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Eucharistic adoration and liturgies diocesan-wide will end with an ol:Jtdoor Mass at Kennedy Park and Eucharistic processions to three downtown parishes. By JAMES N. DUNBAR

FALL RIVER - An eightday Eucharistic Congress including Eucharistic ador.ation and evenings of reflection across the diocese and ending with a concelebrated Massand procession to three churches in this city, are slated to be held June 18 through 25. The celebrations that including pilgrimages to parishes, adoration of the Blessed Sacra~ ment, talks by leading speakers, an outdoor Mass at Kennedy Park at 3 p.m. on June 25 and processions, has been called by Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. Diocesan officials say it is the first Eucharistic Congress in the history of the diocese. In an interview this week, Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, secretary to the bishop, and chair-

Jesus whose body we have beman for the Eucharistic Concome." gress, said planning of events He added that the celebrahas been ongoing for more than tions are not only to focus us a year, "by a hardworking, wonon how we should路 know more derful committee." about the Eucharist, but in Talking about the many knowing more and coming to a events being coordinated, he said the congress here coe e incides with the Eucharistic 'Xl ~ Congress to be held in Rome on the same July weekend, convened by the Holy Father, and he urged parishes to mark the events on their calendars now. "What we will have here in our diocese is a response to the Holy Father's request that this Jubilee Year be intensely Eucharistic in nature," Msgr. Avila .stated.. "Our focus as Church should be to recognize the gift ofEucharist in our Church for the building up of the Body of Christ, and to help us to go forward to live Fall River Diocesan Eucharistic the mission of June 18-25, 2000

Bring Christ to the world, pope tells permanent deacons By CINDY WOODEN CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE VATICAN CITY - Permanent deacons must not let anything stop them from bringing Christ to the world, Pope John Paul II told deacons celebrating their jubilee at the Vatican. More than 2,000 people - deacons, their wives and family members - attended the Feb. 19 papal audience during the Jubilee for Permanent Deacons at the Vatican. Later in the day the deacons, many holding hands with their wives, processed from the center of St. Peter's Square, through the Holy Door and into St. Peter's Basilica to renew the promTurn to page 13 - Deacons

greater understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist, that we become the presence of Jesus in the world. So it has a social mission dimension - as every Mass does. "Sometimes we think of the Eucharist as

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something devotional or bringing us together," said Msgr. Avila. "Yes, it brings us together but it then sends us forth." He said that through the various speakers at the events across the diocese, "we are trying to tap into those different aspects of the Eucharist." The theme of the Eucharistic Congress is "Jesus Christ: Only Savior of the World, Bread for New Life." Msgr. Avila said that it is also the same theme for the International Congress in Rome. Congress '~ B ish 0 p O'Malley felt that

since we here were linking our celebrations with Rome's, that it is certainly appropriate," he said. Some might recognize the logo as the one used for the International Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1976. As this diocese looked for a symbol of the reality the Eucharist for the events in June, it was given permission to use Philadelphia's logo. "I wear a pin with that logo that was brought back to me from that congress, and I use it occasionally because I think it captures the essence of the Eucharist: the Eucharistic host at the center unites us together as one community. But the open top shows an aspect that we are to go forth." The Eucharistic Congress gets underway on June 18 with a call to worship at parish weekend Masses. At 7 p.m., that night, there will b~ Diocesan Youth Mass at St. John Neumann Church, East Freetown, including a guest homilist. "The centering on the Eucharist for most people is in Turn to page three -,.. Eucharist

Cape Cod mom authors children's books ~

Heidi Bratton's photography ta/~nts have become路a true vocation. By JAMES N. DUNBAR

NORTH FALMOUTH - Heidi Bratton isn't sure what a photo-evangelist is, or whether she merits or fits the title. But she is sure that the eight, photo-illustrated children's "Walking With God" books she's authored in an attempt to have parents and their children grow together in love 9f their creator, are the result of God's call. The 33-year-old mother of five arid member of St. 'Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish says she "was' moved" to link her love for parenting with her life-long love of photography and the result are books with the Gospel message affirming family love and values in a fun format that helps parents answer the perplexing "big" questions of life that kids so often ask. "I've kept a spiritual journal of the many ways the Lord has inspired me, led me along, given me many innovative ideas that I was seeking. I'm trying to help kids, parents and families see that God is everywhere; that he's just not in your church on Sundays, but he's in your house, he's in your school, he's in your neighborhood. That's where the power of photographs, versus illustrations, can bring that out, make that real," Heidi ~sserted. "Photographs are tools. I'm in awe that God made me useful in this mission-field," she said.


Heidi Bratton and daughter Lucy.

And while Paulist Press will publish two more of her books with black-and-white photos in July, the author, with the devoted help of her husband, John, to mind the children, finds some time to pursue a precious ministry of talking to women's groups of many denominations about teaching their children all Turn to page 13 -.Author



lHEANCHOR- Diocese ofFall River- Fri., February 25,2000

®httuary Sister Rosa Silveira FMM NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Franciscan Missionary of Mary Sister Rosa Silveira, 100, of Ein Karim Community, died February 15 at St. Antoine's Residence'here after a long illness. Born in Taunton, Mass., the . daughter of the late Manuel B. Silveira and the late Anna (Bittencourte) Silveira, she entered the Franciscan Missionaries at Our Lady of Charity' convent in Providence, R.I., on Dec. 10, 1928. She pronounced her first vows in 19,31, and her final vows on June 13, 1934.

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HELPING HOSPICE - Normand E. 'Ouellette, left, president of St. George Council No. 441 of the Union St. Jean Baptiste of Westport, presents a giant copy of a check to John Marcelino, volunteer coordinator for the Hospice Outreach Patient Care Fund. The $900 contribution was the result of a fund-raising shopping trip to New York sponsored by the Union which is headquartered at St. George Parish, Westport. Similar fund-raisers by the ~nion have benefited the poor and needy, Scouting and battered women.

Mercy Sister Mary Roger to mark '50th anniv~rsary SWANSEA - Mercy Sister ing. positions in the 1950s and Mary Roger, who has served at the 1960s' at St. Patrick's School, St. former Nazareth Hall and the Jerome's and St. Therese of Comgan Mental Health Center in Lisieux in Brooklyn, N.V:; at Fall River, will observe her 50th , Maria Regina, Seaford, N.Y.; St., anniversary as a religious on Mary's Home, Syosset, N.Y., and March 19with celebration of Mass at 1 p.m., in St. Dominic Church Swansea, followed by a reception in the church hall. She entered Our Lady of Mercy Novitiate in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1950 and made' her final profession on Sept. 5, 1955. She received a bachelor's degree in education from St. John's University in 1972 and a master's degree in special education from Bridgewater State College in 1977. Sister Mary Roger held teach-

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Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville, N.Y. She was camp director and teacher at St. Coletta's in Braintree from 1971 to 1973; taught special education at the former Nazareth Hall in Fall River from 1973 to 1976; and was program director for special needs adults at N~areth Hall from 1976 to 1982. Sister Mary Roger held positions as supervisor of the Job Training Program at Corrigan Mental Health Center from 1990 to 1992; as Pastoral Care Giver at St. Dominic's until 1993; and was director of Religious Education at St. Dominic'sJrom 1993 to 1996. From 1996 to the current time Sister Mary Roger has been involved with special ministries and a ministry to the sick at St. Dominic's Parish.

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Eucharist their own parish community and we believe the opening of this congress should be within that community," Msgr. Avila explained. "We'll assist parishes in promoting this through homily and messages. Part of the Eucharistic Congress is eelebration, but it also catechesis, teaching, helping us to come to a greater appreciation of Christ's presence in the Eucharist." Eveni.ngs of reflection and Eucharistic Devotion in parishes across the diocese, about which more information will be offered in upcoming stories in The Anchor, include: Monday, June 19, St. Anthony Church, Taunton; Thesday, June 20, St. John Neumann Church, East Freetown; Wednesday, June 21, St.

Pius X Church, South Yarmouth; ment of reconciliation be offered Thursday, June 22, St. Mary's Ca- either more frequently' or an exthedral, Fall River; Friday, Jun~ 23, tended time of confessions or even A night of prayer with adoration of a penance service. "Lest anyone think we're taking the Eucharist, the services all in Portuguese at Our Lady of Mount the Saturday (June 24) off, it is beCarmel Church, New Bedford. cause of the massive planning for ''Agaln, because this JubileeYear the 3 p.m., outdoor Mass on Sunis marked. with the concept of pil- day June 25 at upper Kennedy Park," grimages, we wanted to offer a dif- said Msgr. Avila. ferent area or church each night of Bishop O'Malley will be the printhe week where people could go to cipal celebrant. After the Mass the celebrate the event," Msgr. Avila Eucharist will be carried in procespointed out. 'There will be a differ- sion to three churches "representa-· tive of three of the principal ethnic ent dimension or topic each night. "Everyone can't make every . heritages in our city," he added. event, so we planned it so that people ''Hopefully the prayers and songs in across the diocese would have some different languages will show the evening of adoration in their area great unity and diversity in our . that they could attend. We're also Church." The Eucharist will be carried in asking in the parishes that the sacra-

procession to St. Anne's Church, diocese, including altar servers, Euthen to Santo Christo Church on charistic ministers and Deacons will Columbia Street and then to the be invited as well as the clergy. Cathedral, the Mother Church of the . A 70-member special, Jubilee diocese. 2000 Choir, composed of members "Before each of the three of parish choirs in the diocese, are churches there will be an altar set up in rehearsal as they ready their role and the people will be blessed as at in the liturgy at the outdoor Mass. Benediction," Msgr. Avilaexplained. "I think it will be an exciting 'There will also be a reading and week," Msgr. Avila said exuberantly. song outside each ofthe churches as "It gives us achance not only to celis called for at processions on this ebrate the Eucharist, but discover day, which is also the feast of Cor- more of the richness of its gift." pus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ."

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,Get the message The current· surge in oil prices is yet another byproduct 'of runaway capitalism. The oil cartel has purposely created this situation solely from greed. The oil producing nations that belong to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has deliberately sought to raise oil prices by withholding production. From the outset of this action it was obvious that the price of oil would dramatically increase. It has and it hurts. Hundreds of thousands of people have had to pay exorbitant home heating bills. For those livin,g on the fringe of benefits, especially the elderly poor, it has raised havoc with their budgets and placed many in dangerous situations. Our own government said it was completely surprised by this OPEC maneuvering. How untrue this is. As anatiori we have played the oir game along with so many other nations that keep the pockets of the .wealthy quite well-lined.' From Arab sheiks to Western capitalists the few have made a great deal of money ~ocoritinue their extravagant lives. Millions pay to keep their lifestyles on a level of expectation is beyond the reasonable. 'Now the real implication of this wild oil ride is on' the verge of affecting our general economy. American economic expansion is now' showing some cracks. The chief threat comes not from the warnings of Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Board of Gov~ ernors of the Federal Reserve System, but from the reality of inflation. The slow action of a lame duck president in this matter has been appalling given the nature of our own industry. It seems we are more interested in selling American oil to Japan than to ,. our own p~ople. The world economy still depends on oil: Every person in this country depends on oil each and every day, not just for heating purposes, but for its many by products. From plastics to packaging, oil is the key ingredient. It is therefore imperativ~ that we don't just sit back and muse that our economy is so sound that it can't be affected by the lingering inflation'threat that oil prices ,'can.increase. We should also be. aware. that ,e.conornic develop~ iment must be ,kept under the!contr~L;ofjmankiJ1(tIt 'should not be left to the monetary judgmenH)''few who guard well therr excessive economic' power. Today, more than ever before, economic growth should serve the common good. Asotir globe becomes more open and unified through such services as the Internet, we should remember that the fundamental piJrpose of productivity must not be mere multiplication of moneymaking schemes. It should not lJe solely profit 'and domination. As our Holy Father has so often stated, economies should be at the service of men and indeed of the whole man. This indeed must be viewed in terms of man's material needs, but also in' the light of the intellectual moral and spiritual qualities of a person' ~ life. We should also realize that we are the stewards of creation. God intended the earth and all that it contains, and this includes oil, for the use of eveiyhuman, being. In a real sense these fruits of creation should be viewed as common property in that they should benefit all and not just the few. Vatican II in its document for socio-economic life reflected, "The right to have a share of earth's goods sufficient for oneself and 9ne's family belongs to everyone. Therefore according to their ability, let all indiv.iduals and governments undertake a generous sharing of their goods." In this great Jubilee Year, such a view would be a great reflection of our common concern for one another. Let's hope OPEC gets the message.



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H·ow· interestedare Catholics in politics? By FATHER EUGENE HEMRICK CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE

need of help. Trying to change national policies or laws .would Do U.S. Catholics differ from be last on their list. Like many in others in society in'how they ap- society, these Catholics tend to be proach civic life? Can a Catholic insular. presence in the public square conWorks of sociologists such as tribute something distinctive to Robert Bellah confirm' that not the nation's political and cultural only Catholics but most Ameridebates? cans tend to be insular and less Those questions are part ,of a that completely civic~minded. We study planned by the feel most comfortable being with Commonweal Foundation and the people who think and act like we Faith and Reason Institute seek- . do, and we tend to leave marching to determine how well Ca- ingfor a civic cause to others. The Editor tholicism is putting its special SoCiologists would tell us that stamp on American political and not all Catholics are like this, social thought. though the majority are. The soBut there is another question ciologists also would point out that I feel ought be asked first: in that a strong minority are just the addition to believing the Creed, opposite, feeling that involvement receiving the sacraments and par- with political and social thinking OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER ticipating in the Sunday liturgy, is a r~ligious duty. what religious practices are most This leads to 'a question I Published weekry by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River importantto Catholics? The ques- strongly believe ought to b~ asked: .887 Higl1land Avenue P.O. BOX 7 tion is critical because it gets to How do we' enlarge the ranks of Fall River, MA 02722-0007 Fall River. MA02720 the heart of a Catholic's value sys- Catholics actively involved in soTelephone 508-675-7151 tem. cialand political issues? FAX (508) 675-7048 My hypothesis is that the maI would suggest focusing on Send address changes to P.O. Box 7 or call telephone number above jority of Catholics would respond high school and college students, by talking about maintaining their emphasizing in their studies the EDITOR . GENERAL MANAGER NEWS EDITOR own spirituality, being part of the Catholic responsibility toward Rev. Msgr. John F. Moore .Rosemary Dussault James N. Dunbar Catholic cqmmunity and serving society, including the responsibil~ LEA"V PRlIS - FALL ~A others, especially Catholics in ity to address the civic and social



issues that challenge us today. The young are the future of the Church and the nation. If they are going to influence American culture in the future, the foundations of Church social teaching need to be explored now. .This will mean a radical education because today's youth are spending most of their time learning how to get ahead in life, not how to contribute to society. Many college .administrators have told me that they have pro- . grams .aimed at 'hel~ng young people explore social justice and civic-mindedness, but only a handful of students respond wholeheartedly to these programs. Apparently, most students are concerned primarily with becoming prosperous and gettil'lg ahead in life. When self-interest takes hold, civic affairs and social justice take a back seat. The Commonweal F.oundation arid the Faith and Reason Institute would be wise to focus on the education of youth. If young people learn that Catholics bear a responsibility for the world they live in, they'll put their stamp on . our culture.

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ColI and other reli- versary of Operation Rice Bowl When disaster strikes, the U.S. gious leaders in Allentown, Pa. we celebrate with more than Catholic community is aiways Initially it was to assist in the al- 13,000 U.S. parishes involved in quick to reach ou~ to our brothers leviation of hunger in Africa, spe- the program. They are a shining Attleboro, MA 02703-0965 and sisters in need. No matter what cifically following the drought of example of the great strides we the crisis, no matter what the 10- 1975. Participants were told that have made as a global commucation. Last year alone commu- by eating simple meals each week nity. We continue to reach out to Lenten Recolle'ction, March 12, '00 nities and parishes from dioceses during Lent and donating money our brothers and sisters around the Portuguese Retreat March 1'7-19, '00' all over the United States raised saved to the program, they could world, taking the time to learn Singles' Retreat March 24-26, '00 funds to help people in Kosovo, support community efforts to al- about their struggles and their March 31-Apr. 2, '00 Mystical Mind! East Timor, Turkey, India, Hon- leviate hunger all over the world. hopes, holding their hand in ours Body Connection duras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The pilot program was so suc- . and acknowledging their problems For those countries and programs cessful, $100,000 was raised and.. as our own. March 31:'Apr. 2, '00 Married Couples' Retreat On behalfpf my colleagues at not in the news because of disas- the U.S. Bishops Conference Women's Retreat Ap~i17-9, '~O ter, however, funds from Opera-adopted the program and placed Catholic Relief Services and our tion Rice }lowl assist with pro- Operation Rice Bowl under the partners overs~as, I'thank you for: grams that promote ·co·riimlinity .'inaiuigement .of Cath61i~ Relief, ; your continued support of this for more information, please call or write Retreat Secretary development. Services. Over the past 24 years,most vital program. .' " . 50&:222-8530 Onepartic~arsituationuan~OperntionRiceBowlh~rai~d ..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ out in my mind, when I consider more than $105 million and the positive impact of CRS' pro- helped support 1,200 long-term grams funded by Operation Rice development projects in more than Bowl. Satyabhama Behera lives 60 countries.


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Cincinnati priest named auxiliary bishop in military archdiocese WASHINGTON (CNS) Msgr. John J. Kaising of Cincinnati, who served as an Army chaplain for 28 years, h~ been named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services by Pope John Paul II. Bishop-designate Kaising, who turns 64 on March 3, w~ an Army chapJain from 1970 to 1998, serving from 1994 to i 998 as executive assistant to the Army chiefofchaplains with the rank of colonel. He retired from the Army in June 1998 and reported for duty as p~tor of the 2,4OD-family St. Dominic Parish in Delhi just one month later. His episcopal ordination will be April ll·at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. Born in Cincinnati on March 3, 1936, Bishop-designate Kaising w~ ordained Dec. 22, 1962 following studies at the Athenaum of Ohio. In 1963 he received a master's degree in edu~ cation from Xavier University.. From 1963 to 1969, Bishop-

designate Kaising served as associate pastor at a Dayton parish and taught religion, Latin and American history at Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering. He entered military life in 1969 ~ an Army chaplain and w~ assigned to duty in Vietnam in August 1970. After service worldwide, the bishop-designate in 1992 went to tlie U.s. Army Chaplain Center and School in Fort Monmouth, N.J., as ~sis­ tant commandant. Two years later he was assigned again, to the Office of the Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon as the executive officer to' the chief of chaplains. In 1994, he w~ made a monsignor. Bishop-designate Kaising's military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.









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THEANCHOR ~ Diocese ofFall Rlver- Fri., February 25, 2000


Lessons of the winter flu Everybody I talked to this winter either had the flu of book. or expressed fear they would get the flu. Me? I fell That was even more true than I anticipated. As I into the first category - coming down with an inces- read I got ever more curious about this man Bruno, sant cough, lots of fever, no energy and a conviction especially as it dawned on me that he was not a ficthat since I couldn't do anything useful, I had slumped tional character. Now I did what I always do when I into worthlessness. get curious about a person Whenever I get down or event. I went running like that, I call my sister to my "Encyclopedia Britannica" to see what I Rosemary. She's only two years older than I am, but could learn. To my surshe always has functioned prise, Bruno had huge as a surrogate mother to coverage in this prestime. First she scolded me, gious book. By Antoinette' Bosco reminding me that it's reI was in my element! I ally OK not to do any- L..----------t.-':.....-'-__.... had something new to thing when you're sick. learn. It turned out that She always says you do have ajob when you're sick Bruno believed the earth was part of an infinite uni- to get well! . verse with numerous peopled worlds - ideas that But then she came up with a rather sisterly idea. would influence Galileo, Kepler, Descartes and even "Why don't you read a novel?" she suggested. We James Joyce. Because he refused to recant his beliefs had been talking recently about how I'm reading all and accept the dogma of the Church that held the the·time, but all my books are nonfiction. That's be- earth was the center of the universe, he was declared a cause I feel I have to be learning something; I told her. heretic by the Inquisition and burned at the stake. She retninded me that I used to love to read novels I had just read a book called ''The Hidden Heart of and that I really can do something entertaining once the Cosmos" by Brian Swimme (Orbis) that I found in a while. "You're worth it," she insisted.. "Ah," I utterly fascinating. It deals With past limitations in our responded, "everybody should have asister Ro~mary!" understanding of the universe, while presenting an So I went to my'shelfofunread novels and picked up exciting vision of how we live in a mysterious, saone I had gotten about a year ago. ''The Nolan, Prisoner cred, ever-evolving universe. How fortunate that we of the Inquisition" .(Crossroad). The 'blurb called it "an 1)0 longer have "to force theology's terminology iI,lto unforgettable Renaissance novel aboutGiordano Bruno;' the service of cosmology," Swimme points out. an ex-monk from the town of Nola, near Naples. I thought of poor Bruno - preaching a science Bruno was imprisoned by the Church because his 400 years too early. maverick scientific beliefs conflicted with 16th-cenI called Rosemary to thank her for getting me to tury theological dogma. The author, Morton Leonard read a novel and told her all about Bruno. "Glad to see Yanow, wrote that he had spent more than a dozen you were well entertained," she said, laughing. My years researching this novel. It sounded like my kind sister knows me well.

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AN ALBANIAN student holds a banner amid a sea of umbrellas during a recent rally in Kosovo's capital, Pristina. Religious leaders were among those condemning recent violence. (eNS photo from Reuters)

Americans urged to put in their 'two cents' on debt relief .



~ Sisters ofMercy say

people should write to President Clinton asking for a poor nations debt writeoff. BvRrrAREAU CAlHOUC NEWS SERVICE

HARTFORD, Conn. - When it comes to easing the debt burden of heavily indebted poor countries, the Sisters of Mercy think Americans should put in their "two cents" worth on the issue. . . They have begun a campaign asking Americans to write to President Clinton urging the cancellation of debts that threaten to crush some of the world's poorest countries. And they want letter-writers to include two pennies. Mercy Sister Jean Carroll of Newingtontold The Catholic Transcript, newspaper of The Hartford Archdiocese, that the idea is a play on words. '''Let me give you two cents' worth." It's kind of a clever gimmick - and they're (attaching) it to those letters," she said. "Hopefully, because of the attached coins, it'll attract someone's attention more than just a letter or postcard would." Nationally, the Sisters of Mercy are distributing forms that acknowledge Clinton's effo$ thus far on debt relief, and ask him to use his influence with the International Monetary Fund and theWorld Bailk _to ease impoverished nations' burdens. Each form has two spots where the sender can attach pennies. The . sisters hope Clinton will be deluged


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with the coins. In a speech last fall at the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Clinton pledged to cancel 100 percent of the U.S.-held debt of the world's most heavily indebted poor countries if they qualify for debt relief and use the savings to "finance basic human needs." "That was a tremendous move ... needed to encourage other countries to do the same," said· Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, a Sister of St. Joseph who works for Network,' a national Catholic social justice lobby. Clinton's initiative would total about $970 million over four years to finance bilateral and multilateral debt relief. , Congress has allocated $123 million for the first year, which Sister Clark called a step in the right direction, adding they "must be persuaded to finish the job." Congress also authorized the IMF to use $2.3 billion for anti-pOverty programs. The Mercy Sisters' initiative is taking place in collaboration with Jubilee 2000lUSA, the U.S. arm of an international debt-cancellation effort. Sister Carroll said that debt cancellation is a true act- of Christian charity because many poor countries can't meet the. basic needs of their citizens because so much of their money goes to repay debts'to other nations. ''The amount of the interest paid is more than the loan," sh~ said. "If this continues, the poor' are never going to be able to lift their heads (out of) grinding, miserable poverty."

The difference be··tween lawf'u~JI and valid .

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Q. Thank you for your informative column in have written to me worried about an "invalid" Mass our diocesan paper. In your a questio~ because different form of wheat bread was used. on baptism, you seem to indicate that if the wa- By no means does that necessarily make the eucha. ter is poured rightly and the proper words in- ristic liturgy invalid. Bread made from wheat alone, in which nothing voking the Trinity are said, the sacrament would else has been added in such a quantity that the prodbe valid. But we have been told that the baptism of an uct can no longer be commonly considered wheat infant is not lawful unless there is a weD-founded bread, is required for a valid Eucharist. Note the hope that the infant will be brought up. in the words between the two commas. (See the Instruction of the Congregation Catholic faith. This sup- r - -........---~--for the Discipline of the posedly is canon law. Sacraments, 1929.) . How then can the Thus, the common baptism you speak of leavened wheat bread one be valid? The parents buys at the supermarket were not even aware of the baptism. In two would be illicit but valid By Father years they have not for Mass. It has in fact been commonly used' in bothered to have the' John J. Dietzen baby baptized. There .... some churches outside the doesn't seem much Latin rite. By tradition, hope the' child will be-raised Catholic~ How do however, repeated over the centuries (by Pope Pius X for one, in September 1912), unleavened bread such you explain your answer? (Missouri) A. Yours is only one of numerous letters I've re- as we are accustomed to at Mass is required for lawful ceived recently confusing the meaning of valid and celebration of the Eucharist in the Latin Church. Similar distinctions apply concerning wine. Mass lawful (licit) sacraments. Valid administrationofbaptism, for example, means that the sacrament was truly, . wine must be made from grapes, but more conditions (concerning mixture with water or other addiauthentically ministered and received. A sacrament may be valid, however, a real sacra-' tives) are required for validity than for lawfulness. To offer just one more example, the ordination of ment, and still be unlawfully celebrated. It is true, for example, that, outside of danger of death, canon priests and bishops may be wrongin certain cases, but law (868) requires the condition you mention for a still valid. If, for instance, a bishop ordains another licit baptism. . man bishop without proper authorization from the As I explained in the column you quote, the pope, that ordination ceremony is gravely illicit, but Church has good reasons for saying it is wrong to still valid; the newly ordained person is truly a bishop. The theology concerning the overall intention of baptize childrenin situations where there is no Catholic life going on in the home and no expectation that the Christian community, the Church, in these matthe parents will give Catholic nurturing to their child. ters brings in other imporumt factors. It seems, howIt would not be fair to the child, the parents or the . ever, that keeping the above points in mind would often serve to keep things clear, reduce anxieties and Christian community. It is wrong and unlawful, therefore, to baptize preserve some Catholic peace of soul. Questions· for this column should be sent to someone in these circumstances, but not invalid. The same is true of the other sacraments. Several Father Dietzen at Box 325, Peoria, II. 61651.


Questll· on' s

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Ema Jean, Doctor Scoops and Professor Cone One of the greatest 'things "Professor Waffle Cone," we around the staging field by the about being a grandparent is passed the dairy owned by the feeding station and visit with that in the eyes of a four-year- Thompson family. some of the potential pets. I "Do you like cows, made a mental note to burn our old you can be an expert on just about anything and every- Grandpa?" Bull asked. shoes and bury the ashes bething, ,And that's how our "You know," I assured him, fore we went home. grandson Bull came to have his "I have seen them crowd in Truth is~ milk cows are gorpet cow, Ema Jean. geous animals. Howand, Bull h, sure, sure, r----------~r-::::::;;:_-.,....ever grandkjds' moms and picked up on this right dads still know everyaway - they can have thing, but grandmas and an "air" about them. grandpas' have special "I bet mommy , expertise in any numwouldn't let me take ber of areas which, in one in the house," he our family, includes observed. By Dan Morris modes of ice cream inLooking down on gestion, watermelon .....- - - - - - - - - our shoes, I nodded seed spitting and exotic agreement. pets. "Actually, Bull," I said, "I line at the feed station and burp Just the other day I was vis- at the table and not say 'ex- hope they let us into the deli iting our gra.ndson Bull. He cuse me,' and all kinds of for that 'indubitably' ice said, "Grandpa?" .: things like that." cream. We might have to go Solemnly I replied,"Yes, "Can I have a cow?" he , in barefoot." my grandson." asked, clearly unconcerned "OK," he said, his mind ob"Do you want to ingest about their potential lack of viously elsewhere. "Do you some ice cream?" he asked. social decorum. think we could keep one in the "Indubitably'," I said. "For a pet?" I asked. back yard?" "Is that a flavor?" "Yeah," he said, "like "Maybe," I said, "but you'd Not seeing an adult in .hear- Ghost." Ghost is the gray fam- probably have to take care of ing range, I, of course, told ily cat. her all by yourself. And you him, "One of the very best, "Good question," I answered don't have a barn." buddy." - and did a U-turn back to"Oh yeah," he said thoughtOn our way to the deli ward the Thompsons. fully. where Bull and I are known as Chet Thompson was good "B~t we could maybe take "Doctor Two Scoops" and enough to allow us to wander one home in our heads, in our


TIIEANCHOR- Diocese ofFall River- Fri., February 25, 2000 imaginations," I smiled. "Yeah," ~e repeated. "Kind of like a pretend cow." Yes, I admit I talked him into naming Ema Jean to echo "ima-gena-tion." Blat he got to pick his own flavor ice cream, and was quite taken by the compliments we

received for leaving our shoes at the deli door., Doctor Scoops and Professor Cone strike again! Comments are welcome. Write Uncle Dan at 441 Church St., San Francisco, Calif. 94114; or e-mail:


The offbeat world of Uncle Dan

Family baptisms ,at home When Jesus wished to deDear Dr. Kenny: We want to have our newborn son scribe the God7life, he used baptized at home but our family terms, referring to God priest has some misgivings. as a Father and himself as the He wants to baptize our son Son. The' human agency at church, either during whereby new life is fashioned Mass or afterward. I know takes place not in Church, but you believe in family. What do yoil think? (Illinois) Do both. Have a celebration at home to welcome him into the human community, With Dr. James & and then process to church where, through Mary Kenny baptism;he can be welcomed into the Christian community. The family and the Church within the family. You are correct to desire a are different institutions. A primary function of the family is celebration of new life within to create and nurture new life. your family. Invite family and A primary function of the friends. Tell the story of the Church is to keep alive and new birth. Celebrate th~ naming of your child with the present the word of God. Both the family and the story of why you chose those Church are religious institu- names'. Ask each guest to hold and tions. Both reach beyond the "here and now" into that realm bless your child, wishing your of mystery that includescre- ' child the virtues of their own ation, ancestors, grace and patron saints and heroes. Ask God. The Church has no mo- your guests to pray aloud that' your child will be loving and nopoly on religion. The family is older than the giving, and)hat he will have Church and in and of itself the courage to persevere. Ofholy. When God took on flesh fer a toast to life! Then walk or ride to and blood, he came, not to a church, but to a family. In church for the baptism, markfact, he came to the least of ing the formal entry of your child into the Christian comall families.

Family Talk

munity. If your parish usually has baptisms during or after Mass, have your family celebration the night before. Select your child's godparents with care. Choose adults who will be present to your child, who will help in his care and nurture. Choose adults who might raise your child if you were to die before your child reached maturity. Plan the baptism insofar as you can. Ask your priest what latitude you have to introduce a personal touch to the ceremony. Choose the spiritual songs. Experience the significance of the baptism. A white garment for innocence. Water for spiritual rebirth. Salt for wisdom. Flames for the presence of soul and spirit. The family and the Church are both sacred institutions and . 'close to God. Neither one' should supersede the other. The family should have its own celebration: But baptism belongs in church. ' . Reader questions on family living and' child care to be answered in print are invited. Address questions: The Kennys; St. Joseph's College; 219. W. Harrison; Rensselaer, IN 47978.

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THEANCHOR- Diocese ofFall River- Fri., February 25, 2000

Archbishop Tutu gets .honorary degree from Seattle University By AOAMWORCESTER CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In 1995, South African President Nelson Mandela appointed Archbishop Tutu chairman of the Truth -and Reconciliation Commission, a body set up to probe gross human nghts violations between 1960 and 1994. "The most important truth is that each of us has an extraordinary capacity for good," Archbishop Tutu said. "Despite all appearances to the contrary, we are fundamentally good." Every person'e capacity to reveal God, the archbishop noted. If we had the right kind of eyes, he said, we could discern features of Jesus Christ in everyone. Archbishop Tutu exhorted listeners to use the new millennium .as a chance to bury past injustices and enjoy a fresh start. Afterward, Jesuit Father Stephen V. Sundborg, president of Seattle University, described Archbishop Tutu's speech as the best he's ever heard, and said it might be the most significant address in, the university's 109-year history. . '

SEATTLE - Though commencement is still months away, thousands of people flocked to Seattle University last week to watch a special "graduate" receive his diploma. Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate from South Africa, accepted an honorary degree from the Jesuit-run university for his role in dismantling apartheid and helping'to heal its ugly wounds. , "This is an important day in the history of Seattle University," said Susan Secker, acting provost, calling the archbishop's life "a model of justice for our students." Archbishop Alex 1. Brunett of Seattle praised Archbishop Tutu for "the powerful message ofjustice and peace that you proclaim and witness in your own personal life." , , The Rev. Samuel B. McKinney, ,pastor emeritus SoUIl8; Annuorio Pontlfldo 2000 of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle, compared Archbishop Tutu to Mother Teresa, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. Archbishop Tutu received several thunderous standing ovations from the capac- .1.-. :",' ity audience. But in his keynote address, .:...;.' ' he urged the crowd to stand and applaud --: By PATRICIA ZAPOR bishops "find this reduction in themselves for America's role in imposing economic CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE wages in S. 1814 unacceptable," penalties that helped end apartheid. "You prayed for us. You upheld us in some of the WASHINGTON - A Senate and reiterated a call for a living bill addressing issues related to wage for temporary agricultural most awful moments in immigrant agricultural workers workers, which he made in tes- our struggle against inneglects critical needs and actu- timony to the Senate Judiciary justice," the archbishop ".J ally would make circumstances Subcommittee on Immigration said. "We wish some. times we could open up worse for employees, according last year. to the chairman of the U.S. He also said the bill would our hearts for you to see bishops' Migration Committee. unacceptably reduce basic ben- the depth and intensity of In a letter to Sen. Gordon efits to workers. For instance, our gratitude." The worldexpre,ssed its I, Smith, R-Ore., Bishop Nicho- employers who "now must prolas A. DiMarzio of Camden, vide housing under certain cir- gratitude to the clergyman .N.J., argued that the Agricul- cumstances would be relieved of with the 1984 Nobel Peace tural Job Opportunity Benefits that requirement for at least ,Prizeforhiscrusadeagainst and Security Act actually low- three years by opting for hous- ' apartheid as general secretary of the South African ers the level of wages and elimi- ing allowances instead. nates ben~ Bishop Council of Churches. efits, such DiMarzio From 1986. to 1996 he' as requireThe bill would change the also said the served as archbishop of ments for basis for agriCUltural minimum bill fails to Cape Town, where he was certain em- wages to one that would result imp r 0 v e named archbishop emeritus ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu of South Africa' adployers to in overall lower wages, he said. standards after his retirement. Arch- dresses an audience at Seattle University in Seattle recently. Tutu pro v ide It also would allow employers for housing' bishop Tutu now teaches received an honorary degree from the Jesuit university for his role housing for h h ~ conditions theology at EmoryUniverv to average ltv. at t eJ pay ,or and would sity in Atlanta. in dismantling apartheid. (eNS photo by Mike Penney) immigrants ~lowed~ cM~~~esof~~~en notrequire ~-------------------------------~ work in the making calculations that would even diminished benU nit e d ultimately reduce the minimum hourly wage for efits States temporarily. .... . . w 0 r k efor rs

Guest worker bill alleged to take too much, give too little

Smith is the prime sponsor of the bill, which has been assigned to the Judiciary. Committee. It had not been scheduled for hearings. .Bishop DiMarzio's letter, released by the U.S. Catholic Conference this month, notes that the bishops' conference does not support the statlis quo for temporary and migrant workers. But Smith's bill, S. 1814, fails to address critical areas of concern to the bishops, he wrote. The bill would change the basis for agricultural minimum wages to one that would result , in ovenllllower wages, he said. , It also would allow employers to average what they pay for certain types of work when making calculations that would ultimately reduce the miqimum hourly wage for others. Bishop DiMarzio said the

whq are hired from a new state registry, instead of employed directly by a grower who applies for their admission to the country. Bishop DiMarzio was more supportive ,of a provision of S.. 1814 that wo'uld allow farm workers currently in the United States without legal immigration status to apply -to remain legally in the country. "In our view, a shorter work, requirement and a guarantee of immediate permanent resident status constitute the basic requirements of any meaningful adjustment program," Bishop DiMarzio said. In Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers said in January that the Graham legislation would hinder workers' rights and does nothing to encourage necessary dialogue between. growers and farmworkers.

Bishop says God acts through Catholic trustees

WASHINGTON (CNS) Leibrecht illustrated his point with God acts through trustees of an anecdote about a 'bystander Catholic institutions, Bishop John watching Mother Teresa as she J. Leibrecht of Springfield-Cape comforted an elderly man lying Girardeau, Mo., told a gathering in a gutter, cleaning him and pickof more than 80 Catholic founda- ing maggots off his body, According to the story, the tion leaders. "In believing that God acts man finally said, ''I wouldn't do through them, trustees are not that for a million dollars," and expressing pious sentiment but MotherTeresa answered, "Neither recognizing a reality based on re- . would I." The observer sa~ only lea pa: ligious insight," he said. Bishop Leibrecht spoke on the thetic man in apathetic situation," spirituality of trusteeship at the but the nun "believed Christ was annual midwinter symposium of acting through her. Herinneifaith FADICA, Foundations and Donors allowed her to see the full reality;' Bishop Leibrecht said. Interested' in Catholic Activities. He said some people asked to "Laity and board leadership in Catholic institutions" was the topic serve as trustees ofCatholic instiof the meeting, held in Palm tutions "may feel embarrassed" to think of that as a vocation,. but it ' Beach, Fla. Describing spirituality as a 'is. "God has called, 'al1dis 'caII~ matter of where a person places ing, many lay men and women to his life's focus and energy, Bishop trusteeship;' he said.

Jesuit FatherWilliam 1: Byron, professor of the prac~ce ofethics at Georgetown University, told the group that "Catholic institutions are relative newcomers to the world of lay-dominated, self-perpeniating, independent boards of trustees." '~ lay trustees gain more governance control," he added, "they are looklng to priests and religious who once had control, to exercise new.iDfluence now in preserving the tradition and revitalizing the mission." , He said foundations "can offer conCrete assistince" to that project by funding workshops, retreats, training institlltes and qtpe)". programs that~iH, qelp Catholiceducation, health care and 'service' institiitio'fi~' ''fltilii1iaIite''

their lay trustees with the religious mission."

lHEANCHOR- Diocese of Fall River- Fri., February is, 2000


Pope says former Auschwitz camp must be reminder VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The Nazis at Auschwitz and neighborNazi concentration camp at ing Birkenau. Auschwitz must be a permanent 'The voice ofAuschwitz, the cry reminder of the horrors people are of the tortured, must continually capable of committing, Pope John awaken the world so that such a . Paul II said. tragedy will never happen again in Greeting city officials and pil- human history," Pope John Paul grims from Oswiecim, the Polish said. town where the camp is located, "I thank you for all you do to the pope said, ''Auschwitz is a par- keep the memory of this painful ticular witness to the terrible war past alive," he told the city officials which caused millions of victims." and townspeople. The pope spoke to the group In December, Oswiecim Mayor recently during. his weekly general Adam Bilski said his district counaudience.. The Oswiecim officials cil made the pope an honorary ci~­ ARCHBISHOP CORMAC Murphy-O'Connor, newly appointed to head the Archdiocese traveled to theVatican to make Pope zen to commemorate his visit there 'in 1979. of Westminster, stands outside the Westminster cathedral in central London. He replaces John Paul an honorary citizen. "Your city bears the signs of the The pope, who directed the cloCardinal George Basil Hume, who died of cancer last year. (CNS photo from Reuters) suffering and martyrdom of many sure of a Carmelite convent at the nations," the pope said, referring Auschwitz camp in 1993, holds to the 1.5 million Jews, Poles, Gyp- honorary citizenship of 25 other sies and other peoples killed by the Polish cities and towns.

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MANCHESTER, England Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has been appointed archbishop of Westminster, succeeding the late· Cardinal George Basil Hume. The appointment was announced atArchbishop'sHouse, Westminster. It ended months of speculation following the death ofCardinallJume in June. .' Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor, 67, has been bishop ofArundel and' Brighton since November \977. He was once described by the weekly Catholic magazine The Tablet as "everyone's favorite bishop: human, genial, collaborative, imposing:' He is known in his diocese and beyond as "Bishop Cormac." Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor has been the Catholic chairman of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission since 1982. He has also been chairman of the Department for Mission and Unity of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. In a statement at the press con-' ference to announce his appointment, the archbishop said he would hope to do in Westminster what he had been doing in Aru'ndel and Brighton, "namely, teaching and preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ and endeavoring to be a shepherd, a guide and pastor of the people." He said he would try to do this in collaboration with priests and clergy. ''Collaboration has always been foremost in my ministry so far, and it will continue to be so in the years ahead. 'There is much to be done, and I accept very willingly the challenges that lie ahead because I know that with the help of God and the active cooperation of priests and people, we can fulfill what Christ, the Son of God, WaJ1ts us to do and to be. ''We are inclined to forget sometimes that the Church ofJesus Christ is ever old and ever new. Some talk of 'gloomy times,' but I don't see it that way, because those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ are invited to be ever more faithful, ever

more true to him, as they bring his message of hope and reconciliation to the people.of our times." The new archbishop referred to the decline in religious practice in England and Wales. ''While there is nothing that can take its place, an attempt has been made by, among others, the culture ofconsumerism. This is a seduction thatassumes that everything can be bought and sold and that even human beings are assessed by what they have rather than who they are. '. 'The Church believes thatChristian faith. is the potent force that a1lows us to be freed from a view of .the world that ultimately can enslave us:' he said.. Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor said he wanted to continue the cooperation he had begun with Anglican and Free Church colleagues. ''I believe that the Catholic community has adistinctive and vital role to play, and we will fulfill it with all the generosity of which we are capoole. "In a strangeway, these are good times to be a Christian, good times to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, because his Good News and message is real, is' true, and is able to set people free. I believe that the people of our countries need to hear this voice more urgently than ever. ''When I became abishop Ichose as my motto the words 'Gaudium et Spes.' These words, meaning 'Joy and Hope,' are the beginning of the Constitution of the Vatican Council on The Church in the Modern World. Cormac Murphy-O'Connor was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Reading, England, the fifth son ofDr. George Murphy-O'Connor and his wife, Ellen. Two of his brothers also became priests. He was educated at Presentation College, Reading, and Prior Park College, Bath. He trained for the priesthood at English College, Rome, and eamed degrees in phi-. losophy and theology at Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest in Rome Oct. 28, 1956, and was appointed bishop of Arundel and

. Brighton in 1977. Prior to his ordination as a bishop he was rector of English College, Rome. He also was private secretary and chaplain to the then-Bishop DerekWorlock of Portsmouth,later archbishop of Liverpool. Recently, Archbishop MurphyO'Connor was awarded a doctorate in divinity by Anglican Archbishop George Carey ofCanterbury in recognition of all his work for ecumenism. He has been particularly interested in youth work, sacramental programs and the development of small communities. Arundel and Brighton was the first English diocese to initiate the ''Renew'' program and has begun a period of preparation for a diocesan synod to be held in 2002. In 1995 he welcomed the possibility of married men who were fonner Anglican clergy becoming Catholic priests, saying they would enrich the life of the Church. The new archbishop was praised by the editor of The Tablet, John Wilkins, who said in a BBC interview that Archbishop MurphyO'Connor was a warm and approachable figure. "He makes you feel like a million dollars:' he said. Some commentators suggested that the appointment was a stopgap. At 67, the new archbishop will have to offer his retirement at the age of 75. But the editor of the Catholic Times, Kevin Flaherty, said: "It would be wrong to think of him merely as a caretaker - that, after . all, is what people once said about PopeJohn XXIII, and we know what he achieved in the church." Flaherty told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview: "Bishop Conriac is widely admired for his pastoral skills, particularly the attention he pays to the welfare of his priests, and his concern to rebuild a sense and spirit of community among parishes. His experience . and enthusiasm in working to achieve Christian unity will undoubtedly be a hallmark of his ministry."




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Jesuit mission' art reflects cultural tolerance WASHINGTON (CNS) - Our- for the kind of spectacle that goes ing an earlier era of globalization on the mission." Said Bailey: ''The vast majority called the Age of Exploration, Jesuit missionaries worldwide contrib- of people who did the 'artwork and uted significantly to art and science built the buildings on the missions were indigenous people, mostly conand knowledge in general. But, according to art professor verts." Some 20 to 40 indigenous people Gauvin A. Bailey, tolerance is the lesson to be learned from the four and one or two Jesuits, mainly brothJesuit missions featured in his new ers, created the art on a mission, he book, "Art on the Jesuit Missions in said. Often, those who became Asia and Latin America, 1542- brothers were professional artists, then considered tradesmen, who felt 1773." Published by the Ufi!versity of a calling to use their skills to benefit Toronto Press, the work examines . the missions, he added. Bailey finds the art so interesting the blend of European and indigenous art and architecture produced because it ''takes this very basic kind orimissions in Japan, China, Mughal of late Renaissance-early Baroque India and the Paraguay "reductions;' ... very clear, emotional style from 30 large mission towns where no- Europe and transforms it by makmadic Guarani peoples were settled. ing it a little more like the style of Overthose two centuries, the num- the area." In the Christian art produced in ber of conversions in Japan, China and Paraguay reached about 300,000 Japan and Mughal India', for exeach, while the Jesuits "had virtually ample, the figures have the specific no luck converting Muslims" in In- "eyebrow and nose and coloration" dia, said Bailey, assistant professor ofcontemporary Japanese and Muslim paintings, of Renaissance he said. The and Baroque art atClarlc UniverGuarani sculptures feature sity in Worcester,Mass. pre-conquest, But, he told, pre-contact traCatholic News .ditions, showService in a ing the "impact phone interof indigenous view, these misweaving and sions enjoyed ceramics com"floudshing aring out in the patterns on the tistic exchanges," and drapery." This hybridthe surViving art is "a really imization is "what portant documakes it notjust ment" of culsec 0 n d - rat e tural tolerance. copies of EuroThough pean art," some Jesuits Bailey said. The missions share~ the prevailing European view that every- were funded in a variety of ways. thing non-European was inferior, he Bailey said the Japan mission said, "on the whole, they were a lot "was paid for largely by the s'ilk more tolerant ofnon-Christian, non- ships" .from China in which the JeEuropean societies in an attempt to suits had invested. In Guarani terri-. tory, they had a monopoly on the communicate with them." Art was produced fo~ pra~tical production and export of mate tea. reasons, he said. It was used to con- In southern India, they operated vert, educate and facilitate sacramen- plantations worked by African tal and ritual life. But its main use slaves. was ''to cross the language barrier The Paraguay missions also made as an international way of commu- money from their artworks. ''They nicating," said Bailey. produced so many ... they were able Few people realize that Francis to sell them to most of the colonial Xavier, founder ofthe Japan mission, centers in Argentina," said Bailey. never learned Japanese, he said. ''He Another new University of relied on converts, Japanese who Toronto Press title - ''The Jesuits: would help him translate, but he also Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, very much relied on images to teach:' 1540--1773" - contaiI!s 35 essays The art also was produced in a originating in a 1997 international sequence, he said. First caine images, conference at Boston College. . most commonly of the VIrgin Mary, Bailey, one of the book's editors, especially the famous St Luke Ma- said the missions had a greapmpact. do~ain the'BasilicaofSt Mary Ma- on the order before it was sup~' jor in Rome, and of Christ as pressed by papal edict in 1773. .. Jesuit missionaries found the "Salvator Mundt' or savior of the world. . for malaria in quinine, he noted, and Next came the church~building, Jose de Acosta, a Je~uit in Peru in . then sculpture. These missions fell . the late 16th century, theorized "that "within the region of the Spanish Amerindians had crossed a land and Portuguese empires or just be~ bridge from Asia." yond them," he said, and both tradiAmazingly, Bailey added, he tions favored altarpieces and statues came up with the Bering Strait in their churches. Sculpture also was theory long before that area "had needed ''for processions, for parades, even been charted."


BRUCE WILLIS and Matthew Perry star in a scene from "The Whole Nine Yards." The U.S. Catholic Conference said the film about a dentist who realizes his new neighbor is a mob hit-man has many funny moments and clever plot twists but a disturbingly flippant attitude about life. The USCC classification is A-III - adults. Tne Motion Picture Association of America rating is R - restricted. (CNS photo from Warner Bros.) .

Italian film touches the heart BVGERRI PARE CATHOLlC NEWS SERVICE

. mother superior's urging she not take her vows. Sister Caterina is not having a crisis of faith but of direction, pondering how she can best serve God while she tries to assure Ernesto that God does care and listens to our prayers. As a result of being exposed to Sister Caterina's of self, Ernesto finds himself helping out at the soup kitchen, startirigto see his staff as individuals, and even staying overnight in the retreat-lIke atmosphere of the convent to reassess his life. Resembling Peter Sellers, Orlando' brings a mildly humorous but thoughtful quality to drab, ordinary Ernesto that makes him sympathetic despite his sadsack persona . When Teresa is discovered, her explanation of the abandonment brings a sense of closure that enables each of the three to come to terms with where they will go from there. Also adding warm sparks of

NEW YORK -A young nun's serenity is shaken when an abandoned baby is pressed upon her in the quietly touching Italian drama, "Not of This World" (Enterteeh). Sister Caterina (Margherita Buy) is months from taking her final vows when a jogger inteirupts her walk in a Milan park, places in her arms an infant he just found and runs off. The local hospital pronounces the baby boy to be in good health and readily adoptable. Sister Caterina, however, feels connected to the infant 'and is moved to search for the child's mother. A dry-cleaning ticket on the sweater he was wrapped in leads her to cleaning shop owner Ernesto (Silvio Orlando), who admits former employee Teresa (Carolina Freschi) had the sweater and agrees to help the nun track her down. Ernesto, too glumly self-absorbed to even learn the names of his five employees, is intrigued by Sister Caterina's spiritual centeredness as he has given up on love and life. He also has an ulterior motive in finding Teresa; They spent one tipsy evening together and he wants to take responsibility if the baby is his. . Meanwhile, Sister Caterina becomes so emotionally attached to the baby she almost kidnaps him, causing her to question' her vocatC~§ tion in light of strong new maternal feelings. Ernesto clearly begins to wonder that, too ~ and if the .baby could bring them together for NEWYORK - Following are" a fresh.start.· recent capsule reviews issued by Teresa, the object oftheir search, the U.S. Catholic Conference Ofis at a crossroads, too; having her 'fiee forFil~ and Broadcasting... 'reasons for not wanting to live at. . ''Beautiful People" (Trimark) home,butreluctanttostaywiththe. Moving drama about the .$ine,ere-."yourig ,cop:(Alessandro troubled lives offourdistinct Brit- ; DiNataleYwno 'cares about her. .ish families who'come to know the Loneliness and the need for hu- '.' beauty in life when Bosnian iml11an ~o~nections is_subtlyexplored . migrants unintentionally become in director Giuseppe Piccioni's part of their lives. Writer-director richly textured character study of Jasmin Dizdar's alluring film has lives in flux.. . so~e script flaws that require susAt the film's centeris Buy's care- p~nsion of belief but good perforfully shaded interpre~tion of the mances help to overcome them. devoted sister, disturb¢ by her at- Some gory battlefield violence intraction to motherhood and the cluding an amputation, some rec-

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humanity to the course of the film are shots from the infant's point of view as Sister Caterina, Emesto and nurses fuss over him. The director also has Ii feel for'making secondary characters such as the other nuns, the nurses and Ernesto's coworkers seem very real and integral to the small-scale story. This compassionate tale of three strangers whose lives become entwined is neither predictable nor overly sentimental as characters deal with doubts and gisappointrilents - and deeds they cannot erase. Hovering above all this is a delicately rendered spiritual dimension in which there is a sense that God's love will be there in abundance for those turning to him for guidance or forgiveness. Subtitles.. Because ofsexual references, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-n·- adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

reational drug abuse and an instance of rough language. The U.S.. Catholic Conference classification isA-Ill-adults. The Motion Picture Association of America .rating is R - restricted.

''Hanging Up" (Columbia Pictures) . Manipulative comedy-drama about a harried middle daughter (Meg Ryan) coping with the hospitalization of her difficult, senile father (Walter Matthau) while juggling the phone calls and. attitudes of a domineering older sister (Diane Keaton) and a flighty younger sister (Lisa Ktidrow). As directed by Keaton, th~ film aspires to take a serious look at familial relations~ips but instead gives in tq the stereotypes of sibling rivalry using the telephon~ as a hokey prop. Some rough language apd brier sexual situation~. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-Ill - adults. The Motion Picture AssoCiation of America rating is PG-13 ' - parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate. for children under 13.

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Egypt's Christian-Muslim woes have firm base in social factors By JOHN NORTON CAlllOUC NEWS SERVICE CAIRO, Egypt - Though they share the same culture, ethnicity and many religious traits, Egypt's majority Muslims and minority. Christians often view each other warily and with mistrust. A poignant example came in ,the aftermath of Egypt's worst outbreak of Muslim-Christian violence in decades. In mid-February, six weeks after the violence, both sides continued to accuse the other of sparking the killings. Even the number of victims in Kosheh, 250 miles south of Cairo, was a matter of debate. Though most of the victims were clearly Christian, Muslims blamed the village's Coptic Orthodox priest of provokIng the violence. State prosecutors ha~e charged the priest with attempted murder, conspiracy, leading a mob attack and damaging property. "It's just terrible," said a sheik at Cairo's al-Azhar University, the main center of Islamic learning worldwide. "The village priest led the killings, machine-gun in hand." But Christians insist with out~ rage that the accusations were fabricated. The accused priest "wasn't even there at the time of the killings," said one Coptic Orthodox priest in Cairo, who asked to remain unnamed. "The government is trying to deflect atte'ntion from its failure to intervene sooner." Coptic Orthodox Christians, who number at least three million, have spoken ofwidespread discrimination against Christians in government and the workplace. Some even accuse Muslims of systematic kidnappings, rapes and

forced conversions of Christian girls. Jesuit Father Christiaan van Nispen, a professor of Islamic studies and philosophy at Cairo's Coptic Catholic seminary, said the religious strife can only be ex: plained in the context of a wider Egyptian social crisis. "It's very ambiguous when you have foreign support for Christians against Muslims - that is really a falsification of the real fault," the priest said. "The gap between the rich and the poor is much more important than the gap between Muslims and Christians," he said. "This is not to deny tha~ there are problems, but the problems that exist are first of.all social problems." Father van Nispen said Egyptian social structures, virtually unchanged for centuries, were turned' on their heads beginning in the 1960s. Partly due to improved medical care, Egypt's population has more than doubled in the last four decades - from 27 million in the early 1960s to 66 million today - putting a heavy strain on existing infrastructures. "There was an upsetting of the whole network of social relations, and in a country where religion has such an important plaee" it's also reflected on the religious level," Father van Nispen said. Aggravating the social tensions, the priest said, was a current "cut'tural crisis in education" that failed to instill students with a critical view or an ability to accept "otherness." "You've got fourth-graders spitting on Christians," he said. "The school superiors just look the other way." Though Egypt's Muslims and

Even their physical posture Christians remain in many ways polarized, they share a common ' during prayer is markedly simiethnicity, culture and strikingly lar. A mid-February visitor to a similar ways of expressing their Coptic Orthodox monastery in Cairo found half a dozen Chrisreligion. . "The whole phenomenon of tians in prayer before the sanctupilgrimages; the whole veneration ary, kneeling on carpets with their of the saints, the whole way of foreheads touching the ground dealing with death and the dead: just as Musl~ms pray to Allah. "In Egypt, people are not Their religious culture has many, many things in common," said afraid of paradoxes," said Father van Nispen. Father van Nispen.

. Future improvement in Christian-Muslim relations, according to the priest, hinges upon social, political and cultural progress. "A greater effort must be made to have both Muslims and Christians working together on problems," he said. He pointed out that it was more difficult to be indifferent toward someone with whom one had a working relationship.



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Muslim montage: Some hail, oppose pope's visit; some 'don't care' By JOHN NORTON CAlllOUC NEWS SERVICE CAIRO, Egypt - Exuding friendliness and self-assurance, a portly sheik in a threepiece suit and a blue sheik's cap leaned forward in his chair and smiled confidentially. "Within 50 yell;rs both Europe and the United States will be Muslim," he predicted with aplomb. Sheik Alaa Abul-Azaeim Tariqa Azmeya, a sufi or Islamic mystic at Cairo's al-Azhar University, the center of Islamic studies for the world's one billion Sunni Muslims, voiced a conviction felt by many of his colleagues. For many Muslims in Egypt, who represent at least 85 percent of the country's population, this confidence in the growth of Islam makes dialogue with non-Muslims superfluous. According to ~heik Tariqa, as many as

arrival in Cairo with Grand Sheik 80 perc~nt of Egyptian Muslims "probably as originally planned. Mubarak's aim in amplifying the pope's Mohammed Sayyid Tantawi, who heads don't care" about Pope John Paul II's visit to their country this week. He said that visit is to improve the Egyptian al-Azhar University and is seen as Sunni between 10 and 20 percent of Egyptian government's international image, said Islam's highest religious authority. After Sheik Tantawi became al-Azhar's Sheik Tariqa. But Muslims, tradithe stadium Mass grand sheik in 1996, the Vatican and the tionalists and hardwould be seen by -university began a series of contacts. In liners, were actively opposed to According to Sheik Tariqa, members of the 1998, the sides signed a permanent frameMuslim majority work agreement to build a mixed committhe visit, and that a similar number as many as 80 percent of as Catholic "pro- tee for dialogue. In a personally signed statement to were actively in Egyptian Muslims "probably paganda," he said. Catholic News Service, Sheik Tantawi said "To make a favor. don't' care" about Pope John Mass in the sta- that he whole-heartedly welcomed the Among the clearest supporters Paul II's visit to their country dium will give pope's visit. "Dialogue is a true Islamic value," he (Muslim) people of the pope's visit this week. hard feelings," he said. "The Koran says that all people should was Egypt's govknow each other." said. ernment. Bowling Calling Pope John Paul a "wise man," "It would be over concerns of offending some Muslims, President Hosni much better for Muslim feelings" if the the sheik said that the pope's message of Mubarak insisted that Pope John Paul cel- pope just greeted the country's religious universal peace and love, common to the ebrate Mass in a large-capacity sports sta- ahd civil leaders "and talked about peace." world's main religions, benefited all huPope John Paul met shortly after his manity. dium instead of a Cairo Catholic cathedral


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Vatican, PLO sign agreement on Church rights, Jerusalem ~

But Israel expressed dismay at the accord dting ongoing peace negotiations.

in the Arab part of the city were protect basic religious freedoms. Afterthe signing, the pope.and aimed at strengthening this claim. Israeli Ambassador Aharon Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat met and expressed hopes for a Lopez told Catholic News Service "good visit" when the pope arrives he was "dismayed" at the agree. in the Holy Land. ment because - unlike a similar 'By JOHNTHAVIS "His Holiness has promised me Vatican-Israeli agreement in 1993 CAlliOUC NEWS SERVICE he will come to Jericho," a beam- - it had taken positions on conVATICAN CITY - Vatican ing Arafat said after he issued an troversial issues that "are at the and Palestinian leaders,in. a impromptu invitation to the pon- core of the Arab-Israeli conflict groundbreaking agreement on tiff during their 15-minute'meet- and are on the agenda of future Church rights in Palestinian terri- ing; the pope agreed on the spot. . negotiations." "It is one thing to have a: view Surprised Vatican officials said tories, said unilateral actions affecting the status ofJerusalem were the stop in Jericho, a biblical city on these issues, but it is another to "morally and legally unaccept- and one of the first' handed over share that view with one of the by Israel to Palestinian control, parties, when you know it is not able." Israel's ambassador to the Vati- would be added to the pope's shared by the other," the ambassacan immediately voiced dismay at March 20-26 Holy Land itinerary. dor said. Additionally, Lopez questioned . The far-reaching "Basic Agreethe accord, saying it had strayed into controversial political issues ment" was signed after two years whether Palestinian leaders had the that were still.on the negotiating of Vatican-PLO negotiations and right,to enter into such an agreespelled out principles guarantee- ment. He said the interim Israelitable. Signed by Vatican and Palestin-' ing Church rights and religious Palestinian autonomy accord of ian Liberation Organization offi- freedoms in territories adminis- 1995 had given Palestinians the cials last week, five weeks before tered by the Palestinian Authority. power to enter into agreements that Israel captured the Arab part of dealt with cultural, educational and PopeJohn Paul II was expected to make a historic trip to Israel and Jerusalem in 1967 and later an- development issues, but this agree- , Palestine, the agreement called for nexed it, unilaterally declaring the' ment' appeared to go beyond that. The Vatican-PLO accord said an internationally guaranteed stat- undivided city its capital. In reute for Jerusalem - which Israel cent years, Palestinians have ob- an eventual internationally guarhas always rejected - in order to jected t1]at Israeli housing projects anteed statute for Jerusalem should safeguard ';freedom of religion for all;" legal ,equality for Islam,

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PALESTINIAN LEADER Vasser Arafat kisses the hand of Pope John Paull! during their recent meeting. (eNS photo from Vatican) Christianity and Judaism; the sacred character of Jerusalem; freedom of access to and worship in the holy places; and the "status quo," an ancient system governing Church rights in holy places. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the agreement was a historic step that could indirectly help spur the stalled peace process. "It is new that it be stated in writing in this way, but the position of

the Holy See has been clear," he . said. The Vatican has long called for a negotiated settlement on Jerusalem that takes into account the legitimate aspirations of all sides and the importance of the city to Christians, Muslims and Jews. A Vatican statement said that in their private talks, Arafat and the pope shared their concerns over the lack of recent progress in peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators.


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ordained in Czech Republic , By JOHN THAVIS CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE.

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican said clandestinely ordained priests and bishops in the Czech Republic who have failed to reconcile with ~hurch authorities are forbidden from celebrating Mass and the sacraments. After several years of Vatican efforts to regularize those, secretly ordained under communism - including more than 60 married priests -' the time has come to clarify the status of those who have refused the Vatican.'s terms, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in a statement released last week. "Difficulties remain and a clarifying discussion is requested," the statement said, without specifying when or where such a meeting would be held. Meanwhile, it said, the Czech faithful should ,know that Masses celeprated by those r~fusing . the Vatican conditions are illicit and the sacramepts they perform are of doubtful validity, it said. "These Masses, administration ·of sacraments and. other liturgical celebrations are forbidden. Whoever, in fact, refuses the authority of the pope and bishops celebrates illicitly," it said. "The Holy See addresses itself to those Catho-_ lies who have not yet complied with its indications and invites them to unite again with otherCatholics under the guidance of the pope;" said the statement. It was signed by Cardinal Joseph 'Ratzinger, prefect of the doctrinal congregation. The problem of ~landestinely ordained priests surfaced after the fall of Czechoslovakia's communisr regime in 1989. About 250 priests and 16 bishops were ordained without individual Vatican approval as an emergency pastoral measure under communism; of the 127 cases still pending in 1996, more than half involved married priests or bishops.

As a solution for many of the priests, the Vatican offered a conditional re-ordination and technically assigned the married men to Eastern-rite' churches, which have a tradition of married clergy. . But some of the priests have steadfastly refused even a conditional re-ordination" saying the Vatican was showing lack of trust. The Vatican statement said it understood the psychological motives and the objections that had been raised and said Church officials had attempted to explain to these priests that conditional re-ordination was the best way to end doubts about their status. It said, in fact, that the original ordinations had not always been carried out validly, especially those performed by underground Bishop Felix DilVidek. While voicing respect for the courage of underground Church leaders under communism, the Vatican statement sharply rejected the idea that a "clandestine church" still exists in the Czech Republic. Catholics who characterize themselves as clandestine "are not persecuted like Christians in the catacombs, in fact they give interviews to the media, publish bpoks and express in full freedom their dissent from the Roman pontiff," it said. ' The Vatican said the position of married bishops was different from that of the married'priests, since Church law and traditions in the Eastern and Latin rites do not allow for married bishops. It said that the conditions for reconciliation offered by the Vatican to the married bishops were rejected. The Vatican did not specify further, but in 1996 the doctrinal congregation asked the four married bishops in the Czech Republic to sign a statement renouncing their episcopal ministry, with a view toward functioning as permanent deacons following individual examination of each case.


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nine, became the subjects. about God and his love. Called Calif. came another inspiration and that "You can also find all my the "Visual Celebration of MothAfter a third child arrived, became another illustrated book, nieces and nephews, all of my erhood," it is an audio-visual pro- Heidi says "That's when God "Yes, I Can." In essence it pre- various neighbors - in Berkegram utilizing her photos. nIt aims seemed to take things in hand. It sented each commandment in a ley even - and students in nearby at putting God first, taking care seemed like he was telling me: such way children could under- housing, of all nationalities are of the children second, and plac- 'You have this passion for fam- stand and be able to say, "Yes I all included. It was great!" Heidi said. "It was right at home, near ily and you always have had this can do that." . ing ourselves last," Heidi noted. "Basically I'm a photogra- passion for photography. Let's At some point, says Heidi, "I home, in my neighborhood, and pher, which I credit to my mom, put them together.''' . wanted to publish them, to have I didn't have to leave the chilCarolyn Egan, who recognized It was as if God was putting other kids' families get their dren to go to a job site. It was all a talent I had as a teen and en- the two things together in a way hands on them." She began send- right at hand." couraged me," said Heidi, who to help me keep focused on my ing out manuscripts to various While the photography came hosted The Anchor at an inter- kids, {)n parenting the way I publishing houses. easily, when she came back to view at her home." wanted to, without putting me in "There were a lot or returned . having to put a story together, it "I am a native of Minocqua, ajob, she said. manuscripts with the note: was no longer easy, said Heidi. Northern Wisconsin, went to the "I was teaching my children 'Sorry, it doesn't fit our list.''' "There were many sleepless University of Then suddenly nights. When I finally found the Minnesota where . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . , . came a letter from Scripture I wanted to illustrate, I got a degree in Paulist Press say- it got to be tough because I sudcartography, and ing it wanted to denly realized that I had to go grew up in New publish all four of back for some more shots." While Heidi did the words for Hampshire. and the 16-page books including "Imag- the first set of books, the second began w~rking as a photographer. at ine," an illustrated set of four books have Sally Anne book about the Conan, a freelance writer and also a regional newspaper and as a creation story, as 'summer editor. I well as "Where is had a wonderful, God," which, usfree access for ing biblical four years to a names, explores darkroom," Heidi different aspects said as she nimbly of the Creator. placed the "The twist is family's exuberthat I think God ant, whiskered wanted me to get By PATRICIA lAPoR lhasa apso "Ab. out these books CATHOLIC NEWs SeRvtcE


an author of children's books for Paulist Press, providing the text for Heidi's photos. Heidi is quick to cite her husband and mom as part of her success story, also her dad, Don; her lawyer-brother, Dale, who does the contract work for the books; and her sister, Wendy, wl,o makes great efforts to have her children ready when Heidi unexpectedly seeks subjects for her camera. "What wonderful things have happened to me, as I think it does to everyone who follows God's will for them," Heidi said candidly. "I just hope I've done what I'm called to do and that my books have a real influence in bringing families closer to God."

Heidi Bratton's "Walking With God" books can be found or ordered at your local bookstore or through Paulist Press on the Internet.

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marriage in 1988 . and.raising.a family interrupted about the fruits. of the Spirt --"T" doing photography, said Heidi, love, peace, patience, kindness, "and I began looking at other faith, self-control, and it seemed things." Photography however. I ~as being guided to create a had become so much a part of pictorial book about those and who she was, Heidi admits, that use photos of children living that she never really let it go. spirit. That's what this book, Heidi and her husband John, 'Spirit,' one of the first of .my a doctor of geochemistry at original four books, illustrated Woods Hole Institute of the U.S. with pictures of small children, Geological Survey, were living is all about." in New Hampshire where their It was 1994. She copied the family had grown to two chil- book, sent it to friends and famdren, when John decided to go ily, and that was that. . back to graduate school. They When she was teaching her upped and moved to Berkeley, children the Ten Commandments


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ises they made at ordination. Eighteen deacons - 17 Italians and a Spaniard ~ were added to .their ranks Feb. 20 during an ordination Mass in St. Peter's celebrated by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy. . Pope John Paul called .the jubilee a good opportunity to promote a deeper understanding of the permanent diaconate, a niinistry restored to the Latin-rite Church after th(( Second Vatican Council. Being misunderstood or ignored is the most common form of "martyrdom" Christians are subjected to today, and many deacons know that personally, the pope said. "Do not lose courage," Pope John Paul told the deacons. "Place yourselves in the arms of Christ; he will restore you." More than· 85 percent of the world's deacons are married and have children, Cardinal Castrillon told reporters; because a deacon's

marriage came before his ordination, "that is his primary commitment." U.S. Cardinal 1. Francis Stafford, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, led a special jubilee session for deacons' families. The deacon and his wife have a responsibility within the Christian community to be models of marriage. and of parenthood, showing the world that the sacrament of matrimony is a reflection of God's love, he said.. Cardinal Stafford said the practical elements of the spiritual life of deacons and their families should include an observance of the penitential character of Fridays throughout the year, not only during Lent; frequent recitation of the rosary together; and the strict observance of Sundays as a day of prayer and rest. . "The deacon, his wife and members of his family are to have an abhorrence of the very thought of evil;' which demands a critical attitude toward television, films and



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''Tome, it!seemed a particuWASHINGTQN - With just larly good bpflortunityto demonon.e'.'thoe...House. .,,' . .•....dis~rllI.·n. . .... ·•·..·•. ·~>,,'i<;H ,,", ,"" ,',has ' ". voted to J:le,stow thl;.€ongressional strate one's gerluine convictions by money rather GoldMC4af<m Ne'N YoJ:ic.. Cardi- spendingone,~~ • th'at oriM taXpaye~, who renal John J;iQ'Connor "iQreeogmold story that I, tionof hisllfC0ni~lishnien~;asa ,main JTeeto cohtribute at their own • means nothing.::-:'"".th~twhenGod priest, a ch~plain!1Pd a humani- discreti6rl'to tile wofk of Cardinal is saying, I created you, r loved 'tan'an" ,.. ,·.91· ....., " O'Connbr~tHeyhave consistently '._,' ';.,",~'·:{;f, ·'-1 you," Heidi explained. In bri?~pg tl!~ measiure to. a ~one inthepa~t,". Paul said. None For "Where is God?" Heidi vote, Rep. VitO FOssella,R-N.Y., of the m:einb~rs he approached said she began picking through lauded Cardinal O'Connorfor his took him up qn his offer. Holy Scriptures looking for In 1997, Mother Teresa recommitment to e<l.ucation.for all, names of Jesus and God and fighis care for the sick, elderly and ceived a Congressional Gold uring out how to tell those in picdisabled, his involvement in inter- Medal. And oqe has been approved tures. faith understanding and his long but not yet awarded to Holy Cross Heidi didn't have to look career as a Navy chaplain, bishop Father Theoqore M. Hesburgh, hard to find children for her former president of the University and archbishop. books. Her home became her Senate approval and the of Notre Dame. studio and her children, BenPresident Clinton in December president's signature are necessary jamin, two; Olivia, five, Lucy, before the medal may be awarded. signed the law authorizing the four, and two now in school: Cardinal O'Connor, 80, was honor for Father Hesburgh. That Peter, who is eight and Nicole, medal is likely to be presented in p~sedbymembe~oftheHouse for his Pro-Life activities, his con- an early summer ceremony, said tributions to the Irish peace pro- Chris Mehl, spokesman for Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind., who sponcess and his sense of humor. other forms of entertainment, he Rep. Christopher Smith, R-NJ., sored the legi~lation to honor Fasaid. said Cardinal O'Connor is "a good ther Hesburgh. Deacons constantly must find There have been times when the and holy priest who radi~ Christ ways to allow holiness and Gospel and the healing power of God to recipient is honored before the values to inform all aspects of their believers and nonbelievers alike:' medal is ready, however. Mother lives professionally, in political and Smith p~sed the cardinal for Teresa attended a June 1997 cereconomic choices, in their families working "tirelessly andeffectively emony honoring her with the gold and in their sexuality, the cardinal to bring an end to the culture of medal within weeks of the bill's approval. Her was presented said. death." Regarding possessions, he said, Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-AIa., to the Missionaries of Charity in the deacon and his wife can and must said in recognizing Cardinal September 1998, about a year aflove the things God created, but they O'Connor with the Congressional ter her death. In thepast, some medal awards Gold Medal, the House honored should enjoy things "in poverty and freedom of spiriC' "all those men and women who ceremonies have been held in the The spirituality of the married each day put their faith into ac- Capital Rotunda, and others at the White House. Mehl said seconddeacon is not "characterized primation." rily· by flight frolJl the world, horThe same day, the House also ary presentations near the ror of the world, but by a responsiapproved a measure to bestow the recipient's home also are common bility in and for the world;' CardiCongressional Gold Medal on the and that Father Hesburgh would nal Stafford said. late Charles M. Schulz, the car- probably have one at Notre Dame. In addition to the legislation for Archbishop Roberto O. Gonzalez toonist who created the cornic strip Cardinal O'Connor and Schulz, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, told the "Peanuts." In both votes, Rep. Ron Paul, bills have been introduced that deacons that the Church, in restorR-Texas, cast the lone dissenting would bestow gold medals on ing the diaconate, was restoring "a Pope John Paul IT and a wide range bishop's missing arm," the arm "in vote. Paul said in a statement about of Americans. whose veins flows the blood of Christ the servant."








lliEANCHOR- Diocese ofFall River:- Fri., February 25, 2000

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NORTH DARTMOUTH - Bishop Stang High School seniors Ellen Wheeler and Kathleen Burke recently attended a celebration to honor National Girls and Women in Sport Day at Boston's Faneuil Hall. The three-sport athletes represenJed their school at the observance which included a presentation of certificates of recognition and an address. by Sarah,Behn, coach of the women's basketball

and soccer teams at Framingham State' College. ' Burke is captain of the girls soccer team and spring track team and a member of the bas,ketball team. Wheeler is captain ofthe girls basketball team, ' volleyball team and softball team. The day was sponsored by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and 'the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.

THE- ANNUAL Father 'Justin J. Quinn me'morial weekend 'was recently enjoyed by alumni, family and friends -of Holy Family-Holy Name School, New Bedford and it featured many activities. Above, fourth-grader .Curtis Evora and his father Jeffrey are all smiles, after winning a bicycle and trophy in a basketball contest. Below, fifth-grade teacher Colleen Brightman receives an award for her performance 'in a hot shot contest.

BISHOP FEEHAN High School; Attleboro, recently inducted nine people into the ranks of distinguished alumni at its 14th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Night. They are, from left, seated: Nancy Castro McCretton, Philip Sibilia; Pauline Sibilia, Jack Lyons. Standing: Edward Gagnon, Roderick McGarry, Lisa Jordan, Robert Perry and Owen James.

Coyle and Cassidy teacher wins award , TAUNTON.:- The National Science Teachers Association recently selected James L. Rusconi, Jr., a computer science teacher at Coyle and Cassidy High School, as the first place recipient of the 2000 Gustav Qhaus Award for innovations in science teaching at the high school level. Rusconi directs a virtual cell project for students that inte-






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STUDENTS 'IN James L. Rusconi Jr.'s science class at Colye and Cassidy High' School, Taunton, work on the virtual cell project. Rusconi (above) received an award from the National Science Teachers Association for the activity and will be honored at a banquet this April ir'l0rlando,' Florida.

grates the use of technology across the curriculum drawing , from biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer graphics and world languages. Its goal is to create three-dimensional computer-generated models and animations demonstrat-' ing basic scientific principals and those results are posted on a virtual cell web site for. other students and teachers around the

globe to use for educational purposes. The sight is at www; For his efforts, Rusconi received a $1,000 grant and has been 'invited the NSTA awards banquet to take place on April 7 at the Disney World _Epcot Center's "Living Seas" world showcase promenade. Walt Disney World is a co-sponsor of the event.

Connolly receives major bequest FALL RIVER - Bishop Connolly High School recently received a gift of $160,000 from Medora Dupuis, a life-long resident of the city and graduate of Notre Dame elementary school, Jesus Mary Academy and the Thibodeau Business School. The money will be used to update technology ,throughout the school and a scholarship in her memory will be established based on academic merit and financial need. Dupuis worked as a loan officer for the Liberty Loan Company for most ' of her life and had many interests including painting and music. School officials were grateful for the. generous donation and said it

will help to further the mission of Bishop Connolly High Schopl in providing a quality education to students. The school also announced that the Christopher M. Leahey Memorial Scholarship was awarded, to senior Lauren Daley. In addition to being captain' of the Cougar's cross country team, winter and spring track teams, Daley also is a member of the school's National Honor Society-and is a tutor. The scholarship was created in memory of Leahey, a graduate of Bishop Connolly who .died in a 1992 car accident. He was captain of the 1986 championship ~ro:ss country ,team at th,eschool.

Dallas high school so~cer teammates make major league. By BIll. HONARD CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE DALLAS - It was a dream come true when Major League Soccer teams drafted two young men who were soccer standouts together while students at a Dallas Catholic high school. '. Nick Garcia and Dominic Schell, who played together at Bishop Lynch High School in th~ mid-1990s, were orafted by the Kansas City Wizards and the-ColuIl1bus Crew, respectively. Both players won the Texas Association' of Private and Parochial Schools state title in 1995. Garcia led the Lynch Friars to the state tit,le again in 1996. Garcia, drafted second over~l by Kansas City, ha$ led Indiana University to back-ta-back NCAA Division I titles and is widely considered the best young defensive prospect in the country. Ajunior sweeper, Garcia has been a finalist for national college player of the year his last two years at Indi-

ana. He is also considered a good bet velopment Program. He has played to make the U.S. Olympic and World in tournaments in England, Germany, Cup squads over the'next two years. Canada, Mexico, Spain and Nigeria. Columbus picked Schell, a senior "I did not have a normal high midfielderfor the University ofMo- school life," Garcia told the Texas bile, in the fifth round. Catholic, the Dallas diocesan newsSchell led his team to the National paper. "I had a set agenda and stuck Association ofIntercollegiateAthlet- to it. But everything I did and everyics championship game this season where I traveled made it worth it." and was selected to play in the Umbro Indiana head coach Jerry Yeagley SelectCollegeAll-Star Classic in Fort , said Garcia's focus and loathing of Lauderdale, Fla. shortcuts makes him a great player. Both Garcia and Schell also "You tell Nick to do 25 push-ups, earned first-team All-American hon- he'll do 26. He is very mature and ors by NCAA Division I and the professional, and that attitude spills NAJA, respectively, for the 1999 sea- over onto the other members of the son. team;' Yeagley said. The pair's success is credited to a Schell chose the NAJA route bework ethic and sense ofsacrifice that cause he was impressed with goes beyond what is normally ex- Mobile's head coach, Peter Fisher, pected of players at their level. Both and the quality of his teanimates. Garcia and Schell played on numer"I think the NAJA has more expeous teams, of.'ten at the same time, in rience than (the NCAA Division I). their elementary and high school I'm not only playing against Olymplaying days. pic development players, but also Garci~'s high school success led players from overseas;' he said. "Our him to a berth on the U.S. National team has players from national teams Under-18 team and the Olympic De- in countries like Kenya and BraziL"

Schell credits much of his development as a player to the strict tutelage of Fisher, who is also a member ofthe Olympic soccer committee and has known ScheU since his Bishop Lynch days. "You couldn't get any more demanding than him. He's the type of coach who, if you don't give it your all, he won't give his all in helping you. I've been trying to bust my butt for him;' he said. "He's showed me the way and said, 'If you want it, you have to grab it.'" Schell played soccer while at St. Pius X Elementary School in Dallas. He recalled that as he grew older and his talents increased, he played on as many as four teams at once - many of them traveling clubs. After growing up in the Catholic school system, he said he feels fortunate that Mobile's campus - which

and Role Before you say goodbye By CHARLIE MARTIN· CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Standing at the' Edge

of the


I don't want to let you leave I knew that this moment would come back to me this way come in time I'll be standing at the That I'd have to let go and watch I want you to know that I stand edge of the earth you fly right by your side Hoping for someday I know you're coming back, so Refrain: ,(Repeat refrain.) why am I dying inside? And I know this may be Waiting for someday, The very last time that we see Are you searching for words believing in someday, each other cry that you can't find? praying for someday, I'll be Trying to hide your emotions But whatever happens, - Longing for someday, know that 1'11but eyes don't lie? clinging to someday, I'll be standing at the Guess there's no easy way cherishing someday, I'll be edge of the earth to say goodbye Thinking of someday, Hoping that one day So I'll be standing at the edge dreaming of someday, of the earth . you'll come back again wishing for someday, I'll be I'll be standing at the edge of the Living for someday, counting on Hoping that someday you'll earth hoping that someday come back again someday, knowing that You'll come back to me I'll be standing at the edge of the one day I will see you I'll be praying for whatever earth hoping for someday Written and sung by Blessid . it's worth Don't misunderstand what I'm Union; Copyright (c) 1999 by Believing that one day you'll trying to say Push RecordsN2 Records Inc.

HOW DO you say goodbye? This is the theme of Blessid Union's latest chart hit "Standing at the Edge 6f the Earth."The song is the group's second big hit off their latest disc "Walkin' off the Buzz," It won't be long before thqse in the Class of 2000 say goodbye to their high school classmates. Realistically, many high school friendships will fade as individuals form new lives. Promises to stay in touch ease the pain of departure, but nothing can replace the day-to-day contact at school or in the neighborhood. Some goodbyes are more hurtful than others. The song does not describe why the person in the song must say goodbye. However, it is clear that the situation is emotionally difficult. He knew "that this moment would come in time." He sings "I know you're coming back," but maybe this is not true, for he cannot understand why he is "dying inside," All he has is his hope that a new hello will emerge. He sings, "I'll be standing atthe edge of the earth hoping that someday you'll come back again." This song reminds us of final goodbyes. Perhaps a couple has decided to end their romance. Or maybe one of them faces death and letting go of their relationship is most difficult. Our lives are an ongoing series ofgoodbyes. We cannot be sure when the next instance will be, 'That's a reason why living fully in the present day is

so important. As the writer of Psalm 118 said three millenniums ago: 'This is the day,the Lord has made; rejoice arid be glad in it!" Consequently, every teen, and indeed, each one of us, might want to consider these questions: I. How completely am I caring about others today? 2. When today will I speak my gratitude to those who support my life? 3. How willing am Ito leam from my mistakes without taking them so seriously that they steal away all the joy of being alive this day? 4. Do I allow fear to restrict mefrom creating the life that I really desire? 5. What dreams and passions are surfacing for me at this time? 6. What difference will my relationship with God make in how I live this day? Whatever the current circumstances, this day is a gi ft of time. Some days bring painful goodbyes. Then we can do as Jesus taught us and-help each other through the hurtful feelings. Let's resolve to help each other find the joy in truly living this day! . Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 2008, Rockport, Ind. ' 47635.

is primarily Southern Baptist - instills Christian principles. "I'm completely surrounded by God, and that's gotten me through a lot of hard times," he said. He also credited the support of his family as a major factor of his success. "Whenever I'm scared, like before the Dallas Burn tryout, I know I can go to my family," he said. Garcia also said his Catholic ideals did not suffer at the expense of developing his game. "I went to Bishop Lynch fo~ the Catholic education, not to play soccer;' Garcia said. "Lynch was not as competitive as the club team I played on or some ofthe top (public) schools, but I received a solid education and still have great friends from there. (Bishop Lynch) has made me a more well-rounded person."


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THEANCHOR- Diocese ofFall River- Fri., February 25, 2000

These days, everything is advertising. Take a look at the clothes kids wear. Each item has a brandname label. Every label is an advertisement. The fashion industry has convinced people that there's nothing more cool than turning yourself into a walking billboard for Guess, Nike or Tommy Hilfiger. When you're watching television, you know when the commercials start. It's harder telling when the ads are starting in the movies. What? Commercials in the movies? Sure, lots of them. It's called "product placement." If the hero of the action movie climbs into a sports car and settles in with a look of pride, you can bet that the car's manufacturer paid for a nice long look at the convertible's flowing lines. If the movie star orders a Coke and not aPepsi, guess who paid the fee? The same is true of running shoes, name-brand sweaters andjars of instant coffee. Careful research shows that people - young and old - tend to copy the behavior of celebrities. IfJames Bond drives the new BMW, that must be the right car. If Wi! Smith wears a Prada suit, that must be the correct choice of outfits for the truly 'cool. It's kind of sad, but in our purchasing choices we often follow like sheep. We do what we see others doing. None of this is rocket science, and it may be old news for most of you. Still, it is important to remember that there are people cOllstantly trying to change your ideas of what you should wear and eat, drive and - yes - smoke. A fairly disturbing trend is afoot. More and more, movie stars and other celebrities are showing up on screen and in magazines with cigarettes in their hands. Not long ago, smoking on screen was rare and seeing magazine photos of a gleaming young starlet with a smoke in her lovely hand was unheard of. All that has changed in

just a few years. For a while, smoking on screen was a sign of rebellion: "I don't care about the rules." Now, it's simply another fashion statement.

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If watching the handsome leading man pull on Adidas influences the shoes the audience members buy, you can be certain that when he lights up, some of those watching will think, "That looks so sophisticated!" They're more likely to try smoking than if they hadn't seen that image. This is product placement. The director mayor may not independently decide that the hero should be a smoker - but if you can make out any clue about the star's chosen brand, you can just assume that somebody paid a fee to have it there. It makes me mad. Smoking is E. tenible addiction. Once you start, it is very difficult to quit; many people never succeed. It's a habit that slowly destroys your health. Both my parents died of smokingrelated diseases, and it was not at all pretty to watch. Even so, having started smoking at 17, it took years of struggle for me finally to give up tobacco altogether. People who sell glamorous images of smoking are trading your health for their wealth. It's a plot to convince you that cigarettes make you sexy and sophisticated.. Don't be another sheep. Watch for the advertisers sneaking into your brain during the movies, because once you recognize their tricks, they don't have power over you any more. Your comments are welcome. Please address: Dr. ChriStopher Carstens, do Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.


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TIIEANCHOR- Diocese ofFall River-Fri., February 25,2000

Iteering pOintl ATTLEBORO - A healing ser- Hall on Second Street. Don Vinniti vice and Mass will be held on Sun- of the Social Security Administraday at 2 p.m. at the La Salette Shrine. tion will be the guest speaker. All It will be led by Father John Gabriel widows and widowers welcome. For and include the opportunity for more information call Annette people to be prayed over and Dellecese at 679-3278. anointed individually. For more inFALMOUTH - A daylong soformation call 222-5410. The Counseling Center at the cial justice workshop will be held Shrine is offering Grief Education on March 18 beginning at 8:30 a.m. .Programs for anyone dealing with at St. Patrick's Parish. It will feature the death of a loved one o~ family several speakers and will close with member. Daytime sessions' from a prayer service at 2 p.m. It IS spon10:30 a.m. to noon include: "Vent- sored by the parish and Catholic ing Alternatives," March 6; and Social Services. All welcome. For "Spirituality an~·Grief," March·20. more information call Sister Evening sessions from 6:30-8 p.m. Catherine Francis at 674-4681. are: "When Grief Doesn't Go Away," NEW BEDFORD - Devotion March 9; "Conflicted Relationships," March 16 and "Blessed are . to Our Lady ofPerpetual Help is held Those WhoMourn," March 30. Call every Tuesday and' Thursday at the noon Mass at Our Lady 6fPerpetual 226-8220 for more information. Help Church. All welcome. For more EAST FREETOWN - A pro- information call 992-9378. gram entitled "Debt-Free Living," NEW BEDFORD ~ The Men will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Cathedral Camp" It is spon- . of St. Joseph, a Catholic men's sored by the Young Adult Ministry prayer group,meet~ on the first Office and will help people reduce Thursday .of each month from 7-9 debt from and mort': p.m. at Holy Name ofthe Sacred Heart gages. Registration is required. For of Jesus Church. The two~hour promore information call Bud Miller gram includes Mass and eucharistic adoration. If you are· interested in or Alexis Oliveira at 675~3847. your faith and gathering in a prayerFALL RIVER - A program en- :ful atmosphere pleasejoin them. For titled "Concussion in Sports and more information call Dan Recreation," led by speaker Ronald Alexander at 636-2494 or John PoiSavage, a leading expert on child son at 675-027L and adolescent safety, will be held NORTH ATTLEBORO - A on Feb. 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Heritage State Park on Davol Street. Par~ First Friday celebration will be held ents, daycare providers, coaches and on March 3 beginning with interceschildren's advocates are encouraged sory prayer at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred to attend. Pre-registration is required. Heart Parish, 58 Church Street. Mass For more information call The Cen- will be held a~ 7 p.m. and Sister ter for Children and Families at 235- Catherine Francis Lamb will present the program "Communities of Salt 5285. and Light," at 8 p.m. All welcome. FALL RIVER - The Fall River NORTH DARTMOUTH - A Widowed Group will meet on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the St: Mary's School Separated/Divorced Meeting will be


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confessions on Friday from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All welcome. SOUTHYARMOUTH-A program entitled " The Sacraments of Faith: Our Share in God's Life," will be held on March 12 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Pius X Parish. The evening is for young adults in their 20s and 30s who would like to participate in Pilgrimage 2000 and will include reflection, prayer and discussion of the Catholic faith. For more infor. mation call Bud Miller at 675-3847.

NOKfHDARTMOUTH- The Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring a Christ-centered weekend March 2426 at the Family Life Center led-by Father Edward Murphy. For more information call Claudette Armstrong at 672-1658. SEEKONK - A Reconciliation Weekend will be held March 17-18. at Olir Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. Priests will be available to hear

SWANSEA - Daylong Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held on the fi~st Friday of each

month following the 8 a.m. MaSs until 6:30 p.m. at St. Dominic's Church. It will be followed by a holy hour and Benediction. Devotions to Our Blessed Mother follow the 8 a.m. Mass every first Saturday. All welcome. WAREHAM - A weekend of renewal and prayer for women entitled "Be Still and Know that I Am God," will be held March 3-5 at the Sacred Hearts Retreat Center. It will offer participants an opportunity to deepen their relationship with God. For more information call Peg Ormond at 824-3578 or the Sacred Hearts Retreat Cen·ter at 295~O100.

Encuentro 2000 will include m'ultiethnic array of speakers WASHINGIDN (CNS) - The speakers at the upcoming Encuentro 2000, the celebration of the jubilee year for the Church in the United States, are Hispanic, AfricanAmerican, Vietnamese, Native American, Jamaican and Latin American. The speakers' list was announced last week by Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala of Los Angeles, chairman of the event which .is slated for July 6-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. . Encuentro 2000 will draw participants from around the nation· to look at their experience as Catholics and seek ways to improve the acceptance of the many cultures which make up the U.S. Church today. Previous Encuentro meetings have focused on Hispanics in the Church, but for the jubilee year 2000 the bishops'. Committee on Hispanic Affairs is seeking to broaden the event by inviting representatives of all groups. Encuentro 2000 speakers include: - Archbishop Francois X. Nguyen Van Thuan, aVietnamese bishop and president.of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; -1 • "J - GeorgianaSanchez,-lecturer in American Indian studies at California State University Long Beach. Sanchez, a member of the Chumash Nation, is a storyteller and nationally published writer; J - Msgr. Raymond East, a nationally known AfricanAmerican revivalist and pastor ofNativity Washington. He has been active in encouraging interfaith efforts in the District of Columbia; - Sister Marie Chin, president of the Institute of the Sisters ofMercy oftheAmericas. She is a native ofJamaica and a popular speaker who has worked in educational and retreat· programs throughout the United States and the

Caribbean; - Mercy Sister Carolee Chanona,.native of Belize and coordinator of·small Christian communities in the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan; - The Rev. David Beckmann, a Lutheran minister, economist and president of Bread for the World, a nationwide Christian citizens' movement whose members seek justice for hungry people through lobbying efforts. He is author of''Friday Morning Reflections at the World Bank" and co-author of ''Transforming the Politics of Hunger." - Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville, TIl., vice president ofthe National Conference ofCatholic Bishops. Bishop Gregory holds a doctorate in sacred liturgy and has written extensively on liturgical.issues, the Afr1can~ American community; - Kathy McGinnis, co-founder with her husband of the Institute-for Peace and Justice, an interfaith, nonprofit organization b~ in St Louis and working to respond to violence rootedin ·war, racism and global economic injustice. She is alSo co-founder ofa spinofforganiz;ltion called Parenting for Peate andJustice. She will be speaking with her daughter Theresa; - Father Mario Vizcaino, executive director of the Southeast Pastoral Institute in Miami, one of the nation's eight regional offices for' Hispanic ministry. . In addition to major addresses, Encuentro 2000 activities will include liturgies, workshops, an international food festival, music and dances by various ethnic groups and other celebrations to highlight the many faces of the church. More information on Encuentro 2000 can be found calling (202) 5413413.

Ca~holic cartoonist pays


PHILADELPHIA- The late''Peanuts" cartoonistCharles Schulz ''really was Charlie Brown," said Philadelphia native and ''Family Circus" creator Bil Keane,n. ;'He worried a lot. If something wasn't going to work outright, he figured it wasn't going to work out for him," Keane said in a telephone interview with The Catholic Standard & Tunes, newspaper of the Philadelphia Archdiocese. "Right to. the end, just as Lucy pulled the football and Charlie Brown never got to kick it, Schulz never got to ~ the final cartoon in the Sunday morning paper," he added. ''He left us the evening before. He was Charlie Brown toa T." Keane, who spoke from his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., drew his own ''Family Circus" tribute to Schulz upon hearing the news of his death. .Schulz died Feb. 12, the night before his last original strip-afond farewell to his fans - was published in

newspapers around the world. The cartoonist, who suffered from Parkinson's disease and had several small strokes last November, was told he had colon cancer. He announced he would retire so he could spend more time With his . family.His death "is a sad thing for all the comic readers throughout the world, . as well as for 'the cartoonists' community who were personally associated with Sparky," said Keane. "Sparky is what we always called him. I've known him for about 40 years. "I think he is probably the bestknown cartoonist in the world today and possibly is the best cartoonist of the past century." .Schulz ''will always be remembered for his work, and for those who knew . him he'll be remembered as a genuinely nice, personal friend," he added. Both cartoonists were born in 1922, . Keane on Oct. 5 and Schulz on Nov. 26. Keane said his last conversation with Schulz was in the surnmerof1999, before Schulz was diagnosed with caIon cancer. -

''He was-a very warm and friendly person, not at all the caricature of a cartoonist," he said. Some people picture such artists as being wildly fUnny and more or less burlesque comedians. Schulz was a religious man and at one time studied theology, he said. ''He injected that into his strip - not on a . regular basis, but occasionally he would run words from Scripture. He never was as open in showing his characters practicing religion the way I do in 'Family Circus,' but it had a spiritual . feel to it" He also "devoted a lot of time to helping young people who wanted to get started in the cartoon business," Keane said. Schulz "is going to be missed terribly," he continued. ''Certainly he is an icon in the comic business, areal gentl~-

man." If Schulz's death could have been scripted, "it couldn't hllve been done any better;' said Keane. ''A lot ofpeople figure it's just coincidence, irony. I figure it was Providence. I think it was God's hand, really."


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