DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     April 23-25, 1999     vol. 10, no. 80

NEWS & VIEWS
from a CATHOLIC perspective

CHURCH NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Holy Father sends message of solidarity to people in Colorado
  • Pope encourages process of reconciliation in Colombia
  • Weekly catechesis: Inter-religious dialogue shouldn't displace proclamation of the Gospel
  • Church in Spain aims to increase its presence in TV
  • Religious art museum reopened in Cuba
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HOLY FATHER SENDS MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY TO PEOPLE IN COLORADO

          DENVER, 22 (NE) Through a message signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, Pope John Paul II asked yesterday Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver to convey to "the families and school community the assurance of his prayerful closeness at this very difficult time" after the tragedy occurred on Tuesday in Littleton, Colorado.

          "Deeply shocked by news of the terrible tragedy", the Holy Father expressed also his "earnest hope that American society as a whole will react to this latest act of violence among the young by committing itself to promoting and transmitting the moral vision and the values which alone can ensure respect for the inviolable dignity of human life".

          Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and former Archbishop of Denver, also sent his condolences to the parents and families of the victims, assuring his "deep communion in prayer" and "solidarity with the people of Colorado".

POPE ENCOURAGES PROCESS OF RECONCILIATION IN COLOMBIA

          VATICAN CITY, 22 (NE) At the end of yesterday's General Audience, Pope John Paul II recalled the process of reconciliation taking place in Colombia, making a plea for peace and for the freedom of the people kidnapped some days ago by the National Liberation Army (ELN).

          "I wish to appeal strongly to the kidnappers to end their unjust action towards these persons, whose rights have been gravely violated, and to free them", said the Pontiff, adding that "in this way the process of reconciliation would be strengthened, a process to which this entire beloved nation is committed, and for whose result I constantly pray".

          The Holy Father also recalled the numerous "forgotten wars" that exist in the world and which strike "innocent populations and upset the lives of Catholic communities". May the voice of the Risen Christ "make itself heard by those who resist welcoming His message of life", said the Holy Father. "May He enlighten the blindness of those who persist in taking the tortuous paths of hatred and violence, convincing them to definitively choose a sincere and patient dialogue which leads to beneficial solutions for everyone".

WEEKLY CATECHESIS: INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE SHOULDN'T DISPLACE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL

          VATICAN CITY, 22 (NE) "The inter-religious dialogue is not a question of abandoning proclamation" said yesterday Pope John Paul II during the General Audience held at Saint Peter's Square. In the presence of 25000 pilgrims, the Pope spoke about "how to give witness to God the Father in dialogue with followers of other religions".

          "The conviction that God is preparing all people for salvation is the foundation of inter-religious dialogue", he said. The Pontiff affirmed that Christianity "is the call to respect the deepest sense of the divine mystery, beyond all words and human concepts", but "it doesn't hesitate to give witness to the personal transcendence of God, whilst it proclaims his universal and loving fatherhood, which is fully manifest in the mystery of His crucified and risen Son".

CHURCH IN SPAIN AIMS TO INCREASE ITS PRESENCE IN TV

          MADRID, 22 (NE) Aiming at a more efficient evangelization, the Church in this country has manifested its decision to increase its presence in Spanish society through television. As the weekly publication of the Archdioceses of Merida-Badajoz, "Iglesia en Camino", informed recently, studies are being made to begin a new channel inspired in Catholic teaching and managed by the Church.

          The Archbishop of Merida-Badajoz, Antonio Montero, member of the Episcopal Commission for communications media, affirmed that the Commission is currently beginning a project of Catholic television via satellite. "We are trying to get hold of one of the digital platforms, that have what they call thematic channels. The proposal is that one of those channels could be handed over to the Church, not necessarily 24 hours a day, that would not be necessary, but rather ten or twelve", the Archbishop pointed out.

          Through this channel inspired by the Gospel, topics such as "faith, moral, family, education, suffering, hope, and Christian values" will be discussed. It is not "about preaching the whole day, but through reports, interviews, music, one can make faith present in society".

RELIGIOUS ART MUSEUM REOPENED IN CUBA

          MIAMI, 22 (NE) Closed over ten years due to deteriorated structures, the Religious Art museum of the Archdiocese of Santiago de Cuba was reopened this week to general public. A group of members of several parishes of the archdiocese of Santiago, headed by Archbishop Pedro Meurice, made this possible. The archdiocesan museum, located in the Cathedral of the city, will now bare the name of its founder: "Archbishop Enrique Perez Serantes".

          Among other things, the museum exhibits liturgical ornaments used by Pope John Paul II during his pilgrimage to Cuba last year. Documents and belongings of Saint Antonio Maria Claret can also be seen, as well as personal items of the first Cuban archbishop: Francisco de Paula Barnada y Aguilar.

          The museum contains several original musical works of the father of Cuban music, Santiago Esteban Salas, and a collection of pictures, among them the pictures of all bishops and archbishops of Santiago de Cuba, ranging from Bishop Juan de White (1522) to Archbishop Enrique Perez Serantes.


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