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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant:
  • Vatican called in by US to help solve Elian crisis
  • Pope puts Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos in charge of Ecclesia Dei Pontifical Commission
  • Wisconsin Catholic Dem waxing sour grapes over GOP sponsored Mass for new chaplain
  • Direct descendant of Mohammed pays Pope a visit
  • Indonesian government hoping to avert Muslim uprising
  • Rwanda bishop still waiting for trial after a year as relations remain strained between government and Church
  • Millennium Mass in Britain getting apathetic response as date draws nearer
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        VATICAN ( -- The Vatican has announced that the papal nuncio in the United States, Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, is ready to work with authorities in Washington to secure the peaceful return of Elian Gonzales to his Cuban father.

        The Holy See revealed on April 13 that US President Bill Clinton had asked for help in the battle for custody of the 6-year-old Cuban boy, who has been staying with relatives in Miami. "At the request of the American administration," the Vatican press office announced, the papal nunciature has also been made available as a possible site for negotiations. Since the nunciature is neutral territory, some observers have indicated that it might be a favorable site for discussions between the father of Elian Gonzales and the relatives in Miami who have refused to return the boy to Cuba.

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        VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II has named Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, to head the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

        The Ecclesia Dei commission was established under the terms of the Pope's motu proprio Ecclesia Dei, issued in July 1988, which called for a "broad and generous" provision of permission for priests to celebrate Mass according to the Tridentine-rite liturgy. For the hundreds of thousands of Catholics who prefer the traditional liturgy-- most of them living in France, Germany, the United States, and Australia-- the commission has supervised the use of the "indult" which allows the celebration of the traditional Mass. The commission has frequently been caught up in disputes between traditionalist Catholics and diocesan bishops who are reluctant to allow the indult Mass.

        With the April 13 appointment, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos replaces Cardinal Angelo Felici, who has presided over the Ecclesia Dei commission since 1995. Cardinal Felici, who is 81, is retiring.

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      Brouhaha brewing from Democratic rep from Brewer State of Wisconsin over Mass celebrated by new Catholic House Chaplain

         Politics are, in essence, a pot boiling machine in which everything good and holy winds up looking like muck! This is the scene as Wisconsin Democrat Jerry Kleczka, a Catholic, is complaining vehemently about the Mass celebrated by new House Chaplain Father Dennis Coughlin. It's interesting to ask if the Marquette priest had received the nod earlier as Catholic Chaplain if he would have objected as much. We doubt it. Besides, all members of Congress were openly invited or informed of the event which was held to acquaint all with the new priest from Chicago. For Kleczka to object to the celebration of a Mass seems strange for anyone who says he's Catholic for its purpose was to unify both parties. continued inside.


        WASHINGTON, DC ( - A Wisconsin Democrat said he was offended as a Catholic by the apparent Republican sponsorship of a Mass celebrated by the new House of Representatives' chaplain.

        Rep. Jerry Kleczka said in a floor speech on Wednesday that it was inappropriate for a political group to host a Mass. "For them to use the Catholic Church in a continuing attempt to attract Catholic voters is, I think, disgusting," Kleczka said in an interview. "To liken it to a political debate, to a fund-raising dinner, to a political dinner trivializes the Mass."

        Republican National Committee spokesman Mike Collins said the Mass and a reception at a church near Capitol Hill was an opportunity Father Daniel P. Coughlin, who was appointed last month as the first Catholic House chaplain, to meet his new flock. "I think his constituents will find it very interesting that Congressman Kleczka will find a Mass disgusting," Collins said. "He should be ashamed of himself."

        While only Republican Catholic members of Congress received written invitations, all lawmakers received notification of the event. Republicans have accused Democrats of using the controversial selection of new chaplain to their own political advantage by accusing the GOP of anti-Catholic bias, even as the Democratic Party continues to espouse official views contrary to the Catholic Church's teaching. The GOP has recently made the case that Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore and New York senatorial candidate Hillary Clinton have both been endorsed by groups seeking to revoke the Vatican's status at the United Nations.

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      Pope receives direct descendent of the prophet Mohammed from Morocco

         On Thursday His Holiness welcomed to a fifteen minute private audience Morocco's King Mohammed VI. The Holy Father acknowledged that the present king is a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed. The courtesy call by the Moroccan king was conducted in French and continued the budding rapport the Vicar of Christ is establishing with followers of Islam in endeavoring to bring the two great monotheistic religions closer to understanding and tolerance.continued inside.

    Recalls Historic Papal Visit to Country

        VATICAN CITY, APR 13 ( A descendant of Mohammed visited the Vatican this morning. The Holy Father highlighted this when he received young King Mohammed VI of Morocco in audience. The King was accompanied by an entourage of 16 persons, among whom were two women. The sovereign said he felt very honored to be named after Allah's Prophet.

        The King of Morocco arrived at the Vatican around 11 a.m. and had a 15-minute meeting with the Pope in the library. An official photograph was taken and gifts exchanged. King Mohammed VI gave the Pope a curved dagger with an ivory handle, and the Holy Father gave the sovereign a statue of the Virgin.

        Sidi Mohammed, as the King is called, was born in 1963. From his earliest years he was trained to succeed his father, Hassan II, on the Moroccan throne. On May 23, 1980, Hassan II held a referendum on the coming of age of the princely heir, which was lowered from 18 years to 16, and the Regency Council was also modified. The majority approval placed Sidi Mohammed in a position of high political responsibility; he assumed the Moroccan representation in the majority of official events. When Hassan II died on July 23, 1999, after reigning 38 years, his son became the 18th representative of the Alaui dynasty, taking the name Mohammed VI.

        Since 1997, Morocco has been undergoing a process of democratization. Out of a total of 27 million inhabitants, 98% are Muslim and only 1.1% Christian. The judicial system of this North African country is based on French and Islamic law. The death penalty is enforced.

        John Paul II made a historic visit to Morocco 15 years ago, on August 19, 1985. His meeting in the Casablanca Stadium with 80,000 Muslim youths will pass into the history of the country and this pontificate. In the address he delivered on that occasion, the Pontiff emphasized the common faith of Christians and Muslims in the one, just and merciful God, foundation of common human and religious values.

        The Pope called for the overcoming of all types of discrimination, and requested that the dialogue between Christians and Muslims be urgently promoted. At the same time, he insisted on the need that each one witness to his own faith, in an increasingly secularized and, at times, atheist world. In the midst of applause from Moroccan youth, John Paul II affirmed the need for Christians and Muslims to respect one another mutually, in spite of their differences. "There is a mystery here that, I am sure, God will illuminate for us one day," the Bishop of Rome said. ZE00041311

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      Indonesia trying to avert Islamic jihad against Christians by Muslim rebels

        While the Pope was extending the olive branch to the Islamic leader of Morocco, in Jakarta, Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim population, government officials are taking a firm stance against Muslim rebels who are preparing to stage a jihad or holy war against Christians. Accusations of collusion between certain government officials and extremist Muslims abound and it remains to be seen just how effectively the present government can stop this threat. continued inside.


        JAKARTA ( - The Indonesian government said on Thursday it would move against a training camp for Muslims preparing to wage a jihad, or holy war, against Christians in the mainly Muslim nation.

        National Police Chief Lt. Gen. Rusdihardjo said police will close the camps, confiscate weapons, and prevent the extremists from entering the Malukus region where 14 months of fighting between Christian and Muslim gangs has left thousands dead. More than 2,000 militants set up the camp just south of Jakarta this week after massive protests demanding the government allow them to slaughter the Christians.

        The Muslim extremists' leaders have previously said they will wage their war on the main island of Java if they are prevented from entering the Malukus. The Indonesian navy has had a blockade in place around the Malukus for several months to prevents weapons and potential fighters from entering the area.

        Prominent political analyst Mochtar Pabottingi said certain disgruntled factions within the powerful, independent military -- which has not yet acted against the groups -- may be organizing and sponsoring the extremists in an effort to destabilize President Abdurrahman Wahid's government. Wahid has pushed for a lesser role for the military in the nation's politics.

        Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world, with about 85 percent of its 210 million people belonging to the religion. Christians had been a majority in the Malukus following centuries of Dutch colonial rule.

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      After a year in prison, Bishop Misago still sits and waits for a fair trial

         Meanwhile in Rwanda, Bishop Augustine Misago of Gikongoro has languished in an overcrowded prison, accused of genocide based not on facts, but on the beliefs of those individuals who have imprisoned him for a year along with thousands of others. He accepts it as his ministry to minister to his fellow prisoners but even that is being curtailed. Relations between the Rwandan government and the Church remain strained. The Church has paid a high price in this nation, sacrificing the lives of three bishops, 123 priests and over 300 sisters who have been martyred for the Faith. Yet, even among this sadness, Bishop Misago's lawyers are hopeful of an evental acquital. continued inside.

    Defence is Optimistic, But He Could Still Be Sentenced to Death

        KIGALI, APR 13 ( A year has gone by since Bishop Augustine Misago of Gikongoro was arrested and incarcerated in a prison built for 1,500 where some 7,000 Rwandans accused of genocide lie wasting. The proofs rest on what the people think rather than objective evidence.

        Rwanda lives in an atmosphere of suspicion, vengeance, and ethnic rivalries. Tutsis and Hutus have succeeded one another in power, sometimes by the use of force. At present, the Tutsis are in control; many Hutus run the risk of being accused of genocide simply by extension. Others killed their Tutsi neighbors, driven by Hutu leaders' threats to their life and family; these leaders then fled the country, leaving these Hutus to "take the rap."

        Bishop Misago serenely awaits the verdict in the last phase of his trial by a special court; it will be heard on April 17. "He is at peace because he is certain of his innocence and because he doesn't feel abandoned," reliable sources in Kigali reported. The prison authorities "have a profound respect for Bishop Misago's person." They have given him a small, separate cell where he celebrates Mass every day and spends his time in prayer and reading. He wears the uniform of those accused of genocide, including a pink shirt, but he never removes his pectoral cross or episcopal ring. The Rwandan prison system does not feed prisoners; they must receive food from outside.

        There is not much news to report on the trial. According to the defense, "there are no direct proofs of the accusations and none of the 24 witnesses of the accusation have implicated the Bishop materially in the genocide." The lawyers are optimistic; however, there are only three possible outcomes: death, a life sentence or acquittal.

        The whole affair has placed relations between the government and the Church at the forefront. The Church is accused of being responsible and of not allowing several Catholic churches to become cemeteries and monuments of the genocide. Lately, however, there has been some relaxation, and prison authorities have not prevented the media from entering Kilgali's central prison. It must not be forgotten, however, that the Church has paid a high price as a result of the genocide in Rwanda. It has cost the life of 3 bishops, 123 priests (of whom 109 were diocesan) and over 300 Sisters. ZE00041302

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      British Millennium Mass Jubilee Event the end of May is meeting with apathy as organizers begin to pray all the harder for more cooperation from bishops

         More spiritual woes are befalling Britain this Jubilee Year. The country's plans for a massive millennium Mass celebration at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham on May 29 is drawing little interest from the England's bishops, priests and laity. The organizer of the event told the Catholic Times that one of the main reasons was lack of publicity. With only six weeks to go, we can only hope prayers and hard work will assuredly allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten the British Isles and elsewhere of this special event. After all they weren't expecting that many in Paris a few years ago for World Youth Day when the Pope attended and the turnout overwhelmed everyone. It can happen again. continued inside.


        LONDON ( - Britain's Catholic showcase millennium celebration is under threat due to lack of interest. With only six weeks to go, thousands of places are still available for the event planned to place at the National Exhibition Center, Birmingham, on May 29.

        The focal point of the event, the largest Mass since Pope John Paul's visit to Britain in 1982, has cost 90,000 British pounds to stage and is to be attended by 30 bishops. But organizers say that, despite an extensive publicity campaign, the event has attracted minimal support from Catholics in England & Wales.

        "We're disappointed to find that a number of parish priests and lay people still don't know about the event," organizer John Barrie told today's Catholic Times. "I feel it is time for the Catholics of the country to stand up and be counted, to give thanks for 2,000 years of Christ. We've provided an opportunity for a mass demonstration of faith. Now priests and lay people need to feel a sense of obligation."

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