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MONDAY     November 15, 1999     SECTION THREE      vol 10, no. 216

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New cardinal of Taiwan Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi realizes time is running out on his people in the shadow of communist China's threats

    We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-twenty-third red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 76 year-old Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J., Taiwan's youngest cardinal who has served as novice master for the Jesuits before becoming bishop. He was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's most recent Consistory of February 21, 1991. For more on Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J., click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

123.   Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J.


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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U.N. RESOLUTION ON "FREE ACCESS" TO BETHLEHEM

Vatican Permanent Observer Applauds Approval of Jubilee Plan

    NEW YORK, NOV 12 (ZENIT).- The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously on the resolution to allow "free access" to Bethlehem during the Jubilee. In Jesus' birthplace on the West Bank, the Israeli government will establish military control posts following the outbreak of disorders last month, after a Palestinian was killed by an Israeli soldier.

    The resolution calls for an immediate change in the territory of Bethlehem and its surroundings, especially in regard to guarantees for the freedom of movement and unconditional access to holy places by pilgrims of all nationalities.

    The U.N. General Assembly also recognized this Palestinian city as Jesus Christ's birthplace.

    Israel voted in favor of the resolution, as it agrees in principle, although it had certain objections regarding its formulation. Aaron Jacob, Israel's Vice Ambassador at the United Nations, explained that his government is pleased with the definition of Bethlehem. Although in the time of Jesus, Bethlehem was Jewish, the political and juridical ordering of the city must still be decided by the negotiators of the permanent agreement between the parts involved, the diplomat said.

    A few days ago, Hanna Nasser, the Palestinian mayor of the city, protested, considering that the Israeli military presence would discourage pilgrims. But Aaron denied this argument, affirming the exact opposite. According to Aaron, the State of Israel is committed to the modernization of the city's structures, according to the proud Israeli tradition of promoting religious liberty.

    The topic of Bethlehem and the Jubilee was also addressed by Archbishop Martino, the Vatican's Permanent Observer at the U.N., in a meeting of the third commission of the General Assembly. Specifically, the Vatican representative commented on the "Bethlehem 2000" plan, which includes a series of celebrations in Territories of the Palestinian Authority during the Jubilee Year.

    UNESCO, the U.N. organization for Education, Science, and Culture, has funded a program in Bethlehem for the Jubilee celebrations. About 2 million pilgrims are expected to visit Christ's birthplace in the year 2000,

    Finally, Archbishop Martino expressed the hope that those who are contributing to the peace process in the Middle East will make every possible effort so that the new millennium can be celebrated in an atmosphere of reconciliation throughout the region. ZE99111109


ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN BRINGS CATHOLICS AND LUTHERANS TOGETHER IN ROME

Largest Meeting in History between Rome and Scandinavian Lutheranism

    VATICAN CITY, NOV 14 (ZENIT).- On Friday, Nov. 12, Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe, Secretary of the Vatican Committee for the Preparation of the Great Jubilee, opened an international symposium on "Saint Bridget and the Holy Year," sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Two weeks after the signing of the Joint Declaration on Justification, the meeting, which is being held at the Pontifical Gregorian University, brings together Lutheran and Catholic speakers of the highest order.

    During the symposium, King Karl Gustav XVI, and Queen Sylvia of Sweden, and their daughter, Victoria, the Princess heiress, met in the Vatican with John Paul II on Saturday, Nov 13, at 11 a.m.. In the afternoon, the Pontiff presided at an ecumenical celebration of Vespers, in the company of the Swedish monarchs and the Primates of the Lutheran and Catholic Churches of Sweden and Finland.

    Following the religious service, which for the Scandinavian guests at the Vatican will be like an introduction to the Jubilee Year 2000, the Holy Father and the Swedish monarchs inaugurated the 5-meter high statue of Saint Bridget, which will be placed outside the Basilica, in Saint Martha's Square.

    St. Bridget, whom John Paul II proclaimed patroness of Europe, together with St. Catherine of Siena and St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), at the opening of the Synod of Bishops for Europe, has always been a point of reference for the unity of the Scandinavian Lutheran Church and the Catholic Church.

    These meetings in Rome are an attempt to reflect on the message transmitted by Bridget to the men and women of our time, especially in light of the Jubilee of the Year 2000. Indeed, the Scandinavian saint came to Rome in 1350 to participate in the second Jubilee in history.

    Bishop Mario Russotto, organizer of the international symposium and spiritual director of the Bridgettine Order, explained that this academic meeting hopes to make an historical analysis in order "to place Bridget in the history of her time and study her relation to the Jubilee of that period."

    Next on the agenda, is "an ecumenical moment. We shall try to understand the ecumenical dimension of Bridget's message and relate Bridget to Elisabetta Hesselblad, who re-founded the Bridgettine Order with an ecumenical dimension."

    Finally, the congress will analyze Bridget's message to contemporary women. The Catholic and Lutheran Archbishops and Bishops of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway will attend the symposium, as will a group of 150 Poles among whom is Lech Walesa, founder of "Solidarnosc" and ex-president of Poland . ZE99111207


JOHN PAUL II REMEMBERS DECEASED CARDINALS AND BISHOPS

    VATICAN CITY, NOV 14 (ZENIT).- On Friday, Nov. 12, in the traditional Mass for the repose of souls, which the Holy Father offers every year at the beginning of November at the altar of the chair of St. Peter, John Paul II prayed for the Cardinals and Bishops who have died this past year. They are an "example that inspires confirmation of faith in Christ, from whom one receives the consoling certainty that death is a passage to eternal life," the Pope said.

    Three Cardinal died this year. Cardinal Carlos Oviedo Cavada, Archbishop of Santiago, Chile; his successor, Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez; and Cardinal George Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster, England.

    Their deaths reduces to 154 the number of members of the Sacred College of Cardinals. Also in 1999, some 111 Bishops died, bringing the number of Bishops worldwide to 4,466.

    "To all these deceased prelates we direct our heartfelt thoughts and gratitude," the Pope said.

    In all, 23 Cardinals and numerous Bishops and clergy from the Roman Curia, concelebrated Mass with John Paul II under Bernini's Gloria. The principal concelebrants were Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals, and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. ZE99111205


HISTORIC VATICAN PASSAGEWAY TO RE-OPEN

    VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- A passage along the fortified wall between the Vatican and the Castel Sant' Angelo will soon be open to the public for the first time since 1870.

    The "passetto," which has been the property of the Italian government since 1991, has been completely renovated during preparations for the Jubilee, and will be open to visitors in the year 2000.

    This stretch of the wall has been closed since 1870, when the Vatican lost the last of the pontifical states and most of its property in the city of Rome. Since the Castel Sant' Angelo-- a building located about 800 yards from the Vatican itself-- was no longer the property of the Holy See, the passageway was no longer useful.

    However, the "passetto" retains a strong historical significance. In May 1527, during the sack of Rome, Pope Clement VII made his escape all that passage to gain safety in the castle as the troops of Emperor Charles V rampaged through the city. During that battle, 147 of the 200 Swiss Guards protecting the Pope were killed.



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