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Volume 3, Issue 228

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  • John N. Lupia
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2003

      Volume 3, Issue 228

      TUESDAY 2 December 2003

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      • Church Needs Bishops Who Are Intensely Tied to Christ, Says Pope
      • John Paul II Condemns Deadly Attack on Spaniards in Iraq
      • Pope Has Advice for Those Studying at French Seminary
      • Papal Intention: to Alleviate Human Suffering
      • Wiesenthal Center Awards Pope for Efforts in Judeo-Christian Dialogue
      • Telecast Information for Christmas Events at Vatican
      • Cardinal Sepe Closes Missionary Congress With a Plea
      • African Bishops Promise Concerted Action on AIDS
      • The Place of "Feminine Genius" in the Church

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      Church Needs Bishops Who Are Intensely Tied to Christ, Says Pope

      Receives Group of Visiting French Prelates

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- A society that does not perceive the Church's message in a positive way needs bishops who have an intense relationship with Christ, says John Paul II.

      The Pope expressed this conviction Friday when he received the first group of French bishops, from the provinces of Cambrai and Reims, on their five-yearly visit to the Holy See.

      Based on reports the bishops gave him in individual meetings, John Paul II said that in today's world "your mission has become, without a doubt, more complex and delicate, in particular, because of the crisis you must continue to address."

      "It is characterized by spiritual and pastoral fragility and by the social climate in which Christian values and the very image of the Church are not perceived in a positive way," he continued.

      He described the society "in which a subjectivist and lax moral view often reigns."

      The bishop must address this situation at a time when there is a decrease in the number of priests and of consecrated persons, the Holy Father said.

      "Regardless of the apostolic circumstances," what is most important is that bishops be animated by "the hope of Christ" in their ministry, he said.

      To achieve that objective, the Pope advised the French prelates to "pay attention to your own spiritual life, rooting your ministry in an intense relationship with Christ, in prolonged meditation on the Scriptures, and in an intense sacramental life."

      "In this way, you will be able to communicate to the faithful the desire to live in intimate union with God, and to affirm their faith, so that together you can propose the faith to your fellow citizens," he explained. "Every mission is based on this privileged relationship with the Lord."

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      John Paul II Condemns Deadly Attack on Spaniards in Iraq

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II sent a message to Spanish Prime Minister to condemn the terrorist attack in Iraq that killed seven members of Spain's National Intelligence Service last Saturday.

      In the telegram to José María Aznar, sent by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Pope expresses "his firm condemnation for this new act of unjustifiable violence, which is added to so many cruel gestures perpetrated in that tormented nation."

      "In his prayers, the Pope implores the Lord for the eternal rest of the victims and assures his closeness to their families, plunged in great sorrow, in mourning for their loved ones," the telegram continues.

      John Paul II "invites all to pray and work so that in that very tried region, conditions of normality and peace will return as soon as possible."

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      Pope Has Advice for Those Studying at French Seminary

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II received in audience the community of the Pontifical French Seminary of Rome, for the institution's 150th anniversary.

      "The formation of future priests is an essential task of the Church, which requires the attention of bishops, the first responsible, to whom it corresponds to call to holy orders, after having made the necessary discernment with the priests designated for this," the Pope said today in his brief address in French.

      His advice to the priests and seminarians in attendance was: "Take advantage of this time to let yourselves be directed by the Lord, with great docility to the Spirit and profound obedience to the Church and her shepherds."

      "Your integral formation is a human, spiritual, moral and intellectual maturation, in the light of Christ and in contact with pastoral realities, accepting with trust the help of teachers in the heart of the community," the Pope added.

      The French Seminary has 52 young priests and seminarians, supported by a formation team of six priests or assistants. The seminary has been entrusted to religious of the Holy Ghost Congregation.

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      Papal Intention: to Alleviate Human Suffering

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- This month John Paul II is praying that all believers worldwide will help to alleviate human suffering.

      The Apostleship of Prayer announced this intention, which the Pope makes his own, and for which thousands of bishops, priests, religious and lay people pray and offer sacrifices every month.

      The Pope's general intention for December is: "That the members of all religions may cooperate to alleviate the human sufferings of our time."

      He also offers a prayer every month for the mission. This December it is: "That the Church in the countries where totalitarian regimes still reign, may be given full freedom to carry out her own spiritual mission."

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      Wiesenthal Center Awards Pope for Efforts in Judeo-Christian Dialogue

      John Paul II Calls on Nations to Promote Peace and Reconciliation

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- At an audience with representatives of the Jewish community, John Paul II appealed to nations to reinforce the "commitment of mutual understanding, reconciliation and peace."

      His words were addressed to the European Section of the Simon Wiesenthal Center of Paris, an institution founded in 1977 to preserve the memory of the Holocaust, while promoting tolerance and understanding.

      During today's audience, the delegation awarded the Pope a prize in recognition of his work to foster Judeo-Christian dialogue. Past recipients of the award were the Dalai Lama and King Hussein of Jordan.

      "I am pleased to welcome you to the Vatican today and I thank you for your good wishes and for the gift that you have presented to me on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of my election to the See of Peter," the Pope said in English.

      "In these difficult times let us pray that all peoples everywhere will be strengthened in their commitment to mutual understanding, reconciliation and peace," he added.

      In a statement issued before the audience, Rabbi Marvin Hier, who headed the delegation, said he hoped to address with the Pope the topic of the "proliferation of anti-Semitism and international terrorism in the world."

      The rabbi also he would ask the Holy Father to support a campaign to have the international community declare suicide attacks a "crime against humanity."

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      Telecast Information for Christmas Events at Vatican

      Coordinated by Council for Social Communications

      VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- This year's midnight Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and the next day's papal message and blessing will be able to be followed live on television worldwide.

      Television coverage of these ceremonies, for worldwide distribution, will be provided by Radiotelevisone Italiana (RAI), in cooperation with the Vatican Television Center (CTV), and coordinated by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the latter said in a statement.

      The following telecasts will be available:

      -- in Europe, through the EBU (European Broadcasting Union-Eurovision);
      -- in the rest of the world through INTELSAT;
      -- in parts of Latin America, also through PanAmSat.

      Television networks and stations that want to take part in these telecasts are asked to contact:

      -- in Europe: RAI, Eurovision Office, Sig.ra Laura Maggiore, telephone: (39) 06 3317 0053/2814; fax (39) 06 3317 1151; e-mail: eurovision@...

      -- elsewhere: Telespazio, Sig. Sergio Bernardi, telephone: (39) 06 4079 3487; fax: (39) 06 407 1790; e-mail: customer_support@...

      -- in Latin America, OTI (Organización de la Televisión Iberoamericana), Mr. Darío de la Pena, fax: (52) 55 5281 1564/280 7847; e-mail: otiprogramas@... or, if necessary, Telespazio, as noted above.

      Television networks and stations which, for technical reasons, cannot make use of satellite audio signals can use telephone circuits with the Vatican by contacting: Telecom Italia, Sig. Joseph Soureal, telephone: (39) 06 3689 4067/4657; fax: (39) 06 3689 4506/4413.

      For fully equipped positions for television commentators in the Braccio di Carlo Magno, next to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, interested networks and stations are asked to contact Sig.ra Laura Maggiore at RAI (see above).

      The Pontifical Council for Social Communications will cover the technical expenses for satellite uplink. For developing countries that find themselves in particular difficulty, on recommendation of the respective papal representative, the council will cover downlink expenses, but not the expenses for local/national transmission of the programs.

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      Cardinal Sepe Closes Missionary Congress With a Plea

      "Do Not Be Afraid to Be Holy," He Tells Gathering in Guatemala

      GUATEMALA CITY, DEC. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe closed the 2nd American Mission Congress with a strong call to holiness and evangelization.

      "Church in America, 'duc in altum!' (put out into the deep!)" exhorted the cardinal in his homily Sunday at the congress's closing Mass. The Mass, celebrated in Guatemala's National Stadium, attracted cardinals, bishops, hundreds of priests, and some 22,000 faithful.

      "Stemming from your faith in Jesus Christ, your life is mission!" the cardinal said. "Church in America, do not be afraid to be holy, do not hesitate to leave your land, with Christ, to go to all peoples and cultures!"

      The six-day congress attracted 3,000 missionaries of the Church from Alaska to Chile. Cardinal Sepe, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was John Paul II's envoy to the congress.

      Noting that the congress, or CAM2 as it is known, coincided with the start of Advent, Cardinal Sepe invited his listeners to prepare to receive "the Lord who will come … prolonging on earth the Redeemer's mission" and "taking the fire of his love to all peoples and cultures."

      He urged the congress "not to hesitate to fulfill the mission 'ad gentes' [to the nations], the first task the apostles received from Christ after his resurrection."

      The cardinal exhorted the "sons and daughters of the Church in America" to be "the architects of evangelization in the third millennium," and reminded them of John Paul II's words, in which he urged Latin America, the "evangelized continent," to become "an evangelizing continent that looks at Europe, Africa and the peoples of Asia."

      Aware that the task is not easy, but knowing that the Lord "grants us the necessary means to carry it out," Cardinal Sepe told the faithful they must learn from the testimony of the saints of America, and they must support "the growing number of vocations to the priesthood, the consecrated life, and the mission 'ad gentes,' which are born in not a few particular Churches of the continent, with prayer and sacrifice."

      Another indispensable group for the mission is the "consoling reality of the laity," of so many catechists, and of ecclesial movements and new communities, as well as "charisms inspired by the Spirit which invade as an impetuous wind," carrying missionaries "to new paths of commitment," the cardinal continued.

      "Rejoice at the growing commitment of many dioceses which send, even from their poverty, 'fidei donum' diocesan priests," in aid of other sister Churches, he said.

      Bishop Julio Cabrera Ovalle, of the Guatemalan diocese of Jalapa, announced that Ecuador will be the venue for the 3rd American Mission Congress and the 8th Latin American Mission Congress, in 2007.

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      African Bishops Promise Concerted Action on AIDS

      Message on a World Day

      ACCRA, Ghana, DEC. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- On World AIDS Day, all the Catholic bishops of Africa promised concerted action in the struggle against the HIV virus and in care of the sick.

      The bishops' commitment was expressed in a message entitled "Our Prayer Is Always Full of Hope" and made public by the Symposium of the Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

      Since 1987, Catholic bishops in Africa have spoken over 60 times about HIV/AIDS. But for the first time -- today's World AIDS Day -- they spoke out openly and with a collective voice on the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

      The message, given in the name of over 600 bishops of the continent, was prepared and approved at a two-day seminar during the plenary assembly of SECAM, held in Senegal from Sept. 30 to Oct. 13.

      The 2003 message underlines the seriousness of the threat posed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. A two-page action plan outlines more than 20 objectives and strategies of the Church in its struggle against HIV/AIDS.

      "The bishops commit the Church's resources to combating HIV/AIDS and declare their resolve to educate appropriately in affective and sexual education for life," the presentation statement affirms.

      "They decry both the poverty and the violence that go hand in hand with HIV and AIDS," it adds.

      With regard to preventing the spread of HIV, the bishops reaffirm that "abstinence for those who are single and fidelity for those who are married are the best ways to avoid becoming infected by HIV or infecting others."

      The bishops' message may be read in RTF format at http://users.online.be/~sj.eur.news/doc2/secam-aids2003e.doc.

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      The Place of "Feminine Genius" in the Church

      Interview with Author of a Thesis on the Feminine Genius at Work in the Church

      ROME, DEC. 1, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The contribution of the "feminine genius" in the Church was one of the novelties of Paul VI's pontificate, but especially of John Paul II's, according to a recently defended doctoral thesis.

      Sister Rosetta Napolitano, who defended her thesis at Rome's Teresianum Pontifical Institute of Spirituality, analyzes the application of this contribution in areas such as theology and spiritual direction.

      Q: You say in your thesis that the feminine dimension in the Church has been an issue, a resource, a specificity, and genius. Can you explain the differences among these?

      Sister Napolitano: The feminine aspect has been regarded in different ways since the first feminine controversies. This has meant slow but continuous growth in understanding and reflection on this phenomenon.

      Initially it was seen as an issue, that is, it had a more negative connotation: It was seen as a danger to be resolved as soon as possible so that it would not attack the traditional image of woman, seen essentially and solely as the "angel of the home."

      Subsequently, the feminine aspect was seen as a resource, emphasizing the recognition of the potential of woman's contribution, not only in the family ambit, but also in the growth of society and of the Church, typical of John XXIII's pontificate and of the conciliar period.

      The topic of feminine specificity arose with greater vigor in Paul VI's documents, which tried to delineate the "specifically" feminine, in order to find its place in the Church.

      The feminine as "genius" is a typical expression of John Paul II, who wishes to point out the way that is proper to woman in living the faith, a way that is both different and reciprocal in regard to the masculine.

      Q: Is "feminine genius" as such an invention of John Paul II?

      Sister Napolitano: The term is, but what the content stands for had already been intuited, along general lines, by John XXIII and Paul VI.

      Q: You criticize some movements for perpetuating the inferior condition of women and others for making extremist feminine claims. Is there a third way?

      Sister Napolitano: It is not, exactly, about finding a third way. The issue is to be able to be ourselves in the light of the Spirit, trying to realize the plan that God has for us as his image, and to do so as women, without abandoning our femininity out of fear of being accused of weakness, or diluting it, out of a misunderstood idea of equality with man.

      God has created the human being masculine and feminine, not just for the relationship, but also because only one human being could not have expressed totally the richness of his image.

      All the good and beautiful that we express, as women and men, is no more than a reflection of those characteristics that, in the Creator, are already present in the highest perfection.

      Acceptance, understanding, tenderness, specificity, fortitude, gift, etc. -- before being feminine or masculine characteristics -- are divine prerogatives that we are all called to reflect, even if it is in different ways that stem from our physical and psychological constitution as women or men, and that necessarily influences the way of acting in the world and of expressing the faith.

      Therefore, each one is called to conform to the image of God in keeping with his own peculiarities and potentialities.

      Q: What is the meaning of the idea that spirituality is the privileged place of the feminine genius?

      Sister Napolitano: It means that it has been practically the only ambit, in the history of the Church, in which women have had the possibility to freely express themselves and, therefore, to manifest their innermost self, a particular way of living the faith, in a word, her genius.

      Spirituality, as the actualization of the Christian mystery in the believer, is expressed by what has been concretely experienced rather than by theological speculations. It is within everyone's reach, and its importance is well understood, especially when, as has happened for so many years to women in the Church, there are no other possibilities to manifest in the light of the Spirit what has been received.

      If it were not for the numerous "living books," qualified testimonies of the faith written in the course of the centuries with the lives of so many women, we would not have the basis to speak of "feminine genius" and of the irreplaceable and peculiar contribution of women to theological reflection, even if expressed in a different way from traditional theological treatises.

      Q: You write: "I hope there will be a time for the concrete integration and participation of all women in ecclesial life." What would this mean?

      Sister Napolitano: On one hand, to have the courage to put into practice what the magisterium already says in this regard, and that many times is neglected in practice. On the other, to find concrete ways of commitment, through a renewed courage on the part of women themselves.

      I think much time has been wasted discussing the opportuneness, or lack thereof, of admitting women to the priesthood, as if it were the only way that a person can express their collaboration in spreading the Kingdom of God.

      It has been forgotten that there are other concrete ways of commitment, whether in the field of theology, scientific research, and teaching or in the liturgical and ministerial fields as, for example, in spiritual direction. These are areas that, in theory, are also open to women, but in practice remain as something almost exclusively masculine.

      Q: What is woman's contribution to the new evangelization?

      Sister Napolitano: I think that it is expressed above all in the ambit of the recovery of the relational dimension, understood as care and acceptance of the person himself, at a time that is increasingly dominated by "massification" and anonymity.

      The spiritual experience of so many women in the past and present demonstrates, in fact, how women are particularly suited for this task, because of their predisposition to maternity which enables them to enter the inner world of the other to understand him/her from within. This could be very useful and profitable in different ecclesial areas, in the first place, in the ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

      Sister Rosetta Napolitano's thesis is entitled "Il genio femminile e il suo insorgere nel Magisterio e nella Teologia Spirituale degli ultimi decenni del XX Secolo (1962-1999)" (Feminine Genius and its Emergence in the Magisterium and in Spiritual Theology of the Last Decades of the 20th Century (1962-1999).

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      Chapter Seven (continued)

      Leclercq paints a portrait of the medieval monastic culture showing us very lucidly how the monks read ancient pagan authors, praised them, and frequently Christianized them as in the case of Ovid whom some claimed through misinformation had died a Christian.

      Conrad of Hirsau (c. 1070-1150)in his Dialogus super auctores frequently Christianizes pagan authors. (cf. Terence O. TUNBERG, Conrad of Hirsau and His Approach to the Auctores, in: Medievalia et Humanistica NS 15, 1987, p. 65). Leclerq gives us the following: "Toward the end of his Dialogue, Conrad of Hirsau sums up the advice he had given concerning the authors: There is no greater happiness in this world than to be nourished by God's word; the soul who believes, who hopes for rest after labor, buries deep within him, at the beginning of his pilgrimage, the word of God as if it were the 'repository of his hope,' and through that very fact, the soul is already drawing close to its homeland. Therefore, we should continually cultivate the philosophical disciplines, meaning those which consist of realities and not merely words. They produce scorn for the temporal and love for eternity, they teach us to 'walk in the spirit,' to combat the demands of the flesh; they inculcate divine love, the cult of the invisible, hatred of the world, a persevering love of truth and an aversion for error." (148).

      Lectio divina is here characterized as the Christian school of philosophy and morality. Secular philosophy augments this when the teachings are in accord with the Catholic faith since they deepen our commitment and strengthen our will to abide in the truth of Christ and loyal and devoted to Him and His Catholic Church.

      Jean Leclercq, O.S.B., The Love of Learning and the Desire For God. A
      Study of Monastic Culture. (NY: Fordham University Press, 1961, 1974)
      ISBN 0-8232-0406-5

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