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FRI-SAT-SUN      November 13-15, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 223

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Friday, November 13, 1998

Feast of Saint Mother Frances Cabrini, Virgin, Missionary, Educator and Religious Founder

Saturday, November 14, 1998

Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday

SUNDAY, November 15, 1998

     Today, though it is superseded by the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, is also the feast of Saint Albert the Great:

Feast of Saint Albert the Great, Bishop, Religious and Doctor of the Church

Monday, November 16, 1998

Feast of Saint Gertrude the Great, Virgin, Religious and Mystic

Feast of Saint Margaret of Scotland, Wife, Mother and Queen


     In honor of the Feast of that great American citizen who became a saint - Saint Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini we present the Opening Prayer from the Mass in her honor:

God our Father, You called Frances Xavier Cabrini from Italy to serve the immigrants of America. By her example teach us concern for the stranger, the sick and the frustrated. By her prayers help us to see Christ in all the men and women we meet.



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Catholic World News Service



      HANOI ( - The government of Communist Vietnam said on Thursday that they have no immediate plans to invite Pope John Paul II to the country.

      Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told reporters, "We do not have any intention yet to invite the Pope." The Vatican news agency Fides had reported that the country's bishops had asked the government to invite the Pontiff to visit next year and that the Holy Father was willing to make the trip if invited by Hanoi.

      Dung said the government had recently received a letter from the bishops but would not reveal the contents. The Communist government had previously said they had not received a request from the bishops to invite the Holy Father. The trip next August would coincide with the 200th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of La Vang.


      MANAGUA ( - Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo has called upon officials of both Church and state in Nicaragua to set aside all political considerations as they distribute humanitarian aid to the victims of hurricane Mitch.

      The cardinal-- who has been asked by the Nicaraguan government to supervise the aid distribution, in a move designed to calm fears that corrupt government officials seek to profit from the disaster-- said that everyone involved in the relief effort should respect both the suffering of the victims and the generosity of the donors. The aid, he insisted, must be apportioned first to those in the greatest need, without any calculation of political advantage. "We must respect the will of the donors, and serve in the midst of all the possibilities, without playing political or partisan favorites," he said.

      The cardinal added that Catholic officials should make no distinctions based on the religious affiliations of hurricane victims. And there will be no distinctions along partisan political lines, because "none of the bishops participates in any party affairs." Instead, he promised, "we will serve everyone we can reach."

      Cardinal Obando has made personal visits to some of the areas most affected by the storm. To date, the Church officials coordinating the relief process have been able to open communications with all but one town, San Francisco del Carnicero, which is still completely isolated.


      FRESNO, California ( - An education group dedicated to ending government involvement in schools warned on Wednesday that school voucher plans, similar to the one in place in Wisconsin and upheld this week by the US Supreme Court, could end up secularizing religious schools.

      Marshall Fritz, director of the Separation of School and State Alliance, said that the voucher plan has an "opt-out" policy that allows parents to instruct the schools not to include their children in any religious practices. "This requirement won't bother schools that just tip their hat to God with and occasional chapel service or prayer before the football game," Fritz said. "But many Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant schools permeate the day with expressions of love and obedience to God."

      The alliance is holding its annual conference this week in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One speaker agreed with Fritz, and added that the "opt-out" feature could cause a backlash against voucher plans. "The Milwaukee plan is so bad for religious schools that it's going to cause a huge amount of discussion across the country on the danger of tax-financing for private education," said Lew Rockwell, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.


      VATICAN ( -- In an address to the UN's commission on refugees, Archbishop Renato Martino-- the Vatican's permanent representative to the world body-- denounced the abuse of refugees that sometimes takes place when they are displaced within their own countries. He also spoke out against the arms traffic which helps to feed and intensify civil warfare.

      Archbishop Martino lamented the "abominable new techniques" of warfare which have been introduced in recent conflicts, such as "the immoral strategy of ethnic cleansing," the "attempts to annihilate entire communities," and the "armed pursuit of displaced peoples, to the point where they die of exhaustion."

      The archbishop pointed out that refugees in civil conflicts are often threatened by famine, epidemics, and human-rights abuses as well as by warfare itself. Laws which apply to international conflict are routinely violated in civil warfare, he said, through the blocking of humanitarian aid, attacks on refugee camps, and other outrages.

      While humanitarian aid is often insufficient to meet the needs of refugees, Archbishop Martino next observed, there is "never any lack of arms on the field of battle." Weapons, he said, "are the one thing that the countries at war always have in abundance." And certain developed nations are particularly "generous" in providing the means of advanced warfare, he noted. That imbalance between humanitarian and military aid is a gross injustice, the Vatican delegate said, and it indicates the exploitation of warfare for the profit of the arms merchants.

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