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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 87 MONDAY 10 MAY 2004 * * * SAINT OF THE DAY May 10, 2004 Blessed Damien of Molokai (1840-1889) * * * WEAR THE BROWN
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 4, Issue 87

      MONDAY 10 MAY 2004

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      SAINT OF THE DAY

      May 10, 2004

      Blessed Damien of Molokai

      (1840-1889)

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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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      • MANKIND LIVES TRULY HUMAN LIFE BECAUSE OF CULTURE
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      . CARDINAL O'BRIEN TO TAKE POSSESSION OF TITULAR CHURCH
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      . MESSAGE TO ECUMENICAL MEETING "ALL TOGETHER FOR EUROPE"
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      . MARY, THE SPIRITUAL MOTHER OF ALL MANKIND
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      . CARDINAL KASPER ON TRIP TO ROMANIA
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      . ARCHBISHOP LAJOLO TO MAKE OFFICIAL VISIT TO LONDON
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      . AUDIENCES
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . Mary as Mother Is Close to Us, Says John Paul II
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      . Pope Urges End to Abuse of Child Labor
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      . Torture of Prisoners Lamented by L'Osservatore Romano
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      . Threats to Humanity's Progress Are Outlined
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      . Bolivia Needs Dialogue to Ensure Peace, Says Pope
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      . Gospel Can Aid Europe's Future, Pope Tells Christian Groups
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      . Vatican Aide Suggests a Path to Deal With Mideast Strife
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      . On the Spiritual Maternity of Mary
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      . Address to Ambassadors Accredited to UNESCO
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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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      MANKIND LIVES TRULY HUMAN LIFE BECAUSE OF CULTURE

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 8, 2004 (VIS) – Ambassadors of the United
      Nations
      Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization were welcomed this
      morning to the Vatican by the Holy Father who, in his talk to them
      in English and French, said he "prays that organizations like
      UNESCO
      remain an essential element in building a true culture based on
      peace, justice and fairness."

      "The advancement of human society is directly related to the
      progress of culture," he said. "Mankind, in fact, lives a
      truly
      human life because of culture, an important expression of which is
      found in the arts and sciences."

      The Pope went on to say that "the Church has always been a
      friend
      of arts and sciences. In fact, the world artistic heritage is a
      treasure of human creativity. … The Church constantly uses fine
      arts
      to help celebrate the gift of life and, especially, her sacred rites
      in a worthy, just and beautiful manner." He stressed the
      Church's
      support for and encouragement of arts and sciences, "especially
      in
      her promotion of the dignity and value of human life."

      In the Church, he added, this support has been tangibly expressed
      through institutions such as the Pontifical Academy of Sciences,
      which just marked its fourth centenary, and the Pontifical Academies
      of Social Sciences and Life.

      "Unfortunately," stated John Paul II, "in these
      difficult times, we
      often see our progress threatened by the evils of war, poverty,
      racism and the exploitation of others. These adverse influences not
      only weigh on our human existence but they also hinder our capacity
      to build a better world."

      * * *

      CARDINAL O'BRIEN TO TAKE POSSESSION OF TITULAR CHURCH

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 8, 2004 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical
      Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced today that Cardinal
      Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, metropolitan archbishop of St.
      Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland, will take possession of the titular
      church of Sts. Joachim and Anne at Tuscolano on May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
      on Viale Bruno Rizzieri, 120 in Rome.

      * * *

      MESSAGE TO ECUMENICAL MEETING "ALL TOGETHER FOR EUROPE"

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 8, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father wrote a letter
      to
      participants in the ecumenical meeting "All Together for
      Europe,"
      which takes place today in Stuttgart, Germany. Representatives from
      175 Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Anglican movements and
      communities are participating in the meeting which is being
      broadcast simultaneously in 158 European cities.

      The Pope writes in the letter than on this European day of
      encounter and dialogue participants "gather to reflect on their
      Christian roots and on the future of the European continent in the
      light of the Gospel."

      After emphasizing that the Christian faith "represents the
      present
      and future of Europe," John Paul II recalls that "the many
      witnesses
      to the faith who have been victims of the bloody and painful
      persecutions of European history during the 20th century represent a
      common heritage for all Christian confessions. May this heritage
      strengthen the desire for unity among European Christians and their
      commitment to the work of evangelization."

      The Christians gathered in Stuttgart, he continues, "bear
      witness
      that the Gospel has helped them to overcome egotistical nationalism
      and to see Europe as a family of peoples, rich in culture diversity
      and historical experiences, but at the same time, united in a sort
      of community of destinies. This is the awareness that the Europe of
      tomorrow needs in order to participate in the great events to which
      it is called by history. … Ecumenical dialogue decisively
      contributes to developing a European identity based on the Christian
      faith."

      "A united Europe, however, cannot think only of itself and close
      itself off within its borders and its own well-being. Europe is
      called to serve the world, especially the poorest and most forgotten
      parts like Africa, in particular, characterized by so many serious
      problems. It is not possible to build a common European house
      without worrying about the general well-being of humanity."

      The Pope concludes by emphasizing that "Europe needs the
      commitment
      and enthusiasm of Christians, especially the youth, in order to
      receive the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. … The new
      evangelization," he concludes, "gives a new soul to Europe
      and helps
      the continent to no longer live for itself and only within its own
      borders, but rather to make humanity more human, respectful of life,
      and to create a generous presence in the theaters of the world."

      * * *

      MARY, THE SPIRITUAL MOTHER OF ALL MANKIND

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2004 (VIS) – Pope John Paul, before praying
      the
      Regina Coeli this morning with the faithful gathered in St.
      Peter's
      Square, focused on Mary, and said that, in this month traditionally
      dedicated to her, "her maternal presence is a support for
      Christians
      and for the entire world."

      Her "yes" to becoming the mother of the Redeemer led to her
      becoming the spiritual mother of all mankind, said the Pope. "Our
      Lady expresses her maternity `in her exceptional closeness to man
      and to all that happens to him'. If only all human beings could
      feel
      this extraordinary gift! How much easier it would be for them to
      feel like brothers, renouncing hatred and violence to open up their
      hearts to pardon for the offenses received and to respect, without
      reserve, for the dignity of every human being,"

      The Pope noted that May 13 marks the anniversary of the apparition
      of Mary at Fatima and her call to conversion. "May the men and
      women
      of our time welcome the pressing invitation of she who lovingly
      watches over the Church and the world."

      After reciting the Regina Coeli, John Paul II remarked on the
      celebration today in Rome of the Spring Marathon promoted by the
      diocese of Rome, adding that other Italian dioceses had sponsored
      similar initiatives.

      In his greetings to teachers and students, he stated
      that "unfortunately many children in the world are deprived of
      primary education and end up being exploited as workers. The World
      Congress Against the Exploitation of Minors, which will meet in
      coming days in Florence, will be highlighting this. I hope that this
      meeting will contribute to promoting the effective recognition of
      the rights of children."

      The Holy Father closed by noting that today is Mother's Day.
      "May
      the Mother of Jesus protect and sustain all mothers in the world."

      * * *

      CARDINAL KASPER ON TRIP TO ROMANIA

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (VIS) – Cardinal Walter Kasper,
      president
      of he Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, arrives
      today in Bucharest, Romania where he is scheduled in coming days to
      meet His Beatitude Teoctist, other religious and civil authorities
      and to receive an `honoris causa' doctorate at the University
      of
      Babes-Bolyai.

      According to a communiqué published this morning by the council,
      Cardinal Kasper will meet His Beatitude Teoctist, patriarch of the
      Romanian Orthodox Church, tomorrow in the patriarchal residence. The
      day will start with a "paraclisi" followed by lunch. The
      cardinal
      will bring a gift and a special message to His Beatitude from Pope
      John Paul II to mark the fifth anniversary of their historic
      encounter on May 6, 1999. The patriarch returned that visit by
      coming to Rome in October 2002.

      During his visit Cardinal Kasper will meet with the Latin
      Catholics, the Greek Catholics of Romania and members of the
      government. On May 13 he will travel to Cluj-Napoca where he will
      receive an honoris causa doctorate at the University of Babes-Boyai.
      The university has four theology faculties: Orthodox, Latin, Greek
      Catholic and Protestant, in addition to an Institute of Hebrew
      Studies. Cardinal Kasper will deliver a talk entitled "Orthodoxy
      and
      the Catholic Church Forty Years After the Council Decree
      `Unitatis
      Redintegratio'." While in Cluj-Napoca the cardinal will also
      visit
      Lucian Blaga University.

      * * *

      ARCHBISHOP LAJOLO TO MAKE OFFICIAL VISIT TO LONDON

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (VIS) – The director of the Holy See
      Press Office, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, made the following declaration
      this morning:

      "Upon the invitation of the government of the United Kingdom,
      Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for Relations with States of
      the Holy See, will make an official visit to London on May 11-13,
      2004.

      "In the course of his stay, Archbishop Lajolo will meet with
      different government authorities including the Secretary of State
      for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Jack Straw, and Chancellor of
      the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, and will visit the two houses of
      Parliament.

      "In addition, he will meet with Cardinal Cormac
      Murphy-O'Connor,
      archbishop of Westminster and with Rowan Williams, archbishop of
      Canterbury."

      * * *

      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received
      in
      separate audiences:

      - Twelve prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic
      Bishops (Region XI) on their "ad limina" visit:

      - Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles,
      accompanied by Auxiliary Bishops Thomas J. Curry, Gabino Zavala,
      Gerald E. Wilkerson, Edward William Clark, Oscar Azarcon Solis, and
      Joseph M. Santoris, emeritus.

      - Bishop Robert Henry Brom, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishop
      Salvatore Joseph Cordileone.

      - Bishop John Thomas Steinbock of Fresno.

      - Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego
      of the Chaldeans.

      - Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan of Monterey in California.

      - Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome and
      president of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

      - Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, archbishop of Milan and president of
      the Toniolo Institute.

      On Saturday May 8, the Holy Father received in audience Msgr.
      Francesco Follo, permanent observer to the United Nations
      Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

      * * *

      OTHER PONTFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father appointed
      Archbishop Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio in Ivory Coast, Burkina
      Faso and Niger, as apostolic nuncio in Sri Lanka.

      It was made public on Saturday May 8 that the Holy Father appointed
      Msgr. Rene Rebolledo Salinas, vicar general of the diocese of
      Villarrica, Chile as bishop of Osorno (area 9,236, population
      211,509, Catholics 113,159, priests 41, permanent deacons 7,
      religious 96), Chile. The bishop-elect was born in Cunco, Chile in
      1958 and was ordained a priest in 1984.

      * * *

      Mary as Mother Is Close to Us, Says John Paul II
      Sees Her Spiritual Maternity as a Help to Foster Fraternity

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II presented the
      Blessed Virgin Mary as a mother who helps human beings to reject
      hatred and violence and to respect the dignity of every person.

      On a day celebrated in many countries as Mother's Day, the Pope
      evoked the role of the Mother of Jesus in the lives of believers.

      "On the cross, Jesus wished to offer, in a manner accessible to all,
      the spiritual maternity of Mary, giving her to his beloved disciple
      as son," the Holy Father said before praying the midday Regina Caeli
      with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

      "Since then, generations upon generations of believers have invoked
      her and taken recourse to her with love and hope," he said.

      "And the Virgin expresses her maternity 'in its exceptional
      closeness to man and all that happens to him,'" he explained,
      quoting from his first encyclical, "Redemptor Hominis."

      "If human beings were aware of this extraordinary gift!" the Pope
      exclaimed. "They would feel themselves brothers much more easily,
      rejecting hatred and violence, to open their hearts to forgiveness
      of offenses received and to respect without reservations of the
      dignity of every person."

      "May Jesus' Mother protect and support all the mothers of the
      world," the Holy Father said. "During the month of May, the People
      of God feel the need to intensify their devotion toward Mary, whose
      maternal presence is a support to Christians and to the whole
      world."

      John Paul II also reminded his listeners that May 13, the day the
      Church recalls the Marian apparitions at Fatima, is a date that
      calls "to conversion."

      It was on that date in 1981 that Mehmet Ali Agca shot the Pope in
      St. Peter's Square. The Holy Father attributes his survival to the
      intercession of Mary.

      * * *

      Pope Urges End to Abuse of Child Labor

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II called for an
      end to child labor, saying it impedes millions of children worldwide
      from receiving a basic education.

      "Unfortunately, many children in the world are deprived of primary
      education and end up being used as manual laborers," the Pope said
      today after praying the Regina Caeli with pilgrims gathered in St.
      Peter's Square.

      The Holy Father's appeal took place on the eve of the World Congress
      of Children Against Child Labor, which will be held in Florence,
      Italy, from Monday until May 16.

      "I hope this meeting will contribute to promote the concrete
      recognition of children's rights," the Pope said.

      At the same time, he encouraged the work of Catholic schools --
      teachers, students and families -- and called on every school "to
      continue with its valuable service in the formation of new
      generations."

      The congress against the abuse of child labor, organized by the
      Global March Against Child Labor, the Italian organization Mani Tese
      and labor unions.

      Five hundred boys, ages 10 to 17, from all over the world will
      attend, to remind countries and international organizations of their
      responsibilities.

      * * *

      Torture of Prisoners Lamented by L'Osservatore Romano
      "Tragic Antithesis of Basic Principles of Civilization," Says Paper

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2004 (Zenit.org).- "Horror and shame" were the
      words that appeared repeatedly on L'Osservatore Romano's front page
      when it commented on the torture of prisoners in Iraq by U.S.
      military units.

      "The Iraqi conflict, already marked by mourning and destruction, now
      takes on more tragic connotations with the discovery of inhuman
      tortures inflicted on Iraqi prisoners," said today's Italian edition
      of the Vatican semiofficial newspaper.

      "In the abuses and ill treatment of prisoners is consummated the
      radical negation of man's dignity and his fundamental values," the
      newspaper lamented.

      "The brutal offense against one's fellowman is the tragic antithesis
      of the basic principles of civilization and democracy," the unsigned
      article continued. "In this disturbing scene, a speechless world
      questions itself, full of horror and shame."

      "In particular, the people of the United States feel profoundly
      betrayed in their humanity and in their history when learning that
      torture -- an affront against the human person -- has been
      perpetrated under its flag, dishonoring it," the article said.

      On Friday, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, Vatican secretary for
      relations with states, said that this "violence against persons
      offends God himself, who made humans beings in his image and
      likeness."

      "Those responsible must be brought to justice and punished, as well
      as their immediate superior who failed in their important duty to
      restrain them," the archbishop added in statements to Italian Public
      Radio and Television.

      The archbishop stressed that torture is "contrary to the most
      elementary human rights and radically opposed to Christian
      morality."

      He added: "The scandal is even more serious if one takes into
      account that those actions were committed by Christians."

      * * *

      Threats to Humanity's Progress Are Outlined
      Pope Addresses Ambassadors to UNESCO

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II says the
      authentic progress of humanity is threatened by war, poverty and
      racism.

      The Pope expressed this concern Saturday when he met with a group of
      ambassadors accredited to the Paris-based United Nations
      Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The ambassadors
      visited Rome to meet with the Holy Father.

      "Unfortunately, in these difficult times, we often find our progress
      threatened by the evils of war, poverty, racism and the exploitation
      of others," John Paul II said when welcoming the ambassadors.

      "These harmful influences not only weigh on our human existence but
      they also hinder our capacity to build a better world," he added.

      The Pope appealed to "organizations such as UNESCO" to continue to
      be "an essential element in the construction of a true culture based
      on peace, justice and equity."

      The Holy Father reminded the ambassadors that the "advancement of
      human society is directly related to the progress of culture," as
      mankind, "in fact, lives a truly human life because of culture, an
      important expression of which is found in the arts and sciences."

      Because of this, the "Church has constantly appealed to the fine
      arts to assist it in celebrating the gift of life and, very
      especially, its sacred rites in a worthy, just and beautiful
      manner."

      "Moreover, the Church has encouraged the development of the
      sciences, especially in her promotion of the dignity and value of
      human life," he said.

      The Pope added: "This commitment is expressed concretely through the
      creation of numerous institutions such as the Pontifical Academy of
      Sciences, which recently celebrated its fourth centenary, the
      Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the Pontifical Academy
      for Life."

      * * *

      Bolivia Needs Dialogue to Ensure Peace, Says Pope

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II says that
      Bolivia needs "concord" and "constructive dialogue" in regard to
      democracy if it is to have a peaceful future.

      The Pope expressed this conviction in a telegram sent on his behalf
      by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano to Cardinal
      Julio Terrazas, president of the Bolivian episcopal conference.

      In the telegram, dated Saturday, the Holy Father expressed his
      support for the message that the Bolivian bishops published April 23
      calling for national reconciliation.

      The message, published at the end of the bishops' ordinary assembly,
      emphasized that poverty continues to be the most delicate problem in
      that South American nation of 8.5 million.

      "This situation of poverty and economic crisis has been further
      aggravated, among other things, by the violence and social
      conflicts, which have been used by different sectors as an
      instrument to achieve their own purposes, putting aside the search
      for the common good," the bishops said in their message.

      In turn, the Holy Father reminded Bolivians in his message that "the
      only path to the peaceful future of the country is that of concord,
      undertaking the way of constructive dialogue and avoiding everything
      that harms the democratic system of the life of the nation."

      * * *

      Gospel Can Aid Europe's Future, Pope Tells Christian Groups
      In Message to Participants at Ecumenical Meeting in Stuttgart

      STUTTGART, Germany, MAY 9, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Gospel is not just
      a treasure of Europe's past -- it is above all a help for its
      present and future, says John Paul II.

      The Pope sent that message to the participants in the first meeting
      of Christian Movements and Communities, held Saturday in Stuttgart
      with the theme "Together Pro-Europe." Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko,
      president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, read the message
      to the participants.

      The meeting gathered 10,000 Catholics, evangelicals, Orthodox and
      Anglicans, and was linked to 158 European cities by satellite. The
      event in part celebrated the entry of 10 new countries into the
      European Union.

      The Holy Father began his message by saying that the steps that are
      being taken in the process of European integration are due to the
      commitment of the "Fathers" of Europe, the great majority of whom
      were Christians, who understood the need for reconciliation in the
      Old World in the wake of World War II.

      However, the Pope added that the Christian faith is not something
      that forms part of the European past. "It also represents the
      present and the future of Europe," he said.

      "In the commitment to bring about a more humane society, open to
      others and solidaristic in love, we must not cease to open our
      hearts to the Gospel," the Pope exhorted the movements and
      communities.

      "Ecumenical dialogue contributes decisively to develop a European
      identity based on the Christian faith," he said.

      To this end, "thanks to a careful and respectful dialogue, the
      movements offer an important contribution to consolidate among
      Christians the Lord's commandment of love."

      The papal message concluded: "The new evangelization gives a soul to
      Europe and helps the Continent not to continue living for itself,
      enclosed in its borders, but to build a more humane society that
      respects life, and to have a generous presence on the world scene."

      * * *

      Vatican Aide Suggests a Path to Deal With Mideast Strife
      Cardinal Tauran Urges Efforts at International Level

      NEW YORK, MAY 9, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Solving the crisis in Iraq and
      the Middle East requires a return to the realm of international law,
      says Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

      The former Vatican secretary for relations with states, and
      currently the archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, was
      in New York to receive an honorary doctorate and to attend several
      debates on the international situation.

      "As could be foreseen, it is much more difficult to manage the
      postwar period than the war itself," the cardinal said.

      "Now it is a question of fostering a return to normality, to
      sovereignty, trying to give the Iraqi people the possibility to
      express themselves on their future and, therefore, to restore to
      international law and to the international community the role that
      corresponds to them," he explained.

      In statements on Vatican Radio, Cardinal Tauran also commented about
      the reports of U.S. soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners.

      "They are deplorable events," he said. "It must be recalled,
      moreover, that there is a 'jus in bello' [law in war] which does not
      allow to do just anything in times of war."

      "What is important is to remember the dignity of the person," the
      cardinal observed. "The Geneva Conventions exist which give the
      essential references to solve these problems. What is true is that
      the picture has a great impact on Arab public opinion and now it is
      possible to fear reactions that are not always moderate."

      "Much prudence is needed now and, obviously, it is necessary to
      punish those responsible for this mistreatment," he said.

      To restore the sovereignty of the Iraqi people, Cardinal Tauran
      suggested "giving all the components of Iraqi society the
      possibility to express themselves and the international community
      the opportunity to support a process of internal dialogue in Iraqi
      society."

      He added that the "lack of a solution to the conflict between
      Israelis and Palestinians is the mother of all the crises."

      "Once this crisis is resolved, the rest will be resolved," he
      said. "It is a problem of international justice, which must be
      resolved in keeping with the dictates of international law and the
      United Nations resolution. It is necessary to return to
      international legality."

      * * *

      On the Spiritual Maternity of Mary
      "This Heart Has Always Followed the Work of Her Son"

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the
      address John Paul II gave today before praying the midday Regina
      Caeli with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. The address was
      in Italian.

      * * *

      1. During the month of May, the People of God feel the need to
      intensify their devotion toward Mary, whose maternal presence is a
      support to Christians and to the whole world.

      From the moment the young girl of Nazareth pronounced her
      fiat, "under the special influence of the Holy Spirit, this heart,
      the heart of both a virgin and a mother, has always followed the
      work of her Son and has gone out to all those whom Christ has
      embraced and continues to embrace with inexhaustible love"
      (encyclical "Redemptor Hominis," No. 22). And, if God's mercy is
      inextinguishable, the immaculate heart of his mother is
      also "maternally inextinguishable" (see ibid.).

      2. On the cross, Jesus wished to offer, in a manner accessible to
      all, the spiritual maternity of Mary, giving her to his beloved
      disciple as son (see John 19:26). Since then, generations upon
      generations of believers have invoked her and taken recourse to her
      with love and hope. And the Virgin expresses her maternity "in its
      exceptional closeness to man and all that happens to him"
      ("Redemptor Hominis," 22).

      If human beings were aware of this extraordinary gift! They would
      feel themselves brothers much more easily, rejecting hatred and
      violence to open their hearts to forgiveness of offenses received
      and to respect without reservations of the dignity of every person.

      3. In a few days, on May 13, we shall recall the apparition of the
      Virgin in Fatima and her call to conversion. Let us pray, dear
      brothers and sisters, so that human beings of our time will also
      accept her urgent invitation, who with love watches over the Church
      and the World.

      [Translation by ZENIT]

      * * *

      Address to Ambassadors Accredited to UNESCO
      War, Poverty and Racism Are Threats to Authentic Progress, Says Pope

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the
      address John Paul II delivered on Saturday to ambassadors of several
      countries accredited to UNESCO. Part of the address was in English,
      part in French.

      * * *

      Mr. President,
      Your Excellencies!

      [In English]

      1. With affection I greet you, ambassadors of the United Nations
      Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as you come to
      the Vatican, and I thank you, Ambassador Omolewa, for the kind
      sentiments you expressed. I hope that your visit to the Eternal City
      will enrich and renew you in your efforts to protect and promote
      authentic educational, scientific and cultural progress.

      The advancement of human society is directly related to the progress
      of culture. In reality culture is a specific way of "living"
      and "being" for mankind and, at the same time, it forms a bond which
      determines the unique character of man's social existence. Mankind,
      in fact, lives a truly human life because of culture, an important
      expression of which is found in the arts and sciences.

      [In French]

      2. The Church has always been the friend of the arts and sciences.
      In fact, the world's artistic heritage is a treasure of human
      creativity; it offers an eloquent testimony of the intelligence of
      humanity, which participates in the work of the divine Creator. The
      Church has constantly appealed to the fine arts to assist it in
      celebrating the gift of life and, very especially, its sacred rites
      in a worthy, just and beautiful manner.

      In so doing, she has helped to develop an incomparable heritage of
      music, art and literature, which represents a significant
      contribution to the progress of culture. Moreover, the Church has
      encouraged the development of the sciences, especially in her
      promotion of the dignity and value of human life.

      3. This commitment is expressed concretely through the creation of
      numerous institutions such as the Pontifical Academy of Sciences,
      which recently celebrated its fourth centenary, the Pontifical
      Academy of Social Sciences, and the Pontifical Academy for Life.

      Unfortunately, in these difficult times, we often find our progress
      threatened by the evils of war, poverty, racism and the exploitation
      of others. These harmful influences not only weigh on our human
      existence but they also hinder our capacity to build a better world.

      4. I pray that organizations such as UNESCO will remain an essential
      element in the construction of a true culture based on peace,
      justice, and equity.

      Wishing you the very best in the pursuit of your mission, I invoke
      on you and on your colleagues an abundance of divine blessings.

      [Translation of the French by ZENIT]

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      LECTIO DIVINA

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      3. Today's Lectionary Readings Text
      <http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/051004.htm> (English)

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

      Biblica Online
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      4.DIVINE OFFICE TEXTS & AUDIO ONLINE:

      OFFICE OF READINGS, TEXTS
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      MORNING, EVENING & NIGHT PRAYERS, TEXTS:
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      AUDIO RECORDINGS OF THE DIVINE OFFICE: recited by the
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      5. Polish Rosary Hour by the Conventual Franciscans
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      DOWNLOAD FREE SCRIPTURAL ROSARY
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      7. CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY 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)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/37>

      Need a Miracle?
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      Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)
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      MAMA GILI GUILD

      The Mama Gili Guild was established several years ago to gather,
      collect, and publish information on Dolores Immacolata Gili (1892-
      1985) for an investigation into her cause as a Servant of God, as
      well as to promote her cause and to perpetuate her cult by directing
      prayer groups assembled in her honor. It has continuously enjoyed
      the
      ecclesiastical approval of Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, and the Most
      Reverend John Joseph Myers, Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the
      intercession
      of Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili, or, for more information about
      the
      cause of her investigation for canonization to:

      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo, Director
      Mama Gili Guild
      P. O. Box 455
      Kearny, New Jersey 07032
      Phone (973) 412-1170
      Fax (973) 412-7011

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      9. ABBAYE SAINT-JOSEPH DE CLAIRVAL

      The Benedictine monks of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval mail a free
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      10. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ. English Trans. Online
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      Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi. Latin Text Online
      <http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/kempis.html>

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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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