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FRI-SAT-SUN      October 15-17, 1999      SECTION FIVE       vol 10, no. 197

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Appreciation of the Foundation of the Church

    This weekend we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the great treasuries of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith with the second part on the Foundation of the Church. For the thirty-third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part two


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Vatican Expresses Concern Over Israeli Government's Decision

    VATICAN CITY, OCT 14 (ZENIT).- The Vatican is "concerned" about the Israeli government's decision "to authorize the construction of a mosque a few meters away" from the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, and "hopes" that the Israeli government will "insure respect for the Christian shrine." The Vatican pointed out that "such a situation does not help in the preparation of an eventual pilgrimage by the Pope" to the Holy Land.

    This statement was made public this morning by Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who expressed the Vatican's dissatisfaction with the compromise solution put forward by the Israeli authorities, authorizing the construction of an Islamic temple in Nazareth after the Jubilee.

    "The decision to authorize the construction of a mosque a few meters away from the historic Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth is of concern both to the Secretariat of State, as well as the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, as was authoritatively stressed by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, and by all representatives of Christian Churches. Pope John Paul II is in solidarity with all, and especially close to the Christians of Nazareth," Navarro-Valls wrote.

    "It is not amiss to recall, that such a situation is not helpful to the preparation of an eventual pilgrimage by the Holy Father to that famous shrine, where he should be able to find a city that is a symbol of traditional, secular, peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims, and a stimulus for peace, of which the entire Holy Land is in such great need," the Vatican spokesman said.

    Navarro-Valls ended his statement: "it is hoped that the Israeli governmental authorities will consider the value the city of Nazareth has for the whole of Christianity, that they will insure respect for the Christian shrine, and free and peaceful access to it by pilgrims." ZE99101402


    VATICAN ( -- The Vatican newspaper has emphatically condemned a French government decision that will afford legal recognition to common-law marriages and homosexual unions.

    L'Osservatore Romano said that the new French policy, formally approved by the Socialist government on October 13, was "a reckless offense against reason, common sense, and the dignity of the person and of the family." The paper added that the measure would lead to "discrimination against families founded on marriage."

    The criticism appeared in the L'Osservatore Romano edition dated October 15. Because the newspaper appears in the evening before its cover date, the report was in circulation on October 14.

    Father Gino Concetti, the moral theologian for the Vatican newspaper, said that the French policy was based on a point of view which is "unacceptable from the Christian moral perspective." He wrote that the French National Assembly had gone beyond the limits of its legitimate authority by granting legal recognition to partnerships which cannot logically be compared with marriage. The decision, he said, is "repugnant to the conscience and the truth founded on the identity of the human person."


    TALLAHASSEE ( - A Florida judge this week ruled a law requiring parental consent for abortions for teens was unconstitutional.

    Circuit Judge Terry Lewis cited the Florida Constitution's privacy amendment -- which grants every person "the right to be let alone and free from government intrusion into his private life" -- in overturning the law. The state attorney general's office said it will appeal the ruling.

    In 1989, the Florida Supreme Court also ruled a law requiring parental consent before an underage girl's abortion was unconstitutional. The new law would only have required parental notification at least 48 hours before. It was to have taken effect on Monday, but now will not be enforceable during the appeal.

    Florida Right to Life, calling parental notification a law that "will help restore sanity back in the family," said it is "bizarre" that a child cannot get her ears pierced without permission but can have an abortion without her parents' knowledge.


    MEXICO CITY, 14 (NE) Before dawn, a multitude of Mexican faithful gathered last October 12 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Guadalajara in order to begin the traditional Marian feast held every year in this region. An hour later, together with the first rays of sunlight, the Virgin of Zapopan was carried out of the temple by faithful and taken to the Sanctuary on their shoulders.

    For four hours an approximate of two and half million people accompanied the image of the Virgin in her journey back home, after almost five months in which she has traveled visiting over 140 parishes in the Archdiocese of Guadalajara.

    At 11: 00 in the morning, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, Archbishop of Guadalajara, presided over a Eucharistic celebration. In his homily he invited all the people present to make a "spiritual pilgrimage, that the walk of this morning be but an external sign of an interior pilgrimage, that must carry out a change within us."

    The devotion to the Virgin of Zapopan, the second most venerated in Mexico after the Virgin of Guadalupe, dates back hundreds of years in Mexican history. The traditional procession held every October 12 was carried out for the first time in 1735.

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