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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 2, Issue 252 MONDAY 16 December 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 252
      MONDAY 16 December 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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      • Address on Christmas as a Celebration of the Family
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      • Jesus' Birth Brings Joy, Pope Tells Roman Parish
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      • Europe "Has Not Missed Appointment," Says L'Osservatore Romano
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      • Afghan Refugee Children Dying of Cold
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      • Central African Priest Killed by Rebels
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      • Stanford's Plan a Violation of Ethics, Says Biogenetics Pioneer
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      • By Any Name, Human Cloning Is Planned at Stanford
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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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      Address on Christmas as a Celebration of the Family

      Pope Greets Children Bringing Figurines of the Christ Child

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, before reciting the Angelus with them.


      1. There is already a Christmas atmosphere in St. Peter's Square. The Christmas tree, still being decorated and offered this year by Croatia, has been placed next to the crib. In this connection, I again thank our Croatian brothers and sisters for their kind gift.

      However, those who give a special touch of vivacity are you, dear children and youngsters of Rome, who, in keeping with tradition, have come today to have the Infants of your cribs blessed by the Pope. I greet you affectionately and thank you because your joy is in harmony with the spirit of joy that characterizes the Third Sunday of Advent.

      I am also thinking of the cribs that you have prepared in your homes and schools together with your parents and teachers. In the grotto, you will place the Babe you hold in your hands between Our Lady and St. Joseph. So, the crib will become the center of schoolrooms and the heart of your families. Christmas is above all a celebration of the family, because God, being born in a human family, chose it as the first community consecrated by his love.

      2. Speaking of families, I am pleased to mention that from Jan. 22-26, 2003, the 4th World Meeting of Families will take place in Manila, capital of the Philippines. The first was held in Rome in 1994, the International Year of the Family. Three years later it was followed by the memorable gathering in Rio de Janeiro; in the year 2000 the families of the whole world met in Rome for the Great Jubilee. The next appointment will serve to relaunch the Gospel of the family in the third millennium.

      I thank all those who are working in the preparation of this important meeting in Manila, and I hope that the participation of families will be the largest possible. The world is in need of a sign of hope that comes precisely from Christian families.

      3. From now on, I entrust this world appointment to Mary Most Holy, Queen of families. We ask her to protect families all over the earth, especially those living in situations of great poverty and difficulty. May every family nucleus be able to open the doors to the Lord who will come at Christmas to bring joy, peace and love to the world.


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      Jesus' Birth Brings Joy, Pope Tells Roman Parish

      Faithful Visit Their Bishop at the Vatican

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II presented Jesus' birth as a "joyful announcement" in the face of "the difficulties of life, the uncertainties and fears for the future."

      The Pope made that observation when he met today at the Vatican with the faithful of a parish from the outskirts of Rome. In a simple ceremony in Paul VI Hall, some 2,000 members of St. John Nepomucene Neumann Parish gathered for a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father.

      This was the second time that a parish of Rome came to the Vatican to visit its Bishop. St. Pudentiana Parish began the practice on Dec. 1.

      John Paul II had visited more than 300 parishes before a knee ailment forced him to curtail his walking. The faithful of his diocese now come to him.

      "Rejoice always in the Lord," the Pope said to the parishioners during the homily. "Before the unavoidable difficulties of life, the uncertainties and the fears for the future, before the temptation to discouragement and disappointment, the Word of God always proposes again the 'joyful announcement' of salvation."

      "May this joy, a pre-announcement of the joy of Christmas that is already near, be able to inundate the heart of each one of you and all the realms of our existence," the Holy Father added.

      The 2-year-old parish, named after the Bohemian-born Redemptorist (1811-1860) who became bishop of Philadelphia, still does not have its own church. Located in Montespaccato, a poor and densely populated neighborhood, the parish is home to many immigrants from the Third World and Eastern Europe. "Do not be discouraged," the Holy Father told the parishioners. "Above all, take care of the children and adolescents so that they are not left without attention, friendship and trust. Support families, especially young ones, the poor, and those in difficulty."

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      Europe "Has Not Missed Appointment," Says L'Osservatore Romano

      10 More Nations to Join EU in 2004; Talks with Turkey Are on Hold

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The European Union's acceptance of 10 new countries in 2004 means the continent "has not missed the appointment with history," says the Vatican's semiofficial newspaper.

      Under the front-page headline "New Europe Is Born," today's edition of L'Osservatore Romano commented on the results of the Copenhagen summit that approved the EU expansion on May 1, 2004.

      The headline paraphrased the words of the president of the Council of the European Union, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who concluded the summit Friday.

      The European Union, which will embrace 25 countries, was enlarged toward Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. The new members are Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

      On the eve of the meeting, the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) published a document entitled "Hope, Trust and Solidarity," in which they see the enlargement of the Union as the realization "of a hope particularly cherished by the Church," namely, "reconciliation between the East and West of the continent."

      The accession countries, including Poland which consented to the agreement at the last minute, accepted the offer of subsidies to finance the enlargement finalized by the 15 EU member countries. That subsidy amounts to about 40.8 billion euro ($41.6 billion) for the period 2004-2006; that is 430 million euro more than offered at the start.

      Regarding the question of Turkey's accession, the summit encouraged the predominantly Muslim country to continue with its reforms, L'Osservatore Romano reported.

      "If in December 2004, the European Council considers that Turkey has complied with the established 'criteria,' the EU will begin negotiations with Ankara in a short time," the newspaper said.

      The Copenhagen summit failed to reach an agreement on the reunification of Cyprus. Sovereignty of the island is divided between Greek and Turkish Cypriot governments.

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      Scottish Archbishop Defends Catholic Schools

      Compares Criticism to Anti-Irish Campaign

      GLASGOW, Scotland, DEC. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Glasgow Archbishop Mario Conti has compared attacks on the Catholic school system to the racist and anti-Catholic campaigns to deport the Irish from Scotland in the 1920s.

      In an article in the Herald newspaper, Archbishop Conti defended the Church's record on ecumenical dialogue and the promotion of religious harmony, and criticized "those liberals who ... purport to provide a place for everyone, and then refuse to some their legitimate aspirations to do things in their own way."

      Archbishop Conti went on to say that "to seek a solution ... in the abolition or amalgamation of Catholic schools is tantamount to asking for the 'repatriation of the Irish,' and just as offensive," and went on to ask if "the Catholic community [has] a place, its place, in today's Scotland."

      Critics who blame Catholic schools for fostering Scotland's sectarian violence have focused on recent remarks by Motherwell Bishop Joseph Devine that "Roman Catholic schooling is divisive," but that "sometimes it's a price worth paying."

      "The Catholic community believes that with denominational schooling comes the creation of a common set of values -- a coherent system that has the academic curriculum and moral and spiritual life in tandem," Bishop Devine went on to say, according to a BBC report.

      Comments from parliamentarians, such as Liberal Democrat MSP Donald
      Gorrie, and from the sectors of the press, along with the Scottish Humanist Society and the National Secular Society, have assailed the multi-tier religious system, which divides students for purposes of schooling by religious background at the age of 5.

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      Afghan Refugee Children Dying of Cold

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- At least 40 children have died of the cold weather in refugee camps near the Afghan-Pakistani border, reports L'Osservatore Romano.

      Quoting humanitarian sources, the semiofficial Vatican newspaper today reported on conditions at the camps near Spin Boldak, seven kilometers (four miles) from the Afghan border.

      "The dramatic conditions of life in these places have now been made unbearable because of an exceptional cold wave," the newspaper said. Temperatures have fallen to -15 C (5 F), it added.

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      Central African Priest Killed by Rebels

      Violence Reported Against Religious Communities

      BANGUI, Central African Republic, DEC. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Rebels linked to an October coup attempt were blamed for murdering a priest in cold blood last week in Bossangoa, a hot spot of insurrections.

      Father Jean Claude Kilamong, about 40, was found dead last Monday. A day earlier he was being held by armed men who have controlled the city for over a month, sources told the Misna missionary agency. His funeral was held Tuesday in the local cathedral.

      Rebels have ransacked the local hospital and destroyed the surgery area. Virtually all the clergy have left Bossangoa, a city about 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the capital. Thousands of civilians have also fled.

      The religious who have remained have taken cover in the minor seminary, fearing further violence.

      Of great concern is the Franciscan community in the heart of the city, where five Capuchin missionaries -- three Frenchmen, an Italian and a Pole -- are virtual hostages of the militiamen.

      Another Franciscan community, near Bossangoa, was attacked two weeks ago by the same rebels. Three missionaries -- a 67-year-old Italian, a 77-year-old Frenchman and a young Central African -- were beaten and threatened with death. They eventually managed to flee to Bangui.

      On Oct. 30, the Vatican appealed to the international community to help foster peace in this coup-prone country. John Paul II made an appeal June 6 calling for an end to bloodshed in the former French colony of 3.6 million people. The rebels who tried to oust President Ange-Félix Patassé last October were led by a former Chief of Staff, General François Bozize.

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      Stanford's Plan a Violation of Ethics, Says Biogenetics Pioneer

      Warning from a Member of Pontifical Academy for Life

      ROME, DEC. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Stanford University's plan to establish a research center for "somatic cell nuclear transfer" prompted a world pioneer in biogenetics to assail the move as a violation of ethical principles.

      Father Angelo Serra, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the university's announcement last week signals its plan to clone human beings with the intent of destroying them for medical research.

      Stanford's new research center will be launched with a $12 million anonymous donation to the school.

      "When there isn't an ethical norm that indicates what is right and what is wrong, only the law intervenes and, at times, the latter is forced, as happens in this case," Father Serra told the Italian newspaper Avvenire.

      Some scientists say the Bush administration's position on the matter might halt the research. But "in reality," Father Serra said, "research on embryonic stem cells is far behind that which concentrates on stem cells of adult individuals."

      The first kind of research presents serious moral problems, as it implies the destruction of the human embryo, which contains "its destiny from the first day," he said.

      "The biotechnological enterprise Geron Company itself has acknowledged that it is difficult to work with them," the priest added. "And last year's experiment of the cloning of a human embryo, announced by Advanced Cell Technology, was a failure."

      Father Serra dismissed as "manipulation and propaganda" the hyped promises made about embryonic stem-cell research leading to cures for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

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      By Any Name, Human Cloning Is Planned at Stanford

      Statements over Cell Technique Are Taken to Task

      PALO ALTO, California, DEC. 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Wide skepticism has greeted Stanford University's plans to produce stem cells for medical research by means of what it called somatic cell nuclear transfer.

      Dr. Irving Weissman, director of Stanford's Institute for Cancer/Stem Cell Biology, was quoted in the Associated Press as saying that his planned research is "not even close" to cloning. The university itself also denied any link to cloning.

      But those announcements seemed at odds with the American Association of Medical Colleges, of which Stanford is a member.

      The association equates somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) with therapeutic cloning. It defines it as the "removing [of] the nucleus of an unfertilized egg cell, replacing it with the material from the nucleus of a 'somatic cell' (a skin, heart, or nerve cell, for example), and stimulating this cell to begin dividing."

      Asked at a news conference if nuclear transfer and cloning were the same, Nobel laureate and Stanford professor Paul Berg had a two-word response: "It is."

      Berg's view was echoed by Father Joseph Howard of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission (ABAC), a project of American Life League.

      "Dr. Weissman's claim that somatic cell nuclear transfer is not human cloning is simply false," said Father Howard. "It is immoral and an outrage for a scientist of his stature to purposefully mislead the public for his own personal agenda."

      "Finding treatments and studying diseases is noble," the priest added, "but not on the backs of human embryos, who are living human beings that deserve to be protected by law."

      Father Howard said that the recent development "makes it clear to us that congressional action is needed to ban all human cloning. The ABAC is committed to working with all members of the U.S. Congress to craft a comprehensive bill to render illegal all forms of human cloning."

      The Weekly Standard in its Dec. 23 issue also took Stanford to task for deciding to go ahead with cloning.

      It noted that the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2001 passed a ban on all human cloning, including the procedure now proposed by Stanford. It also noted that last July the President's Council on Bioethics recommended a four-year moratorium on the production and use of cloned human embryos for biomedical research.

      "Stanford's announcement is important," the magazine said. "In a country still
      weighing the significance and moral dangers of taking the first steps toward human cloning, a major research university has decided to plunge ahead. Stanford seems to believe that the question of whether to harvest and exploit cloned human embryos -- and perhaps eventually cloned human fetuses -- is one for scientists and internal university review boards, not citizens and their democratic institutions."

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      4.DIVINE OFFICE TEXTS & AUDIO ONLINE:

      OFFICE OF READINGS, TEXTS
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      DOWNLOAD FREE SCRIPTURAL ROSARY
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      8. BIOGRAPHY OF MAMA GILI WITH PHOTO
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      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
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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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