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THANKSGIVING WEEK    November 25-29, 1998    SECTION THREE     vol 9, no. 231

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     With the First Sunday of Advent we begin Daily Advent Prayers in preparation for the Coming of the Savior. Also on this day we begin a nine day novena leading up to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. For these Advent Prayers, click on ADVENT NOVENA PRAYERS.


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      VATICAN ( -- On Sunday, November 29, the first Sunday in Advent, a papal bull will be published, formally announcing the Grand Jubilee of the Year 2000.

      The papal document, entitled Incarnationis Mysterium, will be unveiled, and parts of it will be read, before Mass in St. Peter's basilica, at a solemn ceremony at the Holy Door. Pope John Paul II will also formally convey the document to the four patriarchal basilicas of Rome. The ceremony involved will be similar to the ceremony in which the Pope proclaimed the Holy Year of 1983.

      A papal bull is a document used to confer formal titles and proclamations, such as canonizations. The term "bull" comes from the Latin word "bulla," or seal, and refers to the papal seal which such documents carry.

Vatican to play "Solomon" in feud between Austrian prelates


      VIENNA ( - Two leading bishops said on Monday that they will resolve their public conflict, in which they have accused each other of lying, by asking the Vatican to mediate.

      Bishop Kurt Krenn of St. Poelten initially took Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna to task over the Austrian bishops' conference's ad limina report, presented to the Vatican every seven years. Bishop Krenn claimed he was not informed of the contents of the report, including an admission that the bishops mishandled the case of retired Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, who had been accused of sexual relations with young men and eventually relinquished his ministry.

      Cardinal Schoenborn told Austrian state television last week, "Objectively, what [Bishop Krenn] said was simply not correct." Bishop Krenn replied, "Liars should keep their mouths shut." In a joint statement issued on Monday, the two bishops said they had agreed to ask the Vatican to mediate their dispute.


      DILI, East Timor ( - More than 2,000 students protested in Dili on Tuesday, demanding an investigation into the reported massacre of up to 50 civilians by Indonesian soldiers last week.

      The students, who occupied the parliament building, demanded action by the Indonesian government on the murder or torture of civilians in a crackdown on rebels around the village of Alas. Former East Timor governor Mario Carrascalao had previously told reporters that at least 42 people had been killed in the crackdown.

      Carrascalao, governor until 1992, said Catholic officials in the predominantly Catholic region told him up to 50 died. Nobel peace laureate Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili refused to comment in Jakarta on Tuesday, where he was attending a bishops' conference. Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country in the world, invaded mainly Catholic East Timor, a former Portugese colony, in 1975 and annexed it the following year in a move not recognized by the United Nations.


      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II today met with Congo's President Laurent Kabila to discuss the continuing civil war in that country.

      Because of his grave concern over the events in Congo, the Holy Father broke away from the Synod of Bishops for Oceania to meet with the African leader. Their conversation was held not in the library of the Apostolic Palace-- the usual site for such meetings-- but in a small room near the synod hall.

      The Pope told Kabila that he hoped negotiations-- conducted on an international level, rather than only among groups within Congo-- could produce a solution "which would preserve the principles of territorial integrity and national sovereignty, along with respect for the rights of every person and social group." The references to international negotiations and to territorial boundaries underlined the Pope's recognition that neighboring countries have become involved in the fighting within Congo.

      The Pope also acknowledged the severe difficulties which the Congolese people have undergone during the process of democratization. The Holy See has always emphasized that the Church is ready "to collaborate in the peace process and in the process of national reconstruction."

      After his meeting with Pope John Paul, Kabila also met privately with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State. He then had a meeting with the St. Egidio community, based in Rome, which has undertaken the task of mediating civil disputes in several African nations.


      NEW YORK ( - A World AIDS Day event scheduled for December 1 was canceled on Monday after New York City officials protested the presence of a 35-foot Christmas tree decorated with condoms near Central Park.

      The event, which would have included a benefit concert in addition to the "Tree of Life," was sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co. The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights had protested the event and threatened a national boycott against the clothing manufacturer.

      Mayor Rudolph Giuliani applauded the decision by the event organizers to cancel the event after pressure from city officials. "I think Christmas trees have a certain symbolic importance ... to a lot of people. I think what they were suggesting would probably be inconsistent with that," Giuliani said. He added, "I think it is one of the most idiotic ideas I have ever heard of."

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"A path to life is his who heeds admonition, but he who disregards reproof goes astray."

Proverbs 10: 17

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