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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 38 FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2004 * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 4, Issue 38

      FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2004



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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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      • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: RESOLVE PROBLEMS OF LOCAL POPULATIONS
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      • EUROPE FORGED LARGELY BY CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL, MORAL VALUES
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      • TELEGRAM FOR DEATH OF PRESIDENT OF MACEDONIA
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      • MESSAGE FOR “CAMPAIGN FOR BROTHERHOOD” 2004
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      • SYNOD COUNCIL FOR OCEANIA HOLDS MEETING IN ROME
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      • Cardinal Sfeir Laments Efforts to Islamize Education in Lebanon
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      • LECTIO DIVINA
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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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      BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: RESOLVE PROBLEMS OF LOCAL POPULATIONS
       
      VATICAN CITY, FEB 27, 2004 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of the new ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Miroslav Palameta.  In his speech in Croatian, he focused on finding solutions to the problems that affect local populations and emphasized “it is the challenge of a multiethnic and multicultural society like Bosnia-Herzegovina” to find solutions that are beneficial to all.
       
        The Pope referred to “the unresolved question of the refugees and exiles of Banja Luka, Bosanska Posavina and other areas in Bosnia. … The more time that passes, the more urgent the duty becomes to respond to their legitimate aspirations: their suffering requires our solidarity.”
       
        “We must address and resolve,” he continued, “eventual situations of injustice and exclusion, guaranteeing each group of people in Bosnia-Herzegovina their respective rights and duties, assuring them equal opportunities in social life through democratic structures that are able to resist the temptation to subject some groups to others. … Democracy must be built with patient tenacity one day at a time, always using means and methods worthy and respectful of a civil society.”
       
        After urging citizens to take up “the path of peace and justice,” the Holy Father asked them to create “conditions for sincere forgiveness and authentic reconciliation, freeing the memory of rancor and hatred derived from injustices suffered and from artificially constructed prejudices. This great task requires the active collaboration and serious commitment of all components of society, including political leaders.”
       
        The Pope underscored that “we must not ignore our differences, we must respect them,” and said that those who “have responsibility at various levels are called to make a greater effort in order to resolve the problems that affect local populations.”
       
        “Bosnia-Herzegovina wants to join the other European countries in building a common house. May this desire be fulfilled as soon as possible.” He concluded: “The Holy See supports this path to unification and hopes that a great family of peoples and culture will be built in Europe as a result of everyone’s contribution. The European Union is not only an extension of it borders, but it means growing together in respect for every cultural tradition and in a commitment to justice and peace on the continent and in the world.”

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      EUROPE FORGED LARGELY BY CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL, MORAL VALUES
       
      VATICAN CITY, FEB 27, 2004 (VIS) – Pastors from the province of Besancon and the archbishop and auxiliary bishop of Strasbourg were welcomed this morning by Pope John Paul as they conclude their “ad limina” visit. He noted in his talk that his visits with the different provinces of France are drawing to a close and he thanked the bishops and faithful for their “courageous commitment in proclaiming the Gospel.”
       
        The Pope paid homage to the late nuncio in Burundi, Archbishop Michael Courtney, assassinated last December, who had been posted in Strasbourg as the Holy See permanent observer to the Council of Europe. “He was a convinced artisan of cooperation among States on the European continent. Today I invite the local Churches to commit themselves ever more firmly in favor of European integration. To achieve this result, it is important to re-read history and recall that, throughout the centuries, the  Christian anthropological, moral and spiritual values largely contributed to fashioning the different European nations and to weaving their deep bonds. …Union cannot be achieved to the detriment of these values nor in opposition to them.”
       
        John Paul II stressed that it is not economic or political interests, or alliances of convenience, that forge bonds among peoples. Rather, what must be placed as the building blocks of a unified Europe are the values common to all. “Thus, a Europe will be born whose identity rests on a community of values, a Europe of fraternity and solidarity” that seeks “the promotion of man, respect for his inalienable rights and the common good.”
       
        He highlighted “the centuries-old presence of the Church in different countries of the continent through its participation in unity between peoples and cultures and in social life, notably in the educational, charitable, health care and social domains.” The Pope also noted that, during their last assembly, the French episcopal conference had discussed the question of the place of the Church in society.
       
        He then turned his attention to the “integral formation of young people, notably those  who will be the nation’s leaders tomorrow. … The Church hopes to enlighten them with the Gospel and the Magisterium. Here Catholic universities have a specific mission, … to help youth to analyze particular situations and to envisage how to always place man at the center of their decisions.”
       
        Pointing to the role of Christians in social life in all its forms, John Paul II said: “In political life, in the economy, in the workplace and in the family, it is up to the faithful to make Christ ever present and to make the Gospel values shine forth,” and to highlight man’s dignity, central place in the universe and primacy over individual interests.
       
        “The participation of Christians in public life, the visible presence of the Catholic Church and other religious denominations takes nothing away from the principle of secularity nor from the State’s prerogatives. … A well understood secularity must not be confused with secularism; it cannot erase personal and community beliefs. … Religion cannot merely be placed to one side in the private sphere.”
       
        The Holy Father stressed the importance of knowing one’s own religion and being aware of the traditions of other religions, pointing out the strong Muslim presence in  France “with whom you try to maintain good relations and to promote inter-religious dialogue which is, as I’ve said before, a dialogue of life. Such a dialogue should also revive in Christians an awareness of their faith and their attachment to the Church.”
       
        In concluding, the Pope told the prelates it was up to them “to intensify … relations with civil authorities and other categories of elected people in your country, in national  and European parliaments, especially Catholic parliamentarians, and with international institutions.”


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      TELEGRAM FOR DEATH OF PRESIDENT OF MACEDONIA
       
      VATICAN CITY, FEB 27, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father sent a telegram of condolence to the authorities of Macedonia through the apostolic nunciature in Bosnia-Herzegovina upon the death of Boris Trajkovski, president of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in a plane crash in which other passengers and crew members lost their lives as well.
       
        In the telegram, the Pope conveys his condolences to the government and to the people of Macedonia and prays that “President Trajkovski’s resolute commitment to peace will inspire the nation to continue steadfastly upon the path of dialogue, mutual respect and reconciliation.”


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      MESSAGE FOR “CAMPAIGN FOR BROTHERHOOD” 2004
       
      VATICAN CITY, FEB 27, 2004 (VIS) –  As is customary at the beginning of Lent, the Pope sent a Message for the Campaign for Brotherhood, an initiative promoted for 40 years by the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops. This campaign’s theme this year is: “Water, source of life.”
       
        In the just-released Message, dated January 7 and addressed to Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo, archbishop of San Salvador and primate of Brazil, the Holy Father writes that water, in addition to being important for the earth, is used to wash and purify, but “it is in Christian baptism where it acquires its full spiritual meaning as  the source of supernatural life.”
       
        “As a gift from God, water is a vital instrument, necessary for survival, and therefore, a right for all. It is necessary to pay careful attention to problems that come from its evident scarcity in many parts of the world, not only in Brazil.”


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      SYNOD COUNCIL FOR OCEANIA HOLDS MEETING IN ROME
       
      VATICAN CITY, FEB 27, 2004 (VIS) – The seventh meeting of the Council for the Special Assembly for Oceania of the Synod of Bishops was held in Rome on February 18 and 19, under the presidency of Cardinal Jan Schotte, C.I.C.M, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, according to a communique released today by the secretariat.
       
        In attendance were four cardinals, five archbishops and four staff members of the Synod of Bishops.
       
        After an opening speech by the secretary general on the activities of the secretariat between the sixth and seventh meetings, reports were read, and then debated, on the diverse initiatives that have been undertaken up to now on this continent aimed at spreading the application of the Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Ecclesia in Oceania.”
       
        The eighth meeting of this council will be held in Suva, Fiji in 2006 during the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania.


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      AUDIENCES
       
      VATICAN CITY, FEB 27, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:
       
      - Four prelates from the French Episcopal Conference on their “ad limina” visit:
       
          - Bishop Francois Maupu of Verdun.
       
          - Archbishop Joseph Dore, P.S.S., of Strasbourg, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishop Christian Kratz.
       
          - Msgr. Bernard Clement, vicar general of Metz.
       
      - Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
       
        Early this evening the Pope is scheduled to receive Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
       
      VATICAN CITY, FEB 27, (VIS) – The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Pablo Lizama Riquelme, military ordinary for Chile, as coadjutor archbishop of Antofagasta (area 84,506, population 347,939, Catholics 243,558, priests 43, permanent deacons 17, religious 118), Chile. Archbishop Lizama will keep his office as military ordinary for Chile.


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      Cardinal Sfeir Laments Efforts to Islamize Education in Lebanon

      Lenten Message Highlights a Range of Problems

      BEIRUT, Lebanon, FEB. 26, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, warns that an attempt is being made to Islamize public and private education in Lebanon.

      In a Lenten message to the faithful and all the population of Lebanon, published on the patriarchate's Web page (www.bkerke.org.lb), the Maronite patriarch invites the Lebanese to a "clear cooperation characterized by transparency."

      Cardinal Sfeir focuses on problems that affect the Lebanese governing class, including corruption, nepotism and the impossibility of making free decisions.

      To safeguard coexistence in a democratic system, the people must have the right to "ask for explanations from" those who govern them, he said.

      The cardinal lamented that drugs, alcoholism and gambling are ever more widespread in the country, making it harder for families to ensure the education of their children.

      Cardinal Sfeir is especially concerned about the attempt to Islamize both public and private education, given that the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -- a sort of Muslim UNESCO -- is allowed to operate in the country and exercise its influence on the Lebanese school system.

      Such Islamization of education is "a threat not only to schools but to all of Lebanese culture," he said.

      To promote Islamic education as an absolute ideal for schooling is to ignore that in Lebanon "there are two religions, two cultures and two civilizations at work, pertaining to Christianity and Islam," the cardinal said. "Both together form one people."

      AsiaNews reported that, in his homily last Sunday in Bkerke, the patriarch pointed out that one of the real problems in contemporary Lebanese society is the disappearance of the middle class, linked to the failure of the government's postwar policies.

      "We are deeply grieved," he said, "that the middle class has ceased to exist, thereby dividing society between the large majority of those who are starving and the small minority of those who are overfed."


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      LECTIO DIVINA

      Todays Gospel reading is taken from Mt 9:14-15.

      This reading focuses on an essential aspect of the interior disposition of fasting as taught by Jesus Himself. "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?" Fasting is characterized as mourning for the bridegroom, i.e., Jesus . The sacrifice of fasting is twofold: (1) to mourn the Passion and Death of Christ on the Cross; (2) to mourn Jesus' absence. The mourning associated with the Passion puts us in the role of the repentant sinner who is aware that Christ suffered and died for our personal sins. Fasting in this way pays homage to Christ' heroic and salvific act of self-sacrifice. It also brings us to the awarness of our own frailty as human persons who sin and need to reform. We also mourn the absence of Jesus who we do not see and experience immediately face to face in this life, only in the next. It is true that we do have Jesus really present in the Eucharist and in the life of grace given to us in baptism. Yet the saints often wept with a longing to be with God in heaven. It is this loss of the fullness of God's presence that we mourn with a longing of a bride for her bridegroom. Fasting then puts us in touch with our need to live each day anew reforming our old bad habits and to put on a new interior disposition of seeking God first in all things.

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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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