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THURSDAY      April 15, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 74

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Events that happened this day in Church History

      On this date in 911 the 119th successor of Peter Pope Sergius III died. He was best remembered as the Sovereign Pontiff who rebuilt the Basilica of the St. John Lateran after a fire completely destroyed the old edifice. He was also the first Pope to wear the papal tiara. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 15:

" Let the world, as one, cry out in faith for Mercy, and It shall be given in abundance. Deny My Mercy and the Father's Justice will come sooner than you expect."

      Those words were conveyed by Our Lord to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on Divine Mercy Sunday on April 10, 1994 which echoes the same words conveyed in today's DAILY WORD from today's Gospel of John 3: 36. Jesus urges all parents to bring their children to Him and they will be greatly rewarded in graces and understand better the need to be obedient to His Vicar on earth. He also asserts that the more we rely on His Mercy, the sooner will His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart triumph. Our Lady prefaces this with her Message four days earlier on April 6th with the call to ask God for the Font of His Mercy to flow out to all His children for the signs are manifesting themselves that the time of Justice is near. For Messages #479 and #480, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 479 and 480

Message Four Hundred-seventy-nine, April 6, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Four Hundred-eighty, April 10, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)

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      VATICAN ( -- The Vatican's chief foreign-policy official has reiterated the belief that the Kosovo conflict should be settled by negotiations.

      "The Holy See has always believes that in the case of the Balkans, the political problems must be resolved through dialogue, respectful of history and of right," said Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran. The Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States was interviewed by the Italian weekly Famiglia Cristiana.

      The archbishop also said that the Holy See saw the need for "humanitarian interference" when fundamental human rights are at stake, because "no state has the right to violate human rights and hide behind the principle of national sovereignty." This principle, he said, reflects an "important evolution of international law in recent years."

      Archbishop Tauran remarked that Kosovo had been the focus of "intense diplomatic activity" for several months, but that the negotiations produced no accord. He said that political leaders apparently felt that with diplomatic possibilities exhausted, the only remaining option was the use of force. "The responsibility for that choice obviously lies with those who adopted it," he said. The Holy See, he added, wished to call attention to the balance of "the illness that is being combated, as against the consequences of the therapy that has been chosen."

      Fleshing out the notion that a solution to the conflict must be respectful of "history and right," the archbishop noted that the Serbian people certainly have historic ties to Kosovo-- ties that involve their ethnic heritage and identity. On the other hand, he continued, it is equally clear that most of the people of Kosovo today are of Albanian ancestry.

      Finally, Archbishop Tauran emphasized that Kosovo is an integral part of Europe, and the solution to the conflict should be "in the juridical patrimony of the European tradition, based on democracy, respect for human rights, and the free circulation of people and their goods.


      PONTIAC, Michigan ( - Assisted-suicide activist Jack Kevorkian was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison on Tuesday for second-degree murder in the lethal injection of a Lou Gehrig's patient last year.

      Responding to Kevorkian's earlier public challenge to be prosecuted in the death of Thomas Youk, Judge Jessica Cooper said: "You had the audacity to go on national television, show the world what you did and dare the legal system to stop you. Well, sir, consider yourself stopped." Kevorkian videotaped himself giving Youk a lethal injection on September 17 and turned the tape over to the CBS news show "60 Minutes" which later broadcast it.

      The 70-year-old Kevorkian could have received up to life in prison for the conviction. He was also sentenced to three to seven years for delivery of a controlled substance, to be served concurrently. He will be eligible for parole in six years and eight months.

      Since 1990, Kevorkian has acknowledged assisting in 130 suicides, and was previously acquitted in three trials on assisted suicide charges. The Archdiocese of Detroit issued a statement, saying Kevorkian's "'final solution' approach to pain management has been an unconscionable exploitation of the natural ambivalence to death and suffering." The statement added that now there is "no doubt that society will neither authorize physicians to kill nor look the other way if they do." The sentence was also praised by the American Medical Association and disabled-rights groups.

      Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Australia, Australia's leading euthanasia campaigner announced on Tuesday he would hold seminars to teach terminally-ill patients how to end their own lives.

      The next clinic, to be held in Melbourne later this month, follows two other clinics he held last month. Philip Nitschke said he will give advice on drugs to use and how the law applies to patients and their families. He said he admires US assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, who will be sentenced on Tuesday for his part in an American man's death last year. "I think he is an immensely brave person and he really did push the boundaries," he said.

      The Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria is investigating Nitschke in response to a complaint from the Australian Medical Association (AMA), a spokesman said. "The board is taking this extremely seriously and is taking the time required to consider it thoroughly," board spokesman Nicole Newton said.


      NEW YORK, 14 (NE) "What is the heart of the papal message to the world? That it doesn't matter how 'smart' our bombs are; war itself is becoming increasingly insane," stated Cardinal John O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, recalling the words of the Pope's last "Urbi et Orbi" message.

      Cardinal O'Connor urged to seriously listen to the words of the Holy Father and his appeal for peace. "The only way to peace with justice, our Holy Father makes clear in his first encyclical, is man himself. Man is the way," he emphasized. "Unless and until we come to believe in the sacredness of every human person, (...) there can be no lasting peace with justice."

      New York's Archbishop also called to pay attention to the insensitivity in the face of human suffering that the entertainment culture of our days generates. He warned on "how terrifyingly easy we disconnect ourselves from the sufferings of the war and its consequences."


      VATICAN ( -- A monument dedicated to the memory of the 6 million Jews who died in the Nazi Holocaust has been erected on the grounds of the North American Pontifical College in Rome.

      The dedication of the memorial on April 13 brought together Catholic and Jewish leaders, and marked the beginning of an exchange program through which Catholic seminarians and Jewish students will study in each other's institutions, in an effort to deepen mutual understanding.

      Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, who came from the United States to preside over the dedication ceremonies, said that two historic events in the year 2000 should bring Catholics and Jews closer together. He was referring to a scheduled Vatican symposium on Catholic-Jewish relations, tentatively scheduled for October 3, 2000, and the anticipated trip by Pope John Paul II to Jerusalem.

      On April 14, the participants in the dedication ceremony received special greetings and acknowledgement from Pope John Paul II at the end of the Pope's regular public audience.

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