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Scientific progress must not come at cost of human dignity, says pope Pope: Universities can play key role in sustaining VAT I C A N C I T Y ( C N S ) — Scientific and technological progress must never come at the cost of the life and dignity of people, Pope Benedict XVI told participants of a Vatican conference on higher education. He said universities and other institutions of higher learning can play a key role in sustaining the ideals and values that uphold and protect humanity while still pursuing scientific advancements. The pope made his remarks in an April 1 meeting with educators and government ministers who took part in a seminar sponsored by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education. The international gathering focused on the cultural heritage and academic values of European universities. Universities have always stood

out for their “love of knowledge and search for the truth,” the pope said in his address. But educators and university heads must clarify the purpose of institutions of higher learning: Are they at the service of individuals caught up in their own special interests or at the service of those who are “open to solidarity with others in the search for the true meaning of existence?” the pope asked. He said universities must never just pass on knowledge to students, but also must be concerned with educating new generations by “appealing to the heritage of ideals and values” upon which Europe was built. The humanistic tradition was founded on Christian values, he said, making European universities “authentic laboratories for research” and deepening knowledge.

GREENSBORO — Theology on Tap, a speaker series for Catholics in their 20s, 30s and 40s, will meet at Coopers Ale House, 5340 West Market St., April 19 and 26, May 3 and 10 at 7 p.m. Theology on Tap is a casual forum where people gather to learn and discuss the teachings of the Catholic Church. A service project will take place May 13 at Mary’s House in Greensboro. For more information, visit www.triadcatholics. org or call Deb at (336) 286-3687.

Merton’s deep spirit of prayer, passion for peace, openness to all whom he encounters, and keen wit. Bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, call (336) 624-1971 or e-mail

GUILFORD COUNTY — The Ancient Order of Hibernians Guilford County Division, the oldest and largest order of Irish Catholic men, is looking for more Irish Catholic men to join them for meetings, educational seminars and social events. Contact Michael Slane at (336) 665-9264 for time and location.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN VICARIATE MAGGIE VALLEY — A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for Post-Abortion Healing is a confidential opportunity for anyone struggling with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. The retreat is designed to help you experience the mercy and compassion of God. It is also an opportunity to surface and release repressed feelings of anger, shame, guilt and grief. This will help you to grieve the loss of your unborn child, to receive and accept God’s forgiveness, and to forgive yourself. The next retreat is April 21-23 at the Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center, 103 Living Waters Lane. For further information, call Shelley at (828) 670-8192 or (828) 2304940, e-mail or visit the web site at SYLVA — A four-part series, “Prayer of the Church,” will be presented at St. Mary Church, 22 Bartlett St. The sessions will meet 10-11 a.m., April 22, May 27, June 24 and July 22. Please call the church office at (828) 586-9496 to pre-register.

you will see how friendship with him will lead to you opening yourselves to others.” Pope Benedict reminded the students that St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, used to preach about the “apostolate of friendship,” which involved being a true friend to others and sharing faith with them. “Every Christian is called to be a friend of God and, with his grace, to attract one’s friends to him,” the pope said. The pope told the students that through prayer and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and penance, they would grow in friendship with Jesus and become a “new generation of apostles.” Anthony Njubi Gichiki from the Opus Dei-related Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, spoke on behalf of the students, first of all in conveying their best wishes to the pope for his 79th birthday April 16.

Papal birthday

WINSTON-SALEM — St. Benedict the Moor Church, 1625 East 12th St., hosts a  12:15 p.m. prayer service, Veni Sanctus Spiritus, the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to reflect on God and refresh the spirit in the middle of a day. For more information, call Sister Larretta RiveraWilliams at (336) 725-9200.

Is your parish or school sponsoring a free event open to the general public? Please submit notices for the Diocesan Planner at least 7 days prior to desired publication date (Fridays) in writing to Karen A. Evans at kaevans@ or fax to (704) 370-3382.

WINSTON-SALEM — Spirit of Assisi, a Franciscan Center, 221 W. Third St., will host read and reflect “brown-bag” gatherings April 26 and May 3, 10, 17, 12-12:45 p.m. We will discuss “An Introduction: Thomas Merton” by William Shannon. Be inspired by


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meeting with some 5,000 university students attending an Opus Dei-sponsored conference, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged them to deepen their friendship with Christ so they can share their faith with their friends. The UNIV 2006 Conference brought students from some 200 universities in 32 countries to Rome for a week of study and exchanges on faith and modern life, focusing especially on the mass media. Meeting the students April 10, the pope said it was obvious that the mass media do not always promote “personal relations, sincere dialogue and friendship among people,” and they do not always help people cultivate their relationships with God. The only way to combat the negative influence of the media, he said, is to “keep Jesus as one of your dearest friends, rather your best friend. Then

WINSTON-SALEM — Spirit of Assisi, a Franciscan Center, 221 W. Third St., will host a book discussion on “Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective” by Ilia Delio, O.S.F. This book deals with the theology of divine humility and God’s relationship to the world, while at the same time tackling some tough questions. The group will meet April 24; and May 1, 8 and 15, 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, call (336) 624-1971 or e-mail



Pope urges students at Opus Dei conference to share their faith

CNS photo by L’Osservatore Romano

A young woman presents a birthday cake with a grand piano made of dark chocolate to Pope Benedict XVI at the end of an audience with some 5,000 university students at the Vatican April 10. The pope celebrates his 79th birthday April 16.

Diocesan requirements for reporting ministry-related sexual abuse of a minor 1. Any individual having actual knowledge of or reasonable cause to suspect an incident of ministry-related sexual abuse is to immediately report the incident to the Chancery.

Bishop Peter J. Jugis will participate in the following events:

April 17 — 7 p.m. Sacrament of Confirmation Holy Cross Church, Kernersville

Ordination to the priesthood of Benedictine Father Agostino Fernandez Belmont Abbey, Belmont

April 19 — 7 p.m. Sacrament of Confirmation St. James the Greater Church, Hamlet April 22 — 10 a.m.

April 24 — 7 p.m. Sacrament of Confirmation St. John Neumann Church, Charlotte

2. The Chancery will then report the incident to the proper civil authorities. The individual reporting the incident to the Chancery will be notified of the particulars regarding the Chancery’s filing of the incident with civil authorities. 3. This reporting requirement is not intended to supersede the right of an individual to make a report to civil authority, but is to ensure proper, complete and timely reporting. Should an individual choose to make a report to civil authority, a report is still to be made to the Chancery. Correction — March 31

In the “Advising change” article, Francisco Risso was misquoted about joining the Govornor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. He was quoted as saying, “I asked to be on the council.” He actually said, “I was asked to be on the council.”

April 14, 2006  

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April 14, 2006  

Catholic News Herald - Serving Christ and Connecting Catholics in Western North Carolina. The official newspaper of the Diocese of Charlotte...