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EASTER TUESDAY      April 6, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 67

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     Today is Easter Tuesday with tomorrow being Easter Wednesday throughout Easter Week. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Tuesday, April 6, 1999

Wednesday, April 7, 1999


      Today is the Fifth Day of the Divine Mercy Novena. See DIVINE MERCY NOVENA


"O! How you search frantically for peace but find it not."

      Those words from Our Lord on the Feast of Saint Casimir on March 4, 1994 could have been said today for the world is in a dire search for a lasting peace but they will not find it from man, only from Jesus as He reiterates and as His Blessed Mother prefaces in March 1st Message #465 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Our Lady laments that so few have heard and heeded her words and reminds all to concentrate more on prayer and quit clamoring for signs and wonders when our hearts are so restless. For these two Messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 465 and 466

Message Four Hundred-sixty-five, March 1, 1994

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

Message Four Hundred-sixty-six, March 4, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(First Friday on the Feast of Saint Casimir)

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News



      VATICAN ( -- In his Easter message, broadcast across the world in conjunction with the celebration of Easter Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Pope John Paul II called for international solidarity in support of the victims of the warfare in the Balkans.

      The Holy Father, in his traditional Urbi et Orbi message, said that every Christian is obligated to "proclaim the amazing newness of the Gospel." Then, referring to the violence that afflicts many parts of the world, he continued: "But how can this message of joy and hope be made to resound when many parts of the world are submerged in sorrow and tears? How can we speak of peace, when people are forced to flee, when they are hunted down and their homes are burnt to the ground? When the heavens are rent by the din of war, when the whistle of shells is heard around people's homes and the ravaging fire of bombs consumes towns and villages? Enough of this cruel shedding of human blood!"

      Speaking directly to the fighting in Kosovo, the Pontiff called upon Serbian leaders to open a "humanitarian corridor," allowing the delivery of aid supplies. "There can be no frontiers to impede the work of solidarity," he said; "corridors of hope are always a necessity."

      During the Easter Mass, attended by an estimated 50,000 people, the Pope said in his homily: "Who could unite earth to heaven once more, and man to his Creator? The answer to the unsettling question comes to us from Christ, who, breaking the chains of death, made his heavenly light shine upon men."

      In a related story, Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, who visited Albania during Holy Week as the Pope's personal envoy, told the Italian newspaper Avvenire, that the Holy Father was working on two fronts to ease the suffering in Kosovo. While sending humanitarian aid to the civilians, the archbishop noted, at the same time the Pope was begging political leaders to end the violence.

      Archbishop Cordes, who delivered a $50,000 contribution from the Pope's charities, also visited refugee camps before he celebrated Mass on Holy Thursday at the cathedral in Tirana, Albania. He said he was struck by the sheer number of refugees, and by the depression that was evident in their faces.

      Meanwhile, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has called for a "burst of responsibility" in Europe, in response to "the double war that bloodies Yugoslavia."

      In a front-page story published April 4, L'Osservatore Romano use the term "double war" to refer to "the one begun last week by NATO, and the civil war which had already afflicted the poor peoples of Kosovo for more than a year." These conflicts must be stopped, the newspaper said, by renewed negotiations.

      "The search for alternatives to force does not entail absolving those who are responsible for so much suffering," the Vatican newspaper added. The article repeated the Vatican insistence that the solution to the conflict must be supervised by the United Nations and the European community, adding that international leaders must "spare no effort" in the cause of peace.

      Noting that European leaders had spurned a papal plea for an "Easter truce," L'Osservatore continued, "Europe cannot limit its response to saying No." The article challenged leaders to provide realistic alternatives to the current warfare. Denouncing the "negligence" that has been evident in Europe's response to the crises that have rocked the Balkans for several years, L'Osservatore concluded: "The European Union can and must recognize its past errors in order to avoid a similar future."


      CHICAGO ( - A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by US Serbian Orthodox bishops against President Bill Clinton to stop NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia.

      The suit had sought an injunction against Clinton, claiming he had violated the US Constitution by breaking international treaties. Lawyers for the bishops said Judge Elaine Bucklo's decision to throw out the case so quickly actually benefits them because it allows them to appeal to a higher court right away. "We understand that the president is unlikely to respond to a court, except for the Supreme Court," said attorney Robert Pavich.

      The lawsuit charged that Clinton had violated three treaties: the Charter of the United Nations, the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact of 1928, and the Hague Convention No. 4 of 1907. This was the first lawsuit of its kind, according to constitutional scholars.

      The Rev. Milos Vesin, a spokesman for the Serbian Orthodox Church of the United States, said that long after Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic and Clinton are out of power, it is the Serbian people and their church that will continue to suffer the physical and spiritual wounds. The plaintiffs had provided a list in their lawsuit of 30 relics and icons in Serbia and Kosovo that are endangered by the bombing campaign. "We have standing because it's our property being affected; it's our religion that is being diminished," said Anthony D'Amato, a Northwestern University law professor who helped draft the lawsuit.


      VATICAN ( -- The Holy See has lodged a new complaint at the United Nations about the conduct of family-planning agencies, and insisted that there is no international "right" to abortion.

      In an intervention during a discussion of population and development, held at the UN headquarters in New York during the final week in March, the Vatican stressed that "no nation should be obliged to change the laws forbidding abortion." Msgr. James Hugh, the Vatican representative, also bitterly complained that UN agencies had devoted their attention solely to the issues of contraception, rather than to the promotion of economic development in impoverished countries.

      The UN discussion was part of the follow-up work generated by the 1994 world conference on population and development--- the Cairo conference. Msgr. Hugh pointed out that the Cairo conference had produced a clear mandate for work to promote economic development, while rejecting efforts to require some countries to discard laws restricting abortion. He also reminded the UN that the Cairo conference had explicitly condemned the use of abortion as a means of curtailing population growth.

      Msgr. Hugh added that many of the problems which could readily be addressed with existing resources-- such as sanitation, inoculation to curb epidemics, and fundamental social services-- continue to cause suffering in the Third World. These problems remain unresolved, he charged, because of the "disproportionate" emphasis on family-planning issues.

      The UN Cairo+5 preparatory population control conference ended last Wednesday without issuing a final document as the Vatican and developing nations united to block the most controversial aspects of the agenda.

      The Cairo+5 committee, so-named because of the fifth anniversary of the 1994 Cairo population control conference, had been mandated to prepare a document for the UN General Assembly this summer, but was unable to reach a consensus after six days of negotiations. The group is expected to resume its negotiations in May or June.

      The UN had ordered the committee to produce a document based on the final Cairo statement without renegotiating its terms. But the United States and European Union members had introduced new proposals to reopen debate on abortion and contraception. Fighting this move was the Group of 77, an organization of 133 nations from the developing world, and the Holy See. A major component of the negotiations was an attempt to equate "reproductive rights" with human rights, according to the Catholic Family & Human Rights Initiative (CAFHRI).

      "Just as the American laws on abortion were changed through the controversial discovery of a constitutional 'right to privacy,' UN feminists are attempting to insinuate into UN documents the equation of 'sexual and reproductive rights' with universal human rights," CAFHRI said in a statement. Other stumbling blocks in the program include adolescent "sexual and reproductive rights" and so-called "emergency contraception."


      MIAMI, 5 (NE) Hundreds of Cuban Catholics participated during Holy Week of the many celebrations recalling the mysteries of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Manifesting the Cuban people's popular faith, numerous faithful participated in the Via Crucis that was carried out in the parish of the "Santisima Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre", that last year was witness of the first public procession authorized by Castro's regime.

      On the other hand, Cardinal Jaime Ortega and Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, presided over the Easter Vigil that was carried out in the square of the Cathedral of Havana and also the Easter Sunday celebration. These Masses also gathered hundreds of people who participated in the Eucharistic ceremony and celebrated the victory of the Lord Jesus over death.

      CWN reported that It was the second time, after a similar ceremony last year, that the ceremony had been held in public since religious activities were ordered confined to church premises soon after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution.

      In his homily, the cardinal told the congregation that Christ had been mistaken in his own time for a political rebel against the ruling authorities, but that his real mission was salvation for all mankind. The statement may have been a reassurance for the Communist government which is wary of the Church taking a political role.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.


   Continuing with our special sites for the Week of the Divine Mercy Novena we bring you the most famous and the Order that brought the devotion to the United States from Poland. It is the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, out of Stockbridge, Massachusetts . The MIC's offer information on vocations, Marian and Divine Mercy devotions. It is a past recipient of our GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD.

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