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FRI-SUN-SAT             August 21-23, 1998             SECTION ONE              vol 9, no. 164

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LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND

     This weekend we celebrate the feast of a great Pope on Friday, commemorating Pope Saint Pius X and on Saturday the glorious Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary which was assigned to this day as a result of the encyclical Lumen Gentium composed chiefly by Pope John Paul II during the pontificate of Pope Paul VI. Sunday is the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time and Monday we kick off the week by celebrating the Feast of the Apostle Saint Bartholomew. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes of the above feasts, click on LITURGY

Friday, August 20, 1998

SAINT PIUS X, POPE

Saturday, August 22, 1998

QUEENSHIP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

SUNDAY, August 23, 1998

Though Sunday liturgy takes precedence, it is also the feast of Saint Rose of Lima

SAINT ROSE OF LIMA, VIRGIN

Monday, August 24, 1998

SAINT BARTHOLOMEW, APOSTLE


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

     In honor of the Queenship of Mary, we present the beautiful Regina Coeli Prayer - or "Hail, Holy Queen" said following every Rosary. Like the Memorare, this prayer carries an indulgence as well, but it is for five years as opposed to three:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS

with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service

HEADLINES:

THOUSANDS PRAY AT KENYA MEMORIAL SERVICE

      NAIROBI (CWNews.com) - Kenya's religious and political leaders gathered in Nairobi's Uhuru Park along with thousands of others to mourn the hundreds killed in a bomb attack on the US embassy two weeks ago.

      Archbishop Raphael Ndingi a'Nzeki of Nairobi, the Catholic primate of Kenya, urged forgiveness for the bombers, but added: "Forgiveness does not necessarily exclude restitution but it must exclude revenge." President Daniel arap Moi called the attack a dark day. "August 7 will forever remain the darkest day in our history," Moi said. "It is the day that Satan visited Nairobi."

      US Ambassador Prudence Bushnell, who was injured in the blast that killed 253 and wounded more than 5,000 others, said Kenya and the US would overcome the tragedy together. "Evil-doers have tried to divide us and put a wedge between us. They cannot and shall not," Bushnell said. Other religious leaders present at the memorial service include the heads of the country's Protestant churches and Muslim and Hindu religions.


DETROIT CARDINAL BEGINS NEW ANTI-ASSISTED SUICIDE CAMPAIGN

      DETROIT (CWNews.com) - The archbishop of Detroit has urged priests in his archdiocese to preach more forcefully on the sanctity of life as Michigan voters prepare to cast ballots in November on referendum to legalize doctor-assisted suicide, the Detroit Free Press newspaper reported on Thursday.

      Cardinal Adam Maida sent a letter to diocesan priests, telling them: "Now, more than ever, we need to read and interpret the Sunday Scriptures through the lens of our Church's teaching on the sanctity of life." The cardinal said the archdiocese would provide audiovisual aids to help explain the Church's teaching that suicide is immoral. He also promised that October, annually called "Respect Life" month by the US bishops, will feature a major emphasis on the issue.

      The cardinal's letter was dismissed by the group sponsoring the referendum, the newspaper reported. "He certainly has a right to express his beliefs, but many supporters of Merian's Friends are good Catholics and will continue to support us," Dr. Ed Pierce, chairman of Merian's Friends, said. "People make up their own minds. I'm sure that the cardinal has influence over people, but most of the Catholics I know pick and choose the doctrines they believe in. That's true for most non-Catholics, too."


SANDINISTAS OPPOSE CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN NICARAGUA

      MANAGUA (CWNews.com) - Sandinista Front representatives in Nicaragua's Congress on Tuesday opposed to a proposed law that would allow religious education in public schools.

      The bill, presented by the Secretary of Education, includes an optional course on the Catholic Catechism in public schools that responds to the desire of 83 percent of Nicaraguan parents, as a recent study revealed. But, Sandinista congressmen have said they will vote against the bill because "it violates the secular nature of the state by involving religion in public education."

      Sergio Boffelli, spokesman for the Ministry of Education, responded to the Sandinistas, saying: "The congress should not impede the rights of parents to choose the type of education they provide to their children." He explained that religious education will not be compulsory, will not be delivered during the regular school schedule, and will not be paid for by the government. "Each school council, with the involvement of parents, will decide if the school will or will not provide religious education," said Boffelli. "The law is not intended to impose religious education, but to provide parents with the option of having it taught."


CATHOLIC SCHOOL CAN REFUSE BUDDHIST ADMISSION OVER VACCINATION

      NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (CWNews.com) - A Catholic parochial school is not required to admit a 14-year-old Buddhist girl who cited religious beliefs in refusing required vaccinations, a New Jersey judge ruled on Tuesday.

      St. John Vianney high school had initially accepted Sarah Metler in January, but rescinded that acceptance when she refused to receive immunization shots. The girl claimed that her Buddhist beliefs prevent her from ingesting animal products, which includes the vaccines because they are grown in chicken eggs.

      The girl took the school and the Diocese of Trenton to court, seeking an order requiring the school to admit her. Superior Court Judge Jack Lintner declined to issue one Tuesday.

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