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THURSDAY      July 29, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 141

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      Today is Feast of Saint Martha, the loyal, devoted Disciple of the Lord. Tomorrow is the Seventeenth Friday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies and meditations for these two days, click on DAILY LITURGY.

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     In honor of today's Feast of Saint Martha we present the Preface for today's Mass:

It is truly right and just to exalt You, O God of Infinite Mercy, as we honor with fitting praise Christ, the King of the universe, on the feast of St. Martha, who was happy to welcome Him into her house and served Him with devotion and loving zeal. By the generosity of her heart she obtained the resurrection of her brother Lazarus, who was four days dead, and she merited to be united for all eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven with Him Whom she had received as a guest.

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      VATICAN ( - Pope John Paul II said at his weekly general audience on Wednesday that hell is not so much a physical place as a rejection of the presence of God and that the condemned choose to enter that condition.

      A week after speaking on the reality of heaven, the Holy Father emphasized that hell is also real. "Hell is not a punishment imposed externally by God, but the condition resulting from attitudes and actions which people adopt in this life," he said. "More than a physical place, hell is the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy."

      "So eternal damnation is not God's work but is actually our own doing," he added. He described hell as "the pain, frustration and emptiness of life without God." He also warned that demons do exist, saying "Christian faith teaches us that there are creatures who have already given a definitive 'no' to God. These are the spirits which rebelled against God and whom we call demons."

      The Holy Father cautioned Christians against dwelling on hell. "The reality of hell should not ... be a cause of anxiety or despair for believers. Rather it is a necessary and healthy reminder that human freedom has to be conformed to the example of Jesus, who always said 'yes' to God, who conquered Satan and who gave us His Spirit so that we too could call God 'Father'."


Pope Appoints 18 Women to Participate in October Meeting

      VATICAN CITY, JUL 27 (ZENIT).- John Paul II made new appointments for the Synod for Europe, to be held in Rome from October 1-28. The list includes 23 Cardinals, Bishops and priests whose selection is the Pope's prerogative, as well as 17 experts and 38 auditors. The Synod Fathers are appointed by their respective Episcopal Conferences.

      Among the papal appointments are 18 women, both religious and lay, some as experts and others as auditors. The list includes Italian Paola Bignardi, National President of Catholic Action (auditor), Sr. Enrica Rosanna, Sociology Professor at the Auxilium (expert), native Russian writer Irina Alberti (auditor), Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement (auditor), and Sister Tekla Famiglietti, General Abbess of the Brigittines (auditor). Among the auditors are two women from Bosnia: Sanja Horvat, nurse and theology student at the Sarajevo Theological Institute, and Ana Huml, expert in telecommunications. Also named as auditors are Polish couple Stanislaw and Ludmilla Grygiel (he is an expert in family pastoral care at the Pontifical Lateran University); and Spanish couple Jesus and Juana Carrascosa, members of the Communion and Liberation International Center.

      The list also includes Javier Echevarria Rodriguez, prelate of Opus Dei (pontifical appointment); Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neo-Catecumenal Way; and three Cardinals: Franciszek Macharski, Archbishop of Krakow; Jan Chryzostom Korec, Bishop of Nitra, Slovakia; and Adam Joseph Maida, Archbishop of Detroit and president of the U.S. Episcopal Conference's Committee for Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. ZE99072703


Local Church Sources Fear Government Will Not Authorize Visit

      DELHI, JUL 28 (ZENIT).- Catholics in India hope Pope John Paul II will visit their country during his trip to Asia, projected for the end of this year. As with previous continental Synods, the Pope is expected to conclude the April-May 1998 Synod for Asia by presenting the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation in that continent. Nonetheless, local Church sources express doubts as to whether the government will allow such a visit.

      Divine Word Fr. Dominic Emmanuel, spokesman for the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference, told SAR News that the Church fears the visit will not be allowed by the coalition government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The government may give the border dispute between Pakistan and India and the proximity of the September elections, as reasons to reject the plan for a papal visit.

      The Holy Father's visit would fill Catholics with pride, and help soothe wounds caused by the BJP during this electoral year, Fr. Emmanuel explained. Although the Council of Ministers must approve the papal visit, BJP ministers are expected to oppose it.

      The visit of the head of the Catholic Church would not augur well for the Party, after the many attacks against Christians, including missionaries. In 1998 alone, following the BJP's rise to power, there were 100 attacks on Christian individuals and institutions. Out of a total population of 955,220,000, there are 17,211,000 Catholics in India, and about one million Christians of other denominations. India has had two papal visits: Paul VI in 1964 and John Paul II in 1986. ZE99072805


      DES MOINES, Iowa ( - Republican president candidate Steve Forbes said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion "is going to go" as public opinion shifts, and said that if elected he will appoint pro-life judges.

      Forbes, running his second presidential campaign, said he would choose judges, including Supreme Court justices, based on their views regarding "adhering to the Constitution, including the belief in the sanctity of life." Forbes also said public opinion is shifting away from legalized abortion, despite media and political pundits saying otherwise. "There is growing support for restrictions," said Forbes, who conceded "many Americans don't agree with the ultimate goal yet."

      He added, "If you have made a wrong constitutional decision you shouldn't let it stand. Just because bad law has been around for a while, you shouldn't leave it."

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