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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 3, Issue 72 FRIDAY 11 APRIL 2003 DAY OF ABSTINENCE Feast of St. Stanislaus * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 3, Issue 72

      FRIDAY 11 APRIL 2003

      DAY OF ABSTINENCE

      Feast of St. Stanislaus

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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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      • SECRETARIAT OF STATE HOLDS HOPE FOR FUTURE OF IRAQ
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      • VATICAN RADIO AWAITS EXPLANATION OF NEW COURT VERDICT
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      • Cardinal Ratzinger on Principles of Catholics' Autonomy in Politics
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      • Central African Bishops Concerned About Endless Violence
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      • Nuncio in Baghdad Says Great Challenge Now Is Legislative Void
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      • Video Available on Youth Day's Stations of the Cross
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      • Vatican II, 40 Years Later: "Gaudium et Spes"
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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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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      SECRETARIAT OF STATE HOLDS HOPE FOR FUTURE OF IRAQ

      VATICAN CITY, APR 10, 2003 (VIS) - The following declaration was released early this afternoon:

      "The Secretariat of State, having been informed of the latest developments in Baghdad, which mark an important turning point in the Iraqi conflict and a significant opportunity for the future of the people, hopes that the military operations underway in the rest of the country will soon end, with the aim of sparing further victims, civilian or military, and further suffering for those populations.

      "Given that the material, political and social reconstruction of the country are on the horizon, the Catholic Church is ready, through her social and charitable institutions, to lend the necessary assistance. The dioceses of Iraq are likewise available to offer their structures to contribute to an equitable distribution of humanitarian aid.

      "The Secretariat of State hopes once again that, with the silencing of weapons, the Iraqis and the international community will know how to meet the compelling present challenge which is to definitively bring an era of peace to the Middle East."

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      VATICAN RADIO AWAITS EXPLANATION OF NEW COURT VERDICT

      VATICAN CITY, APR 10, 2003 (VIS) - Made public yesterday afternoon was a communique from the management of Vatican Radio regarding the latest developments in the case against the radio for the alleged electromagnetic contamination produced by the transmitting station of Santa Maria di Galeria, a few kilometers outside Rome.

      A year ago the sentence issued by Rome's penal court established that proceedings should not continue due to the "lack of jurisdiction" over the three directors of Vatican Radio accused over the alleged electromagnetic contamination of the transmitters.

      Yesterday's communique from Vatican Radio noted the "annulment" of the earlier sentence. The communique reads as follows:

      "In today's sentence the Supreme Court of Cassation, First Penal Section, annulled the sentence of February 19, 2002 handed down by the Penal Court of Rome, First Section, which declared a 'lack of jurisdiction' with regard to the three directors of Vatican Radio relative to the electromagnetic emissions produced by the transmitting center at Santa Maria in Galeria, and it sent the new judgement to the Rome court.

      "Vatican Radio lawyers, who opposed the request to annul the above-mentioned sentence, have already shown the unfounded nature of the motives of impugnment adopted by the Public Prosecutor and by the civil side, on the basis of the nature of the pontifical transmitter as a 'central office of the Catholic Church' and as such it is exempt from 'every interference on the part of the Italian State', according to Article 11 of the Lateran Treaty of 1929.

      "Vatican Radio takes note of the Court's decision and is waiting to learn the motivation of the sentence which will be filed.

      "Vatican Radio repeats in any case that it has always taken into account the international recommendations for protecting the population in the matter of electromagnetic emissions and has faced in a constructive manner the problems linked with the new Italian norms in the office of the bilateral commission between the Italian State and the Holy See, as shown by the results of the repeated joint measurements undertaken by Italian and Vatican technicians.

      "Vatican Radio therefore hopes that the unjust accusations in its regard may soon be removed from the horizon, and that its activity may continue with serenity in the context of a responsible and correct relation with Italian authorities and the neighboring population, reassured about the absence of health risks."

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      Cardinal Ratzinger on Principles of Catholics' Autonomy in Politics

      Sees Need to Avoid "Theologization" and "Ideologization"

      ROME, APRIL 10, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said that Catholics' involvement in politics as well as church-state relations must avoid the "theologization of politics" as well as the "ideologization of religion."

      In a round-table discussion Wednesday at the University of the Holy Cross, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith explained the conditions for "the rightful autonomy of the participation of lay Catholics" in politics.

      Together with Italian politicians, intellectuals and theologians, he commented on the doctrinal note on "Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life," which the doctrinal congregation published in January.

      "The right profanity of politics excludes a theocracy," the cardinal explained, adding that the doctrinal note insists on "the need that politics has to remove the theocratic concept of politics on one hand, and on the other, to exclude a positivism that mutilates reason."

      "The mutilation of reason destroys politics," Cardinal Ratzinger said. He defended the notion that politics is part of the sphere of common sense, which enables us to "know the great values that determine our actions."

      Faith can cure sick reason, as "there is a certain connection between faith and reason: faith can enlighten [reason], cure it when it is sick, and help it to be itself."

      If only materialist criteria prevail, reason would be blind to moral values, which would be relegated to the sphere of the individual, Cardinal Ratzinger said. Such a "mutilation ... destroys politics and transforms it into a mere instrument conditioned by the strongest," where morality is excluded, he warned.

      "At the same time, politicians who are believers can illuminate the political discussion with their conduct, witnessing to faith as a real presence, thus contributing with reason in the governance of every political act," he said.

      "The moral imperatives that the Catholic politician has are values to be defended always, including when the majority is opposed to them," the cardinal said.

      The prelate of Opus Dei, Monsignor Javier Echevarría, greeted the participants and described politics "as a way of holiness," as demonstrated by the example of St. Thomas More, patron of political leaders and politicians.

      Other speakers at the meeting were Italian Senator Francesco Cossiga, former president of Italy, and professors Giuseppe De Rita, Ernesto Galli della Loggia and Paolo del Debbio, and theologian Monsignor Ángel Rodríguez Luño.

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      Central African Bishops Concerned About Endless Violence

      Appeal to New Leaders to Guarantee National Security

      BANGUI, Central African Republic, APRIL 10, 2003 (ZENIT.org-Fides).- Condemning last month's coup, the Church in the Central African Republic stresses that only national dialogue can extricate the country from its cycle of violence.

      The bishops in the republic voiced that opinion following the March 15 coup by former Chief of General Staff François Bozizé, who took over power and ousted President Ange-Félix Patassé.

      "The Catholic Church, while condemning the latest coup, acknowledges the change which has come about and continues to say that only national dialogue can bring the country out of the cycle of violence," the bishops said in a statement.

      "Today we note with sadness that the unexplainable intransigence of the former regime and its lack of political courage have caused a loss of patience," they said in the statement.

      "This is why, despite its anti-constitutional character, this latest coup found a favorable reaction among the people tired of the chaotic management of public affairs," the bishops stated.

      They added, however, that they condemned "the violence which accompanied and followed the taking of power with force; summary executions, sacking and general insecurity, which have given the country an image of a real jungle, where armed men do everything they wish to the civilian population."

      The prelates appealed "to the new leaders to quickly reorganize the national army and the security forces in order to guarantee independence and national unity."

      The Fides news service contacted Capuchin missionaries in the north of the Texas-size republic to have a better understanding of the situation.

      A Capuchin spokesman said: "After the violence of the last few weeks, we are slowly moving back to normality. ... Stability is returning, except for the town of Bokaranga where most of the people are still in hiding in the bush, chased by bandits."

      "There is no police force, so there are many episodes of sacking," the spokesman added. "Not even the hospital has been spared. Bandits have stolen everything from medicines to beds, and the contents of files emptied on the floor. The spectacle is most distressing. Medical doctors have fled and only two male nurses remain."

      The whole of the Capuchin mission was looted. "Everything was taken away from the carpentry school, tools, wood, furniture made by our pupils," the spokesman said. "We are certain that all this material is now in Chad."


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      Nuncio in Baghdad Says Great Challenge Now Is Legislative Void

      BAGHDAD, Iraq, APRIL 10, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The papal nuncio in Baghdad says the great challenge Iraq now faces is its legal void.

      "There is still some sporadic fighting in the outskirts of the city; there are, in fact, pockets of resistance," Archbishop Fernando Filoni told the Fides news service today.

      Three weeks after the start of the U.S.-led invasion in Iraq, Saddam Hussein's regime no longer controls Baghdad.

      "In the center of the city the problem now is the legislative void which has been created," Archbishop Filoni said. "There is no police force; looting continues. From this point of view the situation is worrying.

      "With regard to the future of Iraq, there is some uncertainty because decisions are taken elsewhere."

      "The Christian community lives the same situation as all Iraqis," he said. "During the 20 days of bombing many poor people, Muslims as well as Christians, took shelter in churches and parish buildings. The whole Church in Iraq is here to give comfort and support to the people, so sorely tried."


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      Video Available on Youth Day's Stations of the Cross

      TORONTO, APRIL 10, 2003 (Zenit.org).- An almost three-hour-long video on the Stations of the Cross at last year's World Youth Day is now available.

      Entitled "Way of the Cross," this 172-minute video (in two tapes or one DVD) is accompanied by a 64-page booklet containing the complete script of the Stations that took place on University Avenue last July 26.

      The stations were adapted from those written by John Paul II for the Great Jubilee in 2000.

      The production comes on the heels of a video/DVD produced last autumn by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in conjunction with the National Office of World Youth Day 2002 and Catholic publisher Novalis. That 93-minute production was entitled "World Youth Day with the Pope in Canada."

      World Youth Day 2002 asked Novalis to handle distribution of the videos and DVDs. Proceeds will go to WYD 2002.

      The videos or DVDs can be ordered by telephone. Within North America, Novalis has a toll-free number, (800) 387-7164. It can also be reached at (416) 363-3303. The toll-free fax number is (800) 204-4140. Otherwise, call (416) 363-9409.

      By e-mail, contact cservice@.... Or see http://www.novalis.ca


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      Vatican II, 40 Years Later: "Gaudium et Spes"

      George Weigel on the Pastoral Constitution on the Church

      ROME, APRIL 10, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Forty years after the Second Vatican Council, ZENIT is asking Church leaders and prominent laity to reflect on some of the main documents of the council.

      Here, ZENIT spoke with George Weigel about "Gaudium et Spes," the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world.

      Weigel, a senior fellow who holds the John M. Olin Chair in Religion and American Democracy at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, in Washington, D.C., regularly comments on issues of religion and public life. The papal biographer's most recent book is "The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform and the Future of the Church" (Basic Books).

      Q: What were the most important contributions to "Gaudium et Spes"?

      Weigel: "Gaudium et Spes" opened new conversations between the Church and democracy, the Church and science, and the Church and nonbelievers. Its description of the free society as having three parts -- democratic political community, free economy and vibrant public moral culture, the last being the most important -- was picked up and developed brilliantly by Pope John Paul II in "Centesimus Annus."

      It's also striking that "Gaudium et Spes" 22 and 24 are the two most cited conciliar references in the voluminous magisterium of the present Pope. "Gaudium et Spes" 22 -- which teaches that Jesus reveals both the face of the merciful Father and the true meaning of our humanity -- is the charter of an authentic Christian humanism.

      "Gaudium et Spes" 24 -- which teaches that the fulfillment of our lives is found in self-giving, not self-assertion -- is the Church's response to the selfishness and solipsism of so much of modern culture.

      Q: What was the most misunderstood part of the constitution?

      Weigel: It's not so much a question of misunderstanding the text as the context. "Gaudium et Spes" was taken to be the document in which the Church "opened its windows to the modern world." Fair enough.

      But there's another side to this: "Gaudium et Spes" also challenged the modern world to open its windows to the world of transcendent truth and love. A real dialogue is a two-way street. Some people forgot that in the aftermath of "Gaudium et Spes."

      In light of the current plague of postmodernism and deconstruction, and the demolition of any notion of "truth" with public traction, one might also ask whether "Gaudium et Spes" was a bit too sanguine about the main currents of late 20th-century intellectual life.

      Q: The Church is growing in the Third World, but stumbling, it seems, in the West. What must the Church do in the decades ahead to win the world for Christ?

      Weigel: Be the Church -- that is, be an evangelical movement that tells the world of God's passionate love for humanity. That, not institutional maintenance, is what the Church is for. When the Church is that, and does that, it flourishes, even in the West.

      Q: Have the scandals in the United States affected the Church's credibility?

      Weigel: They certainly haven't helped. But the overwhelming majority of Catholics know that the overwhelming majority of priests are good men and good servants of the Church and society.

      Q: In the post-Sept. 11 era, what particular parts of "Gaudium et Spes" come to the fore?

      Weigel: "Gaudium et Spes" correctly intuited that religious conviction would shape the 21th-century world. But it could not have anticipated the rise of a radical form of Islam, better styled "Islamism," that is not interested in dialogue but in conquest -- first cultural, then political.

      The most comprehensive, religiously grounded counterproposal to Islamicist totalitarianism is the three-part free society mapped out by "Gaudium et Spes" and amplified by John Paul II in "Centesimus Annus."

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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, APRIL 10, 2003 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father received in separate audiences:

      - Giuliano Urbani, Italian minister for Cultural Affairs, and an entourage.

      - Archbishop Antonio Canizares Llovera of Toledo, Spain.

      - Bishop Tommaso Ghirelli of Imola, Italy.

      - Bishop Milan Sasik, apostolic administrator "ad nutum Sanctae Sedis" of Mukacheve of the Byzantine Rite, Ukraine, and an entourage.

      - Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome and president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, with Bishop Giuseppe Betori, secretary general of the same conference.

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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, APR 10, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. Guillermo Patricio Vera Soto, pastor of the Cathedral of the diocese of Melipilla, Chile, as bishop prelate of Calama (area 43,000, population 159,532, Catholics 132,411, priests 11, permanent deacons 3, religious 11), Chile. The bishop-elect was born in Isla de Maipo, Chile in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 1982.

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      3. Today's Lectionary Readings Text
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      Biblica Online
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      4.DIVINE OFFICE TEXTS & AUDIO ONLINE:

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      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
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      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:

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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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