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    Roman Catholic News Volume 5, Issue 61 THURSDAY 7 APRIL 2005 St. John Baptist de la Salle, priest * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 5, Issue 61

      THURSDAY 7 APRIL 2005

      St. John Baptist de la Salle, priest

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      . Secret Cardinal Will Stay That Way, for Now
      . IN PECTORE
      . Illness May Keep Some From Conclave
      . Pope Gave Us Confidence, Says Moscow Prelate
      . John Paul II as a Pioneer of Woman's Human Rights
      . "The Pope of the Jews"

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      VATICAN CITY, APR 7, 2005 (VIS) - At the end of today's Fifth General Congregation of Cardinals in the period of vacant see, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following information to journalists:

      "Following the opening prayer the cardinals who arrived yesterday in Rome swore their oath.

      "There were 140 cardinals present.

      "The College of Cardinals has delegated Cardinal Edmund Szoka the legislative power to mint coins and print stamps for the period of the vacant see.

      "The following program has been established for Monday, April 18, the start of the conclave.

      - At 10 a.m. Mass "pro eligendo Summo Pontifice" in St. Peter's Basilica;

      - At 4:30 p.m. Gathering in the Hall of Blessings in the Apostolic Palace (the Pauline Chapel is being restored) for the start of the procession to the Sistine Chapel where the work of the conclave will begin.

      "The cardinals also examined several problems relative to the celebration of the funeral Mass and the rite of the Holy Father's burial in the Vatican Grottoes.

      "They also considered several questions relative to the start of the conclave and in this sense chose the two preachers for the exhortations as established in the Apostolic Constitution "Universi Dominici gregis."

      "Father Raniero Cantalamessa will give his intervention on Thursday April 14 during the General Congregation of the morning.

      "Cardinal Thomas Spidlik, S.J. will address the cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on Monday, April 18.

      "The cardinals will receive condolences from the diplomatic corps on Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m. in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall.

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      VATICAN CITY, APR 7, 2005 (VIS) - Archbishop Piero Marini, master of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, has published a note on the "novendiali" or period of nine days of official mourning for the late Pope John Paul II, explaining the background and indicating the dates, times and principal celebrants of each of the nine Masses.

      The communique states that "according to an ancient custom, for nine consecutive days there are special Eucharistic celebrations for the repose of the soul of the deceased Roman Pontiff, starting with the funeral Mass which is determined by the Congregation of Cardinals (cf. Universi Dominici gregis, n. 13 and 27)."

      "Each day the celebration is open to everyone. It is, however, entrusted each day to a different group, taking into account that group's links with the Roman Pontiff. This variety of the congregation shows in a certain way both the milieu of the Supreme Pastor as well as the universality of the Church of Rome (Ordo Exsequiarum Romani Pontifici, n. 133)."

      "The funeral Mass for the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II will take place April 8 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Square whereas in the Vatican Basilica, from the 9th to the 16th of April, the novendiali celebrations for the repose of the soul of the deceased Pope, will continue in the following manner:

      Day 1: Funeral Mass

      Day 2: Saturday, April 9, at 5 p.m.: For the faithful of Vatican City: The concelebration will be presided over by Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, archpriest of the Patriarchal Vatican Basilica.

      Day 3: Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m. For the Church of Rome. Mass presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome, and concelebrated by the clergy of Rome.

      Day 4: Monday, April 11, 5 p.m. For the Chapters of the Patriarchal Basilicas. The concelebration will be presided by Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, archbishop emeritus of Boston and archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of St Mary Major.

      Day 5: Tuesday, April 12, 5 p.m. Cappella Papale. Mass to be presided over by Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales, archbishop emeritus of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro, proto-priest of the College of Cardinals.

      Day 6: Wednesday, April 13, 5 p.m. For the Roman Curia. Concelebration will be presided over by Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.

      Day 7: Thursday, April 14, 5 p.m. For the Oriental Churches. Divine Liturgy in the Oriental Rite to be presided over by His Beatitude Pierre Nasrallah Sfeir, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites.

      Day 8: Friday, April 15, 5 p.m. For members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Mass presided over by Archbishop Piergiorgio Silvano Nesti, emeritus of Camerino-San Severino Marche, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

      Day 9: Saturday, April 16, Cappella Papale. The concelebration will be presided by Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, proto-deacon of the College of Cardinals.

      All cardinals are invited to concelebrate in the Cappelle Papali on April 8, 12 and 16."

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      VATICAN CITY, APR 7, 2005 (VIS) - The following telegram was sent yesterday by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals, to Prince Albert of Monaco upon the death of his father:

      "Informed of the death of His Serene Highness Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, who for long years guided the destiny of the principality, I send, in the name of the College of Cardinals, my sincere condolences to Your Highness as well as to the family of the prince, the government and all the people of Monaco. Asking the Lord to welcome the deceased in His peace and in the eternity of His Kingdom, I also ask the Lord to send upon all those touched by this death the abundance of His divine blessings, as a sign of comfort and hope."

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      Secret Cardinal Will Stay That Way, for Now

      VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II did not leave in writing the name of the cardinal he secretly appointed in 2003, meaning he won't be able to participate in the conclave.

      "I can confirm that the Holy Father, before his death, did not communicate the name of the cardinal he had reserved 'in pectore,' when it was announced in the consistory of October 2003," Vatican press office director Joaquín Navarro Valls said today.

      Thus, the question of the unknown cardinal's participation in the conclave "is no longer posed," the spokesman said. The conclave to elect a new pope begins on April 18.

      Some press sources believe that this cardinal might be a Chinese bishop. If the Pope had revealed his name, they speculate, it might have sparked a negative reaction by the Beijing government.

      Decades must pass before knowing who the cardinal is, which will be revealed when the archives of this pontificate are opened.

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      The Latin phrase: in pectore, "in the breast", i.e. in the secret of the heart is commonly known by the Italian "in petto". After creating new cardinals in consistory the Pope may add that he has appointed one or more additional cardinals, whom he reserves in petto, and whom he will make known later: "alios autem in pectore reservamus, arbitrio nostro quandoque declarandos."

      Until they have been publicly announced by the Pope these cardinals acquire no rights, and if the Pope dies before having declared their names they do not become members of the Sacred College. However, by canon law if a document is discovered in which the Pope has written the name of the cardinal appointed in petto he is legally declared a cardinal and enjoys all the rights and privileges dating back to the time of his selection by the Pope.

      John Paul appointed three other cardinals "in pectore" whose names were later revealed including: Marian Jaworski, archbishop of Lviv, Ukraine; Janis Pujats of Riga, Latvia; Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei, an elderly Chinese bishop.

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      Illness May Keep Some From Conclave
      Cardinals Say They'll Be Absent

      VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Some cardinals have already advised that they will be absent from the conclave due to illness.

      Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro Valls revealed that information today and indicated he would give more details in the near future.

      The norms on the election of a pope, contained in the 1996 apostolic constitution "Universi Dominici Gregis," establish that "[a]ll the Cardinal electors, convoked for the election of the new Pope by the Cardinal Dean, or by another Cardinal in his name, are required, in virtue of holy obedience, to obey the announcement of convocation and to proceed to the place designated for this purpose," which is Vatican City.

      But the document makes an exception: "unless they are hindered by sickness or by some other grave impediment, which however must be regarded as such by the College of Cardinals."

      "[S]hould any Cardinal electors arrive 're integra,' that is, before the new Pastor of the Church has been elected, they shall be allowed to take part in the election at the stage which it has reached," it continues in No. 39, referring to the cardinals who, arriving late at the conclave, retain the right to participate in the works of the election.

      It states in No. 40: "If a Cardinal with the right to vote should refuse to enter Vatican City in order to take part in the election, or subsequently, once the election has begun, should refuse to remain in order to discharge his office, without manifest reason of illness attested to under oath by doctors and confirmed by the majority of the electors, the other Cardinals shall proceed freely with the election, without waiting for him or readmitting him."

      It continues: "If reasons of health, previously confirmed by the appropriate Congregation of Cardinals, require that a Cardinal elector should have a nurse in attendance, even during the period of the election, arrangements must be made to provide suitable accommodation for the latter," in Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the cardinals will reside.

      "If there are Cardinal electors who are sick and confined to their rooms, referred to in Nos. 41 ff of this Constitution, the three 'Infirmarii' go to them with a box which has an opening in the top through which a folded ballot can be inserted," with the guarantees provided in No. 67 of the document.

      Each sick cardinal "writes his vote in secret, folds the ballot," and takes the following oath like the other electors present in the Sistine Chapel: "I put as witness the Lord Christ, who will judge me, that I give my vote to the one who, in the presence of God, I believe should be elected."

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      Pope Gave Us Confidence, Says Moscow Prelate
      Archbishop Kondrusiewicz's Assessment of John Paul II

      MOSCOW, APRIL 6, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II became the voice of voiceless Catholics of the former Soviet Union, the Catholic archbishop of Moscow told ZENIT in an interview.

      Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz analyzed the Pope's imprint on Russia, a country he never was able to visit.

      "We will remember him as the Pope who spoke to us, but at the same time as the Pontiff who spoke on our behalf, in our name, when we did not have the possibility to do so," said the archbishop.

      Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, head of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, will be in Rome for the Pope's funeral on Friday, but he will return to Russia immediately to continue offering Masses for the eternal rest of the deceased Pontiff.

      As Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said in his sermon last Sunday in Moscow, "Catholics of Russia feel a particular gratitude for him. We cannot but recall the love of the first Slav pope for Russia. The whole world was witness of his incessant desire to foster dialogue and cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church. John Paul II addressed, on more than one occasion, the Russian people and Orthodox brothers."

      "John Paul II gave us confidence," he added. "With his first call to open doors and borders to Christ, he gave us, Catholics of the former Soviet Union, new hope.

      "John Paul II reconstructed and renewed the Catholic churches that existed before 1917 and loved Russia very much. He was a Slav and loved the Orthodox very much."

      The climate of hope and dialogue with the Orthodox continues, Archbishop Kondrusiewicz indicated.

      "We are condemned to dialogue, and this direction taken by the Pope must go forward," he said. "Of course, the Holy Spirit guides the Church, but we are instruments and it depends also on us that this climate continue and be developed."

      Among the Pope's gestures of closeness to Russia, the archbishop highlighted the return of the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan, taken on his behalf to the Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow by Cardinal Walter Kasper.

      "People loved him: last Sunday, all Masses in Moscow were full as at Easter," commented Archbishop Kondrusiewicz.

      Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, who recently visited John Paul II at the Gemelli Hospital, added: "The Pope was close, open, he listened, made suggestions, and loved the people very much."

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      John Paul II as a Pioneer of Woman's Human Rights
      Interview With German Theologian Jutta Burggraf

      PAMPLONA, Spain, APRIL 6, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Jutta Burggraf, professor of theology at the University of Navarre and specialist on woman and the Church, analyzes in this ZENIT interview the "feminine genius" that John Paul II so admired.

      Burggraf is co-author of the book "Il Ruolo della Donna nella Chiesa e nel Mondo" (The Role of Woman in the Church and in the World), published by L'Osservatore Romano, as well as other books.

      Q: The Pope coined the _expression "feminine genius." What did he mean?

      Burggraf: John Paul II spoke willingly of the feminine "genius," of the "charism" or "vocation" of woman, and he did so not only in official texts. In a private interview, he assured an Italian woman politician: "I believe in the genius of women. Even in the darkest periods that genius is found, which is the leaven of human progress and history."

      The feminine genius at times was of help to John Paul II and at others a stimulus and incentive. For example, it was not a high ecclesiastical dignitary or a top state official who suggested to him to establish a home for disabled elderly people in one of the Vatican gardens. It was a woman: Teresa of Calcutta, and he listened to her.

      In spite of his great admiration for mothers worldwide, when speaking of woman's "genius" Pope Wojtyla was not referring to physical maternity. The fact that a woman can be a mother does not mean that all women must be mothers, or that they will find their happiness in maternity.

      The feminine "genius" is found rather in a spiritual dimension, and it is a specific basic attitude, which corresponds to woman's physical structure and is fomented by it. Just as during pregnancy, woman experiences a unique closeness to the new being, so also her nature favors spontaneous contacts with those around her.

      God has entrusted the human being in a special way to woman. In this sense, all women are called, in some way, to be "mothers." What does it mean if not to break anonymity, to listen to others, to take to heart their concerns, to be in solidarity with them?

      Normally, for a simple woman it is not difficult to transmit security and to create an atmosphere in which those around her can feel well.

      Q: Despite the Pope's efforts to promote woman, this pontificate has been accused of not fully recognizing the rights of women in the Church. What are these criticisms about and why do you think they are not correct?

      Burggraf: The criticisms refer to priestly ordination, to which women do not have access by an ineffable divine will. But this is not a feminine question that can be posed in the realm of natural rights. It is a strictly theological question that I can only consider in the light of faith.

      John Paul II undoubtedly did not consider women "unfit" for the priesthood. But even though he was Pope, he could not change the essence of this sacrament. The Lord could have called women to the priesthood, but he did not, though in his treatment of women he often acted against the customs of Israel.

      He chose a woman, Mary, among all men; but he did not confer the ministerial priesthood on women, but only on men.

      The Apostles followed his example, and the Church must preserve, also today, this way of proceeding. This is not stagnation, but a manifestation of fidelity.

      Q: Would you say that John Paul II was the pope who paid most attention to woman?

      Burggraf: John Paul II has been recognized, with good reason, as a "pioneer" of woman's human rights. He acknowledged openly that the Church began very late to unveil her treasures.

      Far from any romantic enthusiasm, John Paul II was on the side of those who "rely" on social justice and politics. He stressed the need to be free from prejudices and clichés, from shackling traditions and ways of living that had become excessively strict.

      At the same time he warned against a liberation that would be detached from ethical values and interpersonal bonds. Woman's "liberation" must not become a cheap equalization with man.

      Something much more valuable and effective, but also more difficult, must be pursued: woman's acceptance of her difference, of her singularity as woman. The objective of emancipation is to be removed from manipulation, from being regarded as a product, and to be an original. It is precisely this resistance against erroneous tendencies that is the touchstone of one's freedom.

      A genuine promotion is not about woman's liberation from her own way of being, but about helping her to be herself. Therefore, it also includes a reappraisal of maternity, marriage and the family.

      If today the social pressure of the past is being combated which excluded women from many professions, why then is there so much fear to go against the present pressure, far more subtle, that deceives women, attempting to convince them that it is only outside the family that they can find fulfillment?

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      "The Pope of the Jews"
      Interview With Rabbi J. Bemporad, Director of Center for Interreligious Understanding

      SECAUCUS, New Jersey, APRIL 6, 2005 (ZENIT.org).- For Rabbi Jacques Bemporad, "Pope JP II is indeed the pope of the Jews."

      The director of the Center for Interreligious Understanding, a Holocaust refugee from Italy, has been at the center of many talks aimed at improving Jewish-Christian relations.

      In 1992, Bemporad worked with Cardinal Johannes Willebrands and Cardinal Edward Cassidy to help secure full diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the state of Israel. In 1999, he delivered an address at the Vatican's Conference on Interreligious Relations before an audience that included Pope John Paul II.

      In January, Bemporad joined more than 130 Jewish leaders, rabbis and cantors at the Vatican for the largest audience of Jewish leaders ever to meet with a Pope. Bemporad and two other rabbis offered a blessing for John Paul II at the event, which recognized the Holy See's historic steps to improve relations between Catholics and Jews.

      Bemporad serves as professor of Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum in Rome and is the author of numerous books and articles, including "Our Age: The Historic New Era of Christian-Jewish Understanding," published by New City Press.

      Q: Would you define John Paul II the "pope of the Jews"? Why?

      Bemporad: Pope JP II is indeed the pope of the Jews. He opened his arms to embrace the Jewish people.

      Pope John Paul II will be remembered by the world Jewish community as a courageous and transformational figure who did more than any pope in history to heal the wounds of the past and build bridges for the future between our two faiths.

      Pope John Paul II took dramatic steps to improve the Church's relationship with the Jewish people based on mutual respect and genuine affection. He was the first pope to visit the Great Synagogue in Rome. He issued the historic "We Remember" statement on the Holocaust.

      He established full diplomatic relations with the state of Israel. And during his pilgrimage to Israel in 2000, he asked forgiveness of the Jews for all past acts of anti-Judaism by the sons and daughters of the Church. For me, it's simply revolutionary. Pope John Paul II will be remembered as a great healer in the relationship between Catholics and Jews. …

      With his words and by his example, Pope John Paul II taught us that we must respect our religious differences while forging peaceful bonds based on our common humanity.

      For the Jewish people, Pope John Paul II leaves a legacy of hope.

      Q: You are one of the last Jewish moral authorities who visited the Pope with hundred other rabbis: What do you remember most of this meeting?

      Bemporad: What I remember most is the sense of personal satisfaction that the Pope felt by having so many Jews come to thank him. He smiled with great joy and we just felt a tremendous connection with him.

      Q: Do you think that Catholic-Jewish relations had changed and are not going back although this Pope is no longer here?

      Bemporad: Because of Vatican II and Pope John Paul II, I believe that the last century will be remembered as the century of reconciliation between Catholics and Jews. Because of Pope John Paul II, this century will see the full realization of his hopes.

      Q: John Paul II considered Jews as his "older brothers." Do you consider him as a "younger brother"?

      Bemporad: Pope John Paul II understood that the Christian religion was rooted in Judaism and would have been inconceivable without the Old Testament. He said that the New Testament made explicit what was in the Old Testament.

      He loved the prophet Isaiah and quoted him continually. He loved and revered the Old Testament and the Jewish people, and that came across in his words and his actions.

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      "The day when God is absent, when He is silent—that is the beginning
      of prayer.''

      "To meet God means to enter 'the cave of the tiger'— it is not a pussy cat you meet — it's a tiger." (Introduction, pages xv-xvi)

      Metropolitan Anthony Bloom gives us a discourse on how we should pray, what words or acts of devotion are pleasing to God. He gives us a story. "In the life of Moses, in Hebrew folklore, there is a remarkable passage. Moses finds a shepherd in the desert. He spends the day with the shepherd and helps him milk his ewes, and at the end of the day he sees that the shepherd puts the best milk he has in a wooden bowl, which he places on a flat stone some distance away. So Moses asks him what it is for, and the shepherd replies, “This is God’s milk.” Moses is puzzled and asks him what he means. The shepherd says, “I always take the best milk I possess, and I bring it as an offering to God.” Moses, who is far more sophisticated than the shepherd with his naïve faith, asks, “And does God drink it?” “Yes,” replies the shepherd, “He does.” Then Moses feel compelled to enlighten the poor shepherd and he explains that God, being pure spirit, does not drink milk. Yet the shepherd is sure that He does, and so they have a short argument, which ends with Moses telling the shepherd to hide behind the bushes to find out whether in fact God does come to drink the milk. Moses then goes out to pray in the desert. The shepherd hides, the night comes, and in the moonlight the shepherd sees a little fox that comes trotting from the desert, looks right, looks left, and heads straight towards the milk, which he laps up, and he disappears into the desert again. The next morning Moses finds the shepherd quite depressed and downcast. “What’s the matter?” he asks. The shepherd says, “You were right, God is pure spirit and doesn’t want my milk.” Moses is surprised. He says, “You should be happy. You know more about God than you did before.” “Yes, I do,” says the shepherd, “but the only thing I could do to express my love for Him has been taken away from me.” Moses sees the point. He retires into the desert and prays. In the night in a vision, God speaks to him and says, “Moses, you were wrong. It is true that I am pure spirit. Nevertheless I always accepted with gratitude the milk which the shepherd offered me, as the expression of his love, but since, being pure spirit, I do not need the milk, I shared it with this little fox, who is very fond of milk.” (pages 22-23)

      Words like acts of devotion when offered to God must come from the heart. The best prayer is to offer God the "milk of human kindness" acts of pure unselfish love toward our neighbor. Holy deeds are pure and perfect prayer. After we have lived the Gospel do we find our prayers to God are far more pleasing an acceptable than from a life lived without the love of God as it central focus. Reform your life and live the Gospel. Lectio is a means we use to attain this. The Roman saying: facta non verba "deeds not words" is equivalent to our modern expression "actions speak louder than words." (cf. Matthew 25, 31-43).

      Post Script

      Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Sourozh (1914-2003), died on 4 August
      2003, aged 89, the senior Russian Orthodox archbishop in western
      Europe and among the best known Orthodox clerics in the world. he was
      responsible for parishes of the Patriarchate of Moscow throughout
      Great Britain.

      Archbisop Anthony Bloom, Beginning to Pray (New Tork/Paramus/Toronto:
      Paulist Press, 1970; originally published as: School For Prayer,
      London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1970)

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      When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
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      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium
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      increase until they reach full communion." John Paul II, Tertio
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      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
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