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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 88 TUESDAY 11 MAY 2004 * * * SAINT OF THE DAY May 11, 2004 St. Ignatius of Laconi (1701-1781) * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR
    Message 1 of 2 , May 11, 2004
      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 4, Issue 88

      TUESDAY 11 MAY 2004

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      SAINT OF THE DAY

      May 11, 2004

      St. Ignatius of Laconi

      (1701-1781)

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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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      • DISCOVER NEW WAYS TO ANNOUNCE THE GOSPEL
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      . TELEGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF ATTACK ON GROZNY STADIUM
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      . POPE TO CANONIZE SIX BLESSEDS THIS SUNDAY
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      . COUNCIL FOR INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE TO MARK 40 YEARS
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      . INSTRUCTION ON CHRIST'S CHARITY TOWARD MIGRANTS
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      . AUDIENCES
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      . Percentage of Catholics in the World Slips
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      . Secretary for Relations With States to Visit London
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      . Convivium Appeals for Cooperation in Distribution of Medicines
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      . Forced Islamization Under Way in Western Sudan
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      . Aid Asked for Missions in Areas of Need or Persecution
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      . Information Project Aims to Combat Spread of AIDS in Africa
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      . Proposals to Humanize the New Information Technologies
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      . Romania Welcomes Cardinal Kasper
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      . Nuncio Urges Cancellation of Haiti's Foreign Debt
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      . Cardinal Asks Canadian Students to Consider Living in Scotland
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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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      DISCOVER NEW WAYS TO ANNOUNCE THE GOSPEL

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – This morning the Pope received
      participants in the general assembly of the Pontifical Missionary
      Works and told them that through their work they collaborate in
      the "transmission of the `Good News' to the ends of the
      earth."

      After emphasizing that they "must have special
      consideration" for
      peoples of the "Third World" where "suffering and needs
      are
      greater," the Holy Father said: "You are like Simon of
      Cyrene,
      helping the Savior to bring the Cross to every person who suffers
      and is dying. You are true missionaries in a world marked by
      globalization, one in which suffering for truth and justice
      transcends every national border."

      "When you are anguished over the suffering of other peoples and
      work to alleviate their great need for help, you too are working to
      help your own peoples to escape the narrow ways of selfishness and
      of being suffocated by abundance, emptiness and attitudes, sometimes
      unworthy of human beings."

      John Paul II expressed his pleasure that the Pontifical Missionary
      Works are updating their statutes. "This," he affirmed,
      "shows the
      will to continue to fulfill your mission of `mercy and
      peace'."

      "The objective of the general assembly of your Superior
      Council,"
      he added, "is to search for the ways of the Lord for a renewed
      mission in a world in continual change. Concern moves you to bring
      love and mercy to all peoples. … I urge you," he concluded,
      "to
      collaborate, as you are already doing, with the Congregation for the
      Evangelization of Peoples, in a continuous search for `new
      ways' for
      the Gospel. Missionary zeal and cooperation are the reason for your
      existence and the only purpose for your tireless `concern for
      all
      churches' for the world's salvation."

      * * *

      TELEGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF ATTACK ON GROZNY STADIUM

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – The following telegram was
      sent
      in the Holy Father's name by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of
      State, upon hearing of the victims of the terrorist attack Sunday on
      the stadium in Grozny, Chechnya:

      "Deeply saddened by the news of the serious attack in the Grozny
      stadium that has caused many victims, the Supreme Pontiff expresses
      sentiments of deep condolences to the family members and to the
      survivors. While entrusting to Divine Mercy the souls of those who
      so tragically died as well as all the victims of violence, His
      Holiness assures everyone of his prayers that Chechnya, with the
      contribution of everyone, may find the just path of dialogue and
      reconciliation."

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      POPE TO CANONIZE SIX BLESSEDS THIS SUNDAY

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – On Sunday, May 16, Sixth
      Sunday
      in Easter, the Holy Father will celebrate the Eucharist in St.
      Peter's Square and will canonize six blesseds.

      The future saints are: Luigi Orione (1872-1940), priest and founder
      of the Little Work of Divine Providence and of the Congregation of
      the Little Sisters, Missionaries of

      Charity; Hannibal Maria di Francia (1851-1927), priest and founder
      of the Congregation of the Rogationist Fathers of the Heart of Jesus
      and of the Religious Daughters of Divine Zeal; Josep Manyanet y
      Vives (1833-1901), priest and founder of the Congregation of the
      Sons of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the Missionary
      Daughters of the Holy Family of Nazareth; Nimatullah Al Hardini
      (1808-1858)), priest of the Lebanese Maronite Order; Paola
      Elisabetta (1816-1865), foundress of the Institute of Religious of
      the Holy Family; Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962), mother of a
      family.

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      COUNCIL FOR INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE TO MARK 40 YEARS

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – The Pontifical Council for
      Inter-
      religious Dialogue (PCID) will hold its plenary assembly this year
      from May 14 to 19 and on the last day will mark the 40th anniversary
      of its founding in 1964 by Pope Paul VI as the Secretariat for Non-
      Christians, according to a communiqué released by the council.

      In 1988 Pope John Paul, in "Pastor Bonus," the Apostolic
      Constitution on the Roman Curia, changed the name of this office to
      the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and assigned it
      the duty of "favoring and regulating relations with members and
      groups of other religions, which are not included under any
      Christian denomination, and also with people who are, in whatever
      manner, endowed with a religious sense."

      The pontifical council, whose president is Archbishop Michael
      Fitzgerald, is composed of members appointed by the Holy Father to
      five-year terms. There are currently three cardinals of the Roman
      Curia and seven from all continents. Archbishops and bishops from
      various countries where people of different religious traditions
      form a single population, will be invited to reflect on the forty
      years of inter-religious dialogue as practiced by the Catholic
      Church.

      Following a report by council secretary Archbishop Pier Luigi
      Celata on PCID activities since the last plenary, participants in
      the group discussions will give attention to such questions as: How
      is the practice of inter-religious dialogue understood or grasped in
      today's world? What means are used to spread the practice of
      inter-
      religious dialogue? How is the message of inter-religious dialogue
      transmitted? What problems are encountered? How is the duty to
      proclaim Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of all respected while
      engaging in dialogue with people of other religions?

      To mark the 40th anniversary on May 19, there will be a public
      session from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Pope John Paul II
      Auditorium of the Pontifical Urban University. Archbishop Fitzgerald
      will give opening remarks, and Cardinal Francis Arinze, former
      council president and now prefect of the Congregation for Divine
      Worship, will speak on "Forty Years of Developing Theological
      and
      Dialogical Engagement."

      In another anniversary celebration, the "Gen Rosso," a
      musical
      complex of the Focolare Movement, will present a show based on the
      Psalms. This will take place in the Paul VI Hall on the evening of
      May 18, which also coincides with the Holy Father's 84th birthday.

      * * *

      INSTRUCTION ON CHRIST'S CHARITY TOWARD MIGRANTS

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – On Friday, May 14 at 11:30
      a.m.
      in the Holy See Press Office, an instruction by the Pontifical
      Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples
      entitled "Erga migrantes Caritas Christi" (Christ's
      charity toward
      migrants) will be presented. Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao,
      Archbishop Agostino Marchetto and Fr. Michael Blume, S.V.D.,
      respectively president, secretary and undersecretary of this
      dicastery, will participate in the press conference.

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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received
      in
      audience seven prelates from the United States Conference of
      Catholic Bishops (Region XI) on their "ad limina" visit:

      - Archbishop William Joseph Levada of San Francisco, accompanied by
      Archbishop Emeritus John Raphael Quinn and Auxiliary Bishops John
      Charles Wester and Ignatius C. Wang.

      - Bishop Tod David Brown of Orange in California, accompanied by
      Auxiliary Bishop Dominic Mai Luong.

      - Bishop Gerald Richard Barnes of San Bernardino.

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      Percentage of Catholics in the World Slips
      Diocesan Priests Increase Since '78; Religious Decrease

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The number of Catholics in
      the world is increasing, but their percentage has decreased
      slightly, according to newly released Church data.

      The Statistical Yearbook of the Church for 2002, prepared by the
      Central Office of Church Statistics and just published by the
      Vatican press office, tracks data from the start of John Paul II's
      pontificate through 2002.

      The yearbook indicates that the crisis of the dwindling ranks of
      diocesan priests has passed, but not the crisis of religious
      vocations.

      The number of Catholic faithful rose from 757 million in 1978 to
      1.07 billion at year-end 2002. By continent, the increase was 150%
      in Africa; 74% in Asia; 49% in Oceania; 45% in the Americas; and 5%
      in Europe.

      Yet, the percentage of Catholics as a share of world population
      dropped. In 1978, 17.99% of the world's inhabitants were Catholic;
      in 1990, the tally was 17.68%; and in 2002, 17.2%.

      Half the world's Catholics are in the Americas (49.9%); 26.15% in
      Europe; 12.84% in Africa; 10.3% in Asia; and 0.78% in Oceania.

      The overall number of priests decreased 3.78%, from 420,971 in 1978,
      to 405,058 in 2002.

      A closer study of the data reveals that the number of diocesan
      priests increased by 1.85%, to 267,334 from 262,485. The number of
      religious priests fell by 13.1%, to 137,724 from 158,486 in 1978.

      Professed men religious (non-priests) plunged by 27.67%, from 75,802
      in 1978 to 54,828 in 2002.

      Professed women religious fell by 20.98%, from 990,768 to 782,932 in
      the same period.

      Permanent deacons grew by 441%, as their ministry was reintroduced
      after the Second Vatican Council. In 1978 there were 5,562 permanent
      deacons; by 2002 they increased to 30,097.

      The number of candidates to the priesthood (students of philosophy
      and theology), both in diocesan as well as in religious centers,
      soared from 63,882 in 1978 to 113,199 in 2002.

      Of those, 65% are diocesan seminarians; 35% belong to religious
      congregations.

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      Secretary for Relations With States to Visit London

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See's secretary
      for relations with states will visit London officially this week to
      promote diplomatic relations and ecumenical dialogue.

      During his Tuesday-to-Thursday visit, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo
      will meet with Foreign Minister Jack Straw and Chancellor Gordon
      Brown, among other government officials, according to an
      announcement today by Vatican press office director Joaquín
      Navarro-
      Valls. Archbishop Lajolo will also visit the two Houses of
      Parliament.

      The archbishop will meet with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor,
      president of the bishops' conference of England and Wales, and with
      Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury.

      Last October, John Paul II named Archbishop Lajolo as the secretary
      of the Holy See for relations with states.

      The section for relations with states fosters diplomatic relations
      with nations and other subjects of international law; represents the
      Holy See in international organizations and congresses on public
      issues; and reviews the activity of apostolic nuncios abroad.

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      Convivium Appeals for Cooperation in Distribution of Medicines
      Aims to Give the World's Poor Access to Crucial Pharmaceuticals

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A nongovernmental
      organization launched an appeal from the Vatican calling for
      cooperation between rich nations and developing countries to make
      good-quality pharmaceuticals available at low prices, especially to
      poor people.

      The NGO, Convivium, was founded last December by the International
      Federation of Catholic Pharmacists, in collaboration with Vatican
      officials and representatives of some 80 pharmaceutical companies.

      Alain Lejeune, president of Convivium, told ZENIT that "the
      objective is to facilitate access to quality medicines to everyone
      everywhere, without any distinction, especially essential medicines
      such as vaccines, or drugs intended to combat epidemics, AIDS,
      malaria and tuberculosis."

      The idea of Convivium is to use the network of the Catholic Church,
      which has 128,000 health institutions worldwide, to ensure medicines
      for millions of people who would otherwise not be able to afford
      them or gain access to them.

      The organization, which held a two-day congress here May 7-8,
      presented its project Friday during a press conference at the
      headquarters of Vatican Radio.

      To encourage lower-priced medicines that don't compromise on
      quality, Convivium hopes to create a "virtuous circle," formed by
      pharmaceutical houses willing to produce low-cost medicines and work
      around problems involving patents.

      "[The] right of intellectual property, although just, in some cases
      can fuel conflicts with numerous patients who do not have access to
      treatments," the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Health Care
      Workers, Bishop José Luis Redrado Marchite, told ZENIT.

      Bishop Redrado said that "80% of the medicines are consumed by 15%
      of the population," and that in "the rich world there is also the
      problem of excessive consumption of medicines."

      He also cited the problem of experimentation with risky new drugs
      tested on populations of poor countries.

      The bishop called for the "sharing of benefits of the new drugs with
      countries where the tests are carried out, in ways that must be
      agreed but that take into account the needs of these countries in
      the area of health."

      Bishop Redrado renewed an appeal so that people affected by the HIV
      virus are given full access to antiretroviral drugs.

      He said that Africa, with 25 million AIDS patients and 2.2 million
      AIDS deaths a year, has the poorest population with the least
      possibility of access to treatments.

      (For more information on Convivium, write to
      pharmaworld.scrl@....)

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      Forced Islamization Under Way in Western Sudan
      Bishop Gassis Analyzes Ongoing Conflict in Darfur Region

      ROME, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Violence has produced thousands of
      victims in the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan, where "a
      process of Arabization" is under way, says a Catholic bishop.

      In a U.N. report, Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid gave evidence
      of the subjection of Darfur to a regime of terror by the Khartoum
      government.

      The strife is reckoned to have claimed 10,000 victims, forced
      800,000 to 1 million from their homes, and left a legacy of 130,000
      refugees in neighboring Chad.

      Since February 2003, Darfur has been the scene of violent
      confrontations between two rebel groups -- the Justice and Equality
      Movement, and the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement -- and the Sudanese
      regular army.

      The rebel groups rose in arms against Khartoum, which they accused
      of abandoning Darfur because its population is mainly black, and of
      financing the "janjaweed" militias.

      The militias are active Arab marauders in the western region of
      Sudan who for years have been sowing death and destruction,
      especially in the communities of Arana, Marsalit and Fura.

      The rebel groups are demanding from the government greater
      participation in the exploitation of oil resources, a request that
      coincides with that of pro-independence rebels in the South.

      The strife isn't over religion, but is rather "an ethnic question,"
      Bishop Gassis told Vatican Radio on Saturday.

      "The Darfur part is annihilated by the Arab part, the 'janjaweed,'
      who are armed by the Khartoum army to go and commit these violations
      against the black population of Darfur," he said.

      "These people have asked that their rights be recognized, as others
      have also done in Sudan," the prelate noted.

      He warned that the country "is becoming a volcano that is erupting
      everywhere. The people want respect for human rights, the right to
      education, to health care, to freedom. ... These people have never
      been considered by the Khartoum government."

      The attack of the Arab militias against the ethnic group of Darfur
      is directed to "taking its place, as they have done in other places.
      They want to move the Arab race to the more fertile areas, to areas
      where they can pasture," the bishop explained.

      In fact, "a process of Arabization is under way in Darfur," Bishop
      Gassis lamented. "In the South of Sudan and in the Nuba hills there
      is a forced process of Islamization and Arabization. They want to
      force the people to accept that type of Islam that they are
      propagating in Sudan: Muslim fundamentalism."

      "And although there are many Muslims in Darfur, they are certainly
      not fundamentalists," he continued. "They want to attack the black
      race. There is an ethnic question here. In the South of Sudan and in
      the Nuba hills, instead, the problem is ethnic and religious.
      Moreover, there is also the economic aspect, that is, the desire to
      occupy the place of this non-Arab population."

      Meanwhile, the Khartoum authorities and the Sudanese Peoples
      Liberation Army (SPLA) are in the final phase of talks aimed at
      ending 20 years of civil war -- between the Muslim regime of the
      north and the animist and Christian rebels of the south -- which has
      resulted in more than 2 million dead.

      This armed conflict broke out in 1983, when President Gaafar Nimeiry
      established the Shariah, Islamic law. In 1989 the process of forced
      Islamization was promoted among the populations of the south.

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      Aid Asked for Missions in Areas of Need or Persecution
      Cardinal Sepe Addresses Assembly of Pontifical Mission Societies

      ROME, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The mission of evangelization must
      be relaunched and supported, especially in those areas where poverty
      and persecutions threaten the very survival of missionaries, says
      Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe.

      That was the message the prefect of the Congregation for the
      Evangelization of Peoples delivered when he opened the annual
      general assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS).

      Addressing 117 national directors of the organization, Cardinal Sepe
      emphasized that "we must help those sister Churches of ours" of
      which "we receive news almost daily and which we cannot forget."

      These Churches "find themselves in difficult situations and are in
      need of being supported with prayer and sacrifice," including those
      persecuted or in need of material aid, he said Thursday.

      Cardinal Sepe stressed that the "first and principal duty of every
      national director of the PMS is to sensitize and animate the whole
      People of God, so that everyone will become aware of their own
      radical vocation to render witness to Christ and to take his Gospel,
      each one according to his possibilities, to all the nations and to
      the ends of the earth."

      "This task of animation and missionary sensitization depends on the
      active and sincere cooperation of all: bishops, priests, religious
      and laity," he said.

      The agenda of the PMS general assembly includes calls for the
      revision and updating of the statutes, which date back to 1980. The
      assembly continues until May 14.

      * * *

      Information Project Aims to Combat Spread of AIDS in Africa
      Inspired by Network Used by the Church in Latin America

      MILAN, Italy, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A program aimed at reducing
      the possibility of African mothers infecting their children with
      AIDS owes its start to the experience of the Information Network of
      the Church in Latin America.

      The program, part of the Project Africa information network, was
      explained by Monsignor Lucio Ruiz at the 4th Infopoverty World
      Conference, held recently in Milan.

      Monsignor Ruiz is technical coordinator of the Latin American
      information network (RIIAL), an institution established by the
      Pontifical Council for Social Communications in collaboration with
      the Latin American bishops' council.

      He said that Project Africa arose from the experience of promoting
      the network culture in Latin America, that is, "in which all members
      not only can communicate through the technological means, but
      establish among themselves real ties of collaboration."

      From this experience was born the program "Management of HIV
      Vertical Transmission and Mother-Child Health Care in Malawi," to
      assist mothers infected with the HIV virus to avoid infecting their
      children during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

      The initiative hopes to address "the reduced availability of potable
      water" and the need for "effective communications channels, electric
      energy, knowledge of computers, and specialized personnel" in
      Malawi.

      Health questions and the formation of a local medical team will be
      the responsibility of the University of Tor Vergata in Rome.

      In addition to offering on-the-spot training, Project Africa is
      creating an information network among health centers in Malawi and
      the Tor Vergata Polyclinic to offer online formation, answer
      questions, and provide follow-ups to the programs of intervention.

      Project Africa will also offer "a refresher course on medical,
      technological and ethical-moral aspects" according to the
      magisterium of the Church, said Monsignor Ruiz.

      After being implemented in Malawi, the AIDS program will be extended
      to other African countries.

      Monsignor Ruiz explained that RIIAL's experience has taught
      that "before being able to make good use of the new technologies,
      computers, satellites, broadband and important services," there must
      first be "formation" and, in particular, "formation of a network
      culture in the network."

      The project is the first step toward the establishment of an
      information network for the Church in Africa, an initiative that was
      presented at a meeting of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences
      of Asia and Madagascar.

      * * *

      Proposals to Humanize the New Information Technologies
      Suggested by Vatican Representative at "Infopoverty" Conference

      MILAN, Italy, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The lack of access to
      information and communication is above all a humanist challenge, a
      Vatican representative told the 4th Infopoverty World Conference.

      Speaking recently on "Ethics as a Prerequisite for Development,"
      from the headquarters of the conference in Milan, Monsignor Enrique
      Planas pointed out some of the fundamental criteria to overcome the
      so-called digital gap.

      The speaker, a representative of the Pontifical Council for Social
      Communications, explained that it is necessary that "the
      technologies be under the control of the human being and not vice
      versa."

      "Therefore, it would be inadmissible that fundamental aspects of the
      human person -- namely, love, thought, social life, relations with
      transcendence -- remain imprisoned in these new technologies," he
      warned.

      The Vatican representative clarified that the proposals he was
      presenting to the forum have matured thanks to the experience of the
      Information Network of the Church in Latin America (RIIAL), of which
      he is the founder. RIIAL has helped to unite the region's widely
      separated Catholic communities.

      "The fact that the technologies of communication make the 'global
      village' possible should lead to asking new questions about man and
      his dimensions," Monsignor Planas said.

      "Thousands of people work to improve computer programs, but what is
      their horizon?" he asked. "Without a correct anthropology -- and, I
      would add, without the light of the Gospel -- technological
      development can lead to the absurd."

      According to Monsignor Planas, the authentic anthropological
      challenge posed by the possibilities offered by these means lies
      in "passing from the information society to the knowledge society."

      Today, he contend, there are symptoms of "communicational asphyxia
      that leads to the suppression of freedom."

      "Accumulated data simply does not constitute learning," the
      monsignor said. He said information must be analyzed well and
      presented within a context.

      * * *

      Romania Welcomes Cardinal Kasper

      BUCHAREST, Romania, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Romania is
      celebrating the fifth anniversary of John Paul II's visit, the first
      of a Pope to a majority-Orthodox country, by welcoming the president
      of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

      Cardinal Walter Kasper arrived today in Bucharest, where he will
      meet with leaders of the Orthodox patriarchate, with civil
      authorities, and with Catholic communities.

      The pontifical council said Cardinal Kasper will meet Tuesday with
      Patriarch Theoctist of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

      The day will begin with a "paraclisis," a Byzantine Marian prayer,
      followed by lunch. The cardinal will bring a gift and a special
      message to the patriarch from the Pope to mark the fifth anniversary
      of their historic meeting on May 6, 1999.

      Patriarch Theoctist returned that visit by going to Rome in October
      2002.

      During his visit, Cardinal Kasper will meet with the Latin-rite
      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
      honorary doctorate at the University of Babes-Boyai.

      Cardinal Kasper will deliver an address entitled "Orthodoxy and the
      Catholic Church 40 Years after the Council Decree 'Unitatis
      Redintegratio.'"

      In Cluj-Napoca, the cardinal will also visit Lucian Blaga
      University.

      * * *

      Nuncio Urges Cancellation of Haiti's Foreign Debt

      PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See would
      like the international community to consider canceling the foreign
      debts of poverty-stricken Haiti, says the papal representative to
      the Caribbean nation.

      Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the apostolic nuncio in Haiti, affirmed
      this in an address delivered to more than 200 representatives of
      government, civil society and diplomatic delegations.

      The secretary of the nunciature in the Haitian capital told the
      Missionary Service News Agency that Archbishop Bonazzi in his
      address last Wednesday highlighted "the scandalous poverty in which
      the majority of men, women and children of Haiti live."

      After his four-year stint here, Archbishop Bonazzi is about to move
      to Cuba, where he will be papal nuncio.

      In the archbishop's opinion, the last political crisis -- which
      ended Feb. 29 with the fall of President Jean Bertrand Aristide --
      "has shown clearly, precisely in the year of the bicentenary of
      Haiti's independence, that a method of government centered on the
      exploitation of the resources of a nation for personal benefit is
      destined to failure and impoverishes the country more."

      Haiti's foreign debt includes $1.3 billion in loans contracted
      especially with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development
      Bank.

      * * *

      Cardinal Asks Canadian Students to Consider Living in Scotland

      ANTIGONISH, Nova Scotia, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- At a recent
      graduation ceremony at the University of St. Francis Xavier,
      Cardinal Keith O'Brien called on the students to consider a move to
      Scotland.

      "Appreciating all that Scotland has given to Canada especially over
      the last 200 years, perhaps it is time for young people of Canada to
      think of returning to Scotland to help rebuild that Scotland to
      occupy a leading role in the world of today," said the cardinal
      archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh.

      The cardinal was in Antigonish to receive an honorary law degree
      from the university.

      He pointed out the severe challenges Scotland faces dealing with
      population decline and falling birthrates.

      "The Office of National Statistics in Scotland has come out with
      frightening statistics indicating that Scotland's population will
      soon fall back to levels last seen in 1915 with the working-age
      population supporting one of the highest proportions of pensioners
      in Western Europe," he said.

      At the May 2 ceremony, the cardinal noted that Scotland's First
      Minister has launched an initiative aimed at encouraging migration
      to Scotland from elsewhere in Europe to tackle falling population.

      The prelate said he felt sure a growth in migrants from "new
      Scotland" back to "auld Scotland" would be welcomed too.

      * * *

      LECTIO DIVINA

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      Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for
      the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

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      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

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      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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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 88 TUESDAY 11 MAY 2004 * * * SAINT OF THE DAY May 11, 2004 St. Ignatius of Laconi (1701-1781) * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR
      Message 2 of 2 , May 11, 2004
        ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

        Volume 4, Issue 88

        TUESDAY 11 MAY 2004

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        SAINT OF THE DAY

        May 11, 2004

        St. Ignatius of Laconi

        (1701-1781)

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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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        • DISCOVER NEW WAYS TO ANNOUNCE THE GOSPEL
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        . TELEGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF ATTACK ON GROZNY STADIUM
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        . POPE TO CANONIZE SIX BLESSEDS THIS SUNDAY
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        . COUNCIL FOR INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE TO MARK 40 YEARS
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        . INSTRUCTION ON CHRIST'S CHARITY TOWARD MIGRANTS
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        . AUDIENCES
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        . Percentage of Catholics in the World Slips
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        . Secretary for Relations With States to Visit London
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        . Convivium Appeals for Cooperation in Distribution of Medicines
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        . Forced Islamization Under Way in Western Sudan
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        . Aid Asked for Missions in Areas of Need or Persecution
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        . Information Project Aims to Combat Spread of AIDS in Africa
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        . Proposals to Humanize the New Information Technologies
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        . Romania Welcomes Cardinal Kasper
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        . Nuncio Urges Cancellation of Haiti's Foreign Debt
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        . Cardinal Asks Canadian Students to Consider Living in Scotland
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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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        DISCOVER NEW WAYS TO ANNOUNCE THE GOSPEL

        VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – This morning the Pope received
        participants in the general assembly of the Pontifical Missionary
        Works and told them that through their work they collaborate in
        the "transmission of the `Good News' to the ends of the
        earth."

        After emphasizing that they "must have special
        consideration" for
        peoples of the "Third World" where "suffering and needs
        are
        greater," the Holy Father said: "You are like Simon of
        Cyrene,
        helping the Savior to bring the Cross to every person who suffers
        and is dying. You are true missionaries in a world marked by
        globalization, one in which suffering for truth and justice
        transcends every national border."

        "When you are anguished over the suffering of other peoples and
        work to alleviate their great need for help, you too are working to
        help your own peoples to escape the narrow ways of selfishness and
        of being suffocated by abundance, emptiness and attitudes, sometimes
        unworthy of human beings."

        John Paul II expressed his pleasure that the Pontifical Missionary
        Works are updating their statutes. "This," he affirmed,
        "shows the
        will to continue to fulfill your mission of `mercy and
        peace'."

        "The objective of the general assembly of your Superior
        Council,"
        he added, "is to search for the ways of the Lord for a renewed
        mission in a world in continual change. Concern moves you to bring
        love and mercy to all peoples. … I urge you," he concluded,
        "to
        collaborate, as you are already doing, with the Congregation for the
        Evangelization of Peoples, in a continuous search for `new
        ways' for
        the Gospel. Missionary zeal and cooperation are the reason for your
        existence and the only purpose for your tireless `concern for
        all
        churches' for the world's salvation."

        * * *

        TELEGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF ATTACK ON GROZNY STADIUM

        VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – The following telegram was
        sent
        in the Holy Father's name by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of
        State, upon hearing of the victims of the terrorist attack Sunday on
        the stadium in Grozny, Chechnya:

        "Deeply saddened by the news of the serious attack in the Grozny
        stadium that has caused many victims, the Supreme Pontiff expresses
        sentiments of deep condolences to the family members and to the
        survivors. While entrusting to Divine Mercy the souls of those who
        so tragically died as well as all the victims of violence, His
        Holiness assures everyone of his prayers that Chechnya, with the
        contribution of everyone, may find the just path of dialogue and
        reconciliation."

        * * *

        POPE TO CANONIZE SIX BLESSEDS THIS SUNDAY

        VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – On Sunday, May 16, Sixth
        Sunday
        in Easter, the Holy Father will celebrate the Eucharist in St.
        Peter's Square and will canonize six blesseds.

        The future saints are: Luigi Orione (1872-1940), priest and founder
        of the Little Work of Divine Providence and of the Congregation of
        the Little Sisters, Missionaries of

        Charity; Hannibal Maria di Francia (1851-1927), priest and founder
        of the Congregation of the Rogationist Fathers of the Heart of Jesus
        and of the Religious Daughters of Divine Zeal; Josep Manyanet y
        Vives (1833-1901), priest and founder of the Congregation of the
        Sons of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the Missionary
        Daughters of the Holy Family of Nazareth; Nimatullah Al Hardini
        (1808-1858)), priest of the Lebanese Maronite Order; Paola
        Elisabetta (1816-1865), foundress of the Institute of Religious of
        the Holy Family; Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962), mother of a
        family.

        * * *

        COUNCIL FOR INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE TO MARK 40 YEARS

        VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – The Pontifical Council for
        Inter-
        religious Dialogue (PCID) will hold its plenary assembly this year
        from May 14 to 19 and on the last day will mark the 40th anniversary
        of its founding in 1964 by Pope Paul VI as the Secretariat for Non-
        Christians, according to a communiqué released by the council.

        In 1988 Pope John Paul, in "Pastor Bonus," the Apostolic
        Constitution on the Roman Curia, changed the name of this office to
        the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and assigned it
        the duty of "favoring and regulating relations with members and
        groups of other religions, which are not included under any
        Christian denomination, and also with people who are, in whatever
        manner, endowed with a religious sense."

        The pontifical council, whose president is Archbishop Michael
        Fitzgerald, is composed of members appointed by the Holy Father to
        five-year terms. There are currently three cardinals of the Roman
        Curia and seven from all continents. Archbishops and bishops from
        various countries where people of different religious traditions
        form a single population, will be invited to reflect on the forty
        years of inter-religious dialogue as practiced by the Catholic
        Church.

        Following a report by council secretary Archbishop Pier Luigi
        Celata on PCID activities since the last plenary, participants in
        the group discussions will give attention to such questions as: How
        is the practice of inter-religious dialogue understood or grasped in
        today's world? What means are used to spread the practice of
        inter-
        religious dialogue? How is the message of inter-religious dialogue
        transmitted? What problems are encountered? How is the duty to
        proclaim Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of all respected while
        engaging in dialogue with people of other religions?

        To mark the 40th anniversary on May 19, there will be a public
        session from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Pope John Paul II
        Auditorium of the Pontifical Urban University. Archbishop Fitzgerald
        will give opening remarks, and Cardinal Francis Arinze, former
        council president and now prefect of the Congregation for Divine
        Worship, will speak on "Forty Years of Developing Theological
        and
        Dialogical Engagement."

        In another anniversary celebration, the "Gen Rosso," a
        musical
        complex of the Focolare Movement, will present a show based on the
        Psalms. This will take place in the Paul VI Hall on the evening of
        May 18, which also coincides with the Holy Father's 84th birthday.

        * * *

        INSTRUCTION ON CHRIST'S CHARITY TOWARD MIGRANTS

        VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – On Friday, May 14 at 11:30
        a.m.
        in the Holy See Press Office, an instruction by the Pontifical
        Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples
        entitled "Erga migrantes Caritas Christi" (Christ's
        charity toward
        migrants) will be presented. Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao,
        Archbishop Agostino Marchetto and Fr. Michael Blume, S.V.D.,
        respectively president, secretary and undersecretary of this
        dicastery, will participate in the press conference.

        * * *

        AUDIENCES

        VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received
        in
        audience seven prelates from the United States Conference of
        Catholic Bishops (Region XI) on their "ad limina" visit:

        - Archbishop William Joseph Levada of San Francisco, accompanied by
        Archbishop Emeritus John Raphael Quinn and Auxiliary Bishops John
        Charles Wester and Ignatius C. Wang.

        - Bishop Tod David Brown of Orange in California, accompanied by
        Auxiliary Bishop Dominic Mai Luong.

        - Bishop Gerald Richard Barnes of San Bernardino.

        * * *

        Percentage of Catholics in the World Slips
        Diocesan Priests Increase Since '78; Religious Decrease

        VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The number of Catholics in
        the world is increasing, but their percentage has decreased
        slightly, according to newly released Church data.

        The Statistical Yearbook of the Church for 2002, prepared by the
        Central Office of Church Statistics and just published by the
        Vatican press office, tracks data from the start of John Paul II's
        pontificate through 2002.

        The yearbook indicates that the crisis of the dwindling ranks of
        diocesan priests has passed, but not the crisis of religious
        vocations.

        The number of Catholic faithful rose from 757 million in 1978 to
        1.07 billion at year-end 2002. By continent, the increase was 150%
        in Africa; 74% in Asia; 49% in Oceania; 45% in the Americas; and 5%
        in Europe.

        Yet, the percentage of Catholics as a share of world population
        dropped. In 1978, 17.99% of the world's inhabitants were Catholic;
        in 1990, the tally was 17.68%; and in 2002, 17.2%.

        Half the world's Catholics are in the Americas (49.9%); 26.15% in
        Europe; 12.84% in Africa; 10.3% in Asia; and 0.78% in Oceania.

        The overall number of priests decreased 3.78%, from 420,971 in 1978,
        to 405,058 in 2002.

        A closer study of the data reveals that the number of diocesan
        priests increased by 1.85%, to 267,334 from 262,485. The number of
        religious priests fell by 13.1%, to 137,724 from 158,486 in 1978.

        Professed men religious (non-priests) plunged by 27.67%, from 75,802
        in 1978 to 54,828 in 2002.

        Professed women religious fell by 20.98%, from 990,768 to 782,932 in
        the same period.

        Permanent deacons grew by 441%, as their ministry was reintroduced
        after the Second Vatican Council. In 1978 there were 5,562 permanent
        deacons; by 2002 they increased to 30,097.

        The number of candidates to the priesthood (students of philosophy
        and theology), both in diocesan as well as in religious centers,
        soared from 63,882 in 1978 to 113,199 in 2002.

        Of those, 65% are diocesan seminarians; 35% belong to religious
        congregations.

        * * *

        Secretary for Relations With States to Visit London

        VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See's secretary
        for relations with states will visit London officially this week to
        promote diplomatic relations and ecumenical dialogue.

        During his Tuesday-to-Thursday visit, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo
        will meet with Foreign Minister Jack Straw and Chancellor Gordon
        Brown, among other government officials, according to an
        announcement today by Vatican press office director Joaquín
        Navarro-
        Valls. Archbishop Lajolo will also visit the two Houses of
        Parliament.

        The archbishop will meet with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor,
        president of the bishops' conference of England and Wales, and with
        Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury.

        Last October, John Paul II named Archbishop Lajolo as the secretary
        of the Holy See for relations with states.

        The section for relations with states fosters diplomatic relations
        with nations and other subjects of international law; represents the
        Holy See in international organizations and congresses on public
        issues; and reviews the activity of apostolic nuncios abroad.

        * * *

        Convivium Appeals for Cooperation in Distribution of Medicines
        Aims to Give the World's Poor Access to Crucial Pharmaceuticals

        VATICAN CITY, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A nongovernmental
        organization launched an appeal from the Vatican calling for
        cooperation between rich nations and developing countries to make
        good-quality pharmaceuticals available at low prices, especially to
        poor people.

        The NGO, Convivium, was founded last December by the International
        Federation of Catholic Pharmacists, in collaboration with Vatican
        officials and representatives of some 80 pharmaceutical companies.

        Alain Lejeune, president of Convivium, told ZENIT that "the
        objective is to facilitate access to quality medicines to everyone
        everywhere, without any distinction, especially essential medicines
        such as vaccines, or drugs intended to combat epidemics, AIDS,
        malaria and tuberculosis."

        The idea of Convivium is to use the network of the Catholic Church,
        which has 128,000 health institutions worldwide, to ensure medicines
        for millions of people who would otherwise not be able to afford
        them or gain access to them.

        The organization, which held a two-day congress here May 7-8,
        presented its project Friday during a press conference at the
        headquarters of Vatican Radio.

        To encourage lower-priced medicines that don't compromise on
        quality, Convivium hopes to create a "virtuous circle," formed by
        pharmaceutical houses willing to produce low-cost medicines and work
        around problems involving patents.

        "[The] right of intellectual property, although just, in some cases
        can fuel conflicts with numerous patients who do not have access to
        treatments," the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Health Care
        Workers, Bishop José Luis Redrado Marchite, told ZENIT.

        Bishop Redrado said that "80% of the medicines are consumed by 15%
        of the population," and that in "the rich world there is also the
        problem of excessive consumption of medicines."

        He also cited the problem of experimentation with risky new drugs
        tested on populations of poor countries.

        The bishop called for the "sharing of benefits of the new drugs with
        countries where the tests are carried out, in ways that must be
        agreed but that take into account the needs of these countries in
        the area of health."

        Bishop Redrado renewed an appeal so that people affected by the HIV
        virus are given full access to antiretroviral drugs.

        He said that Africa, with 25 million AIDS patients and 2.2 million
        AIDS deaths a year, has the poorest population with the least
        possibility of access to treatments.

        (For more information on Convivium, write to
        pharmaworld.scrl@....)

        * * *

        Forced Islamization Under Way in Western Sudan
        Bishop Gassis Analyzes Ongoing Conflict in Darfur Region

        ROME, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Violence has produced thousands of
        victims in the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan, where "a
        process of Arabization" is under way, says a Catholic bishop.

        In a U.N. report, Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid gave evidence
        of the subjection of Darfur to a regime of terror by the Khartoum
        government.

        The strife is reckoned to have claimed 10,000 victims, forced
        800,000 to 1 million from their homes, and left a legacy of 130,000
        refugees in neighboring Chad.

        Since February 2003, Darfur has been the scene of violent
        confrontations between two rebel groups -- the Justice and Equality
        Movement, and the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement -- and the Sudanese
        regular army.

        The rebel groups rose in arms against Khartoum, which they accused
        of abandoning Darfur because its population is mainly black, and of
        financing the "janjaweed" militias.

        The militias are active Arab marauders in the western region of
        Sudan who for years have been sowing death and destruction,
        especially in the communities of Arana, Marsalit and Fura.

        The rebel groups are demanding from the government greater
        participation in the exploitation of oil resources, a request that
        coincides with that of pro-independence rebels in the South.

        The strife isn't over religion, but is rather "an ethnic question,"
        Bishop Gassis told Vatican Radio on Saturday.

        "The Darfur part is annihilated by the Arab part, the 'janjaweed,'
        who are armed by the Khartoum army to go and commit these violations
        against the black population of Darfur," he said.

        "These people have asked that their rights be recognized, as others
        have also done in Sudan," the prelate noted.

        He warned that the country "is becoming a volcano that is erupting
        everywhere. The people want respect for human rights, the right to
        education, to health care, to freedom. ... These people have never
        been considered by the Khartoum government."

        The attack of the Arab militias against the ethnic group of Darfur
        is directed to "taking its place, as they have done in other places.
        They want to move the Arab race to the more fertile areas, to areas
        where they can pasture," the bishop explained.

        In fact, "a process of Arabization is under way in Darfur," Bishop
        Gassis lamented. "In the South of Sudan and in the Nuba hills there
        is a forced process of Islamization and Arabization. They want to
        force the people to accept that type of Islam that they are
        propagating in Sudan: Muslim fundamentalism."

        "And although there are many Muslims in Darfur, they are certainly
        not fundamentalists," he continued. "They want to attack the black
        race. There is an ethnic question here. In the South of Sudan and in
        the Nuba hills, instead, the problem is ethnic and religious.
        Moreover, there is also the economic aspect, that is, the desire to
        occupy the place of this non-Arab population."

        Meanwhile, the Khartoum authorities and the Sudanese Peoples
        Liberation Army (SPLA) are in the final phase of talks aimed at
        ending 20 years of civil war -- between the Muslim regime of the
        north and the animist and Christian rebels of the south -- which has
        resulted in more than 2 million dead.

        This armed conflict broke out in 1983, when President Gaafar Nimeiry
        established the Shariah, Islamic law. In 1989 the process of forced
        Islamization was promoted among the populations of the south.

        * * *

        Aid Asked for Missions in Areas of Need or Persecution
        Cardinal Sepe Addresses Assembly of Pontifical Mission Societies

        ROME, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The mission of evangelization must
        be relaunched and supported, especially in those areas where poverty
        and persecutions threaten the very survival of missionaries, says
        Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe.

        That was the message the prefect of the Congregation for the
        Evangelization of Peoples delivered when he opened the annual
        general assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS).

        Addressing 117 national directors of the organization, Cardinal Sepe
        emphasized that "we must help those sister Churches of ours" of
        which "we receive news almost daily and which we cannot forget."

        These Churches "find themselves in difficult situations and are in
        need of being supported with prayer and sacrifice," including those
        persecuted or in need of material aid, he said Thursday.

        Cardinal Sepe stressed that the "first and principal duty of every
        national director of the PMS is to sensitize and animate the whole
        People of God, so that everyone will become aware of their own
        radical vocation to render witness to Christ and to take his Gospel,
        each one according to his possibilities, to all the nations and to
        the ends of the earth."

        "This task of animation and missionary sensitization depends on the
        active and sincere cooperation of all: bishops, priests, religious
        and laity," he said.

        The agenda of the PMS general assembly includes calls for the
        revision and updating of the statutes, which date back to 1980. The
        assembly continues until May 14.

        * * *

        Information Project Aims to Combat Spread of AIDS in Africa
        Inspired by Network Used by the Church in Latin America

        MILAN, Italy, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A program aimed at reducing
        the possibility of African mothers infecting their children with
        AIDS owes its start to the experience of the Information Network of
        the Church in Latin America.

        The program, part of the Project Africa information network, was
        explained by Monsignor Lucio Ruiz at the 4th Infopoverty World
        Conference, held recently in Milan.

        Monsignor Ruiz is technical coordinator of the Latin American
        information network (RIIAL), an institution established by the
        Pontifical Council for Social Communications in collaboration with
        the Latin American bishops' council.

        He said that Project Africa arose from the experience of promoting
        the network culture in Latin America, that is, "in which all members
        not only can communicate through the technological means, but
        establish among themselves real ties of collaboration."

        From this experience was born the program "Management of HIV
        Vertical Transmission and Mother-Child Health Care in Malawi," to
        assist mothers infected with the HIV virus to avoid infecting their
        children during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

        The initiative hopes to address "the reduced availability of potable
        water" and the need for "effective communications channels, electric
        energy, knowledge of computers, and specialized personnel" in
        Malawi.

        Health questions and the formation of a local medical team will be
        the responsibility of the University of Tor Vergata in Rome.

        In addition to offering on-the-spot training, Project Africa is
        creating an information network among health centers in Malawi and
        the Tor Vergata Polyclinic to offer online formation, answer
        questions, and provide follow-ups to the programs of intervention.

        Project Africa will also offer "a refresher course on medical,
        technological and ethical-moral aspects" according to the
        magisterium of the Church, said Monsignor Ruiz.

        After being implemented in Malawi, the AIDS program will be extended
        to other African countries.

        Monsignor Ruiz explained that RIIAL's experience has taught
        that "before being able to make good use of the new technologies,
        computers, satellites, broadband and important services," there must
        first be "formation" and, in particular, "formation of a network
        culture in the network."

        The project is the first step toward the establishment of an
        information network for the Church in Africa, an initiative that was
        presented at a meeting of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences
        of Asia and Madagascar.

        * * *

        Proposals to Humanize the New Information Technologies
        Suggested by Vatican Representative at "Infopoverty" Conference

        MILAN, Italy, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The lack of access to
        information and communication is above all a humanist challenge, a
        Vatican representative told the 4th Infopoverty World Conference.

        Speaking recently on "Ethics as a Prerequisite for Development,"
        from the headquarters of the conference in Milan, Monsignor Enrique
        Planas pointed out some of the fundamental criteria to overcome the
        so-called digital gap.

        The speaker, a representative of the Pontifical Council for Social
        Communications, explained that it is necessary that "the
        technologies be under the control of the human being and not vice
        versa."

        "Therefore, it would be inadmissible that fundamental aspects of the
        human person -- namely, love, thought, social life, relations with
        transcendence -- remain imprisoned in these new technologies," he
        warned.

        The Vatican representative clarified that the proposals he was
        presenting to the forum have matured thanks to the experience of the
        Information Network of the Church in Latin America (RIIAL), of which
        he is the founder. RIIAL has helped to unite the region's widely
        separated Catholic communities.

        "The fact that the technologies of communication make the 'global
        village' possible should lead to asking new questions about man and
        his dimensions," Monsignor Planas said.

        "Thousands of people work to improve computer programs, but what is
        their horizon?" he asked. "Without a correct anthropology -- and, I
        would add, without the light of the Gospel -- technological
        development can lead to the absurd."

        According to Monsignor Planas, the authentic anthropological
        challenge posed by the possibilities offered by these means lies
        in "passing from the information society to the knowledge society."

        Today, he contend, there are symptoms of "communicational asphyxia
        that leads to the suppression of freedom."

        "Accumulated data simply does not constitute learning," the
        monsignor said. He said information must be analyzed well and
        presented within a context.

        * * *

        Romania Welcomes Cardinal Kasper

        BUCHAREST, Romania, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Romania is
        celebrating the fifth anniversary of John Paul II's visit, the first
        of a Pope to a majority-Orthodox country, by welcoming the president
        of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

        Cardinal Walter Kasper arrived today in Bucharest, where he will
        meet with leaders of the Orthodox patriarchate, with civil
        authorities, and with Catholic communities.

        The pontifical council said Cardinal Kasper will meet Tuesday with
        Patriarch Theoctist of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

        The day will begin with a "paraclisis," a Byzantine Marian prayer,
        followed by lunch. The cardinal will bring a gift and a special
        message to the patriarch from the Pope to mark the fifth anniversary
        of their historic meeting on May 6, 1999.

        Patriarch Theoctist returned that visit by going to Rome in October
        2002.

        During his visit, Cardinal Kasper will meet with the Latin-rite
        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
        honorary doctorate at the University of Babes-Boyai.

        Cardinal Kasper will deliver an address entitled "Orthodoxy and the
        Catholic Church 40 Years after the Council Decree 'Unitatis
        Redintegratio.'"

        In Cluj-Napoca, the cardinal will also visit Lucian Blaga
        University.

        * * *

        Nuncio Urges Cancellation of Haiti's Foreign Debt

        PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See would
        like the international community to consider canceling the foreign
        debts of poverty-stricken Haiti, says the papal representative to
        the Caribbean nation.

        Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the apostolic nuncio in Haiti, affirmed
        this in an address delivered to more than 200 representatives of
        government, civil society and diplomatic delegations.

        The secretary of the nunciature in the Haitian capital told the
        Missionary Service News Agency that Archbishop Bonazzi in his
        address last Wednesday highlighted "the scandalous poverty in which
        the majority of men, women and children of Haiti live."

        After his four-year stint here, Archbishop Bonazzi is about to move
        to Cuba, where he will be papal nuncio.

        In the archbishop's opinion, the last political crisis -- which
        ended Feb. 29 with the fall of President Jean Bertrand Aristide --
        "has shown clearly, precisely in the year of the bicentenary of
        Haiti's independence, that a method of government centered on the
        exploitation of the resources of a nation for personal benefit is
        destined to failure and impoverishes the country more."

        Haiti's foreign debt includes $1.3 billion in loans contracted
        especially with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development
        Bank.

        * * *

        Cardinal Asks Canadian Students to Consider Living in Scotland

        ANTIGONISH, Nova Scotia, MAY 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- At a recent
        graduation ceremony at the University of St. Francis Xavier,
        Cardinal Keith O'Brien called on the students to consider a move to
        Scotland.

        "Appreciating all that Scotland has given to Canada especially over
        the last 200 years, perhaps it is time for young people of Canada to
        think of returning to Scotland to help rebuild that Scotland to
        occupy a leading role in the world of today," said the cardinal
        archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh.

        The cardinal was in Antigonish to receive an honorary law degree
        from the university.

        He pointed out the severe challenges Scotland faces dealing with
        population decline and falling birthrates.

        "The Office of National Statistics in Scotland has come out with
        frightening statistics indicating that Scotland's population will
        soon fall back to levels last seen in 1915 with the working-age
        population supporting one of the highest proportions of pensioners
        in Western Europe," he said.

        At the May 2 ceremony, the cardinal noted that Scotland's First
        Minister has launched an initiative aimed at encouraging migration
        to Scotland from elsewhere in Europe to tackle falling population.

        The prelate said he felt sure a growth in migrants from "new
        Scotland" back to "auld Scotland" would be welcomed too.

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