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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 3, Issue 66 THURSDAY 3 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 66

      THURSDAY 3 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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      • Reflection on Isaiah 42:10-17
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      • Force of Law Must Prevail Over Law of Force, Vatican Tells U.N
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      • Uzbek City Gets Its First Church, With Help of Muslims
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      • German Catholics and Evangelicals Promote Pro-Life Week
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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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      Reflection on Isaiah 42:10-17

      God Is Near, Even When He Is Silent, Says John Paul II

      VATICAN CITY, APRIL 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today at the general audience, which he dedicated to a reflection on Isaiah 42.

      1. In the book that bears the name of the prophet Isaiah, scholars have identified the presence of different voices, all placed under the patronage of the great prophet who lived in the eighth century B.C. This is the case of the vigorous hymn of joy and victory that was just proclaimed, as a part of the liturgy of lauds of the Fourth Week. Exegetes attribute it to the so-called Second Isaiah, a prophet who lived in the sixth century B.C., at the time of the return of the Israelites from their exile in Babylon. The hymn begins with a call to "sing to the Lord a new song" (see Isaiah 42:10), just as occurs in other Psalms (see 95:1 and 97:1).

      The "novelty" of the song, which the prophet requests be sung, is certainly the opening of a horizon of liberty, as a radical change in the history of a people who have known oppression and sojourn in a foreign land (see Psalm 136).

      2. "Novelty," in the Bible, often has the tone of a perfect and definitive reality. It is almost the sign of the beginning of an era of salvific fullness that seals the suffering history of humanity. The canticle of Isaiah is characterized by this high tone, which is well adapted to Christian prayer.

      The world in its totality, which includes the earth, sea, islands, deserts and cities, is invited to raise a "new song" to the Lord (see Isaiah 42:10-12). The whole of space is involved to its furthest horizontal confines, which even include the unknown, as well as its vertical dimension, which starts from the desert plane, where the nomad tribes of Kedar are found (see Isaiah 21:16-17), and rises to the mountains. The city of Sela is found there, identified by many with Petra, in the territory of the Edomites, a city placed among rocky peaks.

      All the inhabitants of the earth are invited to form a sort of immense choir to acclaim the Lord with exultation and give him glory.

      3. After the solemn invitation to sing (see verses 10-12), the prophet has the Lord enter the scene, represented as the God of the Exodus, who has liberated his people from the slavery of Egypt: "The Lord goes forth like a hero, like a warrior" (verse 13). He sows terror among his adversaries, who oppress others and commit injustice.

      The canticle of Moses also depicts the Lord during the crossing of the Red Sea as a "mighty man of war," ready to extend his powerful right hand and terrify the enemies (see Exodus 15:3-8). With the return of the Israelites from the deportation to Babylon a new exodus is about to take place and the faithful must be conscious of the fact that history is not left up to fate, to chaos or to oppressive powers: the last word is with the just and strong God, the Psalmist already sang: "Give us aid against the foe; worthless is human help" (Psalm 59:13).

      4. Having entered the scene, the Lord speaks and his vehement words (see Isaiah 42:14-16) are mixed with judgment and salvation. He begins by recalling that "For a long time I have held my peace," that is, he did not intervene. The divine silence is often the cause of perplexity and even of scandal for the just, as Job's long cry attests (see Job 3:1-26). However, this is not a silence that indicates absence, almost as if leaving history in the hands of the perverse, while the Lord remains indifferent and impassible. In reality, that silence ends in a reaction similar to that of a woman in travail who pants, puffs and cries. It is the divine judgment on evil, represented with images of aridity, destruction, desert (see verse 15), which has as its end a living and fruitful result.

      In fact, the Lord makes a new world arise, an era of liberty and salvation. The eyes of the one who was blind are opened, so that he can enjoy the bright light. The way becomes easy, and hope flowers (see verse 16), making it possible to continue to trust in God and in his future of peace and happiness.

      5. Every day the believer must know how to discern the signs of divine action, even when it is hidden by the apparently monotonous and pointless flow of time. As an esteemed modern Christian author wrote, "the earth is pervaded by a cosmic ecstasy: There is in it an eternal reality and presence that, however, normally is asleep under the veil of custom. The eternal reality must now reveal itself, as in an epiphany of God, through all of that which exists" (R. Guardini, "Sapienza dei Salmi" [Wisdom of the Psalms], Brescia, 1976, p. 52).

      To discover, with the eyes of faith, this divine presence in space and time, but also in ourselves, is the source of hope and trust, even when our heart is troubled and shaken "as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind" (Isaiah 7:2). In fact, the Lord appears on the scene to rule and judge: "To govern the world with justice and the peoples with faithfulness" (Psalm 95[96]:13).

      [At the end of the audience, the Holy Father gave this summary in English:]

      Dear Brothers and Sisters,

      The Canticle found in the 42nd chapter of the Book of Isaiah calls for "new song": in praise of God who liberates his people and brings them salvation. Composed at the time of Israel's return from the Exile, the hymn invites all creation to sing the triumph of God's justice and saving power. If at times God may appear to be silent, this "silence" is but a prelude to his decisive intervention on behalf of his faithful ones. The Canticle urges us to reaffirm our faith in God's lordship over history, to discern the signs of his presence in our world and to trust in the fulfillment of his saving promises.

      I am pleased to welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today's Audience, especially those from England, Denmark, and the United States. Upon you and your families I cordially invoke God's blessings of joy and peace.

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      Force of Law Must Prevail Over Law of Force, Vatican Tells U.N.

      Vatican Observer's Statement to U.N. Panel on Disarmament

      Toward a "Genuine Spirit of Multilateralism"

      NEW YORK, APRIL 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Here is the statement delivered Tuesday by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Vatican to the United Nations, at the annual session of the Commission on Disarmament.

      Mr. Chairman,

      My delegation joins in congratulating you on your election to chair this important Commission. We also extend our best wishes to the other members of the bureau.

      Months ago, the Holy See Delegation stated before the First Committee of the 57th Session of the UN General Assembly that the old policies of nuclear deterrence, which prevailed during the Cold War, must lead now to concrete disarmament measures, based on dialogue and multilateral negotiation, which are essential values in the disarmament process. Through the instruments of international law, they facilitate the peaceful resolution of controversies, help better mutual understanding and foster a climate of trust, cooperation and respect between all States. In this way they promote the effective affirmation of the culture of life and peace, which is based upon the values of responsibility, solidarity and dialogue.

      These words seem that more significant today when the world once again finds itself listening to the mounting rumble of arms. We are confronted by two opposing perspectives: the first is based on the conviction that conflicts can be resolved through a determined and broad-based willingness to negotiate effectively in light of the ways and wisdom of the law; the second perspective maintains that, in the face of elusive and re-emergent threats, force is more efficacious and direct. However, the latter appears to only reduce international cooperation in disarmament rather than enhance it, inducing negative repercussions on multilateralism. A clear message in favor of the force of law and not the law of force should emerge from this substantive session.

      We have come to this forum with a precise objective: to sustain ways and means to achieve nuclear disarmament, as well as the practical confidence-building measures in the field of conventional arms. The techniques of mediation, negotiation and verification are all being advanced today. The arms control system appears to have worked effectively and to have brought significant results these last decades. It only needs strengthening to better solve new challenges and meet new threats. Therefore the Holy See wishes to reiterate its support to the principles and to the effective implementation of the objectives laid down in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as well as in the Final Document of the 2000 Review Conference.

      Mr. Chairman,

      The extraordinary mobilization of men and women that we see almost everywhere, in these very days, indicates that the cause of peace is making great progress in the conscience of humanity. It shows increasingly, as a felt aspiration among peoples to live in security, in justice, in hope and in a culture of peace, which -- it is good to remember this -- is centered on the value of the human being and on the respectful dialogue and co-existence between peoples.

      The awareness of the most emphasized interdependence among nations and of the risks of reciprocal destruction requires a major accent on multilateralism, which, far from putting an undue emphasis on force or selective treaty enforcement, requires all the States and individuals to enforce decisively the laws and procedures that have been established towards nuclear disarmament and the elimination of the threats posed by conventional arms.


      This is the moment that each one of us, aware of the gravity of the present situation when law must be chosen to prevail over force, must be animated by a profound sense of responsibility toward the disarmament process. The most effective way to make every member of the international community comply with its own commitments appears to be the clear willingness on behalf of everyone and of all States to comply with their own commitments within treaties and between them in a genuine spirit of multilateralism.

      Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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      Uzbek City Gets Its First Church, With Help of Muslims

      Signatures Helped Land Urganch a Catholic Parish Facility

      TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, APRIL 2, 2003 (ZENIT.org-Fides).- After years of attending Mass in private homes, the 35 Catholics of a remote area of Uzbekistan are preparing to celebrate this Easter Vigil in a real church.

      Father Stanislaw Rochowiak, 35, a Conventual Franciscan of Polish nationality, confirmed that very soon a building will be turned into the parish church of Our Lady of Charity.

      The premises will include a chapel, rooms for pastoral endeavors and catechesis, and the parish priest's residence.

      This will be the first and only Christian church in the city of Urganch, in the region of Khorezm, 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) west of the capital, Tashkent.

      According to Uzbek law, the recognition of a sacred building requires at least 100 signatures of adult citizens. Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic, became independent in 1991.

      The success of this initiative is due to a Catholic laywoman named Lydia, 50, who carried out a door-to-door campaign to collect the necessary signatures. Eventually, she obtained 150, including the names of many Muslims, who agreed that Christian should have a place of worship.

      Lydia traveled from Urganch to Tashkent to request Father Krzystof Kukulca, superior of Uzbekistan's mission "sui iuris" (of its own right), to send a priest to the Khorezm region.

      Uzbekistan is a country of about 25 million. Muslims make up 76.5% of the population, Christians 1.7%. There are 40,000 Catholics. The Catholic Church recently established three parishes and three mission stations.

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      German Catholics and Evangelicals Promote Pro-Life Week

      BERLIN, APRIL 2, 2003 (Zenit.org).- "Therapeutic" cloning, pre-implantation and prenatal diagnosis, and active assisted death will be the focus of an event organized jointly by the German Catholic bishops' conference and the Council of Evangelical Churches.

      The 13th edition of Pro-Life Week will open May 3 in Bayreuth with the motto "Possibilities and Limits of Medical Progress," the SIR agency reported.

      The chosen topics are timely in a society so "highly complex and technological" which has an "incontestable need for ethical guidance," said Cardinal Karl Lehmann, president of the bishops' conference.

      "Advances in research and technology reinforce the discussion on questions of the ethics of science, of medicine, bioethics and the protection of life," he said.

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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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