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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 1, Issue 68 THURSDAY, 6 DECEMBER, 2001 FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT Feast of St. Nicholas, Bishop Today s Lectionary Readings
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 1, Issue 68

      THURSDAY, 6 DECEMBER, 2001

      FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

      Feast of St. Nicholas, Bishop

      Today's Lectionary Readings
      http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/120601.htm

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      • Christ Is Only Savior, Victorious Over Evil, John Paul II Says
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      • Pope Calls for Immediate Renewal of Mideast Peace Talks
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      • Pope Urges Equity in Wealth Distribution
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      • Volunteers a Sign of Hope for the World, Pope Says
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      • Sister Lucia Writes Book on Fatima Revelations
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      • Queen Elizabeth Invites Cardinal to Preach to Royal Family
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      • Bombing Somalia Won´t Help, Bishop Says
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      • Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)
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      Christ Is Only Savior, Victorious Over Evil, John Paul II Says

      Address at General Audience

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 5, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of
      John Paul II´s address at today´s general audience, which
      gathered some 10,000 pilgrims in Paul VI Hall.

      1. When a Christian, in unison with the praying voice of Israel,
      sings Psalm 117[118], which we have just heard, he feels within
      himself a particular quiver. In fact, in this hymn he discovers two
      phrases of a strong liturgical character, which are echoed in the
      New Testament with a new tone. The first is in verse 22: "The
      stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." This
      phrase is quoted by Jesus, who applies it to his mission of
      death and glory, after narrating the parable of the murderous
      vinedressers (see Matthew 21:42). The phrase is also recalled
      by Peter in the Acts of the Apostles: "He is ´the stone rejected by
      you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.´ There is
      no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name
      under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be
      saved" (Acts 4:11-12). Cyril of Jerusalem comments: "We say the
      Lord Jesus Christ is one only, because his filiation is one; one
      only we say, so that you will not believe that there is another. In
      fact, he is called stone, not an inanimate stone cut by human
      hands, but the cornerstone, because he who believes in him will
      not be disappointed" ("La Catechesi," Rome, 1993, pp.
      312-313).

      The second phrase that the New Testament takes from Psalm
      117[118] is proclaimed by the crowd in Christ´s solemn
      messianic entrance into Jerusalem: "Blessed is he who comes
      in the name of the Lord" (Matthew 21:9; see Psalm 117[118]:26).
      The acclamation is framed by an "Hosanna," which takes up the
      Hebrew hoshiac na,´ "deh," "save us!"

      2. This splendid biblical hymn is placed at the heart of the little
      collection of Psalms, from 112[113] to 117[118], known as the
      "Paschal Hallel," namely, the Psalmic praise used in Hebrew
      worship for Passover and also for the principal solemnities of
      the liturgical year. The processional rite can be considered as
      the theme of Psalm 117[118], articulated perhaps in the songs
      by the soloist or choir, with the Holy City and its Temple as the
      background. A beautiful antiphon begins and ends the text: "Give
      thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose love endures forever"
      (verses 1 and 29).

      The word "mercy" is a translation of the Hebrew word "hesed,"
      which designates God´s faithful generosity in his relations with
      his allied and friendly people. Three categories of people are
      instructed to sing this faithfulness: the whole of Israel, the
      "house of Aaron," namely the priests, and "those who fear God,"
      a locution that indicates the faithful and, subsequently, also
      proselytes, namely, members of other nations desirous of
      adhering to the law of the Lord (see verses 2-4).

      3. The procession seems to move through the streets of
      Jerusalem, because there is reference to the "tents of the
      victors" (see verse 15). Anyway, a hymn of thanksgiving is raised
      (see verses 5-18) whose essential message is: Even when
      anguished, there is need to keep alive the flame of confidence,
      because the Lord´s powerful hand leads his faithful to victory
      over evil and to salvation.

      The sacred poet uses strong and vivid images: The cruel
      adversaries are compared to a swarm of bees or a column of
      flames that advances, reducing everything to ashes (see verse
      12). However, the reaction of the righteous, sustained by the
      Lord, is vehement: Three times he repeats: "in the Lord´s name I
      crushed them" and the Hebrew verb evidences a destructive
      intervention in confronting evil (see verses 10,11,12). In fact, at
      the root is the powerful right hand of God, namely, his effective
      work, and certainly not the weak and uncertain hand of man. And
      it is because of this that the joy of victory over evil gives way to a
      very thought-provoking profession of faith: "The Lord, my strength
      and might, came to me as savior" (verse 14).

      4. The procession seems to reach the Temple, to "the gates of
      victory" (verse 19), namely, to the Holy Door of Sion. Here a
      second song of thanksgiving is intoned, which opens with a
      dialogue between the assembly and the priests to be admitted
      to worship. "Open the gates of victory; I will enter and thank the
      Lord," the soloist says in the name of the processional
      assembly. "This is the Lord´s own gate, where the victors enter"
      (verse 20), others respond, probably the priests.

      Once inside, the hymn of gratitude to the Lord can be sung, who
      offers himself in the Temple as a stable and safe stone on
      which to build the house of life (see Matthew 7:24-25). A priestly
      blessing descends on the faithful, who have entered the Temple
      to express their faith, to raise their prayer, and to celebrate the
      worship.

      5. The last scene that opens before our eyes is made up of a
      joyful rite of sacred dances, coupled with a festive agitation of
      branches: "Join in procession with leafy branches up to the
      horns of the altar" (verse 27). The liturgy is joy, a festive meeting,
      an expression of the whole of existence that praises the Lord.
      The rite of branches recalls the Hebrew solemnity of Tents, in
      memory of the pilgrimage of Israel in the desert, a solemnity in
      which a procession was carried out with palm, myrtle and willow
      branches.

      This same rite, evoked in the Psalm, is proposed again to the
      Christian in Jesus´ entry into Jerusalem, celebrated in the liturgy
      of Palm Sunday. Christ is acclaimed with Hosannas as the "son
      of David" (see Matthew 21:9) by the crowd "that had come to the
      feast ... took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried
      out: ´Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the
      Lord, [even] the king of Israel" (John 12:12-13). In that festive
      celebration that, however, is a prelude to the hour of the passion
      and death of Jesus, the full sense of the symbol of the
      cornerstone is applied, proposed at the beginning, acquiring a
      glorious and paschal value.

      Psalm 117[118] encourages Christians to recognize in Jesus´
      paschal event "the day made by the Lord," in which "the stone
      which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." With
      the Psalm they can then sing full of gratitude: "The Lord, my
      strength and might, came to me as savior" (verse 14). "This is
      the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad" (verse
      24).

      * * *

      Pope Calls for Immediate Renewal of Mideast Peace Talks

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 5, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II today
      severely condemned the violence in the Middle East and called
      on the international community to help Israelis and Palestinians
      renew negotiations.

      "I feel the need to express my most heartfelt sympathy for the
      new victims of the absurd violence that continues to bloody the
      Middle East region," the Pontiff said before bidding farewell to
      the 10,000 pilgrims present at the general audience in Paul VI
      Hall.

      "Once again I repeat with an afflicted spirit that violence never
      resolves conflicts but, on the contrary, increases the tragic
      consequences," the Holy Father added.

      He then made "a new and urgent appeal to the international
      community to help Israelis and Palestinians, with increasing
      determination and courage, to break this futile spiral of death."

      Raising his voice, John Paul II concluded: "may negotiations be
      renewed immediately so that the longed-for peace can finally be
      attained."

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      Pope Urges Equity in Wealth Distribution

      Receives Honduran Bishops in Audience

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 4, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II expressed
      concern about the poverty and social injustice in Honduras when
      he received the nation´s bishops in audience today.

      The Pontiff said the economic situation of Honduras highlights
      the contrast between the material resources and fertility of the
      land and the "need to improve the social order, by promoting
      greater justice."

      He recommended "structures that favor a more equitable
      distribution of goods," to "avoid having a few citizens having so
      many resources in detriment of the great majority."

      Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa
      greeted the Pope on behalf of the bishops of the Central
      American country of 6.4 million people. The Holy Father visited
      Honduras in 1983.

      The Pope fears that, to the injustice in Honduran society "will be
      added the isolation of the poorest who, locked in their own world,
      lose hope in a better society."

      "Because of this the country suffers when peasants feel
      marginalized, when Indian ethnic groups and citizens most in
      need of protection, such as children and youths, are forgotten
      and abandoned to their fate," the Pope explained.

      Therefore, he said, "it is urgent to promote real justice, because
      to ignore this exigency might foster the temptation of violent
      response on the part of victims of injustice."

      "The Church must be attentive to the clamor of the neediest," he
      told the bishops. "Hearing their voice, the Church must live with
      the poor and share in their sufferings.

      "It must not be forgotten that concern for the social is part of the
      Church´s evangelizing mission and that human development is
      part of evangelization, because the latter tends toward the
      integral liberation of the person."

      Hence, the Pope invited Honduras´ bishops "to insist on
      preferential option for the poor, neither exclusive nor excluding,
      also programming pastoral activities in villages and rural zones."

      "Poor and marginalized people have a right to feel the special
      closeness of their pastors," the Holy Father concluded.

      * * *

      Volunteers a Sign of Hope for the World, Pope Says

      Calls Charity "the Most Eloquent Form of Evangelization"

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 5, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Volunteers are "a sign
      of hope" for our time and for the poor, John Paul II says in a
      message at the close of the U.N. International Year of
      Volunteers.

      "Whether you work individually or are grouped in associations,
      you represent -- for children, the elderly, the sick, and people in
      difficulty -- a ray of hope that illuminates the darkness of
      loneliness and encourages the defeat of the temptation to
      violence and egoism," the Pope writes in the message.

      The message was published today by the Vatican Press Office.

      It is one of the numerous initiatives with which the Catholic
      Church has contributed to the U.N. celebration. Last Saturday the
      Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers concluded an
      international congress on volunteers and health care.

      In his message, the Pope encourages volunteers, members of
      an "army" of peace, to elicit the "unsuspected selfless
      resources, the goodness, and even heroism, found in the heart
      of man."

      Volunteers such as Maximilian Kolbe and Mother Teresa of
      Calcutta are an eminent expression of Christian commitment, he
      says.

      "Charity represents the most eloquent form of evangelization
      because, by responding to corporeal needs, it reveals to men
      the love of God, provident Father, who is always concerned about
      every one," the Holy Father states.

      "It is not a question of satisfying only the material needs of one´s
      neighbor, such as hunger, thirst, lack of home, medical care, but
      of helping him to experience personally the love of God," the
      Bishop of Rome explains.

      "As a volunteer, the Christian becomes a witness of this divine
      love; he proclaims it and makes it tangible with courageous and
      prophetic interventions," the papal message concludes.

      * * *

      Sister Lucia Writes Book on Fatima Revelations

      To Deepen Understanding of Spiritual Importance of Mary´s Words

      MADRID, Spain, DEC. 5, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Sister Lucia, the only
      surviving Fatima visionary, has just published a book to respond
      to numerous questions and concerns about the Blessed Virgin
      Mary´s secret.

      The 354-page book, entitled "Appeals of the Fatima Message,"
      was published in Portuguese and Spanish by
      Planeta+Testimonio. An English edition is planned.

      Bishop Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva of Leiria-Fatima
      explained that this "volume is the result of an initiative of Sister
      Lucia herself who, faced with the deluge of letters sent by
      thousands of faithful, who seek answers to their questions about
      the mysteries of Fatima, felt the need to ask the Holy Father´s
      permission to respond, in a general but understanding manner,
      to the questions of Fatima devotees."

      The main intention is not just to satisfy the faithful´s curiosity, but
      "to deepen the understanding of the spiritual importance of the
      Virgin Mary´s words," said Father Jesús Castellano Cervera,
      who attended the presentation and is a consultor of the Vatican
      Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

      "Appeals" is structured around the following concept expressed
      by the Virgin Mary to the little shepherds on Oct. 13, 1917: "Do not
      offend Our Lord God any more, who is already very offended."

      In the first part, Sister Lucia explains the circumstances in which
      the apparitions took place: the little shepherds´ family
      background, their simple and Christian lives, and the
      providential role of the angels who appeared to them.

      In the second part, Sister Lucia talks about the call to holiness,
      which is addressed to every Christian.

      The third part of the book is dedicated to the moral message of
      Fatima. Sister Lucia casts light on the Ten Commandments
      from her own experience as well as from the Virgin´s revelations.
      Part 4 is dedicated to prayer, especially the rosary.

      Lucia of Jesus was born March 22, 1907, in Aljustrel, a little
      village of the Fatima parish in Portugal. Following the Virgin´s
      apparitions between 1915-1917, she entered a religious
      community. In March 1948 she joined the Carmel of St. Teresa of
      Coimbra, where she still lives today.

      * * *

      Queen Elizabeth Invites Cardinal to Preach to Royal Family

      Historic Offer to Stay at Country Retreat House

      LONDON, DEC. 5, 2001 (Zenit.org).- In a historic gesture, Queen
      Elizabeth has invited the Catholic primate of England and Wales
      to stay at the Sandringham country retreat house and to preach
      to the Royal Family.

      The invitation to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O´Connor marks a
      formal end to 500 years of antagonism and suspicion between
      the monarch as supreme governor of the Church of England and
      the Catholic Church, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

      Cardinal Murphy-O´Connor will be the first Catholic archbishop
      of Westminster to stay with the Queen at her Norfolk estate and
      to preach at the Sunday morning service.

      It is expected that Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth the Queen
      Mother and other members of the Royal Family will be staying at
      Sandringham on the same weekend of Jan 12 and 13.

      "The cardinal is greatly honored by the Queen´s invitation," said
      his spokesman Tuesday. "This is a further sign of the Queen´s
      own determination to promote ecumenical relations within the
      nation."

      The Queen´s invitation to the cardinal is the culmination of years
      of careful and gradual friendship-building between the historic
      enemies.

      In 1982 the Queen greeted John Paul II at Buckingham Palace.
      In November 1995 she became the first monarch since the
      Stuarts to take part in a Catholic service when she attended
      vespers at Westminster Cathedral. In October 2000 she met with
      the Holy Father at the Vatican.

      The Queen was also an admirer of the late Cardinal Basil
      Hume, whom she called "my cardinal."

      In 1999, when he was dying of cancer, she appointed him to the
      Order of Merit. The honor was greeted as a sign of his success
      in moving the Catholic Church to the heart of British public life.

      A Palace spokesman acknowledged the historic significance of
      the invitation. He said: "This is in the spirit of cooperation, unity
      and friendship that Her Majesty has always practiced. It is a sign
      of the ecumenical age we are in."

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      Bombing Somalia Won´t Help, Bishop Says

      Muslim Groups There Are No Threat to the West, He Insists

      ROME, DEC. 5, 2001 (ZENIT.org-Fides).- The apostolic
      administrator for Somalia has blunt advice for the West: Save
      your bombs.

      "Bombing Somalia would not be a solution," says Bishop
      Giorgio Bertin of Djibouti, who doubles as administrator for
      Somalia.

      "On the contrary it would only breed more terrorists," he adds. "I
      ask the political leaders in the West to give up this idea and use
      other means to fight terrorism."

      The Vatican agency Fides recently interviewed the bishop, who
      was in Rome for a meeting of Caritas Internationalis.

      --Q: Somalia could be the next target in the war against
      terrorism. What is your opinion of a possible military
      intervention? Are fundamentalist Muslim groups in Somalia a
      problem?

      --Bishop Bertin: Since 1985, but more so in recent years, in the
      absence of the state, when the secular state failed, certain
      Islamic groups began to propose an Islamic state.

      Some of these groups are armed. They are active mainly in
      areas of Ethiopia where there are Somali residents. This has led
      to confusion between Somali irredentism and Islamism. The
      people of Somalia do not deserve to be bombed, first of all
      because the Islamic groups are no threat to the West.

      Ethiopia has been fighting them for years and they are hardly in a
      condition to undertake any major action.

      Second, these extremists are isolated from the rest of society:
      Most Somalis do not recognize them. A military intervention
      would only push the people to side with the fundamentalists,
      making things worse. Therefore, I would urge Western leaders
      to reflect carefully and find other methods to fight terrorism.

      --Q: What is the situation of the Catholic community in Somalia?

      --Bishop Bertin: There is no Catholic community, as such. There
      are a number of individual Catholics and a few women religious.
      Most Catholics are foreigners working for humanitarian
      organizations. There is a small group of young Catholics in
      Mogadishu [the capital] who, with the present situation of chaos
      in Somalia, live virtually underground.

      I myself cannot meet them as a group for security reasons. So I
      meet two or three at a time. The return of state authorities is
      important to guarantee security for the few individual Christians
      and for the Church to continue her pastoral and charitable
      activity.

      Caritas Somalia exists, but not as an independent structure; it
      supports initiatives of other humanitarian organizations.

      --Q: Since 1991 the country has no central state. What is the
      present political situation?

      --Bishop Bertin: Somalia is divided into a least three parts. In the
      north there is the Somaliland Republic, which declared its
      independence 10 years ago, but was never recognized by the
      international community. Here there is some stability, particularly
      in the central western area.

      [There is] northeast Somalia, a zone of relative peace in the last
      three or four years, which has led to the establishment of
      Puntland, a temporary local administration that does not aim at
      independence. In the last two months, however, the situation
      has become serious with a struggle between two executives.

      Central-southern Somalia, the most populated part and
      potentially the richest, is the zone which has never succeeded in
      setting up a stable administration. A transition government,
      formed a year ago at the Djibouti
      Conference and installed in the capital Mogadishu, does not
      control the rest of the territory. However, this government still
      retains credibility with the international community.

      Recently, Hasan Abshir Farah formed a new executive, which
      initiated relations with Ethiopia. Mogadishu and Addis Ababa
      decided to convoke a conference in the coming months in
      Nairobi for all parts of Somalia. This is an important
      development because Ethiopia has always sought to weaken
      the government of Mogadishu, and the latter, up to now, has not
      been supported by the different local components.

      --Q: What is the cause of Somalia´s instability?

      --Bishop Bertin: The Somali have no culture of state. They are
      peoples who are tied to a clan and the nomadic life. We must not
      forget that in 1960, after independence, the leaders of the nation
      devoured the country´s resources.

      In recent times the different clan leaders have worked only for
      their own interests. This weakens the sense of community: The
      logic of the clan prevails over that of the common good.

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      Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)

      By Fr. Hilary Conti, OSB, Sylv.

      We, the faithful, are used to venerating Saints who have been
      canonized by the Church, yet there are innumerable persons
      who have lived, or are living among us today, who by their
      witness to Christ, are worthy of our veneration.

      Some of these may not be priests or religious, but ordinary
      people who live among us spending their lives within the family
      circle, being good neighbors, and doing the will of God.

      One of these is Dolores Immacolata Gili with whom I have
      spoken many times. Now she has gone to her eternal rest. I
      remember her with veneration, and am writing these few
      paragraphs so that her edifying life may not be forgotten.

      Our Monastery was completed in December of 1953, and as
      soon as she found out that our chapel was dedicated to the Holy
      Face of Jesus, she came to visit. She loved the chapel and
      returned many times. Soon she gathered together the friends
      with whom she prayed in her house, chartered a bus and came
      with them on pilgrimage.

      Our little monastery was not as yet ready to accommodate so
      many visitors, but they didn't mind squeezing into the small
      chapel, which was only large enough for twenty-five chairs and
      kneelers. Brother Sylvester and I prepared a few tables and
      benches in the basement by using planks and cement blocks
      left over by the builders. With a smile and a sense of humor,
      Dolores commented to the group, "These tables and benches
      are definitely not the most comfortable ones in the world, but we
      are on a pilgrimage. It is a day of prayer and penance. The
      people who went to see Jesus had to sit on the grass. They
      would have been happy to have had these benches." This is
      where they had their lunch.

      The greater part of the day was spent in prayer, either in the
      small chapel or outdoors since the weather was good. Fr.
      Stephen Pedica, O. S. B. lectured on the Shroud, emphasizing
      the Holy Face and the devotion of Sister M. Pierina. Before
      leaving they all were given a picture and a medal of the Holy
      Face. This was the very first pilgrimage to our Monastery.
      Dolores enkindled the desire in many groups to come on a
      pilgrimage to our chapel to pray.

      Dolores visited our chapel many times. One day we were talking
      of devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus and the obstacles we both
      had to overcome to share this devotion with the people. She
      made a remark which I never forgot, "Do not give up. The time of
      the devotion to the Holy Face has not come as yet. But,
      eventually, when the Holy Spirit wants, it will become the most
      popular devotion!"

      I went to visit her at her home occasionally. She was glad to see
      me and immediately led me to her chapel. Together we recited
      prayers in honor of the Holy Face of Jesus. Afterwards in the
      living room we had a cup of coffee.

      The visits lasted usually no more than an hour and the
      conversations were entirely on prayer life. It seems that her
      mind and heart were concentrated on God and anything
      pertaining to Him. She had no other interests. She could talk
      about God for hours. She was not satisfied in believing in God
      and keeping the Ten Commandments. She had a personal
      interest, zeal, and attraction for God. She never told me anything
      of her spiritual life. But from the expression of her face and from
      the concentration of her heart and mind I could see that God
      conquered her heart. The display of pictures of the Holy Face, of
      the Holy Shroud, of Saints were part of her effort and desire to be
      always aware of the presence of God who was the life and joy of
      her heart. I visited her home, especially her chapel, to study the
      way she practiced the devotion to the Holy Face.

      Thousands of people have had such a devotion throughout the
      centuries venerating the Holy Face as seen on the veil of
      Veronica. Among these devotees we find St. Theresa of the Little
      Flower of the Holy Face, Sister M. Pierina, Leon Dupont (called
      "The Holy Man of Tours"), and other devout souls. The devotion
      of Dolores was centered on the Passion and Death of Jesus
      and His Holy Face as reproduced from the Holy Shroud of Turin.
      While others venerated only the Face, Dolores venerated the
      Face and reproduction of the entire Shroud.

      The piety of Dolores was centered on the Passion and Death of
      Jesus and she shared some of his sufferings in expiation for
      sinners and sanctification of souls. She preferred to use the
      reproduction from the Holy Shroud.

      Such a choice was a sign to me that Dolores had a common
      sense in her piety. She did her best to give a theological and
      scientific foundation to her devotion. In this wise choice she was
      moved by the rules of the Church, and by the Holy Spirit.

      The devotion of Dolores to the Holy Face of Jesus and the Holy
      Shroud, I always considered important. I see in it the Holy Spirit
      who wants us to have a greater attention and veneration for the
      Holy Shroud of Turin, especially Jesus' Face, the only physical
      evidence of the person of Christ here on earth. The Shroud is
      the only autograph of Christ, written by Himself by using His own
      Precious Blood!

      Taken from the "Introduction" in Claudia Gili Phaneuf, Dolores
      Immacolata Gili: "Mama Gili". A True Apostle of the Holy Face of
      Jesus (Springfield: NJ, Mama Gili Guild, n.d.) 81 pages.

      Fr. Hilary Conti, OSB, Sylv. is the Prior of the Benedictine
      Sylvestrine Monastery and author of a book, Seeking the Face of
      Jesus (204 pages), which contains a lengthy detailed account of
      the final years of Dolores Immacolata Gili. ($7.00 US, + shipping
      and handling)

      Holy Face Monastery
      1697 State Hwy No 3 South
      P. 0. Box 691
      Clifton, New Jersey USA 07011
      Telephone (973) 778-1177
      http://www.toolan.com/holyface

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      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession of Dolores Immaculate "Mama" Gili or for more information about the cause of her investigation for canonization to:

      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo
      Phone (973) 412-1170
      Fax (973) 412-7011

      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo, Director
      Mama Gili Guild
      P. O. Box 455
      Kearny, New Jersey 07032

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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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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT
      CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
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      "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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