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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 2, Issue 196 WEDNESDAY 11 September 2002 TWIN TOWER MEMORIAL DAY, USA * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 2, Issue 196
      WEDNESDAY 11 September 2002

      TWIN TOWER MEMORIAL DAY, USA

      * * *

      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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      • John Paul II Closing In on Another Milestone
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      • Cardinal Poupard Urges Soul Searching in Wake of Sept. 11
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      • Russia's Expulsion of Another Priest Prompts Vatican Protest
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      • Mexican Bishops Call for National Dialogue in Favor of Indians
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      • Fulton Sheen's Cause Advances
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      • Caritas Continues Aid to Afghan People Amid Ongoing Strife
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      • Conditions Governing Military Intervention in Iraq
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      • Providence Diocese to Pay $13.5 Million in Abuse Cases
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      • Film That Compares Church to Taliban Regime Wins at Venice
      Festival
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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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      John Paul II Closing In on Another Milestone

      ROME, SEPT. 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- On Sept. 16, John Paul II's
      pontificate will become the fifth longest in history.

      On that day, he will surpass the 23 years and 11 months that
      Adrian I was Pope, in the years 772 to 795.

      In eight months time, the Holy Father would surpass Pius VI,
      who governed the Church for 24 years, 6 months and 7 days.

      The longest of the pontificates was the first, that of St. Peter, who
      led the Church for 34 to 37 years.

      St. Peter is followed by Blessed Pius IX (1846-1878), with 31
      years, 7 months, and 21 days; Leo XIII (1878-1903), with 25
      years and 5 months; and Pius VI (1775-1799), with 24 years, 6
      months and 4 days.

      Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow was elected Supreme Pontiff
      on Oct. 16, 1978. At age 58 he became the youngest Pope of the
      century. He was the first non-Italian since Dutchman Adrian VI
      (elected 1522).

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      Cardinal Poupard Urges Soul Searching in Wake of Sept. 11

      West Needs to Review Its Own Values, He Says

      VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Paul
      Poupard thinks the best way the West could commemorate the
      Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is by reviewing its own values.

      Speaking on Vatican Radio, the French cardinal said it is
      important to ask: "What is the identity of so-called Western
      civilization? What are its principal values? What is Christianity's
      effective role in this culture? What is the role of religion in
      society?"

      The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture then posed a
      second series of questions.

      "What is the relation today between Islam and Christianity?" he
      asked. "How can the false stereotypes of the so-called Christian
      civilization of the West and the links between Islam and terrorism
      be surmounted?"

      This year, John Paul II "has not failed to help public opinion
      understand that terrorism is not the expression of religion, but of
      its aberration," the cardinal added.

      "Many of the so-called values of present Western civilization are
      anything but values," he said. "Rather, they are anti-values that in
      no way are Christian, but, instead, are the rejection and negation
      of these values."

      Cardinal Poupard referred, for example, to "the destruction of the
      family, the exaltation of homosexuality, the spread of
      pornography, growing immorality, abortion, gratuitous violence,
      the exclusion of God in the edification of society."

      "All these phenomena stir contempt and hatred for decadent
      Western society in other civilizations," the cardinal stressed.

      He continued: "After speaking of the globalization of terrorism,
      today it seems there is a desire to globalize war, or at least there
      is success in globalizing hatred, and not the civilization of love."

      An examination of conscience should lead the West to an
      appreciation of the civilization of love, he added.

      "The enormous power of the media, symbolized in the collapse
      of the twin towers, repeated every day, produces heart-rending
      and catastrophic effects," Cardinal Poupard concluded. "It is
      urgent to show other pictures, to escape from the spiral of hatred
      and violence."

      * * *

      Russia's Expulsion of Another Priest Prompts Vatican Protest

      Refers to "Talk of Authentic Persecution"

      VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican
      pointedly protested the expulsion of yet another Catholic priest
      from Russia.

      Polish Father Jaroslaw Wisniewski was detained Monday when
      he arrived at the Khabarovsk airport and expelled today to Japan,
      where his flight originated, according to a Vatican press
      statement.

      Father Wisniewski is at least the fourth Catholic cleric to be
      expelled from Russia in recent months. Authorities in the
      majority Orthodox country have given no specific explanations for
      the expulsions.

      "It is such a serious incident, that there is already talk of
      authentic persecution," Vatican spokesman Joaquín
      Navarro-Valls said in the press statement. "It is even more
      serious that the Vatican has not received official explanations on
      the reasons for the expulsions."

      Navarro-Valls reported that the Vatican "will mobilize through
      diplomatic channels to resolve the problem."

      When Archbishop Giorgio Zur, the papal nuncio in Moscow,
      heard the news on Monday, he went immediately to the Ministry
      of Foreign Affairs to hand in a note of protest. Officials there said
      they were unaware of the incident.

      The expulsions began after John Paul II created four dioceses
      on Russian territory last February, in respect of the right to
      religious liberty to which Russia has committed itself in several
      international treaties.

      In August, Russia refused a visa to a Slovak religious who had
      been working in Yaroslavl. Last April, Bishop Jerzy Mazur of St.
      Joseph of Irkutsk, in eastern Siberia, and Father Stefano Caprio,
      a parish priest in Vladimir and Ivanovo, were expelled.

      * * *

      Mexican Bishops Call for National Dialogue in Favor of Indians

      Following Court's Decision Not to Change the Law

      MEXICO CITY, SEPT. 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Mexican
      episcopate is calling for a national dialogue so that indigenous
      peoples can take their proper place in society, as John Paul II
      requested during his recent visit.

      The bishops' Commission for Social Pastoral Care published
      their proposal Sunday, two days after the Supreme Court of
      Justice rejected more than 300 challenges from activists calling
      for reforms of the Law of Indian Rights and Culture.

      The document, signed by Archbishop Sergio Obeso of Xalapa,
      commission president, states: "It is up to the whole of Mexican
      society to discuss in a national dialogue the forms, and present
      long-term ethical actions to be taken" to apply the Pope's
      proposal.

      During his July 30-Aug. 1 visit, the Pope said: "Mexico needs its
      Indians, and the Indians need Mexico!"

      The episcopate will offer the "national dialogue" the "contribution
      of the Church and its social doctrine and experience, both in
      Mexico as well as other countries, to reconciliation, justice and
      peace in its cultural diversity."

      "We reiterate that, as the Church, we wish to strengthen our
      commitment to the Indians," the document affirms. "It is not
      possible to continue to live in a Mexico divided by racism and
      discrimination. The Indian peoples justly deserve the recognition
      of their cultures, of their way of seeing things, and of their
      autonomy."

      For his part, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of
      Mexico, told journalists that the court has only stated that the
      challenges to the law will not proceed. This "does not mean that
      there are no further ways to seek the well-being of the Indians,"
      he said.

      As is true "for us, Indians cannot eat with laws; they need work,
      food and medicines," the cardinal said. He said that the law
      affecting Indians could be improved. Yet, a perfect law will serve
      no purpose if projects for development are not implemented, the
      cardinal stressed.

      Bishop Felipe Arizmendi of San Cristobal de las Casas, in
      Chiapas, also favored improvement of the law, but called for
      acceptance of the legal framework implied by the Supreme Court
      decision.

      "A way of avoiding greater confrontations is that we all respect
      the law and that the law also respect the rights of Indians,"
      Bishop Arizmendi added.

      He encouraged dialogue and reforms, however, because, in the
      absence of negotiations for peace in Chiapas, "we are invaded
      by bitterness, mistrust and pessimism."

      The episcopal commission's Spanish-language statement may
      be consulted at http://www.cem.org.mx

      * * *

      Fulton Sheen's Cause Advances

      NEW YORK, SEPT. 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Diocese of Peoria,
      in Illinois, is seeking sainthood for Archbishop Fulton Sheen,
      who pioneered religion on television in the 1950s.

      The campaign to canonize Bishop Sheen advanced Monday
      when papers were delivered to the Vatican, Bishop Daniel Jenky
      said. The Vatican will study all of Bishop Sheen's writings,
      including 60 books, and examine any miraculous healings
      attributed to him.

      Bishop Sheen, who died in 1979 at age 84, would be the first
      American-born male to be canonized.

      He was the host of the TV series "Life Is Worth Living'' from 1952
      to 1957, speaking on a variety of theological and social issues.
      He also had a radio show and wrote a newspaper column.

      A native of El Paso, Illinois, he was ordained in Peoria in 1919.
      He became bishop of Rochester, New York, in the 1960s and
      was elevated to archbishop before retiring in 1969. He is buried
      in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

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      Caritas Continues Aid to Afghan People Amid Ongoing Strife

      ROME, SEPT. 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Caritas, the Catholic
      Church's international aid organization, continues its assistance
      to Afghanistan, despite the Sept. 5 attack that left 20 dead in
      Kabul.

      Duncan McLaren, secretary-general of Caritas International, said
      the group plans to reinforce its security norms following last
      week's attack. Reports on the relief work will be posted at
      www.caritas-network-for-afghanistan.org.

      In particular, Caritas is implementing programs for the integral
      rehabilitation of the provinces of Kabul, Uruzgan and Parwan.

      It promotes programs for the generation of income, including
      basic formation for the unemployed and professional formation
      in the province of Kandahar; the distribution of seeds and
      fertilizers to 4,000 farmers in the south; and a program of
      micro-credits and work tools in the province of Balkh.

      There are also vocational courses for orphans in Kabul;
      installation of solar plates and radios in four areas of the
      provinces of Wardak and Ghazni; and a program of "water and
      salary for work" for 30,000 families in various areas.

      Its educational programs include night courses for 6,000 girls in
      Kabul.

      * * *

      Conditions Governing Military Intervention in Iraq

      According to Vatican Secretary for Relations with States

      ROME, SEPT. 10, 2002 (ZENIT.org-Avvenire).- The decision to
      launch a military operation against Iraq must be made at the
      United Nations, and only after all options are exhausted, says
      Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican Secretary for Relations
      with States, in this interview.

      Q: John Paul II described Sept. 11 as "a dark day in the history of
      humanity." A year later, has a spark of light been lit?

      Archbishop Tauran: That abominable act brought about
      universal condemnation of terrorism; it has stimulated jurists to
      define terrorism better, and has led those responsible for
      societies to examine the causes of this inhuman violence.

      Moreover, both the Jan. 24 meeting in Assisi, as well as the
      "Peoples and Religions" conference in Palermo a few days ago,
      highlighted that religion can never justify terrorism and that all
      believers have a common task: to disarm hatred.

      Given that good can always come from evil, I think it is
      something very positive that these acts of blind violence and
      indescribable pain have been unanimously condemned. In
      particular, in reading the statements of so many bishops, I
      observe that a fundamental truth has been emphasized, which
      all believers profess and, in particular, Jews, Christians and
      Muslims: human life is sacred; it comes from God, Creator of all
      things; and only God has a right over it.

      Moreover, it has been proclaimed, and not just in churches but
      everywhere, that all violence is contrary to the law of God and that
      problems can only be solved with dialogue, law and love. In this
      way, a world is built in which men can live in peace and justice.
      There is no other way.

      Q: Meanwhile, however, the clouds of war are gathering over
      Iraq. What is the Holy See's position?

      Archbishop Tauran: Always to favor dialogue -- never to isolate a
      country or a government, so that it can insist on duty with greater
      efficacy from the one who has transgressed the rules of
      international law.

      Obviously, evil cannot be combated with another evil, adding evil
      to evil. If the international community, inspired by international
      law and by the resolutions of the United Nations Security
      Council, considers recourse to force opportune and
      proportionate, this should take place with a decision in the
      framework of the United Nations, after having studied the
      consequences for the Iraqi civilian population, as well as the
      repercussions that it might have on the countries of the region
      and on world stability.

      Otherwise, only the law of the most powerful would prevail. It is
      possible to question legitimately if the type of operation being
      contemplated is an adequate means to make authentic peace
      flower.

      Q: The wound in the Middle East is still open. In your opinion,
      what are the basic conditions to arrive at a stable peace?

      Archbishop Tauran: First of all, that arms be silenced. Then, that
      one and all respect the other and his legitimate aspirations; that
      all apply the rules of international law; that the Occupied
      Territories be evacuated; and that a special statute be
      elaborated, guaranteed internationally, to safeguard the unique
      character of the holy places of the three religions in Jerusalem.

      Then the international community should be more present on
      the site, to help the contenders look at, and speak to, one
      another.

      Q: This year, the Pope has insisted a lot on the condemnation of
      terrorism and the rejection of all connivance of religion with
      violence. What effect have his teachings had on world public
      opinion?

      Archbishop Tauran: I believe that the Pope's numerous appeals
      in this connection have had the great merit of helping all to
      understand that there cannot be a theology of terror, that some
      extremist groups inspired by Islam cannot be confused with
      authentic Muslims.

      Many initiatives and statements have repeated that there is
      solidarity in faith among Jews, Christians and Muslims, which
      must be the source of reconciliation for all societies.

      Q: And, what effect has it had on governments?

      Archbishop Tauran: Many heads of state who have visited the
      Vatican have expressed satisfaction over the fact that the Holy
      See alerted before any possible confusion and has wisely
      directed an independent word to all.

      Many have appreciated particularly what the Pope said to the
      international community last Jan. 10: "To kill in the name of God
      is a blasphemy and perversion of religion, and I repeat this
      morning what I said in my message of Jan. 1: 'It is a profanation
      of religion to proclaim oneself a terrorist in the name of God, to
      do violence to man in his name. Terrorist violence is contrary to
      faith in God the Creator of man; in God who cares for him and
      loves him.'"

      Q: Have the Holy See's relations with the Muslim world changed
      since Sept. 11?

      Archbishop Tauran: I think that at present it is clear that to
      combat terrorism does not mean to combat Islam. The U.S.
      bishops, who are in contact with a numerous community of the
      Islamic religion, were wise in affirming it immediately after Sept.
      11. The Pope and his collaborators have repeated it on many
      occasions.

      In this connection, I would like to recall what His Holiness said to
      the representatives of the world of culture in Kazakhstan, on
      Sept. 24, 2001: "I wish to reaffirm the Catholic Church's respect
      for Islam, authentic Islam: the Islam that prays, that is in
      solidarity with the needy. Calling to mind the errors of the past,
      including the recent past, all believers must join forces so that
      God will never be hostage to the ambitions of men. Hatred,
      fanaticism and terrorism profane the name of God and disfigure
      the authentic image of man."

      Q: In sum, do you think that terrorism has been combated
      effectively over these 12 months, or is there something that
      remains to be done?

      Archbishop Tauran: What is important is that at present no
      responsible politicians worthy of this name and no religious
      leader can justify terrorism, regardless of the place where
      terrorism wishes to perpetrate its work of death. This is already
      in itself a very important result.

      Those who are culpable, of course, must be punished and
      placed in a situation where they cannot cause harm. But we
      must pay attention not to confuse justice with vengeance and
      must avoid that whole populations pay for the cruelties of those
      responsible for the attacks. But much still remains to be done.

      The Holy Father recalled this specifically last Saturday: to combat
      situations of violence and inequality among peoples, to put an
      end to wars that remain to be resolved, to inculcate in young
      generations a culture of legality and tolerance. The media, in
      particular, must pay attention and not publish images that incite
      mistrust, hatred, abuse.

      And, finally, the way in which the history of religion is taught in
      schools is extremely important: if we wish the situation not to be
      as it was before Sept. 11, it is indispensable to promote a
      culture of reciprocal respect.

      * * *

      Providence Diocese to Pay $13.5 Million in Abuse Cases

      PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, SEPT. 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The
      Providence Diocese announced it will pay $13.5 million to settle
      dozens of sex-abuse claims against clergy.

      Bishop Robert Mulvee stood with attorneys for 36 male and
      female sex-abuse victims, and announced the diocese was
      settling the decade-old cases.

      "I hope that this action will be helpful to the victims of abuse and
      bring them in some way closer to closure and reconciliation with
      their God, their Church, their families and themselves," the
      bishop said Monday, according to the Associated Press.

      "As bishop of Providence, I reach out with deep sadness to the
      victims," he said in the presence of several victims. "It is their
      pain that motivates this" settlement.

      The settlement covers all but two of the men and women who
      sued the diocese in the early 1990s, accusing 11 priests and a
      nun of abusing them when they were children. Negotiations
      continue in the final two cases.

      Church officials said they'd seek both diocese and outside
      financing to cover the settlement, and that it would be paid within
      10 to 15 years.

      * * *

      Film That Compares Church to Taliban Regime Wins at Venice
      Festival

      Vatican Radio Assails Decision on "The Magdalene Sisters"

      ROME, SEPT. 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Venice Film Festival has
      drawn heated criticism for awarding its Golden Lion prize to a
      film depicting the Catholic Church as a kind of Taliban.

      Church officials and film critics alike took offense at the festival's
      praising of "The Magdalene Sisters" on Sunday.

      Film director Peter Mullen, a Scot, produced a brutal if fanciful
      portrait of the abuses suffered by four young Irish women, living
      in the 1960s in a fictional Sisters of Charity's Magdalene
      boarding school.

      According to the director, the young women's "sin" was that they
      were single, good-looking and intelligent. They are portrayed as
      victims of an assault that is being covered up.

      The film makes comparisons of the Church with the Taliban.
      Vatican Radio called the choice of the film-festival jury, presided
      over by Chinese actress Gong Li, as a "painful and offensive"
      decision.

      L'Osservatore Romano, the semiofficial Vatican newspaper,
      described the film "as an angry and spiteful provocation, using
      Nazi faces."

      Valerio Riva, adviser of the Venice Biennial, refused to participate
      in the prize giving, calling it crude propaganda.

      Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, archbishop emeritus of Ravenna,
      described the award as a dishonor for the festival and wondered
      what kind of "historical truth" the film could be based on.

      Andrea Piersanti, director of the film magazine Il Cinematografo,
      said: "It gives the impression that the jury let themselves be
      influenced by the controversies. To award this film, which is
      clearly anti-clerical, is a sign that must be carefully evaluated."

      For his part, Father Luca Pellegrini, assistant at the secretariat of
      the Pontifical Council for Culture, said: "Although it is well done
      technically, there is much to discuss on the content," he said. "I
      think that the director wanted to generalize the phenomenon of
      Magdalene boarding schools, to provoke a strong reaction from
      the public and the critics."

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      Paul II, Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 16

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