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WEDNESDAY      June 30, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 126

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      Today is the Thirteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the First Martyrs of Rome while tomorrow is the Thirteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Blessed Padre Junipero Serra, Franciscan missionary and founder of 21 Spanish missions in California, beginning with the first in San Diego at Mission de Alcala. In fact, his feast day corresponds with the day he first arrived in San Diego in 1769. He established the site of the mission on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16 of the same year. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignetttes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, June 30, 1999


Thursday, July 1, 1999



      Today we honor the First Martyrs of Rome with the Preface of today's last Mass for June:

Father, You sanctified the Church of Rome with the blood of its martyrs. May we find strength from their courage and rejoice in their triumph.

Events Today in Church History

      On this date last year His Holiness Pope John Paul II issued his Apostolic Letter Ad tuendam fidem aimed at dissident theologians mostly in higher education at Catholic institutions who have strayed from the true teaching of the Church in regards dogma and policy such as their stubbornness in pushing for women priests despite Rome's orders that there will be no discussion. This Apostolic Letter gave the Holy See teeth to carry out discipline against those who stray. They have been duly warned. 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 June 30:

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Will Begin in Iraq and End in Israel and Palestine

      VATICAN CITY, JUN 29 (ZENIT).- John Paul II surprised everyone on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, patrons of Rome, by signing a letter, to be published tomorrow, giving his reasons for undertaking the realization of one of the most cherished hopes of his pontificate: "a Jubilee pilgrimage through some of the places linked to the history of salvation."

      The Pope's pilgrimage will begin in Iraq -- the ancient Ur of the Chaldeans, Abraham's native land -- or on Mount Sinai, symbol of the Exodus and of God's Covenant with the people of Israel. He will continue by visiting holy places of the New Testament: Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. In other words, as the Pope himself explained, it will be "a journey on the road of divine Revelation."

      "I want to emphasize the exclusively religious and spiritual significance of this pilgrimage; no other interpretations can be attributed to it," the Pontiff said. On several occasions Holy See representatives have made it very clear that the Pope would only undertake this pilgrimage if the countries and factions in conflict in the Middle East do not use it as an instrument. Because of this, as Bishop Pietro Sambi, the apostolic nuncio in Israel explained, it is hoped that this visit will take place in the framework of renewed peace agreements between Israelis and Palestinians.

      The letter includes the Pope's memories of his 1965 visit to the Holy Land, when he was Archbishop of Krakow.

      Meanwhile the Holy Father oversaw a celebration of unity among Christians In Rome as an Orthodox Delegation from Constantinople joined in festivity for Patrons of the Eternal City on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, which is a public holiday in Rome, became a moment of intense Christian unity, both within the Catholic Church, as well as in ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox Church.

      The solemn Mass presided by John Paul II in the Vatican Basilica has been, for many years, the celebration of the year that best reflects Christianity's cohesion. It is mirrored in the traditional offering of the sacred pallium to Metropolitan Archbishops named by the Pontiff over the past year.

      The pallium, a band of white wool with six crosses embroidered in black silk, is the symbol of the ties that unite the Metropolitans with the See of Peter. An Archbishop who heads an ecclesiastical provinces made up of several dioceses, symbolized by the crosses.

      The wool for the palliums traditionally comes from two lambs offered to the Pope of the Feast of St. Agnes (January 21). The wool symbolizes the flock of the Archbishop. The pallium also has two metal pins, originally included for the practical purpose of fastening the pallium. These now symbolize the link with the universal Church.

      On this occasion, 37 Archbishops received the pallium: fourteen from Latin America, two from North America, seven from Africa, four from Asia, and ten from Europe.

Orthodox Delegation

      The ceremony was characterized by a profound ecumenical spirit. Among those attending the Mass was an Orthodox delegation sent by the Patriarchate of Constantinople. When greeting ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I's envoys, John Paul II prayed that all Christians, "forgetting the errors of the past, will come to the full unity willed by Christ."

      The Holy Father received the ecumenical delegation in private yesterday. During the meeting, Chrysostom Kostantinidis, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ephesus, who represented the Patriarch of Constantinople, expressed his hope that the new millennium will put an end to the schism of 1054 which has kept Catholics and Orthodox divided for almost one thousand years. ZE99062905 and ZE99062906

Armenian Catholicos Dies At 66

Had reconciled with Rome after 1500 year split

      YEREVAN, Armenia ( - Catholicos Karekin I, the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, died on Tuesday after a lengthy battle with larynx cancer, the church announced.

      The Catholicos had undergone surgery in the United States last year to remove a tumor on his larynx. He was 66. Earlier this month, Pope John Paul II had scheduled a last minute trip to visit the ailing Catholicos and then, just as abruptly, canceled the visit after contracting the flu. The trip had been rescheduled for July 2-4.

      Karekin was born Nshan Sarkisian in Kassab, Syria, and studied at a seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, where he later became director. He became a deacon in 1949 and took a vow of celibacy in 1952, church officials said. He studied in the theology department at Oxford University in 1957-58, and in the 1970s he led church dioceses in the United States, Iran, and India, the church said. He was elected Catholicos in April 1995.


Donald Duck Cartoon from 1968 Sold in Chile

      ROME, JUN 29 (ZENIT).- A 1968 Disney propaganda cartoon featuring Donald Duck encourages families in the developing world to have few children. The cartoon "Planificacion Familiar" ("Family Planning") was created by Disney for the US Population Council, one of the chief promoters of population control, and is being distributed by the Chilean affiliate of Planned Parenthood, Associacion Chilena de Protection de la Familia (APROFA), for home and educational viewing.

      APROFA is selling the video as part of a set which retails for $25. The set includes "Planificacion Familiar," a Planned Parenthood cartoon entitled "Felices Familias Planeadas" ("Happy Planned Families"), and an APROFA educational video entitled "La Confianza No Es Un Metodo" ("Trust is Not a Method").

      "Family Planning" begins with Donald Duck, a well-loved children's figure, opening a medical supply kit that contains reproductive health supplies, oil paints and an easel. Using the paints and easel he proceeds to illustrate rapid population growth and ensuing starvation.

      "The world is overpopulated," a narrator declares. "With every generation, the population is growing too fast.... Let's say in time that this couple will have more children.... The mother ... is unhappy, weak and sick. The children will be sickly too.... But this situation can change."

      From his reproductive health supply kit, Donald Duck brandishes a golden key, and declares: "Science gives us the key for a new personal freedom: family planning!"

      At the end of "Family Planning," Donald Duck declares: "We are all responsible for humanity and that means you too!"

      Patty Gadomski of Disney Educational Productions confirmed that Disney created the Donald Duck "Family Planning" cartoon. She said that it had sold well in Third World countries, but went out of production in 1988 because of decreasing demand.

      Gadomski added that APROFA is in violation of copyright law for reproducing and marketing the video, and for marketing the accompanying video "Happy Planned Families" as a Disney product.

      "Happy Planned Families" markets condoms, IUDs, the pill, and other methods of birth control in the Chinese, French, Spanish, English and Arabic languages. A close examination of the credits reveal that "Happy Family Planning" was not made by Disney but by Planned Parenthood of America in cooperation with the Wyeth Institute. Wyeth-Aherst is the manufacturer of Norplant.

      Gadomski described APROFA's use of the Disney name and video as "a serious no-no" and said Disney's attorney's would be in contact with APROFA to stop the violation. ZE99062920

Former Judge Accuses Government Officials Of Bishop's Murder

Guatamala mystery cover-up drones on well over a year

      GUATEMALA CITY ( - A former judge on Monday filed a complaint against Guatemala's new defense minister and two other military leaders, accusing them of planning the murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera last year.

      Judge Juan Carlos Solis Oliva did not reveal his evidence in the complaint, but named Gen. Marco Tulio Espinoza Contreras and other officers as the masterminds of the killing. Prosecutors will investigate the complaint to see if charges should be filed.

      Bishop Gerardi was murdered at his home in April, 1998, two days after releasing a human rights report blaming the military and its paramilitary allies of the majority of deaths during the country's 36-year civil war. The investigation until now had focused on a priest who was living with the bishop at the time, even though Church and human rights groups had insisted that the timing of the murder after the report be investigated.

      The Archdiocese of Guatemala City's human rights office, which Bishop Gerardi led before his death, was cautious concerning Solis Oliva's claims. "We want to be able to see his evidence. Until now, as far as we know he hasn't presented any actual evidence," said Mynor Melgar, legal counsel to the human rights office. Solis Oliva has previously said that his information comes from a confidential military source. But some Guatemalans say he is trying to divert attention from some of his relatives whose names have come up in the investigation.

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