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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 3, Issue 64 TUESDAY 1 APRIL 2003 * * * 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 3, Issue 64

      TUESDAY 1 APRIL 2003

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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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      • John Paul II Receives President of Slovak Parliament
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      • Progress in Dialogue Between Holy See and Greek Orthodox Church
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      • Bishops Worldwide Urged to Support Christians in Holy Land
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      • Caritas-Basra Quickly Using Up Its Aid Reserves
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      • Austrian-Czech Reconciliation Urged by Episcopates
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      • Congo Facing New Turmoil
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      • Rebels in Uganda Declare a Unilateral Cease-Fire
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      • Clogher Diocese Launches New Web Site
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      * Ossuary of James and the Bones of Contention
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      • CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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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 Receives President of Slovak Parliament

      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II received in audience the president of the Slovak Parliament, Pavol Hrusovsky.

      The audience was Saturday. The previous evening, Hrusovsky attended the presentation, in the Pontifical Oriental Institute, of the book entitled "Bilateral Juridical International Relations Between the Holy See and States: Experience and Prospects."

      The book includes the minutes of the meeting held on this matter in Rome, on Dec. 12-13, 2001, organized by the Slovak Embassy to the Vatican.

      Among those who attended the meeting were Cardinal Jozef Tomko, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican secretary for relations with states.

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      Progress in Dialogue Between Holy See and Greek Orthodox Church

      Interview With Father Johan Bonny of Council for Promoting Christian Unity

      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Father Johan Bonny, a member of the Vatican delegation that visited the Greek Orthodox Church from Feb. 10-14, is optimistic about ties with the East.

      In this interview with ZENIT, he highlights the significance of the meetings between the Vatican and the Greek Orthodox Church, and foresees ever-greater cooperation at the cultural, social, ecological and academic level.

      Father Bonny, a Belgian diocesan priest and official of the Eastern section of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, thinks that the openness of Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece is determinant in this process of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue.

      Q: Is the Vatican visit to Athens inscribed within the tradition or is it a novelty?

      Father Bonny: To call it a tradition is premature. In any case, it is a new process promoted by Archbishop Christodoulos and by his Holy Synod, in an attempt to come closer to the other Churches of Europe.

      Thanks to this openness, the Pope's visit to Greece was able to take place in May 2001. It was the first time that a Pontiff was received in Hellenic land. A new direct relation has been established, and we hope it will continue in this way.

      Q: What was the effect of the Pope's visit to Athens?

      Father Bonny: It was a very important moment for the Church in Greece, a human and spiritual meeting of great significance. This event was followed by the visit of the Greek Orthodox Church to the Vatican, specifically in March 2002, and now this Vatican visit of ours to Athens in February has taken place.

      These exchanges will continue; it is very important that contact has been established and that the process not stop.

      Q: What issues were discussed in this Vatican visit to Athens?

      Father Bonny: Above all, there was talk of Europe, as well as of cultural, social, economic and environmental challenges. There was also discussion on the way to stimulate exchanges between Catholic and Greek Orthodox students.

      Bioethics was a topic at the center of discussions. In this connection, it is interesting to know that a high-level Bioethics Center has been created in Athens; in fact, it is among the best in Europe. There is a desire to cooperate with other centers of this type, and they are looking for new channels of cooperation.

      Q: Does the fact of cooperation in social, cultural and environmental issues mean that the doctrinal aspect in the ecumenical way is blocked?

      Father Bonny: They are parallel ways: the "dialogue of charity" and "the dialogue of truth."

      The "dialogue of truth" has been entrusted to the international commission for theological dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Therefore, the theological dialogue is not taking place with the particular Orthodox Churches, as the Greek Orthodox Church would be in this case, but with all the Orthodox Churches as a whole.

      The "dialogue of charity," however, is open to the particular Orthodox Churches. Lately, various initiatives have been undertaken in this field.

      I am thinking, for example, of the visits of Cardinal Walter Kasper to the Orthodox Churches of Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Serbia. To the degree that these initiatives help to create a new climate of trust and fraternity, they will have a positive effect on the theological dialogue.

      In fact, we are conscious that the pastoral dialogue with the particular Churches can have a positive effect on the theological dialogue.

      Q: Who are that 1% of Greek Catholics?

      Father Bonny: The Catholic Church in Greece is made up primarily of Catholics who have come from other continents. If before the majority were French, English and Italian, today the face [of the Church] is above all Asian and African.

      The greater part of these Catholics are workers or refugees. There is also a small community of the Byzantine rite, without forgetting, of course, the Catholic Greeks, such as the archbishop of Athens, Nikolaos Foscolos. The social problems that must be faced by this heterogeneous population is also a motive for joint pastoral work with the Orthodox.

      Q: Archbishop Christodoulos is seen as a traitor by some members of his Church, who do not accept the talks with Rome. Has this opposition delayed fluid relations between Rome and Athens?

      Father Bonny: Christodoulos is a prudent and courageous archbishop who must seek a middle way between those who are very attached to tradition or are wounded by some historical events, and those who are open to the ecumenical movement or to the Catholic Church.

      It is important to emphasize that Archbishop Christodoulos is not the only one who is open to dialogue; he is not alone: Many faithful, also of the monastic world, are by his side, as well as many members of the Holy Synod.

      Q: What can Catholics learn from the Greek Orthodox?

      Father Bonny: We have much to learn, both the Westerners of the East as well as the Easterners of the West. On one hand, at the level of the Church as institution, the West can learn from the Easterners their synodal system.

      On the other hand, the East can learn from the West the way in which the Catholic Church has been able to develop a communion at the world level.

      Q: Is the Orthodox Church in Greece as concerned as Catholics are about the neglect, for the time being, in the drafts of the European Constitution of the Christian heritage [of the continent]?

      Father Bonny: The Greek Orthodox Church is not an isolated Church. It is in the same boat together with the Churches of Europe. It must address the same challenges at the level of the sacramental life, of catechesis, and of pastoral care. At the same time, it is concerned about human and Christian values on which a common future should be constructed.

      Q: Are Greece and Christianity an inseparable binomial?

      Father Bonny: "Inseparable" would be exaggerated, although Greece is full of references to the first centuries of Christianity. St. Paul preached in the Areopagus of Athens and some of his letters were addressed to Greek communities, such as the Corinthians and the Thessalonians.

      How many Greek monasteries go back to the early times of Christian monasticism? The Greek Orthodox Church is conscious of this wonderful patrimony of Christian faith and culture. It wants to transmit it to future generations with a great sense of fidelity.

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      Bishops Worldwide Urged to Support Christians in Holy Land

      Message of Prefect of Congregation for Eastern Churches

      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Congregation for Eastern Churches appealed to bishops worldwide to support Christians in the Holy Land, who are in greater need than ever due to the Iraqi crisis.

      Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, prefect of the dicastery, said, "The Catholic community, with the fidelity of ecclesial fraternity, has always shown solicitous closeness to the Church in Jerusalem, supporting the unique testimony that the latter is called to give to the world."

      The cardinal expressed this in a letter, written in six languages, to remind the bishops that this support responds to the appeal of various popes, from Paul V in the 17th century, to John Paul II, Vatican Radio reported today.

      Cardinal Daoud's message also echoes "the innumerable pronouncements with which the Holy Father continues to show his paternal closeness to the Church living in the land of Jesus."

      The cardinal's "heart-rending appeal" in favor of Christians of the Holy Land was made in view of Good Friday, a day traditionally dedicated to prayer and the collection of funds for the local Catholic community and the maintenance of the holy sites.

      "The dramatic current situation, calls for a special effort, also in material terms," he said. "Christians in the Holy Land, particularly tempted in the present circumstances by the feeling of isolation and abandonment, must indeed experience evangelical charity that unites us all in Christ, and the encouragement of the whole Church to remain in the original communities."

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      Caritas-Basra Quickly Using Up Its Aid Reserves

      ROME, MARCH 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Caritas centers in Basra report that more than half of their emergency aid has already been allocated to people affected by the Iraqi war.

      Although the water supply has been restored for half the population of Basra, there is still a risk of infections for people in urban areas who do not have access to potable water, interrupted since the bombings began.

      Caritas personnel in the north of the country also reported new population movements.

      The Assyrian Church in Duhok said over the weekend that numerous groups from the center of the country have settled in several areas of the region.

      Many of the displaced have been given accommodation by local families, while others have been housed in schools and mosques.

      Officials of the Chaldean Diocese of Zakho told Caritas personnel that several hundred families from Baghdad have arrived in the area over the past few days. They have been given shelter in churches, mosques and schools.

      Caritas teams in Zakho and Duhok are coordinating with the Assyrian and Chaldean bishops to offer humanitarian aid to displaced peoples.

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      Austrian-Czech Reconciliation Urged by Episcopates

      Aim to Aid the Unification of Europe

      VIENNA, Austria, MARCH 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and Archbishop Jan Graubner, the respective presidents of the Austrian and Czech episcopal conferences, hope that both countries join forces to contribute to European unification.

      This was reflected in a recent joint statement entitled "Reconciliation and Cordial Relations in the Heart of Europe," presented simultaneously in Vienna and Prague.

      The cardinal and the archbishop hope that the statement contributes "to the process of European enlargement and unification that is taking place at present and that the Holy Father has continuously encouraged," the SIR agency reported.

      The statement acknowledges the "long and complicated history of relations between Austria and the Czech Republic."

      "Despite the positive contributions that the two countries have exchanged in the social and cultural realm, there are also examples of violent conflicts and lack of mutual respect," the text stated.

      "The 20th-century nationalist and totalitarian regimes that lacerated Europe have left terrible traces in Austrian and Czech lands and affect relations between both countries," it said.

      For this reason, "Austrian and Czech Christians must join forces to contribute to the unification of Europe. It is necessary to look back on history and to acknowledge the evil that has been committed by both."

      The Austrian cardinal and Czech archbishop said that "it is urgent to review history and to have greater participation in the efforts of reconciliation and cooperation that are being carried out, especially in the past 10 years."

      "We ask all men of good will in Austria and the Czech Republic to support this process of reconciliation, which not only will intensify relations between the two peoples, but will help the process of European enlargement," they concluded.

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      Congo Facing New Turmoil

      Bishops Plead for Peace in Troubled Republic

      KINSHASA, Congo, MARCH 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Congo's bishops have raised the alarm about the possibility that Uganda and Rwanda might be embroiled in a new confrontation on Congolese soil.

      In a letter sent to the Misna missionary agency, the secretariat of the bishops' conference noted the presence of numerous Rwandan troops in the east of the country and firmly condemned "the strike of force that attempts to sabotage the peace efforts carried out to date."

      "With faith in the values of peace and dialogue, we disapprove of this extremely serious act and denounce the Congolese who favor this continuous violation of the sovereignty of our country," the note reads.

      "We call for the immediate withdrawal of the Rwandan and Burundian troops positioned on the outskirts of Lubutu and those situated in the territories of Lubero and Ruzizi," the bishops stress.

      Over the past two weeks, Rwandan battalions have crossed the borders and taken up positions in the eastern zone of the former Zaire, according to Bishop Melchidezek Paluku Sikuli of Butembo-Beni.

      The soldiers sent to the Congo from Kigali and Bujumbura might have gone to Ituri and probably toward Bunia, a city controlled by the Ugandan army, since early this month when it was taken from Thomas Lubanga and his men, the militias of the Union of Congolese Patriots.

      Lubanga, former ally of the Ugandans, recently opted for a rapprochement with Rwanda. Since then, tension is increasing between the two nations most involved in the Congolese conflict.

      "While the international community is focused on the war in Iraq, we feel the need to forcefully remind it that the Congolese people have a right to peace," the bishops stress.

      "We find it inadmissible that the Democratic Republic of the Congo serves as a field of battle for the rendering of accounts of foreign armies," they conclude.

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      Rebels in Uganda Declare a Unilateral Cease-Fire

      GULU, Uganda, MARCH 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Lord's Resistance Army rebels in a letter declared a unilateral and immediate cease-fire and they called for talks with the government to end 16 years of armed conflict.

      The rebels sent the letter to the Acholi Religious Leaders' Peace Initiative (ARLPI), a cartel of religious and traditional leaders in the Acholi districts of the north.

      ARLPI's secretary told the Misna missionary agency last weekend that the letter marked the first time that rebels' peace proposals were put in writing.

      The letter asks the government to declare a similar truce and consent to a prior meeting between rebel and government delegations, as well as meetings between LRA members and local religious leaders.

      The letter, handed Friday to Joseph Ojuak, the principal Acholi traditional leader, was passed on the next day to Gulu Archbishop John Baptiste Odama, ARLPI chairman.

      The archbishop in turn gave it to General Salim Saleh, spokesman of the government's Peace Commission. "I receive this letter with great satisfaction, and the Ugandan government will respond promptly," Saleh said.

      ARLPI secretary Father Carlos Rodriguez Soto told Misna: "The situation is so desperate that any little opening is welcome. For too long, the people of North Uganda have lived an absurd violence."

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      Clogher Diocese Launches New Web Site

      CLOGHER, Ireland, MARCH 31, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Clogher Diocese has launched a new Web site which hopes to add weekly reflections and pages for parishes.

      "The challenge is to seek out ways to speak both implicitly and explicitly of the mysteries of our faith, in a manner [that] suits to the medium and to the people of the Diocese of Clogher," said Bishop Joseph Duffy.

      The site is at http://www.clogherdiocese.ie

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      Ossuary of James and the Bones of Contention

      Published in the prestigious archaeological journal Minerva in the section BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY on pages 3-4 is an article that presents the research of Dr. Rochelle Altman and Roman Catholic News, editor John N. Lupia, that demonstrates the ossuary's inscription purported to read: Yakov, son of Yosef, brother of Yeshua’, is a fake. After this article was published the owner of the ossuary Oded Golan was arrested by the Israeli police.

      http://www.minervamagazine.com/pdf/news.pdf
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      3. Today's Lectionary Readings Text
      http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/040103.htm

      Biblica Online
      http://biblica.bsw.org

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      4.DIVINE OFFICE TEXTS & AUDIO ONLINE:

      OFFICE OF READINGS, TEXTS
      http://www.universalis.com/cgi-bin/display/-600/USA/Readings.html

      MORNING, EVENING & NIGHT PRAYERS, TEXTS:
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      AUDIO RECORDINGS OF THE DIVINE OFFICE: recited by the
      Monks of Adoration:
      http://www.monksofadoration.org/audiolit.html

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      5. Polish Rosary Hour by the Conventual Franciscans
      http://www.rosaryhour.net/ra/program.ram

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      6. CHANTED ROSARY ONLINE
      http://www.monksofadoration.org/rosarych.html

      DOWNLOAD FREE SCRIPTURAL ROSARY
      http://www.virtualrosary.org/

      Our Father Movie
      http://www.dayspring.com/movies/webmovies/lordsprayer.html

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      7. CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY ONLINE
      http://www.markhargrave.com/chaplet.html

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      8. BIOGRAPHY OF MAMA GILI WITH PHOTO
      http://www.holyfaceofjesus.com/mama.html
      Then once inside click on
      PRAYER FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/33

      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 2)
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/37

      Need a Miracle?
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      Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)
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      MAMA GILI GUILD

      The Mama Gili Guild was established several years ago to gather, collect, and publish information on Dolores Immacolata Gili (1892-1985) for an investigation into her cause as a Servant of God, as well as to promote her cause and to perpetuate her cult by directing prayer groups assembled in her honor. It has continuously enjoyed the ecclesiastical approval of Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, and the Most Reverend John Joseph Myers, Archbishop
      of Newark, New Jersey.

      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession of Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili, or, for more information about the cause of her investigation for canonization to:

      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo, Director
      Mama Gili Guild
      P. O. Box 455
      Kearny, New Jersey 07032
      Phone (973) 412-1170
      Fax (973) 412-7011

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      9. ABBAYE SAINT-JOSEPH DE CLAIRVAL

      The Benedictine monks of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval mail a free monthly newsletter to anyone who requests it. Also free of charge are: the tract about the divinity of Jesus Christ; tract about the Truths of the Catholic Religion; scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, with explanatory notice; the promises of the Sacred Heart; the mysteries of the Rosary.

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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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