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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 105 MONDAY 31 MAY 2004 * * * THE VISITATION OF THE VIRGIN MARY TO ELIZABETH * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 4, Issue 105

      MONDAY 31 MAY 2004

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      THE VISITATION OF THE VIRGIN MARY TO ELIZABETH

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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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      • MAY DIFFICULTIES NEVER HINDER YOUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST
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      . SPIRITUALITY OF PENTECOST MUST SPREAD THROUGH THE CHURCH
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      . REGINA COELI: FOR A RENEWAL OF THE PRODIGIES OF PENTECOST
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      . INTENSIFY PRAYERS FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
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      . IN BRIEF
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      . AUDIENCES
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . Holy Spirit Makes Christians Agents of Peace, Says Pope
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      . Pope Calls New Movements a "Providential Answer"
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      . Sudan Peace Deal Seen as Fragile
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      . Moscow Meeting Stirs Catholic-Orthodox Optimism
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      . Time Ripe for Business Ethics, Says Cardinal
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      . Moves by U.S. and Cuba May Hurt the Poor
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      . U.S. Ruling on Assisted Suicides in Oregon Assailed
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      . On Mary's Maternal Presence at Pentecost
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      . Pope's Address on Pentecost
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      . Pope's Homily on Eve of Pentecost
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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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      MAY DIFFICULTIES NEVER HINDER YOUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 29, 2004 (VIS) – This morning, the Holy Father
      received students of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy,
      accompanied by their president, Archbishop Justo Mullor Garcia,
      saying to them: "May difficulties never hinder your generous
      commitment to Christ and His Church."

      Having recalled that tomorrow is the Solemnity of Pentecost, the
      Pope indicated that from that day when they received the Holy
      Spirit, the Apostles "began to travel the world announcing the Good
      News. Since then, this announcement has never ceased to sound out
      among men: Christ, only-begotten of God is the Savior of man, of all
      men."

      He continued: "By maintaining contact with the Pope, pontifical
      representatives are called to represent him before the ecclesial
      communities of the countries in which they work, before national
      governments and international organizations. This requires that the
      personnel of such missions have a capacity for dialogue, knowledge
      of various peoples, of their cultural and religious expressions, as
      well as of their legitimate expectations. At the same time, an
      adequate theological and pastoral formation is indispensable, and
      above all a mature and total faithfulness to Christ. Only if you
      remain united to Him with prayer and the constant quest for His
      will, will your work be fruitful and will you feel fully realized in
      your priesthood."

      John Paul II called on the priests "to keep alight in their minds
      and hearts the life-giving fire of the Holy Spirit, which in these
      days we ardently implore, and to be witnesses of peace and love
      wherever divine Providence may take you."

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      SPIRITUALITY OF PENTECOST MUST SPREAD THROUGH THE CHURCH

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 29, 2004 (VIS) – This evening in St. Peter's
      Square, the Pope presided at the celebration of the first Vespers of
      the Solemnity of Pentecost. Faithful from parishes, associations and
      ecclesial groups participated in the ceremony, as did members of
      Movements for Renewal in the Spirit, at the special invitation of
      the Holy Father.

      The Holy Father also greeted numerous young people who were
      participating in a prayer vigil at Lednica, Poland, and were
      connected to St, Peter's Square through a radio and television
      link: "I pray with you, my dear friends, for the gift of the Holy
      Spirit. May the Consoler, the Holy Spirit, fill you with the love of
      Christ, to Whom you entrust your future."

      Having addressed himself especially to members of Renewal in the
      Spirit, "one of the various expressions of the great family of the
      Catholic charismatic movement," he said: "Thanks to the charismatic
      movement many Christians – men and women, children and adults – have
      rediscovered Pentecost as a living reality in their daily lives. It
      is my hope that the spirituality of Pentecost may spread through the
      Church as a renewed impetus of prayer, of sanctity, of communion and
      of announcement."

      The Pope encouraged "the initiative known as the `Burning Bush,'
      promoted by Renewal in the Spirit. It involves incessant adoration,
      day and night, before the Most Holy Sacrament; an invitation to the
      faithful to `return to the Cenacle' so that, united in contemplation
      of the Eucharistic Mystery, they may intercede for the full unity of
      Christians and for the conversion of sinners. It is my heartfelt
      wish that this initiative may conduct many people to rediscover the
      gifts of the Spirit that have their source in the Pentecost."

      "This evening's celebration," he continued, "reminds me of the
      memorable meeting with ecclesial groups and new communities on the
      vigil of Pentecost six years ago. That was an extraordinary epiphany
      of the unity of the Church, in the richness and variety of charisms
      which the Holy Spirit lavishly donates." And the Pope repeated the
      words he used on that occasion: "Ecclesial movements and new
      communities are a `providential response' – one `activated by the
      Holy Spirit' – to the modern-day question of new evangelization, for
      which `mature Christian personalities' and `living Christian
      communities' are necessary."

      "For this reason," he concluded, "I also say to you: `Open
      yourselves meekly to the gifts of the Holy Spirit! Accept with
      gratitude and obedience the gifts that the Spirit does not cease to
      give! Do not forget that each charism is given for the common good,
      in other words for the benefit of the entire Church!'"

      * * *

      REGINA COELI: FOR A RENEWAL OF THE PRODIGIES OF PENTECOST

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2004 (VIS) – "The Church today celebrates the
      Solemnity of Pentecost, recalling the prodigious effusion of the
      Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles in the Cenacle," said John
      Paul II to the numerous pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square to
      pray the Regina Coeli.

      "Animated by the fire of the Spirit, the Apostles left the Cenacle
      and began to speak of Christ, Who died and rose again, to the
      faithful who had come to Jerusalem from all places, and each heard
      them speak in his own language."

      With Pentecost … was born the Church: the mystical body of Christ
      distributed around the world. The Church is made up of men and women
      of all races and cultures, united in faith and love for the Most
      Holy Trinity as a sign and instrument of the unity of the entire
      human race. Shaped by the Spirit to conform to Christ, new man,
      believers become His witnesses, sowers of hope, agents of mercy and
      peace."

      The Pope concluded by invoking the maternal intercession of
      Mary "that the prodigies of Pentecost may be renewed in the Church
      and that all men and women may welcome the joyous news of salvation."

      * * *

      INTENSIFY PRAYERS FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (VIS) – This morning, John Paul II
      received participants in the general chapter of the monastic family
      of Bethlehem, of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of St. Bruno.

      In his address, the Pope assured the female religious that through
      a "humble and bold faithfulness, in the silence that characterizes
      your secluded lives, you are supported by the prayers of the Virgin
      Mary. Through your contemplative life you raise the world up to God
      and remind the human beings of our time of the place of silence and
      prayer in their existence."

      The Holy Father requested that St. Bruno give them "the grace to
      remain vigilant in prayer, mounting a `holy and persevering guard,
      while awaiting the return of the Lord, to open to Him when He
      calls.' I particularly invite your monastic family, which bears the
      name of Bethlehem birthplace of the Emmanuel, to intensify your
      prayers for the Middle East, beseeching the Lord to give the grace
      of peace and of reconciliation to all inhabitants of that region so
      tormented by violence."

      * * *

      IN BRIEF

      CARDINAL RENATO R. MARTINO, president of the Pontifical
      Council "Justice and Peace," will travel to Uganda from May 31 to
      June 4 to visit, among others places, the cities of Gulu, Kalongo
      and Kitgum, where armed conflicts still persist. The cardinal will
      meet the authorities, "Justice and Peace" organizations, and
      representatives of religious and lay associations involved in social
      work, and he will visit refugee camps and hospitals for victims of
      the war which has lasted for 18 years. On June 3, he is scheduled to
      preside at a Eucharistic celebration in Namugongo in honor of
      Ugandan martyrs, on the feast day of St. Charles Lwanga and 21
      companions, canonized by Paul VI in 1964.

      THE FINAL DOCUMENT HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED of the sixteenth Plenary
      Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants
      and Itinerant Peoples. The meeting was held from May 17 to 19 at the
      Rome headquarters of the dicastery. During the sessions, the members
      and consultors reflected upon the necessity and methods of
      ecumenical, inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue in the
      context of human mobility. Among the conclusions reached was the
      urgent need that such dialogue become a driving element for peace
      and harmony among nations and civilizations.

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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received in
      separate audiences four prelates from the United States Catholic
      Bishops' Conference (Region XIII) on their "ad limina" visit:

      - Archbishop Michael Jarboe Sheehan of Santa Fe.

      - Bishop Donald Edmond Pelotte S.S.S., of Gallup.

      - Bishop Ticardo Ramirez C.S.B., of Las Cruces.

      - Bishop Thomas James Olmsted of Phoenix.

      On Saturday, May 29, he received in separate audiences:

      - Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, president of the Pontifical
      Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican
      City State.

      - Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, apostolic
      nuncio in Indonesia and East Timor.

      - Baron Hendrik Volkier Bentinck van Schoonheten, ambassador of the
      Netherlands, on his farewell visit.

      - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for
      Bishops.

      * * *

      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father appointed Fr.
      Bernardino C. Cortez, pastor of the parish of St. Theresa of the
      Child Jesus in Los Banos, as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of
      Manila (area 117, population 2,993,000, Catholics 2,719,781, priests
      186, religious 1,013), Philippines. The bishop-elect was born in
      Baclaran, Philippines, in 1949, and ordained a priest in 1974.

      On Saturday, May 29, it was made public that he appointed:

      Fr. Lucio Soravito De Franceschi, pastor of the cathedral of Udine
      and episcopal vicar for the laity, as bishop of Adria-Rovigo (area,
      1,193, population 202,864, Catholics 200,128, priests 175, religious
      239), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Mione di Ovaro, Italy, in
      1939 and ordained a priest in 1963.

      Fr. Giuseppe Andrich, diocesan administrator of Belluno-Feltre (area
      3,263, population 181,822, Catholics 181,402, priests 221, permanent
      deacons 4, religious 287), Italy, as bishop of the same diocese. The
      bishop-elect was born in Canale d'Agordo, Italy, in 1940, and
      ordained a priest in 1965.

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      Holy Spirit Makes Christians Agents of Peace, Says Pope

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- In a Pentecost address John
      Paul II said it is the Holy Spirit who makes Christians "sowers of
      hope, agents of mercy and peace."

      Addressing a crowd of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square
      today, the Pope said that at Pentecost the "Church is born, Mystical
      Body of Christ spread throughout the world."

      "It is made up of men and women of all races and cultures, united in
      faith and love of the Most Holy Trinity, to be a sign and instrument
      of the unity of the whole of humankind," he said from the window of
      his study overlooking the square.

      "Conformed by the Spirit in Christ, new man, believers become his
      witnesses, sowers of hope, agents of mercy and peace," the Holy
      Father said in a clear voice before reciting the Regina Caeli.

      He invoked the intercession of Mary "so that the wonders of
      Pentecost will be renewed in the Church and all men will be able to
      receive the joyful proclamation of salvation."

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      Pope Calls New Movements a "Providential Answer"
      Repeats a Theme From Pentecost 1998

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The new ecclesial movements
      and communities are a "providential answer" of the Holy Spirit for
      the Church, John Paul II said on the eve of Pentecost.

      The Pope presided over vespers in St. Peter's Square on Saturday,
      attended by 15,000 pilgrims. He had called the event to witness to
      the variety of charisms -- gifts or graces by God to people for the
      good of others -- in the Church.

      In particular, the Holy Father said he wanted to renew the Church's
      experience at Pentecost in 1998, when, for the first time,
      representatives of these new ecclesial realities met in St. Peter's
      Square around him and bishops from all over the world.

      "It was an extraordinary manifestation of the unity of the Church,
      in the richness and variety of charisms, which the Holy Spirit
      infuses in abundance," John Paul II said during his homily Saturday.

      "I energetically repeat what I said on that occasion: The ecclesial
      movements and new communities are a providential answer, inspired by
      the Holy Spirit given the present need of new evangelization," he
      added.

      "This evangelization needs mature Christian personalities and strong
      Christian communities," the Pope said.

      On hand were members of Renewal in the Spirit, a branch of the
      Catholic charismatic movement in Italy. Renewal in the Spirit
      numbers 200,000 people in some 1,800 communities and prayer groups.

      "Thanks to the charismatic movement, many Christians, men and women,
      youths and adults, have rediscovered Pentecost as a living and
      present reality in their daily life," the Holy Father said.

      "I desire that the spirituality of Pentecost be spread in the
      Church, as a renewed thrust of prayer, holiness, communion and
      proclamation," he indicated.

      John Paul II encouraged the initiative Burning Bush, promoted by
      Renewal in the Spirit, which involves "incessant adoration, day and
      night, before the Most Holy Sacrament; an invitation to the faithful
      to return to the Cenacle."

      Its objective, the Pope said, is that the baptized "united in the
      contemplation of the Eucharistic mystery ... intercede for the full
      unity of Christians and the conversion of sinners."

      "I sincerely desire that this initiative lead many to rediscover the
      gifts of the Spirit, which have their source in Pentecost," he
      added.

      He concluded: "Among us, with raised hands, is praying the Virgin,
      Mother of Christ and of the Church. Together with her, let us
      implore and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, light of truth,
      strength of authentic peace."

      The Catholic Charismatic Renewal arose in 1967. Its International
      Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (www.iccrs.org) is recognized
      by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

      * * *

      Sudan Peace Deal Seen as Fragile
      Overlooks Conflict in Darfur, Says Bishop of Rumbek

      KHARTOUM, Sudan, MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The peace agreement
      between Sudan's Islamic government and its southern rebels is a key
      step forward -- "but on a land that is mined and full of snares,"
      cautions a bishop.

      The agreement last Wednesday came after two years of talks aimed at
      ending the country's 21-year civil war.

      The conflict, between the Khartoum government, which is Arab, white
      and Muslim, and the rebellious south, made up primarily of animists,
      Christians and indigenous Africans, has left more than 2 million
      dead.

      The war broke out in 1983 when President Gaafar Nimeiri established
      the Shariah, Islamic law. Forced Islamization of the southern
      peoples began in 1989.

      The agreement was signed by John Garang of the Dinka tribe, leader
      of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army, and by Sudanese Vice
      President Osman Mohammed Taha Hala. Kenya, the United States, Great
      Britain, Italy and Norway played an important part as mediators.

      According to the signed text, the Shariah will be enforced in the
      north but not in the south. It was agreed that during the transition
      period the Shariah will be enforced in the capital, Khartoum, but
      non-Muslims will be exempt from the most radical punishments of
      Islamic law, including amputations and stoning.

      The agreement also states that profits from oil fields, concentrated
      primarily in the south, will be divided equally between the central
      government and the administration of the southern regions.

      "It is a very fragile and delicate agreement that in any case opens
      a breach to peace," Bishop Cesare Mazzolari of the Rumbek Diocese
      told the Missionary Service News Agency. He spoke in Naivasha,
      Kenya.

      "I don't understand why the international community has exerted
      pressure to sign in haste an agreement that, among other things, in
      no way resolves the question of Darfur" in western Sudan, the bishop
      said.

      In Darfur, Arab government militias are fighting black African
      groups calling for more attention from the central government for
      the underdeveloped region. The groups are the Sudan Liberation Army
      and Justice and Equality Movement.

      That conflict has already caused 10,000 deaths and prompted 100,000
      refugees to flee to Chad, the Vatican agency Fides reported.

      The war in Darfur has made the food shortage in Sudan ever more
      acute. A joint report issued by the Food and Agriculture
      Organization and the World Food Program says that about 3.6 million
      people will have to rely on food supplies from international
      humanitarian organizations.

      According to the report, "The present conflict in Darfur has caused
      considerable damage to farmland and made at least 1.2 million people
      refugees." Although a good harvest is expected this year, more food
      will be needed, Fides added.

      Sudanese Bishop Macram Max Gassis recently told Vatican Radio that
      the aim of the Arab militias' attack against Darfur's ethnic group
      is "to occupy their land, as they have done in other places. They
      want to move the Arab race to the more fertile areas."

      The bishop added: "A process of Arabization is under way in
      Darfur."

      * * *

      Moscow Meeting Stirs Catholic-Orthodox Optimism
      Study to Examine If Claims of Proselytism Are Founded

      MOSCOW, MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Catholics and Russian Orthodox
      are undertaking a study to see if proselytism really is a problem in
      this country.

      The move follows the first meeting of a joint working group that is
      trying to resolve specific issues between the two Churches. The May
      5-6 meeting has given rise to cautious optimism.

      "Despite the great difficulties, in this last period of relations
      between our Churches we have noted some positive changes," reported
      a statement circulated by Father Igor Kowalevski, secretary of the
      Russian episcopal conference.

      The joint working panel is the result of a visit to Moscow last
      February by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical
      Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

      Among the issues being addressed are the Orthodox accusations of
      proselytism against the Catholics. Father Kowalevski heads the
      Catholic side, and Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin leads the Orthodox.

      The Catholic side said that the joint working group cannot be
      considered as a type of "tribunal," but must serve to help growth in
      mutual understanding, the Italian newspaper Avvenire reported.

      Father Kowalevski stated in a note that the Orthodox side recognized
      the existence of "positive experiences of collaboration that can
      make the peace of Christ shine in today's world."

      "Together, we have come to the conclusion that greater reciprocal
      knowledge and closer collaboration and cooperation, especially in
      social activities, is absolutely necessary," he added.

      As a result of this first meeting of the mixed group, "a concrete
      study" has been initiated "of the problem of proselytism -- real or
      imaginary -- with the participation of those directly involved,"
      Anatoly Krasikov told Avvenire.

      Krasikov is director of the Center of Socio-Religious Studies of the
      European Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and honorary
      president of the Euro-Asian headquarters of the International
      Association for Religious Liberty.

      According to Krasikov, Archpriest Chaplin acknowledged that
      Catholics work in Russia in full conformity with the country's
      constitution and laws, although the latter added that Christian
      churches cannot act as if they were private enterprises in
      competition with one another.

      Father Kowalevski noted: "We have been, are, and always will be a
      confessional minority here. Perhaps we have committed some errors in
      the past, but it had nothing to do with proselytism."

      Mention was also made during the meeting of the charitable work of
      Catholic nuns who have established an orphanage in Moscow
      for "difficult" children, yet take them to pray in the Orthodox
      Church.

      Russia's Caritas, which helps the needy and makes no confessional
      distinctions, was also singled out, as was St. Thomas Theological
      Biblical College in Moscow, where teaching is entrusted without
      discrimination to Catholic and Orthodox professors, a fact "that
      doesn't surprise anyone," Krasikov observed.

      In addition, he mentioned a Catholic center for the medical
      rehabilitation of drug addicts in the Yaroslav area. "By common
      agreement, religious care is ensured by Orthodox priests," he said.

      The joint working group plans to meet next in September.

      * * *

      Time Ripe for Business Ethics, Says Cardinal
      Curia Figure Warns That Scandals Amount to a Suicide Attack

      ROME, MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- In the face of financial scandals
      and failures of large enterprises, the field of business ethics must
      be addressed again, says a cardinal of the Roman Curia.

      Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, retired prefect of the Congregation
      for Eastern Churches, expressed this conviction when he addressed a
      recent congress of the Union of Industrialists of Rome, organized
      under the theme "Business, Ethics and Legality."

      "The last two decades have certainly been of great economic
      development, but also of great moral failures for the financial
      community," the cardinal said.

      "Legality is certainly an essential guide for financial activity and
      should be something obvious for businessmen," he said. "In fact,
      business could not survive without the legal order, since contracts,
      which govern the whole system, have no validity without everyone's
      respect of the law."

      "For this reason, when there is a crime in the business world, the
      scandal is double: scandal because of the moral failure and scandal
      because it is a suicide attack on the system itself," Cardinal
      Silvestrini explained at the May 20 congress.

      "More freedom presupposes greater responsibility," he said. "The
      laws must not be seen as a limitation to freedom, but from a genuine
      social perspective, as a guarantee of the right of all."

      The cardinal stressed the importance of the social dimension of
      work, quoting John Paul II's encyclical "Centesimus Annus," which
      speaks of business as "a community of work."

      "The Church does not cease to proclaim the principles of the common
      good and of solidarity as the compass of all social activity,"
      Cardinal Silvestrini said.

      "As human beings, we are called to make of our work a means to
      achieve a harmonious life, in which we grow in full humanity," he
      continued. "It would be a terrible contradiction and something
      absurd if our work resulted in making us less human."

      He added: "Ethics and religion must not stay at home when we go to
      work."

      * * *

      Moves by U.S. and Cuba May Hurt the Poor
      Cuban Prelates Foresee Fallout of Tougher Embargo

      HAVANA, MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The toughening of the U.S.
      embargo against Cuba and the latter's response -- an increase in
      prices -- will harm poor families above all, says the island
      nation's bishops.

      Last Wednesday, the Permanent Committee of the Cuban bishops'
      conference, made up of five of the island's 13 prelates, published a
      note expressing "the disconcert and anguish that these events have
      generated in our people."

      "Cuban families, which constitute a place of reconciliation and
      dialogue in the midst of our reality, are especially harmed, as to
      the difficulties and burdens known by all are added new privations
      and burdens that worsen their already anguished situation as well as
      the separation of those who live in Cuba and in the United States,"
      the prelates stated.

      At the start of May, the U.S. State Department presented to
      President George Bush a number of initiatives to reinforce the
      sanctions on the island, such as measures to limit remittances or to
      increase control on those doing business with Havana.

      Since May 24, Cuban stores that charge in dollars have had to
      contend with an average increase in prices of 15.4%, including on
      some basic items, official sources reported. The sources blamed
      these measures on the hardening of Washington's embargo.

      "All this," the bishops lamented, "at a time when peace, dialogue,
      reconciliation, union and hope is needed to revitalize the
      institution of the family and to put the latter's good above
      political and ideological prejudices."

      "It is painful to see that the measures announced by the United
      States and those taken by the Cuban government affect, directly or
      indirectly, the poorest families of our nation," the prelates said.

      Their note added: "We consider it unacceptable that Cuba's future is
      planned on the basis of exclusions and even more so that
      interventions are conceived by a foreign government."

      * * *

      U.S. Ruling on Assisted Suicides in Oregon Assailed
      Bishops' Aide Criticizes Decision on Use of Controlled Drugs

      WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A U.S. bishops'
      spokeswoman criticized a ruling by a court panel striking down the
      attorney general's directive that doctors in Oregon may not misuse
      federally controlled drugs to assist suicides.

      The directive by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft had reversed a
      Clinton administration decision to allow physicians in the state of
      Oregon to ignore federal law and prescribe lethal doses of federally
      controlled substances.

      The Wednesday decision, by a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of
      Appeals, in the case of Oregon v. Ashcroft will likely be appealed
      to the U.S. Supreme Court.

      "Suicide among the elderly and those suffering from serious illness
      or disability is not a 'medical practice' but a tragic public health
      problem deserving a thoughtful, caring response," said Cathy Cleaver
      Ruse, spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops' conference Pro-Life
      Secretariat.

      "The 9th Circuit has just told these patients that their lives are
      expendable," she said in a statement.

      The Ashcroft directive restores the uniform enforcement of the long-
      standing federal Controlled Substances Act, and also clarifies that
      aggressive pain management is legitimate medical care even where it
      unintentionally increases the likelihood of a patient's death.

      "This is not about an attempt by the attorney general to control
      Oregon law," Ruse said. "Rather, it's about whether Oregon should be
      able to ignore federal law and at the same time co-opt the federal
      government into facilitating assisted suicides by providing federal
      prescribing licenses and federally controlled drugs."

      * * *

      On Mary's Maternal Presence at Pentecost
      Interview With Father Jesús Castellano Cervera

      ROME, MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Pentecost marks a time when Mary's
      presence is of singular importance, says a specialist in Marian
      studies.

      In this interview with ZENIT, Discalced Carmelite Father Jesús
      Castellano Cervera, who is also a consultor for the Congregation for
      the Doctrine of the Faith, elaborated on the Blessed Virgin's
      presence at the arrival of the Holy Spirit.

      Q: The time we are now living is the conclusion of Eastertide and of
      the month of May. Is it of special Marian relevance?

      Father Castellano Cervera: I think the time extending from the
      Ascension to Pentecost is a particularly Marian time.

      The fact emphasized in the Acts of the Apostles, which reminds us of
      Mary's presence in the Cenacle, must be stressed. Early iconography,
      Byzantine liturgy, and early information on Mary are unanimous in
      reminding us of the Virgin Mary's presence in the episode of the
      Lord's ascension to heaven.

      Mary appears in prayer with the disciples while Jesus ascends to
      heaven. Thus, the Mother becomes the witness of the whole of
      Christ's human life, from the coming from the bosom of the Father,
      to her maternity, and from the ascension to the bosom of the Father,
      with the flesh taken from the Mother.

      Q: What is the meaning of Mary's presence among the disciples in the
      Cenacle?

      Father Castellano Cervera: I believe that Jesus entrusted his
      disciples to Mary before the coming of the Holy Spirit.

      In reality, in a time of "emptiness," when Jesus is no longer
      present and the Spirit has not yet descended, the Virgin Mary seems
      to be the most appropriate person to fill, in some way, these two
      presences at a time of remembrance and expectation.

      Of remembrance, because Mary is the living memory of Christ, of his
      life from the beginning, of his words. Her maternal presence speaks
      of him in everything. And of expectation, because the Virgin Mary,
      who has received the Holy Spirit in fullness, becomes the guarantee
      and hope of the fulfillment of Jesus' promise. The promised Spirit
      will come -- Mary seems to assure -- as he came upon me. God is
      faithful to his promises.

      Q: Is her presence at the root of the title "Queen of the Apostles"
      ascribed to her?

      Father Castellano Cervera: I think it is precisely so. Fathers of
      the Church and medieval authors say clearly that Mary in the Cenacle
      became the mother and teacher of the apostles with her testimony on
      Christ.

      In Number 26 of the encyclical "Redemptoris Mater," John Paul II
      speaks of this presence in the midst of Jesus' disciples as singular
      witness of the mystery of Christ. Her maternal role in this time is
      obvious.

      We can think that the words of Acts 1:14 reflect Mary's maternal
      endeavor, which helps the disciples to "persevere" every day while
      awaiting the promised event of the coming of the Spirit, to be "in
      agreement and united," to open their hearts "in prayer" with an
      attitude of invocation and confident expectation.

      Mary maternally forges the apostles, makes them brothers, prepares
      the community to receive the Holy Spirit.

      Q: Given that Mary had already received the Holy Spirit, wasn't it
      perhaps superfluous for her to await Pentecost?

      Father Castellano Cervera: According to the earliest images of
      Pentecost, Mary appears among the disciples and receives the Holy
      Spirit with the whole Church. Her circumstance, linked to the
      mystery of the Son and to his mission, is now indissolubly united to
      the mystery of the Church.

      She forms part of the Church as the most excellent member and as
      Mother, as the Second Vatican Council states.

      The new coming of the Spirit upon her unites her even more to the
      Church, to the latter's communion and mission. It is not possible to
      think of the Church without Mary and of Mary without the Church.

      The centrality of the Mother of Jesus in the midst of the disciples
      with the same flame of the Holy Spirit in an attitude of reception
      of the gift and of thanksgiving speaks to us of the "Marian profile"
      of the Church, where Mary represents the very essence of the Church:
      pure reception and transmission of the gift of God.

      Mary is what the Church and every Christian should be, under the
      action of the Holy Spirit and in profound communion with everyone.

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      Pope's Address on Pentecost
      "God's Plan Is Fulfilled … the Church Is Born"

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Here is the address John
      Paul II delivered today before praying the midday Regina Caeli.

      * * *

      1. Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of Pentecost, which
      reminds us of the marvelous effusion of the Holy Spirit on Mary and
      the apostles in the Cenacle.

      Fifty days after Easter what Christ promised to the disciples was
      fulfilled, namely, that they would receive a baptism in the Holy
      Spirit (Acts of the Apostles 1:5) and that they would be clothed
      with power from on high (see Luke 24:49) to have the strength to
      proclaim the Gospel to all nations. Animated by the fire of the
      Spirit, the apostles left the Cenacle and began to speak of Christ,
      dead and risen, to the faithful who had come to Jerusalem from all
      parts, and each one heard them speaking in his maternal language.

      2. God's plan, revealed to Abraham, to give life to a new people, is
      fulfilled in Pentecost. The Church is born, Mystical Body of Christ
      spread throughout the world. It is made up of men and women of all
      races and cultures, united in faith and love of the Most Holy
      Trinity, to be a sign and instrument of the unity of the whole of
      humankind (see the Second Vatican Council constitution "Lumen
      Gentium," No. 1).

      Conformed by the Spirit in Christ, new man, believers become his
      witnesses, sowers of hope, agents of mercy and peace.

      3. We now turn to Mary Most Holy, whom we contemplate in the Cenacle
      while she receives with the apostles and disciples the gift of the
      Holy Spirit. Let us invoke her maternal intercession with
      confidence, so that the wonders of Pentecost will be renewed in the
      Church and all men will be able to receive the joyful proclamation
      of salvation.

      [Translation by ZENIT]

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      Pope's Homily on Eve of Pentecost
      Ecclesial Movements a "Providential Answer"

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of
      the homily John Paul II delivered Saturday during vespers, on the
      eve of Pentecost, in St. Peter's Square.

      * * *

      [In Italian]

      1. "Veni, Creator Spiritus!"

      On the solemnity of Pentecost, the whole Church raises unanimously
      this song: "Veni, Creator Spiritus!" The Mystical Body of Christ,
      spread throughout the world, invokes the Spirit from whom it
      receives life, the vital breath that animates its being and its
      action.

      The antiphons of the Psalms reminded us a few moments ago of the
      experience of the disciples in the Cenacle: "With the coming of
      Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, they all gathered together"
      (first antiphon). "Tongues of fire rested on each one of the
      apostles: The Spirit of God was appearing in the world" (second
      antiphon).

      We also live this spiritual experience in this Square, which has
      become a great cenacle. And, like us, innumerable diocesan and
      parish communities, associations, movements and groups in all parts
      of the world raise to heaven the common invocation: Come, Holy
      Spirit!

      2. I greet the lord cardinals and the other prelates and priests
      present. I greet all of you, dear brothers and sisters, who have
      come to participate in this evocative celebration.

      I now direct my thoughts to the numerous young people from Lednica,
      in Poland, who have joined us through radio and television.

      [In Polish]

      From St. Peter's Square I cordially greet the young people meeting
      for the prayer vigil in Lednica. I pray with you, dear friends, for
      the gift of the Holy Spirit. May the Consoler, the Spirit of Truth,
      fill you with the love of Christ, to whom you entrust your future.
      My heartfelt blessing.

      [In Italian]

      3. I greet in a special way the members of Renewal in the Spirit,
      one of the expressions of the great family of the Catholic
      Charismatic Movement. Thanks to the Charismatic Movement, many
      Christians, men and women, youths and adults, have rediscovered
      Pentecost as a living and present reality in their daily life. I
      desire that the spirituality of Pentecost be spread in the Church,
      as a renewed thrust of prayer, holiness, communion and proclamation.

      In this connection, I encourage the initiative called "Burning
      Bush," promoted by Renewal in the Spirit. It is about incessant
      adoration, day and night, before the Most Holy Sacrament; an
      invitation to the faithful "to return to the Cenacle" so that,
      united in the contemplation of the Eucharistic mystery, they
      intercede for the full unity of Christians and the conversion of
      sinners. I sincerely desire that this initiative lead many to
      rediscover the gifts of the Spirit, which have their source in
      Pentecost.

      4. Dear brothers and sisters! This afternoon's celebration reminds
      me of the memorable meeting with the ecclesial movements and the new
      communities of the vigil of Pentecost six years ago. It was an
      extraordinary manifestation of the unity of the Church, in the
      richness and variety of charisms, which the Holy Spirit infuses in
      abundance. I energetically repeat what I said on that occasion: The
      ecclesial movements and the new communities are a "providential
      answer," "inspired by the Holy Spirit" given the present need of new
      evangelization, for which "mature Christian personalities"
      and "strong Christian communities" are needed (see "Insegnamenti,"
      XXI, 1 [1998], p. 1123).

      For this reason, I also say to you: "Open yourselves with docility
      to the gifts of the Holy Spirit! Receive with gratitude and
      obedience the charisms that the Spirit does not cease to offer! Do
      not forget that all charisms are given for the common good, that is,
      for the benefit of the whole Church!" (Ibid., p. 1122).

      5. "Veni, Sancte Spiritus!"

      Among us, with raised hands, is praying the Virgin, Mother of Christ
      and of the Church. Together with her, let us implore and receive the
      gift of the Holy Spirit, light of truth, strength of authentic
      peace. We do so with the words of the antiphon to the Magnificat
      which we will sing later: "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy
      faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of thy love: you who, in the
      variety of human languages, gather peoples in the one faith,
      alleluia."

      "Sancte Spiritus, Veni!"

      [Translation by ZENIT]

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