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THURSDAY      December 17, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 244

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WORLDWIDE
NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

HEADLINES:

NATIONAL CLERGY COUNCIL CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - A national organization of Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox clergy said on Tuesday that President Bill Clinton should be impeached.

      The National Clergy Council said in a statement, "The appalling moral failure of our President, his violation of his oath of office and his oath before the courts, his refusal to take personal and complete responsibility for his actions, as well as his use of government personnel and resources to evade detection and punishment should result in impeachment." The group added that Clinton's obligation to own up to his moral failings and to bear the consequences for them should impel the House of Representatives to impeach him.

      A growing number of representatives by Wednesday had indicated that they will vote to impeach Clinton, referring the case to the US Senate for a trial in January. Clinton has admitted to having an affair with a White House intern in 1996 and 1997, but denies having lied about it in a civil sexual-harassment case as well as using the resources of the White House to block an investigation into the allegations.


POPE BEGINS NEW CATECHETICAL SERIES

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II today began a new series of catechetical talks, preaching at his regular Wednesday audience on the theme of God the Father-- to whom the last year of preparation for the Jubilee has been consecrated.

      The Pope recently concluded a series of talks on the workings of the Holy Spirit. His weekly public audiences have been organized around a series of themes, with each theme providing the topic for several months of addresses.

      In the less formal portion of his public audience, the Pope offered a special salute to a group of 360 soccer players who were in attendance, having come to Rome to compete in a tournament organized by an Italian soccer federation. The Holy Father said that the competition "highlighted the true meaning of sport as a service to young people, to understanding between different peoples, and to peace."


INVESTIGATORS EXHUME BODY OF "GOD'S BANKER"

      COMO, Italy (CWNews.com) - Italian prosecutors prepared on Wednesday for exhumation of the body of a man once known as "God's banker" for his ties to the Vatican Bank.

      Roberto Calvi was first believed to have committed suicide in 1982 on London's Blackfriar Bridge after the collapse of the Italian Banco Ambrosiano. The bank, in which the Vatican Bank held a major interest, collapsed when it couldn't cover $1.4 billion in loans made to sham companies in Latin America. Calvi was the bank chairman.

      Defense lawyers for Roman businessman Flavio Carboni, who has been charged with conspiracy to kill Calvi, presented a report to prosecutors that indicated Calvi hanged himself. Prosecutors then asked for the exhumation to disprove the report.


EL SALVADOR HOLDS SUCCESSFUL ARMS EXCHANGE PROGRAM

      SAN SALVADOR (CWNews.com) - More than 10,000 firearms have been surrendered to the pastors in San Salvador in exchange for food, in a program modeled on a similar arms-exchange campaign in New York.

      For nine days, the Catholic parishes of the city offered free food in exchange for weapons, with no questions asked. The firearms will now be handed over to the country's National Guard, to be taken out of service. The program was designed to decrease the number of firearms in use in the city, thereby easing the threat of violence.

      The weapons-exchange program was underwritten by a grant from the government of Norway. Organizers of the campaign say that they plan to repeat the process again next year.


INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CATHOLIC COMMUNICATORS BEGINS IN GUADALAJARA

      GUADALAJARA, 15 (NE) The International Congress for Catholic Communicators began yesterday in the city of Guadalajara in Mexico. Promoted by the Archdiocese of Guadalajara and the Social Communication's Commission of the Mexican Conference of Bishops, attended to the congress people in charge of diocesan communications, journalists as well as students of journalism and communications. The Congress began with an Eucharistic celebration, presided over by Cardinal Juan Sandoval, Archbishop of Guadalajara. During his homily, the Mexican Cardinal pointed out that "all Christian communication should be referred to this supreme communication of God and, therefore, should be related to the salvation manifested by Jesus Christ."

      Bishop OnÚsimo Cepeda, President of the Bishop's Commission for the Social Communications, gave the first conference, affirming that to speak of communication in the Church is not only to speak of media of the Church, but of Catholics that make possible communication. The communication agents in the Church should be propagators of unity. In the same way, he highlighted the apostolic sense that should have the Catholic communication agent, underlining the necessity that they have a solid Catholic identity. Also, during the press conference that preceded the beginning of the activities, Archbishop John Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, manifested the necessity that journalists shouldn't have just a good professional formation, but also moral, ethical, philosophical as well as theological.

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LITURGY OF THE DAY

      Today is the Third Thursday of Advent which officially begins "Late Advent." It is also the second day of Las Posadas, a Mexican tradition dating back to the 16th century, in preparation for the birth of the Savior. Tomorrow is the Third Friday of Advent and the third day of Las Posadas. For today and tomorrow's liturgies and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Thursday, December 17, 1998

Friday, December 18, 1998


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

      For the special Novena Prayer for this day during this time of preparation during Late Advent, click on LATE ADVENT

ADVENT NOVENA PRAYER

PRAYER for December 17: Third Thursday of Late Advent

CHRISTMAS NOVENA PRAYER for December 17: Second Day of Novena


PROVERB OF THE DAY

"From a man's greed comes his shame, rather be a poor man than a liar."

Proverbs 19: 22


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