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THURSDAY             August 6, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 153

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Events Today in Church History

     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on TIME CAPSULES: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 6:

Feast of the Transfiguration


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service

HEADLINES:

POPE PRAYS FOR SLAIN HAITI PRIEST

      VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II on Wednesday prayed for a Haitian priest shot dead on Monday as the latest in a series of violence in the poor island nation.

      "Faced with a new, awful episode of violence, I urge you to pray for God to welcome our brother into his kingdom and support the dear nation of Haiti and all of humanity in the quest for respect of every human life," he said. Father Jean Pierre Louis, 50, was shot twice in broad daylight as he left his car in the business district in Port-au-Prince on Monday. He died a few minutes after he was taken to hospital.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS TAKE STAND ON ISSUES

      CINCINNATI (CWNews.com) - The Knights of Columbus opened their 116th annual convention on Tuesday by stating their opposition to same-sex marriages, assisted suicide, and abortion, and declaring their fidelity to the Church, the papacy, and magisterium.

      The meeting, which runs until Thursday, gathers about 2,000 men representing local councils from around the world. Pope John Paul II sent a greeting to Knights, urging them to become even better examples of Christian hope and joy in their families, workplaces, and society as a whole.

      The Knights of Columbus are the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world with 1.6 million members. It was founded in 1882 as an aid society for widows and orphans and now donates approximately $110 million to charities and volunteers 50 million hours of service. More than 70 cardinals, archbishops, and bishops from the United States, Canada, and the Vatican curia attended Tuesday's opening Mass which was celebrated by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati.


ROME MAYOR ASSURES ROMANS ON YEAR 2000 PREPARATIONS

      ROME (CWNews.com) - The mayor of Rome on Tuesday assured all Romans that the city will be prepared for the expected influx of millions of visitors during Jubilee Year, 2000.

      "There will be no apocalypse," Francesco Rutelli said. The mayor's comment came as officials presented a report on trends in tourism for 2000. The report says about 40 percent more visitors than normal, about 26 million people, can be expected during that year. Rutelli said the city can cope with the influx and is mainly concerned with people who will show up without booking hotels in advance.

      The city has already started many massive construction projects in anticipation, although several have been cancelled due to insufficient funding or time, including a proposed new subway line to St. Peter's Square.


HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - A House panel on Tuesday approved a bill that would limit doctors' opportunity to commit assisted suicide, even in places where it is legal such as Oregon.

      The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill sponsored by committee chairman Henry Hyde, R-Illinois, which prohibits the dispensing or distribution of federally regulated drugs for the purpose of assisting suicide. Violators could lose their license to prescribe federally regulated drugs and could face criminal prosecution.

      "I am concerned about old people who don't want to be a burden on their families," said Hyde before sending the bill for a vote by the full House. Democrat opponents argued that the bill will discourage doctors from prescribing adequate medication. Even if the bill is signed into law, the Justice Department has already said it would not pursue doctors who commit assisted suicide where it is legal, including Oregon which is the only state where the practice is allowed.

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PROVERB OF THE DAY

"Like a thorn stick brandished by the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools."

Proverbs 26: 9


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August 6, 1998 volume 9, no. 153   DAILY CATHOLIC