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MONDAY      January 11, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 6

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Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 314 Pope Saint Miltiades, the 32nd successor of Peter, died. He is the holy pontiff who constructed the first magnificent Basilica of St. John Lateran through the funds and permission of Constantine who was given his famous "in hoc signo vinces" vision during Mitiades' pontificate. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 11:

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News



      HONOLULU ( - Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Honolulu published new guidelines this week reinstating the inclusion of Native Hawaiian sacred gestures into liturgies, after the Vatican banned them while it studied the matter.

      A parishioner complained to the Vatican last year that Hawaiian dances and other native elements were being included in Masses as entertainment, not worship. The Vatican has since ruled that certain elements of native culture may be included with restrictions and Bishop DiLorenzo outlined those guidelines for parishes this week. "Sacred gesture is a way for Pacific Islanders, Asians, and those who have embraced the culture to worship as baptized Catholics," Bishop DiLorenzo said. "For many, their cultural and religious experience are interwoven."

      Native dances, including those from Filipino, Asian, Samoan, and Tongan cultures, use the hands, body, and feet to tell a story and has been used during special Masses including First Communions, weddings, and funerals. Bishop DiLorenzo said the ban on dance within the Mass remains in effect "as entertainment has no place within the sacred liturgy." However, sacred gesture -- defined as movement that expresses praise, thanksgiving, adoration, petition, and penitence -- is permitted during designated Masses, at certain times, and with appropriate attire that respects the liturgy, the congregation, and the culture.


      NEW YORK, 8 (NE) Cardinal John O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, highlighted recently that in this last year before the Jubilee of the year 2000 "we are asked to open our hearts to Jesus, as Mary opened her heart, her will and her womb to conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit and to bring him into the world. We must prepare for the jubilee," said the Cardinal, "by repentance for all of the sins of the past, by reconciliation with those from whom we are distanced, by the opening of our minds and our hearts with love for God and for everyone made in his image and likeness."

      The Archbishop of New York also affirmed that one of the fundamental roles of Christians, at the threshold of the third millennium, is to help so that the teachings of the Church "may be much more vitally lived out, and much more realistically practiced in our world," infusing"life into this culture of death." Mentioning the Ordinance of the II Vatican Council Ad Gentes on the missionary activity of the Church, the Cardinal reminded of the obligation of all "to be evangelizers," taking "the light of Christ into the darkness." He added that, "No Christian can ever be a pessimist. Our Holy Father repeats perhaps more than any other phrase the words of Jesus, `Do not be afraid'."


      DUBLIN ( - In Ireland, a 27-year-old Protestant has been jailed for life for the sectarian murder of a 16-year-old Catholic schoolboy. The badly decomposed and burnt body of James Morgan was found in a pit near his home in County Down in July 1997.

      At Belfast Crown Court today, James' parents wept openly as Norman Coopey admitted being one of two men who beat the schoolboy to death with a hammer after picking him up as he was hitchhiking home. James's body was doused in gasoline and set afire before being dumped in a water-filled pit. Later an unsuspecting workman dumped animal carcasses in the pit and it was a further two days before the schoolboy's partly decomposed body was found.

      A defense lawyer said Coopey, a member of the Loyalist Volunteer Force, now bitterly regretted his involvement in the attack. He said Coopey was "very much in fear of the person with him." Earlier, a prosecution lawyer said Coopey claimed his partner attacked the schoolboy with a claw hammer he carried in his car after they had learned his name and religion.

      Coopey "finished Mr. Morgan off with further blows" to the back of his head in case he might identify his attackers. Lord Justice McCollum told Coopey he'd pleaded guilty to the heinous murder of a 16-year-old schoolboy who was a completely innocent victim of clearly what was a sectarian attack. Afterward the schoolboy's parents said they were glad it was now all over.


      MEXICO CITY ( - The Archdiocese of Mexico City has turned to a local potato chip company to help raise funds for Pope John Paul's visit to the country this month by asking them to release special commemorative editions of their potato chip bags.

      The bags of Sabritas chips feature photographs of the Holy Father or Our Lady of Guadalupe, and for two pesos (about 20 US cents) consumers can buy a special album to hold the whole collection of 10 pictures. They hope to raise about $1.8 million which cover the expected costs of the visit.

      Spokesman Hector Fernandez assured the faithful that "the Holy Father will not be linked to the advertising campaign nor will he go out dressed as a potato." In Spanish, the word for pope and potato is the same: papa.

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