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May 6-12, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 90-93
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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
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Holy Father addresses Armenian bishops amid speculation of papal visit to Armenia in July
During his regular Wednesday Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father singled out the Armenian Catholic bishops in Rome for a synod, specifically addressing the Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church Jean-Pierre XVIII. While the Vatican remains mum on the tentative plans in early July this year for the Holy Father to visit Armenia, those in the Eastern Catholic churches and parishes are already making preparations as if it were a fait accomplis. For more, click on Armenia.
HOLY FATHER GREETS ARMENIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS GATHERED IN SYNOD
VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II on Wednesday
during his general audience addressed a special greeting to
bishops of the Armenian Catholic Church, who are currently
gathered in a synod at the Vatican on questions related to
the life of their communities.
The Holy Father expressed a greeting in particular to the
Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, His Beatitude
Jean-Pierre XVIII, and called on the bishops to have "a new
apostolic spirit" on the occasion of the 1,700th anniversary
of the evangelization of Armenia, begun in 301 by Gregory
the Illuminator. The Church is "grateful" to the Armenian
people, affirmed the Pope, "for their faithful witness to
The Armenian Catholic Church, which dates from the 18th
century, has its patriarchal see in Beirut, Lebanon and
includes some 250,000 people in Armenia, in Lebanon, and in
Syria. On the other hand, the Armenian Apostolic Church --
separated from Rome -- accounts for approximately 3.5
million faithful in Armenia, with other significant
communities in Russia, in Georgia, the Middle East, in
America, and in Europe. The Apostolic Church is independent
of the other Orthodox Churches, and split from Rome in the
year 506 when an Armenian synod rejected the conclusions of
the Council of Chalcedon in 451.
Although the Vatican has still not given official
confirmation of a trip by the Holy Father to Armenia from
July 2-4, 1999, preparations are already underway at the
Congregation of the Eastern Churches.
Pope hopes to stop culture of death agenda by holding developed rich nations to pact agreed to at Cairo
The successful stand waged by Pope John Paul II and the alliance with third world countries to solidly defeat abortion measures at the Cairo Conference in 1994 still sticks in the craw of some rich, advanced nations such as the United States. So it comes as no surprise that they are making a concerted effort to undermine what was passed there and rewrite the script to better fit the culture of death agenda but the Holy Father is wise to their wily, deceitful ways. He spoke out strongly against any attempts to change the decrees of Cairo which are feared during meetings this week in New York where pro-aborts are striving to write in abortion clauses. For more, click on UNfair UN
RICH NATIONS MUST RESPECT SIGNED AGREEMENTS
Pope denounces attempts to violate Cairo Conference
VATICAN CITY, MAY 5 (ZENIT).- This morning John Paul II publicly expressed
his concern over attempts by some countries to violate the commitments
adopted by the international community in the Cairo World Conference on
Population and Development organized by the United Nations in 1994.
At the end of his audience with 12,000 faithful in the Vatican Paul VI Hall,
the Pontiff referred to the informal meeting which is taking place at the
U.N. headquarters in New York from May 5-7, to try to overcome the
disagreements which emerged during the last week of March among the
delegations of the different countries, when it came to writing a joint
document reviewing the commitments made at the Cairo summit.
During the March meeting, which was also held in New York, the Holy See
insisted on making its voice heard regarding the commitments signed in 1994.
Some European delegations, as well as that of the United States, tried to
add to the text the so-called "right to reproductive health," whose
objective is to introduce abortion and different methods of contraception as
a means of controlling population growth. With this measure, the rich
nations hope to impose these practices on nations where abortion is illegal.
The Vatican received the support of the so-called "Group of 77" countries;
in general, these are poor countries.
Already at the Cairo Conference, the Pope said today, "the Holy See insisted
on the human person being placed at the center of any development program.
This implies that the solution of problems relating to population must
respect the dignity of every human being and, at the same time, promote his
fundamental rights, among which is, in the first place, the right to life.
To this must be added the right to health and education, involving the
family in its irreplaceable role as the institution upholding human,
spiritual and moral values."
The Pope concluded by insisting that "five years after the international
Conference on population and development, the governments must renew their
signed commitments to insure a real and lasting human development."
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) have revealed that some
organizations at this informal U.N. session are placing impediments for the
accreditation of other organizations which are not in agreement with the
official U.N. line. The same thing happened during The Hague meeting in
February, where the participation of NGO's was greatly restricted because
they were not in agreement with the line of the U.N. Population Fund.
Lima ladies lasso pastor, won't let him go until bishop relents to extra month stay
South America is known for its Amazon women who have been known to take men by force, but in Peru it's a different story where a priest, ordered by his bishop to transfer, has been kidnapped by the stubborn women of the parish and held captive until the bishop relaxes his order and allows him to stay. Talk about forcing the obedience issue. For more, click on Peruvian parish power-play high on estrogen.
PERU WOMEN KIDNAP PRIEST TO PREVENT TRANSFER
LIMA (CWNews.com) - A group of women in a remote Andean
village kidnapped their parish priest on Sunday to prevent
his transfer, but released him on Tuesday after agreeing to
Father Julian Parque was celebrating his final Mass in the
village of Mejia when he was abducted by the women. After a
48-hour standoff with police, the women agreed to release
the priest when the bishop agreed to extend his time in the
village for another month.
Negotiations were expected to continue over further
extending the deadline for Father Parque to leave his post.
One year anniversary of Swiss Guard tragedy provides platform for new reforms requested by Holy Father
To commemorate the first year anniversary of the terrible tragedy that took the life of two Swiss Guards and the commandant's wife and the 496th anniversary of the founding of the Swiss Guard, the Holy Father has personally requested that reforms be introduced to better evaluate candidates for this elite corps, including psychological testing to hopefully prevent any recurring violence like happened last year. For more, click on Swiss Guard reforms.
SWISS GUARD REFORMS
On first anniversary of Commander's murder
VATICAN CITY, MAY 5 (ZENIT).- A year after the murder of Swiss Guard
Commander Alois Estermann, and his wife, Gladys Meza, and the suicide of the
murderer, Cedric Tornay, the Swiss Guard is being reformed at the request
of the Holy Father himself.
Tomorrow, 35 new recruits will be sworn in. At the same time, three
documents will be published establishing new norms which will govern
discipline in the Corps. Among other things, there is a change in the
criteria for recruitment. Special attention will be given to psychological
requirements. Candidates will be administered a professional examination.
New directives will be given, which will cover honors and promotions.
The Swiss Guard is the oldest army in the world. It was established by Pope
Julius II in 1503. Its feast day is May 6. On that day, in 1527, the Guards
gave proof of heroism by sacrificing their lives in defense of the Pope
during the sacking of Rome by the imperial forces of Charles I of Spain.
These historic origins, according to Pius Segmuller, Estermann's successor,
are the reason why changes are "slow, so as not to destroy important
traditions." The reform will also institutionalize contacts with the Swiss
army and police.
The Swiss Guard has taken advantage of its feast day to inaugurate a new
Internet at http://www.vatican/curia_romana/guardia_svizzera
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Council of Vienne
On this date in 1312, Pope Clement V, the 195th successor of Peter, officially closed the Fifteenth Ecumenical Council at Vienne in France. Clement was the first to willingly submit to the Avignon Exile, better known as the Babylonian Captivity of the Church when Clement agreed to be consecrated at Lyons in France in 1305 under the influence of King Philip IV who had fixed the residence of the Holy See at Avignon after bitter squabbling with the two pontiffs before him, specifically Pope Boniface VIII. The Council of Vienne settled various reforms and also disbanded the Knights Templar, bequeathing all their property to the Knights Hospitallers of St. John which are very loyal to Holy Mother Church today. The Knights Templar? They withdrew into oblivion for a while only to rise their ugly head in the form of Freemasonry some three centuries later and become a scourge of the Church. Also condemned were the Fratricelli, Apostolicals, Beghards, and Beguines, associations which, though originally formed with pious and charitable intentions like the Templars, fell into excesses and even into heresy. There were 132 bishops who attended, one of the least attended of the Ecumenical councils and there were three sessions which began on October 16, 1311 and ended on May 6, 1312. Philip had promised to undertake another crusade to the Holy Lands, pledging this at the Council but it was just rhetoric and never took effect. For more on this Fifteenth Ecumenical Council at Vienne, we recommend NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC SUPERSITE (sources: Cabinet of Catholic Information, Duggan Publishing Co.; The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).
SITE OF THE DAY
Tying in with Pope Saint Pius V's encyclical Quo Primum we bring you a site providing all the documents and counter reforms passed at Trent in the COUNCIL OF TRENT DECREES site, maintained by Hanover College, a liberal arts institution in Indiana.
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