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August 3, 1999
SECTION TWO vol 10, no. 144
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
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Holy Father stresses rest and relaxation for body and the soul during his Angelus Sunday while bemoaning internal strife in Colombia
Speaking during his second Sunday Angelus audience at his summer residence at Castelgondolfo, the Holy Father took note of the massive amount of vacationing pilgrims under the hot sun and stressed the importance of vacation time, but not to neglect the soul for our spiritual life needs to be refreshed as well, but prayer never takes a vacation. At the conclusion of his audience he bemoaned the internal strife in Colombia and the problems with the National Liberation Army which had been excommunicated by Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino of Cali on Friday. The Guerillas' are the chief suspects in a bombing Thursday in Medellin in which ten were killed and thirty-eight injured. The National Liberation Army or ELN, founded by a priest, is an offshoot of liberation theology condemned by the Holy See. For more, click on Pope speaks out.
JOHN PAUL II STRESSES HIS IDEA OF VACATION; EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER VIOLENCE IN COLOMBIA
Suggests rest in "Places of the Spirit" while backing Colombian Bishop's reconciliation program
CASTEL GANDOLFO, AUG 1 (ZENIT).- Several thousand pilgrims crowded into
the courtyard of the Pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo today to
join the Holy Father in the traditional "Angelus" prayer. Summer
holidays were the main topic of the Pope's address to the faithful.
John Paul II hoped that those who are enjoying these days of rest "will
be able to spend some time to regain their energies far from their usual
environment and be able to rediscover themselves and others, in a more
balanced and serene dimension of life."
Fill Void of Humanity
The Pontiff mentioned that at this time of year, especially in Europe,
many families come together again in their place of origin, having been
kept far apart because of work during the year. "How often they are
stressed because of the work pace, especially in large cities! How
difficult it is to find a quiet place and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy
intimacy, to talk and express the needs and plans that each one has!
This is why vacations are a good time to fill this void, which we could
call of 'humanity,' with peace and life together," the Holy Father said.
"Also, it is interesting to note that increasingly, more and more
persons and families are using their holidays to spend some days in
so-called 'places of the spirit' -- monasteries, shrines, hermitages,
retreat houses. In general, these places combine the beauty of the
natural setting with the opportunity to access the spiritual riches of
spending time with God in reflection and silence, in prayer and
contemplation. This is a healthy tendency that should not be restricted
to vacation time, but must find an adequate way to be combined with
daily activity at other times of the year."
John Paul II said that "the real challenge is to safeguard interior
harmony so that the rhythm of daily life will always have the
supernatural dimension that each one of us needs."
This afternoon, the Holy Father attended a concert of the Music Academy
"Pro Mundo Uno." The "Camerata Lysy" of the International Music Academy
of Gstaad interpreted works by Telemann, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky,
Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Grieg and Smetana.
Supports National Reconciliation Process Promoted by Bishops
At the end of his midday meeting with
thousands of faithful in the apostolic residence of Castel Gandolfo,
John Paul II called world attention to the internal struggle in
Colombia, which for years has pitted the guerrillas against the Bogota
government. Tension has grown over the last few months, and peace
negotiations are stagnant.
"Over recent weeks I have followed with sorrow incidents of armed
conflict taking place in Colombia, with hundreds of kidnappings,
destruction of settlements and even of places of worship, and the murder
of defenseless people," the Pope continued. "Also worrying are the
difficulties encountered for progress in the ... peace process, the only
road open to reach reconciliation among Colombians."
"The Holy See, which energetically promotes every effort for peace among
peoples and within nations, encourages and supports the reconciliation
endeavor undertaken by the Colombian Episcopate and by so many men of
good will. I ask you to pray for this noble objective," the Holy Father
The Pope spoke these words only hours after Caracas authorities
confirmed the kidnapping of 14 passengers on a Venezuelan flight, an
action claimed by the National Liberation Army.
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New Nuncio to India reveals Pope's desires to expedite Mother Teresa's canonization process
The recently appointed Nunciature to India Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri announced on his arrival at the New Delhi airport this past weekend that His Holiness Pope John Paul II is most anxious in expediting the process that will clear the way for Mother Teresa, the "saint of the gutters" to be beatified and canonized. It was the Archbishop's first visit ever to India, headquarters for Mother's Missionaries of Charities and he voiced the Vatican's great pleasure with the Church in India. For more, click on Mother Teresa.
POPE EAGER TO SEE MOTHER TERESA CANONIZED, SAYS NEW NUNCIO TO INDIA
NEW DELHI (CWNews.com) - "Pope John Paul II is anxious that
Mother Teresa be canonized soon," said the Vatican's new
ambassador to India, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, on his
arrival in New Delhi on Saturday.
"The Pope would like to accelerate the process of
canonization of Mother Teresa," said a press release issued
by Father Dominic Immanuel, public relations secretary of
the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), on Monday
quoting the new nuncio to India. The press release further
quoted Archbishop Baldisseri as saying he was happy to know
that Archbishop Henry D'Souza of Calcutta has started the
formal process of inquiry mandatory for canonization.
Archbishop Baldisseri, who has served in Vatican embassies
in Guatemala, Japan, Brazil, Paraguay, France, Zimbabwe and
Haiti, was received at the Indira Gandhi airport by
Archbishop Alan Basil de Lastic of Delhi, CBCI president,
and other church officials. The new Vatican ambassador said
he was excited by his new assignment to a country he had
always wanted to visit. "India is held in great esteem by
the Vatican," he said.
Only 107 cardinals out of 154 eligible to vote in conclave
Italians no longer dominate the College of Cardinals as they had in past centuries, making it ever more possible that the next Sovereign Pontiff could be a non-Italian just as Pope John Paul II is. Non-Italian European cardinals lead the group with 47 eligible electors, followed by Latin America with 19 and then Italy with 18. The United States has 11 red-hats who can partake in the College of Cardinals. Add to this that only one cardinal appointed by Pope John XXIII remains and he is ineligible to be an elector. Twenty-six still remain from Pope Paul VI's Consistories and all the rest, 127 were appointed by the present Holy Father, making a conservative successor quite possible. For more, click on Sacred Conclave.
NUMBER OF CARDINAL ELECTORS DECREASES TO 107
ROME, AUG 1 (ZENIT).- Italian Cardinal Angelo Felici, president of the
Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," who turned 80 on July 26, can no
longer be an elector during a conclave. At present there are 154
Cardinals, of whom 107 are eligible to participate in the election of a
new Pope. There are also two Cardinals "in pectore," who were named by
John Paul II during the last consistory for the creation of Cardinals in
February 1998, but whose names have not yet been made public by the
There is only one Cardinal in the College created by Pope John XXIII --
Austrian Cardinal Franz Koenig, who will be 94 years old on August 3.
Twenty-six of the Cardinals were named by Paul VI, and the remaining 128
by John Paul II. There are a total of 81 Europeans, 24 Latin Americans,
16 North Americans, 15 Asians, 14 Africans, and 4 from Oceania. Italy,
with 39 Cardinals, and the United States, with 11, are the two countries
with the largest number of Cardinals, followed by Brazil and Spain with
6 each. Of the 107 electors, 47 are European, 19 Latin American, 13
North American, 13 Asian, 12 African, and 4 from Oceania. Italy has 18
Cardinal electors, followed by the United States and Brazil, with 11 and
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, get out of town in August!
Hoping to ease traffic in order to intensify construction preparation for Jubilee 2000, the city government of Rome issued a plea to all Romans to take their vacations now and get out of town, a custom that had been abandoned in recent years. The purpose this year is not so much the heat, which is usually oppressive in Italy in August, but to clear the streets of as many people as possible in order for road construction to be expedited so the city will be ready for the influx of pilgrims beginning in January. For more, click on Roman exodus
ROMAN LEADERS ASK CITIZENS TO VACATE DURING AUGUST
ROME (CWNews.com) - Rome's authorities on Sunday urged
Roman citizens to leave the city during the month for the
traditional August vacations as the city enters the most
disruptive phase of construction preparations for Jubilee
"Romans, if you can, go on vacation," urged Guido
Bertolaso, director of the nearly 1,000 projects designed
to prepare the city for up to 30 million pilgrims next
year. The tradition of leaving during August as the
sweltering weather reaches its peak has declined in recent
years, but Bertolaso urged a revival of the custom. "We can
open two or three projects in the next days if the reduction
of traffic through the departure of Romans allows it," he
Among the major disruptions this month will be the closing
of Via della Conciliazione to the Vatican; Via del Corso,
near Piazza Venezia; and Appia Antica, a main artery; and
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