June 12-13, 2000, vol. 11, no. 107



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Eucharistic Congress that kicks off on Trinity Sunday will be the largest and longest Jubilee event yet
   The 47th International Eucharistic Congress will begin on Sunday, June 18; it is the first of its kind to be held during a Jubilee year. John Paul II has emphasized the central importance of the Eucharistic Congress, which has been celebrated twice before in Rome. The Eucharistic Congress is the Jubilee event of the longest duration, from June 18-25. John Paul II will participate on four occasions during that week. All the Roman Basilicas and parishes will be involved. continued inside.

Holy See sees wisdom in lifting embargo on Iraq despite Saddam Hussein
Cardinal Angelo SodanoArchbishop Jean-Louis Tauran    The Holy See reaffirmed its opposition to the international sanction in Iraq in a statement released June 9, as the president of the Iraqi parliament visited the Vatican. Saadoun Hammadi was received by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, and the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Jean- Louis Tauran. In an official statement released by the Holy See in connection with that visit, the sanctions were denounced for creating hardships for the civilian population of Iraq. continued inside.

Parish priest in Germantown, Maryland brutally murdered in rectory
   In the aftermath of an Italian nun being murdered last week, now comes word that a Maryland priest was murdered in his home, possibly following a burglary, police said on Thursday. Monsignor Thomas Wells, 56, was found in his bedroom after he failed to show up for Mass at 8 am Thursday at Mother Seton Church in Germantown. Police said there is evidence of a struggle. "Monsignor Wells was involved in a violent altercation with an assailant or assailants," said Officer Joyce Barrows of the Montgomery County Police Department. She did not speculate over the cause of death, but said it appeared Monsignor Wells was beaten. continued inside.

Hindus' Hate reaching alarming proportions as Christians dig in to defend in India
   Indian church leaders have expressed anguish over the "ominous qualitative escalation" in atrocities targeting minority Christians and "the sharp rise in hate rhetoric by fundamentalist and communal groups (even as) government silence" continues. The strong reaction from church leaders came at a joint press conference in New Delhi Friday addressed by Archbishop Alan de Lastic, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, Bishop Karam Masih of Delhi of the Protestant Church of North India, and John Dayal, convenor of United Christian Forum for Human Rights. continued inside.

Welcome mat definitely won't be out in Rome for Gays
SAYS    Gay demonstrators should know now they will not receive a very warm welcome when they descend on the eternal city the end of this month. The majority of Italians are opposed to the celebration of "Gay Pride," a world homosexual mass meeting planned to take place in Rome in July of this Jubilee Year. A survey carried out by Datamedia for television channel "Retequattro," reveals that 63% of the 1,000 people interviewed said they disagree with the decision to exhibit "homosexual pride" specifically during this Holy Year in the Eternal City. Only 18.9% of Italians support the demonstration. continued inside.

Rome's Homeless and Holy Father to get together for a few hours on Thursday
               Pope John Paul II will truly be the "servant of servants" on this coming Thursday when the homeless and beggars have an appointment with him in the atrium of St. Peter's Basilica. Together, they will cross the threshold of the Holy Door, and later join the Holy Father in Paul VI Audience Hall for lunch. Some 300 persons are expected to participate. continued inside.

Brit Abortion group targeting teens with booklet on abortion that is "riddled with errors"
   No longer is abortion advice discreet. Now Family Planning Association, Britain's notorious cousin to Planned Parenthood, is targeting British children between the ages of 14 and 18, offering them a booklet with information on British abortion law, attitudes towards abortion, and details of the procedures available. But, Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said the booklet, "Abortion -- just so you know," is riddled with inaccuracies.continued inside.

Vancouver Archbishop speaks out, criticizes liberal Canadian bishops for supporting Women's March 2000
   Archbishop Adam Exner of Vancouver on Thursday said he opposed the World March of Women 2000 which has received financial and other support from the Canadian bishops' conference (CCCB) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) despite its pro-abortion stance. continued inside.

Pro-Life Group hopes to block ruling that hinders them from protesting abortion
   The pro-life group Christian Defense Coalition filed a petition in US District Court in Washington on Thursday, seeking to overturn rules imposed by US Supreme Court officials on the size of signs allowed during demonstrations. The coalition sought the emergency request ahead of vigils planned for Friday afternoon and Saturday evening to show support for a Nebraska partial-birth abortion law under review by the high court. The justices are expected to rule on its constitutionality this month. continued inside.

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