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FRI-SAT-SUN      March 5-7, 1999      SECTION THREE       vol 10, no. 45

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Mexico's native son Cardinal Corripio nourished many with his professorial and pastoral approach

     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 twenty-seventh red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Ernesto Ahumada Corripio, the Mexican Archbishop emeritus of Mexico City. For more on Cardinal Corripio, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

27.   Cardinal Ernesto Ahumada Corripio


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VIETNAM HINTS AT DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH HOLY SEE

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) - The government of Vietnam is prepared to discuss the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

      Vietnamese Foreign Minister Phan Thuy Thanh has told reporters in Singapore the question of diplomatic ties will be on the agenda for discussion when the Vietnamese government greets a delegation of Vatican officials, who will arrive in the Asian country on March 15.

      Cardinal Joseph Phan Dinh Tung of Hanoi reacted positively to the government statement, telling the Fides news service: "We are confident that this time it will happen."

      The Vatican delegation, headed by Msgr. Celestino Migliore, will be in Vietnam from March 15 through 19. Such visits have become common in recent years, but in the past the Vietnamese government has always avoided discussions of establishing normal diplomatic relations.

      The Catholic Church operates under serious restrictions in Vietnam; the government limits the number of students in the nation’s seminaries, and insists on the right to reject appointments of bishops and even pastors. The periodic visits by Vatican officials have usually been aimed at easing these restrictions.

      Cardinal Tung, however, indicated that a move toward formal diplomatic ties would be a breakthrough. "This is the news we have been waiting for," he told Fides. He disclosed that the Vietnamese bishops themselves have not had any official notice from the government about the prospect of diplomatic talks—or even an official announcement about the visiting Vatican delegation. However, he said, "The Vietnamese people are all in favor" of diplomatic ties.

      The Cardinal also suggested that a move toward full diplomatic relations would ease the way for a visit by Pope John Paul II. The Vietnamese bishops have invited the Pope to visit, and asked the government to issue a separate invitation. To date the government has made no reply.


JESUIT REVIEW SEEKS DISCUSSION OF FEMALE DEACONS

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) – A year after the Vatican issued a document outlining the role of permanent deacons, the Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica has again raised the question of whether women might be ordained to the deaconate.

      The March 10 issue of the Jesuit review points out that in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, Pope John Paul II specifically foreclosed the possibility that women could ever be ordained to the priesthood or to episcopal office. However, La Civilta Cattolica argues, the Pope "did not close the door to a female deacons." The article carries particular weight because essays in La Civilta Cattolica generally carry the tacit approval of high officials at the Vatican and in the Society of Jesus.

      The article goes on to explore the history of the deaconate, observing that some historical studies have found evidence of female deacons in the early Church. There is substantial disagreement among historians as to the women who were known as "deacons" played a role comparable to that of ordained male deacons. Most scholars agree that the female deacons played a more restricted role, especially insofar as they could not be ordained to the priesthood.

      La Civilta Cattolica contends, however, that the Church needs a "deeper theology of the deaconate" in order to settle the question of female deacons. The crucial question, the article suggests, is whether the relationship between the priesthood and the deaconate should emphasize the "complementarity" of the two roles, or the fundamental unity of Holy Orders.


HOLY FATHER RECALLS JESUS' UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THE FATHER IN HIS WEDNESDAY AUDIENCE WHILE ITALIAN CARDINAL HIGHLIGHTS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ENCYCLICAL REDEMPTOR HOMINIS

      VATICAN CITY, 4 (NE) "The experience of the Father of Jesus in Nazareth" was the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis held yesterday in Saint Peter's Square where thousands of pilgrims had gathered to meet the Pope. "In his trinitarian mystery, God is Father through essence, the eternal Father, in that He generates the Word Who is consubstantial with Him, and united to Him in the Holy Spirit," the Holy Father affirmed.

      "The relationship between Jesus and the Father is unique," the Pope recalled, stating that "Jesus can present Himself as He who reveals the Father, with knowledge which is the fruit of an intimate and mysterious reciprocity." The Pontiff highlighted as well that Jesus uses the word "Abba" to address God, which shows the extraordinary closeness between Jesus and God the Father, an unprecedented intimacy in the religious biblical context or outside the biblical context."

      On the same day, recalling the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's first encyclical Redemptor hominis, published March 4th of 1979, Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, Archbishop of Bologna, highlighted the document's "great prevalence for the present times."

      "In this first solemn document the Pope introduces Christianity and the whole world in the perspective of the year 2000," the Cardinal said. In it "the Pope also underlined that this proximity to Christ's second millennium, to the great Jubilee, placed Christianity in kind of new Advent. That is, in an attitude of expectation, of hope, in view of a deep renovation."

      Pointing out the fundamental topics of the encyclical -Christ, man and the Church, Cardinal Biffi highlighted their "strong Christ-centered" character, according to which Jesus is "presented as the only Savior" of all men and therefore cannot be compared "with the founders of other religions, prophets, and all the others big personalities of history. No. Christ is unique and His reality is significant also for the non Christians, that can't avoid recognizing the novelty introduced in the history with his coming."


RETIRED JUSTICE BLACKMUN, ROE V. WADE AUTHOR, DIES WHILE FUNERAL SET FOR ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER EDITOR

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - Former US Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, 90, the author of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand, died on Thursday from complications after hip replacement surgery last month.

      Blackmun was appointed to the high court by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970 and eventually came to be acknowledged as one of the most liberal members of the court by the time he retired in 1994.

      Meanwhile in Cincinnati Father Norman Perry, 69, the long-time editor of the St. Anthony Messenger magazine, will be buried on Friday. He died of heart failure on Monday.

      Father Perry became a Franciscan in 1949 and was ordained in 1958. He joined the Messenger in 1966 as an assistant editor and was appointed editor-in-chief in 1981. He received awards for his writing from the Catholic Press Association and the Cincinnati Editors Association.


The DAILY WORD

"Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. He, however, who drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up unto life everlasting."

John 4: 13-14

SITE OF THE DAY

     In honor of the late Father Norman Perry we present this weekend the online edition of ST. ANTHONY'S MESSENGER carried by American Catholic Online which features the monthly Franciscan magazine for the laity as well as providing the "Saint of the Day" and "Minute Meditations" plus a catalog of spiritual resources.


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