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December 15, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 238
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Vatican Secretary of State meets with Russian Patriarch after Cathedral reconsecrated in Moscow
Concelebrating with a cadre of cardinals from Eastern Europe and the United States and nearly 100 priests and prelates, the Holy See's Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano reconsecrated the magnificent Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow after sixty years of being used as a factory by the communists. It marked the second Roman Catholic Church in the Russian capital. The following morning the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II cordially received Cardinal Sodano, opening up the possibility that an eventual papal trip to Moscow could be in the offing in 2001 as they discussed joint celebration of Jubilee 2000. For more, click on The Fatima message begins to take effect with reconsecrated Cathedral in Russia.
MOST IMPRESSIVE CELEBRATION IN HISTORY OF RUSSIAN CATHOLICS
Cardinal Sodano Welcomed by Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II
MOSCOW, DEC 13 (ZENIT).- Yesterday, Moscow was the scene of great joy on
the occasion of the re-consecration of the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church, which was also raised to the rank of Cathedral. The
temple had been confiscated by Soviet authorities in 1935 and turned
into a factory. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State and
John Paul II's special envoy to the ceremony, concelebrated Mass with
Cardinals Franciszek Macharski of Krakow, Georg Sterzinski of Berlin,
and Adam Maida of Detroit, as well as Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz,
Apostolic Administrator of European Russia, and other bishops and
This Church was returned to Catholics by the Russian government four
years ago. Restoration work was done by firms from various countries,
including Poland, the United States, Bielorussia, and the Ukraine, while
sculptural compositions were made by a Moscow artist. The interior
decorations are still incomplete, but are hoped to be finished this
spring. Masses will be celebrated both in Polish and in Russian at the
At the end of the homily, Cardinal Sodano said that on the door of the
new Cathedral a sign should be inscribed, akin to what he saw in a small
Italian mountain chapel: "One enters here to love God, and leaves here
to love one's brothers."
An unexpectedly large group of faithful gathered in the church,
beginning in the early morning, transforming the event into the most
impressive celebration in the long history of Catholics' presence in
Russia. Among the more than 100 concelebrants were the first three
Russian priests ordained in St. Petersburg this year.
With the reopening of this church, there are now two active Catholic
churches in Moscow. The second, St. Louis of the French, built in 1827,
was not closed down but controlled at close range by the Soviet regime.
It is a small church in which as many has ten Sunday Masses may be
celebrated in different languages, Fr. Le Leannec explained. There is a
third Catholic church in the Russian capital, dedicated to SS Peter and
Paul, but it is in a terrible state, as it was also confiscated by the
Soviet regime in 1938. Indeed, the faithful are askng that another
parish be opened, in a small place, because otherwise it is very
difficult for Catholics who are spread around this metropolis, to find a
place of worship.
This morning Cardinal Sodano was received by Alexy II, Patriarch of
Moscow and head of the Russian Orthodox Church; they spoke about the
joint celebrations between Catholics and Orthodox during the Great
Jubilee of the Year 2000.
Officials laying the groundwork for possible papal trip to Jordan in March as part of Pope's "Jubilee Journey" to Holy Land
Tying in his "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land, Vatican and Jordanian officials discussed the possibility of the Holy Father traveling the end of March to Amman in Jordan and Mount Nebo where Moses died after striking the rock twice and to Mount Mukawer where John the Baptist suffered martyrdom. Jordan is very friendly to a papal visit and the Holy Father might even entertain a visit to the royal palace to meet with King Abdallah in reciprocation for the son of the late King Hussein's visit to Castel Gandolfo this past September. For more, click on Pope contemplating side trip to Jordan.
POPE TO VISIT JORDAN IN MARCH?
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II may travel to Jordan at the
end of March 2000, in conjunction with his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
While a papal visit to Jordan has frequently been mentioned as a possibility,
sources in the Vatican indicate that firm plans for that visit have now
emerged. In fact, news agencies in Jordan itself have already announced the
impending papal visit as an established fact; the Vatican itself has not made
any official announcement.
Father Robert Tucci, the Jesuit priest who usually organizes the details of
papal travel, arrived in Amman, Jordan, on December 13-- apparently to
work out the logistics for the papal visit.
Jordan's King Hussein, who died last year, had issued an invitation for the
Pope to visit his country. That invitation was renewed by Hussein's son, King
Abdallah, on a September visit to the papal summer residence at Castel
The schedule for the Pope's trip to the Holy Land already includes plans for
stops at Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Nazareth. The Holy Father has indicated a
desire to celebrate the feast of the Annunciation, March 25, in Nazareth--
although tensions surrounding the construction of a mosque in that town
have provoked some uncertainty about those plans.
During a stop in Jordan, the Pope could fulfill his ambition to make a
pilgrimage to Mount Nebo-- about 25 miles from Amman-- where Moses
died after having caught a glimpse of the Promised Land. He might also
make a helicopter trip to Mount Mukawer, where St. John the Baptist was
imprisoned and finally beheaded. Diplomatic sources indicate that a formal
visit to the Jordanian royal palace is also contemplated.
Monsoons cause collapse of convent in Southern India, crushing six nuns to death
On the day we bring you India's most famous nun in the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY, we are sad to bring you more news from India that six nuns of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny were crushed to death when their convent collapsed while they were sleeping. Four others were injured. The constant monsoons in that region weakened the roof and walls and they didn't have a chance once the foundation gave way. A special funeral Mass was held for the victims yesterday morning in the Southern India region of Cheyyur in the Diocese of Madras-Mylapore. The Archbishop of the See celebrated the Mass. For more, click on Tragedy in Southern India
SIX NUNS KILLED IN CONVENT COLLAPSE IN SOUTHERN INDIA
NEW DELHI (CWNnews.com) - Six nuns of the Congregation of
the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny were killed in their
sleep early Monday morning when the convent they were
sleeping in collapsed in southern Tamil Nadu state.
The roof of the century-old two-story convent caved in
under torrential rains killing six nuns sleeping on the
first floor. One nun was pulled from the debris by locals
who rushed to the spot at 1:30 am after hearing the
deafening noise of the building collapse at Cheyyur in
The victims included the principals of the primary and high
schools of the Little Flower High School housed on the
campus of the ill-fated building. The deceased nuns were
Sister Rose Caritas, 58, principal of the primary school,
Sister Amalarani, 45, principal of the high school, Sister
Alfred, 52, Sister Maria Therese, 45, Sister Fathima, 26,
and Sister Gabrelle, 47. Four other nuns sleeping in a
nearby building escaped unhurt.
The nuns were buried Tuesday morning after a poignant
funeral service led by Archbishop Arul Dass James of Madras
Mylapore and two other bishops.
Indonesia Foreign Minister to meet with Pope next week, religious tolerance on the docket as new government seeks to assure Church persecutions are over
In the aftermath of the terrible ethnic cleansing in East Timor in September and the subsequent election of a new regime in Jakarta, Indonesian officials have made overtures that they want to set things right and assure the Vatican they will not tolerate religious intolerance. The new Foreign Minister of Indonesia will have that opportunity this week when the Muslim official travels to Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II. The Pope is expected to be insistent that Indonesia will assure no more churches will be desecrated and burned. He also is expected to discuss retribution for the terrible devastation in East Timor. For more, click on Is Indonesia turning over a new leaf?.
INDONESIA OFFICIAL DETAILS PLANNED TALK WITH POPE
JAKARTA (CWNews.com) - Indonesia's foreign minister said on
Tuesday that when he meets with Pope John Paul II later this
week he will discuss religious violence in his country
between Muslims and Christians.
"We want to reassure the Vatican that religious conflicts
are not part of the Indonesian way of life," said Alwi
Shihab, a Muslim scholar now part of the new reformist
government. Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in
the world with enclaves of Christian majority communities
scattered throughout the archipelago country.
While the country's constitution guarantees religious
freedom, but Christians have been regularly targeted over
the past two years, being blamed for political and economic
turmoil. More than 700 people have been killed this year in
clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs in Maluku
province, also known as the Spice Islands, about 1,500
miles east of Jakarta.
The Vatican has expressed concern about hundreds of church
burnings across Indonesia in recent years. The Holy Father
also has condemned a wave of killings and destruction in
East Timor by militia groups backed by Indonesia's military
last September following a vote by Timorese for full
independence from Indonesia.
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