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FRI-SAT-SUN      June 18-20, 1999      SECTION THREE       vol 10, no. 118

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Mexican-born, dixie bred coastal scholar Cardinal Bernard Law has taken New England by storm as the Archbishop of Boston

     We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our sixty-seventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, Archbishop of Boston who, though he lacks international experience, has international ties having been born in Mexico and providing an American refuge for the Vietnamese. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Law, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

67.   Cardinal Bernard F. Law

Events this weekend in Church History

     One thousand, six hundred and seventy four years ago Saturday is the anniversary of the First Ecumenical Council, the one convened by Pope Sylvester I on June 19, 325 in Nicaea in which the Council Fathers condemend Arianism and declared the Son "consubstantial" with the Father and formulated the Creed in the Mass. Since then there have been twenty other councils, the most recent being Vatican II. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News and ZENIT International News Agency


      BELGRADE ( - Kosovar Serbs, streaming north out of the region as hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanian refugees returned to their homes, were urged to remain in their homes by the Serbian Orthodox Patriarch, despite threats of revenge against them.

      Patriarch Pavle appealed to both Serbs and Montenegrins in Kosovo not to abandon their heritage, history, and holy sites in Kosovo, adding that he would himself move to the Pec Patriarchate in western Kosovo, the chief see of the church since 1253. The patriarch said he would seek assurances from the Yugoslav government and NATO peacekeepers that the Serbs would be safe.

      "I will plead with all responsible organs of our state and the highest representatives of the international forces in Kosovo for your lives and property, for your protection and safety," he said. He added that these assurances would be sought for everyone in Kosovo, regardless of religion or ethnic background.

      Church sources in Pristina, the Kosovo capital, are reported by the Belgrade media to have said that the Monastery of Sveta Trojica (The Holy Trinity) at the village of Musutiste has been burnt down and 13 Orthodox churches in Kosovo were abandoned in the face of violence by the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army.


      CALI, Colombia ( - Despite assurances by Colombian rebels that they took more than 160 people hostage from a Catholic church almost three weeks ago to highlight their desire for peace talks, Church officials in Cali said the rebels are instead seeking ransom for some captives.

      Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino of Cali said on Wednesday that he had been informed that the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels had demanded ransoms from some of the families of their victims. Most of the captives have been released, but at least 20 from the church remain in custody. "They want to make money at the expense of the pain and suffering of the hostages," said the archbishop.

      Although some relatives have admitted privately that ransoms have been demanded, none were willing to say it publicly. "We who were freed think that those who remain captive are going to have to pay ransoms -- although the guerrillas never told us as much," said freed hostage Rafael Posada, adding that those still held were "people of means."


      MEXICO CITY, 17 (NE) The earthquake that shook Mexico on Tuesday, leaving more than 200 wounded and killed seven people, has also caused serious damage to several historic churches and religious buildings. "Puebla de los Angeles," together with its old temples , was the city that most suffered with the earthquake.

      Different chapels along the state have also been damaged. The temple of "La Santisima" has been practically deprived from its entire facade, and "San Andres Cholula's" dome fell completely. Also the temples of "San Roque," "San Mateo Cuanala" and "Las Casas Coloradas" have suffered considerable damages in their structure.

      After knowing about the earthquake that affected the south of Mexico, Pope John Paul II, through Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, manifested his grief and his solidarity with the victims. The message, that was asked to be transmitted to the affected places, invited institutions and people of good will to lend effective help with charity and spirit of Christian solidarity to those affected by the earthquake


      NEW HAVEN, Connecticut ( - The Knights of Columbus Catholic fraternal order announced on Wednesday that it had given a record $110.7 million to charitable causes in 1998 in addition to 55 million hours of donated time by members.

      Of the approximate $111 million, $90 million was raised by state councils and local units which donated directly to charitable causes of their own choosing, including church and community projects and youth programs. The remaining $21 million was given by the Supreme Council and Knights of Columbus designated funds.

      Assistance to church organizations, such as parishes, schools, religious education programs, seminaries/seminarians, vocations, promotional efforts and miscellaneous church projects, totaled $33.3 million in 1998 and $289 million in aggregate over the past ten years, the group said.

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     We've all seen the sites that feature a few Diocesan sources on-line but this weekend we bring you a straight listing, probably the most comprehensive internationally of Dioceses on-line worldwide. The site is CATHOLIC DIOCESES with worldwide diocesan on-line listings maintained by John Mark Ockerbloom out of Spokane, Washington.

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June 18-20, 1999 volume 10, no. 118   DAILY CATHOLIC