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June 9, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 111
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
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Serbs, Russians want NATO to back off, allow UN to take charge as latter holds key to either peace progress or impasse
With Russian and Serb military leaders affirming they would not serve under NATO command, wiser heads have called for the UN to take charge of overseeing troops at the border to please all parties just as the Holy Father first suggested and conveyed to Kofi Annan late last week. The security council is weighing the options even as NATO continues the bombing which is not endearing the people of the Balkans to them. For more, click on UN holds key to progress or impasse?.
NEW NEGOTIATIONS TOWARD KOSOVO PEACE PLAN
NEW YORK (CWNews.com) -- As the UN Security Council prepared to
discuss a peace proposal aimed at ending the war in Kosovo, NATO
aircraft continued to strike targets in Yugoslavia.
The latest peace plan would call for an international peacekeeping
force under UN command to enter Kosovo and ensure the safe return
of refugees from the province. Both Yugoslavia and Russia had
balked at an earlier plan, submitted by NATO, which would have
called for peacekeeping troops under NATO control. Yugoslavia has
consistently said that the force must include soldiers from Eastern
European countries, and Russian leaders have said that their troops
will not serve under NATO command.
Intense diplomatic activities continued on June 8 as NATO leadership
shored up support for the peace proposal. Representatives of the "G8"
industrial countries huddled before the Security Council meeting, US
President Bill Clinton sent a special envoy to Moscow to confer with
Russian leaders, and Finland's President Martti Ahtisaari-- acting on
behalf of the European Union-- traveled to Beijing, hoping to ensure
that China would not use its seat on the Security Council to stall a
Innocent Iraqi people suffer senseless strafing meant for Saddam
Proving what the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid had claimed that the United States military force continues to strafe the Iraqi people while the world focuses on the Balkans, it was confirmed on Tuesday that American Bombers hit several targets which sadly is not hurting Saddam Hussein but the innocent Iraqi people. For more, click on Iraqi people feeling blunt of bombing.
NEW US AIR STRIKES ON IRAQ
BAGHDAD (CWNews.com) -- American bombers struck several Iraqi
targets on Tuesday, June 8, after complaining that Iraqi anti-aircraft
units were firing at US planes in the "no-fly" zone of northern Iraq.
US military sources said that the planes, "responding in self defense,"
hit communications posts near the city of Mosul. The bombers
reportedly returned to their bases in Turkey without further
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid of Baghdad has
complained that the air strikes on Iraq-- combined with the
longstanding trade restrictions on that country-- are causing
immense suffering among the civilian population, at a time when the
world's attention is concentrated on the Balkans.
New document places women's cloistered congregations under jurisdiction of the Holy See
A special document on religious, cloistered and contemplative life for women religious has been released by Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In the document titled "Verbi Sponsa" which means "Bride of the Word," the Holy See sets down parameters for cloistered orders in dealing with the new millennium as well as addressing safeguards against modern technology in regard the contemplative life. For more, click on Verbi Sponsa .
NEW TECHNOLOGY AT SERVICE OF SILENCE
Vatican Guidelines for Women's Cloisters
VATICAN CITY, JUN 7 (ZENIT).- The Vatican Congregation for Institutes of
Consecrated Life recently published a document on the life of women
religious, entitled "Verbi Sponsa" [Bride of the Word]. This writing is
intended to answer the questions inherent in consecrated life in the
Third Millennium, particularly as regards technological advances.
The document was prepared to help cloistered convents reflect on the
conclusions of the Synod of Bishops of the world on the consecrated
life, which were addressed in John Paul II's exhortation "Vita
Consecrata," dated March 25, 1996.
The first chapter of the document is dedicated to the meaning and value
of the cloistered life. It is followed by an analysis of the different
forms of cloister, paying special attention and giving certain norms to
the cloister under the "direct" jurisdiction of the Holy See.
In principle, the Vatican Congregation recommends that the separation
from the world be a concrete experience, as opposed to merely symbolic.
In addressing particular situations, the instruction analyzes the "grave
causes" which justify entrance or departure from the convent.
Special attention is given to relations with the media and new
technology. The sober and prudent use of television, both in regard to
the quality as well as the quantity of programs, is recommended. There
is a reminder that for those who live in interior silence, a picture or
news item can have far greater emotional impact and, consequently, make
recollection that much more difficult.
After careful discernment, permission is granted to use the fax, mobile
phones and the Internet for the convent's activities.
The third part of the document focuses on formation, emphasizing the
importance that this be carried out in the community to which the
The last pages mention associations and federations of convents, which
provide support in promoting the values of contemplative life, while not
affecting the autonomy of each convent.
There are 55,709 cloistered nuns in the world, belonging to 3,601
Guadalajara's Archbishop Cardinal Sandoval recuperating after surgery
It was revealed Tuesday that sixty-six year-old Cardinal Juan Sandoval I˝iguez was recuperating from surgery for intestinal thrombosis that had to be taken care of because of lymphatic clots. The five-year archbishop of this city a couple hundred miles northwest of Mexico City is resting in Santa Margarita hospital and is expected to make a full recovery reasonably soon. For more, see Cardinal recovering
MEXICAN CARDINAL RECOVERS AFTER SURGERY
MEXICO CITY, 8 (NE) Mexican Cardinal Juan Sandoval I˝iguez is
recovering at the "Santa Margarita" hospital after an operation
due to an intestinal thrombosis, informed this week the
Department of Communication of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara.
The statement released also explained that the Cardinal's health
is stable and that he is slowly getting better. Cardinal
Sandoval -Archbishop of Guadalajara since 1994- had to be
urgently intervened during the weekend after suffering an
intestinal thrombosis. His full recuperation is expected in the
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SITE OF THE DAY
Today we present another site from Poland in honor of the Holy Father's visit there. It is a home page but it is in English and gives a brief history of Catholicism in this Eastern European country that has given us many saints and our present Pontiff. The site is called CATHOLICISM IN POLAND and maintained by Lukasz Bielecki out of Poznan, Poland.
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