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MONDAY             August 3, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 150

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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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      LOS ANGELES ( - The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said on Thursday that a local church should have asked permission before installing a star honoring Jesus Christ near the "Walk of Fame" which places star-shaped plaques honoring stage and screen entertainers on the city's sidewalks.

      The Oasis Christian Center placed a star -- similar to the distinctive pink terrazo stars in the "Walk of Fame" -- in front of the church, bearing the words "Jesus Christ" and "Son of God." The Chamber said the church should have asked permission first because the "Walk of Fame" and the stars are legally trademarked. "There is nothing wrong with creating a Walk of Faith or with the church honoring Jesus," the statement said. "The question is whether they should have created a star similar to ours without first checking with us."

      The Chamber said it had not threatened legal action. "We are currently evaluating the issue and will be talking with the Oasis Christian Centre," the statement said. "We feel confident that this can be brought to an amicable conclusion. Pastor Philip Wagner of Oasis Christian Center told the Los Angeles Times that he wants to resolve the dispute and believes that issue is a sensitivity in Hollywood to God and religion.


      ADEN, Yemen ( - Three nuns of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order were buried in Yemen on Thursday, three days after they were gunned down by a suspected Muslim extremist.

      The bodies of Sisters Zilia, 35, and Elita, 40 -- both from India -- and Michaela, 36, from the Philippines were buried in a Christian cemetery following a funeral Mass attended by Sister Nirmala, the head of the order, as well as government officials, diplomats, and some Muslim Yemeni who acknowledged the sisters' contributions to their community.

      The three nuns were shot on Monday as they made their way to the clinic where they worked in the city of Hoedeida. The gunman was immediately seized by residents who witnessed the shooting. An official said the suspect confessed to his crime and said he killed the nuns because they were "preaching Christianity." On Thursday, soldiers were posted outside the Catholic church in Aden where the funeral Mass was held, and also along the procession route to the cemetery.


      WASHINGTON, DC ( - The US Senate on Thursday approved a measure to block travel visas for foreign officials who engage in religious persecution or promote forced abortions and sterilizations.

      The measure, an amendment to the $252 billion defense spending bill, was originally sponsored by Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Arkansas, and was targeted at officials of the Chinese Communist government. Facing defeat, the bill was changed to apply to all officials of foreign governments and added the practice of genital mutilation to the list of offenses. The practice is generally done in some Muslim countries as a means of control of young women, but is condemned by most governments and Islamic religious leaders.

      Supporters of the measures said Clinton's trip to China earlier this month had failed to stem human rights abuses by the Chinese government, noting the detention of more than 20 Chinese dissidents since the summit. The House has already approved a $250 billion defense spending bill, and the differences will be worked out in a House-Senate conference committee.


      BOGOTA ( - Colombia's Constitutional Court, the nation's highest, may legalize incest as it considers a request to eliminate the criminal penalty for sexual intercourse between brothers and sisters or parents and children.

      The Constitutional Court, which last year made Colombia the first Latin American country to legalize euthanasia and the personal possession of drugs, on Tuesday began considering a request made by lawyer Alberto Franco. At present, incest is punishable by 6 months to 4 years in prison. Franco has argued that incest "is a moral problem and not a legal one, because it is related to freedom and personal autonomy." Franco also said that most of the children would be protected by the existing laws against rape.

      The group opposed to the legalization of incest, led by the Catholic Church and the Office of the Attorney General, said: "Considering and punishing incest as a crime is a way to protect the family, protect minors, and provide legal support to a human principle based on common sense." Both the Church and the Attorney General oppose also the "intermediate" formula proposed by Presidential Counselor for Human Rights Affairs Argelia Londono, who has proposed legalizing incest between adults but keeping it a crime in the case of minors.

      "Even this formula would establish a divorce between morality and law, opening the door wide" to removing common sense from the law and making it arbitrary, said the statement from the Colombian bishops' conference.

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"Where words are many, sin is not wanting; but he who restrains his lips does well."

Proverbs 10: 19

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