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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 2, Issue 97 WEDNESDAY 1 May, 2002 Feast of St. Joseph * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 2, Issue 97
      WEDNESDAY 1 May, 2002

      Feast of St. Joseph

      * * *

      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

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      • Papal Address to Group of Nigerian Bishops
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      • PROGRAM OF POPE'S TRIP TO AZERBAIJAN AND BULGARIA
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      • CARDINAL ETCHEGARAY TO GO TO JERUSALEM ON
      SPECIAL MISSION
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      • Top Franciscans Frustrated by Ongoing Siege at Basilica
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      • DOCUMENT ABOUT THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE TO BE
      PRESENTED
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      • AUDIENCES
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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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      Papal Address to Group of Nigerian Bishops

      "Openness to Dialogue is a Necessary Christian Attitude"

      VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Here is the address
      John Paul II delivered today to a second group of bishops of the
      Nigerian episcopal conference, whom he received during their
      "ad limina" visit.

      Dear Brothers in the Episcopacy,

      1. It is a great joy for me to welcome you, the second group of
      Nigerian Bishops, on the occasion of your visit ad Limina
      Apostolorum: "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and
      the Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom 1:7).

      The ancient practice of "coming to see Peter" is reminiscent of
      the Apostle Paul´s visit to Jerusalem, to spend time with Cephas
      (cf. Gal 1:18) whom the Lord had constituted the "rock" upon
      which he would build his Church. In the fraternal embrace of
      Peter and Paul the early Christian community recognized Paul´s
      Gentile converts as true brothers and sisters in the faith, and in
      Paul´s account of the abundant outpouring of grace upon these
      new believers the entire community found ever greater reason to
      praise God´s boundless mercy (cf. Acts 15:16ff).

      In like manner, our coming together today reaffirms the
      communion of your vibrant and growing particular Churches with
      the Successor of Peter and with the Church Universal, and
      together we give thanks for the life and witness of the priests,
      religious and laity of your land, who serve the Lord with
      faithfulness and gladness.

      I have already shared with the first group of Nigerian Bishops
      certain thoughts and concerns that your Reports prompted,
      regarding the specific situation of the Church in your country.
      Now, I offer some further points of reflection for you who exercise
      in your local communities "the office of teaching, sanctifying and
      governing" (Christus Dominus, 11).

      2. I share your pastoral concern for the peaceful development of
      your peoples, not only in terms of material advancement, but
      especially in genuine political freedom, ethnic harmony, and
      respect for the rights of all citizens.

      The question before you at this time is: how can the Gospel be
      incarnated in these emerging circumstances? How can the
      Church and individual Christians best deal with the pressing
      issues which they must face if they are to build a better future for
      themselves and their children?

      An answer to these questions can be found in the very goals
      which, five years ago, you set for yourselves in the National
      Pastoral Plan for Nigeria. In this far-reaching program drafted by
      your Episcopal Commission on Mission, two broad areas
      summarize the thrust of what you see as the pastoral mission of
      the Church in Nigeria in the Third Christian Millennium: the new
      evangelization and the Church´s responsibilities in civil society.

      It is within this twofold context that you were able to place virtually
      all of your pastoral objectives aimed at transforming humanity
      from within, at renewing the innocence of people´s hearts and,
      as recommended by the Special Assembly for Africa of the
      Synod of Bishops, at building up the Church as family. It is this
      latter element which holds a vital key to the first two: as the
      Synod Fathers acknowledged, the Church as God´s family "is an
      expression of the Church´s nature particularly appropriate for
      Africa. For this image emphasizes care for others, solidarity,
      warmth in human relationships, acceptance, dialogue and trust"
      (Ecclesia in Africa, 63).

      In fact, when proclamation and catechesis succeed in building
      up the Church as family, the whole of society benefits: harmony
      between different ethnic groups is given a stronger foundation,
      ethnocentrism is avoided and reconciliation encouraged, greater
      solidarity and a sharing of resources among people, and life in
      society becomes ever more imbued with an awareness of the
      obligations which flow from respect for the God-given dignity of
      every human being.

      3. The Church´s mission in Nigeria, as everywhere, stems from
      her very nature as the sacrament of union with God and of the
      unity of all the members of the human family (cf. Lumen
      Gentium, 1). Just as in a family peace and harmony must be
      constantly built up, so too in the Church differences are not to be
      seen as a reason for conflict or tension, but as a source of
      strength and unity in legitimate diversity. Are not peace, harmony,
      unity, generosity, and cooperation hallmarks of a strong, healthy
      family? These then must be the distinguishing characteristics of
      all relationships within the Church. "Let your light shine before
      men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your
      Father" (Mt 5:16).

      In like manner, honesty and openness to dialogue is a
      necessary Christian attitude both inside the community as well
      as outside, with other believers and with men and women of
      good will. An erroneous or incomplete understanding of
      inculturation or ecumenism, however, must not compromise the
      duty to evangelize, which is an essential element of the Catholic
      identity. The Church, while showing great respect and esteem
      for the non-Christian religions professed by many Africans,
      cannot fail to sense the urgency of bringing the Good News to
      millions who have not yet heard Christ´ s saving message. As
      Pope Paul VI wrote in Evangelii Nuntiandi: "The Church holds
      that these multitudes have the right to know the riches of the
      mystery of Christ (cf. Eph 3:8) -- riches in which we believe that
      the whole of humanity can find, in unsuspected fullness,
      everything that it is gropingly searching for concerning God, man
      and his destiny, life and death, and truth" (No. 53).

      4. Moreover, evangelization and integral human development --
      the development of every person and of the whole person -- are
      intimately linked. The Second Vatican Council, in its Pastoral
      Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, put it well:
      "Pursuing the saving purpose which is proper to her, the Church
      not only communicates divine life to people but in some way
      casts the reflected light of that life over the entire earth, most of
      all by its healing and elevating impact on the dignity of the
      person, by the way in which it strengthens the seams of human
      society and imbues everyday activity with a deeper meaning and
      importance. Thus through her individual members and her
      whole community, the Church believes she can contribute
      greatly towards making the family of man and its history more
      human" (Gaudium et Spes, 40).

      In fact, it is in the Incarnation of the Word of God that human
      history finds its true meaning; it is Jesus Christ, the Redeemer
      of mankind, who is the foundation of restored human dignity. For
      this reason, to proclaim Jesus Christ means to reveal to people
      their inalienable dignity: "Since it has been entrusted to the
      Church to reveal the mystery of God, who is the ultimate goal of
      man, she opens up to man at the same time the meaning of his
      own existence, that is, the innermost truth about himself" (ibid.,
      41).

      Precisely because people have been endowed with this
      extraordinary dignity they should not be reduced to living in
      sub-human social, economic, cultural or political conditions.
      This is the theological basis of the struggle for the defense of
      justice and social peace, for the promotion, liberation, and
      integral human development of all people and of every individual.
      Thus, the Fathers of the Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod
      of Bishops rightly observed that "integral development implies
      respect for human dignity and this can only be achieved in
      justice and peace" (Ecclesia in Africa, 69).

      5. This connection between evangelization and human
      development explains the Church´s presence in the social
      sphere, in the arena of public and social life. Following the
      example of her Lord, she exercises her prophetic role on behalf
      of all people, especially the poor, the suffering, the defenseless;
      she becomes the voice of the voiceless, insisting that the dignity
      of the human person should always be at the center of local,
      national and international programs. She "challenges the
      consciences of Heads of State and those responsible for the
      public domain to guarantee ever more the liberation and
      development of their peoples" (ibid., 70).

      Proclamation of the Good News, therefore, involves the
      promotion of initiatives that contribute to the development and
      ennoblement of people in their spiritual and material existence. It
      also denounces and combats all that degrades or destroys the
      human person. "The condemnation of evils and injustices is
      also part of that ministry of evangelization in the social field
      which is an aspect of the Church´s prophetic role. But it should
      be made clear that proclamation is always more important than
      condemnation" (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 41). Therefore, as
      Shepherds and Pastors of souls we are charged with preaching
      the Gospel in a positive way, always, in season and out of
      season (cf. 2 Tim 4:2), in order to build up the Family of God
      which is the Church, in charity and in truth, and to serve the
      whole family of man as it aspires to greater justice, freedom and
      peace.

      6. Brothers, these are some reflections which your visit to the
      tombs of the Apostles brings to mind and which I wanted to add
      to the comments already made to the first group of Nigerian
      Bishops. I am confident that your pilgrimage will give you
      renewed strength for your ministry, that you may never grow
      weary of preaching God´s word, celebrating the sacraments,
      guiding the flock given over to your care, and seeking out those
      who have strayed or who have not yet heard the Lord´s voice.
      The Church in Nigeria remains ever close to my heart: I pray that
      the joy of the Lord´s Resurrection and the Spirit´s gifts of wisdom
      and courage will become ever more visible in the lives of your
      people, that they may truly be "generous sons and daughters of
      the Church which is the Family of the Father, the Brotherhood of
      the Son and the Image of the Trinity" (Ecclesia in Africa, 144).

      Commending you, and the priests, religious and laity to the
      loving protection of Mary, Queen of Africa, and to the intercession
      of your own Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, I cordially
      impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of grace and
      communion in our Lord Jesus Christ.

      * * *

      PROGRAM OF POPE'S TRIP TO AZERBAIJAN AND BULGARIA

      VATICAN CITY, APR 30, 2002 (VIS) - John Paul II will make an
      apostolic trip to Azerbaijan and Bulgaria from May 22 to 26, his
      96th trip outside of Italy. Following is a summary of the most
      relevant events of the
      program.

      On Wednesday May 22, at 8:40 a.m., the Holy Father will depart
      Rome from Fiumicino Airport and is scheduled to arrive in Baku,
      Azerbaijan at 4 p.m. That same afternoon he will visit the
      president of the Republic and will have a meeting with religious
      leaders of the country and representatives in politics, culture
      and art.

      On Thursday May 23, he will celebrate Mass in the morning
      and in the afternoon he is scheduled to meet with the leader of
      the Muslims in the Caucasus, the Orthodox bishop of Baku and
      the president of the Jewish community. Later in the afternoon, he
      will travel to Sofia, Bulgaria.

      On Friday May 24, he is scheduled to pay courtesy visits to the
      president of the Republic of Bulgaria and to His Holiness
      Patriarch Maxim. In the afternoon, he will meet with
      representatives of the Jewish Community.

      On Saturday May 25, he will go on a pilgrimage to the
      monastery of St. John of Rila. In the afternoon, he is set to meet
      with the Grand Mufti and representatives of both the Muslim
      community and the Evangelical
      Churches.

      On Sunday May 26, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass with
      beatifications. Before deparing for Rome at 7 p.m., he will
      participate in a gathering with young people.

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      CARDINAL ETCHEGARAY TO GO TO JERUSALEM ON SPECIAL
      MISSION

      VATICAN CITY, APR 30, 2002 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office
      Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls made the following declaration:

      "Due to his concern for peace in the Holy Land, for those
      Christian communities and for the Israeli and Palestinian
      people, John Paul II has decided to send Cardinal Roger
      Etchegaray, president emeritus of the Pontifical Councils for
      Justice and Peace and 'Cor Unum', on a special mission to
      Jerusalem. The cardinal will depart from Rome tomorrow,
      Wednesday May 1, and will stay in Jerusalem at the residence of
      Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the pontifical representative."

      * * *

      Top Franciscans Frustrated by Ongoing Siege at Basilica

      27 Palestinians Are Released, But Situation Remains
      Deadlocked

      ROME, APRIL 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The superiors of
      Bethlehem´s Franciscan friars criticized the world´s incapacity to
      find a solution to the siege of the Basilica of the Nativity.

      Even the release of 27 Palestinians today does not mean that
      progress has been made toward a peaceful solution to the
      siege, Franciscan sources said.

      In a written statement to ZENIT, the General Curia of the Order of
      Friars Minor "expresses its bitter disbelief at the incapacity of the
      civilized world to induce the Parties to accept and carry out a
      greatly longed for pacific solution." The basilica has been under
      siege by the Israelis since April 2, after 200 Palestinians invaded
      the church.

      The Franciscan order "is deeply pained" to learn that five days
      before the talks of the Israeli-Palestinian Commission, three
      Palestinians were shot and killed by the Israeli army in the
      basilica, and five others were wounded.

      Father David Jaeger, spokesman of the Franciscan Custody of
      the Holy Land, told the Misna missionary agency that despite
      today´s release, "there are still no elements to lead us to believe
      that we are faced with a decisive change."

      "I express our happiness for the 27 Palestinians who have been
      able to leave the church safe and sound and return to their
      families, but the problem of armed men occupying holy places
      remains," the priest said.

      The Palestinians who left the basilica, including youths and
      police of the Palestinian Authority, are in Israeli custody awaiting
      questioning.

      * * *

      DOCUMENT ABOUT THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE TO BE
      PRESENTED

      VATICAN CITY, APR 30, 2002 (VIS) - On Thursday May 2, at 11:30
      a.m., in the Holy See Press Office, there will be the presentation
      of the Apostolic Letter in the form of a "Motu Proprio"
      "'Misericordia Dei' On Certain Aspects of the Celebration of the
      Sacrament of Penance."

      Cardinals Joseph Ratzinger and Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez,
      respectively prefects of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
      Faith and the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of
      Sacraments, and Archbishop Julian Herranz, president of the
      Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, will
      preside over the presentation.

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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, APR 30, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father received
      today in separate audiences:

      - Seven prelates from the Episcopal Conference of Nigeria on
      their "ad limina" visit:

      - Bishop Senan Louis O'Donnell of Maiduguri.
      - Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan.
      - Bishop Martin Igwe Uzoukwu of Minna.
      - Bishop James Naanman Daman of Jalingo.
      - Bishop George Dodo of Zaria.
      - Bishop Matthew Ishaya Audu of Lafia.
      - Fr. Samuel Ebatikpo, diocesan administrator of Otukpo.
      - Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the
      Evangelization of Peoples.

      Yesterday, April 29, the Holy Father received in audience
      Archbishop Pedro Rubiano Saenz of Bogota.

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