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March 15, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 51
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
One million people expected for Padre Pio's Beatification in May
It is being considered a dress rehearsal for Jubilee 2000, but we doubt more than one million people will descend on Rome and the Vatican in one day in 2000 like they are expected on Sunday, May 2nd this year when Pope John Paul II will beatify the beloved mystic Padre Pio. Over 2,000 volunteer guides will get their baptism of fire catering to the countless pilgrims and venues throughout Rome are planned to accommodate the crush so all can see the beatification ceremonies, most on large screen projections placed in many areas and plazas. For more, click on Padre Pio draws a crowd .
ROME BRACES FOR BEATIFICATION OF PADRE PIO
VATICAN (CWNews.com) - The beatification of Padre Pio, scheduled for May
3, 1999, will provide an early test of plans to accommodate the many
thousands of pilgrims who are expected to flood Rome during the Jubilee
Organizers at the Vatican expect roughly 1 million people to arrive in the
Eternal City for the beatification of the famed Capuchin monk, who died in
1968 after gaining a wide following all around the world.
Only about 150,000 people will be able to fit into St. Peter's Square for the
beatification ceremony: 50,000 in the available seats, and another 100,000
standing in the Square. Others will be able to watch the ceremony on huge
video screens, which will be erected along the Via de la Conciliation, which
leads from St. Peter's to the Tiber.
Although the supply of tickets for the beatification has already been
exhausted, the Capuchin organizers of the ceremony are still being flooded
with requests. Those requests have come not only from Italy itself, but also
from "Padre Pio prayer groups" in European countries such as Switzerland,
Austria, and Ireland; and more remote places like Australia, Chile, and
Uruguay. Italian vendors are already preparing various souvenirs of the
beatification, such as posters and images of Padre Pio, for sale to the visiting
Italian people who ask for tickets to the ceremony are now being advised by
the organizers to follow the television broadcast of the beatification. The
organizers are studying the possibility of installing video screens at various
locations around Rome, in particular in a large space in front of the Basilica
of St. John Lateran. That location is the site of a concert planned for May 1,
and the organizers have arranged that video screens will be erected for the
concert and left in place for the beatification. After presiding at the
beatification, the Vatican has announced the Pope John Paul will travel to St.
John Lateran to greet pilgrims there and lead them in the recitation of the
Also, the corps of volunteers recruited by the Central Committee for the
Jubilee to serve as guides for pilgrims in the year 2000 will be mobilized for
the first time for Padre Pio's beatification. At least 2,000 of these volunteer
guides will be on hand for the ceremonies, dressed in their distinctive blue
uniforms. (There will be 54,000 guides on the job during the Jubilee Year.)
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar for Rome, says that he expects the
beatification ceremony to run smoothly. "Everything will work out serenely,"
he told reporters. "We are all profoundly happy about the beatification of
Padre Pio, and I am sure everyone will be happy when it happens."
Postulator in place for Mother Teresa's beatification process; Sister Nirmala reminds all not to be so impatient.
Calcutta's Archbishop Henry D'Souza has appointed Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, a Missionaries of Charity priest from Rome to serve as Postulator for the beatification cause of Mother Teresa. With all the anticipation of when Mother will be beatified, her successor Sister Nirmala, who with her fellow sisters and millions around the world would love to see it happen in 2000, cautions all that these things take time and they will in no way put any pressure on Rome, realizing the monumental task ahead for Fr. Brian. For more, click on Mother Teresa's Postulator.
ORDER SAYS NO HURRY TO CANONIZE MOTHER TERESA
CALCUTTA (CWNews.com) - Mother Teresa's successor as head
of the Missionaries of Charity religious order said on
Thursday the sisters are in no hurry to have the late Nobel
Peace Prize laureate canonized.
"We in the Missionaries of Charity will not tell the Holy
Father: Do it, do it, do it. I'm not asking for it," Sister
Nirmala told Reuters news agency during a news conference.
However, she added that she would like to see the
canonization take place during the Jubilee Year next year.
Earlier this month, the Vatican announced that Pope John
Paul II had issued a waiver allowing the cause for Mother
Teresa's canonization to be opened now rather than wait the
required five years after death. Mother Teresa died in
Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, a member of the order from Rome
who has been appointed postulator for the cause, said
assembling the case for canonization will take time because
Mother Teresa accomplished so much during her four decades
of service to the poor and needy. "All the documents
concerning Mother Teresa's life and achievements have to be
collected," he said. He will be in Calcutta for three weeks
Two potential miracles have already been reported to the
Vatican for verification. One reportedly happened in the
United States, where a French woman who broke several ribs
in a car accident was miraculously healed. In the other
case, a Palestinian girl suffering from cancer was
reportedly cured after Mother Teresa appeared in her dreams
and said, "Child, you are cured."
Cardinal O'Connor reinforces strong stance on Sanctity of Life: We will never compromise!
America's leading prelate Cardinal John J. O'Connor urged all at the State Catholic Congress in Albany, New York over the weekend to never give up the fight for the Sanctity of Life and to fight abortion and the culture of death with every ounce of our body, heart and soul especially in light of the mounting takeovers of Catholic hospitals and the pressures of pro-aborts in insisting abortions be provided in these institutions. He took his plea to New York Governor George Pataki, a known pro-abortion politician. For more, click on Fight for Life.
ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK URGES TO MAINTAIN FIRM MORAL PRINCIPLES
WASHINGTON D.C., 13 (NE) "There are those in the state of New York
trying very, very hard to insist, to demand that either we
reject our principles or we will be driven out of business,"
Cardinal John O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, pointed out this
week in a press conference held in Albany. Throughout the
conference the American Cardinal denounced the pressures that
pro-abortion groups are exercising against Catholic hospitals.
In view of this situation, generated by the merging of a
non-Catholic hospital that performs abortions into a Catholic
hospital that doesn't, the Cardinal urged to firmly maintain the
moral principles of the Church in all medical matters. "We will
fight against any efforts to try to emasculate the integrity of
our approach to the human person," affirmed the Archbishop.
The New York Cardinal held a meeting with the state governor in
order to present the priorities in the agenda of the State
Catholic Conference, which include other legislative proposals
in favor of life.
Poland pressing to keep holy the sabbath with store closures
"And He rested on the seventh day from all the work He had done" (Genesis 2: 2). If Polish legislators and Church officials have their way, honoring the sabbath will return to Poland for they have introduced a law to close stores on Sundays so people will not be forced to work in accordance with what God deigns, devoting the time as it should be to God and family. Since Poland is 90% Catholic it should be well-received in the land that gave the world John Paul II. For more, click on Poland
POLAND CONSIDERS BAN ON SUNDAY SHOPPING
WARSAW (CWNews.com) - Polish lawmakers proposed a draft
bill on Thursday that would require stores to remain closed
on Sunday in order to protect people forced to work on
Sunday, a day of rest for Christians.
The bill, sponsored by 21 deputies, has the support of the
Polish bishop's conference, citing Pope John Paul II's
recent remarks that Poles are too often converging on
so-called hypermarkets on Sundays when they should instead
be attending Mass and spending time in spiritual pursuits.
More than 90 percent of Poles are Catholic.
Jerzy Gwizdz, one of the authors of the draft, acknowledged
that respect for Sunday as a Christian holiday was one of
the reasons behind the proposal. But the measure also aims
at "protecting a big number of people who are forced to
work on Sundays," Gwizdz told the state Radio Three.
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