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TUESDAY             July 21, 1998             SECTION THREE              vol 9, no. 141

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Events Today in Church History

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THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 21:


WORLDWIDE
NEWS & VIEWS
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HEADLINES:

SISTERS OPPOSE MOTHER TERESA MONUMENTS

      CALCUTTA, India (CWN) - Mother Teresa's religious order on Friday was told to mind its own business by the head of an Indian memorial committee after the order protested plans to erect a monument establish a "Mother Teresa Award" in her honor.

      Sister Nirmala, Mother Teresa's successor as head of the Missionaries of Charity, sent a letter to the memorial committee asking them to cease their plans. "... the Missionaries of Charity, abiding by Mother's spirit, asks that the plans for the erection of the statue, the renaming of Park Street, and the institution (of the award) be dropped; and that the Mother Teresa Memorial Committee, with its office and proposed bank account be dissolved immediately," Sister Nirmala's letter said.

      "I completely disapprove of setting up this committee and of its having its own office and bank account ... Mother did not allow any fundraising whatsoever to be conducted using her name," she said in the letter.

      Shyam Sundar Gupta, chairman of the committee, told reporters that he plans to go on despite the objections. "We have the government's permission," he said. The committee plans to erect a bronze statue at a cost of 800,000 rupees ($19,000) and wants to confer a "Mother Teresa Award" and rechristen Calcutta's Park Street "Mother Teresa Street." Gupta said in a written reply to Sister Nirmala, "Your uncalled-for interference is not only beyond your authority but also undermines the very dignity of Mother Teresa .... We would request you henceforth to please mind your own business."

      Mother Teresa, who won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize and was considered by many to be a living saint for her worldwide work for the poor and downtrodden, died on September 6, 1997 after nearly 50 years of service in India.


NEW PAPAL LETTER TO FOCUS ON BISHOPS' CONFERENCES

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In a new apostolic letter which will be published next week, Pope John Paul II discusses the theological and canonical status of episcopal conferences.

      The new document, which will be known as Apostolos Suos, will be presented to the press on July 23 at a news conference in Rome, with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger presiding.

      Meanwhile during his brief vacation, Pope John Paul II visited the town of Borno, Italy, for his Sunday Angelus audience and issued a message to people who are "far from the Church, or non-believers."

      Surrounded by a dense crowd-- estimated by some observers at 30,000-- in the small town at the foot of the Alps, the Holy Father urged the non-believers who might hear his words: "Don't be afraid to search for God."

      The Pope arrived in the town by helicopter, and was greeted by Bishop Bruno Foresti of the local Brescia diocese. He noted that this was the birthplace of Archbishop Giovanni Re, the Vatican official whom he praised as "my very near and dear collaborator." It is also a town where Archbishop Giovanni Battista Montini-- later to be Pope Paul VI-- often spent vacations with his parents, and where that pope celebrated his first Mass after his priestly ordination in 1920.

      The Pope urged the residents of the region to pray for their young people, that they might follow the example of the pontiff who arose from their midst, and that many might follow "the example of his firm adherence to the Lord on the road of priesthood or consecrated life."

      Several times during his visit, the Pope stopped to admire the view of the mountains that surround the village.


NEW RUSSIAN RULES IMPEDE CATHOLIC PRIESTS

      MOSCOW (CWNews.com/KNS) - The Russian government is ready to implement a new visa system that could prevent the Catholic Church from bringing foreign priests into the country to provide for its parishes, according to Moscow's Institute of Religion and Law.

      In the rules already distributed to Russian consulates worldwide, visa applicants must specify the reason for their visit. The categories numbered 54, 55 and 56 -- "'religious affairs," "charitable," and "humanitarian" -- allow visas only for three-month periods. Unlike foreign athletes or businessmen, foreigners in those three categories are not given the right to extend their stays in Russia or to apply for multiple-entry visas.

      Catholic parishes in Russia are dependent on foreign-born priests and will likely remain so for at least another generation because the first post-Communist seminary was only opened in 1990. Father Antoni Gei of the apostolic administration in Moscow told Keston on July 14 that two nuns, one from Poland and one from Slovakia, have already been denied visa renewals on the basis of the new regulations.


CONGRESS READIES BILL TO PROTECT PRO-LIFE PROTESTS

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - Congressional Republicans introduced a new bill last week that would change racketeering laws to protect the freedom of speech for grassroots organizations, such as pro-life groups.

      The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Shadegg, R-Arizona, was prompted by an April court victory by the National Organization for Women against the Pro-Life Action Network using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Supporters said the legislation would protect protesters' rights to free speech from opponents using the law to shut them down.

      "It was never the intention that (the law) be used against advocacy groups," said Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Florida, chairman of the crime subcommittee. "I am committed to preventing a statute created to punish true criminal wrongdoing from being used to chill the expression of a viewpoint with which some people may disagree," he said. The Justice Department registered its opposition to the measure, saying it "would grievously impair the United States' ability to combat organized crime's corrupt influence over labor unions and labor-management relations."

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LITURGY FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

     Today is the Sixteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the feast of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi while tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, Disciple of the Lord. For the readings, liturgy and meditations for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, July 21, 1998

FEAST OF SAINT LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI, PRIEST, RELIGIOUS AND DOCTOR

Wednesday, July 22, 1998

FEAST OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE, DISCIPLE OF THE LORD






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