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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 30 TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2004 Seven Founders of the Servites * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 4, Issue 30

      TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2004

      Seven Founders of the Servites

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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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      • POLISH UNIVERSITY CONFERS DOCTORATE ON POPE JOHN PAUL
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      • POPE TO PRESIDE AT ASH WEDNESDAY CELEBRATION
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • CARDINALS TO TAKE POSSESSION OF TITULAR, DIACONATE CHURCHES
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      • FRANCE. THE PASTORAL MINISTRY TO YOUTH IN COMPLEX TIMES
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      • Use of Internet by Church Is Encouraged
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      • Cardinal Kasper Traveling to Moscow on Positive Note
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      • Youth Pilgrimage Planned for Santiago de Compostela
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      • Haitian Bishops Fear a Civil War Looms
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      • LECTIO DIVINA
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      * Mary and the Ossuary
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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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      POLISH UNIVERSITY CONFERS DOCTORATE ON POPE JOHN PAUL

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 17, 2004 (VIS) - Twenty representatives of the University of Opole, Poland, who are in Rome to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its founding, were welcomed by the Pope today upon whom they conferred an honoris causa doctorate. The Pope recalled that ten years ago he consented to the institution of the Theology Faculty within the structure of a state university, knowing that "the birth of this athenaeum was very important for Opole."

      "I thank God," he said, "for the fact that the University cooperates with the Church in the work of integration of society in Opole. . If we speak of integration of society, we do not mean this in the sense of the canceling of differences, of the unification of the way of thinking, of forgetting history - often marked by events that created divisions - but rather as a continuing search for those values that are common among men, that have different roots, a different story and, as a result, their own vision of the world and references to the societies they are living in."

      "Today," the Holy Father stressed, "we speak of the Christian roots of Europe. If one sign of these are the cathedrals, the works of art, music and literature, they in a certain sense speak in silence. Universities, however, can speak out loud. . Yes, this voice might not be received by those who have been deafened by the ideology of the secularism of our continent but this does not release men of science . from the duty of giving witness . to that science and knowledge which grew in the fertile terrain of Christianity."

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      POPE TO PRESIDE AT ASH WEDNESDAY CELEBRATION

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 17, 2004 (VIS) - On February 25, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and a day of fasting, the Holy Father will preside at 10:30 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica at the celebration of the Word, during which he will bless and distribute ashes, according to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.

      The celebration will include the rite of introduction, the liturgy of the Word and a homily by the Holy Father, the blessing and imposition of ashes, the prayers of the faithful, the prayer of the Lord, and the concluding rite.

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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 17, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

      - Bishop Gerard Daucourt of Nanterre on his "ad limina" visit.

      - Fouad Aoun, ambassador of Lebanon, on his farewell visit.

      - Archbishop Alfons Nossol of Opole, Poland, with a delegation from the University of Opole.

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 16, 2004 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father received in audience six prelates from the French Episcopal Conference on their "ad limina" visit:

      - Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, archbishop of Paris, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishops Michel Pollien and Pierre d'Ornellas.

      - Bishop Daniel Labille of Creteil.

      - Bishop Michel Dubost of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes.

      - Bishop Albert-Marie de Monleon of Meaux.

      On Saturday February 14 the Holy Father received in separate audiences:

      - Rudolf Schuster, president of the Slovak Republic, accompanied by his wife.

      - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.


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      CARDINALS TO TAKE POSSESSION OF TITULAR, DIACONATE CHURCHES

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 16, 2004 (VIS) - A note published today by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced that Cardinal Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice, will take possession of the title of the Most Holy Twelve Apostles on Pza. Most Holy Apostles on Saturday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.

      On Sunday, February 22 at 11:30 a.m.., Cardinal Gustaaf Joos will take possession of the diaconate of St. Peter Damian ai Monti di San Paolo on Via Guido Biagi.


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 17, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

      - Appointed Archbishop Lawrence Burke, S.J., of Nassau, Bahamas, as metropolitan archbishop of Kingston in Jamaica (area 3,267, population 1,407,000, Catholics 92,000, priests 51, permanent deacons 21, religious 209), Jamaica. He succeeds Archbishop Edgerton Roland Clarke whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted upon having reached the age limit.

      - Appointed Bishop Patrick Pinder, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Nassau, Bahamas, as metropolitan archbishop of the same archdiocese (area 13,872, population 310.000, Catholics 47,688, priests 28, permanent deacons 14, religious 43
      VATICAN CITY, FEB 14, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

      - Appointed Bishop Carlos Anibal Altamirano Arguello, auxiliary of Quito, Ecuador, as bishop of Azogues (area 4,515, population 206,953, Catholics 196,605, priests 37, religious 77), Ecuador. He succeeds Bishop Climaco Jacinto Zarauz Carrillo whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese was accepted by the Holy Father upon having reached the age limit.

      - Appointed Bishop Julio Cesar Teran Dutari S.J., auxiliary of Quito, Ecuador, as bishop of Ibarra (area 4,986, population 345,781, Catholics 335,000, priests 91, permanent deacons 4, religious 140), Ecuador.

      - Appointed Bishop Baldomero Carlos Martini of San Francisco, Argentina, as bishop of San Justo (area 130, population 800,000, Catholics 720,000, priests 66, permanent deacons 26, religious 184), Argentina.

      - Appointed Bishop Miguel Angel Aguilar Miranda of Guaranda, Ecuador, as bishop military ordinary of Peru.


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      FRANCE. THE PASTORAL MINISTRY TO YOUTH IN COMPLEX TIMES

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 14, 2004 (VIS) - Last evening Pope John Paul welcomed the bishops from the ecclesiastical provinces of Bordeaux and Poitiers in France as they conclude their "ad limina" visit. He centered his talk to them in the pastoral ministry for young people, highlighting the need for a solid human and spiritual formation at all age levels, especially given "the complex and difficult framework in which young people live today."

      "Their cultural universe," said the Pope, "is marked by new communications technologies which often create difficulties for their relations with the world, the times and with others, and which shape their behavior. That creates a culture of the immediate and the ephemeral, which is not always favorable to careful study nor to an inner growth or moral discernment. However, (use of) the new media" also offers interesting possibilities "that one cannot deny." He noted, for example, that dioceses use internet sites, many directed to the young, to inform and to form them.

      The Holy Father underscored "the many ruptures in society today that make young people fragile: family separations, . breaks in social bonds, . the disintegration of the family unit," and other precarious situations. He emphasized the evolution of "disquieting mentalities," including "exacerbated subjectivity, excessive freedom from habits that let young people think that all behavior, just because it can be done, is good, a serious lessening of a moral sense." Young people at times "give the impression of having entered adulthood too soon because of their acquaintances and their behavior, and of not having had the time to mature physically, intellectually, emotionally and morally."

      "As pastors you are attentive to these realities, knowing the generosity of the young who are ready to work for just causes and are anxious to find happiness." He said that education was key in forming young people, be it at the level of the family, the parish or schools. France has a history of great educators, he pointed out. "I invite you, despite few means, not to be sparing in your efforts in the educational field."

      John Paul II stressed that "young people aspire to live in groups where they are known and loved," first and foremost the family, then friends and, not least of all, he said, the diocesan community, remarking that "the presence of adults other than relatives is often beneficial." He encouraged Catholic schools to be communities that always impart Christian values and transmit the Magisterium to young people.

      "The pastoral ministry for the young," the Pope went on, "calls for those who accompany them to be perseverant, attentive and inventive. Never hesitate to use quality priests for this who have a good formation and a spiritual and moral life beyond reproach." He underscored that living the faith and the sacramental life is far more "than just one activity among many others in one's life."

      Pope John Paul then turned to the question of young people who are preparing for marriage, noting that many have known suffering in their own family situations. "In society, many various models of relationships exist without any anthropological or qualification. . The Church repeats that marriage between a man and woman, and a family are built above all on a strong bond between the persons and on a definitive commitment, not on the purely emotional aspect which cannot be the only basis for married life. May pastors and Christian couples be not afraid to help young people to reflect on this delicate and essential questions."


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      Use of Internet by Church Is Encouraged


      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 16, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II encouraged the use of Internet by the Church as an especially appropriate means to evangelize young people.

      The Pope expressed this Friday when he received a group of visiting French bishops in audience, and applauded their efforts to evangelize via Internet.

      Referring to the reports the bishops gave him, the Holy Father noted the "complex and difficult context in which young people live. Their cultural universe is characterized by the new communication technologies, which transform their relation with the world, with time and with others, and which mold their behavior."

      "This creates a culture of the ephemeral and immediate, which is not always favorable profundity, interior maturation, or moral discernment," he added.

      "However, the use of the new means of communication has an interest that no one can deny," the Pope said.

      "Your conference and numerous dioceses have well understood the positive character of this change, proposing Internet sites directed especially to young people, where it is possible to be informed, to be formed, and to discover the different proposals of the Church," he said.

      "I cannot but encourage the development of these instruments to serve the Gospel and to promote dialogue and communication," he added.

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      Cardinal Kasper Traveling to Moscow on Positive Note

      Plans to Meet Catholic Community and Orthodox Patriarch

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 16, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A Vatican official will travel to Moscow on Tuesday in the context of ecumenical dialogue and at the invitation of the Catholic bishops' conference of the Russian Federation.

      Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will be accompanied by Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the council, and Father Jozef Maj, an aide from the dicastery's Eastern Section.

      "This meeting with the cardinal is of utmost importance for the Russian bishops, but also for the priests, the religious and our faithful; it is a sign of hope for us all," the president of the Russian Catholic episcopate, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of the diocese of the Mother of God, said today on Vatican Radio.

      During the visit, Cardinal Kasper will be received in audience by Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, the Vatican press office announced Jan. 22.

      Plans are being made for a meeting with Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, president of the Department for External Ecclesiastical Relations of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, in regard to ecumenical dialogue between the two Churches.

      Commenting on the visit from the ecumenical point of view, Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said that "every path, no matter how long it is, begins with a first and small step. We pray precisely for this: Yesterday we prayed in the cathedral and we pray every day to stimulate the development of these relations."

      The archbishop referred to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity held last month. "Our Orthodox brothers were in our cathedrals," he said. "A beautiful prayer was also organized in St. Petersburg, which was attended by representatives of the other Churches and Christian communities, in addition to the Orthodox. This is important."

      He also noted that a delegation of the Patriarchate of Moscow was present for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of John Paul II's pontificate, "speaking beautiful words of appreciation for the service rendered by the Holy Father. These are very important signs."

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      Youth Pilgrimage Planned for Santiago de Compostela



      ROME, FEB. 16, 2004 (Zenit.org).- About 50,000 young people are expected to join the 2004 European Youth Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from Aug. 5-8.

      The initiative is being organized in the context of the Holy Year Devotion to St. James. The Archdiocese of Santiago and the Spanish episcopal conference are promoting the pilgrimage.

      Archbishop Julián Barrio of Santiago presented the initiative to some 50 representatives of lay apostolic movements Saturday at the offices of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

      Its objective "is the development of a meeting of European scope in which young Christians of the continent will come to know and study further the Christian roots of Europe and commit themselves to the construction of a new Europe of hope," said Father Roberto Martínez, diocesan director of the pilgrimage.

      Eighteen thousand youths have already registered for the event. The Spanish-language site http://www.archicompostela.org has more details.

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      Haitian Bishops Fear a Civil War Looms

      "Complete Confusion" Reported in Caribbean Nation

      PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, FEB. 16, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Haiti's bishops fear a civil war might follow the "complete confusion" that grips this Caribbean nation, says a member of the Church hierarchy.

      The prelate, who preferred to remain anonymous, made his remarks Thursday during a phone call to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

      He said the protest movement against President Jean Bertrand Aristide is large. But Aristide "sticks to his throne" and, therefore, a "civil war is foreseeable," the bishop said.

      The so-called Group 184, made up of trade unionists and employers' associations, is the main movement calling for the president's immediate resignation, the Church leader explained.

      According to the same source, there are pro and anti-Aristide armed groups, in particular near the border with the Dominican Republic that "are killing each other without knowing who is who."

      Haiti has been in crisis since 2000, when Aristide won legislative elections, which the opposition and the international community challenged. The opposition refuses to participate in new elections until Aristide resigns, while he insists he will stay until his term ends in 2006.

      Over the past few weeks, Aristide has confronted a large anti-government movement on the one hand, organized peacefully by the political opposition and civil society and, on the other, insurgent armed groups. Sources of the Missionary Service News Agency confirmed that the discontent is gaining supporters from the ranks of the Lavalas Family, the president's party.

      The crisis is hurting the economy of this already poor country. Three-quarters of Haiti's 8.1. million people live in abject poverty.

      Since Feb. 5, the city of Gonaives -- 170 kilometers (105 miles) north of the capital -- is in the hands of the rebels of the Artibonite Front of Revolutionary Resistance. They are threatening to march on Port-au-Prince.

      In Saint-Marc, 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Gonaives, about 70% of people have fled their homes after exchanges between the police and rebels of the Rassemblement des Militants Conséquents de Saint-Marc.

      Gonaives and other towns of the north already suffer a lack of fuel, food and medicine.

      Although the Haitian capital is under the control of the central power, in the rest of the country Aristide's government has limited influence, police forces are insufficient, and the administration is disintegrating, the Efe agency reported today.

      Since the start of the unrest in January, more than 50 people have reportedly died.

      The source in the Church hierarchy told Aid to the Church in Need that "priests and bishops are frequently being stopped on the street and asked who they are and where they are going. All this for the control of drug-trafficking on the island."

      Haiti is known to be a channel for Colombian drugs that go through Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic en route to the United States and Europe.

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      LECTIO DIVINA

      Epilogue (continued)

      Section two: "Literary Style: An Act of Homage to God" explains why monastic literature maintained ancient rhetorical style. "Every piece of writing was artistic, "technical;" none was altogether devoid of art. (note 2). Christian writers had even fewer reasons to abandon this procedure since it had been adopted by God's spokesmen themselves. The word of God is a book written with art. Inspired authors, even when writing in the "vulgar tongue" like those who wrote the New Testament, respect and employ literary genres and rhetorical procedures. The Prophets are poets and each one of Christ's witnesses added to the message he had received the accent of his own eloquence. Rhetoric appears in the Lord's discourses as recorded by the Evangelists, and in St. Paul's epistles as well. Nor were the Fathers of the Church to initiate any departures from this attitude." (312-313).

      In keeping with lectio divina monastic literature bore the stamp of the very literature it drew from, namely, the Sacred Scriptures themselves. In writing reflections, meditations and commentaries, for example, monks maintained the same rhetorical style in which the biblical texts were composed as if they were composing extensions of scripture, something that supplemented them in its very style, paying homage to God with the best technical writing craft available and producng the same efficacious impact on the reader.

      The beauty of biblical rhetoric is frequently lost in poor translations into contemporary modern languages. This was not the case for Eastern monks who always read it in the ancient Greek or for the Western monk who had the ancient Latin Vulgate. It is very probable that both the Greek and Latin biblical texts published by the Church were so from the very beginnig in the first century on. To enhance lectio divina it is of great value to read scholarly studies that demonstrate the beauty of the antique rhetoric in which the Bible was composed. This artistic and intellectual form of writing has an impact on the mind and plays a major role in human spirituality and psychology.

      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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      Mary and the Ossuary

      A new book published December 2003 on the scandalous forgery of the so-called "James Ossuary" that was widely published back in October of 2002 is a good summary of the events.

      The book written by Ian Ransom, a Catholic author living in California, also defends the Catholic dogmatic doctrine of Mary's perpetual virginity, assailed by implication of what the forgery purported.

      Ian Ransom, Mary and the Ossuary. Beneath the "Brother of Jesus" Forgery. (Xlibris, 2003). ISBN 1-4134-2933-5 (hardbound); ISBN 1-4134-2932-7 (paperback). Orders can be made at 1-888-795-4274, or online at http://www.Xlibris.com, or email: Orders@....

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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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