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April 5, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 66
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Pope has pulled out all stops in trying to achieve a truce in war-torn Balkans
Nobody can blame the Holy See for feeling frustrated after all the work and countless hours the Pope and his select representatives including his top foreign-official Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran have put in trying to mediate a truce between Yugoslav head Slobodan Milosevic and the NATO forces. Even meeting face to face with the former, plus the Serbian Patriarch has been of little avail. For more, click on Balking in the Balkans.
POPE RENEWS APPEAL FOR TRUCE
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran returned to Rome
late on the evening of Holy Thursday, after an urgent diplomatic mission to
Belgrade during which he met with Yugoslavian President Slobodan
Milosevic and Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Pavle.
The Vatican's top foreign-affairs official carried a personal message from
Pope John Paul II, begging for an "Easter truce" to stop the warfare over
Kosovo and allow time for negotiations. Milosevic has not formally responded
to that appeal, but the NATO powers have rejected a similar plea from the
Holy Father. US President Bill Clinton said that an Easter truce "would not
serve to honor the occasion."
Archbishop Tauran noted that the appeal for an Easter truce-- to extend at
least through the Orthodox observance of Easter on April 11-- had the
support of many religious leaders, including especially the Serbian Orthodox
Patriarch Pavle. He acknowledged that a truce would have to be enforced "on
the ground," so that military forces could not "take advantage of the
situation." But he added that the truce would give humanitarian agencies
opportunities to begin providing help to the thousands of people who have
already been left homeless by the fighting in and around Kosovo.
In a related initiative, the eight cardinals of the United States wrote to both
Clinton and Milosevic, asking both leaders to join in a truce agreement. "We
have called upon President Slobodan Milosevic to order the immediate
cessation of Serbian military and police operations against the population of
Kosovo," the American prelates wrote to Clinton, "and in turn we call upon
you, Mr. President, for a cessation of NATO bombing."
After speaking for an hour with Milosevic, Archbishop Tauran told reporters
that he had offered any permanent solution to the Kosovo crisis, but had
conveyed "the profound concern of the Pope over this dramatic situation,
which is causing enormous suffering for innumerable people." The talk took
place at the residence of the papal nuncio in Belgrade.
The archbishop said that Pope John Paul "is close to all those who are
suffering, without distinctions of race, religion, or ideology." He added that
the Pontiff maintains his desire "that all people be respected, with equal
dignity," and that the "history and rights" of all groups be respected. The
Holy See espouses no political cause, he elaborated; but every day the Pope
receives an overwhelming number of appeals from people who are suffering
"The Pope is convinced that diplomacy is useful," Archbishop Tauran
continued. He pointed to the cooperation between the Holy See and the
Serbian Orthodox Church as an example of effective ecumenical work, and
productive diplomacy by Church leaders.
"I think that, right now, there are neither victors nor vanquished,"
Archbishop Tauran concluded; "I hope and pray that my visit might have
helped in the appeal to the heart, and to the voice of conscience." During his
day-long trip the Vatican diplomat also met with Yugoslavian Foreign
Minister Jovanovic, and Serbian President Milan Milutinovic.
Veritable valley of vocations in South Korea producing fruits of missionary zeal
The faith was brought to Korea by missionaries who planted the seeds which today have sprouted into a flourishing Church where South Korea is now preparing to send their own out to others as missionaries, giving back what they have received and targeting their missions to those who are in most need of the Light of Christ. For more, click on Korean fervor.
KOREAN MISSIONARIES IN PREPARATION FOR OVERSEAS MISSION
ROME, 1 (NE) The Catholic Church in South Korea has shown a
great growth in the last years in the number of baptized as well
as in a rise in vocations to priestly and consecrated life. Due
to this it has been able to sent missionary help to neighboring
countries, some of which - as North Korea, China, and Vietnam-
have adopted a hostile attitude if not open persecution against
Last week 33 Korean missionaries concluded a course of
preparation under the name "Education for Mission Abroad
Programme." As Fides agency informed, the course is the first in
its kind and aims to ensure the doctrinal and pastorals aspects
that all missionaries should manage in order to be witnesses of
Christ and evangelize people of several languages, cultures and
Brazil to prepare for Cinquitennial celebration during the Jubilee year 2000 with Bishops Conference this month
In preparation for the 500th anniversary of the faith coming to the shores of Brazil by the Portuguese, the Brazilian Episcopal conference will be held this month with the emphasis on evangelization in the new millennium. Sixteen bishops will be presented by their Portuguese peers with authentic replicas of the crosses originally used in the first Mass celebrated in Brazil. The sixteen replica crosses were recently blessed in Rome by the Holy Father. For more, click on Brazil General Assembly .
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF BRAZILIAN BISHOPS TO BE HELD THIS MONTH
SAO PAULO, 1 (NE) Between the 14th and the 23rd of April the
37th General Assembly of the Brazilian National Bishops'
Conference (CNBB) will be carried out. Among other themes, the
bishops will specially reflect on the evangelizing effort of the
Church in Brazil for the next four years.
"Missions and lay Ministries and lay Christians," the calendar
for year 2000 and celebrations for the 500 anniversary of
evangelization in Brazil, will also be among the most important
topics to be discussed during the assembly.
One of the most significant moments of the event will be the
presentation of 16 crosses blessed by Pope John Paul II. The
crosses are replicas of the cross present in the first
Eucharistic celebration in Brazilian lands held April 26, 1500.
The president of the Bishop's Conference will give them to the
bishops presidents of the 16 episcopal regions. The crosses were
donated by the Portuguese Bishops' conference.
The real joy of the Gospel happens on the other side of Calvary
That was what Denver's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. emphasized to his flock during Holy Week in preparation for the Pascal season and reiterating that we cannot celebrate the resurrection without the crucifixion in the time honored tradition of nothing worth while is attained without sacrifice. For more, click on Paschal message
ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT: "SHARE CHRIST'S CROSS AND REWARD"
Denver, 1 (NE) "For Christians, Holy Week is the most sacred
time of year. It's a time to reflect on what the 'good news' of
Jesus Christ really means," said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Conv. in a
recent message given to faithful in Denver. The prelate
highlighted the importance to welcome the Good News in one's own
The Bishop added, "The real joy of the Gospel doesn't happen at Christmas. It
happens on the other side of Calvary. The cross is the way
Christ accomplishes our redemption. Only in being nailed to the
wood with Him, can we rise with Him on Easter. In other words,
there's no resurrection without the crucifixion."
"In offering God the personal sorrows and sufferings which each
of us daily face, we join ourselves to Jesus and share in His
sacrifice for the world. But we also share in the reward, for
He draws us with Him out of death into new life on Easter" said
the Archbishop, expressing his hope that during Easter
celebrations "may God grant us all the gift of encountering
Jesus Christ as savior . . . in the Eucharist, at the cross and
beyond the empty tomb."
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SITE OF THE DAY
In honor of Divine Mercy Novena week we present this week sites dedicated to the devotion of Divine Mercy. The first we feature is the INSTITUTE OF DIVINE MERCY at www.divinemercy.org . It the official site for the newly-approved religious congregation of contemplative, cloistered nuns dedicated to calling down Divine Mercy on the world. It is a fulfillment of what Our Lord asked of Blessed Faustina and later of the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in helping this become a reality in 1985 in Dallas and Puerto Rico. The site is also a past recipient of our Golden Chalice Award.
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