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March 30, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 62
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SIMPLY SHEEN: The greatest fear is fear itself
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"The simplest way but the worst way to remove fear from the conscious mind is to repress it - that is, to relegate it into unconsciousness...The effects of suppressing fear are manifold. First, on the physical side, they may be palpitation, migraine, cramps, convulsions, etc. On the mental side, the repressed fear comes out as anger, depression and surliness."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Holy Father calls on Europe to seek a solution in Kosovo in continuing to push for peace
While US and NATO forces continue to strafe key military compounds and plants in Kosovo and Serbia, the Holy Father met with members of the European Parliament yesterday and strongly reiterated he won't take "no" for an answer in determining some way to bring about a peaceful solution there. The day before at Palm Sunday festivities after the Angelus, the Pope called for brotherhood of love to conquer hate and violence, but the Secretary of State for the Holy SeeCardinal Angelo Sodano insisted peace talks could not begin until the bombing ceased. For more, click on Pope persistent for peace
VATICAN URGES END TO KOSOVO BOMBING AS POPE INSISTS
IT IS "NEVER TOO LATE" FOR KOSOVO PEACE
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- At a March 29 audience with members
of the European Parliament, Pope John Paul II renewed his call for an
end to the violence in Kosovo.
Speaking of "a conflict which is unfolding at our doorsteps," and
which "wounds the whole of Europe," the Pope asked "that
everything possible be done to find peace in the region, so that the
civilian populations can live in brotherhood" in the Balkan region.
"In responding to violence, another act of violence is never the path
to solving the crisis," the Pope insists. Instead, he said, negotiations
must be undertaken to ease the conflicts that trouble the Balkan
region, and find means of living together "respectful of the different
peoples and their diverse cultures." Such a negotiated solution, he
said, could be a new factor in promoting European unity.
Meanwhile the Vatican Secretary of State said that peace talks could
not begin while the NATO air strikes continue. Cardinal Angelo
Sodano told the Italian daily La Repubblica, "The bombing of
Yugoslavia must be stopped immediately." He explained: "It is
impossible to speak of peace and negotiations during the nightmare
of bombing and massacres."
"It is never too late to sit down and
negotiate," said Pope John Paul II on Sunday, as he repeated his
frequent plea for a peaceful settlement of the Kosovo conflict.
Speaking after the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's
Basilica, Pope alluded to the palms themselves as symbols of "the
peace which is as ardently desired by the people of the Balkans." He
prayed "that brotherhood and understanding would be more
powerful than the forces of hatred in that part of Europe."
"The Pope is with the people who are suffering," the Holy Father said.
"He appeals to everyone: it is always the time for peace!"
In Belgrade, Archbishop Santos Abril y Castello, the papal nuncio,
said he was "doing everything to re-start the dialogue" that had
collapsed before NATO air strikes began. He told the Italian daily Il
Giornale that he was carefully pursuing contacts with the Belgrade
government. Other Vatican sources disclosed diplomatic contacts
between the Holy See and the government of Russia.
Pope also calls on Europe to unite against the death penalty and promote life
Pope John Paul II continued his crusade against capital punishment by making that the cornerstone of his talk with European lawmakers meeting with him at the Vatican yesterday. He called on them to be united in upholding life in all its stages from outlawing abortion to euthanasia and the death penalty. He also urged them to pass laws that would guarantee the rights of married couples and their offspring which would ultimately produce a better society today and in the future. For more, click on Defending life and families.
POPE ASKS EUROPE TO END DEATH PENALTY
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Speaking to European lawmakers on
Monday, March 29, Pope John Paul II called for the abolition of the
death penalty, and the pursuit of "serious" efforts to protect the
The Holy Father said that he "joins my voice" to those of the
European politicians who have asked for an end to capital
punishment on the continent. He added that his opposition to the
death penalty is based on the need to protect human life at every
stage, and to promote the freedom of all people to live "under just
and dignified" conditions.
The Pope also said that the European Council should guard family
unity, but "guaranteeing the rights of married couples and children."
Such policies would pay off, he said, by advancing "social stability."
He reminded the parliamentarians that the family is the basic
building-block of any human society, and the best means of
preparing young people to face the world.
Franciscan friars missing, fear spreads that monasteries are being commandeered by Serbian troops
While the majority of the population are either Muslim or Orthodox, there is a Catholic contingent in Kosovo and that became even more apparent to all today when it was announced that three Franciscan priests are missing and that it is suspected the eight Franciscan monasteries in the NATO air-strike zone could easily be occupied by Serb troops to evade the air artillery of NATO strafing and bombing. For more, click on Frightened Friars.
FRANCISCANS MISSING AS SERB MILITARY OCCUPIES MONASTERY
ROME (CWNews.com/Fides) - Three Franciscan Friars from
Djakovica Monastery in Kosovo near the Albanian border have
gone missing and are unaccounted for after the Yugoslav army
occupied the monastery as NATO air raids pounded nearby
One of the four friars managed to reach Albania and join
his confreres in Skutari, but nothing has been heard of the
other three, all of Albanian origin. According to the latest
reports on Saturday, the friars had been taken in by local
Eight Franciscan monasteries are in war zones, either in
areas subject to NATO bombing or areas in danger of being
occupied by Serb troops if their barracks are destroyed --
as with Djakovica Monastery.
The eight monasteries belong to three different Order of
Friars Minor (OFM) provinces. The province of Zagreb, named
after Saints Cyril and Methodius, has four communities in
the NATO air strike zone: Belgrade-Zemun (6 friars), Novi
Sad (2 friars), Subotica (6 friars) and Bac (1 friar). The
monasteries in Belgrade and Novi Sad are in danger since
they are not far from military quarters. As of Saturday,
there were no reports of damage to religious buildings,
although the friars reported that many homes had been
The Franciscan Holy Cross province of Sarajevo in Bosnia
has two communities, one in Belgrade (4 friars) and one in
Djakovica in Kosovo (4 friars). The St. Jerome province has
two communities in Montenegro, at Tuzi (4 friars) and at
Kotor (1 friar).
Michigan Catholic Conference hails conviction of "Dr. Death"
Exclaiming that "No one man is above the law and this has been demonstrated today," the Michigan Catholic Conference hailed the verdict of acknowledged assisted suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian last week in which a jury convicted the notorious "Dr. Death" of second-degree murder which clearly shocked the brazen doctor who has flaunted his practice of assisting suicides in challenging the law. The fact he has challenged it and lost should give hope to Catholics and pro-lifers worldwide. Prayer does indeed work. For more, click on A just judgment.
KEVORKIAN CONVICTED OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER
PONTIAC, Michigan (CWNews.com) - Pro-life groups declared
victory on Friday as a Michigan jury convicted assisted
suicide activist Jack Kevorkian of second-degree murder for
his role in the death of a Lou Gehrig's disease patient last
The jury deliberated for a day and a half following the two
day trial in which prosecutors sought a conviction of
first-degree murder in the lethal injection death of Thomas
Youk. Kevorkian had claimed the slaying was a mercy killing,
and had given the videotape to the CBS news show "60
Minutes" which later broadcast portions. The jury also
convicted Kevorkian on a lesser charge of illegal delivery
of a controlled substance.
In an interview with the Oakland Press newspaper on
Saturday, Kevorkian called the jury cruel. "Manslaughter, I
could understand how they would arrive at that," Kevorkian
said. "But murder? This? They must have been an
astonishingly cruel jury." The Michigan Catholic Conference
hailed the outcome of the trial. "We applaud the decision of
the jury in the Kevorkian trial who, by their action, have
made it very clear that in a civil society the rule of law
is preeminent," the group said in a statement. "No one man
is above the law and this has been demonstrated today."
Kevorkian has acknowledged assisting in 130 suicides since
1990 and had been acquitted on assisted suicide charges in
previous four trials.
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SITE OF THE DAY
Today, with the Franciscans in the news regarding their plight in Kosovo, we present the FRANCISCAN WEB PAGE the official web site of the Order founded by Saint Francis of Assisi.
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