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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 2, Issue 27 SATURDAY 2 February, 2002 Feast of Prsentation of Our Lord FIRST SATURDAY Today s Lectionary Readings
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2002

      Volume 2, Issue 27
      SATURDAY 2 February, 2002

      Feast of Prsentation of Our Lord


      Today's Lectionary Readings


      * * *

      • Vatican Denies Paul VI Intended to Sell "Pietà"
      Antique Dealer´s Letter Cited as Evidence
      • Cardinal Kasper to Visit Russian Patriarchate
      Trip Coming at Key Moment in Moscow-Rome Relations
      • Consistory of Causes of Canonization Set for Feb. 26
      • Churches Assail German Vote on Embryo Imports
      Research OK´d on Foreigners´ Stem Cells
      • Venezuelan Church Gets Words of Solidarity from Bishops
      Following Attacks by the Country´s Chief Executive
      • Porto Alegre Forum "Must Find Solutions, Not Problems"
      Statements of Brazilian City´s Archbishop
      • Mexican High Court Allows Eugenic Abortion
      Church Assails Law Permitting Elimination of the Handicapped
      • Cardinals Obando Bravo and Thiandoum Celebrate Birthdays

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, FEB 1, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father's general
      prayer intention for February is: "That Catholic Hospitals may be
      outstanding examples in the struggle against suffering and may
      play a leading role in proclaiming the Gospel of life and respect
      for the human person."

      His missionary intention is: "That the Christian communities of
      Cambodia an Laos may devote themselves increasingly to
      promoting priestly and religious vocations."

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, FEB 1 2002 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical
      Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has made public the
      calendar of celebrations that are due to be presided by the Holy
      Father between February 2 and April 21, 2002:


      - Saturday 2, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Sixth Day of
      Consecrated Life. In the Vatican Basilica at 5:30 p.m., blessing
      of candles and procession; Mass with the religious.

      - Monday 11, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: In the Vatican
      Basilica at 4:30 p.m., Mass for "Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi"
      and U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I., presided in the name of the Holy Father by
      Cardinal Camillo Ruini. At the close of the celebration, the Holy
      Father will greet and bless the sick present in the basilica.

      - Wednesday 13, Ash Wednesday: In the Basilica of St. Sabina at
      4:30 p.m., Mass, blessing and imposition of ashes.

      - Sunday 17, First Sunday of Lent: Pastoral visit to the Roman
      parish of St. Henry. Mass at 9:30 a.m. At 6 p.m. in the
      "Redemptoris Mater" Chapel in the apostolic palace, start of the
      spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia.

      - Saturday 23: At 9 a.m. in the "Redemptoris Mater" Chapel,
      conclusion of the spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia.

      - Sunday 24, Second Sunday of Lent: Pastoral visit to the
      Philippine Catholic Chaplaincy in the Basilica of St. Pudenciana.
      Mass at 9:30 a.m.

      - Tuesday 26: In the apostolic palace at 11 a.m., consistory for a
      number of causes of canonization.


      - Sunday 3, Third Sunday of Lent: Pastoral visit to the Roman
      parish of St. Gelasius I, Pope. Mass at 9:30 a.m.

      - Sunday 10, Fourth Sunday of Lent: Pastoral visit to the Roman
      parish of St. Hilary of Poitiers. Mass at 9:30 a.m.

      - Sunday 17, Fifth Sunday of Lent: Pastoral visit to the Roman
      parish of St. Mary "Mediatrix". Mass at 9:30 a.m.

      - Sunday 24, Palm Sunday; 17th World Youth Day: At 10 a.m. in
      St. Peter's Square, blessing of palms, procession and Mass.

      - Thursday 28, Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass at 9:30 in the
      Vatican Basilica. At 17:30 in the Basilica of St. John Lateran,
      beginning of the Easter triduum; Mass of the Lord's Supper.

      - Friday 29, Good Friday: At 5 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica,
      celebration of the Passion of the Lord. At 9:15 p.m. at the
      Colosseum, Way of the Cross.

      - Saturday 30, Holy Saturday: At 8 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica,
      Easter Vigil.

      - Sunday 31, Easter Sunday: At 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Square,
      Mass and "Urbi et Orbi" blessing.


      - Sunday 14, Third Sunday of Easter: At 10 a.m. in St. Peter's
      Square, beatification of Servants of God: Gaetano Errico,
      Lodovico Pavoni, Luigi Variara, Maria del Transito de Jesus
      Sacramentado, Artemide Zatti and Maria Romero Meneses.

      - Sunday 21, Fourth Sunday of Easter: At 9 a.m. in the Vatican
      priestly ordination of deacons of the diocese of Rome.

      * * *

      Pope Encourages Computer Science at Service of Christian Thought
      Applauds Digitalization and Indexation of St. Thomas´ Works

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II
      encouraged the use of information technology at the service of
      Christian thought, when he received in audience the group that
      digitalized and indexed the works of St. Thomas Aquinas.

      The Pontiff said this effort will help new generations discover the
      timeliness of this Dominican thinker (1221-1274), regarded as
      one of history's greatest philosophers and theologians.

      The Holy Father today addressed the members of the
      Association for the Computerization of Lexicological
      Hermeneutical Analyses (CAEL), which sponsored the
      production of the "Index Tomisticus," a complete glossary of the
      linguistic terms (some 9 million words) taken from St. Thomas'

      The work, which would fill 56 encyclopedic volumes, has been
      compacted into a CD-Rom.

      Among the CAEL members who attended the papal audience
      were Michel Camdessus, former director of the International
      Monetary Fund; Antonio Fazio, director of the Central Bank of Italy;
      and Giulio Andreotti, an Italian statesman; as well as Cardinal
      Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops;
      and Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, archbishop of Genoa.

      The completion of the "Index Tomisticus," as the Pope
      acknowledged, was due to the tireless work of Jesuit Father
      Roberto Busa, a pioneer in the computerization of human

      The Holy Father encouraged the new enterprise that Father Busa
      will now begin, with the help of an international team of youths,
      assisted by university professors. This new endeavor is the
      elaboration of the "Bicultural Thomistic Lexicon," which over a
      few decades should translate all the terms used by St. Thomas
      into modern words.

      John Paul II described the work of the Summa Theologiae's
      author as an "authentic encyclopedia of his time, summary of 40
      centuries of Mediterranean culture: Jewish, Greek, Latin, Arab
      and Christian."

      "St. Thomas marked an age with his genius and continues to be
      a luminous figure for research and love of truth, which dominate
      all his philosophical and theological" work, the Pope said.

      * * *

      Vatican Denies Paul VI Intended to Sell "Pietà"
      Antique Dealer´s Letter Cited as Evidence

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican today
      denied a news report that Pope Paul VI had intended to sell
      Michelangelo's "Pietà" and donate the proceeds to the poor.

      A press statement published by Vatican spokesman Joaquín
      Navarro-Valls said, "The news was unfounded."

      "What is more, it was precisely Pope Paul VI who, following the
      exhibition of the Pietà in the United States, gave strict
      instructions that Michelangelo's marble work should never again
      leave the Vatican without the specific permission of the Holy
      Father through the State Secretariat," Navarro-Valls added.

      The Vatican spokesman's statement was in response to a report
      by the Italian weekly Diario, which stated that in July 1978,
      French antiques dealer Daniel Wildenstein was received by Paul
      VI, to study the sale of the Pietà, the depiction of the Blessed
      Virgin holding the dead Jesus.

      The article is based on the memoirs of the antiques dealer, who
      died today. The memoirs first published in French with the title
      "Marchands d'Arts." According to Diario, the pages on that
      meeting were removed in the Italian translation of the memoirs
      because of "Vatican pressures."

      The Vatican spokesman revealed that Bishop Pasquale Macchi,
      Paul VI's personal secretary, possesses a letter that Wildenstein
      wrote him, after publishing his memoirs in French. In the letter,
      Wildenstein denies that Paul VI expressed an intention to sell
      the sculpture.

      "The existence of the antiques dealer's letter to Bishop Macchi,
      led to the decision to eliminate the pages -- which Wildenstein
      himself had denied -- from the Italian edition," Navarro-Valls
      explained to reporters.

      In the 1970s, Laszlo Toth, a Hungarian artist, thought to be
      mentally unbalanced, damaged the 15th-century masterwork
      with a hammer. He never gave any reasons for his action. The
      repaired Pietà now is exhibited behind bulletproof glass in St.
      Peter's Basilica.

      * * *

      Cardinal Kasper to Visit Russian Patriarchate
      Trip Coming at Key Moment in Moscow-Rome Relations

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Walter
      Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting
      Christian Unity, will travel to Moscow from Feb. 21-22, authorized
      Vatican sources disclosed.

      The German cardinal will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy
      II and Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, who is
      responsible for the patriarchate's international relations.

      Vatican sources say the visit is routine, as it is normal for the
      president of the pontifical council for ecumenism to meet with
      Orthodox patriarchs. However, the meeting is taking place at a
      key moment.

      In a gesture that broke with recent tradition, Alexy II sent a
      delegation led by patriarchal Vicar and Metropolitan Pitirim to the
      religious leaders' Day of Prayer for Peace, held in Assisi on Jan.

      According to Orthodox sources, John Paul II relaunched his plan
      to visit Moscow, during a conversation with members of that
      Russian delegation. The Pope expressed his desire to return to
      the patriarch the famous icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which was
      rescued from the black market by an American Catholic and
      given to the Bishop of Rome, to be returned to the patriarch.

      Orthodox sources reported that Russian Bishop Hilarion of
      Kerchen, member of the Assisi delegation, replied to the Pope
      that relations between the patriarch of Moscow and Rome were
      "highly unsatisfactory," and that Alexy II could only meet John
      Paul II after resolving the problem of "proselytism under all its

      The patriarch insists that the Vatican must respect what it calls
      the principle of "canonical territory," which opposes the presence
      of the Catholic Church in areas of Orthodox majority.

      Moreover, the Russian Orthodox Church is resentful of the rebirth
      of Catholic communities of the Byzantine rite, which under Stalin
      were forced to enter the Orthodox Church. Greek-Catholic
      bishops, priests and laymen who opposed this imposition were
      incarcerated and even martyred.

      On Jan. 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was
      willing to invite John Paul II to visit Moscow "at any time," and to
      encourage the Catholic and Orthodox Churches to "enter into full

      But Putin added that the papal visit would require the approval of
      the Russian Orthodox Church "and this, unfortunately, does not
      depend on me." The president's stance was described as "wise"
      on Jan. 18 by Patriarch Alexy II.

      * * *

      Consistory of Causes of Canonization Set for Feb. 26

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The date of the
      canonization of Padre Pio, Josemaría Escrivá and Juan Diego
      likely will be published Feb. 26.

      That is a fair guess based on the calendar of papal celebrations
      this month. The Vatican Press Office published the calendar
      today. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. a consistory of cardinals
      will be held in the Vatican for a few causes of canonization.

      Church sources in Mexico say Juan Diego's canonization might
      take place in Mexico City on July 30, during a papal visit.

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, FEB 1, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father today
      received in separate audiences:

      - Six prelates from the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, on
      their "ad limina" visit:
      - Archbishop Luis Hector Villalba of Tucuman.
      - Archbishop Carlos Jose Nanez of Cordoba, accompanied by
      his auxiliary, Bishop Jose Angel Rovai.
      - Bishop Elmer Osmar Miani of Catamarca.
      - Bishop Raul Omar Rossi of San Martin.
      - Bishop Jose Luis Mollaghan of San Miguel.
      - Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes and Msgrs. Karel Kasteel and
      Francisco Azcona San Martin, respectively president, secretary
      and under-secretary of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum".

      * * *

      Churches Assail German Vote on Embryo Imports
      Research OK´d on Foreigners´ Stem Cells

      BERLIN, FEB. 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Christian denominations in
      Germany expressed profound disappointment after Parliament
      voted to approve the importation of embryonic stem cells for
      research purposes.

      In a joint statement Thursday, Cardinal Karl Lehmann, president
      of the German episcopal conference, and Manfred Kock,
      president of the Council of German Evangelical Churches, said
      that with this measure "it will also be possible in Germany to
      carry out experiments with embryonic stem cells, produced
      through the death of the embryos."

      A great danger to the right to life has arisen, because there is no
      longer a guarantee of the "total protection of man from the
      moment of fertilization," the two Christian leaders stated.

      Following two years of discussions, the work of two ethical
      commissions, and four hours of intense parliamentary debate,
      Parliament decided on Wednesday to allow the importation of
      stem cells, obtained from human embryos, for strictly limited
      medical purposes.

      Of 617 lawmakers, 340 supported the measure. An outright ban
      on the imports was supported by 265 lawmakers.

      The law on protection of the fetus prohibits the production of
      embryos for reproduction or manipulation. In order to overcome
      this limitation, sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, which see
      in human embryo research an important economic possibility,
      presented the proposal to the political forces.

      The debate was heated. Not even the ethical commissions --
      one governmental and the other parliamentarian -- were able to
      resolve the question. The first recommended limited importation
      and the second, absolute prohibition.

      Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne also addressed the topic,
      and expressed his "profound disappointment" with Parliament's

      There is an awareness, he added, that now Germans will also
      "obtain benefit from the death of man from the beginning of his
      existence. Every means of the state of law should be used to
      revoke this fatal decision."

      Joachim Meyer, president of the Central Committee of German
      Catholics, added that with this vote the opportunity was lost "to
      give a clear sign to protect life in biomedical research."

      "The first reactions, especially those of the scientific world, lead
      one to believe that the decision is only the first step to be able to
      use human embryos for research purposes," Meyer concluded.

      * * *

      Venezuelan Church Gets Words of Solidarity from Bishops Worldwide
      Following Attacks by the Country´s Chief Executive

      CARACAS, Venezuela, FEB. 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Messages of
      solidarity from bishops around the world have been sent to the
      Church in Venezuela, victim of President Hugo Chávez's harsh
      verbal attacks.

      "We are surprised and profoundly lament the delicate situation
      being endured by the Church in Venezuela," states a letter
      addressed to the Venezuelan episcopal conference by a group
      of Catholic leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for a forum on

      "It is always dangerous to mock the Church, its doctrine, life and
      pastors, going to the extreme of including the Holy Father's
      representative," the letter adds.

      The letter was signed by Cardinal Bernard Law, archbishop of
      Boston; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of
      Washington, D.C.; and Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez, archbishop of
      Tegucigalpa and president of the Honduran episcopal

      Other episcopal signatories included Wilton Gregory, president
      of the U.S. episcopal conference; William Skyland, vice
      president; Brendan O'Brien, vice president of the Canadian
      episcopal conference; Peter Schonenback, secretary-general;
      Colombia's Jorge Jiménez, president of the Latin American
      bishops' council (CELAM); Mexico's Carlos Aguiar, vice president
      of CELAM; Laurent Monsengwo, president of the Symposium of
      Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar; and Oswald
      Colman, secretary of the Federation of Asian Episcopal

      "We accompany you with our prayers, convinced of the Lord
      Jesus Christ's words: 'Do not be afraid. I shall be with you until
      the end of time,'" the bishops' letter concludes.

      On Sunday, President Chávez referred to the Church as a
      "tumor" because it does not support uncritically his "revolution."
      On several occasions, without offering any evidence, Chávez has
      said the bishops are part of the country's corrupt class.

      * * *

      Porto Alegre Forum "Must Find Solutions, Not Problems"
      Statements of Brazilian City´s Archbishop

      PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, FEB. 1, 2002 (ZENIT.org-Fides).- At the
      inauguration of the 2nd World Social Forum in Porto Alegre,
      Brazil, the city's archbishop said that it is important to find
      solutions, and not create problems.

      The meeting, which will end Feb. 5, has gathered some 50,000
      people who are identified with the anti-globalization movement.

      The forum is known as "anti-Davos," a reference to the meeting
      of world economic leaders, which is in turned named after the
      Swiss mountain resort where they meet. This year, the Davos
      meeting will be held in New York, and will gather political
      leaders, professors and businessmen.

      Catholic Archbishop Dadeus Grings of Porto Alegre is both
      concerned and optimistic. He told the Vatican agency Fides that
      "the forum ... is more than the 'no-global' movement. The forum
      must find solutions, not problems."

      For the organizers, the forum slogan, "The World Can Be a
      Different Place," reflects the concerns of humanity that emerged
      in recent months, including the protests at the G8 summit in
      Genoa last summer, the crisis in Argentina, and the unrest in the
      Middle East. Forum topics range from genetic food to
      conferences on socialism as "the alternative of hope."

      The forum has 20,000 member delegations including trade
      unions, universities and nongovernmental organizations. The
      official program includes protest activities.

      A Baby World Forum, complete with theater, circus and shows,
      will be arranged for about 2,000 children. Valeria Viana, in
      charge of the Baby Forum, says, "If we think of a new world for
      the future, children cannot be left out."

      Archbishop Dadeus Grings sent a message to prepare his
      people for the event. "The forum aims to find solutions to present
      day problems. It should be given our support," he said.

      But he warned against prejudices or resentments. "The Church
      presents her social teaching as a valid contribution in the search
      for new perspectives for our day," the archbishop's message
      said. "The Church puts the person at the center of attention and
      sees the subsidiarity principle as the key for solving social

      The archbishop added: "Human life cannot be reduced to the
      economic and social levels. The human being has an
      inalienable personal dignity, and cannot be reduced to a
      cogwheel in the mechanism of society."

      The Catholic Church in Brazil is represented in the forum by 10
      delegates from the national bishops' conference. Official
      interventions are scheduled on social and economic problems,
      interreligious dialogue, and the role of religions in promoting

      Caritas Brazil is present with 18 representatives, who will
      address three main topics: an economy of solidarity with the
      people, foreign debt and social policies. Caritas Sao Paulo will
      present its "Refuse Luxury" project involving the poor to collect
      and recycle paper, glass and other items.

      The personalities expected to will attend the forum includes
      Nobel Peace Prize laureates Adolfo Pérez Esquivel of Argentina
      and Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala; human rights activist Dita
      Sari of Indonesia; writer José Saramago of Portugal; professor
      Noam Chomsky of the United States; and journalist and activist
      Tariq Ali of Pakistan.

      * * *

      Mexican High Court Allows Eugenic Abortion
      Church Assails Law Permitting Elimination of the Handicapped

      MEXICO, FEB. 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Catholic Church in
      Mexico decried the Supreme Court's decision that allows the
      abortion of handicapped unborn children.

      In press statements, Bishop Abelardo Alvarado Alcántara,
      secretary-general of the Mexican episcopal conference, said that
      the law does not solve the situation of the unborn but, on the
      contrary, permits the murder of an innocent human being.

      The bishop explained that the Supreme Court's decision might
      be a first step toward permitting future abortions for other than
      strictly eugenic reasons.

      The court on Wednesday, in possibly its most controversial
      decision, was unable to declare the "Robles" law
      unconstitutional, despite the fact that six of the 11 votes of the
      plenary favored this declaration. A registered 8-3 majority is
      required to declare a draft law unconstitutional.

      During the debate, Ministers Mariano Azuela and Juan Díaz
      Romero contended that, not only does the Public Ministry have
      no faculties to authorize abortion in case of rape, but they also
      warned that to allow the Public Ministry to interrupt a pregnancy
      is a way of legalizing abortion. The Ministers stressed that the
      Constitution protects the right to life from its gestation.

      * * *

      Cardinals Obando Bravo and Thiandoum Celebrate Birthdays

      Miguel Cardinal Obando Bravo Celbrates 76th Birthday

      Miguel Cardinal Obando Bravo, , S.D.B., was born in La
      Libertad, in the diocese of Juigalpa, Nicaragua, on February 2,
      1926. He was ordained a priest on 10 August, 1958. From 1961
      to 1968 he served as Rector at the Salesian Seminary in San
      Salvador. He was appointed titular Bishop of Puzia di Bizacena
      and auxilliary Bishop of Matagalpa on January 18, 1968 and
      ordained two months later on 31 March. He was appointed
      Archbishop of Managua on 16 February, 1970. During his
      episcopacy he played a critical role as the mediator between the
      Somoza government and Sandinista guerrillas freeing
      imprisoned Nicaraguans and defending the rights of the Church
      against both the Somoza regime and the Sandinistas. Pope
      John Paul II made him a Cardinal-Priest of the titular church of
      St. John the Evangelist a Spinaceta, during the Consistory of 25
      May, 1985. Curial membership: Clergy, Divine Worship and
      Sacraments, Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of
      Apostolic Life (congregations); Latin America (commission).

      Hyacinthe Cardinal Thiandoum Celbrates 81st Birthday

      Hyacinthe Cardinal Thiandoum was born iin Poponguine, Dakar
      archdiocese, Senegal, on February 2, 1921. He studied at
      Dakar's regional seminary and was ordained on 18 April, 1949.
      In 1953 he received degrees in Philosophy and Sociology from
      the Gregorian University. He was appointed Archbishop of
      Dakar on 24 February, 1962, and ordained three months later on
      20 May. He participated in the Second Vatican Council
      contributing to the dialogue on liturgical reform. He was elevated
      to Cardinal-Priest of the titular church, S. Maria del Popolo by
      Paul VI during the Consistory of 24 May, 1976. He resigned as
      Archbishop of Dakar on 16 June, 2000 due to age. Curial
      membership: Clergy, Institutes of Consecrated Life and
      Societies of Apostolic Life, Evangelization of Peoples

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