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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 2, Issue 26 FRIDAY 1 February, 2002 Today s Lectionary Readings http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/010102.htm WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF
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      Volume 2, Issue 26
      FRIDAY 1 February, 2002

      Today's Lectionary Readings


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      • To Ignore Religion in Education Is "Error of Perspective," Pope Says
      • Church "Is Not Fundamentalist" on Divorce, Says Bishop
      • Holy See Said to Be "Distressed" by Chávez´s Attacks
      • Portugal Will Celebrate Anniversary of Encyclical " Familiaris
      Consortio "
      • Beatification Process Starts for "Italian Father Kolbe"
      • Day of Consecrated Life to Be Marked on Feb. 2
      • Fetus Can Be Classified as ´Unborn Child´
      • Cardinals Otunga, Mejía, and Degenhardt Celebrate Birthdays

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      To Ignore Religion in Education Is "Error of Perspective," Pope Says

      John Paul II Visits Public University Near Rome

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 31, 2002 (Zenit.org).- To ignore the
      contribution of religion in education is an "error of perspective"
      and a "poor service to the truth about man," John Paul II said
      today when he visited a public university on the outskirts of

      "Suffice it to look at history with objective eyes to realize how
      important religion has been in the formation of cultures, and how
      it has suffused with its influence the whole of the human habitat,"
      the Pontiff said, in an address to hundreds of students and
      professors gathered in the great hall of University Rome 3.

      "To ignore this or to deny it is not only an error of perspective, but
      also a poor service to the truth about man," the Holy Father

      His visit helped mark the 10th anniversary of the university. In
      1992, University Rome 3 had 7,000 students. Today it has

      "Why be afraid to open learning to the culture of faith?" the Pope
      asked his listeners, among whom was Letizia Moratti, the Italian
      government´s Minister of Education.

      "From this osmosis [of faith and culture], has not, perhaps, that
      humanism emerged of which our Europe is so justifiably proud,
      which today seeks new cultural and economic goals?" the Holy
      Father continued.

      On Jan. 10, John Paul II also described as an "error of
      perspective" the European Union´s rejection of the contribution
      of communities of believers to the European Convention, which
      will articulate the future Constitution of the Continent.

      On behalf of the Catholic Church, the Pope expressed "the
      desire to begin a dialogue, which is inspired only by the love of
      truth and, engaged in with opportune prudence, without
      excluding anyone -- not even those who cultivate the fine goods
      of the human spirit but still do not recognize the Author of them
      all, nor those who are opposed to the Church."

      The Pontiff concluded by saying that the Day of Prayer for Peace
      in Assisi, held Jan. 24, showed "how the authentic religious
      spirit promotes a sincere dialogue that opens spirits to
      reciprocal comprehension and understanding in the service of
      man´s cause."

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, JAN 31, 2002 (VIS) - This morning, the Pope
      inaugurated the academic year at Rome's "Roma Tre" university,
      marking the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its foundation.
      The university currently has eight faculties, 33,000 students and
      700 professors.

      The ceremony, which began at 9:45 a.m., was held in the aula
      magna of the faculty of philosophy and literature. Following
      greetings from the rector, Guido Fabiani, a member of the
      university's teaching staff made a speech entitled: "The evolution
      of the concept of peace: a historical itinerary." Letizia Moratti,
      Italian minister for education, then pronounced a few words. The
      Pope arrived at 11 a.m. After receiving greetings from the rector
      and from a student he delivered an address to those present.

      "The essential task of universities," he said, "is to be centers in
      the quest for truth," such as that concerned with "the laws of
      knowledge, of coexistence, of the use of the sciences; and more
      profound truths, such as those involved with the meaning of
      human action and with the values that motivate individual and
      community activity."

      John Paul II emphasized that "humanity has need of centers of
      truth. And if the university is a melting pot of knowledge, those
      who work there must let their own actions be guided by the
      compass of intellectual honesty, thanks to which they can
      distinguish the false from the true, the part from the whole, the
      means from the end."

      He went on to say that "individuals are both spiritual and
      material, capable of spiritualizing matter, rendering it a docile
      instrument of their own spiritual energy, in other words of their
      intelligence and will. At the same time, they are capable of giving
      a material dimension to the spirit."

      The Holy Father indicated that "faith illuminates the fundamental
      frame of reference of the irrefutable values engraved in the
      hearts of each and all. All we have to do is read history with an
      objective mind to realize how important religion has been in the
      formation of cultures, and how much its influence has formed
      the entire human 'habitat.' To ignore or deny this is not only an
      error of perspective but also a poor service to the truth about
      man. Why be afraid to open knowledge and culture to faith? The
      passion and the rigor of research have nothing to lose in an
      enlightened dialogue with the values to be found in religion."

      "Last Thursday's gathering in Assisi," he concluded, "showed
      how authentic religious spirit promotes sincere dialogue that
      opens spirits to mutual comprehension and understanding in
      the service of the cause of mankind."

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, JAN 31, 2002 (VIS) - At midday today, Holy See
      Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls made the following

      "This morning, Carlos Ruckauf, Argentinian foreign minister,
      visited Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano in order to
      explain the plans the new Argentinian government has to
      re-establish peace and social justice, both in Argentinian society
      and at an international level."

      "The cardinal then presented the minister to his collaborators,
      Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for General Affairs, and
      Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, secretary for Relations with
      States, with whom he held a discussion on international

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, JAN 31, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

      - Fr. Brian Finnigan, secretary general of the Australian
      Episcopal Conference, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of
      Brisbane (area 65.000, population 2.555.100, Catholics
      550.603, priests 260, permanent deacons 1, religious 1.038),
      Australia. The bishop elect was born in Port Fairy, Australia, in
      1938 and ordained a priest in 1970.

      - As members of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum": Fr. Vittorio
      Nozza, director of Italian Caritas; Kenneth F. Hackett, executive
      director of "Catholic Relief Services", U.S.A.; Ana Alvarez de Lara,
      president of "Manos Unidas", Spain; Terence Thompson of
      "Share Life", Canada.

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      Church "Is Not Fundamentalist" on Divorce, Says Bishop

      Secretary of Italian Episcopate Defends Pope´s Talk to Rota

      ROME, JAN. 31, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Church "is not
      fundamentalist" on the matter of divorce, says the secretary of
      the Italian bishops´ conference, in response to media criticisms
      of John Paul II´s address Tuesday to the Roman Rota.

      Bishop Giuseppe Betori´s met the press Wednesday to present
      the conclusion of the meeting of the bishops´ Permanent
      Commission. But attention turned to the Pope´s request to
      lawyers not to be part of judicial processes geared to the
      breakup of marriages.

      Bishop Betori said, "The inability to establish stable and lasting
      relations between persons [should not ...] only concern the
      Church but the whole of society."

      He said the Holy Father "invites everyone, not just lawyers and
      judges, not to be simple ´notaries´ of the disintegration of a
      relationship, but to sustain it, and do everything possible to
      consolidate the marital bond."

      This "is the deep philosophy that underlies even civil laws, which
      are never in favor of promoting situations of suffering," the
      bishop said.

      Hence, when it comes to divorce, it is not a matter of
      "conscientious objection," as some have suggested, but of
      adopting "options that are consistent with personal conscience,"
      Bishop Betori said. As a matter of fact, "conscientious objection"
      in this area is not included in the law.

      Lawyers and agents of the sector "should ask themselves if they
      are part of a process that leads inevitably to the couple´s
      breakup, or if there are other possibilities to emerge from the

      Lastly, Bishop Betori said that in a pluralist society everyone is
      allowed to have an opinion on any topic. However, when the
      Catholic Church speaks out on moral issues, it is disqualified
      and labeled "fundamentalist," he noted.

      * * *

      Holy See Said to Be "Distressed" by Chávez´s Attacks

      Venezuela Is Regressing, Says Its Ambassador to the Vatican

      CARACAS, Venezuela, JAN. 31, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See
      is "distressed" by the constant attacks of Venezuelan President
      Hugo Chávez against the Catholic Church, says this country´s
      ambassador to the Vatican.

      In statements to the Caracas newspaper El Universal,
      ambassador Ignacio Quintana said: "There is distress in the
      Holy See. The highest authorities of the State Secretariat have
      told me so."

      The last attack against the Catholic Church occurred Tuesday
      when the walls of buildings in central Caracas were covered with
      bills calling for a church "at the service of the poor." Members of
      the country´s Catholic hierarchy were described as "pharisees
      and hypocrites."

      These same accusations were leveled against the Church a few
      days earlier by the Venezuelan chief executive.

      On Sunday, Chávez accused the bishops of not being supportive
      of his "revolution." Last week, he publicly attacked the apostolic
      nuncio, Archbishop Andre Dupuy, who had suggested that the
      president be prudent in his public statements.

      "One must be careful with words," said the Venezuelan
      ambassador, a friend of Chávez´s who added that "loyalty
      implies sincerity."

      "Instead of advancing, Venezuela is regressing," the
      ambassador lamented. "The function of a chief of state must be
      to harmonize, create balance, confidence, wealth. The function of
      the chief of state cannot be constant conflict. There must be
      peace and dialogue with businessmen, the media, the Church,
      and civil society."

      The Venezuelan bishops refused to meet with Chávez on
      Monday, after the recent verbal attacks.

      Although the president says he is a practicing Catholic, he had
      no reservations in describing the Church as a "tumor," and said
      the bishops "have gone astray from the path of God," because
      they do not support his policies.

      In a statement of the episcopal conference, read by its president,
      Archbishop Baltazar Porras of Merida, the bishops said that the
      "recent denigrating acts, judgments and expressions of the
      president and some members of the government were totally

      "Therefore, in conscience, and before God and our people,
      whom we serve, we believe that the conditions for dialogue are
      not present, the object of such a meeting being the common
      good of the Venezuelan people. Consequently, we decline the
      presidential invitation," the statement added.

      Last Sunday, Chávez accused Cardinal Ignacio Velasco,
      archbishop of Caracas, and other bishops, of being members of
      the increasingly united political opposition, which the president
      blames for the evils suffered by this country of 24 million

      Archbishop Porras, who in the past has criticized Chavez´s
      verbal "intolerance" and aggressiveness, said that the
      suspension of the meeting was not in "retaliation." The
      archbishop said that the hierarchy is not opposed to dialogue
      but that it is impossible, given the present conditions.

      In his three years as president, Chávez, a retired military man
      with nationalist ideas, has clashed with businessmen, labor
      unions, the Catholic Church, political parties and the media.

      Political analysts quoted by Reuters said that Chávez must
      demonstrate understanding and willingness to change, as well
      as tolerance toward the Catholic Church and business sector, if
      the dialogue is to be reactivated.

      * * *

      Portugal Will Celebrate Anniversary of Encyclical " Familiaris
      Consortio "

      Lisbon, (31 NE - eclesiales.org) " the government needs to think
      about creating a good family policy " recently indicated
      Monsignor António Monteiro, President of the Episcopal
      Commission of the Family in Portugal, during a meeting of the
      Episcopal Commission of the Family with the Diocesan
      Secretaries. During the meeting held in Fátima 26 January, the
      Prelate emphasized that " the people in charge of the country
      must think more about a good economic and political structure "
      to help families, in particular supporting them in the care of
      children. Also, he emphasized the role of parents in the
      education of their children, affirming that " parents educate
      better than any school ". During this meeting preparations for a
      symposium and a pilgrimage of families to Fátima to be made in
      October will be held to commemorate the anniversary of the
      encyclical Familiaris Consortio of the Pope John Paul II. "' We
      want to return to re-read this document after 20 years and to
      apply it to today's family ", indicated the Bishop.

      [text translated and edited by Roman Catholic News]

      * * *

      Beatification Process Starts for "Italian Father Kolbe"

      Franciscan Saved Jews and Died at Hands of Nazis

      TRIESTE, Italy, JAN. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Beatification is
      possible for a Franciscan friar tortured to death by the Nazis for
      saving Jews.

      On Monday, Bishop Eugenio Ravignani of Trieste officially
      requested that the informative process begin on the life,
      martyrdom, virtues and reputation for holiness of Minor
      Conventual Franciscan Nicola Placido Cortese.

      After taking his vows as a Franciscan, and assuming the
      religious name Placido, he dedicated himself during World War
      II to helping refugees, prisoners and political fugitives, including
      Jews and Slovenes.

      Because of his activity, the Nazi police considered him an
      ideological and practical militant of the Resistance in the Veneto

      The Franciscan´s superiors named him director of St. Anthony
      Messenger magazine, a platform he used to fight in defense of
      the weakest.

      He was arrested by the Gestapo on Oct. 8, 1944. During the
      ensuing interrogations, he never revealed his collaborators´
      names. A month after his arrest, Placido Cortese died from the
      torture he had undergone.

      Many have described him as the "Italian Father Kolbe" because
      of his love for his neighbor, to the point of sacrificing his life.

      Maximilian Kolbe died at Auschwitz in 1941 after offering his life
      for a fellow prisoner. The Polish Franciscan Conventual was
      canonized in 1982.

      * * *

      Day of Consecrated Life to Be Marked on Feb. 2

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- On Feb. 2, the feast of
      the Lord´s Presentation in the Temple, the Catholic Church will
      celebrate the sixth Day of Consecrated Life.

      According to a Sept. 29 statement of the Vatican Congregation
      for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life,
      there are about 1 million consecrated persons, 700,000 of
      whom are women.

      John Paul II will participate in a solemn celebration of this Day in
      St. Peter´s Basilica. The Office of Pontifical Celebrations
      reported that the Holy Father will deliver the homily during the
      Mass and will preside over a thanksgiving ceremony for the gift
      of consecrated life.

      The Mass itself will be presided over by Cardinal Eduardo
      Martínez Somalo, prefect of the congregation for consecrated life.
      The motto for the day is "Consecrated Men and Women,
      Witnesses of Hope and Mercy."

      According to data of the Union of European Conferences of Major
      Superiors, Italy has the greatest number of consecrated persons
      (85,000 women and 21,778 men).

      It is followed by Spain (48,690 women and 15,445 men), France
      (43,380 women and 9,900 men), Germany (31,404 women and
      5,576 men), and Poland (25,200 women and 13,111 men).

      * * *

      Fetus Can Be Classified as ´Unborn Child´

      Bush Administration Announces Prenatal-Care Criterion

      WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 31, 2002 (Zenit.org).- States may
      classify a developing fetus as an "unborn child" eligible for
      government health care, the Bush administration said today,
      giving poor women access to prenatal care and strengthening
      the arguments of pro-lifers.

      The plan will make a fetus eligible for health care under the State
      Children´s Health Insurance Program, the Associated Press
      reported. Because CHIP is aimed at children, it does not typically
      cover parents or pregnant women.

      Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson cited
      well-established data on the importance of prenatal care in
      explaining the proposal.

      "Prenatal care for women and their babies is a crucial part of the
      medical care every person should have through the course of
      their life cycle," Thompson said in a statement. "Prenatal
      services can be a vital, lifelong determinant of health, and we
      should do everything we can to make this care available for all
      pregnant women."

      States, which administer CHIP, would have the option of
      including fetuses in their programs. Doing so would make the
      mother eligible for prenatal and delivery care.

      Abortion activists see today´s action as a backdoor attempt to
      establish the fetus as a person with legal standing, which could
      make it easier to criminalize abortion.

      "If they´re interested in covering pregnant women, why don´t they
      talk about pregnant women?" asked Laurie Rubiner of the
      National Partnership for Women and Families. "Their hidden
      agenda is to extend personhood to a fetus."

      But a pro-life group, Family Research Council, praised the
      decision. "All human life should be valued and protected. That
      includes the health and lives of unborn children," said council
      president Ken Connor in a statement. "We applaud President
      Bush and Secretary Thompson for setting right this past wrong
      and taking a significant step toward the president´s goal of
      building a ´culture of life.´"

      Thompson said he also backs legislation in the Senate that
      would allow states to automatically add pregnant women to
      CHIP, much as poor pregnant women are eligible for Medicaid.

      * * *

      Cardinals Otunga, Mejía, and Degenhardt Celebrate Birthdays

      Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga was born the son of pagan
      tribal chief on 31 January, 1923, in Chebukwa, diocese of
      Kakamega, Kenya. He was baptized in 1935, at age 12. He
      studied at the seminary of Kakamega, and Theology at the
      College of Propaganda Fide, Rome, where he was ordained on
      3 October, 1950 in that city. From 1950-1953 he taught Theology
      at the Kisumu Major Seminary after which he was appointed
      attaché in apostolic delegation at Mombasa, 1953-56. He was
      appointed titular Bishop of Tacape and auxiliary Bishop of
      Kisumu on November 17, 1956, being ordained three months
      later on 25 Februrary, 1957. He was transferred as the Bishop of
      Kisii on May 21, 1960, where he remained until 1969. In that
      year he was appointed titualr Archbishop of Bomarzo and
      Coadjutor Bishop of Nairobi on 15 November, 1969. On 24
      October, 1971 he was installed as Archbishop of Nairobi. He
      served as President of the national episcopate and as a
      member of the Permanent Commission of SECAM (Symposium
      of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar). He was
      elevated to the cardinalate by Paul VI during the Consistory of 5
      March, 1973, where he was appointed Cardinal Priest of the
      titular Church of S Gregorio Barbagio alle Tre Fontane. He
      served as the Kenya's Military Ordinary in 1981. Curial
      membership: Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of
      Apostolic Life (congregations).

      Johannes Joachim Cardinal Degenhardt was born in Schwelm
      in the diocese of Essen, Germany, on 31 January 1926. In 1941
      at the age of fifteen, he was arrested by the Gestapo and
      imprisoned for being an active Catholic since Catholic groups
      like the Bund Neudeutschland of which he was a member were
      outlawed at that time. He studied at seminaries in Paderborn
      and Munich. He was ordained a priest in Paderborn on 6 August
      1952 after which he earned a doctorate in theology from
      Würzburg seminary allowing him to be appointed prefect of the
      Paderborn seminary Collegium, Leonianum, in 1959. He was
      appointed titular Bishop of Vicus Pacati as auxiliary Bishop of
      Paderborn on 12 March 1968, consecrated iconsecrated two
      months later on 1 May by Cardinal Lorenz Jäger, Archbishop of
      Paderborn. He was appointed Archbishop of Paderborn on 4
      April, 1974, and served as the chair of Admin. Comm. of the
      Association of German Dioceses. He was appointed Cardinal
      Priest of the titular church of San Liborius on 21 February, 2001.
      Curial membership: Clergy, Education (congregation).

      Jorge María Cardinal Mejía was born on 31 January 1923 in
      Buenos Aires, Argentina. After studying at the Seminary of Villa
      Devoto in Buenos Aires he was ordained a priest on 22
      September 1945. He earned a doctorate in theology from the
      Pontifical University of S Tommaso, Rome, and a licenciate in
      biblical science from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He
      taught Sacred Scripture, Biblical Greek and Hebrew and
      Archeology as professor of of Old Testament studies at the
      Catholic University of Argentina. He was a director of the Catholic
      journal "Criterio" from 1956-1977. He undertook further studies
      at the Biblical School of Jerusalem and was guest professor at
      the Ecumenical Institute of Higher Theological Studies in Israel.
      He attended Vatican II as an advisor (peritus) from 1962-1965.
      He was director of the Commission on Ecumenism of the
      Archdiocese of Buenos Aires in 1966. From 1967-68, he was
      Secretary of the Deparment of Ecumenism of CELAM and tfrom
      1969-72 President of the Executive Committee of the World
      Catholic Federation for Biblical Apostolate. From 1977-86 he
      was appointed Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the
      relations with Judaism in the Secretariat for Christian Unity.
      He was appointed Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission
      for Justice and Peace on 8 March 1986 and appointed the titular
      Bishop of Apollonia, being consecrated in Rome on 12 April
      1986 by Cardinal Etchegaray, President of the same Pontifical
      Council. He was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for
      Bishops on 5 March 1994 and raised to the dignity of Archbishop
      . He was made Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman
      Church on 7 March 1998. He was appointed Cardinal Deacon of
      the titular church of San Girolamo della Carità on 21 February,
      2001.Curial membership: Causes of Saints (congregation);
      Culture, Justice and Peace, Interreligious Dialogue (councils);
      Cultural Heritage of the Church (commission).

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