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Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday

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Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome


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Vatican sets Papal Itinerary for Saint Louis stop in January


      WASHINGTON ( -- A Mass in the Trans World Dome and an encounter with young people at the Kiel Center arena will be the highlights of the January visit by Pope John Paul II to St. Louis.

      The Holy Father will arrive at Lambert airport shortly after noon on January 26. After a welcoming ceremony he will then travel to the residence of Archbishop Justin Rigali, and then to the Kiel Center-- home of the professional ice-hockey team, the St. Louis Blues-- for a prayer service aimed at young people from the central United States. The following morning he will preside at Mass at the Trans World Dome, return to the archbishop's residence for a meeting with American bishops, and then lead a Vespers service at the St. Louis cathedral before heading back to Lambert for his return flight to Rome.

Vatican expresses optimism for Papal Visit to Jerusalem in 2000


      VATICAN ( -- The Wye Plantation peace accord, signed by Israel and Palestine on October 23, has raised hopes for a papal pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the year 2000, the Vatican's chief foreign-affairs official told reporters today.

      In an off-the-cuff exchange with reporters, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran said that the new agreement opens the way to new possibilities for peace. While Pope John Paul has frequently voiced his desire to visit the Holy Land, the archbishop continued, "everything depends on the peace process and the application of the Wye Plantation accord." He observed that while the agreement itself is a positive sign of the "good will of the leaders of the people in the Holy Land."

      Questioned about his widely publicized statement that the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem is "illegal," Archbishop Tauran responded, "That has always been our position." The archbishop made that statement at a symposium on the future of the Holy City, organized by Jerusalem's Patriarch Michel Sabbah. Since the purpose of that symposium was to clarify the situation in Jerusalem for the benefit of "the bishops of the world's great nations-- especially in the West," the Pope and the Secretary of State agreed that it would be a good time to set forth the official position of the Holy See, he said. "We are repeating what is affirmed in the United Nations resolutions," he added; "We are not alone in taking this position."

Fox's Ally McBeal takes cheap shots with Catholic bashing as the latest sport among TV producers


      NEW YORK ( - A Catholic anti-defamation group and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Wednesday both protested the Monday night broadcast of an episode of Fox's "Ally McBeal" TV show which portrayed nuns having sex and a priest videotaping confessions.

      The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights said the November 2 and September 28 episodes made crude jokes about celibacy, the sanctity of the sacraments, and the pedophile priests. Monday's show featured a nun who sued the Catholic Church after being dismissed for breaking her vows. At one point, Ally McBeal jokes that "nuns are not supposed to have sex except with other nuns." The nun said at one point: "A priest has sex with a boy, he gets transferred. .. At least my lover was of legal age."

      Father Gregory Coiro, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, called the jokes "insulting and demeaning" to the Church and all Catholics. "You read these lines from 'Ally McBeal' and you'd really have to stretch the imagination to say there's no anti-Catholicism here," he said. "A person who would think this is not anti-Catholic would probably go to a minstrel show."

      Father Coiro had previously acted as a script consultant for another controversial show, ABC's short-lived "Nothing Sacred" which had been the subject of complaint by groups including the Catholic League.

Holy See turns attention to South America


      VATICAN ( -- President Carlos Saul Menem of Argentina has been awarded the 1999 prize of the Path to Peace Foundation. The organization explained that the award was a recognition for Menem's "defense of human life and the family, as well as his action as leader of Argentina in favor of world peace."

      The prize will be presented to Menem in June 1999 by Archbishop Renato Martino, the Vatican's permanent representative at the United Nations and the founder and president of the Path to Peace Foundation. The foundation-- a non-profit organization which is independent of the Holy See-- was set up in 1991 to help finance the Vatican mission at the UN and the Pope's efforts to promote peace throughout the world. Previous recipients of the annual award have been Boutros Boutros-Ghail, the former UN secretary general (1993); the late King Baudouin of Belgium (1994); former Philippine President Corazon Aquino (1995); former Polish President Lech Walesa (1996); former Nicaraguan President Violetta Chamorro (1997); and Venezuelan President Rafael Caldera (1998).

      Confirming an earlier statement by the Chilean government, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran today said that the Holy See will not play a mediating role in the case of General Augusto Pinochet "at this time."

      Rumors of Vatican intervention in the case of the former Chilean dictator began to circulate in the Italian press last week when a top Chilean government official, vice-chancellor Mariano Fernandez, met privately with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Reporters persistently questioned Archbishop Tauran about those rumors today when he appeared at a press conference on an unrelated issue.

      The archbishop pointed out that Cardinal Sodano had once been the apostolic nuncio in Chile, and recently took the time to visit that country again. The visit by Fernandez, he said, had merely offered the prelate a change to "talk about the situation in that country," he concluded.

      Finally, as he accepted the diplomatic credentials of the new Guatemalan ambassador to the Holy See, Pope John Paul II today called on the Central American nation to "overcome the interests of party and class" and to uphold "the Christian conception of life."

      The Pope told the new ambassador, Sergio Ivan Bucaro Hurtate, that a just society should offer every citizen an active role in the social and political process. He said that children should have access to educational and health- care services, the poor should be given an opportunity to share in the bounty of the earth, and the many different ethnic groups that make up the population of Guatemala should live "in harmony and mutual respect."

      In a reference to the ongoing investigation of human-rights abuses committed under the country's former military regime, the Pope also said that the people of Guatemala need to know the truth about the regime's crimes-- a need which is part of the people's "aspiration that they might no longer live with oppression, insecurity, and fear."

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