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  • John N. Lupia
    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 3, Issue 65 WENESDAY 2 APRIL 2003 Feast of St. Francis of Paola * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 2, 2003
      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 3, Issue 65

      WENESDAY 2 APRIL 2003

      Feast of St. Francis of Paola

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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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      • Peace Is Obtained Through Conversion and Self-Denial, Says Pope
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      • Bolivian Landslide Prompts a Papal Note of Sympathy
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      • HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      • Cardinal Notes Pope's Debt to the Virgin of Guadalupe
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      • Caritas-Iraq Asking Help for 260,000 War Refugees
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      • Church in Croatia Preparing for John Paul II's Visit
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      • European Bishops Call for a More United EU to Promote Peace
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      • Christians Deplore Terrorist Attack in Kashmir
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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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      Peace Is Obtained Through Conversion and Self-Denial, Says Pope

      In His Message to the Order of Minims

      VATICAN CITY, APRIL 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II says that peace at any level is linked to conversion of heart and a genuine change of life.

      The Pope expressed this conviction in a message, published today, on the occasion of the first "Penitential March," an initiative of the Order of Minims, directed in particular to young people.

      The march, which will be held Wednesday in the Italian city of Paola, will be repeated every year on the anniversary of the death of St. Francis of Paola (1416-1507), the order's founder.

      The Pope said the march was opportune, given the present situation of "not a few preoccupations and sufferings, also because of the war."

      In fact, it is an occasion "to reflect and to pray for the fundamental gift of peace for humanity," he said.

      Indeed, the Penitential March gives a kind of continuity to the Day of Prayer and Fasting, which opened this year's Lenten season, the Pope said.

      "These intense spiritual moments help to be ever more aware of the urgent need to build peace, even at the cost of personal sacrifices," John Paul II stressed in his message to Father Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini, general superior of the Minims.

      "It is necessary to be prepared to give up anything that is legitimate in view of a higher good," the Holy Father said. "Above all, one must be conscious that everything can be obtained from God with prayer."

      The Penitential March can be turned into a "school of life, because it enables one to refer to the luminous examples of the saint of Paola, who did not hesitate to put his own option of evangelical penance at the service of the Church and society," the Pope added.

      He encouraged the Order of Minims, and the young people who will participate in the march, "to accept with docility, in the school of the saint of Paola, the gentle pedagogy of evangelical penance, in order to learn the real secret of peace."

      The Pope added: "As the saint himself teaches, the conquest of peace at all levels is joined to conversion of heart and a genuine change of life."


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      Bolivian Landslide Prompts a Papal Note of Sympathy

      Mining-Town Tragedy Kills 15, Leaves Hundreds of Houses Buried

      VATICAN CITY, APRIL 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II expressed his solidarity with the people of the mining town of Chima, in northern Bolivia, where a landslide buried several hundred houses.

      The landslide of Pucaloma hill caused 15 deaths and numerous injuries. An untold number of people are still unaccounted for.

      In a telegram sent today by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, to Bishop Juan Vargas Aruquipa of Coroico, the Pope assures his prayers for the deceased and his sympathy for their relatives.

      Expressing his spiritual closeness to the injured and homeless, the Holy Father appealed to public institutions and people of good will to give effective assistance to those affected, "with the charity and spirit of fraternal solidarity."

      Following is a translation of the Holy Father's telegram.

      Monsignor Juan Vargas Aruquipa
      Bishop of Coroico

      Having been informed of the landslide of Pucaloma hill on the mining population of Chima, which has caused numerous victims and wounded, His Holiness John Paul II offers prayers to the Lord for the eternal repose of the deceased and requests Your Excellency to express his sincere sympathy to their relatives, as well as his sentiments of paternal spiritual closeness to the wounded and those who have been deprived of their home, at the same time requesting the public authorities and persons of good will to give solicitous effective assistance to those affected with charity and a spirit of fraternal solidarity.

      With these sentiments, and by way of Christian consolation, the Holy Father imparts to those affected and to those who assist them in such painful circumstances the comforting apostolic blessing.

      Cardinal Angelo Sodano
      Secretary of state of His Holiness

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      HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL

      VATICAN CITY, APR 1, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father's general prayer intention
      for April is: "That those who hold positions of responsibility in the Church may offer a shining example of a life which is always responsive to the guidance of the Spirit."

      His missionary intention is: "That the clergy and the laity, and the religious, both men and women, who work in missionary lands, may live and courageously bear witness to the universal call to holiness."

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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, APR 1, 2003 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father received in
      audience
      His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins.

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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, APR 1, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary presented by Bishop Alfred Kleinermeilert of Trier, Germany upon having reached the age limit.

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      Cardinal Notes Pope's Debt to the Virgin of Guadalupe

      MEXICO CITY, APRIL 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II credits the Virgin of Guadalupe with guiding his steps in the leadership of the Church these past 24 years, says the primate of Mexico.

      Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera highlighted this fact in his homily Sunday in the metropolitan cathedral.

      He was in Rome recently to take part in the plenary meeting of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In an audience with participants of that meeting, the Pope mentioned his July visit to Mexico when he canonized Juan Diego and beatified the Oaxaca martyrs.

      "Ever since I went on pilgrimage for the first time to the splendid Shrine of Guadalupe on Jan. 29, 1979, she has guided my steps in these almost 25 years of service as Bishop of Rome and universal pastor of the Church," the Holy Father told the participants last Thursday.

      "I wish to invoke her, the sure way to encounter Christ, and who was the first evangelizer of America, as the 'Star of Evangelization,' entrusting to her the ecclesial work of all her sons and daughters of America," he added.

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      Caritas-Iraq Asking Help for 260,000 War Refugees

      Priority Attention Will Be Given to Children and Mothers

      BAGHDAD, Iraq, APRIL 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Caritas-Iraq made an urgent appeal for financial help from other Caritas groups worldwide in order to help 260,000 people affected by the war.

      It appealed to 153 Caritas groups to deliver help over the next three months.

      About 43,000 families already have been affected by the war, some 10% of which need immediate help, Caritas said. All have been receiving Caritas-Iraq's help, both from its own financial resources as well as funds donated by other Caritas groups.

      Over the next three months, Caritas-Iraq plans to distribute basic foods and relief materials, and to help provide clean drinking water, sanitation services and health care.

      Caritas-Iraq's 254 workers and volunteers are working through its 14 centers in the country, as well as through 87 Christian churches that have been adapted to shelter civilians.

      Caritas-Iraq teams include doctors, engineers specialized in logistics and water purification, nutritionists, social workers and clinic auxiliaries. Priority help is earmarked for children under 5, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

      Plans have also been made for a three-month program of supplementary and therapeutic food aid to combat malnutrition. It will benefit 2,400 children under 5, and 1,500 pregnant women and nursing mothers.

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      Church in Croatia Preparing for John Paul II's Visit

      ZAGREB, Croatia, APRIL 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II's forthcoming visit to Croatia is a key topic at this week's meeting of the Croatian bishops' conference.

      During his June 5-9 visit to Croatia, his 100th international apostolic trip, the Pope is expected to beatify a religious, Mary of Jesus Crucified (1892-1966). She was born Maria Petkovic.

      The episcopate is also studying the role of the laity in the Church in Croatia and the preparations for the Day of Catholics of Central Europe, Vatican Radio reported.

      The above topics were addressed in the pastoral letter "Called to Holiness," which exhorts the Church in Croatia to more intense pastoral activity with a view to holiness.

      Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. According to the 2001 census, 80% of its 5 million people are Catholic.

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      European Bishops Call for a More United EU to Promote Peace

      Make a Statement on Iraqi Crisis

      BRUSSELS, Belgium, APRIL 1, 2003 (ZENIT.org) - A commission of European bishops called on the European Union to promote a more just and peaceful global order, as it considered the EU response to the Iraqi crisis.

      At its spring plenary meeting, the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) adopted a statement on the war, entitled "Blessed Are the Peacemakers."

      In it, the bishops express their concern for the suffering of the Iraqi people and urge the EU leaders and institutions to work together for peace and justice in the Mideast and elsewhere.

      Meanwhile, the bishops observed at their March 27-28 conference that a consensus seems to be emerging within the European Convention on the contribution of Catholic churches and religious communities in European society and respect for their status under national law.

      They reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of a secular state. They also emphasized that the Catholic Church's proposals to the European Convention should reflect the role of religion at the service of society as a whole and not discriminate against any community of faith or conviction.

      In addition, the bishops called on the European Union to respect the various ethical approaches to research with human embryos and embryonic stem cells in member EU states, and therefore not to fund such research under the 6th Research Framework Program.


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      Christians Deplore Terrorist Attack in Kashmir

      NEW DELHI, India, APRIL 1, 2003 (ZENIT.org-Fides).- The Christian community has protested last week's massacre in which 24 Indians, including women and children, died in a terrorist attack in the Kashmir valley.

      Major Christian organizations issued an official statement to express their solidarity with the local community and to call for action "against the perpetrators of these crimes, which try to intimidate the population and sabotage the peace process in the region."

      The statement was signed by the All India Catholic Union and the All India Christian Council, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Delhi Archdiocese, and a series of Catholic youth organizations.

      "We are saddened and shocked by the brutal killing of innocents, including children, in this act of war against humanity," the text stated.

      "The objective to destroy a community in a democratic, pluralist and secular India -- in Kashmir, Gujarat and Dalit among other places -- is particularly hateful because it means terrorizing and keeping hostage an entire population to pursue political or sectarian ends," it added.

      Progress in efforts for peace are slow in Kashmir, the text said. Consequently, the Christian community calls on the international community, the Indian government and local authorities to increase efforts to put an end to criminal activities.

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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."

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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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