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TUESDAY             June 16, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 116

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Events Today in Church History

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Historical Events in Church Annals for June 16:


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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HEADLINES:

EXPOSITION OF SHROUD ENDS AFTER 2 MILLION VISIT

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The public exposition of the Shroud of Turin was concluded on June 14, after more than 2 million pilgrims had seen the fabric, which is widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

      Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini of Turin presided at the Eucharistic liturgy which closed the public exposition, begun in April. The Shroud will again be available for public veneration from August through October of 2000.

      Among the most notable individuals to visit the public exposition in recent weeks were Pope John Paul, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. Vatican Radio reported that a large group of Muslim pilgrims traveled from Turkey for the exposition.


PAPAL SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL COURT AS SENATE VOICES ALARM THAT PRO-LIFERS COULD BE INCLUDED AS CRIMINALS

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has greeted the opening of an international conference, held in Rome, dedicated to the creation of a permanent international court.

      The court is intended to judges the perpetrators of war crimes and other crimes against humanity. Speaking on Sunday, June 14, at the close of his weekly Angelus audience, the Holy Father voiced the hope that such a tribunal would mark "a historic moment in the mutual comprehension among peoples" of the world.

      The Pope also said that the Holy See would be an active participant in the conference setting the stage for an international court. Some critics have said that such a court could eventually become involved in the politics of individual nations, enforcing the declared policies of the United Nations-- including those UN statements which call for legalized abortion on demand. The Pope seemed to be taking such criticisms into account when he said that any international court must ensure that "all fundamental and inalienable human rights are adequately protected."

      Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. Senate Republicans announced on Saturday that they plan to oppose the planned United Nations International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it could undermine the US legal system.

      Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Missouri, said the ICC could effectively nullify the Bill of Rights protections, including freedom of speech and freedom from unwarranted search and seizure. "We cannot abandon those rights to an international criminal court," Ashcroft said at a news conference.

      Pro-life groups warned that in the current pro-abortion climate of the UN, vocal opposition to abortion could be declared a crime. "Within the proposed ICC criminal statutes there exists language that could make pro-life advocates war criminals simply for working on behalf of the unborn child," said Austin Ruse, director of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute.

      A UN conference opened in Rome on Monday to discuss the creation of the court. The Clinton administration is in favor of the court, but wants it to focus on specific war crimes. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese said the ICC could initiate investigations and prosecutions of cases in the United States or involving US military operations overseas. The US and France support a plan to give the UN Security Council veto power over all International Criminal Court investigations.

      Pope John Paul said in his Sunday Angelus message that he will pray for the success of the conference in bringing justice to bear on serious crimes against humanity. "I hope that the work of this important conference will be inspired by the desire to appropriately safeguard basic and inalienable human rights," he said.


IRAQ EMBARGO SCORED, PAPAL VISIT SUGGESTED

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, concluding a trip to Iraq, again criticized in international embargo on that country, and announced the Pope John Paul II hopes to make a personal pilgrimage to the "birthplace of Abraham" before the Jubilee Year 2000.

      At the conclusion of an international symposium of Christian churches, held in Baghdad to discuss how the Church contributes to world peace, Cardinal Etchegaray-- the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace-- said that the international embargo on Iraq has had "perverse and uncontrollable effects" on the culture of that land, causing a general decline in both welfare and morale.

      The cardinal cited figures put forward by UNICEF, indicating that over 16 percent of the children in Iraq now suffer from malnutrition, and in nearly half of those cases the problem is acute. The papal nuncio in Iraq, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, has referred to "a land in despair."

      As for the possible papal trip, Cardinal Etchegaray reported that he himself had made a personal pilgrimage to Ur, the birthplace of Abraham, to ask God's blessings on the people of that region. He added that the Holy Father hopes to make the same sort of pilgrimage.

      Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid suggested that the Pope might wish to visit in February or October 1999, "to avoid the head." He added that the Pope would be welcome, even if the embargo continues, and that a papal visit might help bring an easing of the international sanctions.


SOUTH AFRICA'S MANDELA TO SEE POPE

      JOHANNESBURG (CWNews.com) - South African President Nelson Mandela will meet with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican this week during his visit to Italy, South Africa's foreign ministry announced on Sunday.

      "President Mandela will be paying an official visit to Italy from 16 to 18 June," it said in a statement. "While visiting Italy, he will use the opportunity to pay an official visit to the Vatican where he will be received by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, for a Pontifical Audience."

      Mandela will also meet with Italy's President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro and Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Italy is South Africa's fifth largest trading partner.

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PRAYERS & DEVOTION

June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts with these feasts the end of this week. For the Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration

CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

CONSECRATION PRAYER

CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULTE HEART OF MARY

CONSECRATION PRAYER



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June 16, 1998 volume 9, no. 116   DAILY CATHOLIC