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August 10, 1999
SECTION TWO vol 10, no. 149
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
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China tells Pope they don't want him in Hong Kong!
While so many countries are clamoring for the Holy Father to visit, that's not the case in China where officials made it official: The Pope is not welcome in Hong Kong. This doesn't come from the Archbishop of Hong Kong but rather the Chinese government in Beijing which has been under the world microscope and the last thing they want is someone who represents everything good fearing exposure of Red China's vices. For more, click on Pope shut out of Hong Kong.
CHINA TELLS POPE NOT WELCOME IN HONG KONG
HONG KONG (CWNews.com) - Communist China has told Pope John
Paul II that he will not be welcome to visit Hong Kong later
this year when he visits Asia, according to the Archdiocese
of Hong Kong on Monday.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the Vatican's diplomatic
recognition of Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway
province, was the reason behind the refusal. Archdiocesan
officials said they were told several weeks ago that the
Holy Father would not be coming, but no reason was given.
Mary Seung, spokesman for the archdiocese, said the lack of
formal relations with Beijing, which has controlled Hong
Kong's foreign affairs since regaining sovereignty in 1997,
is at the root of the problem. The Vatican refused to
comment on the report. "We have no comment. We don't give
out any information until two months ahead of a trip and
the Pope's visit to Asia is planned for the end of the
year," a Vatican spokesman said.
Pagan cult rites interfere with the sacredness and mystery of the Mass in Brazil
A recent liturgy during the 11th Annual Conference of Black Bishops and Priests of Brazil has raised eyebrows not only throughout Brazil but all the way to the Vatican where Brazilian Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, O.P., now President of the Congregation for Bishops has raised the alarm that there is great danger in mixing cult practices with the Sacred Liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For more, click on Cult clashes with liturgy.
CULT INFLUENCES IN BRAZIL MASSES CAUSES CONTROVERSY
RIO DE JANEIRO (CWNews.com) - At the 11th Encounter of
Black Bishops and Priests in Brazil, the inclusion of some
rituals from Afro-American cults in the liturgy has given
rise to a heated debate on the differences between
ecumenism and syncretism.
A number of bishops-- notably including Cardinal Lucas
Mereira Neves, the former Archbishop of Bahia who now
serves as prefect for the Vatican's Congregation for
Bishops-- have been critical of the tendency among some
priests in northeastern Brazil to insert pagan rituals into
the Catholic liturgy, and even to invite priests and
priestesses from the traditional cults to participate in
This controversy came to a head last week during the
Encounter of Black Bishops and Priests. At that meeting,
held in the city of Sao Salvador in the northeastern Bahia
state, organizers made inter-religious dialogue a central
theme of their sessions, with a special emphasis on the
traditional cults. The meeting included a Mass celebrated
at the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pelourinho, a
church adorned with African ornaments; the Mass was
preceded by a "procession" that visited the city's most
noteworthy temples of the African cults.
At two stops on that procession, the participating priests
asked for and received a "blessing" from the pagan priests
and priestesses. One Catholic participant, Father Clovis
Cabral, SJ, commented that it was "very nice" for a
particular priestess to receive the Catholic clergy, and
said the visit was a way to repay "the debt that the
Catholic Church owes to the black people."
But other Catholics in Bahia took a very different view of
the ceremony, and hundreds gathered at the Church of Our
Lady of Sorrows for a Mass of reparation. Father Dominique
Mathon, the pastor who presided at the Mass of reparation,
remarked: "To engage in dialogue is all very well, but to
seek a blessing from a pagan priestess goes too far." The
French-born priest said that, in light of the demonic
influences within the traditional religions, the Catholic
priests who participated in the "procession" had "given a
terrible witness" for the Catholic faith.
The controversy continued still further when some of the
priests participating in the Sao Salvador meeting charged
that Father Mathon was promoting racism by denigrating the
traditional African cults. They brought formal legal
charges of racial and religious discrimination against the
Pope honors Vietnamese with message for 200th Anniversary of Our Lady of La Vang
In honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Blessed Mother's apparitions in Vietnam as Our Lady of La Vang, the Holy Father has sent a special message to the people there as they make preparations next weekend for celebrating the event. Though disappointed that the Pope has chosen India to close the Asian Synod, they are still hopeful he will stop off in Vietnam. No Pope has ever visited this Southeast Asian country which boasts the second largest Catholic population after the Philippines. For more, click on Our Lady of La Vang.
POPE SENDS MESSAGE TO VIETNAMESE FOR FEAST DAY
VATICAN (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II sent a message on
Monday to Catholics in Communist Vietnam to mark the 200th
anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of La Vang.
"I join the Vietnamese faithful in prayers ... asking this
very holy Mother to accompany the Catholic Church in
Vietnam in her march towards the Lord," the Holy Father
said in a message sent to Archbishop Etienne Nguyen Nhu The
of Hue. The three-day festival, from August 13 to 15,
commemorates the reported sighting of the Virgin at La
Vang, 40 miles north of the former royal city of Hue, in
1798, at the beginning of 90 years of persecution by the
Communist-ruled Vietnam has the second-largest Catholic
population in Asia after the Philippines and the Holy
Father may make a visit to the country during an Asian
pilgrimage later this year. Up to 100,000 of the country's
8 million Catholics attended the beginning of the year-long
festival last year.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe set to storm Heaven with prayers to end abortion
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the target date a pro-life group is encouraging faithful all across the United States to pray in front of abortuaries in prayerful hope that, through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe who came in 1531 to stop human sacrifice, she can be instrumental in helping end the human sacrifice of abortion today which has claimed the lives of countless millions of unborn. For more, click on Our Lady of Guadalupe
PRO-LIFERS UNDER BANNER OF GUADALUPE
Peaceful Protest at Abortion Clinics Throughout U.S.
LANSING, MICHIGAN, AUG 8 (ZENIT).- Our Lady of Guadalupe, Inc., is
planning a special mission throughout the United States for Dec. 12 at 3
p.m. The Holy Father recently raised this date to a liturgical feast day
throughout the Americas in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of
the Americas. The Lansing, Michigan, based group invites people around
the country to gather at abortion clinics on this day to pray, bearing a
banner depicting Mary as she appeared to Juan Diego.
Organizers stress that this will be a peaceful protest, keeping within
the limitations imposed by the law. Each site will be provided a 2 x 3
ft. image for the event.
When Mary appeared to Juan Diego, the Aztecs were still performing human
sacrifices. Within 10 years after the appearance, 9,000,000 had been
baptized, and human sacrifices had ended. Thus, the group hopes that the
massacre of infants in our time will be stopped by the intercession of
The Bishop of Lansing, Carl Mengeling, has given his support to the
project. "Your public crusade for human life through the intercession of
Mary, the Mother of Life, will unite thousands in prayer for this sacred
cause. All our efforts of education, advocacy, etc., depend on prayer.
You have my endorsement," he stated.
One of John Paul II's speeches at the Denver World Youth Day became the
inspiration for this initiative. "America, defend life! Do not be afraid
to go out on the streets and into public places," he demanded on that
Organizers can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. The web page for the
organization, with an online sign-up form, is located at
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July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you all to prayer with the heart. I call all of you, little children, to give thanks to God here with me for the graces which He gives to you through me. I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus' and your heart to become one heart of love and peace. That is why, little children, pray and rejoice over everything that God does here, despite that satan provokes quarrels and unrest. I am with you and I lead you all on the way of love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
The DAILY WORD
"He who loves his life, loses it; and he who hates his life in this world, keepts it unto life everlasting. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am there also shall My servant be. If anyone serves Me, My Father will honor him."
John 12: 25-26
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