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      Volume 2, Issue 188
      SATURDAY 31 August 2002

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      • Pope Says Non-practicing Catholics Should Be Remembered
      in Liturgy
      In Letter to Meeting at Assisi
      • Putin's Reply Doesn't Explain Expulsions
      Answer Did Not Satisfy Us, Says Archbishop of Moscow
      • Woman Religious in Pakistan Honored for Work with Lepers
      Dr. Ruth Pfau Receives Public Service Award
      • Detention of Missionaries a "Terrible Misunderstanding"
      Uganda Held 3 Priests, Included Misna Director
      • Lynchings in Guatemala on the Rise, Warns U.N. Mission
      • Liturgical Music After Vatican II
      Director of Sistine Chapel Choir Views the State of Affairs
      • Holy Spirit and the Gift of Wisdom
      Father Gregory Gaston, Manila
      • Holy Spirit and the Gift of Knowledge
      Father Gary Devery, Sydney

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      Pope Says Non-practicing Catholics Should Be Remembered in
      In Letter to Meeting at Assisi

      VATICAN CITY, AUG. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The liturgy must be
      attentive to the expectations of the faithful, but also to the needs
      of the baptized who do not participate regularly in liturgical and
      sacramental life, says a papal letter.

      Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, made the
      affirmation in a message sent on behalf of John Paul II to the
      participants in Italy's national Liturgical Week, which ended in
      Assisi today. The message says that for the baptized,
      participation in the Mass is at the "heart" of Sunday.

      People have "a great need to hear and examine themselves, a
      need for theological references in which to anchor the options of
      pastoral liturgy; a need for priests -- witnesses of the mystery --
      who let themselves to be guided by the Spirit and have the
      necessary competence to follow the liturgical norms and to apply
      them in concrete pastoral situations," the letter continues.

      At the same time, Christian assemblies are needed that "really
      live the meaning of participation, attentive to direction and willing
      to offer an increasingly appropriate and responsible liturgical
      service," the papal message adds.

      Celebrations should surmount "the obstacles of dispersion, of
      fragmentation of the community, of passivity and of indifference,"
      the text stresses

      The Pope calls for a "return to the roots of the faith and of the
      mission of the Church through an increasingly conscious
      participation in the Mass."

      Thus, the Eucharist can become "the force of that spiritual
      renewal that will help diocesan and parochial communities to
      celebrate the Mystery with joy."

      The Holy Father says the Eucharist should be connected "with
      the life of the parish." He urges a valuing of "places, areas and
      moments of meeting with the Lord leading to a liturgy that is
      attentive to the expectations of the faithful, as well as to the
      needs of those baptized persons who do not participate regularly
      in liturgical/sacramental life."

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      Putin's Reply Doesn't Explain Expulsions
      Answer Did Not Satisfy Us, Says Archbishop of Moscow

      MOSCOW, AUG. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- In a reply to a letter from
      John Paul II, President Vladimir Putin failed to explain why a
      bishop and two priests were expelled from Russia, says
      Moscow's Catholic archbishop.
      Following the April expulsion of Bishop Jerzy Mazur of the
      Diocese of St. Joseph of Irkutsk in Siberia, and the earlier
      expulsion of Italian priest Father Stefano Caprio, the authorities
      then expelled Father Stanislav Krajnak, a Slovak religious,
      refusing to renew his visa.

      Father Krajnak, a religious of the Society of the Divine Word,
      worked in the city of Yaroslavl, about 150 miles northeast of
      Moscow. He left the country before his visa expired on Tuesday,
      said Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of

      The expulsions took place following John Paul II's decision last
      February to create four new dioceses in the Russian Federation.

      "The Orthodox Church doesn't give visas, so we can't say the
      Orthodox Church took away the visas," Archbishop
      Kondrusiewicz told the Associated Press. "But it is such a
      coincidence that precisely after Feb. 11, this whole campaign

      "This is a campaign against the Catholic Church," the
      archbishop added.

      In May, the Holy Father wrote to President Putin asking him to
      intervene in Bishop's Mazur case and to help the prelate return to
      his diocese, the Vatican said.

      Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican's secretary for
      relations with states, complained in June that the Vatican
      received no response from the Russian president.

      Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said that Putin replied to John Paul
      II's letter about a month ago.
      "The answer did not satisfy us," and the president did not explain
      the visa refusals, the archbishop added, declining to give further

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      Woman Religious in Pakistan Honored for Work with Lepers
      Dr. Ruth Pfau Receives Public Service Award

      ROME, AUG. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Dr. Ruth Pfau, a Catholic
      woman religious who led the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center in
      Pakistan for many years, was honored by the Ramon Magsaysay
      Foundation with the most prestigious prize in Asia in the field of
      social service.

      Dr. Pfau was honored along with five other people from Burma,
      India, Korea, Nepal and the Philippines. The presentation
      ceremony was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

      The awarding jury said Dr. Pfau was chosen for "her lifelong
      dedication to eradicating leprosy and its stigma in Pakistan, and
      other loving gifts to her adopted country."

      The Ramon Magsaysay Award was established in 1957 to honor
      the memory and leadership example of the third Philippine

      The Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center in Karachi, directed by Dr.
      Pfau, is the pioneering force behind the
      Leprosy-Tuberculosis-Blindness Control Program in Pakistan. It
      is currently intensifying the control of leprosy by specially
      planned "Regional Elimination Campaigns."

      "The Leprosy Team is looking toward a diversified future full of
      challenges, in which they will utilize their 30-40 years experience
      of successful work with the community in additional related
      fields, without forgetting their first and foremost commitment,"
      the religious sister told the APP agency.

      In statements to the Pakistani press, Dr. Pfau explained the
      center's program for the elimination of leprosy before 2020.
      "Stress will be laid on reaching the rehabilitation-targets and
      especially awareness of the diseases tackled," she said. During
      2000, in the rural programs, a total of 153,630 patients were
      attended to for the major blinding conditions, Dr. Pfau explained.

      She pointed out that leprosy in Pakistan was found in a markedly
      focal pattern. The original dominance of the disease was well
      known, ranging from 35 cases per 1,000 people (Mirpur Mathelo
      in Sukkur district) to 0.1 per 10,000 and below in Punjab.

      In 1960, Dr. Pfau, a young German doctor, stopped in Karachi en
      route to India, where she was being sent to a mission station by
      the Congregation of the Heart of Mary. Because of a visa
      problem, she broke her journey in Karachi and was introduced to
      the leprosy work carried out there by other nuns of her
      On her first visit to the leper colony, she became so depressed
      with the situation that she resolved on the spot to join the group
      working with the patients.

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      Detention of Missionaries a "Terrible Misunderstanding"
      Uganda Held 3 Priests, Included Misna Director

      ROME, AUG. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- A "terrible misunderstanding"
      is how Church sources in Uganda described the 24-hour
      detention of three Comboni missionaries by the African country's

      The missionaries were detained Wednesday when soldiers
      leveled a house occupied by militiamen of the rebel Lord's
      Resistance Army near the Sudanese border.

      During the firing between the troops and guerrillas, Spanish
      missionary Father Carlos Rodríguez Soto was wounded in the

      He and Italian missionaries Father Tarcisio Pazzaglia and
      Father Giulio Albanese were interrogated by the military
      authorities in the city of Gulu, scene of clashes between the
      insurgents and the security forces. Father Albanese is editor in
      chief of the Misna news agency.

      "The important thing is that it ended for the best and that
      dialogue continues its course in North Uganda so as to give this
      afflicted land a little peace," Archbishop John Baptist Odama of
      Gulu said in statements published by Misna.

      "The military ambush and consequent capture was fruit of a
      terrible misunderstanding," the prelate said. Military officials had
      authorized a meeting between the missionaries and the rebels
      but had not informed their army colleagues in time, he explained.

      "The dialogue between the government and rebels of the LRA
      must continue," Archbishop Odama concluded. "The sides are
      preparing delegations that will have the aim of bringing our land
      closer to peace."

      The Church in Uganda has played a key role in peace
      negotiations. Archbishop Odama was a player in a secret phase
      of negotiations that led, for the first time in 15 years, to direct
      contacts between the Ugandan leadership and rebels.

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      Lynchings in Guatemala on the Rise, Warns U.N. Mission

      GUATEMALA CITY, AUG. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The U.N. Mission
      in Guatemala reported mounting concern in the country over the
      increase in lynchings, which have claimed 23 lives this year.

      Since 1996, the year the civil war formally ended, 354 cases of
      lynching have been reported, according to Tom Koenigs, head of
      the U.N. mission.

      A U.N. study reveals that 79% of the lynchings take place in
      seven departments, which also have the majority of human
      rights violations, and where 92% of the peasant massacres took
      place during the long war.

      "The lynchings have nothing to do with local traditions, but have
      their origin in the effects of violence and terror that afflicted
      Guatemalans for decades," Koenigs explained.

      The U.N. mission accused President Alfonso Portillo's
      government "of not putting into practice a real plan to try to
      resolve the problem."

      Previously, human rights groups said that lynchings have spread
      especially in the remotest areas, where poverty is high and trust
      in judicial institutions is low.

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      Liturgical Music After Vatican II
      Director of Sistine Chapel Choir Views the State of Affairs

      ASSISI, Italy, AUG. 30, 2002 (ZENIT.org-Avvenire).- Post-Vatican II
      reform opened great possibilities for composers "so long as
      they enter into the spirit of the rite," says the director of the Sistine
      Chapel Choir.
      For the past 10 years Monsignor Giuseppe Liberto has been the
      official composer of the national Liturgical Week, which was just
      held in Assisi. Here, he evaluates the liturgical evolution since
      the Second Vatican Council.

      Q: Next year the liturgical reform will be 40 years old. How do you
      evaluate it, from the musical point of view?
      Monsignor Liberto: Not everything has been valid, and not
      everything should be despised. Perhaps we should follow the
      advice of the parable of the wheat and the darnel. Let them grow
      together, because the time of the harvest has not yet come. But
      in the meantime, let's discern.

      Q: What are the distinctions to be made?

      Monsignor Liberto: Above all, there is confusion between
      liturgical music and sacred music. This is already a first
      distinction. The term sacred music is quite ambiguous, whereas
      the object of liturgical music is the celebration.

      And the one who composes for the celebration must be
      conscious of the fact that in the liturgy we celebrate Jesus Christ,
      the Word made flesh. Instead, many times it is thought that the
      music during the rite must only celebrate itself, in a sort of
      narcissistic self-complacency which serves itself only
      instrumentally of the celebration. In this way, the liturgy is turned
      into pure performance and sterile ritualism -- precisely what the
      council eliminated forever.

      Q: It should certainly not be a performance, but your musical
      colleagues lament the fact that, in favoring the participation of the
      assembly, the liturgical reform has reduced their own bounds.

      Monsignor Liberto: There must be understanding of this issue,
      also. The assembly is all the people of God, who gather to
      celebrate Christ.

      Now, this assembly is articulated in its different forms of
      ministry. Therefore, the president of the assembly sings as
      president of it, the deacon as deacon, the psalmist as psalmist,
      and so, [also] the choir. The response comes from the people of
      God, who acclaim, etc.

      Not all should sing everything, but each one according to his
      ministry. And one must write differently for each one, which is,
      precisely, the challenge. Often, there are those who approach
      liturgical music without being clear about these differences.

      Q: Is it, then, just a question of formation?

      Monsignor Liberto: I think so. There are areas for composers
      and musicians, and these are very great, on the condition that
      they enter into the spirit required by the reform, also as regards
      musical forms. Today, many old musical forms are no longer
      workable in the liturgy of Vatican Council II. And we must be
      conscious of this.
      Instead, many reason the opposite way: "Since my music does
      not fit the liturgy, the liturgical reform has failed." Or, on the
      contrary, as they are incapable of writing music in more
      elaborate and complex ways, they reduce everything to a kind of
      musical minimalism, which often is nothing other than bad taste.
      Instead, the right way is formation. The musician who wishes to
      compose for the liturgy must have a specific liturgical education.

      Q: To conclude, what is the advice of the director of the Sistine
      Choir for someone who wishes to be faithful to Vatican II?

      Monsignor Liberto: Given that the work is only just beginning and
      that we are all searching, my advice is to avoid three very
      dangerous attitudes: idealism -- music as the _expression of
      subjectivism; romanticism -- music in which everything is the
      resonance of a sort of unknown God; and functionalism -- music
      reduced to a pure ornament centered on oneself.

      However, if sacred music does not become holy music, namely,
      at the service of the celebration, we will never have true liturgical

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      Holy Spirit and the Gift of Wisdom
      Father Gregory Gaston, Manila

      VATICAN CITY, AUG. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- ZENIT presents
      another text from the June videoconference of theologians
      entitled "Pneumatology from the Second Vatican Council to Our
      Times." It was 11th such videoconference sponsored by the
      Congregation for the Clergy.

      The Gift of Wisdom
      Father Gregory D. Gaston, Manila, Philippines

      Wisdom, like the other Gifts of the Holy Spirit, accompanies
      sanctifying grace, makes a person well disposed to receive the
      inspirations and movements of the Holy Spirit, and completes
      and perfects the virtues of those who receive them.

      What is specific to wisdom is that it makes the soul responsive
      to the Holy Spirit in the contemplation of divine things and in the
      use of God's ideas to judge both created and divine matters. It
      effects a filial fear of God, as well as a welcome peace in the
      heart of man.

      For a concrete example in priestly formation, one may turn to
      "Pastores Dabo Vobis," No. 10. There the Holy Father, Pope
      John Paul II, after presenting today's complex situation in the
      formation of priests, asks how we can form priests who are truly
      able to respond to the demands of our times and capable of
      evangelizing the world of today.

      He says that it is not enough to simply provide data on the
      situation and to make a "scientific" inquiry to come up with a
      picture of today's sociocultural and ecclesial circumstances. An
      interpretation of the situation is even more important, though it is
      not always easy to do so; such interpretation has to be done
      within the context of a Gospel discernment.

      "This discernment is nourished by the light and strength of the
      Holy Spirit who evokes everywhere and in all circumstances,
      obedience to the faith, the joyous courage of following Jesus,
      and the gift of wisdom, which judges all things and is judged by
      no one (see 1 Corinthians 2:15). It rests on the fidelity of the
      Father to his promises."

      The formation of priests indeed goes beyond mere human
      capacities and judgments; the gift of wisdom makes the
      seminary formators responsive to the divine movements that
      would allow them to guide the seminarians properly.

      We ask for the gift of wisdom not only for special undertakings,
      but to follow God's will, which is a continuous task for the
      Christian. The words of "Vita Consecrata," No. 71, may very well
      be applied not only to those called to the religious life, but to
      secular diocesan priests and even the laity as well: The whole
      person is "called to seek and love God 'with all one's heart, and
      with all one's soul, and with all one's might' (see Deuteronomy
      6:5), and one's neighbor as oneself (see Leviticus 19:18;
      Matthew 22:37-39)." To do so, we should "never cease to ask the
      Almighty for the gift of wisdom in the struggles of everyday life
      (see Wisdom 9:10)."

      With this gift we constantly use God's standards and not ours. Or
      better still, we try to make our standards conform (cum-foma) to
      God's. We aim for a sort of "connaturality" with God, in such a
      way that a prior conformity to God's will makes us always will
      what is good.

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      Holy Spirit and the Gift of Knowledge
      Father Gary Devery, Sydney

      VATICAN CITY, AUG. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Here is another of the
      reflections presented during the June videoconference of
      theologians entitled "Pneumatology from the Second Vatican
      Council to Our Times." It was 11th such videoconference
      sponsored by the Congregation for the Clergy.

      The Gift of Knowledge
      Father Gary Devery, OFM Cap -- Sydney, Australia

      The first work of the Holy Spirit is to grace us with the knowledge
      of ourselves. This self-knowledge taught by the Holy Spirit is
      existential. It is knowledge of our deepest reality. It is knowledge
      of the reasons for our loss of hope, profound sadness, and deep
      suspicion of the events of life; all that the consequence of our sin
      works in us.

      The first work of the Holy Spirit is to convince us of our sin. This
      is a task of salvific "convincing of sin," as the encyclical letter
      "Dominum et Vivicantem" (No. 28) teaches. It is a salvific
      convincing of sin because sin does not have the last word. It is a
      convincing that is not accusative but diagnostic. The convincing
      of sin is orientated by the Holy Spirit toward the greater mystery --
      that of the "mysterium pietatis," as the postsynodal apostolic
      exhortation "Reconciliatio et Paenitentia" (Nos. 19-20) teaches.

      The Holy Spirit draws us into a journey of conversion, or rather a
      descent into conversion, a type of kenosis; an emptying of
      ourselves of our egoism. The Word of God, especially as
      experienced in full and active participation in the liturgy fulfils the
      words of the prophet Hosea, "Let us know, let us strive to know
      Yahweh; ...This is why I have hacked them to pieces by means of
      the prophets, why I have killed them with words from my mouth,
      why my sentence will blaze forth like the dawn -- for faithful love
      is what pleases me, not sacrifice; knowledge of God, not burnt
      offerings" (6:3,5-6).

      The word of God begins us on the journey of knowing ourselves
      profoundly. When we are salvifically convinced of our sin we
      arrive at humility.

      Living in humility by the grace of the Holy Spirit the Christian
      journey of permanent conversion can be lived in simplicity. With
      this self-knowledge revealed by the Holy Spirit the Christian has
      discernment on his life. Discernment is a principle aspect of the
      gift of knowledge given by the Holy Spirit. Timaeus, the blind man
      of Jericho in Mark's Gospel, reveals to us this way of discipleship
      (see Mark 10:46-52). With his "blindness" overcome by the
      power of Jesus, he now has discernment on his life and follows
      along the way keeping his eyes fixed on Jesus.

      It is this gift of knowledge, especially in the aspect of
      discernment, which turns the eyes of the disciple of Christ
      toward the "mysterium pietatis." Here the Christian arrives at the
      knowledge revealed by the Holy Spirit. It is the mystery of our
      faith. It is knowledge that human wisdom cannot penetrate, as
      St. Paul proclaimed to the community at Corinth, "I did not come
      with any brilliance of oratory or wise argument to announce to
      you the mystery of God. I was resolved that the only knowledge I
      would have while I was with you was the knowledge of Jesus,
      and of him as the crucified Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:1-2). It is the
      Holy Spirit that gives to us the knowledge of God. It is an
      existential knowledge of God that 'enables us to cry out, "Abba,
      Father!"' (see Romans 8:14-17).

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