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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 2, Issue 251 FRIDAY 29 November 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 251
      FRIDAY 29 November 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

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      • Universities' Role in Globalization to Be Scrutinized
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      • Cinema Still Has the Church's Attention
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      • Muslims at Fault for Latest Violence, Says Head of Episcopate
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      • Franciscans Hope Housing Halts Christian Exodus from Holy Land
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      • Advent Homily Resource on U.S. Site
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      • Revised Charter on Protecting Minors Is Online
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      • Theology Institute in Ukraine Marks 10 Years
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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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      Universities' Role in Globalization to Be Scrutinized

      Congregation for Catholic Education Organizing a Congress

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 28, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See reconfirmed the Church's opposition to "globalization without controls" and the need for a "globalization of solidarity," especially in the field of education.

      Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, made those points when announcing the forthcoming conference on "Globalization and Catholic Higher Education: Hopes and Challenges." The conference will be held here from Dec. 2-6.

      "The topic of globalization is certainly not foreign to the Catholic realm, and especially to that of universities," the archbishop explained.

      "Catholic and global have in their very name strong relations," he said, but "a process of globalization without controls would cause many victims."

      "The difference between rich and poor is already a chasm, and globalization contributes to increase the distance between these two groups," he warned. For the Church, globalization is not "a fatality that must be suffered" or "uncritically accepted," the archbishop said. "But neither is it a kind of salvation: It is a process that must be purified and controlled."

      In this context, Catholic universities have the mission "to offer students the criteria to make a judgment," Archbishop Pittau said.

      The university should "form responsible, competent and honest citizens who promote a globalization that respects man in his integrity," he added. This will be the key objective of the congress.

      According to data of the Congregation for Catholic Education, there are about 1,000 Catholic universities worldwide, with some 4 million students.

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      Cinema Still Has the Church's Attention

      Tertio Millennio Film Congress Picks Ten Commandments as a Base

      ROME, NOV. 28, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Church is still in dialogue with filmdom.

      The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture reconfirmed this commitment to dialogue with the world of cinema as he announced the 2002 Tertio Millennio film festival.

      Cardinal Paul Poupard explained that this festival, co-sponsored by the Vatican and held from Dec. 3-11, consists of a cycle of films against a "transcendent background."

      In order to promote reflection, a study congress will be held in cooperation with the festival at the University of the Holy Cross (www.usc.urbe.it) on Dec. 2-3, dedicated to the cinema and the Ten Commandments.

      Cardinal Poupard on Wednesday emphasized that the "time is ripe for the Church to be seen as an interlocutor that has accepted dialogue with the cinema with total frankness and freedom."

      The "cinema is one of the best instruments for ecumenical dialogue: Images are more universal than words, because they touch the mind and heart, free of obstacles."

      The congress will include addresses by Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and Monsignor Enrique Planas, director of the Vatican Film Library.

      Included among the presenters are film directors such as Rachid Benhadj of Algeria; Barbara Nicolosi of the U.S.-based Act One; and Giancarlo Leone, delegate administrator of RAI's (Italian state radio and television) cinematographic division.

      The congress is entitled "Start from the Beginning: The Ten Commandments in the Cinematographic Culture of the Third Millennium."

      Archbishop Foley explained that the theme stemmed from "looking at the contemporary world, and perceiving in humanity an inchoate need to establish universal values that can guide them toward a civil coexistence." "These values will guide mankind toward being at peace with himself and with others," the American archbishop added.

      Archbishop Foley said the organizers believe "the Decalogue that God gave to Moses is not exhausted in Judaism and Christianity." The Ten Commandments "embrace the whole of humanity in every era, and are the patrimony of all humanity, regardless of culture or religious creed," he said.

      The congress refers to John Paul II's words during his visit to Mount Sinai in 1999: "To observe the Commandments means to be faithful to God but also to ourselves, to our authentic nature and to our profoundest aspirations."

      The Tertio Millennio festival takes place annually in Rome in December under the patronage of the president of Italy. It is organized in cooperation with the pontifical councils for Social Communications and for Culture, the Vatican Film Library and the Entertainment Organization, an Italian group.

      This year's festival program takes place at the Lucky Blu theater and includes films such as Roberto Benigni's "Pinocchio"; Roman Polanski's "The Pianist"; Randall Wallace's "We Were Soldiers"; and Elia Suleiman's "Divine Intervention."

      The international congress of spiritual cinema, promoted by Vatican organizations of culture and communications, takes place every year in a different pontifical university and runs parallel to the festival.

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      Muslims at Fault for Latest Violence, Says Head of Episcopate

      Doesn't Want Islamic Courts to Deal with Those Arrested in Kaduna

      ABUJA, Nigeria, NOV. 28, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Nigerian Catholic bishops' conference hasn't shied from assigning blame for the country's recent violence.

      "The Muslim community must assume responsibility for the dead and for the burnt-out churches in Kaduna," Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja told the Misna agency.

      "Until now, neither the Muslim leaders nor the government have wished to accept it, but someone must," he said. "We want to know who is behind what has happened."

      The violence broke out last week in the north-central part of the country, following the publication of an article in ThisDay newspaper on the Miss World competition. The article angered Muslims by suggesting the prophet Mohammed would have approved of Miss World and possibly married one of the contestants.

      Hundreds of Muslim protesters set fire to the headquarters of the newspaper in Kaduna. Later, a demonstration degenerated into an attack on Christian churches and buildings, eyewitnesses reported.

      "Over 200 people were killed and many churches were burnt," Archbishop Onaiyekan said. "We ask that the culprits be identified and punished. Let it not be said that it was a band of youngsters out of control."

      Hundreds were arrested in Kaduna. The Muslims arrested will be tried by Islamic courts.

      "Whoever killed on the streets of the city must appear before a court of the Nigerian federation; we cannot accept the judgment of an Islamic court," Archbishop Onaiyekan said.

      He added: "Who will compensate the death of hundreds of people? Who will reconstruct the destroyed churches?

      "Such violence does not happen unexpectedly. The Muslim leaders must guarantee to us that henceforth these episodes will not happen again. These people don't take to the streets to plunder and devastate for no reason. Clearly, they have been incited; someone told them what they had to do."

      From Thursday to Saturday of last week, Kaduna was overwhelmed by the fury of Muslim fundamentalists who attacked Christians.

      "I have met with very many Muslims who are ashamed about what happened," Archbishop Onaiyekan observed. "Because of a group of extremists, the international community has an image of Nigeria as a country where there is no religious or social tolerance."

      The situation again raised questions about the wisdom of applying Shariah, or Islamic law, in Nigeria.

      The archbishop said: "Until we agree to withdraw the Koranic law in the states where it has been adopted, we will continue to encourage fanaticism."

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      Franciscans Hope Housing Halts Christian Exodus from Holy Land

      Trying to Build "St. Francis Village"

      JERUSALEM, NOV. 28, 2002 (Zenit.org).- To encourage the faithful to stay put in the Holy Land, the Franciscan Custody has launched a program to build 70 homes for Christian families.

      Since the outbreak of the intifada, or Palestinian uprising, two years ago, about 1,000 Christians, the majority young people, have left the nearby Bethlehem area in search of a better future.

      The Franciscans' project to build housing, aimed at keeping Christians here, is as difficult as it is ambitious.

      It took 15 years to obtain a building permission. Even now, the project is stalled because of a lack of funds and because the Israeli government refused the necessary permits for Arab workers to report to their jobs.

      The St. Francis Village project, estimated to cost $10 million, is in its first stages of construction.

      The area chosen for construction is Bethphage, next to the Franciscan shrine that commemorates the place where Jesus began his triumphal entry to Jerusalem. Every year, the Palm Sunday procession starts here.

      Friar Emerito Merino, Holy Land delegate in Madrid, Spain, told ZENIT that "in many countries of the world, international organizations collect humanitarian aid for the region but, unfortunately, to a great extent it goes to the Muslims; Christians only get the crumbs."

      "So, Muslims have financial support from other Muslims in the world, and the U.S. help to Israel is evident, but no one helps the Christians," he lamented.

      At the end of the 19th century, Christians constituted 25% of the Holy Land's population. Today they are barely 2.5%.

      The risk, Friar Merino explained, is that the Holy Land will become a lifeless, stone museum for Christians.

      Another problem is arising. "Many Christian girls of the area must find their future husbands among young Muslims, knowing that their children will never be Christians," he added.

      "The exodus is due above all to the unbearable situation that the Arab-Israeli conflict is causing, which does not allow for the normal development of a dignified life," the friar explained. "Elemental conditions are missing, such as work, the ability to have a home, to repair it if it has been damaged or demolished, but, above all, no future is seen that is worth the trouble."

      He continued: "In recent months, another very grave phenomenon is happening: The small Christian communities are being isolated by the Israeli army. We are not just talking about urban centers like Ramallah, but of those biblical places that were the object of pilgrimages of so many Christians, both local and foreign."

      "Something must be done to stop this hemorrhage, this exodus of Christians," the Franciscan religious said. "Talking is not enough. Something concrete must be done."

      "For the benefit of Christians," he explained, "Franciscans currently have 392 dwellings in the Old City of Jerusalem, 357 of which are their property, and 35 of which are rented, with a total of 392 families."

      In Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem, the Franciscans have constructed 42 apartments for other Christian families. In Bethany, the city of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, 12 families live in as many recently built flats. In Er-Ram, between Beit Hanina and Ramallah, 18 families live in as many homes built by the religious.

      To assist in the St. Francis Village project or to obtain information, send an e-mail to the delegation in your country of the Franciscan Custody (http://198.62.75.1/www1/ofm/cust/TSmain.html).

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      Advent Homily Resource on U.S. Site

      WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 28, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Call it an early Christmas [gift for homilists.

      To help preachers combine doctrinal and theological content in their homilies in the coming weeks, the U.S. bishops' conference has posted a Web page that correlates the themes in the lectionary with the teachings found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

      The page is at http://www.nccbuscc.org/dpp/advent.htm.

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      Revised Charter on Protecting Minors Is Online

      WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 28, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The revised edition of the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" has been posted at the U.S. bishops' conference Web site.

      The prelates approved the revision at their meeting earlier this month. It updates the charter approved last June, in the wake of news reports about priestly sex-abuse scandals.

      The text, which accompanies and encompasses the "Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons," may be found at http://www.nccbuscc.org/bishops/charter.htm.

      It is also available in a print edition, which may be ordered by telephoning (800) 235-8722 and asking for publication number 5-540.

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      Theology Institute in Ukraine Marks 10 Years

      Dominicans Still Facing Challenges

      KIEV, Ukraine, NOV. 28, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Latin and Byzantine Catholics gathered here for a theological symposium this month to mark the 10th anniversary of the Dominican Institute of Religious Sciences of St. Thomas Aquinas.

      Archbishop Mykola Eterovic, papal nuncio to Ukraine, attended the gathering of teachers, students, clergy and laity. Cardinal Marian Jaworski, president of the nation's Latin-rite bishops' conference, was also present.

      The Dominican order and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome, with which the institute is affiliated, sent representatives.

      While the Dominican order founded the institute in 1992, the initiative is credited to a group of lay people. The initial group of 100 students has been augmented by 50 to 60 per year. Since economic conditions in Ukraine preclude charging tuition, courses are offered free of charge, and only donations from abroad have kept the institute afloat.

      The institute's small building near the Dominican priory in Kiev has no space for lecture halls or a library, and many books remain packed in boxes, for lack of a place to display them.

      And, despite progress on this front, theology as an academic discipline has not been recognized by the government, so the institute cannot award its own degrees. Ukrainian official Victor Bondarenko, head of the government Committee on Religion, spoke at the conference and said he has hopes that official recognition of theological study will follow soon.

      In May 2000, the institute acquired official patronage from the theological faculty of the Angelicum, and can grant master's degrees in the name of the Angelicum.


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      4.DIVINE OFFICE TEXTS & AUDIO ONLINE:

      OFFICE OF READINGS, TEXTS
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      MORNING, EVENING & NIGHT PRAYERS, TEXTS:
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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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