DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     February 16, 1999     vol. 10, no. 32

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ARCHBISHOP RIGALI: THE POPE'S MESSAGE IS GENERATING REFLECTION IN THE UNITED STATES

          ROME, 15 (NE) "We must give this seed time so that it may mature," said Archbishop Justin Rigali of Saint Louis, commenting on the message given in the United States during Pope John Paul II's last visit. In declarations to the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Archbishop Rigali pointed out that "all the central topics addressed by the Holy Father, from the defense of life to solidarity between the north and south of the continent, have raised a debate. The hope is that the reflection raised may give birth to a movement of opinion."

          "The Church's message is difficult to accept in its entirety, just as it is difficult to truly follow Jesus," pointed out the Archbishop of Saint Louis. "John Paul II, however, has the gift of offering truth in a way in which it is totally attractive, that makes one truly think about the presence of the Holy Spirit. The difficulties exist but just as well as the openness and we must give these seeds their time to mature."

          Recalling Darrell Mease's case, whose capital punishment was recently commuted after the Holy Fatherīs intercession, Archbishop Rigali urged not to forget that the Pope's intervention against capital punishment "is inserted in a general zeal to defend life, which also includes problems referring to abortion, euthanasia and the necessary rights in order to guarantee respect for the dignity of the human person."


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February 16, 1999       volume 10, no. 32
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