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THURSDAY             July 9, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 133

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POPE'S VACATION BEGINS TODAY

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II will leave Rome this afternoon, to begin his vacation in Lorenzago di Cadore.

      Traveling first by plane to Istrana and then by helicopter, the Pope will reach the small chalet in the Dolomite Mountains where he will spend two weeks in rest and reflection, in a break from his usual schedule that the Vatican has underlined will be a "strictly private" interlude.

      In the town of Lorenzago, however, residents have decked out their homes in the yellow-and-white colors of the Vatican, in anticipation of the Holy Father's arrival.

      The chalet where the Pope will stay is located in a wooded area, with pine trees broken by occasional fields of wild flowers. The Pope's private chapel and his room-- which features a balcony overlooking the mountains-- are located on the second floor of the chalet.

      During his stay there the Pope will rise at 6 in the morning for Mass, and follow breakfast with several hours of reading in his room or-- weather permitting-- the chalet's small garden. In the afternoons he will take some walks in the mountains (Camillo Cibin, the chief of security for the Pope, has prepared several hiking routes, with the help of local forest guides), and evenings will see another period of reading after a simple dinner.

      The Pope's only public appearances during the next two weeks will be for the Sunday Angelus on July 12, from the window of the chalet, and on July 19, when he will visit the town of Val Camonica.


NURTURE PRAYER LIFE, POPE URGES PRIESTS

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II today sent a message to the priests who have gathered for a retreat at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Pope reminded them that a life of prayer is a basic need of their ministry.

      An active prayer life is essential, the Holy Father said, because it "unifies the life of the priest, so often endangered by the distractions of the many tasks that must be done." Keeping Christ at the center of his life, the Pope continued, helps the priest to "proclaim the mystery of God through his words and through his life."

      "Do not be afraid to set aside the time" for prayer, the Pope counseled the priests who had come to Mexico City from all over the world. He recommended a daily period of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, along with the Liturgy of the Hours.


VATICAN LAICIZES DALLAS SEX-ABUSE PRIEST

      DALLAS (CWNews.com) - The Vatican has issued a decree to officially laicize Rudolph Kos, a former priest convicted of sexually abusing 11 boys, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper reported on Tuesday.

      Kos, 53, is serving a life sentence for molesting the altar boys while a priest in the Diocese of Dallas. Ten of the victims and the parents of the 11th who committed suicide were awarded a record $119.6 million civil judgment against the diocese. The plaintiffs have reportedly settled for about $30 million.

      Kos was convicted in a later criminal trial of sexual assault and indecency for molesting four boys more than 1,350 times between 1987 and 1992. The Vatican decree did not nullify Kos' ordination, but the laicization bars him from ministry and performing the sacraments as a priest.


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