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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 49 TUESDAY 16 March 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 49

      TUESDAY 16 March 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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      • INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON VEGETATIVE STATE
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • UNBELIEF, RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENCE OF VITAL CONCERN TO CHURCH
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      • POPE REITERATES “ABSOLUTE CONDEMNATION” OF TERRORISM
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      • PRESERVE CULTURE MARKED BY CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
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      • John Paul II Sees Hope for Church in Netherlands
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      • Indifference Calls Church to an Intellectual "Leap in Quality," Says Pope
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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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      INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON VEGETATIVE STATE
       
      VATICAN CITY, MAR 16, 2004 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office, there was the presentation of an international congress on the theme, “Life-sustaining treatments and the vegetative state: Scientific advances and ethical dilemmas,” which will take place from March 17 to 20 in Rome. The congress is organized and promoted by the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC) and the Pontifical Academy for Life.
       
        The following people spoke during the press conference: Bishop Elio Sgreccia, vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life; Professor Gianluigi Gigli, president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and Dr. Alan Shewmon, professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of California at Los Angeles.
       
        Bishop Sgreccia explained that during the congress problems of an ethical and anthropological nature which affect patients in the vegetative state will be addressed.  “Some say,” he indicated, “that when a person loses the use of reason, he or she ceases to be a person and then there is the possibility of interrupting feeding and hydration in order to facilitate his or her death. As long as there is life in the person,” he continued, “that person continues to exist in all of his or her dignity, with all of his or her soul.”
       
        Another question that will be discussed during the congress, added Bishop Sgreccia, is whether or not extreme therapeutic care can be suspended in certain situations. The problem lies in defining the methods of therapy and in deciding if the treatment is necessary until the patient’s death.
       
        The vice-president of the Academy for Life also referred to another theme to be analyzed at the congress: the principle of patient autonomy and whether or not a patient can decide to eat if he or she is in a vegetative state, as well as medical insurance for those who cannot afford it and necessary support.
       
        Professor Gigli said that 370 people from 49 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Israel and Kazakhstan, will participate in the congress.  Forty talks by scientific experts in the field are scheduled as well as 30 reports.

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      AUDIENCES
       
      VATICAN CITY, MAR 16, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received in audience five prelates from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on their “ad limina” visit:
       
      - Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson of Adelaide.
       
      - Bishop Edmund John Patrick Collins of Darwin.
       
      - Bishop Daniel Eugene Hurley of Port Pirie.
       
      - Archbishop John Alexius Bathersby of Brisbane.
       
      - Bishop James Foley of Cairns.


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      UNBELIEF, RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENCE OF VITAL CONCERN TO CHURCH
       
      VATICAN CITY, MAR 13, 2004 (VIS) – Pope John Paul today received the staff and members of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the end of their plenary assembly on the theme “The Christian Faith at the Dawn of the New Millennium and the Challenge of Unbelief and Religious Indifference.” He remarked that this challenge that they have been studying “is a vital concern for the Church on all continents.”
       
        “You are mapping out,” he said, “a new geography of unbelief and religious indifference throughout the world, in which you have noted a break in the process of transmitting the Christian faith and values. At the same time we see the search for meaning by our contemporaries - the desire of every man to understand the deep meaning of his existence - of which cultural phenomena are witnesses, notably in the new religious movements that are very present in South America, Africa and Asia.”
       
        The Holy Father continued: “Beyond the crisis of civilizations, of philosophical and moral relativism, it is up to the pastors and faithful to discover and delve into the basic questions and aspirations of the men and women of our time,” to dialogue with them and “to propose  the Gospel message and person of Christ, the Redeemer. Cultural and artistic expressions are not lacking in riches or resources for the transmission of the Christian message,” but they must be known to be lived.
       
        The Pope proposed “a new thrust in the intellectual domain” vis-a-vis the diffusion of ideologies. “It is through philosophical and catechetical formation that young people will learn how to discern the truth. A serious rational approach is a rampart against all that which refers to ideologies, leading to the desire to study ever more deeply, so that philosophy and reason become open to Christ.”



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      POPE REITERATES “ABSOLUTE CONDEMNATION” OF TERRORISM
       
      VATICAN CITY, MAR 14, 2004 (VIS) – Today at noon an enormous crowd of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus with Pope John Paul and to salute him on the day his pontificate became the third longest in history. In his traditional  address to the pilgrims, the Holy Father once again expressed his “absolute condemnation” of last Thursday’s barbaric terror attack in Madrid, and asked the Blessed Virgin “to protect and watch over the dear Spanish nation, Europe and the entire world.”  Following are his remarks in their entirety:
       
        “The Gospel story proposed to us in this Sunday’s liturgy refers to two tragic events at the time of Jesus: the cruel repression of a revolt and the collapse of the tower of Siloam on the nearby crowd. This brings us to current events of our days, marked unfortunately by repeated news of violence and death.
       
        “Last Sunday I spoke of the hot spots of war and of the terrorist attacks that have bloodied various parts of the world. Last Thursday there was the dramatic attack in Madrid which caused 200 victims and more than 1,000 wounded. This horrendous crime shocked world public opinion. In the face of such barbarity we are profoundly shaken, and we ask how the human soul is able to conceive such abominable crimes.
       
        “While I repeat my absolute condemnation of such unjustifiable acts, I express once again my participation in the pain of the families of the victims and my closeness in prayer to the wounded and to their families.
       
        “The choral display of solidarity that arose in every corner of Spain last Friday, with the participation of political leaders from all of Europe, had an emotional echo throughout the world.
       
        “It is precisely relying on the unified contribution of all the wholesome forces of the continent that we can look forward with trust and hope in a better future. In particular those who believe in God, Creator and Father of all men, must feel committed to working for the building of a more fraternal world, marked by solidarity, notwithstanding the difficulties and obstacles that are encountered in this necessary and  non-deferable path.”


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      PRESERVE CULTURE MARKED BY CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
       
      VATICAN CITY, MAR 13, 2004 (VIS) – This afternoon in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope presided at a Marian prayer vigil with thousands of Italian students on the occasion of the Second European Day of University Students. Students from ten countries, future members of the European Union, participated in the gathering via satellite link-up.
       
        The encounter, whose theme was, “Christ, Hope for Europe,” was promoted by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), the Commission of Episcopal Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the office of the vicariate of Rome for university pastoral ministry.
       
        Before John Paul II’s arrival there were satellite connections with university students in cities of  those countries that will be incorporated into the European Union: Prague, Nicosia, Gniezno, Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga, Bratislava, Budapest, Valletta and Ljubljana. 
       
        Later the Pope lead the Holy Rosary and afterwards he greeted those present. “This Marian vigil,” he said, “has great symbolic value. And you have an important role in the building up of European unity, which is deeply rooted in the traditions and spiritual values that have shaped it, dear university students. The university is, in this sense, one of the typical environments where, over the centuries, that culture which has been marked by a Christian influence has been formed. This rich heritage of ideals should not be lost.”
       
        The Holy Father then noted that the young people in Rome were going to participate in a pilgrimage in which they would carry the cross to the church of St. Agnes in Agony, “where you will renew your profession of faith. The university students in other countries, whom I cordially greet, will join you spiritually on this pilgrimage.”



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      John Paul II Sees Hope for Church in Netherlands

      New Thirst for Spirituality Detected

      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 15, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II sees opportunity for the Church in the Netherlands, as seen in a new interest in religious questions.

      The Pope expressed this when he met with Dutch bishops at the close of their five-yearly visit to Rome.

      Although he noted the growing secularization of the country in recent decades, the Holy Father said: "Today you see a new interest in religious questions in your compatriots and a new thirst for spirituality that is expressed by some, in particular, the young generations." He made his comments after seeing a report prepared by the Dutch bishops.

      John Paul II asked the prelates to take these questions into account in order to "propose clear spiritual paths to the people of God."

      "I would like all the children of the Church, especially the lay faithful, to be truly concerned about witnessing their faith, taking the light of the Gospel to the different sectors of social life," the Pope said.

      "May they show the grandeur of marriage and the beauty of the family in a society tempted to give up definitive commitments in favor of more ephemeral models of union," he said.

      The Holy Father invited the laity to obtain "the necessary human and Christian formation to participate in the debates that animate Dutch society in a spirit of dialogue, awakening an interest to discover the richness of the Christian view on man and his demanding call to overcome all forms of egoism in order to live according to the Gospel."



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      Indifference Calls Church to an Intellectual "Leap in Quality," Says Pope

      Addresses the Problem of Religious Indifference

      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 15, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II urged Catholics to make a "a leap in quality" in the intellectual field, to better respond to questions on the meaning of life posed by a society increasingly indifferent to religion.

      The Pope made this request when he received in audience the participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The assembly was reflecting on "The Christian Faith at the Dawn of the Third Millennium and the Challenge of Unbelief and Religious Indifference."

      In his address Saturday, the Holy Father said that the topic of the meeting is "an essential concern of the Church in all the continents."

      In the three-day assembly, the pontifical council analyzed a worldwide study on unbelief and religious indifference, which reported that "from the militant and organized atheism of other times there has been a move to a situation of practical indifference, of the loss of importance of the question of God, and of abandonment of religious practice, especially in the Western world."

      The assembly's working document explained, however, that it is not a question of "abandonment of belief in God."

      When Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, presented the participants to the Pope, he said that in the plenary assembly in its working sessions recognized that the Church is facing "a new situation of inner emptiness" in modern people.

      This "sort of spiritual sluggishness," the cardinal said, is a call to the whole Church to "a renewal in thought, prayer and action," in particular, to discover "new languages to transmit the Gospel and touch both the reason as well as sensitivity, combining the ways of truth and beauty."

      In his response to the cardinal, John Paul II said that "beyond the crisis of civilizations, of philosophical and moral relativism, it is up to the pastors and faithful to discover and delve into the basic questions and aspirations of the men and women of our time."

      Pastors and faithful must also dialogue with people and "propose the Gospel message and person of Christ, the Redeemer," the Pope added. "Cultural and artistic expressions are not lacking in riches or resources for the transmission of the Christian message."

      "It is necessary to support the world of culture, of the arts, and of letters, so that it will contribute to the building of a society that is not founded on materialism, but on moral and spiritual values," the Holy Father said.

      He added: "The spread of ideologies in the different realms of society calls Christians to a new leap in quality in the intellectual field to propose vigorous reflections that present to young generations the truth on man and on God, inviting them to an ever more acute understanding of the faith."


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      LECTIO DIVINA

      Today's reading is taken from the Gospel of Matthew 18: 21-35.

      The parable in today's Gospel illustrates what is mean by the phrase in the Lord's Paryer: "Forgive us our tresspasses as we forgive those who tresspass against us." Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful.


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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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