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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 59 WEDNESDAY 31 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 59

      WEDNESDAY 31 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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      • Cardinal Alerts World Leaders on Loss of Family Values
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      • "Liturgy Commits Us to What Has Been Celebrated"
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      • Threats Target Guatemala Archdiocesan Office
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      • Innocent "Until Proven Otherwise" Counts in Canonical Cases Too
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      • Vatican Euros to Go on Sale
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      • News from Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery
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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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      Cardinal Alerts World Leaders on Loss of Family Values



      MEXICO CITY, MARCH 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Concerned about the loss of family values, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family appealed to world leaders to act uprightly as they are "the architects of society."

      Addressing a message Monday to the 3rd World Congress of Families, meeting in Mexico City, Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo said that "only in the family, based on matrimony, is there hope for the grandeur, dignity and future of humanity."

      The president of the Vatican dicastery called on world leaders to act with the necessary uprightness, because the destiny of nations is in their hands.

      "You are the architects of society, and this should not be replaced by any political ideology," the cardinal said. He said the family is the patrimony of humanity, and not limited to religion.

      The cardinal's message marked the start of the three-day congress, attended by 3,500 participants from civil and social organizations of more than 50 countries, as well as representatives of various religions.

      The theme of the event is "The Natural Family and the Future of Nations: Growth, Development and Freedom." A message sent by John Paul II, quoted in the Mexican press, defends the family against "fashions that seek to modify it."

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      "Liturgy Commits Us to What Has Been Celebrated"

      Interview With President of Pontifical Liturgical Institute

      ROME, MARCH 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The liturgical life of the Church of the past 40 years is encouraging, says the president of the St. Anselm Pontifical Liturgical Institute.

      In this interview with ZENIT, Benedictine Father Juan Javier Flores Arcas says he is committed to the liturgical reform envisioned by the Second Vatican Council.

      He considers the liturgy "Christian living stemming from a life suffused with faith and charity, in the hope that we can and must fashion a better and more human world."

      Q: Do young people approach the source of the liturgy?

      Father Flores: Whoever is a Christian cannot but drink from this "source of living water" that slakes his thirst for God. It is a source of concern to me that young people leave this source and seek substitutes.

      It is a challenge for the liturgy of today and requires from pastors a notable effort to present it with authenticity and not detract from it.

      All this calls for faith, the conviction that the sacred liturgy is "source and summit of the life of the Church," as stated in "Sacrosanctum Concilium."

      If a Christian moves away from this authentic source, he must examine his identity. … If he shows contempt for it, he must examine his Christian foundations. If he seeks it, he is on the right path, the same path on which he began with his baptism and to which Sunday Mass gives direction.

      Q: Does the liturgy lead automatically to commitment in life?

      Father Flores: The problem might lie in the fact that the liturgy in its turn commits us to what has been celebrated and, after the celebration, there is life and the commitment to which the latter introduces us. Perhaps this is what makes some flee: the commitment, what follows after the celebration, the very life that springs from the celebration.

      The liturgy is an encounter with Christ and with brothers who help us share Christ. It is Christian living suffused with faith and charity, in the hope that we can and must fashion a better and more human world.

      Q: It might be that the liturgy forgets Jesus Christ, a paradox?

      Father Flores: If the liturgy is the celebration of the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ, and salvation is full and total insertion in Jesus Christ, both realities are profoundly united, because the liturgy enables Christians to enter into the divine life that is the total salvation of Christians.

      Our baptism is the door of life and of the Church. Once we pass through that door we are in the Church and we are to live according to Christian demands.

      Q: The liturgy is traditional and modern at the same time. How are these tensions reconciled?

      Father Flores: The liturgy is traditional by its very nature, but modern by its very need. It is anchored in the past but is not paralyzed in it. It is based on the past but looks toward the future.

      Paul VI's Roman Missal is profoundly traditional, but at the same time accepts the world of today and its needs. See its rituals for peace and justice, or for man's work, etc.

      See the Book of Blessings with the possibilities it has to confer a divine blessing on the works of men, wherever they are. The riches enclosed in the renewed liturgical books are enormous and favor the man of today, drawing on the experience of the past and of men of all times.

      The different rituals of the sacraments have been thought out precisely to respond to the man of today and his concrete needs.

      With the passing of the centuries, the Church will have to return to what she was in the beginning and what her founded intended for her, the celebration of the paschal mystery of Christ.

      Q: So the liturgy is timely by definition?

      Father Flores: Adhering to this paschal line, the liturgy will help people of all times to relate to Christ and with him, to reach the Holy Trinity. They will not be lacking in dangers of being diverted, of moving away from the original paschal line. But if they keep the paschal line, they will always be able to return to their own reality.

      The early Christian community was very conscious of the liberating role of the Word of God and of the reception of the sacraments.

      If the liturgy returns continually to the liberating actions of God in the course of the history of the chosen people, that is, to the anamnesis of God's liberating event, it will be the specific task of all liturgical celebrations to take into account this liberation of the past and make it present in daily human affairs.


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      Threats Target Guatemala Archdiocesan Office

      Phone Messages Against a Staff Once Headed by Slain Bishop

      GUATEMALA CITY, MARCH 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Threatening messages sent through mobile phones are targeting the staff of the human rights office once headed by a bishop who was murdered in 1998.

      The messages are targeting the staff of the Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese of Guatemala, the same office once headed by Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera.

      The phone messages arrive "despite the fact that for security reasons the administrator of the telephone services and the numbers of the mobile phones were changed," the office said in a recent statement.

      To the above are added harassment and threatening phone calls. In fact, some of the office's staff members have been followed "by vehicles that, when realizing they were detected, engaged in elusive maneuvers so as to avoid their number plates being read."

      Members of the "exhumations unit," responsible for excavating possible clandestine cemeteries, have also been threatened.

      "They have been coerced and intimidated by former paramilitary men to hinder the development of the work, which is authorized by the Public Ministry and the corresponding jurisdictional body," the statement reported.

      According to the human rights office, the pressures "are being intensified at a time when important hearings might take place for the trial of Bishop Gerardi's murder, and massive commemorations are being planned for the anniversary of his martyrdom."

      Bishop Gerardi, known for his defense of human rights, was beaten to death in the garage of his residence on April 16, 1998.

      Two days earlier, the office he headed presented a report on human rights violations committed during the 36-year civil war. It blamed the army for 80% of the violations. Some 200,000 people died or "disappeared" during the 1960-1996 conflict.

      In August 2001, a court sentenced three military men to 30 years in prison for the murder of Bishop Gerardi. A priest was given a 20-year sentence for complicity.

      Sergeant Obdulio Villanueva, one of those sentenced, was killed in February 2003 in a prison revolt. The other men who were sentenced are retired Colonel Disrael Lima and his son, Captain Byron Lima, and the priest, Father Mario Orantes.

      In October 2002 an appeals court overruled the first judgment and ordered a retrial, but that decision was later suspended by the Supreme Court of Justice's Review Chamber, pending a final pronouncement.


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      Innocent "Until Proven Otherwise" Counts in Canonical Cases Too

      Conclusions of Symposium on Criminal Prosecution

      ROME, MARCH 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- In canonical criminal proceedings it is necessary to balance the demands of the common good with the dignity and rights of the accused, said participants at a symposium.

      The symposium on "Criminal Prosecution and the Protection of Rights in Canonical Legislation" gathered experts from the Holy See, Europe and North America last Thursday and Friday in Rome. The School of Canon Law of the University of the Holy Cross organized the event.

      Monsignor Joaquín Llobell, instructor of procedural law at the University of the Holy Cross, referred to the norms adopted by U.S. bishops in the wake of the clerical sex-abuse scandals.

      He pointed to "the need to harmonize the protection of the common good with the dignity and rights of the accused," as well as the need "to be profoundly consistent in respect of the needs that natural and civil law consider as indispensable for the apportioning of punishments, in particular, the most serious."

      Kenneth Pennington, a professor from Catholic University of America, spoke on the duty to recognize the innocence of a person "until proven otherwise."

      "No one, absolutely no one, can be denied a trial, in any circumstance," Pennington said. "And all, absolutely all, have the right to a solid and profound defense. It is a principle that we must not forget or abandon."

      Monsignor Velasio De Paolis, secretary of the Apostolic Signature, the Church's supreme court, reminded participants that "criminal law has its own configuration and a specific dimension in the life of the Church, complementary to other instruments with which the Church carries out its mission in time."

      Its importance cannot be debated, he added, as one runs the risk that "the faithful will lose the sense of justice. It would be something serious, as without a sense of justice one loses the sense of equity, mercy and charity."

      The meeting ended with a round-table discussion on the application of Church sanctions, including those recently applied in the United States.

      "In the crisis in which United States bishops found themselves," said Monsignor Kenneth Boccafola, auditor prelate of the Roman Rota, the Church's central appellate court, "a rapid and effective remedy had to be found to help them demonstrate to the faithful that the Church was addressing the problem, and that it had the will to punish the criminals and protect the children."

      Monsignor Boccafola added that "perhaps it would have been better to request the re-establishment of the 'suspensio ex informata conscientia' that is applied to individuals correctly judged guilty," instead of putting in the bishops' hands "powers of decision to which he can take recourse according to his own discretion."


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      Vatican Euros to Go on Sale



      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican will open a point of sale to the public for its new issue of euros this Friday.

      The Holy See's Philatelic and Numismatic Office announced today that the issue of coins, very much in demand by collectors, will be restricted to one window next to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

      In this way, problems of security and public order will be avoided in the Vatican offices at this time, when Rome is crowded with pilgrims and tourists.

      Euros with the Pope's effigy are issued in a very limited series. Last year, the stock of coins was sold out the first day.



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      News from Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery

      CONYERS, GA---The Cistercian Abbey at Conyers, Georgia founded as Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sunday 21 March 2004.   The homily given by Archbishop Donoghue. is available online at:

      http://www.trappist.net/newweb/e%20mail%20message%2003_29_04.html

      The former abbot , now retired, is M. Basil Pennington, who is a world renown author on spirituality and monasticism. Roman Catholic News will be reviewing his book : Lectio Divina. Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures (ISBN 0-8245-1736-9) this May. The book is available from the Abbey Store and the link is provided below.

      Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery
      2625 Highway 212 S.W.
      Conyers, GA 30094-4044
      USA
      Phone: 770-483-8705
      Fax: 770-760-0989
      E-Mail: monastery@...

      Monastery Homepage:
      http://www.trappist.net/index.html
      Subscribe to their Newsletter:
      http://www.trappist.net/newweb/maillist.html

      Mass Requests: Contact the Mass Secretary at 770-483-8705 (ext. 24) or e-mail: mass@....

      Prayer Requests: Your prayer intentions are prayed for by the community. Submit your prayer requests to prayer@....

      The Cistercian Vocation. If you are interested in the monastic life and would like to know about the procedure for discerning a monastic vocation, contact Brother Michael (Vocation Director) by e-mail: vocation@...; phone 678-964-2018; or writing:
      Brother Elias, vocation director
      Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery
      2625 Hwy. 212 S.W.
      Conyers, GA 30094-4044

      Abbey Store Online:
      http://www.abbeystore.org/

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      LECTIO DIVINA

      Today's reading is taken from the Gospel of John 8:31-42.

      "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Fidelity to Jesus and His Gospels entails fidelity to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope and the Holy See. Devout Catholics know this freedom Jesus speaks of. Jesus gave Himself, His Church and the sacraments as His supreme gift to the world to give everyone authentic freedom that only God can give.


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      <http://www.alingilalyawmi.org> (Arabic)

      Biblica Online
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      8. THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

      Color Photograph of Mama Gili, Biography and Prayers
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      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/33>

      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 2)
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      MAMA GILI GUILD

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      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession
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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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