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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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      BRUSSELS ( - The European Union on Monday said the Vatican City-State could commission new euro coins in 2002 bearing it's own seal, ending a debate over whether certain small European countries could join the new monetary union.

      The Vatican and the republic of San Marino currently have their coinage minted by the Bank of Italy and Monaco has its money minted by the Bank of France. On January 1, 2000, the three countries will hand that responsibility over to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. "The Commission recommends the EU allows these countries to use the euro as their official currency and to grant legal tender status to euro banknotes and coins," the EU executive said in a statement.

      A controversy had originally arisen over the inclusion of religious designs on euro currency, as is likely for the Vatican coins, as well as allowing the three countries to participate in the monetary union with becoming members of the EU. But the ruling allows the three small countries to have their own designs on the back of euro coins, just as member states will. The euro bills will conform to the agreed-upon standard of uniformity without national symbols.

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Archbishop Chaput urges faithful to submerge themselves in the "River of Mercy."

      Advent is the ideal time to prepare not only for the Coming of Jesus but prepare for Him in the only way we can truly receive Him fully - through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is the focus of a Pastoral Letter by the head of the Archdiocese of Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.. Today we present the first of two parts of this moving letter that outlines how we can refresh ourselves in the "River of Mercy" by flowing with the graces inherent in this healing sacrament. For the first part of the Archbishop's letter, "River of Mercy," click on MITERS THAT MATTER.

Pastoral Letter by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.
Part One


"Christianity is the religion of the coming of God, of his breaking through into human history and life . . ." Karol Wojtyla, Advent homily, 1974


"The just man's lips nourish many, but the fools die for want of sense."

Proverbs 10: 21

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December 22, 1998 volume 9, no. 247   DAILY CATHOLIC