "What one denies oneself by fasting can
      be made available to the poor, especially those who at present
      suffer the consequences of terrorism and war."

      "Cor Unum" said that, with this gesture, "the Pope wishes to
      embrace symbolically every man in need."

      Hence, the Bishop of Rome "appeals to all believers to make a
      concrete charitable gesture to carry hope and daily bread" to the
      needy.

      "The donations collected will be allocated by the Pope on
      Christmas day to those victims, the consequences of terrorism
      and war, who run the risk of being forgotten, once the greatest
      emergency is over," the "Cor Unum" statement concludes.

      For this purpose, the Vatican has opened a special bank
      account, managed by "Cor Unum," at:

      Banca di Roma C/C N. 101010 "Pro Digiuno 14 Dicembre"
      ABI 3002 CAB 5008 (from abroad SWIFT: BROMIT)

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      At 40, German Aid Group Still Helping Latin America

      ERFURT, Germany, DEC. 2, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Adveniat, the
      German Catholic Church´s aid organization for Latin America,
      launched its annual collection today with a Mass here presided
      over by Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga.

      The archbishop of Tegucigalpa called Adveniat a praiseworthy
      example of German Catholics´ ability to share, and a reason for
      hope for Catholics in Latin America.

      Adveniat, which marked its 40th anniversary last month, has
      funded 200,000 pastoral projects with a total of $3.8 billion.

      Its work concentrates on the construction of churches, chapels,
      episcopal centers and social assistance.

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      Frédéric Cardinal Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi Celebrates 71st
      Birthday

      Frédéric Cardinal Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi, C.I.C.M. was born
      on 3 December, 1930, in Mazalonga, Lisala diocese, Zaire. After
      earning a degree in Sociology from the Catholic Institute of Paris,
      and a degree in Pastoral Theology from Lumen Vitae, Belgium,
      he was ordained on 13 July, 1958.
      He was appointed President of the Kinshasha Province, and
      then as Vice-President of the Zaire Assembly of Major Seminary
      Superiors. On 8 July, 1976 he was named titular bishop of
      Menefessi, consecrated four months later on 7 November by
      Cardinal Malula. The following year, on 11 November, 1977, he
      became coadjator archbishop of Mbandaka-Bikora and was
      transferred to Kinshasa on 7 July, 1990. Afterwards he was
      elected Vice-President of the Zaire Episcopal Conference (CEZ).
      On 28 June, 1991, John Paul II elevated him to the College of
      Cardinals as Cardinal-Bishop to the titular church, St. Lucy (a
      Piazza d'Armi) and appointed Archbishop of Kinshasa. Curial
      membership: Evangelization of Peoples (congregation); Family
      (council).

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      Paul Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo Hsi S.J., Celebrates 78th Birthday

      Paul Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo Hsi was born on 3 December
      1923 at Puyang, Hopeh, in China. He entered the Society of
      Jesus on 11 September 1946 in Beijing, studied philosophy in
      the Regional Seminary of St. Joseph in Chiughsien (1944-46)
      and two years later took his first vows. He then studied in the
      Jesuit Philosophical Institute in Manila (1948-51). He completed
      his theological studies at Bellarmine College in Baguio in the
      Philippines (1952-56). He was ordained a priest on 18 March
      1955 in Baguio and completed the final stage of his formation in
      1956-57 in Araneta Farm, Novaliches, Philippines.

      He was appointed Director (1957-59) of the Chinese Section of
      Sacred Heart School in Cebu City, Philippines. From 1959-61
      he studied for a doctorate in Ascetical Theology at the Pontifical
      Gregorian University, Rome. He was appointed novice master at
      the Jesuit Novitiate in Thu-duc, Vietnam from 1961-63; and
      Rector of Manresa House in Changhua, Taiwan, from 1963-70.
      He was then appointed Rector of St. Ignatius High School, Taipei
      (1970-76), during his tenure he was elected President of the
      Catholic Schools' Association in Taiwan (1972-76). He was
      then appointed President of the Kuangchi Program Service,
      Taipei (1976-79) and named Episcopal Vicar of Taipei. On 15
      November 1979 he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of
      Hwalien and three months later was ordained on 14 February
      1980.

      In 1981 he was elected President of the Bishops' Commission
      for Evangelization within the Chinese Regional Bishops'
      Conference (CRBC), and named a member of the Federation of
      Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC). Two years later, in 1983,
      he was elected President of the FABC Office for Interreligious
      Dialogue and served until 1985. From 1985-91 he was
      President of the FABC Office of Social Communications, and on
      7 April 1987 he was elected President of the Chinese Regional
      Bishops' Conference for the term 1987-91. On 25 January 1991
      he was appointed President of the National Council of Churches
      in Taiwan. On 4 March 1991 he was transferred to the Diocese
      of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and was installed there as bishop on 17
      June 1991. On 16 April 1991 he was elected President of the
      Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference for a second term from
      1991-95. Also in 1991, he was appointed a member of the
      Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

      In 1992 a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of
      Peoples, and in 1993 a member of the Pontifical Council for
      Interreligious Dialogue. On 18 April 1995, he was elected
      President of the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference for a
      third term from 1995-99. He was appointed a member of the
      Pre-Synodal Meeting in preparation of the Special Assembly for
      Asia of the Synod of Bishops (1996-98). He was created and
      proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 21
      February 1998 as Cardinal-Bishop to the Titular Church of St.
      Chrysogonus.

      He is currently serving his fourth term as president of the
      Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference.
      Curial membership:
      - Evangelization of Peoples (congregation)
      - Interreligious Dialogue, Social Communications (councils)

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      (973) 412-1170

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      and for the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

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