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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 2, Issue 51 SATURDAY 2 March, 2002 * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 2, Issue 51
      SATURDAY 2 March, 2002

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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT
      CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
      CONVERSION OF THE WHOLE WORLD AND FOR CHURCH
      UNITY

      * * *

      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      • POPE ATTENDS FIRST LENTEN SERMON
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      • Discover Christ´s Real Humanity, Exhorts Papal Preacher
      Meditation Is Part of Pope´s Spiritual Preparation for Holy Week
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      • THE MEDIA CULTURE MUST BE EVANGELIZED
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      • John Paul II Meets Bishop-Friends of Focolare Movement
      Encourages Them to Promote "Spirituality of Communion"
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      • HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      • Supreme Knight Named to Council for the Laity
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      • Mexico Bracing for What Could Be the Largest Mass in History
      5 Million May Attend Canonization of Juan Diego
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      • CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      • HOW TO POST A QUESTION TO THE CATHOLIC REFERENCE
      DESK AND HOW TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE FOR PUBLICATION
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      • EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL
      HEART OF MARY
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      • DAILY REMINDER
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      • ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      • COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      POPE ATTENDS FIRST LENTEN SERMON

      VATICAN CITY, MAR 1, 2002 (VIS) - This morning at 9 a.m. in the
      Vatican's "Redemptoris Mater" Chapel, in the presence of the
      Pope, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M. Cap., preacher of the
      Pontifical Household, gave the first sermon of Lent. The topic of
      the meditations is "Starting Afresh from Christ". The other three
      sermons will take place on March 8, 15 and 22.

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      Discover Christ´s Real Humanity, Exhorts Papal Preacher
      Meditation Is Part of Pope´s Spiritual Preparation for Holy Week

      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II took
      time off from his busy schedule today to hear a meditation by the
      preacher of the Papal Household, in preparation for Holy Week.

      Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa began a series of
      weekly meditations based on the theme "To Begin Again from
      Christ." Every Friday, the Capuchin will lead meditations for the
      Pope and his collaborators of the Roman Curia in the
      Redemptoris Mater Chapel of the Vatican Apostolic Palace.

      On this occasion, the Capuchin meditated on John Paul II's
      proposal to Catholics at the beginning of the 21st century,
      expressed in his apostolic letter "Novo Millennio Ineunte": to
      contemplate the face of Christ.

      With the arrival of Jesus in the world, the face of God assumed
      an amazing novelty: it is not a question of a metaphorical face,
      but of a real, visible face, a man's face, said Father
      Cantalamessa.

      In a culture that tries to make Jesus of Nazareth out to be a man
      like any other man, the challenge for Christianity is to rediscover
      "Christ's real humanity," the Capuchin said.

      The Gospel pages do not insist so much that Jesus is a real
      man but that he is "the new man," the perfect image of the
      Father, he added.

      "It must not be thought that because he shared our weaknesses,
      he also participated in our faults," the preacher warned. "He
      assumed the condition of a slave, but without the contamination
      of sin. Thus he enriched man, but did not lower God."

      The absence of sin "is the characteristic of his authentic
      humanity, because sin is the only authentic superstructure, the
      only addition to God's original plan for man," the Capuchin
      explained.

      Christ "is not the man who resembles all others, but the man
      whom all others must resemble." This is the purpose of Lent,
      Father Cantalamessa concluded.

      Last Saturday the Pope and his Curia aides completed their
      weeklong Spiritual Exercises at the Vatican.

      * * *

      THE MEDIA CULTURE MUST BE EVANGELIZED

      VATICAN CITY, MAR 1, 2002 (VIS) - This morning, John Paul II
      received participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical
      Council for Social Communications who, for the last few days,
      have been reflecting upon the theme: "The media and the new
      evangelization: current activities and plans for the future."

      "The special challenge before you," said the Pope, "is to find
      ways to ensure that the voice of the Church is not marginalized
      or silenced in the modern arena of the media. You have a role to
      play in ensuring that the Gospel is not confined to a strictly
      private world. No! Jesus Christ must be proclaimed to the whole
      world; and therefore the Church must enter the great forum of the
      media with courage and confidence."

      The Holy Father indicated that "not only must we use the media
      to communicate Christ to the world, but we must preach the
      Gospel to the world of the media itself. ... This media culture
      must itself be evangelized! And you are called to provide the
      Church with inspiration and ideas for that great work, drawing
      upon the highest standards of professionalism and the deepest
      resources of the Christian faith and Catholic tradition."

      "We have nothing to offer but Jesus, the one mediator between
      God and man. To evangelize is simply to enable Him to be seen
      and heard, for we know that if there is no room for Christ, there is
      no room for man. Therefore I urge you, in all your planning, to
      make room for Christ. In the print media, in radio and television,
      in the world of cinema and the internet, seek to open doors to
      Him who so mercifully is the door of salvation for us. Then the
      mass media will be a world of genuine communication, a world
      not of illusion but of truth and joy."

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      John Paul II Meets Bishop-Friends of Focolare Movement
      Encourages Them to Promote "Spirituality of Communion"

      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II received
      in audience about 80 bishops who are friends of the Focolare
      Movement, an ecclesial reality founded by Chiara Lubich.

      During the meeting Thursday, the Holy Father encouraged the
      bishops to promote "the spirituality of communion" on which he
      himself reflected in "Novo Millennio Ineunte," his programmatic
      letter for the Church at the start of the new century.

      The spirituality of communion was the subject that gathered the
      bishops in Castel Gandolfo, who were celebrating the 25th
      anniversary of the first meeting of bishop-friends of the
      Focolares.

      The Pope explained that communion in the Church is a
      "constitutive reality of its very nature," as it is called to be a "sign
      and instrument of intimate union with God and of the unity of the
      whole of mankind."

      "Therefore, communion within the Christian people must be
      increasingly assimilated, lived and manifested, thanks also to a
      determined programmatic commitment, at the level of the
      universal Church and of the local Churches," the Holy Father
      added. Such a commitment must begin with the pastors, he
      said.

      Service to communion "is intrinsically characterized by the
      Cross," which reconciled men with the Father and with one
      another, the Pope said. Following Jesus' example, "the Church,
      Mystical Body of Christ, continues his work," he added.

      This was the experience of the apostles, the Holy Father said.
      Their "ministry of communion and evangelization enjoyed the
      same fruitfulness of Christ's: the fruitfulness of the grain of
      wheat that produces much fruit if it dies, and because it dies, in
      the earth," John Paul II explained.

      The most excellent sign of this fruitfulness "are the fruits of the
      Spirit, especially love, joy and peace, which, in a variety of
      expressions and charisms, characterize the testimony of saints
      of all times and nations," the Pope concluded.

      John Paul II greeted Chiara Lubich especially, who was in the
      audience. She has held several meetings and conferences with
      the bishops at Castel Gandolfo, some 30 kilometers (18 miles)
      from Rome.

      Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, archbishop of Prague, greeted the Bishop
      of Rome on behalf of all those present. The cardinal outlined the
      history of the bishop-friends of the Focolares since their first
      meeting in 1977.

      "We were 12 then; today we are several hundred bishops who
      meet in several parts of the world to understand more profoundly
      the spirituality of communion, which arose in the Focolare
      Movement," the cardinal said.

      * * *

      HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH

      VATICAN CITY, MAR 1, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father's general
      prayer intention for March is: "For the ecclesial organizations and
      groups engaged in social action, that in their testimony they may
      proclaim strongly and consistently the Gospel of love."

      His missionary intention is: "That the peoples of the African
      continent, receiving with a generous heart the Gospel's
      message of truth and liberation, may dedicate themselves
      actively to promoting reconciliation and solidarity."

      * * *

      AUDIENCES

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

      - Five prelates from the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, on
      their "ad limina" visit:
      - Bishop Jorge Arturo Meinvielle S.D.B., of San Justo.
      - Bishop Fabriciano Sigampa of La Rioja.
      - Bishop Mario Luis Bautista Maulion of San Nicolas de los
      Arroyos.
      - Bishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Mar del Plata.
      - Bishop Miguel Mykycej F.D.P., of Santa Maria del Patrocinio en
      Buenos Aires of the Ukrainians.
      - Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the
      Evangelization of Peoples.

      This evening he is scheduled to receive Archbishop Tarcisio
      Bertone, S.D.B., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of
      the Faith.

      * * *

      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, MAR 1, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed
      Bishop German Garcia Isaza C.M., of Caldas, Colombia, as
      bishop of Apartado (area 21,000, population 500,000, Catholics
      400,000, priests 57, religious 106), Colombia.

      * * *

      Supreme Knight Named to Council for the Laity

      NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, MARCH 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John
      Paul II has named Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights
      of Columbus, as one of 24 new members of the Pontifical
      Council for the Laity.

      Anderson, who also serves on the Pontifical Academy for Life,
      was one of 18 lay leaders named by the Pope this week. He is
      the only American among the newly named members, the
      Knights said in a statement.

      Also named as a consultor to the council was David L. Schindler,
      dean and professor of theology at the Pontifical John Paul II
      Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic
      University of America in Washington, D.C., the statement said.

      * * *

      Mexico Bracing for What Could Be the Largest Mass in History
      5 Million May Attend Canonization of Juan Diego

      MEXICO CITY, MARCH 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Juan Diego's
      canonization on July 30 might become the largest Mass in
      Mexican history, archdiocesan sources of Mexico City told ZENIT.

      According to estimates of the apostolic nunciature reported in
      the international news agencies, some 5 million people are
      expected to attend -- which could make it the largest Mass in
      history.

      The Holy Father will travel to Mexico at the end of Toronto's World
      Youth Day. He is scheduled to preside over the proclamation of
      sanctity of the Indian who witnessed the apparitions of
      Guadalupe in 1531.

      The ceremony will be held in 1,000 hectares (2,400 acres) in the
      municipalities of Ecatepec and Texcoco, on the outskirts of
      Mexico City.

      John Paul II presided over the largest Mass in history, during the
      World Youth Day, in Manila in January 1995. Some 4 million to 5
      million people attended that Mass.

      The above total might be surpassed July 30 because of the
      estimated 20 million people who live in and around Mexico City.
      Mexico has about 90 million baptized Catholics, or 90% of the
      population.

      During his visit, the Holy Father will beatify two other lay Indians,
      martyred in 1700. Juan Bautista and Jacinto de los Ángeles,
      both fathers of families, were killed in the state of Oaxaca.
      Dominican missionaries asked the two Indians to help in the
      care of churches and in safeguarding the purity of the Christian
      faith they received.

      While carrying out these responsibilities, the two Indians were
      killed in San Francisco Cajonos, Diocese of Antequera. The
      Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the
      beatification decree last July 7.

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      MAMA GILI GUILD

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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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      DAILY REMINDER

      "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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