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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 106 TUESDAY 1 JUNE 2004 * * * SAINT OF THE DAY June 1, 2004 St. Justin (d. 165) * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2004

      Volume 4, Issue 106

      TUESDAY 1 JUNE 2004

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      June 1, 2004

      St. Justin

      (d. 165)

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      . Pope Urges More Intense Prayer for Mideast
      . Migration Seen as an Opportunity for Evangelization and Ecumenism
      . Church's Diplomats Must Be Missionaries of Dialogue, Says Pope
      . Prayer Intention: "to Bear Witness to God's Love"
      . Uganda Cautioned About Loss of Ethics in Public Life
      . Amsterdam to See Its First Eucharistic Procession Since 1578
      . Beatification Process for Robert Schuman Clears One Phase
      . Evangelization and the Power of Pentecost
      . Papal Address to Nigerian Ambassador
      . Papal Address to Ambassador of Suriname

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      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2004 (VIS) – At 8:00 p.m. yesterday, Feast of
      the Visitation of Mary, the traditional end-of-May procession took
      place from the church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians to the
      Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens, during which the faithful
      prayed the rosary. At the end of the ceremony, Archbishop Leonardo
      Sandri, substitute for General Affairs, read a message from the Pope.

      In his message, the Holy Father writes that this year the feast of
      the Visitation is being celebrated the day after Pentecost, "and
      this brings us to think of the wind of the Spirit driving Mary, and
      with her the Church, along the paths of the world, so making Christ,
      the hope of humanity, known to everyone."

      John Paul II affirms that the flames of the candles carried during
      the procession "stand for the hope that Christ, Who died and rose
      again, gave humanity. Always be bearers of that light. Indeed, as
      the Lord told his disciples, be lights yourselves in your own homes,
      in all situations and in all circumstances of life. Be so with your
      faithful evangelical witness, following each day the school of Mary,
      the perfect disciple of her divine Son."

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY JUN 1, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father's general intention
      for the month of June is: "That all Christians may be constantly
      more aware of their personal and community responsibility to bear
      witness to God's love for humanity and for every man and woman."

      His mission intention is: "That religious freedom – a fundamental
      right of mankind – may meet with ever growing respect in Asian

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2004 (VIS) – The Qatar Conference on Muslim-
      Christian Dialogue, on its concluding day May 29, was marked by
      three closed-door meetings throughout the day and early evening
      between members of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations
      with Muslims and an equal number of invited Muslim guests, an
      afternoon press conference and a meeting in late evening between
      Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, president of the commission, and the
      Catholic journalists who were invited to the conference.

      Archbishop Fitzgerald presided at the press conference, and was
      joined by Youssef El-Hage, a professor at Notre Dame University in
      Lebanon and a member of the pontifical commission, and by Aysha Al-
      Mannai, dean of the faculty of Sharia, Law and Islamic Studies at
      the University of Qatar. The archbishop briefly outlined the history
      of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, the
      Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims within
      the council and the background of this second Qatar meeting on
      dialogue, an idea of Emir Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar.
      Archbishop Fitzgerald said this meeting reflected Qatar's
      genuineness in wanting to hold such dialogue conferences. Qatar
      established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in November 2002.

      Dr. Al-Mannai said that the meeting was very positive and that both
      religions hoped to continue and to deepen the dialogue established
      between them, noting, when asked by several members of the audience
      why the sessions were not open to everyone, that such private
      meetings were necessary to speak frankly, and to achieve the
      objectives established. She said that Qatar has always sought to
      create understanding to promote peace through dialogue. Asked if
      Jews would be present next year at such a meeting - a hope that was
      expressed by Emir Kalifa Al-Thani when his speech was read on the
      opening day - she said perhaps this could take place, "if God wills."

      The emir had said: "perhaps it is useful to widen the dialogue in
      next year's seminar to become an Islamic-Christian-Jewish dialogue,
      through the participation of representatives of the Jewish religion,
      which concurs with Islam and Christianity in the belief of the
      oneness of God. That is the way to build a decent human life where
      the principles of love, tolerance and equality prevail for the good
      of mankind."

      Dr. El-Hage underscored the importance of this first ever meeting
      between members of the pontifical commission and invited Muslims
      guests, saying that all of their sessions were marked by
      transparency and cordiality. He said this was a wonderful occasion
      for the Catholic Church in her dialogue with Muslims, adding that
      when the pontifical commission started preparing four years ago to
      work on the question of religious freedom, they felt it very
      important to hold a meeting together with Muslims. He said the
      commission's approach was: Is religious freedom one of the rights of
      believers wherever they live, but especially when a believer is a
      member of a minority community?

      In the evening encounter with journalists, Archbishop Fitzgerald
      was asked about his overall feeling after three intense days of
      meetings. He said he felt there was a sort of anguish in the Muslim
      community worldwide on the issue of religious freedom, especially
      when it is interpreted from an individual point of view, not with
      one voice or a single authority speaking out on this subject. He
      said his feeling was that the Muslims invited to participate in the
      closed sessions were very happy with the cordiality and openness of
      the meetings and with what had been accomplished. No one set out to
      achieve earth-shattering goals so no one was disappointed in that

      He said that serious discussions and frankness were more possible
      in the closed-door sessions.

      The archbishop said that the theoretical part of the meeting
      included a look at the Declaration of Human Rights. When asked if
      participants had started out with - or at least ended up with - a
      common definition of religious freedom, he said that the one used in
      the Declaration was suggested, but added that this definition – and
      some other passages in this document, especially related to certain
      types of freedoms and human rights - are not in fact universally
      agreed upon. Asked if Muslims, for example, saw this declaration as
      an imposition by the West on others, he agreed that there were those
      who saw it this way.

      The second part of the meeting looked at the Magisterium of the
      Catholic Church in the matter of religious freedom, and part three
      looked at modern religious authors and thinkers on this topic in
      Islamic law. Part four looked at the process of monitoring religious
      freedom in the world through such organizations as Helsinki Watch
      and the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE).

      Archbishop Fitzgerald, noting the differences in Catholic teaching
      and Islamic law on religious freedom, said that nonetheless, "we
      agreed that religious freedom is part of human dignity that comes
      from God." He noted the difference between freedom of religion (the
      freedom to believe and to practice one's faith, or to not believe)
      and freedom within religion. The former is a full right, but the
      latter is not, because being a believer implies living a specific
      set of rules, behavior, not being free to change them.

      In conclusion, the archbishop pointed out the difficulties that
      exist when there is no central authority or hierarchical structure
      such as the Catholic Church has. Often in the Muslim world, people
      represent themselves, not a Church or a group.

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received in
      separate audiences:

      - Archbishop Pablo Puente, apostolic nuncio to Great Britain.

      - Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobel, apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua.

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

      - Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput O.F.M., of Denver, accompanied by
      his auxiliary Jose Horacio Gomez.

      - Bishop Gerald Frederick Kicanas of Tucson, accompanied by Bishop
      Manuel D. Moreno, emeritus of the same diocese.

      - Bishop David Laurin Ricken of Cheyenne, accompanied by Bishop
      Joseph Hubert Hart, emeritus of the same diocese.

      - Bishop Michael John Sheridan of Colorado Springs, accompanied by
      Bishop Richard Charles Hanifen, emeritus of the same diocese.

      * * *


      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father appointed Bishop
      Arthur Joseph Serratelli, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Newark,
      U.S.A., as bishop of Paterson (area 3,143, population 1,110,607,
      Catholics 415,082, priests 396, permanent deacons 174, religious
      1,042), U.S.A. He succeeds Bishop Frank Joseph Rodimer whose
      resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy
      Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

      * * *

      Pope Urges More Intense Prayer for Mideast

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II called for the
      intensification of prayer for peace in the Middle East.

      It was the instruction he gave today during an audience granted to
      the participants in the general chapter of the Sisters of Bethlehem,
      of the Virgin

      Mary, and of St. Bruno. They are part of a religious family that
      arose in France in 1950 and now has some 30 contemplative convents

      The nuns came to the Vatican accompanied by monks who are also
      members of this religious family.

      "In particular, I invite your monastic family, which bears the name
      of Bethlehem, the birthplace of the Emmanuel, to intensify its
      prayer for the

      Middle East, imploring the Lord to obtain the grace of peace and
      reconciliation for all the inhabitants of that region martyred by
      violence," the

      Pope said.

      "Through your contemplative life," he said, "you raise the world to
      God and remind human beings of our time of the place of silence and
      prayer in


      * * *

      Migration Seen as an Opportunity for Evangelization and Ecumenism
      Assembly of Pontifical Council Spells Out Its Conclusions

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Migration at the global
      level is an opportunity for evangelization, ecumenism and

      dialogue, said experts meeting in the Vatican.

      The key to achieve this objective is to learn the real meaning of
      dialogue, stated the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for
      Migrants and

      Travelers, held from May 17-19. The assembly's conclusions were
      gathered in a final document published Saturday by the Vatican press

      The final statement urges the faithful "to go out to meet others,
      foreigners, with charity and respect, accepting them without
      distinctions of creed

      or nationality," with the conviction that "although we are different
      from those who profess other religions, God is greater than our

      The plenary assembly exhorted the whole Church to have "more
      profound knowledge of the concepts of truth and dialogue, of
      identity and of

      relations with others, in the light of the novelty of Christian
      revelation and the teaching of the Church."

      "The respect of culture and of the personal situation of peoples and
      individuals that you meet" should lead one to avoid "proselytism,"

      document said. Yet, at the same time it emphasized the "duty of
      evangelization, explicit or implicit, which can never be given up."

      The assembly emphasized "the importance of education in dialogue in
      educational programs for seminarians, men and women religious, and

      pastoral agents."

      It also called for "a catechesis not only for the children of
      migrants but also for their families and the communities in which
      they live, paying

      particular attention to women, who are often the object of abuse."

      With reference to refugees, which as the text points out are
      primarily Muslims, there is a need "for a method of dialogue to help
      the refugees to

      understand Christian values and the notion of integral development
      of the person and of the equality of men and women."

      The document ends with the commitment of the pontifical council to
      make dialogue "the indispensable way so that every person will be
      truly alive

      in the search for the truth about God, about himself, and about the

      * * *

      Church's Diplomats Must Be Missionaries of Dialogue, Says Pope
      Receives Priest-Students of Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Church's diplomatic
      representatives, including its papal nuncios, must be genuine

      through dialogue with national and international institutions, says
      John Paul II.

      To carry out that mission of dialogue, the Pope recommended prayer
      and "mature and total faithfulness to Christ," when receiving in
      audience the

      priest-students of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. The
      academy forms those who in the future will work as papal aides in
      the apostolic

      nunciatures and the Vatican Secretariat of State.

      In his address, the Holy Father reminded his listeners that they
      must participate in "the evangelizing mission of the Church,"
      carrying out their

      endeavors "in the ecclesial communities of the countries in which
      they work" and "before governments and national and international


      This calls for an "ability to dialogue, knowledge of the different
      peoples, of their cultural and religious expressions, as well as of
      their legitimate

      aspirations," he said.

      "It is indispensable, at the same time, that you have appropriate
      theological and pastoral formation and, above all, mature and total
      faithfulness to

      Christ," John Paul II added.

      "Only if you remain united to him through prayer and the constant
      seeking of his will, will your work be beneficial and will you be
      totally fulfilled as

      priests," he said.

      The life of many Popes of the last century was closely linked to the
      academy. Leo XIII, Benedict XV, Pius XII and Paul VI were either
      students or

      professors of this institution. It is headed by Spanish Archbishop
      Justo Mullor García, who came to Rome after being apostolic nuncio
      in Mexico.

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      Prayer Intention: "to Bear Witness to God's Love"

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- During the month of June,
      John Paul II will pray that baptize persons be missionaries of the
      love of

      God to every one they meet.

      This is illustrated in the general intention of the Apostleship of
      Prayer, an intention shared by the Pope and thousands of faithful.

      The intention reads: "That all Christians may be constantly more
      aware of their personal and community responsibility to bear witness
      to God's

      love for humanity and for every man and woman."

      A commentary by the Apostleship of Prayer said: "Through the real
      care for our brothers and sisters, Christianity breathes forth all
      its liberating

      and salvific power. Charity represents the most eloquent form of
      evangelization because, answering to material needs, it reveals to
      people the

      love of God for every person."

      The Pope also offers his prayers for a missionary intention, which
      in June will be "That religious freedom -- a fundamental right of
      mankind -- may

      meet with ever growing respect in Asian countries."

      A commentary on this intention by Archbishop Oswald Gracias of Agra,
      India, published by the Vatican agency Fides, reminds the faithful

      "human rights cannot be said to be fully protected unless there is
      true religious freedom."

      * * *

      Uganda Cautioned About Loss of Ethics in Public Life
      Cardinal Martino on a Visit to Promote Reconciliation

      KAMPALA, Uganda, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Loss of the ethical
      dimension in the social and political realm "leads inevitably to the

      dehumanization of life and institutions," a Vatican official told
      leaders in Uganda.

      Cardinal Renato Martino, the president of the Pontifical Council for
      Justice and Peace, delivered that message in an address on the first
      day of

      his four-day to Uganda, a trip designed to promote reconciliation in
      the country's war-torn areas. His visit will take him to areas
      including Gulu,

      Kalongo and Kitgum, the pontifical council said in a statement.

      Today, the cardinal delivered an address in Kampala, the capital
      city, to parliamentarians and lay leaders, as well as to members of
      the Ugandan

      commissions for justice and peace. His theme was "The Commitment of
      the Christian Laity in the Social and Political Field in the Light
      of the

      Social Doctrine of the Church."

      The Vatican official stressed that the ethical dimension in the
      social and political realm "not only affects the quality of life of
      persons, families,

      institutions and the state itself, but also its survival."

      "To ignore the ethical dimension leads inevitably to the
      dehumanization of life and institutions, transforming social and
      political life into a jungle at

      the mercy of violence and the law of the strongest," he warned.

      The cardinal referred to the "structures of sin" that Christians
      must combat actively.

      Examples of this are "abuse of children, organized prostitution,
      lasting wars and civil conflicts, ethnic cleansing operations,
      legislation that

      supports racial discrimination, political corruption and mafia
      organizations," Cardinal Martino said.

      He stressed that the Christian faith can never be "translated" into
      a concrete political position, and labeled it a "dangerous error" to
      pretend that a

      political party or coalition can coincide with the experience of
      faith and Christian life.

      On Tuesday, Cardinal Martino will travel to the north, where there
      have been armed confrontations for the past 18 years between the
      rebel Lord's

      Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan army. His stops will include
      refugee camps and hospitals caring for war victims.

      The rebel LRA has been fighting ostensibly to establish a state
      based on the observance of "biblical" concepts. To reach its
      objective, the LRA

      has not hesitated to attack the civilian population.

      Since 1986, LRA rebels have tortured and killed tens of thousands of
      people, and kidnapped more than 25,000 children, forcing them into

      slavery or combat work.

      * * *

      Amsterdam to See Its First Eucharistic Procession Since 1578

      AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- For the first
      time since 1578, a procession of the Blessed Sacrament will take
      place on

      the streets of Amsterdam on the feast of Corpus Christi, a Dutch
      Catholic newspaper reported.

      The Eucharistic event is taking place June 13 at the initiative of
      the Church of Our Lady, entrusted to priests of Opus Dei, the

      Nieuwsblad reported. Bishop Joseph Punt of Haarlem will preside.

      "Since 1578, the year in which Dutch political leaders joined the
      Reformation cause, the procession of the Miracle was prohibited,"
      one of the

      parish's priests told the newspaper. That procession was in
      remembrance of a Eucharistic miracle that occurred in the city in
      March 1345.

      "However, following the modification of the legislation in 1989,
      religious manifestations in public are permitted," he added. The
      procession is

      neither a "provocation," nor a "sign of triumphalism," but "a
      continuation of Amsterdam's Eucharistic tradition," the priest

      The motto of the procession, which all the city's parishes are
      invited to join, will be "Amsterdam, City of the Eucharist."

      * * *

      Beatification Process for Robert Schuman Clears One Phase

      METZ, France, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The diocesan phase of the
      process of beatification for French statesman Robert Schuman drew to

      close over the weekend.

      Schuman (1886-1963) was one of the fathers of European integration
      that gave birth to the European Union.

      "The abundant documentation collected with care, classified and
      studied, will be sent immediately to the Congregation for Sainthood

      said Bishop Pierre Raffin of Metz. He said that to date he knows of
      no miraculous events attributed to Schuman's intercession.

      "The news, according to which [the Pope] might beatify Robert
      Schuman in the autumn, on the occasion of a possible trip to

      manifests the imagination of journalists," the bishop said in a

      Bishop Raffin said he thinks Schuman's fame for holiness "outside of
      small fervent circles, is not very developed."

      Schuman was the first French parliamentarian arrested by the Gestapo
      during World War II. Later he joined the Resistance.

      After the war, Schuman was named prime minister and then foreign
      minister. He was one of the authors of the May 9, 1950, declaration
      that was

      the basis of European construction. He was the first president of
      the European Parliament.

      * * *

      Evangelization and the Power of Pentecost
      Interview With the Coordinator of a Charismatic Renewal Group

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- On the eve of Pentecost,
      15,000 members of the Italian branch of Catholic Charismatic Renewal

      attended the vespers in St. Peter's Square, where John Paul II
      appealed for a rediscovery of the person and gifts of the Holy

      To learn more about this theme, ZENIT interviewed Salvatore
      Martinez, national coordinator of the branch known as Renewal in the

      Q: What does Pentecost represent for Renewal in the Spirit?

      Martinez: Renewal in the Spirit intends to be an eloquent sign of
      the inexhaustible wonder of Pentecost and of the reawakening of
      faith in the

      charisms of the Spirit, an admonition so that the Church will
      rediscover the physiological structure of Christian life which is,
      by its nature, a life in

      the Holy Spirit.

      Since it arose, Renewal in the Spirit seems to be the fulfillment of
      the bold prophetical hopes formulated by John XXIII, at the opening
      of Vatican


      There are two salient stages: in the first instance, the affirmation
      of the "current of grace," of a spirituality supported by the
      communal experience

      of charisms, image of a Church that loves to be "in the Cenacle,"
      to "speak to God about the world," and "outside the Cenacle,"
      to "speak to the

      world about God"; progressively, the affirmation of the notion
      of "ecclesial movement," in a growing apostolic commitment, of
      communion with

      pastors, of permanent formation that renders manifest the new life
      in the Spirit in the "lay charismatic ministries" activated in the
      Church and in

      the world.

      Q: What is the Spirit for you?

      Martinez: Without the Spirit, evangelization is like a stagnant
      river, charity like fire without heat, the Word something
      indeclinable, the Eucharist an

      impenetrable mystery, the other will never be a neighbor, the world
      a hell, paradise a forgotten reality, the Church a mother without

      In my personal experience, I have seen thousands of sinners return
      to God, persons sick in body and soul restored to health; men and

      who had lost their human dignity and wandered without hope through
      thousands of poverties find again the joy of living and of calling

      "sons, daughters of God."

      The Spirit does this and much more in those who are docile to his
      power, according to Jesus' promises.

      This power was manifested in the life of the apostles and is
      manifested in the life of every believer by the free and
      unforeseeable initiative of the

      Spirit. This is why we speak of "Pentecostal, charismatic effusion
      of the Spirit" together with the programmed and effective effusions
      of the Spirit

      in the sacraments of Christian life.

      Q: Renewal in the Spirit is a movement that has more than 80 million
      followers in the world. In what way did you plan to communicate and

      to the Spirit of God among people? What plan of life do you propose?

      Martinez: The effusion of the Spirit represents the founding
      experience of the specific charismatic spirituality of Renewal in
      the Spirit. It is the

      "unleashed charism," the specific experience of Renewal in the

      John Paul II defines it as [a] "cause of an ever more profound
      experience of the presence of Christ."

      The effusion of the Spirit makes present and reactivates our
      baptism, unleashing the Holy Spirit. It is a call to permanent
      conversion, as on the

      day of the Pentecostal descent of the Spirit in Jerusalem.

      It is a new awareness of the Lordship of Jesus in our life, that
      Jesus who is Lord, and only through the Spirit can he be loved,
      adored, proclaimed,

      witnessed and shared.

      We owe to Paul VI the first, convinced, immediate and "prophetic"
      recognition of the role of Renewal in the Spirit in the Church and
      in the world.

      In 1975 he said: "The Renewal must rejuvenate the world, it must
      give it a spirituality, a soul. It will be an opportunity for the
      Church if you were to

      cry out to the world the glory of the God of Pentecost."

      We are grateful to John Paul II for having stimulated Renewal in the
      Spirit to become -- as he told us from the first audience in 1980 "a
      hope for

      the world," an advance guard of witnesses of the "new
      evangelization" in docility to the Spirit.

      The incidence of John Paul II's pontificate, his constant concerns
      addressed to us, were the boldest impetus to the ecclesial
      maturation of

      Renewal in the Spirit.

      Since 1998, we receive annually a signed letter from the Supreme
      Pontiff on the occasion of the greatest event organized by us, in
      Rimini: an

      ecumenical congress in which an average of 25,000 people
      participate: many cardinals and bishops; more than 600 priests and
      religious; 5,000

      family households; more than 600 volunteers; and an animation
      ministry made up of more than 120 people, between singers and


      A clear demonstration of the notion of "people of God" so dear to
      Vatican II which in Rimini sees the interaction of institutions and
      charisms in a

      truly unique style for the world and with spiritual returns that are
      truly unique.

      Q: Is it enough to entrust oneself to the Lord to live more humanly?

      Martinez: Thousands of baptized people do not experience the
      presence and action of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

      The Spirit was given to us by Jesus as the Paraclete, that is, "He
      who is called to be next to us." Yet many Christians not only do no

      themselves of his amiable company, but actually do not invoke him,
      do not seek him, do not entrust to him the direction of their lives.

      Meanwhile, as a result, it is very obvious to see signs of
      the "absence" of the Holy Spirit: disintegration of family life, the
      decrease in vocations,

      the indifference toward so many poverties in our time, the weakening
      of the testimony of Christians, which is to be found in a weak and
      sterile life

      in the Spirit.

      One who opens to the Spirit, and through prayer rediscovers the
      primacy of the interior life and the beauty of intimacy with God,
      sees his own

      natural aspirations transformed into hope. The human and rational
      interpretations of reality are revivified in the faith. Human love
      is regenerated in


      The human quest for justice is sublimated in the commitment to build
      the Kingdom of God on earth.

      Q: What role does prayer play in your spiritual proposal?

      Martinez: The experience of the prayer of praise and intercession
      made "in the Spirit" is a central dimension of Pentecost, as Paul VI

      affirmed in 1964.

      Prayer is our very soul before God. The more it is
      surrendered, "gripped by the Spirit," the more it experiences
      the "praiseworthy madness" of

      David before the ark of the covenant, or, as John Paul II has
      reminded us in Number 33 of "Novo Millennio Ineunte," of "ardent
      devotion, until the

      heart truly 'falls in love.'"

      On the occasion of the special audience for our 30th anniversary in
      2002, we received a special instruction from the Pope: to become
      a "school

      of prayer" in the Church, in a special way by making the prayer of
      praise loved, a form of prayer that renders glory to God for what he
      is, even

      before for what he does.

      * * *

      Papal Address to Nigerian Ambassador
      "Challenge Is to Build Up and Strengthen Your Young Democracy"

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of the
      address John Paul II gave last Thursday when he met the new Nigerian

      ambassador to the Holy See, Kingsley Sunny Ebenyi.

      * * *

      Mr. Ambassador,

      As you come to the Vatican to present the letters accrediting you
      ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic

      Nigeria to the Holy See, I offer you a cordial welcome. Not only
      does your presence here today remind me of the warm and enthusiastic

      I received during my pastoral visits to your country in 1981 and
      1998, but the kind greetings you bring from President Obasanjo
      rekindle the

      memory of our friendly meeting here in the Vatican during the
      Jubilee Year 2000. I ask you to convey my good wishes to His
      Excellency the

      president and to assure him of my prayers for the well-being of the

      I am pleased to hear you refer to your country's commitment to good
      governance and to the consolidation of democracy. Indeed, having
      made the

      important transition from military rule to a civilian government,
      the challenge before you now is to build up and strengthen your
      young democracy,

      increasing the participation of all segments of the population in a
      representative and juridically safeguarded ordering of public life.
      An essential

      requirement in this regard is the need for political authority to be
      exercised with transparency and accountability. Public life, both on
      the national

      and international levels, is to be guided by "four precise
      requirements of the human spirit: truth, justice, love and freedom"
      (Message for the 2003

      World Day of Peace, No. 3). I encourage Nigeria to be ever more
      committed to this courageous democratic endeavor undertaken with a

      sense and spirit of service to its people.

      Indeed, there exists an indissoluble bond between peace and truth
      that must be recognized if men and women are to live in freedom,
      justice and

      security. "Honesty in the supply of information, equity in legal
      systems, openness in democratic procedures give citizens a sense of
      security, a

      readiness to settle controversies by peaceful means, and a desire
      for genuine and constructive dialogue, all of which constitute the
      true premises

      of a lasting peace" (ibid., No. 8). When people more fully grasp the
      meaning and consequences of events in their own lives and in the
      world, they

      are better equipped to make effective contributions to peace,
      especially through the proper use of societal structures and
      mechanisms --

      juridical, political, economic -- to serve the common good.

      Of course, as the Federal Republic seeks ever greater national
      stability and unity along the path of increased democratization of
      society and

      institutions, challenges are not lacking. Moral courage and
      political wisdom are necessary, for example, in dealing effectively
      with the outbreaks

      of violence in the Niger Delta region, with the political and ethnic
      tensions in the northwest, and with the problems of corruption,
      poverty and


      Through a resolute commitment to work tirelessly and steadfastly for
      the cause of peace, for the defense of human dignity and human
      rights, for

      the integral development of every individual, these challenges can
      be met and the way will be prepared for heightening awareness of the

      common destiny and interdependence that links all Nigerians, and
      indeed all peoples, as members of the one great family of mankind.

      Increasingly, Nigeria has emerged as a country predisposed to serve
      the cause of peace and development through international
      institutions such

      as the African Union and the United Nations. I encourage Nigerian
      leaders to be steadfast in their solidarity with other nations in
      order that a free

      and just world may become a reality.

      In the service of peace, which is also the service of truth,
      religion has a vital role to play. It makes its most effective
      contribution in this area by

      concentrating on those things that are proper to it: "attention to
      God, the fostering of universal brotherhood and the spreading of a
      culture of

      human solidarity" (ibid., No. 9). Now, when communities or peoples
      of different religious convictions or cultures live in the same area
      it can

      sometimes happen that tensions will develop or increase, which,
      because of the strong passions involved, can turn into violent

      For this reason, it is of paramount importance to recall
      that "recourse to violence in the name of religious belief is a
      perversion of the very

      teachings of the major religions. I reaffirm here what many
      religious figures have repeated so often: the use of violence can
      never claim a

      religious justification, nor can it foster the growth of true
      religious feeling" (Message for the 1999 World Day of Peace, No. 5).

      The Catholic Church in Nigeria is committed to the peaceful
      advancement of the nation, especially through her presence in the
      fields of

      education, health care and social services. The effective guarantee
      of the right of religious freedom will enable Catholics to continue
      to work for

      the spiritual and material progress of society. In this regard, I am
      confident that the government will fulfill its commitment to address
      the difficulties

      faced by foreign missionary workers seeking visa renewals. It is
      also my fervent hope that tensions between diverse ethnic and

      communities, escalating to the point of violence and even murder in
      some parts of the country, will be defused by sincere dialogue and

      aimed at reconciliation and mutual understanding and cooperation.

      Mr. Ambassador, I trust that your mission will serve to strengthen
      the ties of friendship existing between your country and the Holy
      See. As you

      assume your new responsibilities I offer you my prayerful good
      wishes, and I assure you that the various offices of the Roman Curia
      will be ready

      to assist you in the fulfillment of your duties. Upon you and the
      beloved people of Nigeria I cordially invoke the abundant blessings
      of Almighty


      [Original text: English]

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      Papal Address to Ambassador of Suriname
      Wary of "a Globalization That Exacerbates the Conditions of the

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of the
      address John Paul II gave last Thursday when he met Suriname's new

      ambassador to the Holy See, Edgard Stephanus Ragoenath Amanh.

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      Your Excellency,

      It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the Vatican today and
      accept the letters of credence by which you are appointed ambassador

      extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the republic of Suriname to the
      Holy See. I greatly appreciate your reference to President
      Venetiaan's desire

      for close cooperation between your country and the Holy See, and I
      would ask you kindly to convey to him my cordial greetings. To the

      government and people of Suriname I offer the assurance of my
      prayers for the peace and prosperity of the nation.

      The Church's diplomatic relations form part of her mission of
      service to the human family and are specifically intended to promote
      peace and

      harmony among the world's peoples. These are essential conditions
      for progress in attaining the common good and integral development

      individuals and nations, which can only be achieved to the extent
      that the dignity proper to every human being is protected by a
      nation's legislative

      structures and affirmed by its civic institutions.

      In your own country, Mr. Ambassador, with its especially rich and
      varied cultural and religious traditions, the importance of
      recognizing the innate

      human dignity of every individual is immediately apparent. Without a
      vigorous defense and promotion of the common values rooted in the

      nature of the human person, the peaceful coexistence of communities
      of differing ethnic and religious backgrounds would lack a solid

      Furthermore, in situations of cultural and religious pluralism, it
      is increasingly apparent that mutual understanding and respect for
      differences play

      a vital role in maintaining the national unity necessary for genuine
      progress and for ensuring that the dreaded specter of interreligious

      interethnic conflict does not occur. In this regard, I am glad to
      note the commendable contributions of the long-established Council
      of Christian

      Churches and of the Interreligious Council, both of which are
      particularly active in helping Surinamese society to develop more
      closely in

      conformity with the dignity and rights of its citizens.

      As you have noted, Suriname together with the rest of the world
      community is facing the pressing problems of today's ever more
      globalized world

      and the emerging new international order. While globalization in
      itself is a neutral phenomenon, I have not hesitated to make known
      my concern

      at witnessing a globalization that exacerbates the conditions of the
      needy, that does not sufficiently contribute to resolving situations
      of hunger,

      poverty and social inequality, and that fails to safeguard the
      natural environment.

      To counteract these injustices the international community must
      strive to ensure that globalization is ethically responsible,
      treating all peoples as

      equal partners and not as passive instruments. In this way
      globalization can serve the whole human family, no longer bringing
      benefit merely to a

      privileged few but advancing the common good of all (cf. Plenary
      Meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, May 2, 2003).

      A heightened sense of economic, political and cultural
      interdependence demands an increased solidarity between the
      developed and

      developing nations. One sure sign of the international community's
      positive commitment to the common good, which such solidarity
      upholds, is

      the growing recognition of the urgent need to alleviate poverty
      wherever it is found (cf. apostolic letter "Novo Millennio Ineunte,"
      No. 14). The Holy

      See for its part will continue to support the Millennium Development
      goals as well as new initiatives such as the International Finance

      which has as its dual purpose the financing of sustainable
      development projects and the realization of the target of 0.7
      percent of gross national

      income in aid. Reduction of the crushing debt which entraps many
      developing countries is essential if their economic potential is to


      The exercise of solidarity also demands a wholehearted effort within
      each society (cf. encyclical letter "Sollicitudo Rei Socialis," No.
      39). If

      genuine international progress is to be made along the path of equal
      partnership, then practical gestures of assistance by wealthy
      nations must

      be met with political transparency and accountability on the part of
      the receiver.

      Responsible government, the maintenance of law and order across the
      country, and the participation of all sectors of society in support
      of the

      civic institutions committed to the genuine development of the
      nation, all have their particular role in contributing to a culture
      of peace and

      collaboration. In your own nation these are among the conditions
      necessary to attract the investment required to stimulate the
      economic growth

      necessary to enable Surinamese living abroad to return to their
      homeland with the prospect of employment and a secure future.

      For her part the Catholic Church in Suriname will likewise continue
      to assist in the attainment of the goals of peace and prosperity.
      Faithful to her

      spiritual and humanitarian mission, she takes an active role in the
      interreligious initiatives and multicultural activities which
      endeavor to serve the

      well-being of the people. Through her numerous schools, health-care
      facilities, and community development programs the Church seeks to

      a better future for the country. In this service she desires neither
      power nor privilege, but only the freedom to express her faith and
      love in works of

      goodness, justice and peace.

      Mr. Ambassador, as you enter the diplomatic community accredited to
      the Holy See, I assure you of the ready assistance of the various

      and agencies of the Roman Curia. May your mission serve to
      strengthen the bonds of understanding and cooperation between
      Suriname and the

      Holy See which have deepened since the establishment of diplomatic
      relations ten years ago. Upon you and your fellow citizens I
      cordially invoke

      the abundant blessings of Almighty God.

      [Original text: English]

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