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Bishop O'Malley's Lenten Letter Ash Wednesday, 2002 Dearly Beloved in Christ, Lent is a time of repentance and conversion, 40 days of retreat into the desert with Jesus who fasted and prayed. This year, lent has a special sense of urgency. September 11 was a spiritual Ash Wednesday that put ashes on all our heads, reminding us of our fragility and mortality. The scandals in our Church have also caused everyone great anxiety and a renewed awareness that we are sinners in need of Christ's redemption. Ten years ago, we went through the Porter Case that forced us to face terrible crimes of the past and to beg forgiveness: diocesan policies were drawn up with help from the victims, victims' parents, judges, lawyers, canonists, social workers, and psychologists. We hired a trained investigator to conduct sex-abuse trainings and to do investigations, when necessary; and we firmly committed to follow reporting laws. We have submitted 17,000 priests, s_nari~.... Church workers, and volunteers to sex abuse trainings and policy background checks. No priest accused of child abuse is working in any parish of the diocese. The recent crisis, however, has indicated that we must be ever more vigilant in making our Church a safe place for children. The diocesan sexual abuse policy, which calls for periodic review, will be examined by the review board and, if necessary, strengthened. Once the work is complete, seminars once again will be conducted throughout the diocese.


ask all the Catholics of the diocese to make this lent a time of serious renewal and prayer. We'ask for your prayers for the victims of sexual abuse by priests and Church workers. We ask for your prayers for the Turn to page 13 - Lenten Letter

CARMEN S. COLON looks on as her husband Angel Colon translates her witness talk at last Sunday'S 'Welcoming the Stranger Among Us:' program. (AnchotfGordon photo)

Many heed the call to welcome the stranger By MIKE GORDON

Sunday and attended by more than 100 people. FALL RIVER - Irish-born "My faith has given me hope," Mary Martin of St. John the Evan- said Martin. "Hope that we can reach gelist Parish, Attleboro, came to out to everyone an~ become one in America when she was 14 years old God." She noted that the day was a . and told a gathering at Holy Rosary chance for people to realize that we Church that she is "grateful for my are "all united in Christ." She was faith and the good in America." excited that it reached out to many Martin was among the nearly people. dozen people who gave witness talks The Diocesan Council of Cathodescribing their faith experiences lic Women co-sponsored the event during a program entitled ''Welcom-· with the· ethnic apost9lates of the ing the Stranger Among Us," held diocese and the Eparchy of St. ANCHOR STAFF

Maron. It opened with "God Bless America," and included prayers in several languages, and songs and refreshments from different countries. DCCW President Betty Mazzucchelli said the event was a chance to "celebrate diversity," and that she was very happy with the turnout. "My dream is that this might become an annual event." Deemed a success by many of those in attendance, the program gave many an opportunity to share Turn to page six - Stranger

Area religious gather for Mass, fellowship

RELIGIOUS SISTERS of Mercy lucille Socciarelli (left) and Elaine Heffernan and Sister of St. Anne Jacqueline Dubois gather at White's Restaurant in Westport following a Mass for Religious at the Cathedral.

FALL RIVER - Hundreds of area religious joined Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., for a special Mass for Religious on February 3 at St. Mary'S Cathedral here. The liturgy was in recognition of World Day for Consecrated Life. Attendees later gathered at White's Restaurant in We&tport for dinner and fellowship. Religious Sister of Mercy Elaine Heffernan, the diocesan episcopal representative for religious, was very pleased with the day's events. "Both center aisles at the Cathedral were filled and Bishop 0' Malley gave such a wonderful homily," she said. ''The Mass and meeting later at White's were truly lifting for all of us."

Bishop O'Malley is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Religious Life and Ministry. His World Day for Consecrated Life homily follows in its entirety: ''The word 'remnant' appears 65 times in the Bible. It refers to a small group of faithful who have resisted the inexorable vortex of societal pressure turning people away from God, away from fidelity to God. The 'remnant' were often very poor people who depended, not on their personal ability, nor on money or military might, but only on God. It was with the 'remnant' that God could always refound Israel, return to the ideals and the mission. Turn to page 13 - Religious


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K of C honor three families in diocese FALL RIVER-Three families representing two parishes in the Fall River diocese were cited during the second quarter of the 200 1-2002 fraternal year by the Knights of Columbus. Recognized were Antonio and Diane Macedo and Brian and Deborah McClory of St. Ann's Parish in Raynham; and Eugene and Jessie Joubert of St. Theresa's ,Parish in Attleboro. ' William D. Morrissey, Massachusetts chairman of the Knights of Columbus' Family of the Month Program, said the families were honored in recognition of their contributions of time, talent and energy in furthering the objectives of their parishes, communities and councils. The Macedos, parents of an adult daughter, Michelle, are active in parish fund-raising and participate in their parish:s annual summer festival and community. Antonio Macedo is

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the warden ofCouncil 10289, Knights ofColumbus. He and his wife contribute their talents to the council's monthly dinners and annual road race. Brian and Deborah McClory are the parents of two adult children, Shawn and Kelly. Brian is a lector at St. Ann's. He and his wife cochair Council 10289:s concession committee. Brian is a current trustee and recorder of the council and is past grand knight. Eugene and Jessie Joubert are parents of two adult children, Ridcey and Susan. The family is active in their parish's fund-raisers. Eugene is a past grand knight of South Attleboro's Council5876~ He serves as its booking agent, assists with bingo and cribLEADERS FROM the diocese gather at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, to learn bage and is the volunteer director of about the RENEW program. Clockwise from left are John Kearns,' as'sistant director of comthe City ofAttleboro's annual Hallow· niunications; John Weldon, executive director of St. Vincent's Home; Mercy Sister Rosemary eenParty. • The families received a letter of Laliberte; FatherThomas Lopes, director of the diocesan RENEW program; James McNamee, congratulations and an' inscribed superintendent of schools; and Scottie Foley, director of Family Ministry. (Anchon'Gordon photo) plaque.

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lish Parish Core Communities in parishes within the deaneries was heightened by spontaneous witness on the part of those who have experienced RENEW previously' in other parishes," Father Lopes reported. "It reflects a wonderful example of how the process of RENEW has left a profound effect on many throughout the country and upon their local parishes," he added. Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., who called for implementation of the program in November Turn to page 13 - RENEW

Latin Mass announced SOUTH CHATHAM - After extensive consultation with the Diocesan Priests' Council, the priests of the Cape Cod Deanery, and the Diocesan Pastoral Council, Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., has announced that he has authorized the celebration of Mass in Latin according to the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal. The Mass will be celebrated

at I p.m. each Sunday during a one-year trial period at Our Lady of Grace Chapel, Routes 28 and 137 in South Chatham, beginning Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent. Ceiebrant of the Mass will be Father Richard J. Neilson, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York who now resides in Chatham.·

In Your Prayers Please pray for the following priests during the coming week Feb. 19 1895, Rev. Andrew 1. Brady, Pastor, St. Joseph, Fall River 1953, Rev. Leopold Jeurissen, SS.Cc., Pastor, Sacred Heart, Fairhaven .

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''These presentations were filled . with excitement and hopefulness," . said Father Lopes, who also said the' pastoral outreach of RENEW coincides with the "new evangelization" forwarded by Pope John Paul II to proclaim Christ to everyone. After an ambitious start teaching at meetings in parishes within . the five deaneries of the diocese, the cadre of the program held an orientation meeting on February 8 for representatives of diocesan agencies to 'outline the goals and methods. "Each of the meetings to estab-

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Volunteerism provides powerful witness to society, ·pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS)- Volunteer service, which often involves difficulties, is a powerful witness to society of giving one's time and energy simply because someone else is hurting, Pope John Paul II said. Volunteering says to society, "the human person deserves to be served and loved always, especially when threatened by evil and suffeling or when marginalized and scorned," the pope said. Pope John Paul met with members of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," the Vatican's charity-promoting and -coordinating agency, dUling their plenary assembly that focused on Catliolic volunteer work. The pope said volunteeling mns against the current of individualism and the focus on economically protitable relationships that seem to dominate so many societies today.

"The action of volunteers aims to underline the centrality of the person," he said. "For Christians, the root of this commitment is found in Christ. It is for love that Jesus gave his life for his brothers and sisters and did so gratuitously," the pope said. Believers, following the example of Jesus, are called to serve others, he said. . In addition to the obvious services volunteers provide to society, the "sometimes difficult" choices involved in committing oneself to volunteer work offer "society the witness of the value of gratuitousness," the pope said. Pope John Paul said that through their example Christian volunteers can lead nonbelievers to look at "the depths of the Gospel message." "They show in a concrete way that the Redeemer is present in the poor and the suffering .and wants

to be recognized and loved in every human creature," the pope said. The pope thanked "Cor Unum" and the dozens of Catholic charities around the world that work with it for demonstrating the church's love for those who are suffering. He said he wanted especially to thank those who have assisted refugees in Afghanistan and other regions of the world stmck by war or natural disasters. Emergency relief and development programs, he. said, "contribute much to promoting human dig-' nity and the cause of peace." In his speech to the pope, Archbishop Paul Cordes, president of the council, said faith-motivated volunteer work witnesses to the fact that tme belief in God leads to love for one's neighbors. He said after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, Christians "were called to respond

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Today's real problem - poverty The real cause of today's world unrest is not political or philosophical ideologies. It is poverty. The expanding discrepancy between the rich and poor has created an outrageous imbalance among the nations of the world. There was a time when this reality could be swept under the proverbial rug. Today this is impossible. Expanding global communications thrust these problems onto television screens throughout the world. Those who have not view in living color t~e excesses of those who have. The turmoil of the . times is fed by our own global economy. Bil1ions of people who survive on the very edge of existence are well aware_that there are others who have everything this world can give them. Many in this latter category have, for years, lived off the poor. They have taken much that was not theirs. Capitalistic exploitations have left people and nations impoverished. Thus it is easy to see why so' many feed their .living on hate. It is difficult for Americans' to realize this fact. The events of September 11 were a resounding outcry of .the loathing and rancor that so many people harbor in their hearts. There are those who would cloak this aversion in religious or political arguments. That of course is nothing more than deception. The underlying turbulence that is going its way across ouf. world is festered. by poverty in all'its ramifications.. ",.-_' If we are to bring real peace to our planet, then we must become seriously concerned about this festering sore. We cannot remedy and heal by mere tokenism. The distribution of leftovers and surplus goods is often an exercise in arrogance. Handouts do not bring solace to those who have been deliberately chained to poverty by those who have fleeced them of their human dignity. As Catholics we have always believed that we should not steal. In the world image it commands justice and charity in the case of all earthly goods and the products of people's labors. In our race: to possess things we simply have ignored that in the beginning God entrusted the earth and its resources to .the common stewardship of mankind. The goods of creation are destined for the whole human race. The history of colonialism clearly shows. how .the ,reed ofa few nations has impoverished so 'many people'. The rfght to pri'" vate property does not give people the right to deny the same to others. The ownership of property makes its holder a steward of providence with the charge to make it fruitful and communicating its benefits to others. In world economic matters respect for human dignity is essential. Enslaving people with the chains of poverty flies in the face of creation's integrity. Enterprises for any reason~Selfish or ideological, commercial or totalitarian that shackle human beings must be discredited and forbidden. Economic progress is not for the selected few. Everyone everywhere has the 'right of economic initiative. This is not a mere gift of American citizenship. As we attempt to face the many challenges of today's 'world may we truly reflect on the fact that on the, international level, inequality of resources and econom,ic capability is one of the most serious contributing factors to the ever~grow,ing poverty in the . , . " , world family.路 Above all, let us remember that it is in what we have done fOf the poor that the Good Lord wilr recognhe his chosen ones. In this light, to be able to give to tIlose in need extends not only to material poverty but also the many forms of cultural and religious poverty.

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Spirituality in the workplace By FATHER EUGENE HEMRICK CATHOUC News SERVICE Today's workplace often not only consists of offices. activated by the hustle-bustle of daily bl,lsiness, but also exhibits an aura of spirituality. A Muslim attorney prays on his office rug. Early in the' morning, members ofCongress meet for a prayer breakfast. A company-hired chaplain counsels and prays with a Taco Bell cashier, whose husband is in prison, and a large corporation complex houses meditation rooms. Such scenarios are increasing in number. But what exactly is triggering this heightened interest in spirituality in the workplace? In a story in Business Week (Nov. 1, 1999), one business pro-. fessor says: "Spirituality could be the competitive edge." Implied in this statement is the principle that we produce best when we are ,one with ourselves and when our resting heart. rate is brought low through spiritual centering. . The truth in this principle is undeniable. The Muslim who. stops his business activities to kneel

and pray goes from frantic activity to restive meditation. By ch~ng颅 ing his posture from sitting behind '. a desk to kneeling, he now sees life from a humble position rather than from on high. . Members of Congress who start their morning together as praying men and women enter into.a collective, meditative, tranquil atmosphere that enables them to meet a chaotic day with the calm needed to think more clearly and to produce more effectively. But is 'spirituality in the workplace really all about centering and soothing people so that they. can produce better? Is it primarily pragmatic - a spirituality that "pays," so to speak? No doubt this is a motivating. force in workplace spirituality, but I believe the reasons for the growth of this phenomenon reach much deeper and find roots in a search for deeper meaning in life: Perhaps many of us have ample access to many 'of the things that symbolize "the good life." A problem remains nonetheless. As desirable as it may be to own a home' filled with luxuries, to have a job I


that pays well and to achieve recognition for one's efforts, finding peace of mind remains a challenge. Unless we find ways to employ the "perks" of our life for the good of others; we end up feeling empty and restless. . I believe that the increase of workplace spirituality reflects a holy restlessness - a dissatisfaction with the icons soc.iety holds up-as signs of the good life. There路 is a growing sense that excellence, lasting values, sounder principles and higher standards are missing. The harmony that comes ~ith the truly good life is absent. This may translate into a need for stronger ethics, greater loyalties, truthfulness, hont;.sty and community in the workplace. In life in general, it may mean there is a need to be more generous, self-sacrificing and concerned for those who have less than we have or more caring toward those we love. When we boil these needs down to one, what we discover is a need for deeper spirituality; a need that more and more people in the business world are recognizing and try~ ing to meet. .

No, no, not yet! The Red Sox' equipment Tom Brady's thoughts on THE trucks rolled away from Fenway DRIVE. I want to know what Park this week, en route to Fort he was thinking in that last, gloMyers, Fla., ushering today's rious minute-and-a-half of Suopening of spring training camp per Bowl XXXVI. I want to for the Olde Towne Team. In the hear, over and over, what he was past, that event was as welcome thinking when Adam Vil1atieri as the first robin sighting of the year. I have never been so unready fOr Red Sox spring training as I am this season. In fact, I wish it could be delayed for a month or two. Like many of my By Dave Jolivet fellow New Englanders, I'm still giddy from the results of the greatest Super Bowl ever played. Now is not the time waited for the snap, watched the to be set up by the Sox for our snap, etc., etc., etc. annual letdown. There are still m'ore NFL "exPlease, let me enjoy watching perts" who must eat crow beand listening to Adam Vinatieri cause they gave the Patriots no explaining how he felt coming chance at all against the "Greatoff the sidelines for THE KICK. . est Show on Turf." The glow I want to hear more about how still hasn't faded thinking to he felt waiting for the snap, myself, "Hah,no chance, huh?" watching the snap, approaching The fact that the New Englan~ the ball, kicking the ball, watch- Patriots are world champions still . ing the ball in flight, watching hasn't completely sunk in yet. the ball split the uprights, watch- There are still sights and sounds' ing the ball nestle into the net from this season that must be rebehind the goal posts. hashed, reviewed and revered. I haven't yet had enough of It's much too soon to start think-

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tor of nursing in providing his direction and expertise in this newly expanded program. Mello is a resident of Tiverton, R.I. and a graduate of Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth. He gradu.ated from UMass-Dartmouth with a bachelor of science in biology and holds a master's in public health. from Boston University. He earn'ed his medical degree from the UMass Medical School in Worcester. He is the attending physician with Metacom Medical Associates in Swansea.

Women's health network for February is announced FALL RIVER - Saint Anne's Hospital has announced the following schedule for its Women's Health Network Program of breast and cervical cancer medical services for this month: . ....:- February 12, 9 a,m.- noon, Somerset-Swansea Walk-In Center, 67 G.A.R. Highway, Somerset, 508-678-5631; - February 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., FIRSTFED Center for Breast Care at Saint Anne's Hos-

ing Red Sox now, albeit many of us thought about them in the fourth quarter of the greatest. Super Bowl ever played. The "oh no's," so akin to Bosox collapses were prevalent among New Englanders when: the Rams evened the score with less than two minutes to play. But this TEAM wasn't the Boston Red Sox. It was the New England Patriots. This team wouldn't implode before our very eyes. This Phoenix rose from the ashes and became WORLD CHAMPIONS before a stunned nation. There's been only one drawback during this' dream-corne-true season' - that being the strangers who, upon seeing me adorned in my'Patriots' cap, say, "Oh, so now you're wearing a Patriots' cap too." I want to carry around the ticket stub from the very first Patriots' game I ever attended - November 1967 at Fenway Park. I want to set them straight that I'm not a fair-weather fan. But not even the cynics can taint my euphoria. But now, the boys of summer

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are gathering on that baseball peninsula separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico - a scenario so far removed from the snowbowl of Foxborough. I'm not ready! It's too soon! There's so much more celebrating to do! I'm still a Red Sox fan. It's a curse I was born with and will take to my grave. It's just I'm not ready to be depressed yet.

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Is there sal~ation for those ,who don't believe in Jesus? ATILEBORO - A Mass and healing service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the La Salette Shrine Church. It will be led by La Sale~e Father Manuel Pereira and include the opportunity to be prayed over individually. The Shrine will host a series entitled "Don't Know Much About Discipleship: Reflections on the Sermons on the Mount," at 7: 15 p. m. February 19,26 and March 5, 12, and 19. For more information call 508-222-541 O.

FALL RIVER '- The Fall River First Friday Men's Club invites all area men to join them March I for a 6 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church. An informal dinner will follow in the parish center. For mort; information call 508678-1792. MASHPEE-The Third Order of Carmelites will meet February 17 at 5:30 p.m. in St. Jude's Chapel at Christ the King Church for prayer, rosary and study. For more information call Dottie Cawley at 508-477-2798.

DIGHTON - The Diocesan NEW BEDFORD-The DaughCouncil of Catholic Women will hold its annual retreat April 5-7 at the Do- , ters of Isabella Hyacinth Circle #71 minican Sisters Facility. Father Craig will hold its monthly meeting and prePregana will serve as retreat master. Lenten Reflection February 19 at 7 For more information call Claudette p.m. at the Holy Name of the Sacred Heart ofJesus Parish Center. For more Armstrong at 508-672-1658.. information call Mary Macedo at 508FALL RIVER - The Catholic 993-9179. Memorial Home will host its second Family Conne.ction at 2 p.m. NORTH EASTON-Holy Cross February 22 in the solarium to edu- Family Ministries will sponsor a cate families and caregivers of resi- Lenten Program on Sunday aftemoons dents diagnosed with Alzheimer's beginning Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at disease. For more information call the Father Peyton Center, 518 Wash508-679-00 II. ington Street. Each Sunday a different reflection will be given on the . FALL RIVER-A Mass and heal- Sorrowful Mysteries. For more' inforing service will be held February 26 mation call 1-800-299-7729. at 7 p.m. at Holy Name Church. The rosary will be recited before Mass. For SOMERSET - The St. Thomas more information call 508-674-9877. More Vocation Awareness Team will sponsor a holy hour for vocations FALL RIVER -A healing ser- February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thovice wili be held February 24 at 2:30 mas More Church. It will include p.m. at St. Anne's Church. It will in- prayer and song. Refreshments will clude rosary and Benediction of the follow. For more information call 508Blessed Sacrament. 673-7831. loo-• . • · "


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their experience in coming to the by Vanessa Williams was played United States and how the recent during the program and although tragic events of September II af- few knew the lyrics the song seemed fected them. perfect for the event as it said: "But ''I'm pleased to be in the United if you walk the footsteps of a States, a land of opportunity," said stranger, you'll learn thi ngs you Cape Verdian immigrant Arlindo ' never knew." Rodrigues who came to America in Other speakers represented 1975. "Even though we speak dif- France, India, Italy and America. ferent languages we are all one Rosemary Quinn ofSt. Julie Billiart Catholic family." Parish, North Dartmouth, comCalmen S. Colon came to the mented that "we should always United States from Columbia and show appreciation and encourage addressed the gathering in her na- others. tive -tongue with a translation given "The events of September II by her husband Angel. She spoke made me realize that we must reabout the hardships she endured in new our kindness to all people and Columbia and the violence that she show that we care about their suffled in search of a better life in the feling," said Quinn. "A kind word U.S. helps people carry on." "I came to the U.S. to find safety, Normand Ouel1ette of St. but had to leave my family. I pray George's Parish, Westport, said it. that peace and tranquility will come," makes him happy to see the patrioshe said. tism in this country. Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM "People are united and 'praying Cap., attended the event and read toge~her. This program brings pmt of "The Calling of the Church, people of all, backgrounds together. Unity in Diversity: A Statement of That gives me a good feeling." the U.S. Catholic Bishops." Father Richard Wilson, direc"We call upon all people of good' tor of the Hispanic Apostolate, will, but Catholics especially, to was'among many who helped plan welcome th~ their the event and said that it's imneighborhoods and schools, in their portant "because it reminds us places of work and worship, with that the Catholic Church is unihemtfelt hospitality, openness, and versal. It reaches.out to all ethnic eagemess both to help and leam groups." from our brothers and sisters, of The program closed with "Let whatever race, religion, ethnicity or . There Be Peace on Earth" and re- t background." freshments followed in the church The song "Colors of the Wind" basement.

Q. This ,is about your column . Church's understanding of how that some weeks ago concerning the grace ofsalvation comes to individuspiritual condition of the Septem- als, especially in parts of the world' ber 11 terrori"ts,: and the possi- and in cultures who have never even bility that ~hey may be saved and heard'ofGod as we know him oroI' go to heaven. Jesus Christ. ' . Is explicit, conscious, formal I must not understand cor-

moved by his grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience --' those too may achieve eternal salvation" (No. 847). No one has been more insistent and consistent on this theme than Pope Johl1 Paul II. He writes rectly many verses in the r--~----~-----r--::.iiiiiii=-'" in his book "Crossing the Scripture that say anyone Threshold of Hope": "God who does not believe in J1.0nS the creator wants to save all Jesus Christ as savior will humankind in Jesus Christ." be condemned..John He redeemed them all "and (3:36) says, "Whoever has his own ways of reachbelieves in the Son has By Father ing them" (pp. 80-83). eternal life!' In one of his general auJohn J. Dietzen Please tell me where, diences he said, "Normally in your opinion, I'm it will be in the sincere pracwrong in my interpretaknowledge ofChrist and faith in him tice of what is good in their own tion. (Maryland) A. First of all, the response I gave necessary for salvation? Or may that religious traditions and by followwas not simply my opinion. From faith be somehow implicit, hidden ing the dictates of their own conthe references and quotes I offered, in the pursuit of goodness and holi- science that the members of other including from the ''Catechism ofthe ness manifested in lives of "unbe- religions respond positively to God's ' , invitation and receive salvation in Catholic Church;' it is clear that what lievers"? . In other words, can people be Jesus Christ, even if they do not recI said about the possibility of salvation, even for people who do not ex- saved who faithfully try to live good ognize or acknowledge him as their plicitly believe in Jesus Christ, is the lives but who honestly, for whatever savior" (Sept. 9, 1998). . reason, never have seen the embrace teaching of the Catholic Church. Countless other Catholic docuScripture makes absolutely clear of Christ or the Church as a per- ments and teachings say the same, that Jesus is the one and only savior .sonal religious obligation? but you get the idea. No one is saved The Church's answer is yes; and apart from the grace of Christ. But of the world. All efforts by hUlpan beings .anywhere, anytime, to do we believe they are saved by Jesus· his saving desire and plan is not as . good and avoid evil, to reverence Christ through the presence and ac- narrow and exclusive as many of us and serve the supreme Lord of the tivity of the Holy Spirit. think. world under whatever name God This Catholic position can be A free brochure answering may be known, are the work and found in many places. The "Cat- questions Catholics ask about the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and echism of the Catholic'Church," for sacrament of penance is available are made possible through the re- example, quoting the Vatican II Con- by sending a stamped, self-addemptive merits of Jesus Christ. stitution on the Church, says, 'Those dressed envelope to Father 'John This is and alw.ays has been who, through no fault of their own, Dietzefl, Box 325, Peoria, IL 61651. Catholic doctrine; it has never do not know the Gospel of Christ or Questions may be sent to Fachanged. What has changed over the his Church, but who nevertheless ther Dietzen at the same address, past several hundred years is the seek God with a sincere heart and, or e-mail:

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Good use for coins I always look for good books to read during Lent, later, a coin proclaims, "0 glorified Mother of God, he . and this year I found a surprising ~ne. My son Paul is a that trusteth in thee shall not fail the Lord." coinS", and medals dealer. I was in his shop in New York For about 500 years, beginning in the 13th centul)', when he handed me a small red book, saying he thought the motto on French coins was "Christ conquers, Chlist I'd find it interesting. It was titled "Christian Teaching reigns, Christ rules." This same proclamation was found ofCoin Mottoes," by William Allan and 1. Zimmerman, on coins in Britain and Italy. In years to come, ~istinctly published in London in . Christian beliefs were pro1911 by The' Society for ,... _ claimed on currencies, for Promoting Christian example "Jesus, our king Knowledge. and our God" and "Blessed As 1 looked the book be he who cometh in the over, I was fascinated with name of the Lord·." what these scholars had disEventual1y, the .authors covered about Christianity say, as these coins would and coins: 'By Antoinette Bosco circulate to the northern "Teaching by means of countries, the mottoes coins may probably be new ....-----------i..-:. .J-I stamped on them raised cuto the minds of even wel1riosities that led people. to instructed men. And yet, ever since the time of th~ first listen to missionaries bringing the Christian message, Christian emper9rs, many of the tJuths of Christianity facilitating their work in leading "the people to emhave been more or less prominently stamped upon the brace the Christian creed." coins of those rulers who adopted the Christian faith." I The custom of using coinage to proclaim Christian had never known this or even considered that Christ's beliefs eventually died out, but in our countJ)' one remteachings could be promulgated through the circulation nant has remained - putting the words "In God We of coins! Trust" on some of our coins. This motto to be insclibed Yet as early as the year 313, coins with the symbol on coins was adopted during the time of the Civil War, of the cross appeared in Spain. By the middle of the attributed to an appeal by a farmer in Mm)'land and third century, artists began to set the monogram for authorized by Congress April 22, 1864. The motto was Christ crucified, the Greek letters for Christos, on coins. dropped in 1906 at the insistence of President Theodore Within another century, official Roman coins were Roosevelt, who thought these words on coins "bordered stamped with the letters that were the symbol for Christ. on sacrilege." , When some of these ~oins were found in 1903, a This raised "a storm ofrighteous indignation throughscholar wrote that these "must be among the very earli- out the states," say the authors. Congress recommended est to show that the Roman emperors had abandoned the restoration of the words, and the president calmly the paganism oftheir ancestors and acknowledged Chris- accepted that. tianity as the officially recognized religion." I didn't know my Lenten reading this year would Many early coins indicated devotion to Mary. In the tell how money served to spread the Christian faith in ni.nth centUl)', in the reign of Leo VI, coins are. found the first 15 centuries after Christ's death. But somehow, honOling Mm)' as die "Mother of God," and a centul)' I can't think of a better use of coins!

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Our group's 'theology' after Sunday Mass A couple of years ago I had a right to know what is Catholic." to teach officially as Catholic theobrief, yet delightful meeting with The bishops in the United Stales logians - and they were hired beCardinal Joseph Ratzinger while he have been doing all kinds of things fore·last May 3 - you might rewas visiting San Francisco. mind them they have only The exchange was kind of r-----------r--::::;;;::-:Jr-. until June 1 to obtain a a cross between an inter"mandatum" froll) their view and a conversation. bishop or they'll be teachAnd while 20 minutes or ing as maybe, maybe not so with someone is hardly Catholic theologians June time enough to support any 2. Assuming they have a authoritative pronouncejob. ments, I came away with a By Dan Morris We are talking collecouple ofclear impressions giate-level theology here, of the man who heads the so high school theologians universal Church's Congreseem to be off the radar gation for the Doctrine of the Faith. to do just that in recent years, and screen for the moment, but it would First, he has to be a minimum their work is bearing fruit - al- seem wise for them to watch their 9.5 on the IO-point intellectually' though it never has been clear to me Ps (pronouncements) and Qs (quesgifted and quick scale. Second, he if a tomato is a fruit or. vegetable. tions). is quite dedicated to the proposition· As a matter of fact, if you know Along the same line the U.S. that, in his words, "Catholics have a any Catholic theologians who want bishops voted overwhelmingly last

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View of 'people in pew' is crucial to upcoJni~g vocations congress Today's culture is a factor in discouraging the kind of commitment required by the priesthood and reliWASHINGTON - The "people in the pews" at gious life, he said. "Commitment is a difficulty for our Catholic churches across the United States and Canada society." will playa critical role in the upcoming vocations conHe does not see the issue of celibacy itself discourgress in Montreal, even though the vast majority of aging vocations, he said, because studies he has seen them will not actually be attending the event, said the indicate other denominations, including the Episcopal, head of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Vocations and Methodist and Lutheran churches, "are experiencing Priestly Formation. low numbers" of those training to be ministers. "Even "These are" people who work beside the future yoca- rabbinical students are low," he adde~1. tions of our Church," said "It's~ time to speak Father Edward 1. Bums, boldly about commitexecutive director of the ,-. r·· ment, and I think the time secretariat and co-chairis ripe to challenge young man of the Third Contipeople, with all their dedinental Congress on Voca... cation and with all the faith tions, to be held April 18that they possess," Father 21. Bums said, "to consider "These are the people vocations to ordained who pray next to them. ministry and to conseThese are the people who crated life." know who they are. Now He sees much hope in these future vocations of a statement made by the Church just need to be George Gallup Jr. that invited," he said in an intoday's young people are terview with Catholic "the mostspiritual generaNews Service. tion this country has seen." To tap into how Catho"I'm struck by that ... lics view the CUITent vobecause I do see the young cations picture and ideas people today as being exthey have for nurturing PEOPLE IN.the pews playa critical role in tremely dedicated to the vocations in their pmishes inviting young people to consider religious vo- Lord, to the Church, to the and the wider Church, the cations, said the U.S. bishops' head of voca- Blessed Mother, to devocongress organizing com- tions and priestly formation. (CN.S file photo) tion, to the Eucharist, to mittee has held diocesan the sacrament ofpenance," and regional listening sessions. Among those attending .the pliest said. t~e meetings have been parishioners, bishops, youth Father Bums feels all pliests have the responsibility le\lders, parents, catechists and vocations directors. "to regenerate the pliesthood ... by being much like the The sessions are wrapping up light now and mate- Apostle Andrew, who brought Peter to Jesus." lial from those gathelings will be compiled and colHe often talks about his own calling to the priestlated for the congress by Father William Kubm;ki, vo- hood when he celebrates Mass at various Washington cations director for the Toledo diocese and coordinator pmishes and at the Catholic student center at the University of Maryland. of the regional process. . That information as well as what comes from roundAsked if he thought the issues of married priests and table discussions at the congress will help fOlm a pasto- women ptiests would come up in congress discussions, ral plan to be put into action after the congress, Father Father Bums replied that if they do, the congress will· be an opportunity to catechize on the Church's teaching Bums said. The congress, expected to draw about 1,200 del- "that it is not our tradition to have married clergy and egates, aims to build an environment in the United States to be clear about the teaching of ptiesthood reserved for and Canada that. promotes vocations by increasing men." people's commitment to identifying, disceming and The Canadian and U.S. bishops' conferences have nUlturing possible vocations. the main responsibility forthe 2002 vocations congress. Father Bums emphasized the need to invite young They are planning it with input from the Vatican and from leaders of religious orders and associations of dipeople to consider a vocation. "That has been happening but not happening as of- ocesan and religious vocations directors in both counten or as boldly as it could," he told CNS. tries.

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Despite voiced doubt, Vatican believes Juan Diego existed

West Virginia House approves special Pro-Life license plate CHARLESTON, W.Va. (CNS) VIrginia Bowler" and "West VIr- The West Virginia House of ginia Square Dancer." Opponents ofthe bill argued that Delegates has voted 78-20 to authorize the Division of Motor Ve- they were forced to vote against hicles to issue special license plates other proposed specialty plates fqr veterans, Bronze Star recipients, with a Pro-Life theme. Proponents of the plate say the volunteer firemen, and plates with bill's passage is a victory for free patriotic themes because of the Prospeech. . 'Life plate's inclusion in the bill. A faction led by Democratic The measure 'Vas introduced by Democratic Delegate Barbara Delegate Carrie Webster of Warner of Harrison, who is chair- Kanawha County would have woman ofthe House Committee on erased the language creating a ProLife plate. Roads and Transportation. Webster argued that ifa Pro-Life Delegate Rebecca Mathews, a , Democrat from Kanawha, said Pro- plate is offered, then a "pro-choice" Life advocates should be allowed plate should be offered as well. Othto pay extra for a plate supporting erwise, she said, "We're saying, their views on abortion. Warner said 'Hello, sue me!'" But the Hou~e the Pro-Life plate would add rejected the idea. The bill must now go to the Sen$45,000 to state revenues. West Virginians are able ,to ate, where a similar bill died in the choose from a wide variety of spe- final minuteS-ofthe regular legislacialty plates, touting everything tive session last year, when paperfrom one's veteran status or college work in the Senate disappeared the allegiance to plates that read ''West night before the final vote.


In part to investigate Father Schulenburg's claims, the Vatican established a special commission of hisVATICAN CITY - Despite the continued doubts torians that concluded in 1998 that Juan Diego really of some Mexican Church scholars, the Vatican has had existed. concluded that Blessed Juan Diego, a 16th-century The commission's head, Comboni Father Fidel visionary set to be canoQized, truly existed, a Vatican Gonzalez Fernandez, told CNS the Vatican had enofficial said. dorsed the'commission's judgment after additional In a recent letter to the Vatican, four Mexican consultations with Church historians at universities priests, including the retired in Latin America. abbot of Mexico City's Ba- . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - , Father Gonzalez, a silica of GuadaliJpe, said Church historian wh<;> is there was no proof Juan Dinow rector of Rome's ego had existed and warned Urbanian University, said that declaring him a sain.t the Vatican chose him to would harm tqe Church's head the commission ,becredibility. The letter, dated cause initially "I myself was very skeptical" about Juan last December, was leaked in Mexico in mid-January. - _ Diego's existence. An official at the Congre"I didn't have anything to gation for Saints' Causes gain orlose; I was only interconfirmed that the letter had ested in ascertaining the hisbeen received but said it was torieal facts," he said. "And unlikely to affect Juan after years of examination Diego's canonization proan9 study, I reached a posicess. tive conclusion." "I don't put in doubt their Father Gonz3lez said the commission found a "converconvictions, but I think the question has been thorgence" ofagreement on Juan ougWy studied and a deciDiego's existence in Spanish and indigenous historical sion taken," the official told Catholic News Service. sources that widely differed The official added that MEXICAN-BORN artist Lalo Garcia in language and style, Mexico City Cardinal Pope John Paul II's Decem- . . her recognition of a miracle displays a portrait fragment for the -exte- Norberto Rivera Carrera said, attributed to Juan Diego's in- rior of t~e Cathedral of Our Lady of the "A profound analysis was tercession ''would seem to Angels In downtown Los Angeles. The completed and there is absoirnplythatthewholequestion 12-foot image of Our Lady of Guadalupe lutely no doubt about the exofthe historical existence has will face traffic on a Los Angeles free- istence and the sainthood of beenconfrontedahdanaffir- way. (CNS photo by Maria Luisa Torres) Juan Diego." But Father Manuel mative solution found." The pope was expected to set a date at an upcom- Olirnon Nolasco, the only signatory who was willing ing meeting of cardinals to canonize the indigenous to talk to the press, defended th~ letter and said the Mexican, probably during a July visit to Mexico City. debate would not end even if Juan Diego were canThe most recent letter was written by Father onized. Guillermo Schulenburg Pr~do" until 1996 the, "Every rnoming I wake up with an image of the Guadalupe basilica's abbot, who has long contended Vrrgin of Guadalupe b!;:fore me, and I know it is quite that historical evidence about Juan Diego is inad- possible to be devoted to the Vrrgin without believing in Juan Diego," he said. equate.


For Blessed Juan's descendants, c,anonization will be justice MEXICO CITY (CNS) With his high forehead and cheekbones and receding hairline, Raymundo Yebra Soriano is described as the spitting image of a l6th-century painting of Blessed Juan Diego. The 70-year-old shopkeeper smiled at this thought and the project to use him as the model for a monument to the Nahuatl Indian chosen by the Vrrgin of Guadalupe to be her messenger as he was walking up a rocky hill north of Mexico City in 1531. But the pride in his facial and familial ties \\jth Juan Diego soon . was replaced with humility. "What we, the descendants, want is for him to be canonized. We ourselves are not irnportant," saidYebra, expressing satisfaction at Pope John Paul II's plans to make Juan Diego a saint, probably when the pontiff visits Mexico in late July. "What we wani: is justice for Juan Diego, and to,know that they

are finally going to canonize him fills me with satisfaction," said Hilda Chavez Soriano, who yie~s Juan Diego's upcoming sainthood as a victory for indigenous people everywhere. Yehra and Chavez are two of the descendants of Juan Diego traced in a four-year study sponsored by the Mexican bishops as part ofits campaign to promote his candidacy to be declared a saint The investigation was headed by -Spanish-born anthropologist Asuncion Garcia, who explained that the descendants come from families that have lived for centu- ries in what are now the grimy outer edges ofthe sprawling capital, but were once part of the watery pre-conquest kingdom of Texcoco, bordering the Aztec empire. "We used documents held in libraries here and in Spain, as well as oral history, which is very important," said Garcia. Yebra, perched on a pew in-

side a church built in honor of the Vrrgin on top of the house where the visionary reputedly lived, said, "My mother used to tell me that I had to be good, because I was descended from Juan Diego, but I didn't take much notice of it because it sounded like a bit of a joke." Chavez said she had no idea ofher illustrious ancestor until she came in contact with the investigators. ''I felt something very beautiful when I (ound out," said the 54year-old housewife, who confessed she used to think that the Vrrgin and Blessed Juan Diego were "invented by the Spanish conquerors." And what really delights her now are the ties that the study claims to have proven between Juan Diego and Texcoco's philosopher-king Nezahualcoytl; identified as the visionary's grandfather, despite the pqpular belief that he was a poor peasant.


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Swiss路 bishops back nation's bid for U.N. membership By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Swiss voters overwhelmFRIBOURG, Switzerland- ingly rejected U.N. memberSwiss Catholic leaders have ship in a 1983 referendum. urged citizens to support their "This is a state entirely country's admission to the qualified to take part in the Un'ited Nations. community of nations - it The traditionally neutral would be betraying its humanicountry will vote on the mea- tarian tradition if it declined to sure in a March referendum. share in U.N. decisions," the "However imperfect, the bishops said. United Nations is the most ad"Even if the United Nations equate instrument today' for appeared at its beginnings as an preserving and building world organization of victors, it now peace, promoting justice be- groups the assembly of nations. tween peoples and seeking so- Invoking neutrality to refuse lutions to' humanity's. prob- membership would amount to WORLD SPIRITUAL leaders join. in prayer near the site of the World Trade Center lems," the Swiss bishops' con- isolating our country again," disaster in New York. From left are Patriarch Abunde Paulos of the Ethiopia Orthodox ference said in a late-January . the bishops said. statement from Fribourg. In a declaration with ProtesChurch, Catholic Cardinal Francis Arinze, Archbishop George L. Carey of Canterbury, "The prosperity and security' tant leaders last September, the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Israel Meir Lau of Israel, Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Klaus Schwab, of Switzerland's inhabitants de- Catholic bishops said demofounder and president of the World Economic Forum. Religious representatives were pend less and less on what a cratic rights should not be "examong those taking part in the recent 32nd annual meeting of the forum. (CNS photo by single small state can achieve, clusively associated with posAndy Mettler courtesy Swiss-Image) and more and more on what the session of Swiss nationality," international community un- adding that values associated dertakes for peace and the en- with the "common good" could vironment," the bishops said. "only be realized within an in"So the question is no longer ternational order." "An accounting of conwhether Switzerland should join the United Nations or not, science is needed to make our aware of but whether it can allow itself population Switzerland's responsibility on to stay on the sidelines." ., . Government leaders. in Swit- tRe international plane," said By AGOSTINO BONO Banning human embryo clon"We have the traditional con- zerland, 44 percent of whose the September statement. CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE ing would not curtail research into cept that a human being looks 7.1 million inhabitants are "An adjustment in the conWASHINGTON - Panelists medical cures, "considering all like you and me," he' said." What Catholic, are vigorously cam- cept of neutrality would be in at a Senate hearing on human the basic research that still can be happens if you create a human paigning for U.N. membership, keeping with this, allowing us cloning agreed that the federal done using animal models, hu- with a green glow, when you which would modify the to participate in solidarity with government should outlaw clon- man tissue culture and adult stem merge human cells with chim- country's tradition of neutral- other states," it said. ing for reproduction, but they split cells," he said. panzee cells 7" If the Swiss support U.N. ity since the 1815 Congress of The ability to do these things Vienna. II! response to a question by on the issue of cloning human membership, the move would Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Father "is not evil," Father FitzGerald embryos for research. However, rightist parties op- require changes to the Swiss Supporting a total ban was Je- FitzGerald noted that advances in said. "What we do with these pose the move, claiming it Constitution, which bars memabilities could be evil." suit Father Kevin would compromise "national bership in international organiSupporting cloning of honor and independence." FitzGerald, chairman of zations. human embryos for reCatholic health care ethics "We h~ve the traditional concept search was Irving at Georgetown University's Center for Clinical Bioeth- that a human being looks like you Weissman, developmental ics. and me," he said." What happens if biology professor at. Stanford University. BanGovernment regulation 'CWE STILL DELIVER" you create a human with a green ning such cloning "would of scientific experimenta120 SLADE'S FERRY AVE. SOMERSET, MA tion on humans is nothing glow, when you merge human cells certainly close avenues of Featuring CQthed~1 Candles promising scientific and new, given "the wrongs with chimpanzee cells?" - Father Kevin FitzGerald, chairman medical research," he said. done in the name of science," and is needed to safe- of Catholic health care ethics at路 . Also testifying was Rep. guard respect for human Georgetown University's Center for David Weldon; R-Fla., who Clinical Bioethics co-sponsored the anti-clonlife, he said. ing bill passed by the Other panelists argued House. Weldon, a physithat stem-cell experimentation using cloned human embryos biotechnology are causing a re- cian, said the House vote tranheld promise for major break- thinking of the traditional termi- scended the current divisions over . nology and concepts used by ethi- abortion. throughs in curing diseases. "Many pro-choice people The hearing last week, called cists. When asked by Catholic News voted for the ban," he said. by the Judiciary Committee, was Meanwhile, Bishop Michael held as the Senate prepared to Service after the hearing to el~o颅 debate human cloning. Awaiting rate, he said that traditional con- A. Saltarelli of Wilmington, Del., Senate action is a bill passed by cepts of what it means to be hu- urged the four senators from the House of Representatives last man or to be a human embryo are Delaware and Maryland to vote for a total ban on human cloning. year that would outlaw all human being challenged. . "The creation of human With cloning, the traditional cloning. Several senators have (\~..;,~ .....~ proposed their own bills. All formula of "human life begins at clones for scientific experimenwould ban reproductive cloning conception" has to be changed, he tation is an abomination and 5% Off On Paschal And Beeswax Candles but several would allow cloning said. "We have to respect human morally unacceptable - as is, 508,:,,679-8400 life from the moment it begins." of course, any desecration of the . human embryos for research. STORE HOURS MONDAY- FRIDAY 9-5:30 In cloning life begins when the sanctity of all human life from President Bush has said he faSATURDAY 9-1 vors a total ban. . nucleus from an adult cell is trans- conception to natural death," the VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT Father FitzGerald said public ferred into an egg and then the egg bishop wrote in letters sent at WWW.EGANCHURCHSUPPLY.COM policy should not be subordinate is shocked to stimulate divisions, the end of January to the four Free OffStreet Parking senators. he said. to scientific criteria. Senate hearing debate pros, ~ons of hUOlan cloning


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Each videoc~s足 film engrosses with a well-crafted come increasingly disagreeable. tible hero whose pursuit of perscreenplay and dynamic perfor-. sette is available on VHS format. A few crude expressions. The sonal vengeance is tempered by Theatrical movies on video have a mances, although the second part the need to destroy murderous Conference of Catholic U.S. NEW YORK (C~S) FolU.S. Conference of Catholic Bish- lags Mature content inBishops classification is A-II Frequent violence, terrorists. lowing are capsule reviews of ops classification and Motion Pic- cluding prescrjption drug addiction. ethnic stereotyping, some proadults and adolescents. The Momovies recently reviewed by the The U.S. Conference of Catholic ture Association ofAmerica rating. Picture Association of of tion fanity and a few instances Conference of Catholic U.S. All reviews indicate the appropri- Bishops classification is A-III America rating is PG parenrough language. The U.S. ConBishops' Office for Film and ate age group for the video audi- adults. Not rated by the Motion ference of Catholic Bishops tal guidance suggested. Picture Association of America. Broadcasting. ence. "Collateral Damage" classification is A-IV - adults "Big Fat Liar" (Universal) . (Buena Vista) "An American Rhapsody" . (Warner ~ros.) with reservations. The Motion Lame which a ''Maze'' (2001) (2001) Over-the-top action movie in Picture Association of America grade school boy. (Frankie Tenuous drama in which a sucStirring coming-of-age drama which an L.A. firefighter rating is R - restricted. Muniz) writes a -school essay that cessful sculptor (Rob Morrow) copabout a 'teen-age girl (Scarlett . . Johansson) living in 1960sAmerica ing with Tourette's syndrome and who returns 'to her homeland of obsessive-compulsive disorder falls Hungary to discover. herself. De- in love with a pregnant woman spite the schematic and often hur- (Laura Linney) who is also his best lied story line, the autobiographi- friend's (Craig Sheffer) girlfriend. NEW YORK (CNS) - Direc- Bonaparte), become embroiled in terial in this opulent production. For cal debut of writer-director Eva As director, Morrow fares ad- tor Kevin Reynolds spins together, political intrigue and deception. his grand entrance, the count throws Gm:dos is a touching piece of melo- equately with the familiar triangu- jealousy; betrayal, mercy and re- Fernand pounce~-oi1theopPMunity a lavish party - inviting all the right drama that unabashedly tugs at the Jar love story, although the heavily demption' - and a few energetic to rid himself ofEdmond, for whom people - and floats down on a heheartstrings with pointed accuracy. philosophical dialogue is unneces- sword fights - in the rousing ad- he has always harbored a nagging, lium balloon before stepping out to A few scenes of brief violence. The sarily cliched and trite dramatics aptation ofAlexandre Dumas' "The undeniable jealousy. Fernand also greet his guests. The director has U.S. Conference of Catholic Bish- ultimately undermine the stoTy. A Count of Monte Cristo" (Touch- sees it as a perfect opportunity to toned down the complexity of ops classification is A-II - adults live-in relationship, a few scenes stone). take Edmond's lovely fiancee, Dumas' extraordinary work, giving and adolescents. The Motion Pic- of full female nudity and recurring The film stars Jim Caviezel as Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). it a zippy, but not exhausting, pace, ture Association of America rating rough language and profanity. The the noble, naive Edmond Dantes who Edmond is thus falsely accused of which works well on the big screen. is PG-13 - parents are strongly U.S. Conference of Catholic Bish- reinvents himselfas the sophisticated treason by the coy Fernand, and sent To call him comic relief would cautioned. Some material may be ops classification is A-Ill- adults. count, intent on taking revenge to the infamous island prison, the be to belittle Luis Guzman's skillful inappropliate for children under 13. The Motion Picture Association of against those who wronged him. remote Chateau D'lf (run by a fa- performance. He plays Edmond's America rating is R - restricted.. Caviezel carries his role with confi- vorite v.illainous actor, Michael right-hand man, Jacopo, with zest (Paramount) (Lions Gate) "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" dence and skill, treating the audi- Wincott), for 13 long, tortuous years. and appropriate refinement, dove"Rat Race" (2001) (2001) ence to a remarkable performance. It is in this hellish ~onfinement tailing moments of levity into the Harebrained comedy about a It is a breakthrough role in some where Edmond meets a priest and otherwise earnest film just when it Visually allUling World Vlar II drama set during the Italian occu- billionaire Las Vegas casino owner ways for as he demonstrates fellow inmate, Abbe Faria (a bril- needs it the most. And, 'embodying pation of Greece in which an Ital- (John Cleese) who ~setsup a gam- a broader range than in-his previous liant Richard Harris). In exchange his character the way few actors can, ian officer (Nicolas Cage) falls in bling scheme in which bettors wage roles ("The Thin Red Line," "Angel for helping him dig a tunnel by Harris is exceptional. He appears love with a Grecian beauty on which of six candidates (includ- Eyes," "Pay.It Forward''). which they may escape, Faria molds most unexpectedly, and unusually, (Penelope Cruz), forcing him to ing Cuba Gooding Jr., Whoopi The. guileless Edmond changes Edmond into a Renaissance man and there is a noticeable deflation in decide between allegiance and 1~)Ve. Goldberg and Jon Lovitz) can first from a callow youth to a man hard- who can make a sword dance, trans- the film when he exits. Aside from its majestic presenta- reach a locker containing $2 mil- ened by years of grief and torment, late complicated text into Italian and Visually rich and handily told, tion, director John Madden's mildly lion. Predictably, one obstacle af- wishing for nothing more than to work out intJicate economic prob- "The Count of Monte Ctisto" is a engaging romance suikes too many ter another is thrown in the candi- taste sweet revenge. Then, with his lems in his head. But.moreimpor- film that involves the audience with false notes to have real emotional dates' way,. but director Jerry eyes opened to God's loving nature, tantly, Faria reignites the spark,of its one-man journey through social, resonance. Several rather graphic Zucker's road comedy garners sev- he finally grows in maturity, com- God in Edmond's soul. And he re- spiritual and psychological paths to battle scenes, a sexual encounter, erallaughs despite the familiar con- passion, and even mercy. However, veals to Edmond the secret 'locale of find love, honor and redemption at some nudity and fleeting rough lan- cept. Intermittent comically in- though Edmond's spiritual meta- a fabulous gold treasure, which the end of the road. guage. The U.S. Conference of tended violence and menace, fleet- morphosis is evident, it is more after his novel escape - Edmond Due to an implied affair, .fleeting Catholic Bishops classification is A- ing sexual innuendo and partial subtle than in the book, as Reynolds uses to transform himself into the sexuality and intermittent sword IV - adults, with reserv.ations. _ nudity, brief toilet humor and some unfortunately underplays Edmond's Count 'of Monte Cristo, a worldly, fights and gunplay, the U.S. ConThe Motion Picture Association of crass language with profanity. The struggles with faith and God. wealthy man finally in a position to ference of Catholic Bishops classiAmerica rating is R - restlicted. U.-S. Conference of Catholic Bish- . Edmond and Fernand (Guy exact revenge on those who wronged fication is A-II - adults and ado(Universal) ops clas.sification is A-Ill- adults. Pearce) are fellow sailors and child- - him. And later, he also feels justi- lescents. The Motion 'Picture Asso"Ghost World" (2001) The Motion Picture Association of hood friends who, when forced to fied in reuniting with Mercedes, ciation of America rating is PG-13 . Pojgnant tale about two recent America rating is PG-13 - par- take their injured captain to the re- now married to Fernand. - parents are strongly cautioned. high school graduates (Thora Birch ents are strongly cautioned. Some stricted island of Elba (home of the Reynolds is a deft visual story- Some material may be inappropriand Scarlett Johansson) at odds with material may be inappropriate for exiled emperor ofFrance, Napoleon teller and he honors his source ma- aty for children under 13. the world around them whose children under 13. (Paramount) frtendship is jeopardized when one "Roots" (1977) befliends an older jazz aficionado Powerful six-part historic epic (Steve Buscemi). Director Terry based on Alex Haley's account of Zwigoffcaptures teen angst and the seven generations of his family bealienation felt by characters who ginning with the kidnapping of reject the sameness of popular cul- African warrior Kunta Kinte ture and the corporate influence (LeVar Burton) by American slave upon it. Implied sexual encounter, traders, to the eventual post-Civil brief violence, a few crude refer- War freedom. Directed by Marvin ences and frequent profanity and Chomsky, the family saga mirrors rough language. The U.S. Confer- the history of all black Americans ence of Catholic Bishops classifi- and at times is an unpleasant, even cation is A-III - adults. The Mo- horrifying experience, but it is also tion Picture Association ofAmerica uplifting in showing how indomirating is R - restJicted. (MGM) table the human spirit is in its "Life With Judy Garland: Me struggles to be free despite the and My Shadows" (2001) chains of slavery. Some graphic Impressive docudrama about images. The U.S. Conference of tamed singer Judy Garland (played. Catholic Bishops classification isAby Judy Davis) which chronicles II - adults and adolescents. Not A WOMAN dressed as a clown celebrates the start of Carnival in Cologne, Germany. In the chanteuse's successful yet rated by the Motion Picture Asso-.. many countries where Catholicism is prominent, people mark the week prior' to the penitentroubled life from her youth until ciation ofAmerica. (Warner Home tial season of Lent with festivals and merrymaking. Carnival ended the day before Ash Wednesher tragic death, and features Video) day. (CNS photo from Reuters) TIlEANCHOR-DioceseofFall River-Fri., February 15,2002

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Holy Cross College shares in $55.3M Lilly grants for vocations By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS - Five Catholic schools are among 28 U.S. colleges and universities sharing in $55.3 million in grants from the Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its initiati ve called "Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation." The College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.; Fairfield University in Connecticut; Marquette

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY Fund Managing Director Horst Kohler talks with Catholic leaders during the Conference on Humanizing the Global Economy recently atThe Catholic University of America. From left are Kohler, Washington Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Detroit Cardinal Adam J. Maida and Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, apostolic nuncio to the United States. (CNS photo courtesy Catholic University of America)

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WASHINGTON - At a three-day international conference in Washington, representatives of the world's bishops met with an array of government, banking, commerce, labor and academic leaders to discuss how the increasingly global economy can be humanized. Vatican diplomat Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the key is "massive new investment in the capacities of people." I Without that, even the best-intended systemic and structural initiatives to make the global economy more human "are doomed to produce very modest results," said Archbishop Martin, the Vatican representative to U.N. agencies in Geneva. The Conference on Humanizing the Global Economy was held at The Catholic University of America. About 100 leaders in Church and secular affairs participated. The three major bishops' organizations'ofthe Westem Hemisphere - the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Latin American bishops' council, comprising all ,the bishops' conferences of Latin American - organized and convened the meeting. Top officials from umbrella organizations of the bishops' conferences of Europe, Africa and Asia also participated. . Among major speakers on the first day were the heads of the lntemational Monetary Fund, World Bank

and Inter-American Development Bank. Also among conference speakers and panelists were internationally recognized economists, business, banking and investment leaders,labor leaders, political and government figures, and representatives of various international organizations, including the United Nations, World Trade Organization and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. IMFManaging Director Horst Kohler sharply cnticized agricultural subsidies in rich countries that effectively shut many of the world's poorest countries out of key markets - a good example of how .the current widening ofthe rich-poor gap under globalization could be dramatically reversed by changing the rules under . which globalization is taking place. He called for a new commitment by donor countries to "the U.N. target of 0.7 percent of GNP (gross national product) for official development assistance." He called the actual current average of 0.22 percent "unacceptably low" and noted that among donor countries "the United States is at the bottom of the list, with official development assistance of only 0.1 0 per~ cent of GNP." At an opening Mass in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick ofWashington described feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless· as "not just a wonderful historical" example of Jesus, but a fundamental "test of the validity of everything we do."

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Ireland to hold constitutional referendum on abortion March 6 DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) Ireland will hold a constitutional referendum to amend its abortion laws March 6. The referendum will mark the third time in ~O years that Irish citizens have voted on abortion; the issues surrounding this referendum involve closing loopholes that would allow abprtions in certain circumstances, such as when the mother is threatening suicide. The proposed constitutional amendment would outlaw abortion in most cases but would allow it to protect the life of the mother. If approved by the Irish electorate, the amendment would take effect only if spe<;ific legislation, the Protection of Human Life in

Pregnancy Bill, were enacted amendment, but the prime minwithin 180 days of the referen- ister failed to win the' support of dum vote. Otherwise the amend- the main opposition Fine Gael and ment in its entirety would be nul- Labor parties. . The proposed act defines aborlified. Irish citizens passed a consti- tion as "the intentional destructutional amendment outlawing tion by any means of unborn huabortion in 1983. . man life after implantation in the A 1992 Irish Supreme Court womb of a woman." Some Proruling allowed for abortion in cer- Lifers are unhappy with this defitain cases when the mother's life nition, saying it does not conform was threatened, but confusion re- to Catholic 'Church teaching that mained over when it was ethical. life begins at the moment of conThe Irish bishops have ex- ception. pressed support for the referenBut proponents say the definidum, saying in a December state- . tion is practical from the point of ment that the proposed amendment view of criminal law, as it is much would "ensure that more protec- easier forensically to prove that tion is offered to the unborn." implantation has taken place than Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's it is to prove conception before . Hanna Fai I Party supports the implantation.



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CRS begins housing project for displaced outside Sierra Leone capital By ALPHA JALLOH CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Catholic Relief Services has begun a project to rebuild 300 homes and a community center for displaced people outside Freetown. The Sierra Leone government has set aside about 65 acres of land for the project in Grafton, about 10 miles from the capital. Matthew Hochbrueckner, CRS' country representative in Sier.ra Leone, said the project seeks to protect the long-term well being of the nation's citizens. "Unlike many of the relief programs that have been implemented after the civil war, this program looks beyond the felt needs of war-affected victims," he said. . Hochbrueckner said people soon will have houses that will last. Participants in the program will receive low-interest loans, from CRS in order to purchase their new- houses. "With the completion of the disar!TIament program in the country, people can begin to reinvest their future," he said. At a launching ceremony in late January, Emmanuel Ayijah, housing and construction manager for CRS, told displaced

people in Grafton tha~ the project would consist of 300 houses, with clinics, schools, community meeting center and other amenities needed by the residents. He said the project would cost about $200,000. "Since we started operations in the country, one of our main priorities is to provide houses for underprivileged people, especially those affected by the war," Ayijah . said. He said the participants would be involved in the construction of the houses. "We will train some of you to construct structures, we will then monitor you and show you exactly how to handle the houses," he said. , Ayijah said that those who al, ready owned houses would not be eligible for the project. He said discussions were under way with the National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration to involve former soldiers in the construction. CRS is the U.S. bishops' international relief and development agency. Bobson Sesay; Sierra Leone's minister of lal1ds, housing, coun- ' try planning llnd the environment, said the project has,had a positive impact on the Grafton community.

Life Teen launches interactive Website By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Parish in" Coppell, Texas, won MESA, Ariz. - Life Teen, a dinner hosted by Smith at the a program that ministers to high parish. . The site offers chat boards' school teens of all faiths from a Catholic perspecti ve, has and interaction with other teens launched a fully interactive in the faith, as well as informaWebsite .at tion on Catholic issues in such' Matt Smith, formerly of features as "Ask Bible Geek," MTV's 'The Real World: New "Saint of'the Week" and "Ask Orleans" and a Life Teen core Father J." member since 1998,saidthenew ,Life Teen was founded in" Website will help young people 1985 by' Father Dale Fushek of " respond to the great influence of Mesa, youth minister Phil the media in their lives. Baniewicz and music minister, .' "Never before has so much 'Tom Booth. : pollution of soul been so easily' "I rem~mber when we first" "ac~e~sible," 'he said ih' an an- started Life Teen, we prayed nouricementabout the site. "The that 100 teens wouldshow up;" goal 'of our adult 'generation Father Fushek said. "Well, 167 should he to ingrain in the heads showed up 'and today it is it of our teen-agers th~t 'I ,am not great joy to know that ,more • a target market. I am a human than·IOO,OOO teens attend Life . being. I refuse to be made a pawn Teen and tJ;1at the Life Teen pro~ 'in-thegame,ofmoney"::, gram is giving new heart to ·'''If venomous tempta'tion is '~teen-agers." , two Glicks away, help can't be Life Te'en gtoups meet at 800 . three," Smith added. "We must Catholic parishes in the United do something to let good be States, Canada and II other present in the lives of young countries. Following a teen people, especially on the Mass on Sunday evenings, the Internet." groups hold "life nights" offerIn a recent promotion to en-. ing discussion, education and courage teens to sign up as social activities that allow teens members on the free Website, to build new friendships within the Life Teen group at St. Anne the faith.

AN AFGHAN girl drags.a sack of coal for heating and cooking at the Sakhee camp in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan recently. There are some 17,000 displaced people living in the camp. Most had escaped from fighting between the.Taliban and opposition forces. (CNS photo from Reuters) \

Refugee adlDissions halt, reSUlDe, leaving agencies, people i~ flux By PATRICIA ZAPOR CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

'WASHINGTON - The staffs of refugee resettlement agencies, most of which are operated by churches, aren't sure how to plan these days. ! Although the Bush administration set this.year's refugee admission quota at 70,000, fewer than 800 people have arrived so far in the fiscal year which began October 31,2001. That not only affects the refugees, it limits the ability of resettlement agencies to handle an influx when things change, say administrators of the programs. The problem began when refugee admissions and all processing of applications ground to a halt after the September terrorist attacks. Although visa programs for students, tourists and skilled workers continued, refugee processing completely stopped, .as new security procedures were added. , Even people whose paperwork was approved and their suitcases packed were told they had to wait. Only in the last few weeks have those refugees whose applications were already cleared been allowed to come into the country. Despite the resumption of the program, that 70,000 target began to look like a pipe dream to refugee program administrators attending a recent immigration conference in Washington. To admit 70,000 refugees, each month about 5,800 would have to reach the United States. The 780 who arrived by the end of January, three months into the fis- , cal year, had mostly been approved before September II. With no clients, many organizations that work with refugees have cut staff and scaled back

operations, jeopardizing their ability to help newcomers as the system gears back up. John Bingham, director of immigrant services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., told Catholic News Service that if it were not for a guarantee of administrative funding that Catholic agencies receive from the U.S. bishops' Migration and Refugee Services,' he would have had to layoff employees, like co~J}terparts without Church support have had to do. The bulk of revenue that funds refugee resettlement comes from the U.S. government in the form . of contracts to independent agen, cies such as MRS, which uses a' network of diocese-based organizations to process the majority of refugees admitted to the United States. But the freeze of the system after the t~rrorist attacks has left local resettlement centers with no refugees, and therefore no income

- except for agencies with independent support, explained Bingham. "Catholic agencies and other faith-based offices are in better shape than secular agencies," Bingham said, because churchbased organizations are more 'likely to have other sources of income. But if the system does not gear up aga'in soon, Bingham said, other parts of his network will be at risk. The longer it sits empty, the more seriously the parish administrators have to consider other ways of using the space. And once it's turned over to a different organization to be used as'senior housing or for some other use, it can't be reclaimed by the immigrant services program. "Refugees are the most compelling of immigrants," he said. "If the number admitted is slashed or we let the networks. die, does that mean we are tUl:hing our backs 'on the most compelling people who knock on o~r door?"

CARDINAL THEODORE E. McCarrick and children from St. Anthony School in Washington kick off a new voluntary;donation admission policy at the Pope John Paull! Cultura.1 Cent~~!n Washington recently. The center, which opened last year"deCided to drop its $6 and $8 admission fees in order to lure more visitors to its exhibits and programs. (eNS photo by Bob Roller)

Lenten Letter diocese, and, especially; for the review board. The priests serving you in your parishes are good men. Support them and pray for them. Pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send us good and holy priests for the future. Finally, I ask your prayers for all of those new Catholics who


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are part of our RCIA Program' stant prayers as we enter this and will be baptized in the par- Lenten Season, I remain ishes on Holy Saturday. I will gather with them in our Cathedral this Sunday, the First Devotedly yours in Christ, Sunday of Lent, for the Rite of Election. There, I will welcome them, in your name, into our Family of Faith. Assuring you of our con-

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In some ways, the religious in spend themselves ever increas- vice of the poor, of God's little the Untied States are like the ingly for Christ'and for His Body ones, is an essential part of reli''remnant' of Israel. Our presence the Church. Hence, the more ar- gious consecration. 'One thing is must witness to the world that dently they unite themselves to lacking,' - the Ten Commandthis special vocation is, essential Christ through a self-surrender ment are the beginning of the to the life of the Church. Rem- involving their entire lives, the life of discipleship, but it nant equals new beginning. more vigorous becomes the life doesn't stop there. Jesus calls The burden is particularly of the Church, and the more some to imitate His Gospel life heavy at this time. More than abundantly her apostolate bears close up in a life like His, of ever, the C~urch needs the, wit- fruit' (p.:..4..671_ , voluntary poverty, chastity, and ness of holiness of life to reasWhat a beautiful description obedience. sure people that the grace of God of your consecration which has Today's Gospel continues in is still with us. The growing contributed so much to the life the same vein. What must we do scandals in our midst only make of the Church and society. My to gain eternal life, to be happy our people more cynical and con- personal debt to religious is so forever? Today, in the beginning fused. People are anxious to see great. From the time I was six of His first sermon - the Serholiness in the Church. Two years old, I was brought up with mon on the Mount, Jesus is chalmodern saints like Mother Teresa religious - sisters, brothers, and lenging us to imitate Him in the and Padre Pio attracted such at- priests. I did not have any lay path of the Beatitudes - the path tention because people long to teachers until graduate school. to true happiness. The Beatitudes see holiness, to be close to it, to During all that time, I never re- are the gateway to the Sermon touch it; not that holiness is al- ceived anything but good ex- on the Mount, and although the ways so perceptible. In the lives ample from those faith-filled Beatitudes do not contain the enof those with special ch,arisms men and women. I am so grate- tire teaching of the Gospel, they and gifts, we see (he great com- ful. They taught me how to read do contain in embryo the whole ,. . '. y: Jl ",. motion they create. et, t here IS and write, and add and subtract, program of Christianperfection. a subtler effect of hol1riess' on a and with my paj'ents, they taught Jesus is not talking ~bout differcommunity. When God was go- me to pray and to love God. ent categories of people, some ing to destroy the evil city, They also modeled for me reli- poor in spirit, others meek, and Abraham pleaded: 'If there can gious life and apostolic service. others who mourn, others pure be found 10 righteous men, will Today's Gospel of the Beati- of heart. No, all the Beatitudes you spare the city?' 'For the sake tudes (Matt. 5:1-12) is most fit- form a composite of the interior of those 10, I will not destroy ting for a time when we are cel- life of a faithful discipline. In the the city,' says the Lord. But, alas, ' cons·ecra.ted .life. Magnificat, Mary says: 'For bethere were not even 10. ~.fattnew's Gospel IS wJ'ltten hold, from henceforth"all genThe presence' of a righteous originally for Jewish Christians, erations shall call me blessed.' and holy person is like a prayer and so our beloved tax collector Mary is blessed with a blessedof intercession for God's people. is trying to show how the New ness of the Beatitudes. She is the The call to holiness is universal; Testament is a fulfillment of the model of discipleship: poor, but, to a religious, that call has a Old Testament. Jesus is presented meek, holy, pure, peacemaker. special urgency to be a .public as the new Moses, the new lawThe Beatitudes have an sign of Christ's loving presence giver. Just as Moses climbed Mt. eschatological dimension - the in caring for the sick and infirm, Sinai to receive the tables of the happiness they promise is the in teaching the people, in, pray- law; so Jesus gave the New Law happiness of life with God foring for-the faithful in the night to those who heard him on the ever. People today think that ~apvigils, and in encouraging the Mount of Beatitudes. The Law . piness is fun, money, sex, tickdowntrodden. defined Israel as God's chosen ets to the Super Bowl. There is a The Second Vatican Council's people. God had given Israel His, happiness that overshadows evdocument on Religious Life con- own law. ery human experience of welltains this beautiful paragraph: The Ten Commandments are being and success. The happiness. 'From the very infancy of the essential to the life of the Church .Jesus promises transcends health Church, there have existed men - they are written on our very or sickness, wealth or poverty, and women who strove to foi- hearts, as St. Paul said, and are age or social status. low Christ and imitate Him more the basis for our morality; but There is a happiness in living nearly by the practice of the there is more to discipleship as -the religious life - follow Jesus evangelical counsels.;. Whatever we see in the calling of the rich in His life of communion with the diversity of their spiritual en- young'man. He had asked Jesus the Father, teaching the Good dowments, all who are called by what he needed to do to be saved, News, and people ~o a God to practice the evangelical to be happy. He was asking the . community of faith. counsels, and who do so faith- right question and asking it of Today we thank 'God for the fully, devote themselves in a spe- the right person. Jesus' response vocations of our Jubilarians cial way to the Lord. They imi- is telling. The first thing we need whose lives have brought love tate Christ the Virgin and the to do is to follow the Ten Com- and happiness into the lives of Poor Man, who, by an obedience mandments. The rich young man so many people. You are a 'remwhich carried Him even to death replied that he had observed the nat1t' - with a mission and hope on the cross, redeemed His Commandments since his youth. in the future. peoplc'and made them holy. As Jesus looked on him with affecMay God bless all of you and a consequence, impelled by a love tion and said: 'One thing is lack- grant you the grace to persevere which· the Holy Spirit has poured ing. Go sell what you have and to the end in His Holy Service. into their hearts"these Christians give it to the poor.' Love and serAmen." ':"



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200 I and appointed Father Lopes to direct its efforts, attended the February 8 meeting as well as an educational training session for the diocesan core committee February 9 at the Offices of Adult Education and RENEW, At the session 'on February 8, Bishop O'Malley said, "a spiritual renewal is the best way to begin the second ·century for our commitment of faith. We hope this will be a unifying endeavor for the diocese. We're all the same local Church. It will be a wonderful unifying and energizing force. It gives us an opportunity to reach out to people in the community of faith and become friends with them and help be-' come friends with the greatest. friend of all, Jesus Christ. We need enthusiasm about RENEW. It can be a blessing for us." Kremer, from the National Office of RENEW in New Jersey, said "this day is about sharing our faith. It challenges us. RENEW 2000 is a three-year process of evangelization and spiritual renewal. It is an opportunity to get people excited about their faith and to reach out to non-practicing Catholics." Sister Iglesias, from New York, who has been involvea with the program for 12 years, said "it has a lot of positive effects in the dio-

cese. It's a great tool." Superintendent of Diocesan Schools James A. McNamee noted that "this is something we can bring into our schools and with our family retreats, especially in the elementary schools where we have eight or nine teachers on staff." Gulino said "the beauty of the program is it brings adult formation into the home. The average person is welcoming other Catholics into their home, bringing inactive Catholics back to the Church." The next step in the preparation for the first season and official start of the program on October 6, will betraining sessions for the leaders - the newly formed Parish Core Communities. "These sessions will be held in the five deaneries of the diocese during the week of April 8," Father Lopes announced. "Personally, each of us can begin by praying for the success of this program using a prayer card soon to be available in all parishes," he added.

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Students celebrate Mardi Gras with breakfast FALL RIVER - On Tuesday students at SS. Peter and Paul School, celebrated the end to Mardi Gras with 'its annual Fat Tuesday Breakfast. While revelers in New Orleans enjoyed parades and music, seventh graders prepared pancak~s under the direction of cooking instructor Janine Sullivan. The seventh-graders are part of the school's Guardian Angel' program, now in its fifth year, which pairs them with a daily Mass communicant. The guard. ian provides a good example for students and they are learning how to become a special guard-

ian for next year's incoming kindergarten class. Guardians and students enjoyed the breakfast that included the wearing of beads and Mardi Gras music. _ Sabina Wilding· and her husband John were among those gathered and have been Guardian Angels for students since the inception of the program. "It's wonderful to share my thoughts with these young students," said Mrs. Wilding. "Each month we enjoy gathering for Mass and sharing in the breakfast. It's always an atmosphere of fun and friendship."

SECOND-GRADERS from Jennifer Blanchette's class at St. Francis School, Acushnet, are all smiles as they study Mexico as pa'rt ofa recent international unit. It included sampling food and sharing cL!stoms and costumes from many counties. From left are: Jamal Branco, Ben Charpentier, Keghan Austin, Alexa Lorenco, Christine White, Rudy Romanowitcz, Ryan Pimental, Julia Laliberte, and Jamie Carvalho.

SENIOR HEATHER Johnson of Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, is congratulated by Principal Christopher Servant upon her nomination for the national Principal's Leadership Award, She is eligible to receive a $1 ,000 college scholarships if she is a national winner. Servant nominated Johnson because."she has regularly and faithfully participated in activities that benefit others."

DAVID REUSS, manager of Fleet Bank, pr.esents a check for $7,500 to Coyle and Cassidy High School for the dedicated work of its food pantry. The award went to the Taunton sc:hool . for placing second in the Fleet All-Stars, a program that recognizes kids making a difference in the community. From left are: Michael Cote, director of community service; Kyle Bradbury, . Nikki Sparrow, Reuss, ~lIyce Sullivan and headmaster Dennis Poyant.


~ .BISHOP STANG seniors Sarah Roy and Amelia Monteiro recently represented the North Dartmouth high school at the state's celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. It is a gathering to recognize current sports achievements and the positive influence of sports participation. Both girls are captains of the, field hockey team and Monteiro also captains the winter and spring track teams..

NANCY MOWRY, a physical education and health instructor at Bishop Feehan High School, was recently recognized as a 200;2 Unsung Heroine at the Massachusetts Girls and Women in Sports Celebration. Held in Boston, it was sponsored by the MIAA Girls and Women in Sports Advocacy Committee.

THE ANCHOR - Diocese of Fall River ~ Fri., February 15,2002


Unrequited love By AMY WELBORN

you like me? Check one: A. Yes, B. No, C. Sorta, D. Kinda." If all the love that abounded around you You may get a little more sophi!,ticated on Valentine's Day drove you crazy, don't tnrougti the years, but the . . worry. The rest of your life it will drive purpose is the same: Find you crazy too, in one form or another, for out if someone "likes" .!:.~ , ' an d parad ' ";V II Iove ¡IS mystenous, e IuSlve OX)you, and if the person cal. doesn't, try to change his And it's especially nerve-racking if it's or her mind. not returned, isn't it? I'm here to tell you: Unrequited love is one of the great Don't. themes of literature, music and art. There's Sure,,it looks cute and nothing that can bring out high drama fun in the movies and television: Guy more than a burning, yearning heart. Un- and girl meet in a cute, funny and maybe fortunately, it's not, so entertaining when even disastrous way. Girl hates guy, it's happening to you. thinks he's a dweeb, Guy spends the rest Caring i!1' a certain way about someone" gf th,e,movie convincing the girl otherwho doesn't seem to feel the same way is wise, sometimes making a fool of hima constant, painful theme of teen life. It self, but com'ing through in a probably starts way before you hit adolescence, when heroic way at the end, letting girl see you start sending little notes asking: "Do who he really is. True love and eternal CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

happiness ensue. News flash: Life is not like that. Yes, relationships can grow out of an ... initial negative impression or even dislike, but if someone knows you and is not interested in of anything more than friendd ship, you really, really I'Ige need to respect that and, to put it bluntly, leave that person alone.' Sure, it's hard, and breaking hearts hurt badly, but if you've been told, "You're nice, but ...," leave it at that. Why? Well, to try to force your affections on someone just isn't respectful. If you think about it honestly, you would probably not appreciate it either, if the roles were reversed. Second, to bug a person and try to "get


him (her) to like me" isn't loving at any level. How do we know this? By looking at our model for loving: God. God does, a lot of things to st ,. now much he loves us, but the one thing he doesn't do is force himself on us. He doesn't try to manipulate us. He's not sneaky. He doesn't try to shove us in one direction when we're going in another. It's just not the way he works. He offers us his love continually. He shows us in innumerable ways how much he loves us. But he always leaves us free to accept or reject him too. Anything short of that wouldn't be real love, because a fundamental part of love involves respect for the other person's freedom. Even when it hurts. And God knows, it can hurt. It's true: God knows.

Hold"on or give up? By CHARLIE MARllN â&#x20AC;˘ CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MIDDLE SCHOOL students from the New Bedford Area Catholic schools attended a Catholic Schools Week Mass at St. Mary's Church. Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., was the principal celebrant. Above, the bis,hop greets, from left, Jessica Brodeur, Melissa Demello, Keith Dubois, Matthew Fitzsimmons and Cayla Giblin. Students from St. Anthony's, St. Francis Xavier, Holy Family-Holy Name, St. James-St. John, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph-St. Therese, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel schools attended. Below, students from various schools present the gifts.

STANDING STILL Cutting through the darkest night in my two headlights Trying to keep it clear, but I'm losing it here to the twilight . There's a dead-end to my left, there's burning bush to my right You aren't in sight, you aren't in sight. Do you want me, like I want you? , Refrain: Or am I standing still beneath the darkening sky? Or am I standing still with the scenery flying by?' Or am I standing still out of the corner of my eye, Was that you passing me by? Mothers on the stoop, boys in soupedup coupes on this hot summer night Between fight and . flight is the blind man'~ sight and the choice that's right I roll the window down, feel like I'm, I'm gonna drown in this strange town Feel broken down, I feel broken down Do you need me, like I need you? (Refrain.) Sweet sorrow is the call tomorrow (Repeat.) Do you love me, like I love you? (Refrain.) Are you passing me by?

(passing me by) Do you want me? (passing me by) Do you need me, like I . need you too? And do you want me, like I want you? Are you passing me by? Written and sung by Jewel Copyright (2) 2001 by Atlantic Records

Imagine this situation. You have a terrible crush on someone. Unfortunately, the other person seems cool to your interest. How do you respond? This is the scenario in Jewel's hit "Standing Still." Several readers emailed me to suggest that I review this song from Jewel's new disc 'This Way," the album Jewel moved from Los Angeles to Nashville to record. The girl in the song seems lost in infatuation and uncertain ofthe guy's intention. She asks; "Do you want me like I want you?" She seems to expect a negative answer, so Sl1e asks,

"[A]m I standing still, with the scenery flying by?" Is she watching her romantic hopes go nowhere? What do you think? Should she give up or hold on to her romantic longing and hope that the guy grows closer to her? In trying to form her decision, she might consider two additional questions. First, how long have they been dating? If several months have passed and he still shows little movement toward a more' serious relationship, then staying with him only sets her up for more hurt. Holding on keeps her from exploring new opportunities. Second, what has he told her about their relationship? If he has said that he just wants to be friends, she should accept his wishes. It is possible that what begins as a good friendship may grow over time into something more. If he has told her that he is involved with someone else, she should allow her longing to pass. Doing so shows respect for the guy and helps her face the truth. , . When she kts go and deals with her disappointment, I hope that she also keeps perspective and a sense of humor. God created us to be attracted to many people. Contrary to roman. tic theory, there is no one-and-only person that each of us must meet. So, when it is clear that someone you are infatuated with is not responsive to your hopes, admit your hurt but resolve to stop "standing still." Instead, focus on your own goodness and how you might develop other aspects of your life. Doing so will lead you to meet new people, and most likely, into new attractions.

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Retired Minnesota f~rmer proud of Super Bowl MVP gra~dson By' MIKE KJLLEEN

in Clarissa, said h~ was not surprised his grandson earned MVP . . ST. CLOUD, Minn. - More honors. "I figured he earned it. He's not than a decade ago, Gordon Johnson would play catch with his grand- one to brag on himself. He brags son on his farm just outside on the team," Johnson told the St. Cloud Visitor, newspaper of the St. Clanssa. If Johnson would do that now, Cloud diocese. he might have Brady grew to sell tickets. up in San The day before the Super Mateo, Calif. He Such is life when the Super Bowl, 'Johnson attended Mass visited Johnson Bowl's most atSt.Joseph's.FatherEugene each summer. A PRIEST joins in the procession celebrating the feast of St. Agatha in the Sicilian harbor valuable player Meemken identified him as "He loved city of Catania recently. Locals believe that the intercession of the saint and Mary helped is your grand- Brady's grandfather, . and coming up save the city from lava flows during last year's eruptions of the Mount Etna volcano. (CNS son, New En- Johnson received a round of here," Johnson gland Patriots' recalled.. "I'd photo from Reuters) . . . quarterback applause from the'parishio- takehimfis~g, Tom Brady. ners. The priest also offered a we'd play ball, Bra d y blessing for the game. and he'd go play, helped his team in the bam." upset the St. The award Louis Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl capped an unlikely year for Brady, XXXVJFebruary 3in New Orleans. who went from being the Patriots' Brady completed 16 of 27 . N<;>. 4 quarterback at the start of the . passes for 145 yards and one touch- season to Super Bowl star. By JOHN THAVIS 500,000 youths expected to attend the main events down. He led the Patriots on a 53Johnson watched each regularCATHOUC NEWS SERVICE with the pope. yard drive that set up Adam season game on satellite TV. VATICAN CITY - The Canadian officials in ''We have an unprecedented amount of cooperaVmatieri's game-winning 4~-yard The day before the Super Bowl, charge ofWorldYouth Day security held a major contion among our municipal; provincial and federal ,Johnson 'attended Mass at St. field goal as time expired. police sultation with their Vatican counterparts, on topics forces, and we're networking with the world. For that; Brady earned S~per" Joseph's.FatherEJ,lgeneMeemken ranging from crowd contn;>1 to popemobiles. . We've got our finger o~ the pulse and we feel very BowJ:MVPhonors,joining an elite identifiea him as~rady's grandfaBut when they met the man they're going to pro- confident that Toronto will be a safe venue and these group'that includes Joe Montana; ther, and Johnson received a round teet, Pope John Paul n, safety questions did not even will be safe events;' Fantino ~d. Bart Starr and Terry Bradshaw. of applause from the parishioners. arise. The officials' Rome schedule did not call for a Johnson, a retired dairy farmer The priest also'offeJ;ed a blessing ''It was one of those spiritual moments. We paid papal audience, but the pope wanted to see the officL and member of St. Joseph Church for the game. our respects to a great man, a man of peace, and re- ers, and he ended up greeting each of them individuceived his blessing;' said Julian Fantino, chief of p0- ally. Aides say there's something about World Youth lice inToronto, where World Youth Day will be held Day that brings out interest and extra energy in the in July. . pontiff, who turns 82 in May. "He just lights up," said Canadian The six officials, representing local, regional and federal police in . .\..6 de'• .Ie BasilianFatherThomasRosica,naCanada, were in Rome in early ~,~ ~'i. tional director of World Youth F~bruary to share their plans ~V Day 2002, who accompanied for security and learn 0 • the police officers to the what the Vatican expects _~ \\\ papal meeting. at such events. ~ Father Rosica • Their protection of t/) ' . showed the pope phothe pontiff will begin 9 , ' tos and postcards of the 'nllnute he steps I: )\ World Youth Day sites and of the preparation off tht: plane in ~ • Canada, which 0 work being done by sources now say will ., " staff and volunteer .., workers in Canada. Many depicted the sides over the major ~ en~usiastic crowds celebrations for World -;.~ '" ' that have greeted the Youth Day. ~ pilgrimage of the . ,The sources said the • D " WorldYouth Day cross pOpe is expected to spend at ., ~ through Canada; the 'least two days relaxing in a 4'~ 1._ ~ , ~11 pope was particularly yet-to-be-Qisclosed area some.... 0 R......... c,"~ amazed at a photo of the huge , where near Toronto, resting up after Toro"~o • wooden cross being pulled by his flight from Rome. dogsled across a snowy Yukon field, The Canadian security delegation met with Father Rosica said. the team ofVatiean agents who accompany the pope The cross will be taken February 24-25 to ground on.foreign trips and discussed such things as intelli- zero in New York, where terrorist attacks left nearly gence exchange, traffic planning, crowd barricades 3,000 people dead in the collapse of the World Trade and the "style" ofpolicing needed at liturgical events. Center's twin towers. They spent one Saturday evening at a papal Mass .Father Rosica' said the biggest concern among in St. Peter's Basilica, watching the Vatican team in World Youth Day planners is overcoming a wideaction and getting an idea of what the Vatican con- spread "reign of fear and paralysis" since September siders suitable. ' II and getting young people to register. To date, 'They don't want a militarist:j.c approach. Obvi- 110,000 young people from 114countries have signed ously the Holy Fatheris a people person, and we don't up, he said. QUARTERBACKTOM Brady celebrates the New England want to create barriers for him;' Fantino said. ''I think what we realize is we need World Youth Patriots' Super Bowl victory inNew Orleans. The grandfather On the other hand, he said, everyone recognizes Day now more than ever before, both society and the of the game's most valuable player views Brady as a team thatin the post-September II world, security will be Church, because it brings together young people to player. "He's not one' to brag on himseif. He brags on the ..?n the minds of many people, including the 400,000- build a culture of peace," he said. team," said Gordon Johnson. (CNS photo from Reuters) CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

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