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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 2, Issue 120
      TUESDAY 4 June 2002

      * * *

      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 Meets with Bolivian Leader in Private Papal Apartments
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      • Romania Open to Restoring Catholic Church´s Property
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      • Papal Trip to Croatia Postponed
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      • Catholics Urged to Offer Contribution to European Convention
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      • Swiss Bishops Warn Abortion Vote Opens the Way to
      Euthanasia
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      • Churches in Britain Vow Before Queen to Work for Unity
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      • Campaign Against Child Labor Steps Up During World Cup
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      • St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Church Planned for India
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      • Mexican Cardinal Condemns Massacre of Peasants in Oaxaca
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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 Meets with Bolivian Leader in Private Papal Apartments

      VATICAN CITY, JUNE 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II received
      in audience Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga Ramírez, who was
      visiting the Vatican as he neared the end of his five-year term of
      office.

      The Bolivian was received in the private apartments of the
      Apostolic Palace, as opposed to the official library, so that the
      Pope would not have to walk.

      The Holy Father, who remained seated, spoke with his guest for
      about 20 minutes. At the end of the audience, the president
      introduced his wife, Virginia Gillum de Quiroga, and members of
      his entourage to the Pope.

      There was an exchange of gifts: the president gave the Pope a
      statue of the Virgin of Copacabana, and the Pontiff gave the
      Bolivian the medals of his pontificate.

      John Paul II visited La Paz and five other Bolivian cities in May
      1988. About 89% of Bolivia´s 8.5 million inhabitants are Catholic.
      Quiroga Ramírez has been president since August 1997.

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      Romania Open to Restoring Catholic Church´s Property

      Government Promises Law Next Autumn After Pope´s Appeal

      VATICAN CITY, JUNE 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Romanian
      Parliament responded positively to John Paul II´s appeal that it
      return to the Catholic Church the property confiscated by the
      Communist regime.

      The Holy Father made his appeal Saturday when he received
      Mihail Dobre, 41, Bucharest´s new ambassador to the Vatican.

      The hour has arrived, the Pontiff said, for civil entities to restore
      "according to criteria of justice, the ecclesiastical patrimony
      confiscated, in order to allow the Catholic Church to count on this
      property for the fulfillment of its mission."

      "It must never be forgotten that the more attempts are made to
      heal the wounds of the past, which constitute potential reasons
      for confrontation, the more Christians are helped to dedicate
      their energies to the good of the whole society," the Pope added.

      Some of the Catholic Church´s properties (especially those of
      the Eastern-rite Catholics) were removed by force and given to
      the Orthodox Church.

      The Orthodox and Catholic Churches have set up a commission
      to overcome the problems related to the ownership of those
      buildings.

      "Although the required prudence must be observed, it is
      necessary that this special commission be aware of the real
      urgent need of the Catholic Church to be able to count on those
      sacred buildings," the Pontiff said.

      Prime Minister Adrian Nastase said in Bucharest today that the
      Romanian Parliament would approve a draft law in the autumn
      to restore to the Orthodox and Catholic Churches the properties
      that were confiscated by the Communist regime.

      "It is a question of principles, not of favoring one Church over
      another," Nastase stressed.

      Last March, Eastern-rite Catholics told the Pope about the
      "abuses" perpetrated against them by some Orthodox faithful,
      who refused to return the places of worship.

      The Eastern-rite Catholic Church was outlawed in 1948, and its
      places of worship were confiscated and handed over to the
      Orthodox. Hundreds of priests died in prison, after refusing to
      enter the Orthodox Church.

      To a lesser extent, the Communists also expropriated
      properties belonging to the Orthodox and Latin-rite Catholic
      Churches.

      * * *

      Papal Trip to Croatia Postponed

      ZAGREB, Croatia, JUNE 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II has
      postponed until next spring his apostolic visit to Croatia, initially
      planned for September, the nation´s bishops´ conference says.

      In turn, the Croatian episcopate was told by the apostolic
      nunciature in Zagreb that the process of beatification of Ivan
      Merz, a 20th-century intellectual and pioneer of Catholic Action,
      will not be concluded by that date. The visit was planned around
      the beatification.

      Weeks ago, Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls
      mentioned the possibility of this papal trip, but made no official
      statement to confirm it.

      The Pope first visited Croatia at the end of the Balkans war; he
      last visited for the beatification of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac.
      About 80% of Croatia´s 4.7 million inhabitants are Catholics.

      * * *

      Catholics Urged to Offer Contribution to European Convention

      Pope Again Pushing for the Voice of Christianity in the Union´s
      Future

      VATICAN CITY, JUNE 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II urged
      Catholics to offer their contribution to the European Convention,
      the social-political forum that is outlining the constitutional and
      institutional future of the European Union.

      The Pontiff made his appeal Saturday when he met with
      members of the Ecclesial Movement for Cultural Commitment
      (MEIC), whose origins go back to a 1932 initiative of members of
      Italian Catholic Action.

      "Without ever reducing faith to culture, the Church makes an
      effort to give a cultural background to the life of faith, so that the
      latter will inspire the whole of private and public life, the national
      and international reality," the Pope explained during the
      audience.

      "In this connection, you know with what interest the Vatican
      follows the work of the European Convention," he added. "I
      myself have had the opportunity to express my disappointment
      over the omission of a reference to Christian and religious
      values in the writing of the Charter of Fundamental Rights" of the
      European Union.

      In writing this document, approved in 2000, a reference in the
      preamble to the "Christian roots of Europe" was eliminated
      because of pressures exerted by the French government.

      Since Feb. 28, the European Convention, convoked by the
      European Council, has been examining questions posed by the
      reform, including entry to new member countries, and the way to
      guarantee democratic legitimacy.

      The convention has invited representative organizations to
      participate in its June 24-25 session. Contributions to the
      discussion may be made through its Web page at
      european-convention.eu.int/default.asp?lang==EN.

      "I very much hope that the Ecclesial Movement for Cultural
      Commitment will mobilize so that the religious component will
      not be ignored, which over the centuries has imbued the
      formation of European institutions," the Pontiff said.

      "The Christian patrimony of civilization, which has contributed so
      much to the defense of the values of democracy, liberty,
      solidarity among the peoples of Europe, must not be lost or
      neglected," the Pope added.

      The Holy Father encouraged MEIC to commit itself to ecumenical
      and interreligious dialogue, in keeping with the "Decalogue of
      Assisi" which he proposed Jan. 24 during the Day of Prayer for
      Peace.

      "Although it is difficult to live together without political and
      economic peace, there can be no life worthy of man without
      religious and inner peace," John Paul II concluded.

      * * *

      Swiss Bishops Warn Abortion Vote Opens the Way to
      Euthanasia

      Referendum OK´d as Rival Pro-life Proposal Is Trounced

      ZURICH, Switzerland, JUNE 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Swiss Catholic
      bishops deplored an overwhelming decision by voters to legalize
      abortion, saying it opened the door to euthanasia, Reuters
      reported.

      "The fact that from now on it is possible to end unborn life during
      the first 12 weeks of pregnancy without punishment opens the
      door for further dangers to the respect of life both at the start --
      extension of the period for abortion, removing of a fetus with
      possible handicaps, etc. -- and at its end -- euthanasia," the
      Catholic bishops´ conference said in a statement today.

      "The Swiss bishops appeal to the conscience of each individual.
      The law is not morally acceptable," it said.

      On Sunday the Swiss accepted by a nearly 3-to-1 margin a
      proposal to drastically slacken abortion laws dating back 60
      years, bringing legislation in line with most other European
      countries. The new law takes effect Oct. 1.

      More than 80% of voters rejected a rival proposal to ban abortion
      completely.

      "It is necessary to recall that for the Catholic Church abortion
      represents a fundamental attempt against God´s
      commandment: ´Thou shalt not kill!´ Every life is a gift of God,"
      the Catholic bishops said in their statement.

      The bishops said they did not seek "to blame Christians, men
      and women, but to make them face their responsibilities."

      "To say this in our secularized society can be poorly understood
      or totally misunderstood; but it is clear that the fundamental
      values, such as respect for human life -- values that are present
      in all religions -- cannot change according to how the wind
      blows. The Church will continue to be committed to the
      promotion and protection of those values," the bishops stressed.

      Lastly, the bishops pointed out that in order to defend life, it is not
      enough to prohibit abortion: "It is necessary that our society
      speak out loudly and strongly that it wishes, despite the contrary
      sign given by this referendum, to reduce [as much as possible]
      the number of abortions, and that it urgently adopt the means
      that will enable it to realize its noble desires."

      "New means must be found to offer the necessary help to
      women in difficulty, and to support families effectively," the
      bishops said, addressing the government and Parliament in
      particular.

      Under the new law, a woman can have an abortion after making
      a written request in which she invokes a "state of distress" which
      makes it impossible for her to have the baby.

      There are about 12,000 abortions a year in Switzerland.
      According to data from 2000, 44.1% of the country is Catholic,
      36.6% is Protestant, 11.7% is without religion, and 2.3% is
      Muslim.

      * * *

      Churches in Britain Vow Before Queen to Work for Unity

      "Very Historic Moment," Says Anglican

      LONDON, JUNE 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Leaders of all the Christian
      denominations in England signed a covenant in the presence of
      Queen Elizabeth committing themselves to working for unity, the
      Times reported.

      The four presidents of Churches Together in England, including
      Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O´Connor, archbishop of Westminster,
      signed the document Sunday at Windsor Castle, at the end of a
      service marking the golden jubilee of the queen´s coronation.

      The other three signatories were the Anglican archbishop of
      Canterbury, Dr. George Carey; the Reverend Tony Burnham,
      moderator of the Free Churches; and the Reverend Esme
      Beswick, representing the smaller churches. The event began
      Saturday with a meeting of 25 representatives from the Church of
      England, of which the queen is supreme governor.

      The covenant, which quotes Ephesians 4, referring to the "unity
      of the Spirit in the bond of peace," sets out the churches´
      common belief in the triune God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

      In it, the leaders promise to persevere in seeking a common
      understanding of the Christian message of salvation, and to
      work toward "visible unity" of their churches. They undertake to
      "pray, study and work together for the unity and mission of the
      Church" and to speak with one voice where possible, the Times
      said.

      Dr. Carey told BBC Radio: "It is a very historic moment in the
      journey of the churches. I can still recall when I started in the
      ministry 40 years ago a degree of elitism on the part of the
      Church of England. We have come a long, long way on that
      journey."

      Cardinal Murphy-O´Connor said: "The ecumenical path we are
      engaged on is a serious one. What does matter is what unites
      us. What divides us is still to tackle."

      * * *

      Campaign Against Child Labor Steps Up During World Cup

      Mani Tese Says Soccer Balls Are Product of Ill-Paid Labor

      ROME, JUNE 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Coinciding with the
      Korea-Japan World Cup is a campaign to sensitize public
      opinion against the abuse of child labor.

      The "Let´s Kick the Abuse of Children" initiative was launched by
      Mani Tese (Hands Outstretched), an association that organizes
      the Global March Against Child Labor in Europe. On May 19 the
      group received the public support of John Paul II.

      Maria Rosa Cutillo, responsible for the children´s section of this
      organization, explained over Vatican Radio that the soccer balls
      are sewn to a great extent by children´s hands, or by adults who
      at times endure unjust working conditions.

      The campaign intends to exert pressure on the International
      Federation of Soccer Associations (FIFA), so that it will struggle
      -- as it has committed itself to do -- effectively against the abuse
      of child and adult labor in the production sector of sports articles.

      "We request that at least minimum subsistence salaries be
      guaranteed to adult workers, putting into practice control
      mechanisms to verify that these violations are not taking place,"
      Cutillo added.

      She said her organization has evidence of cases of child
      exploitation and very poor work conditions for adults, especially
      in the north of India, in Pakistan and in China.

      According to UNESCO, over the next few years $9 billion is
      needed to ensure basic education for all the world´s children,
      education being "the fundamental weapon to combat the abuse
      of minors," Mani Tese explained.

      On the contrary, "$8 billion have been spent on restructuring and
      constructing new stadiums in Korea and Japan to prepare for
      the World Soccer Cup," Cutillo said.

      Mani Tese has a Web page at www.manitese.it/manitese.htm.

      * * *

      St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Church Planned for India

      ROME, JUNE 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The faithful in India are
      preparing to build a church dedicated to "St. Padre Pio of
      Pietrelcina," the missionary agency Fides reports.

      On June 16, while John Paul II proclaims Padre Pio a saint, the
      first stone of a church, outpatient clinic and school will be laid,
      dedicated to the Capuchin friar, in the missionary Diocese of
      Tura, in the state of Meghalaya.

      "There is a beautiful community of Christians composed of 125
      families in the village of Thakimagre, where we will build the
      church," Bishop Giorgio Mamalassery told Fides. "We will begin
      the works on June 16, and hope to finish them in one year."

      "Torrential rains makes the transport of materials difficult, given
      the poor condition of roads and bridges," he said. "We hope this
      center will serve as a consolation to the poor and help to
      propagate the spirituality of St. Pio in Asia."

      * * *

      Mexican Cardinal Condemns Massacre of Peasants in Oaxaca

      Links Violence to Marginalization

      MEXICO CITY, JUNE 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Norberto
      Rivera Carrera condemned the massacre of 26 peasants in the
      southern state of Oaxaca, triggered by a reported land dispute.

      "It is terrible that those crimes are still going on in our
      homeland," the archbishop primate of Mexico said, after
      presiding over the Corpus Christi celebration Sunday in the
      metropolitan cathedral.

      "We must uproot from our homeland that violence that so harms
      us," the cardinal said. He added that the "marginalization" of
      many peasant communities is one of the principal reasons for
      the violence.

      According to sources of the office of the state´s public
      prosecutor, 26 people were killed and one wounded Friday night
      in the locality of Agua Fria in the municipality of Textitlan, "as the
      consequence of a shooting attack perpetrated by a group of
      armed individuals."

      A survivor, who was driving the truck in which the peasants were
      being transported to Santiago Xochiltepec, said the truck was
      stopped and fired upon by a group of gunmen, the prosecutor´s
      office reported. Only six people survived the attack, authorities
      said.

      The police said 16 people of Santo Domingo Teojomulco were
      arrested Sunday for the killing and taken to the capital of Oaxaca.

      Authorities said that land disputes in Oaxaca, dating back to
      1936, have left dozens of people dead.

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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL
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      DAILY REMINDER

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      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
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