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Volume 4, Issue 178

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  • John N. Lupia
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 24, 2004

      Volume 4, Issue 178

      MONDAY 27 September 2004

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      . Justice and Solidarity is the Path to Peace, says Pope
      . Pope Prays for Dignity and Security of Those at Sea
      . Mother Adele Brambilla Confirmed as Superior of Comboni Missionary Sisters
      . Pope Urges Christian Politicians to be Consistent with Gospel
      . Church is Critical of Feminist Currents that Discredit the Importance of Family
      . Priests for Life Launches Million Dollar Campaign
      . Algerian Bishops Say Dialogue is Answer to Fundamentalist Terrorism
      . Emigration Jeopardizes Stability of Family in Ecuador

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      Justice and Solidarity is the Path to Peace, says Pope
      Prays for Those Who Suffer from the "Unjust Distribution of Goods"

      VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 26, 2004 (Zenit.org).-
      Promotion of justice and solidarity is the path that will guarantee peace in the world, said John Paul II.

      The Holy Father commented on this Sunday’s gospel passage, the parable of the rich man and the poor man Lazarus, when praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

      The teaching to be drawn from the parable is clear: everyone must make solidaristic, not egotistic, use of his/her goods," the Pope emphasized, making a great effort to deliver his address, which he read in its totality.

      "Let us pray to the Lord to sustain the efforts of the international community in favor of justice and solidaristic development. This is, in fact, the path that can guarantee a future of peace to the world," the Pontiff said.

      The Bishop of Rome asked for prayers in particular for "families and peoples most tested by the unjust distribution of the goods that God intends for all his children."

      For John Paul II, the parable of the poor man who suffers the humiliation of the rich on earth and in heaven enjoys a privileged place, is especially appropriate to address the "problem of the imbalance between wealth and indigence in today's world."

      In this connection, John Paul II referred specifically to the meeting held last Monday at the U.N. headquarters in New York, attended by heads of state and government, to promote "more solidaristic and effective action 'against hunger and poverty.'" The meeting was convoked by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil.

      "Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, also addressed the meeting, expressing the Holy See's support for this new initiative,” he added.

      The government leaders signed the New York Declaration on Action Against Hunger and Poverty, which calls for, among other things, mechanisms to impose taxes on world trade and arms trafficking.

      "The Catholic Church assures all of her commitment to eradicate from the world the scourge of hunger and other consequences of poverty," the Pope said.

      "In this context, I am also pleased to recall the meeting of all the apostolic nuncios in Africa, held in recent days in the Vatican,” he added.

      The purpose of that meeting, which took place from Thursday to Saturday, was to seek ways to remind the world not to forget the African continent and to express to the people of Africa the Pope’s “spiritual closeness and the solidarity of the universal Church."

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      Pope Prays for Dignity and Security of Those at Sea
      On Eve of World Maritime Day

      CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 26, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II prayed on Sunday for the dignity and security of those who work at sea, and reminded pilgrims that World Maritime Day will be observed this Thursday.

      "My thoughts go out to all who work at sea, and I pray that they may be able to live with dignity and security," he said after praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

      World Maritime Day is promoted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). With 164 members and dependent on the United Nations, the IMO's purpose is to promote security at sea and prevent contamination caused by ships.

      The theme of the Day this year is “IMO: Focus on Maritime Security.” In his 2004 message for World Maritime Day, the IMO's Secretary General, Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, addresses the problem of security at sea in times of terrorism.

      The message ends: "May we never have to suffer the bitter and painful experience of a terrorist attack against maritime navigation."

      To assist people who live and work at sea, the Holy See founded the Apostleship of the Sea in 1922. Today the institution depends on the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrant and Itinerant Peoples.

      The purpose of this apostleship, which has members in 98 countries, is "to respond to the spiritual, social, and material well-being of seamen in merchant and fishing vessels. This assistance is also extended to their families, without distinction of culture, nationality, or religion," the Vatican explains in its Web page.

      In the apostolic letter "Stella Maris," Jan. 31, 1997, John Paul II established the guidelines and norms that govern this apostleship.

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      Mother Adele Brambilla Confirmed as Superior of Comboni Missionary Sisters

      ROME, SEPT. 24, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Mother Adele Brambilla was confirmed for another 6 years last Thursday as superior general of the Comboni missionaries.

      Mother Brambilla, 55 and a native of Milan, has requested that she be called simply by her name "because he feels like a sister among sisters."

      According to a statement, after the election and the singing of the "Te Deum" in thanksgiving for their 18th general chapter, Mother Brambilla addressed the nuns of the community quoting the founder of their congregation, St. Daniel Comboni.

      In his first homily in Khartoum, Sudan, as apostolic pro-vicar, Comboni said: "I will make common cause with each of you ... your good will be mine and your grievances will be mine." The same phrase was quoted by the superior general at her first election.

      On her confirmation, "Mother Adele identifies herself with the words that follow in the same homily, which she makes her own: I do not ignore the serious weight I am taking on, but I accept it with the certainty that you will help me to carry it with hope," the statement continued.

      Mother Adele Brambilla made her religious profession on Feb. 11, 1973, in Erba, Italian province of Como. Until 1980 she studied in England, where she received her diploma in nursing.

      For four years she looked after the sick sisters in Verona, and then left in May, 1984 for Amman, Jordan, where she worked in the Italian hospital as matron. She remained there until 1996, when she became provincial superior.

      On Oct. 5, 1998, she was elected 11th superior general of the Comboni Missionary Sisters.

      On Dec. 22 of the same year she received from His Highness Hassan, the prince regent, on behalf of King Hussein of Jordan, the country's Independence Medal of First Order for her 15 years of service in favor of the poor at the Hospital of Amman.

      Bishop Daniel Comboni, canonized by John Paul II less than a year ago, founded the Comboni Missionary Sisters and made it possible in 1872 for women religious to participate directly in the missions in Central Africa.

      "In Africa a nun is the equivalent of three priests in Europe," the famous missionary said, who summarized in the words "holiness and capacity" the requirements to be a missionary and cautioned that "in Africa you must be prepared for many sacrifices and, if necessary, also martyrdom."

      At present there are about 1,700 Comboni women missionaries from 33 countries.

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      Pope Urges Christian Politicians to be Consistent with Gospel
      Sends Message on the Centenary of France's Social Weeks

      LILLE, France, SEPT. 26, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II highlighted the importance of Christians' commitment in politics and reminded them of their duty to be always consistent with the Gospel.

      The relationship of Christians with politics was the essence of the papal message sent on Saturday to the Social Weeks of France, held from Sept. 23-26 in Lille.

      This year’s Weeks, which has as its theme “Europe: A Society to be Invented,” celebrated the centenary of the initiative. The Weeks began as an initiative of a Lyon businessman and a Lille Professor, and since then has created a current of social reflection that puts the human person at the center.

      The Weeks have become a setting for meeting, reflection and exchange on important questions of society, in the light of the Gospel. Its annual sessions are open to all, both believers and non-believers.

      "The presence of Christians in social life constitutes an authentic testimony," the Holy Father said in his message, which was delivered to the participants by his special envoy, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

      "By their way of analyzing the different social phenomena and of proposing solutions, they put first the meaning of the human being and the hope that comes to them from Christ, and recall the role of Christian moral and spiritual values which are at the origin of their lives and of their action," he said.

      "The commitment of Christians in politics is important. I invite you not to withdraw from your mission in this field, always seeking coherence between the Gospel, divine and apostolic tradition, the magisterium of the Church, and the options and decisions you are called to make," the Pope added.

      "From the vocation of the Christian faithful springs the service to their brothers in an unselfish way for a civilization that is ever more worthy of man, in particular, in face of an ever closer international cooperation in which the capacity of association and solidarity triumph over the pursuit of profit and capital gains," the Pope noted.

      The papal message appeals to Christian politicians to pay special attention to young people.

      "Not only must they be guaranteed learning, but values and hope must also be transmitted to them, to address some forms of behavior that we see in them today, such as suicide and recourse to drugs," he continued.

      "Youth expects support from adults to face the future with serenity; the objective is to be able to leave them a spiritual and moral legacy," he added.

      President of the Weeks, Michel Camdessus, former director of the International Monetary Fund, confirmed in his closing address delivered on Sunday the European character that the Social Weeks are acquiring, to the point of saying that this "institution will be European or it will not be" at all.

      French President Jacques Chirac sent a message to the Social Weeks, saying that in its 100 years of life this institution has written "a beautiful page of history," "that of the contribution of French Catholicism in its social dimension," becoming a "place of formation and of elaboration of thought."

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      Church is Critical of Feminist Currents that Discredit the Importance of Family
      Civilta Cattolica Comments on Letter to Bishops

      VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 26, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Catholic Church does not condemn feminism in its entirety, only those currents that have adopted the gender ideology to discredit the fundamental role of the family, says the review Civilta Cattolica.

      "The Church does not condemn feminism as a whole, because it recognizes that, despite its errors and exaggerations, it has brought about the recognition of the dignity of woman and her equality with man," says the bimonthly Roman journal of the Society of Jesus.

      The publication ran a commentary on the "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Collaboration of Man and Woman in the Church and in the World." The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published the letter July 31.

      This equality of man and woman "despite their sexual and psychological diversity" must overcome "unjust discriminations," the review insists.

      At the same time, the article warns against the gender ideology that "is particularly dangerous because it questions the family," the article states.

      The objective of gender ideology is to surmount the alleged "biological determinism" imposed by sexual orientation, making "gender" a simple personal option and attributing to any type of life together the status of family, such as, for example, homosexual marriage.

      "Today the family is attacked from all sides. This explains why the Church intervenes so frequently in its defense," it continues.

      What the Church criticizes today in the gender ideology is its threat to the family, either “by de facto unions, or by the spread of homosexual practices."

      The 10-page article gives the Church's view on the feminist movement, valuing those aspects that can be considered historical achievements. "It is important to underline strongly that in the Church of the second half of the 20th century not only were many errors of the past about feminine nature, the tasks of woman, and her subordination to man corrected, but the feminine question has been profoundly reexamined," the journal points out.

      After reviewing the magisterium of different Popes on woman, the article states that "it was John Paul II who gave the Church the fullest appreciation of woman," highlighting her "equal dignity to that of man."

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      Priests for Life Launches Million Dollar Campaign
      30-Day Effort Meant to Influence Elections and Reach Church-Goers

      WASHINGTON, SEPT. 26, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and president of the National Pro-life Religious Council, unveiled an extensive million dollar multi-media campaign aimed at church-goers.

      "We intend to conduct an all-out campaign in the final weeks before the election," said Fr. Pavone, and “deliver a clear message to all citizens: Abortion is not simply one issue in this election; it is the most fundamental human rights issue of our time.”

      Saying that abortion is morally equal to terrorism, the director said that “any candidate who supports abortion has no right to hold any kind of public office, just as anyone who supports terrorism should not be allowed to hold public office.”

      Church-goers are the target audience as they tend to vote in favor of pro-life candidates.

      “Between now and Nov. 2, churchgoers of every stripe and in every part of this nation will hear this message in daily and weekly sermons, in church bulletins, church parking lots, and in the religious and secular media. We intend to motivate Catholic and Protestant churchgoers to go out and vote this year in record numbers."

      Elements of the campaign will include two television programs to be aired on EWTN and the Sky Angel Cable Network, TV spots on cable access channels, newspaper ads in diocesan newspapers, direct contact with parish priests and pro-life leaders urging them to mobilize their pro-life resources and promote pro-life candidates, a voter guide, direct e-mail, internet sites, conferences and a prayer campaign.

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      Algerian Bishops Say Dialogue is Answer to Fundamentalist Terrorism
      Country Suffered a Wave of Attacks between 1992 and 2000

      ALGIERS, Algeria, SEPT. 26, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The clash of civilizations is resolved with dialogue, says the archbishop of Algiers, whose community has experience a wave of Muslim fundamentalist terrorism.

      Archbishop Henri Tessier's appeal for dialogue resounded in the inter-diocesan assembly of the Church in Algeria, held on Saturday.

      Algeria suffered fundamentalist terrorism from 1992 to 2000. However, most of the "international community did not seem to be particularly concerned about our sufferings," the archbishop said on Vatican Radio.

      "And when I speak of suffering, I am not referring only to that suffered by our small Church, but the suffering that afflicted the Algerian people as a whole," he said.

      In those years, 19 men and women religious were killed in the country, among them seven Trappist monks of Thibirine, and Bishop Pierre Claverie of Oran.

      However, the Archbishop clarified, "the victims of terrorism have been above all the Muslims themselves: in Algeria, more than 150 Imams were killed, as well as hundreds of journalists, artists and writers."

      "The society has resisted and defeated this extremist interpretation. Now it is trying with difficulty to re-establish civil concord among the currents of thought, because it knows there is no other way."

      "Instead of considering the confrontation between Christians and Muslims as inevitable, as some affirm, we think it is more important to multiply the places of encounter," the archbishop proposed.

      "I would like to say to this part of the world that suffers because of the wave of terrorism, that there is no other answer other than the multiplication of friendships that transcend borders," he added.

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      Emigration Jeopardizes Stability of Family in Ecuador
      Says Bishop to Aid to the Church in Need

      KONIGSTEIN, Germany, SEPT. 24, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Growing emigration to Europe and the United States is threatening family stability in Ecuador, said one of their bishops to Aid to the Church in Need.

      According to Bishop Rafael Cob Garcia, the apostolic vicariate of Puyo, as reported in a statement Aid to the Church in Need, this phenomenon is causing a division of society.

      "Ecuador has sufficient natural resources, for example, crude oil," the bishop said.

      However, the "lack of good governance, political stability, and social justice" has led to the present situation, he added.

      Consequently, thousands of Ecuadorians are obliged to leave the country in search of better opportunities, the prelate explained.

      Covering an area of 30,000 square kilometers, the apostolic vicariate of Puyo has some 60,000 inhabitants, 90 percent of whom are Catholic. Among them are 17 priests and ten seminarians.

      "In this region, there is virtually no infrastructure. Many small villages are located in remote, backward areas"; education "is crucial to development here and support from abroad for Catholic schools is indispensable," he added.

      Asked about his priorities, the bishop listed the formation of priests and the laity, as well as the building up of living Church communities to contain the influence of sects. "Catholics must be firmly convinced of their faith," he concluded.

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