MONDAY January 10, 2000 vol. 11, no. 6 SECTION THREE
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San Giovanni Rotondo opens doors to sanctuary where Padre Pio's relics are placed, influx of pilgrims expected during Jubilee Year
Approximately three thousand pilgrims participated last Thursday afternoon in the ceremony of opening of the door of the sanctuary of "Holy Mary of Grace," in St. Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, where the relics of Blessed Padre Pio are kept. Thousands of pilgrims are expected to travel this year to the sanctuary, in the region of Foggia, to pay homage and ask for the
intercession of Padre Pio. continued inside.
HUNDREDS OF PILGRIMS TO PAY HOMAGE TO PADRE PIO'S RELICS DURING
ROME, 7 (NE) Approximately three thousand pilgrims participated
yesterday afternoon in the ceremony of opening of the door of
the sanctuary of "Holy Mary of Grace," in St. Giovanni Rotondo,
Italy, where the relics of Blessed Padre Pio are kept. Thousands
of pilgrims are expected to travel this year to the sanctuary,
in the region of Foggia, to pay homage and ask for the
intercession of Padre Pio.
As the Italian news agency ANSA informed, a procession of
faithful headed by the Archbishop paid homage to the relics of
the Blessed capuchin father, raised to the altars last year in
one of the most attended ceremonies celebrated in the city of
Rome. Yesterday's opening of the door of the shrine in St.
Giovanni Rotondo was part of the activities on occasion of the
Great Jubilee of the year 2000 in this region of Italy.
As a capuchin religious declared to ANSA, "this year we expected
a greater number of pilgrims coming to pray over the tomb of
Blessed Padre Pio. Our predictions have been confirmed by the
thousands of faithful that this afternoon have waited in prayer
for the opening of the door of the sanctuary."
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Site of where Jesus was baptized opened to pilgrims to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord
Over the weekend Jordan opened to pilgrims the site of the Baptism of Our Lord to coincide with the Feast Sunday. The site at Wadi Kharrar has been two years in the planning to prepare it for the heavy influx of pilgrims including the Holy Father who will visit this austere and historic site along the Jordan River where findings have shown Jesus was baptized by Saint John the Baptist. continued inside.
JORDAN OPENS CHRIST BAPTISM SITE
AMMAN, Jordan (CWNews.com) - Thousands of pilgrims flocked
to the site of Christ's baptism on the Jordan River today
as Jordan officially opened the location.
Jordan has prepared the site for two years in anticipation
of a crush of pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land during
the Jubilee Year. Pope John Paul II is also expected to
visit the site during a visit to the region in March.
Jordanian archaeologists, whose claims are supported by
leading Christian clerics, say a cluster of old Byzantine
churches and mosaics recently unearthed prove the site
called Wadi Kharrar is where Jesus was baptized. Others
claim that a site in Israel close to the sea of Galilee is
the real site of Jesus' baptism.
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Despite people's protest and Human Rights Board, El Salvador's President won't reopen unsolved case of Jesuit martyrs from 1989
Evidently the murderers of five Jesuit priests and others in 1989 will never be known except in Heaven for, despite pleas from the people of El Salvador and a strong recommendation from a Human Rights Advisory Board, the President of El Salvador refuses to open "old wounds," conveniently shelving any investigation of the dastardly deed during the 12-year civil war. continued inside.
EL SALVADOR PRESIDENT REFUSES TO REOPEN JESUIT MURDER CASE
SAN SALVADOR (CWNews.com) - The president of El Salvador on
Thursday refused to reopen an investigation into the 1989
murder of six Jesuits, claiming the act would reopen old
A regional human rights court had recommended that El
Salvador investigate those responsible for the murder of
five Spanish Jesuits, a Salvadorean Jesuit, their cook, and
her daughter at a prominent university at the height of the
country's 12-year civil war. But President Francisco Flores
said doing so would violate an amnesty agreement that was
part of the peace process that ended the war in 1992.
Right-wing deaths squads, composed of army officers, were
accused of the murders, citing their suspicions that the
Jesuits were sympathizers of Marxist rebels.
The Inter-American Human Rights Commission, part of the
Organization of American States (OAS), last month
criticized the government's decision not to prosecute army
officers who subsequently were implicated in ordering the
massacre. "We don't think little of the OAS nor of the UCA,
but we do respect peace and its enormous price," Flores told
a news conference. "We think highly of the peace and
stability we have."
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Indulgences prove bugaboo in German Protestants' acceptance of ecumenism, urge boycott of Catholic events
Despite the signing of the Document of Justification last fall at Augsburg between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church, there is still quite a chasm between the two. This became evident recently when German Protestants reacted strongly to the Church's continued use of indulgences which, according to them, nixes the "Sola Fides" position. But alas, the Protestants still haven't grasped what the Catholic Church teaches and what the Council of Trent reaffirmed. continued inside.
GERMAN PROTESTANTS AGAINST JUBILEE INDULGENCE
Threaten Boycott of Christian Unity Week and Opening of Holy Door at St.
VATICAN CITY, JAN 9 (ZENIT).- On January 18, first day of Christian
Unity Week for , Pope John Paul II will open the Holy Door of the
Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in an ecumenical ceremony. Now
some Protestants in Germany are expressing concern about participating
in a ceremony related to indulgences.
Indulgences were the point of departure for the Protestant Reformation.
According to modern Protestants, the doctrine of indulgences is in
contradiction to justification through grace alone and through faith
alone. Some say that the use of indulgences is contrary to the Common
Statement on Justification signed by Lutherans and Catholics on October
However, the Annex to that document made it clear that "Justification
takes place 'by grace alone' (JD 15 and 16), by faith alone, the person
is justified 'apart from works' (Rom 3:28, cf. JD 25). 'Grace creates
faith not only when faith begins in a person but as long as faith lasts'
(Thomas Aquinas, S. Th. II/II 4, 4 ad 3). The working of God's grace
does not exclude human action: God effects everything, the willing and
the achievement, therefore, we are called to strive (cf. Phil 2:12 ff)."
That is, human actions can have a saving effect, by the grace of God.
The indulgence is an excercize of the Church's authority to bind and
loose, granted by Christ first to Peter, and later to all the Apostles.
The President of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop Christian Krause,
is currently being pressured by his church not to attend the event.
Nonetheless, according to reports in "Die Welt," Krause plans to attend.
Anglican Archbishop George Carey and other Protestant leaders have also
accepted the Vatican invitation.
Udo Hahn, spokesman for the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Germany, notes that the problem of indulgences is more keenly felt among
Germans than other nationalities. However, he points out that
technically, only a Catholic service would be "indulgence capable," so
that a Lutheran could attend the ecumenical service without fear of
diluting his beliefs. He told "Die Welt," "Bishop Krause will go,
despite all speculations."
Auxiliary Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke of Hamburg, Head of Holy Year plans
for the German Catholic Bishops' Conference, is working to avoid a
reopening of the conflict over indulgences. He assures that those who
carefully read the Bull that opened the Holy Year will see that there is
no conflict between a correctly understood teaching on indulgences and
the teaching on justification.
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