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December 11-13, 1998
SECTION THREE vol 9, no. 240
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NEWS & VIEWS
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Catholic World News Service
Pope tweaks UN's collective conscience on Sanctity of Life on 50th Anniversary of Declaration of Human Rights
The Holy Father used the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Human Rights Declaration by members of the UN in 1948 to tweak their consciences to examine if they have truly lived up to their pledge or observed it only when it was expedient for them. He called for all members of the UN to have a deeper concern for the poor and down-trodden of third-world countries and to respond to the needy no matter what their culture, creed or nationality. His letter reiterated that morality calls for respect for all human life from conception to the grave, reminding those who are promoting the culture of death that they are in violation of the Human Rights declaration. For more, click on Pope's UN letter.
POPE LAUDS DECLARATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In a message to the United Nations, on
the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
Pope John Paul II today called the date "an appeal for an
examination of conscience by each of the states which voluntarily
signed the text if 1948."
The Pope's message was delivered to the President of the UN's
Assembly General, Didier Opertti Badan. In it the Pontiff called
attention to the fact that human rights are still "the object of grave
and continual violations." Too many governments, he said, honor
human rights only when it fits their convenience.
The Holy Father argued that the Universal Declaration reflects a basic
agreement, framed in explicit moral terms and founded on a common
understanding of man. The text, he said, finds its roots in "diverse
national, cultural, and religious traditions."
In closing, the Pope called for greater solidarity among the world's
nations, and a greater understanding that the full recognition of
human rights requires an attitude of compassion toward the poor,
the weak, and those who are suffering.
Filipino Bishops decry government's violations of human rights in the Philippines
While the Pope was issuing his statement to the UN in New York, the Bishops Conference of the Philippines, headed by Cardinal Jamie Sin, were equally adamant about violations to Human Rights, by issuing their own stern statement lambasting the Philippine government for the injustices perpetrated against the people from manipulation of the voting process to kidnapping religious leaders; from exploitation of children to continuing the poor living conditions of the masses without providing programs to help them out of their poverty and doldrums. For more, click on Philippines
BISHOPS DENOUNCE HUMAN-RIGHTS ABUSE IN PHILIPPINES
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The bishops of the Philippines have
issued a strong statement charging that the country's government
has both committed and allowed multiple violations of human rights.
The bishops' statement, issued on the anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, recited "a litany of injustices," and
concluded that the country had seen violations of "civil rights,
political, economic, social, and cultural rights, including the right to
The violations-- which have continued even after the lifting of the
martial-law regime under which the Philippines were ruled for
years-- include offenses by government and by other parties. In the
latter category, the bishops cite the many kidnappings which have
taken place in the Mindanao regime, as Islamic terrorists fight for
Other offenses mentioned by the bishops include electoral fraud and
political corruption, the refusal to allow collective bargaining in
industrial disputes, the offenses committed by paramilitary groups
with apparent connivance of local authorities, the exploitation of
children, and the general poverty of the people.
France succumbs to satan as National Assembly approves cohabitation by non-marrieds straight or gay!
All of Heaven must be weeping today with the news that the National Assemby in France has approved a radical referendum that allows equal rights for homosexuals and heterosexuals alike cohabitating outside of marriage, thus tearing down the fabric of society with the minimization of marriage. France has had many problems since Pepin converted to Catholicism over a century ago, but this latest blow to decency and morality has the Church very frustrated for it can only lead to decay and decadence. For more, click on the fall of France.
FRANCE PASSES COHABITATION BILL
PARIS (CWNews.com) - The French National Assembly on
Wednesday approved a bill that grants new rights to
unmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples despite heavy
opposition from conservative parties and the Catholic Church.
The PACS bill would allow a Civil Solidarity Pact between
two cohabitating people over the age of 18 to allow them
inheritance rights, joint tax filing status, and other
rights traditionally allotted only to families. The bill,
heavily supported by the ruling coalition of Socialists,
Communists, and Greens, will be taken up by the Senate next
Supporters of the bill said the measure is needed to bring
the law in line with the evolution of French society.
Critics, including the country's bishops, said the bill
would set up a Byzantine maze of social relationships,
undermining the family as the foundation of society, and is
the first step on a path to legalizing same-sex marriage.
Poland extends invitation to their favorite son Pope John Paul II to return to his homeland for the 8th time next summer
The first non-Italian Pope since the 1500's and the first Polish Pope ever will end the century much as he began it, by returning to his homeland once more in the last year of the millennium. The Polish bishops and government, in a joint announcement, said the Holy Father will return to Poland next June for the eighth time during his pontificate for a twelve-day visit that will cover 18 locations including his birthplace in Wadowice. Also on his itinerary will be numerous sessions with Polish government authorities and a stop at the railway terminal in Warsaw where Jews were earmarked for Auschwitz. More details are expected the first of the year when John Paul II formally accepts the invitation. For more, click on Polish visit
POPE TO VISIT POLAND IN 1999
WARSAW (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II will make his
eighth visit home to Poland next year, according to a joint
announcement by Polish bishops and the government this week.
Archbishop Tadeusz Goclowski, speaking at a
Church-government committee meeting on Monday said the Holy
Father will visit the country for 12 days next June and
journey to 18 locations including Gdansk, Warsaw, and his
hometown of Wadowice. "A detailed plan of the visit will be
announced at the start of next year after John Paul II
personally accepts it," said Wieslaw Walendziak, Prime
Minister Jerzy Buzek's chief of staff and deputy chairman
of the committee.
Walendziak said the Pope insisted on including a visit to
Warsaw's Umschlagplatz -- a railway ramp from which Nazi
Germans deported Jews to the Auschwitz death camp during
World War II -- and meetings with Polish legislative,
judiciary and executive authorities in parliament.
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