June 23-25, 2000, vol. 11, no. 112



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Pope takes Holy Eucharist to the people with International Eucharistic Congress Mass and Corpus Christi procession through streets of Rome as 70,000 turn out to honor the Blessed Sacrament
   At the height of the Jubilee, Rome witnessed the most overwhelming moments of the International Eucharistic Congress that is being celebrated this week. On June 22nd, the traditional Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, more than 70,000 faithful invaded the streets of the Eternal City to venerate the Eucharistic Christ in procession following a Papal Mass in the Lateran Basilica. "We will escort the Eucharistic sacrament with humble pride through the streets of the city, passing by the buildings where people reside, rejoice, and suffer; through stores and offices where daily life unfolds. We will put Him in touch with our life, threatened by a thousand dangers, oppressed by worries and sorrows, subjected to the slow but inexorable passage of time," the Pope said during the Mass preceding the procession. continued inside.

Paris' Cardinal extolls source of liberation for all cultures: the Holy Eucharist
Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger    "The Eucharist as Source of Culture" was the original catechesis topic of the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger Thursday morning in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, which brought together the participants of the International Eucharistic Congress in the Cathedral of the diocese of Rome. He was highly qualified to speak of the Eucharist in respect to other cultures for he was born a Jew and converted to Catholicism after his mother was killed at Auschwitz. continued inside.

Bishops of Mexico urge faithful to pray sincerely on choosing the right candidate for President next week.
   Within two weeks millions of Mexicans will go to the polls to elect their next President. Well before elections of its neighbor to the north get underway, Mexico is gearing up for a heavy turnout at the polls and all the Church is asking is to pray for the candidate who best exemplifies the moral leadership. Above all the Bishops of Mexico are urging their flocks to pray that God's will be done. They have been careful not to officially endorse any particular candidate even though several have attempted to use the Church to get votes. continued inside.

Music and Movie Stars extend hope for this generation and the world by agreeing to perform CD that will extoll the hope conveyed by Pope John Paul the Great
    Celine DionN'Sync music group    Only one thing would bring Celine Dion out of self-imposed retirement and that is the performing on a CD that extolls the wisdom and prayers of His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Joining her will be the popular, Christian-oriented musical group N'Sync and several other big-name icons throughout the recording, motion picture and television industry. It shows the drawing power of the Sovereign Pontiff and is a part of the fruits of his call to "cross the threshold of hope." continued inside.

India and world mourn death of New Delhi Archbishop killed in car crash in Poland
   Tributes poured into the Archdiocese of New Delhi, India this week as Archbishop Alan Basil de Lastic was posthumously honored for a life of giving. He had been president of the Catholic Bishops of India Conference and had hosted the Holy Father when the Pope visited to officially close the Asian Synod of Bishops. He was tragically killed in a car crash enroute to Warsaw from Krakow Tuesday night. Though his body is still in Warsaw, it will be returned to India for a special funeral Mass on Tuesday in New Delhi's Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Vatican will send a high representative, either Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, Prefect for the Congregation for Bishops or possibly Cardinal Angelo Sodano himself. continued inside.

Scottish ruling could doom families in Scotland as serpent of depravity slithers in through Parliament
Cardinal Winning trying to stave off road to depravity for his flock    Despite the warnings of Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning, the Scottish parliament signed their warrant for disaster. Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to repeal Section 28, the law banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools. No matter how some may couch the wording, the fact is that the snake has slithered in and who knows when it will strike the venom of immorality through its politically correct coiling. Someday, hopefully sooner than later, his flock will realize his wisdom in trying to stave off the depravity that will ultimately be inevitable with this ruling. continued inside.

UN Director of Population has no one to blame but herself, but she's trying to as she whines about "if only's"
   In typical liberal fashion, the director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reportedly wept in anger before delivering a speech to the UN General Assembly at the end of the Beijing+5 review of a women's conference on June 9, according to the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-fam). She was upset that once again the coalition of the Vatican, Muslim and Catholic third-world countries were able to prevent feminist groups from enshrining "reproductive and sexual rights" as UN policy. continued inside.

Pope's jailed assassin has contrite of heart, wants to thank Holy Father personally for his clemency
  The attempted Turkish assassin Mehmet Ali Agca, who was granted clemency by the Italian government earlier this month as recommended by the Holy Father, now wants to thank His Holiness personally for the Pope's help and his forgiving Agca for the assassination attempt on May 13, 1981. It's doubtful, however, because of the time he needs to spend in a Turkish prison, that it will be some time before Agca can make good on his wish. continued inside.

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