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Russian President pays special visit to Pope John Paul II. Rumors abound when Holy Father will be first Pontiff to set foot in Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited
the Vatican on June 5, for a private meeting with Pope John Paul II.
Putin, accompanied by a 20-man delegation, arrived at the Vatican
just before 7 pm, in a long train of limousines. He was greeted at the
steps of the presidential library by Pope John Paul, who said he was
"happy to receive you here at the Vatican, at the beginning of your
presidential term." Putin responded by saying that he himself had
made the decision to come to the Holy See soon after assuming the
Russian presidency, and considered this "a very significant visit." continued inside.
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Moscow hopeful differences can be cleared with Russian Orthodox Patriarch allowing Holy Father to come to Moscow
Regarding President Putin's visit with the Pope yesterday, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz,
Apostolic Administrator of Moscow and European Russia, said it is an
absolutely positive event: "It means that the Pope is considered an
important figure here as well."
"It is difficult to make predictions," explained the "Catholic Bishop"
of Moscow, who took advantage of the occasion of his public statements
to manifest openness toward the Orthodox Church. "I am convinced that
with good will the existing problems between the Catholic and Orthodox
Churches can be overcome. I believe that Christian Churches should be
united in collaboration for the good of the Russian people, for their
re-evangelization," he explained. continued inside.
82 year-old African Cardinal called home to his Heavenly reward on Sunday, diminishes count in Sacred Conclave to 147
Cardinal Paul Zoungrana, Archbishop
Emeritus of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, died on Sunday, June 4, at 82. He
was appointed Archbishop of that city by Pope John XXIII in 1960, and created
Cardinal by Pope Paul VI five years later.
All participants in Vatican Council II were impressed by young Bishop
Zoungrana. With his death, Africa and the universal Church have lost a
leading figure in the period of de-colonization and the implementation
of that Council in the African continent.
Zenit launches search for a saint to star as Patron Saint of Screen, Stage and Television
Who is the patron of the film world?
To date the question remains unanswered. The Vatican has never proposed
the figure of a saint to inspire those who work in this field.
During this Holy Year 2000, with only a few months to go before the
Jubilee of the Entertainment World (December 17), ZENIT is inviting its
readers to send their proposals for "patron saint of the film world." Our suggestion, even though he's not a saint yet, write in John Paul the Great as a living example of what a patron saint of the film world should be. Consider he's not only an actor, but a screen writer, play writer, producer and director in addition to producing two very, very successful CD's in the music industry. Nobody else comes close to our present Holy Father when it comes to representing the good in the film world. continued inside.
Delegation of 50 Mongolian leaders and country's president meet briefly with Pope before Putin visit
Prior to meeting with the Russian president, Pope John Paul II met with Mongolia's President Natsagiin Bagabandi in a private audience at the Vatican on June 5.
The Vatican did not release any details of the 20-minute conversation
between the Pope and the Mongolian leader, which took place with the help
of an Italian interpreter. The Pope was only quoted as saying that he
included the people of Mongolia in his daily prayers. Mongolia is considered the most non-Catholic country in the world, inhabited mostly by Buddhists. continued inside.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights taking Al Gore on full bore over gay pride demonstrations near Vatican in July
Vice President Al Gore this
week refused to answer calls to back down from his
endorsement of a controversial homosexual activist event
planned for Rome in July.
The New York-based Catholic League for Religious and Civil
Rights asked the vice president, who is also the Democratic
nominee for president, to reverse his endorsement of the
event which he gave in a letter dated March 23. In that
letter to organizers, Gore said he intended to "stand ready
to ensure gay and lesbian Americans have the opportunity to
participate fully in a nation and a world that is united in
those goals of importance to us all."
Scotland's Cardinal Winning declares war on Scottish Parliament over Section 28
Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning
celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday by declaring war
on the Scottish Parliament. In an interview with the Scottish Catholic Observer, the
cardinal said he had been enthusiastic about the
newly-instituted parliament but now felt "ashamed" of what
the politicians had done and described their term of office
as "an utter failure."continued inside.
From the sublime to the ridiculous - Catholic Brits and Italians squabble over animal rights in Pentecost ritual that has been a centuries-old tradition in Orvieto, Italy.
British Catholic animal rights
campaigners are calling on the Italian town of Orvieto, to
forgo their annual Pentecost ritual of sending a live dove
hurtling down from a church roof in a wooden box.
MP Anne Widdecombe, the patron of the Catholic Study Circle
for Animal Welfare, is among those calling for a ban on the
event, which involves strapping down the wild bird by its
wings and feet and is said to symbolize the descent of the
Holy Spirit. Deborah Jones, the general secretary of the Study Circle,
added: "I know people who are so disgusted that they are
considering leaving the Catholic Church if it is not
stopped." Sorry, but as the great bard of England once said, "me thinks they protest too much!" After all, it is much ado about nothing! even though the Italians are taking up arms to defend themselves. Their weapons: eggs and tomatoes. Now all we need are the vegetable rights people to get involved! continued inside.
Holy Father puts Peter's Pence to good use in sharing with those in need.
Monday morning, Pope John Paul II expressed
his gratitude and appreciation when he received members of St. Peter's
Circle in the Vatican, on the occasion of their annual "Peter's Pence"
offering for the Pope's charitable works. "Thank you for your testimony
of love for the Apostolic See and solidary charitable activity in favor
of the most needy brothers of your city," he said.
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