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THURSDAY      April 29, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 84

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Our Lord reveals Himself in all His glory to those chosen ones He has singled out

      In the third part of Chapter 12, Behold His Glory! we see, through interior vision, the many appearances in an infitesmal amount of time, of the Risen Lord to many we have come to known from the Scriptures. These meditative lessons on the Glorious Mysteries were imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993. They are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part three of Chapter 12, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

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      VATICAN ( -- In his regular Wednesday audience on April 28, Pope John Paul II said that inter-religious dialogue particularly with Jewish people involves a special challenge to the Christian conscience.

      Speaking to an audience of 20,000 people in St. Peter's Square, the Pontiff observed that relations between Christians and Jews have been marked by difficulties, "from the first days of the Church about until today." On the other hand, he noted, there have been noteworthy moments of "peaceful and constructive dialogue." He mentioned his own visit to a synagogue in Rome in 1986, and the recent Vatican publication reflecting on the Holocaust.

      Among the things that Christians and Jews share in common, the Pope said, the most important is "a large part of the history of salvation" as represented in the Old Testament. Although Christians must interpret the Hebrew Scriptures differently, in light of the Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection, the stories of God's relations with his people remain the same.

      Also, the Holy Father continued, Christians and Jews share "the common duty to protect the sanctity of human life in all forms and the defend the dignity of each brother and sister."

      Finally, John Paul noted that the Catholic Church has derived much of her liturgical treasure from the Jewish tradition. He pointed to the scriptural basis for Eucharistic prayers, and the Psalms used especially in the Liturgy of the Hours.

      Today, the Pope concluded, dialogue with Jews requires that Christians be "more conscious of the facts that bring us together." As for the "sad events and tragedies of the past," he said, the dialogue should now point toward the complete elimination of "the bad seed of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism."


      BALTIMORE ( - Catholic and Orthodox leaders announced on Tuesday that a key meeting between the two groups planned for June will be postponed because of the current war between NATO and Yugoslavia.

      Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore and Archbishop Spyridon of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said in a statement that the meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches will be rescheduled for 2000. The commission has met periodically since 1979 and was set to meet on June 5 at Mount St. Mary's College near Baltimore.

      The decision to postpone the meeting was made by the international co-chairs of the commission, Cardinal Edward Cassidy and Orthodox Archbishop Stylianos of Australia who said they hoped to use the delay to "the benefit of this dialogue." The postponement came as NATO entered the sixth week of a bombing campaign against Yugoslavia which has a majority population of Serbian Orthodox Christians.


Five Seminarians to be Ordained in St. Petersburg

      ROME, APR 27 (ZENIT).- On May 23, the first five seminarians to graduate from the Queen of Apostles Seminary in St. Petersburg will be ordained to the priesthood. They will be the first Russian Catholic priests since the Revolution 82 years ago.

      The Seminary opened in Moscow in 1994 with 27 students. Because of difficulties with Russian authorities, the Seminary moved to St. Petersburg in 1995. It is directed by Italian Father Bernardo Antonini.

      The Seminary's opening was announced in 1993 by Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewick of Moscow, who is also apostolic administrator for European Russia. Father Antonini made provisional housing arrangements for the young aspirants to the priesthood, while awaiting restitution of Church property in Moscow, which would have made space available for classrooms, a library, and places of reflection and prayer.

      Although he had all the required permits from the government and the municipality, Father Antonini did not succeed in obtaining the buildings. The Church of the Immaculate Conception, for instance, was turned into a commercial cooperative; since the operators refused to leave the building, the decision was made to transfer the seminary to St. Petersburg.

      Archbishop Kondrusiewick expressed his enthusiasm for the rebirth of the Seminary. "We are very grateful to the priests of so many countries, both near and far, as for example Argentina, who come to help us and the faithful. But, sooner or later a Church must stand on its own feet. In order to do so, the Russian Church needs Russian priests." At last, the long awaited moment has arrived for the Church in Russia. ZE99042702


      ROME, 28 (NE) Priests from all over the world will meet in Holy Land this year in an encounter of preparation for the Jubilee of the year 2000. From June 22 until June 27, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem will be the cities in which the IV International Meeting of Priests will be carried out. "We cannot speak of the new evangelization without good priests," said Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, in charge of the event. Similar encounters have been held before in Fatima (1996), in Yamoussoukro (1997) and in Mexico (1998).

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