DAILY CATHOLIC     THURSDAY     April 8, 1999     vol. 10, no. 69

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PORTUGUESE BISHOPS OPPOSE THEIR COUNTRY'S PARTICIPATION IN BALKAN CONFLICT WHILE CARDINAL LAW REITERATES THAT "IT'S NEVER TOO LATE FOR PEACE!"

          LISBON, 7 (NE) A persistent calling for peace has characterized the messages issued with occasion of Easter by many Portuguese bishops, who, following Pope John Paul II, have deeply regretted the war situation at the Balkans, as well as the country's participation in the conflict.

          Among them, the president of the Portugal Bishop's Conference and bishop of Coimbra, Dom Joćo Alves, recalled that "Jesus Christ has showed us with all certainty the way of our full realization, in solidarity, fraternity and complete respect of the dignity of our fellow brethren, radically the same in all". Also, against the military participation of Portugal in the war, he insisted asking God for peace for "the peoples decimated by war".

          On the other hand, Bishop Dom Armindo Lopes Coelho of Porto, urged all the countries involved in the war to "have the courage to make a cease-fire in order to celebrate Easter, possible in the Getsemani of their sufferings and the Calvary of the respective immolation". The prelate also recalled that the Church cannot silence the "message of peace in the joy of the risen Christ", especially in the horizon of reconciliation in the commemoration of two thousand years of Christianity.

          Echoing the words of reconciliation pronounced in numerous occasions by Pope John Paul II, the US cardinals wrote last week letters to President Clinton and to Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic in a further attempt to find a solution to the crisis. "There is always time for peace. It is never late to reencounter and negotiate," said the letters, asking for the ceasing of hostilities and a return to pacific negotiations.

          "Nothing justifies the reign of terror visited upon the Albanian population," recently said Cardinal Bernard Law during an Easter Mass homily celebrated in Boston. The Cardinal said as well that his archdiocese is "ready to help," if necessary, to resettle Albanian people from Kosovo. "It is never too late to work for peace; it is never too late to negotiate", affirmed the Archbishop of Boston.


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April 8, 1999       volume 10, no. 69
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