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WEDNESDAY             August 5, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 152

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LITURGY OF THE DAY

     Today is the feast of the Dedication of Saint Mary's Major in Rome, while tomorrow we celebrate the glorious feast of THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD. For the readings, liturgy , meditations and vignettes of these feasts for both days, click on LITURGY

Wednesday, August 5, 1998

DEDICATION OF BASILICA OF SAINT MARY MAJOR IN ROME

Thursday, August 6, 1998

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD


PRAYER & DEVOTIONS

     Below is the Opening Prayer for today's Mass commemorating the Dedication of Saint Mary's Major in Rome:

Lord, pardon the sins of Your people. May the prayers of Mary, the Mother of Your Son, help to save us, for by ourselves we cannot please You.


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service

HEADLINES:

POLISH GOVERNMENT REFUSES INVOLVEMENT IN CROSS CONTROVERSY

      WARSAW (CWNews.com) - The Polish government said on Monday that it will not get involved in a controversy over crosses being erected at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz which has elicited protests from Jewish organizations.

      Catholic worker groups have erected dozens of small crosses in the area surrounding Auschwitz to protest the order to remove Christian symbols in recent years. Jewish organizations had said the presence of crosses is inappropriate at a site where nearly 1 million Jews were murdered. Catholic groups want to erect crosses in order to remember the tens of thousands of Polish Catholics, Russians, and Gypsies also killed in the camps.

      Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek said the government would leave the matter to the proper authorities, meaning the Catholic Church in Poland. "The Polish government hopes that the cross in Poland will always be a uniting symbol and will not be used for political manifestations," he said. Archbishop Damian Zimon of the local archdiocese said placing more crosses at Auschwitz was "unnecessary manipulation," but did not ask for the removal of the crosses already in place. He added that no decision on the matter will be issued by the Church in the near-term.


PRIEST SHOT DEAD IN HAITI

      PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CWNews.com) - A Catholic priest was gunned down in broad daylight on Monday, said local police who said the motive is unclear.

      Father Jean Pierre Louis, 50, was hit with two bullets as he left his car in the Port-au-Prince business district, and died as he was brought to a local hospital. Police said the shooting was not likely motivated by robbery since the assailants left the priest's wallet and jewelry.

      Police said the killing may be linked to the shooting of a businessman Jovenel Bruno who was shot twice near the airport. The gunmen left behind money and jewelry carried by Bruno as well.


THREE PRIESTS ARRESTED IN SUDAN FOR EXPLOSIONS

      KHARTOUM (CWNews.com) - Three Catholics priests in Sudan have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in explosions in June, according to the Vatican news agency Fides.

      Fathers Lino Sebit, Hillary Boma, and William Nilo were arrested in police raids over the past few days, the archdiocese of Khartoum said in a statement issued through the Vatican. Father Boma's brother, Charles, was also arrested in connection with the case. The Islamic-ruled government has been fighting a civil war with rebel groups based in the mainly Christian and animist south over the past 15 years.

      "This sort of armed harassment directed against Catholic priests in connection with the explosions appears to be part of an attempt to discredit the Catholic Church in Sudan," the archdiocesan statement said. A powerful explosion went off in Khartoum in June on the eve of the anniversary of the June 30, 1989 coup which brought Lieutenant General Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to power.

      A French-based Catholic group monitoring Sudan, Vigilance Soudan, said the government had stepped up its attacks on Catholics by daring to enter and search the Cathedral of St. Mattieu in Khartoum where Fathers Boma and Nilo were arrested. "We have now moved from harassment to persecution," it said in a statement, adding it "feared the worst, including torture" for the detained priests.


ARGENTINE BISHOPS SLAM POLITICAL USE OF RELIGION

      BUENOS AIRES (CWNews.com) - In an statement that has increased tensions between the government and the Catholic Church in Argentina, the bishops' conference has said that a recent political move "can be seen as an effort to use religion for political purposes."

      The latest clash between the bishops and President Carlos Menem started last Thursday when the government announced that the Secretary for Religious Affairs would report directly to the president and not to Foreign Ministry, as it has traditionally. The sudden change provoked the criticism of the Secretary for Religious Affairs and the country's bishops. "This looks like revenge and an effort to take political control over religious affairs," said Bishop Rafael Rey, president of Caritas, the Catholic relief service.

      Early last week, the bishops exchanged mutual criticism with the Argentine Ambassador to the Vatican, Andres Cacelli. While Cacelli said, "Some bishops exaggerate the situation, embarrassing Argentina," Bishop Rey said: "Cacelli is manipulating religion in favor of the presidency in a way that is scandalous for an ambassador." Bishop Rey said the Vatican and Pope John Paul II "have a positive attitude toward Argentina's pro-life stand in the international arena," but accused the government of trying to use the Pope's image "as if the Pope is supporting the current government, and that is not the case."

      Menem recently announced that he will not run for a third term, but several political analysts say he could change his mind at any moment. The latest clash between the government and the Church stems from a dispute over economic policy. While Menem insists that the country's economy is improving, the bishops say that 20 percent of the population still lives with a monthly income of US$62. dollars per month, while the cost of living is similar to that of the United States.

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PROVERB OF THE DAY

"Like snow in summer, or rain in harvest, honor for a fool is out of place."

Proverbs 26: 1


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