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      Volume 4, Issue 1

      MONDAY 5 January 2004

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      • Papal Intention: an End to Discrimination
      • Pope Mourns for Nuncio Ambushed in Burundi
      • New International Order Urged for Sake of Peace
      • John Paul II Prays for a Year of Peace, Family Unity and Vocations
      • 29 Catholic Missionaries Slain in 2003
      • Aid Requested for Quake Victims in Iran
      • Iran's Catholics Joining Quake-Relief Efforts

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      Papal Intention: an End to Discrimination

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- During the month of January, John Paul II is praying for people to recognize one another as members of one family, and thus overcome all forms of discrimination.

      This is the general intention of the Apostleship of Prayer, which the Holy Father makes his own, offering prayers and sacrifices together with thousands of lay people, religious, priests and bishops.

      The intention for this month reads: "That all men and women may recognize that they are members of God's one family and end wars, injustice and discrimination among themselves."

      The Pope is also praying for the following missionary intention: "That every mission Church may engage itself in the training of apostolic personnel."

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      Pope Mourns for Nuncio Ambushed in Burundi

      Archbishop Michael Courtney Dies After Attack on Car

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II sent a telegram of condolence to the episcopate in Burundi, expressing "spiritual closeness and my compassion" for the ambush slaying of the Irish-born papal nuncio to that African country.

      In his telegram Tuesday the Pope said he was "deeply saddened by the tragic news of the violent death of Archbishop Michael A. Courtney, apostolic nuncio in Burundi."

      Upon hearing the news of the death Monday, "the Holy Father recollected himself in prayer, entrusting to Christ, the Good Shepherd, the soul of this faithful and generous servant of the Church and the Holy See, who died while carrying out his difficult mission," read the telegram sent to Archbishop Simon Ntamwana, president of the episcopal conference of Burundi.

      The Pope also transmitted his condolences to the relatives of the slain archbishop.

      The murder of an apostolic nuncio is unprecedented in modern history. Even during the two World Wars, no papal ambassador was killed.

      "I ask the Lord of life to accept him into his kingdom of light and peace," the Holy Father said in his telegram, "he who manifested the daily concern of the Successor of Peter for more than three years to all the citizens of Burundi."

      The Pope encouraged "everyone to commit themselves to follow Christ, rejecting violence, which is a path without a future, and to build up lasting peace, based on justice, respect for others, and security for all."

      A statement issued late Monday by the Vatican Secretariat of State said the assassination took place in Minago, a town 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the capital, Bujumbura, where the prelate had gone in order to carry out pastoral obligations.

      "The automobile in which the pontifical representative was traveling this afternoon, with a priest wounded in the attack, a driver and another person, was shot at with firearms from a nearby hill," the statement explained.

      "Archbishop Courtney, who was taken with great difficulty to the closest hospital in Bujumbura, did not regain consciousness due to serious wounds which caused an uncontrollable hemorrhage. Despite the doctor's efforts, the prelate died during emergency surgery," it added.

      "With the death of Archbishop Courtney, the list of missionaries who have given their life for the Gospel during 2003 grows longer. And now, for the first time, the name of the pontifical representative is added to that list of generous faithful. May the Lord grant them eternal rest!" said the text.

      Michael Courtney was born in Nenagh, County Tipperary, in 1945. He was ordained a priest at age 23. He entered the Holy See's diplomatic service in 1980, serving in South Africa, Senegal, India, Yugoslavia, Cuba and Egypt.

      In 1995 he was appointed special envoy with functions of permanent observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. John Paul II named him apostolic nuncio in Burundi in 2000 and making him an archbishop.

      Archbishop Courtney was due to leave Burundi soon, as the Pope named him apostolic nuncio in Cuba. An opportune moment was being awaited to announce this new mission, the assistant director of the Vatican press office, Father Ciro Benedettini, said on Vatican Radio.

      Father Claudio Marano, religious of the Missionary Brothers of St. Francis Xavier, told Vatican Radio that Archbishop Courtney "was a nuncio who never remained silent."

      "His desire was to sit around the table with everyone to attain peace," Father Marano said. "He did so also this Christmas, in the Mass celebrated in the cathedral. He constantly repeated: 'Let's all sit around a table, including the group that will not sign the cease-fire.'"

      Burundi's first democratically elected president was assassinated in October 1993, after only four months in office. Since then, some 200,000 Burundians have perished in ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi factions. The army blamed the nuncio's killing on the rebel National Liberation Forces. But FNL guerrillas rebels denied they killed the papal envoy, Agence France-Presse reported.

      The Holy See's diplomatic service, the oldest in the world, goes back to the time of papal legates sent by Popes to represent them at important councils. A legate was present at the Council of Nicaea in the year 325.

      According to the Vienna Diplomatic Convention of April 18, 1961, the Holy See's ambassadors, known as apostolic nuncios, are considered the deans of the diplomatic corps of the country where they are assigned.

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      New International Order Urged for Sake of Peace

      Pope Says Temptation to Mistrust Must Be Overcome

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II started the new year by insisting that peace is "possible" and thus a "duty," and he called for a new international order.

      That was the focus of the Pope's homily today at the Mass to celebrate the solemnity of the Mother of God. The Church also marked World Day of Peace.

      The Holy Father concentrated on the need to teach peace, an issue he highlighted in the first year of his pontificate. "Given that peace is possible -- I wish to repeat -- it is a duty," he explained in St. Peter's Basilica.

      "In the face of situations of injustice and violence that oppress various areas of the planet, in the face of the permanence of armed conflicts frequently forgotten by public opinion, it is ever more necessary to build together paths of peace," the Pope said. "Therefore, it is indispensable to teach peace."

      He said it is particularly necessary to teach peace in the land where Jesus was born, which, "unfortunately, continues to live in dramatic conditions."

      "It is necessary, however, to persevere without yielding to the temptation to mistrust," the Holy Father added. "An effort is necessary on the part of all to have the fundamental rights of people respected through constant education in lawfulness."

      "With this objective, everything possible must be done to overcome the logic of strict justice in order to open also to that of forgiveness. In fact, there is no peace without forgiveness," the Pope said.

      Commenting on the international scene, the Holy Father explained that there is an ever-greater need for "a new international order, which will make use of the experience and results obtained in these years by the United Nations."

      He called for such "an order that will be capable of giving solutions that are appropriate to the problems of today, based on the dignity of the human person, the integral development of society, solidarity between rich and poor countries, and the capacity to share the resources and extraordinary results of scientific and technological progress."

      Ambassadors of countries accredited to the Holy See attended the Mass, which was presided over by the Holy Father and celebrated by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

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      John Paul II Prays for a Year of Peace, Family Unity and Vocations

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II closed out 2003 by presiding at a thanksgiving "Te Deum" and praying that the new year would bring peace, family unity, and vocations to the consecrated life.

      Amid thousands of pilgrims who filled St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday, the Pope read his homily in a clear voice, and ended by imploring for peace "for the whole world."

      Addressing his prayer through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Father had prayed earlier for the work the Church carries out in service "of the family, young people, and vocations of special consecration."

      "May families respond ever more fully to the plan God has always had for them!" the Pope exclaimed.

      With the year 2004 in mind, he appealed to the faithful to invoke "the maternal protection of Most Holy Mary, to ask her to continue to guide our way."

      Pilgrims arrived in the early hours to attend the "Te Deum," ignoring rumors of possible terrorist attacks against the Vatican.

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      29 Catholic Missionaries Slain in 2003

      But List Is Far From Complete, Says Fides

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- At least 29 Catholics were killed in 2003 while carrying out their missionary work, including lay people and an archbishop, says the Vatican missionary agency Fides.

      The most recent deaths were those of German Father Anton Probst, a religious of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, killed on Dec. 24 in Akono, Cameroon, and Irish Archbishop Michael Courtney, apostolic nuncio in Burundi, victim of an ambush Monday.

      There were four more missionaries killed in 2003 than in 2002, and four fewer than in 2001. Fides, the organ of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, explained that the list is incomplete, since it is only a fraction of the number of Catholics who died because of their faith.

      The list includes the names of four lay people, 20 priests, one religious, and three seminarians.

      Colombia, where six missionaries were killed, proved once again to be the most dangerous country to carry out missionary work. There were four other deaths in Latin America: two missionaries in El Salvador, one in Brazil, and one in Guatemala.

      Seventeen died in Africa: six in Uganda, five in Congo, and one each in Cameroon, Burundi, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Somalia and Kenya.

      Two died in Asia: one in India and another in Pakistan.

      Here is the list published by Fides:

      -- Father Dieudonné Mvuezolo-Tovo from Congo, coordinator for Catholic schools in Bas province, Congo, shot dead on March 11 by a man in military uniform on the Tshimpi Matadi Road.

      -- Father Nelson Gómez Bejarano from Colombia, 52, parish priest of the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Armenia, Colombia. Killed on March 22 by robbers.

      -- Father Martin Macharia Njoroge from Kenya, 34, died on April 11 in a hospital in Nairobi from injuries inflicted by robbers on the city outskirts. The robbers forced him to get out of his car and then fired several shots at him. They escaped with his car, which they abandoned a short distance away. He was in charge of St. Francis Xavier Parish at Parklands. A brother of his, also a priest, was killed in 2000.

      -- Father Raphael Ngona from Congo was shot dead May 6 on the premises of Bunia diocesan offices where he was living temporarily, having been appointed parish priest at Drodro.

      -- Three seminarians were kidnapped in Lachor, Uganda (in the Archdiocese of Gulu) during the night of May 10 and subsequently killed. Altogether, 41 boys were abducted by Lord's Resistance Army rebels. Some escaped, and the rest are believed to be still held by the rebels.

      -- Father Aimé Njabu and Father Francois Xavier Mateso, from Congo, were found dead on May 10 in Nyakasanza parish, on the outskirts of Bunia. Father Njabu was slain with a machete and Father Mateso was shot dead in the parish compound. A number of parishioners were also found dead.

      -- Father Jairo Garavito, 36, of Colombia, was killed May 15 by a group of delinquents who broke into the parish house at Yerbabuena di Chia, in the Cundinamarca region. He died of suffocation after being beaten, gagged and bound.

      -- Franciscan Father Manus Campbell, of Ireland, was killed May 21 by robbers who broke into the parish in the outskirts of Durban, South Africa. A member of the Order of Friars Minor, he had been a missionary in South Africa for 45 years.

      -- Ana Isabel Sánchez Torralba, 22, of Spain, was on her first mission abroad as a member of the Calasanziano Voluntary Missionary group, when she was killed in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea, on July 1 during a police raid.

      -- Father George Ibrahim, 38, of Pakistan, was shot dead at dawn July 5 by armed men who broke into his parish dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima at Renala Khurd, in the Okara district.

      -- Capuchin Father Taddeo Gabrieli, 73, of Italy, stabbed to death July 19 at Imperatriz, Brazil, by a person he was trying to assist. The person apparently was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The priest had devoted his life to evangelization.

      -- Comboni Missionary Father Mario Mantovani, 84, of Italy, and Comboni Brother Godfrey Kiryowa, 29, of Uganda, were shot dead Aug. 14 on the road between Capeto and Kotido, Uganda, by cattle thieves. Father Mantovani had assisted lepers in Uganda for 45 years.

      -- Father Alphonse Kavendiambuku of the Matadi Diocese, in Congo, killed Aug. 26 at Kavuaya, by five former military men who attacked the car in which the priest and another two passengers were traveling.

      -- Father Lawrence Oyuru, parish priest at Ocero, in the Soroti Diocese in Uganda, was killed with 25 other people in an ambush staged by Lord's Resistance Army rebels on the Soroti-Manasale road on Sept. 1.

      -- Father William de Jesús Ortez, 32, born in Jucuapa, El Salvador, was parish priest at the cathedral in the Santiago de Maria Diocese. He was shot dead inside the cathedral Oct. 5. The sacristan, Jaime Noel Quintanilla, 23, was also shot dead.

      -- Annalena Tonelli, 63, of Italy, a voluntary medical worker, was shot dead Oct. 5 as she left the hospital she herself had opened and where she had cared for the local people for 33 years at Borama, Somalia.

      -- Father Sanjeevananda Swami, 52, of India, died of wounds inflicted by aggressors in Belur Kolar district, in the Bangalore Diocese, on Oct. 7.

      -- Father Saulo Carreño, 38, of Colombia, parish priest at Saravena, was shot dead in his car Nov. 3. Maritza Linares, a hospital worker traveling with him, was also killed, probably by outlaws fighting for control of this oil-rich area, near Sarare hospital on the Saravena-Fortul road.

      -- Father Henry Humberto López Cruz, 44, a parish priest at Villavicencio, was stabbed to death in the parish house during the night of Nov. 3. His body, tied to a chair, was found the next day by a cleaning woman.

      -- Father José Rubín Rodríguez, 51, of Colombia, parish priest at La Salina, Casanare, was kidnapped Nov. 14 and murdered in the rural area of Tame. His body was found Nov. 21.

      -- Father José Maria Ruiz Furlan, 69, of Guatemala, shot dead Dec. 14 at his parish in a poor district of Guatemala City. He was known to be a passionate human rights activist who worked to improve the living conditions of the poor.

      -- Father Anton Probst, 68, of Germany, a Claretian missionary, was killed after Christmas Eve Mass at a novitiate in Akono, Cameroon. He was returning to his room when he met with thieves who gagged and bound him and beat him to death.

      -- Archbishop Michael Courtney, 58, of Ireland, apostolic nuncio in Burundi, was mortally wounded in his car during an ambush on Monday at Minago.

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      Aid Requested for Quake Victims in Iran

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- As soon as John Paul II learned of the Iranian earthquake, he expressed his closeness to the country's residents and urged Catholic institutions to join in relief efforts.

      On Dec. 26, the Pope requested that a telegram be sent to Archbishop Angelo Mottola, apostolic nuncio in Iran, in which the Holy Father expressed "his profound sympathy to the authorities of the country and the Iranian people."

      Before praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, the Pope appealed for prayers for the victims of the quake that devastated the city of Bam.

      He invited "international organizations, especially Catholic charitable institutions, to help with generosity our Iranian brothers and sisters, affected by such a grave catastrophe. May the solidarity of the whole world, felt especially in the Christmas climate, make their situation less dramatic."

      Some sources put the death toll at close to 30,000. Others fear it could reach 40,000 or higher.

      On Tuesday, the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" announced that John Paul II made a financial donation to relief efforts.

      "With this gesture," a "Cor Unum" statement explained, "His Holiness wishes to sustain and encourage, through Catholic structures present in that nation, the relief work for those suffering from the consequences of the catastrophic earthquake." No details on the exact amount of the donation were given.

      Caritas Internationalis, the world federation of national Catholic aid organizations, has mobilized to help those affected by the quake.

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      Iran's Catholics Joining Quake-Relief Efforts

      Nuncio Tells of Aid in Wake of Devastation

      TEHRAN, Iran, JAN. 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Iran's Catholics have been collecting money and medicines for the victims of last Friday's earthquake that devastated the city of Bam and left nearly 30,000 dead.

      Archbishop Angelo Mottola, apostolic nuncio in Tehran, confirmed that Iran's Catholics have been working for relief efforts since the day after the quake in the Kerman province.

      Estimates of the number of dead vary; some officials say the final toll could hit 40,000. The number of wounded is considerably higher. The ancient city of Bam was virtually destroyed.

      Archbishop Mottola told AsiaNews: "There are no Christians, yet we have many friends [there]. And unfortunately there is no way to get in touch with them. Even cell phones don't work, and I am worried, since I still haven't had any word as to whether these friends are alive or dead."

      The archbishop has been in Tehran for nearly four years. "The situation is really on the brink of desperation," he said. "As soon as we became aware of the disaster, on Saturday, December 27, we called a meeting of Catholic Church bishops and decided to help the people of Bam as much as we could."

      Iran's Catholics number around 16,000 in a total population of 62 million inhabitants. In the wake of the Khomeini regime, relations are now improving between the Church and the government of President Mohammad Khatami.

      The Church donated about $500 to the relief effort. "The amount is not large," the nuncio acknowledged. "However it is the first sign of closeness and solidarity with our brothers and sisters."

      "We have also asked Caritas Internationalis to contribute to this cause, as a most important act of human solidarity," he added. "The situation is quite frightening."

      "In addition to the tragedy of deaths," he continued, "there are survivors in need of help in the form of food, medicine, tents and blankets. They have nothing, while living and sleeping in this desert area. Travel to the region is also made difficult. To reach the disaster area there is only a small airport and a single desert road."

      Many charitable organizations have already responded to the appeal, including Dutch and German charities as well as Caritas Internationalis. Representatives from Sécours Catholique, a French charity, have also arrived in Tehran. The charities have allocated 50,000 euros ($63,000) each. The sum goes partly to fulfill emergency needs and partly to rebuild the Bam area, which was 80% destroyed.

      Before praying the midday Angelus on Sunday, John Paul II appealed to Catholics and the international community worldwide to show solidarity for the earthquake victims.

      "I am comforted by the Holy Father's appeal for the Bam quake victims," Archbishop Mottola said. "I really hope the world and especially Christians accept his urgent call."

      Other Christian communities in Iran, including Orthodox and Protestants, are collecting emergency goods to be sent to quake victims.

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      Chapter Eight (continued)

      The eleventh section of chapter eight is entitled: "St. Bernard and his "Secretaries"". This section briefly describes the role of a notary in writing the text of an author during the medieval period. At this time the word "dictare" did not mean dictation as it does today or during the patristic age but was looser meaning "to compose" a literary text. This is why the notaries or secretaries of St. Bernard who wrote treatises after his death often have their writings confused with his since they are similar and by the same hands.

      The twelfth section "Rhetoric and Sincerity" explains how medieval sermons became more theological tracts that were more like scholastic apologies that defended or proved a theological truth than a sermon that was a reflection drawn from lectio divina meant to inspire.

      Jean Leclercq, O.S.B., The Love of Learning and the Desire For God. A
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