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      VATICAN ( -- The growth of secularization and hedonism have obscured some fundamental truths about the family, Pope John Paul II has said.

      In a message delivered at a meeting of family-life movements from around Europe, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Holy Father called for "constant and courageous" Christian witness to advance the cause of "human life in its natural habitat-- the family founded upon marriage." The papal message was addressed to Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, the president of the Council.

      The Pope's message also called upon all pastors to show "constant and attentive solicitude" for the concerns of family life. The Pope declared, "The entire Christian community is called to defend and promote these fundamental human and evangelical principles."

      The Holy Father also emphasized religious life in speaking to a group of American bishops who were making their ad limina visit. Pope John Paul II called for a renewal of consecrated life, and urged the bishops to make sure that the seminary formation of diocesan priests gave them a keen understanding of the importance of consecrated religious life.

      In a meeting with bishops from the Midwestern United States, the Pope said that the public witness of religious men and women should be a constant reminder of the spirit of the Beatitudes. Just as last week he had emphasized the role of the laity in a talk with another group of American bishops, on this occasion the Pope explained how the religious life is an essential component of the ecclesial community.

      "As bishops, you have the duty to safeguard and proclaim the principles of religious life," the Pope said. He argued that a proper appreciation for those principles will enrich the entire Church, and challenge the secular society.

Stubborn Dems sandbagging Pro-life efforts in Congress

     Rather than passing a bill that would protect teens from being whisked across state lines for abortions, Democrats slung mud at Republicans for killing the Tobacco bill and stubbornly held out, tacking on amendment after amendment that could kill this bill which is in line with politicians who haven't got a clue what they're really doing or why the people voted for them. For more, click on Democrats


      WASHINGTON, DC ( - House Democrats on Wednesday successfully stalled action on a bill designed to protect teens from being taken across state lines for abortions to avoid state parental notification laws.

      House Judiciary Chairman Henry Hyde, R-Illinois, delayed a final committee vote on the bill until next week after Democrats offered numerous amendments, slowing down the process. Supporters of the bill say it will protect thousands of young girls who are taken from their families every year for abortions in other states without regard to their legal protections. They also say the bill will protect parents' rights over how they choose to raise their children.

      Critics of the measure say it could make grandmothers or ministers subject to criminal penalties, but pro-lifers contend that only parents should have the right to make those decisions, if their state has given them the legal protections to do so. The National Right to Life Committee said that under the bill, named the Child Custody Protection Act, "Congress would take a clear stand against a bizarre notion that the US Constitution confers a 'right' upon strangers to take one's minor daughter across state lines for a state abortion."

Retired Saint Louis Cardinal passes away at 93.

     He had hoped to be able to join Archbishop Justin Rigali in welcoming Pope John Paul II when he visits St. Louis next January, but God had other ideas for Cardinal John Carberry who retired as head of the St. Louis archdiocese in 1979. He was succeeded by Archbishop John May who died in 1992 and replaced by the Holy Father's personal choice of Archbishop Rigali who many feel will be the next American Cardinal chosen. For more, click on Death of St. Louis Cardinal.


      KIRKWOOD, Missouri ( - Retired Cardinal John Carberry of St. Louis died on Wednesday at age 93 of natural causes.

      The cardinal was archbishop of St. Louis from 1968 until 1979 and remained active in Church affairs until he suffered a stroke in 1988. He was elevated to the office of cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1969. He was a native of Brooklyn, New York and was ordained a priest in 1929.

      Cardinal Carberry resigned as archbishop of St. Louis in 1979 after reaching the mandatory retirement age. At the time, he said he was somewhat surprised that Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation, he added that he was open to God's will and happy with the decision.

      The Pope called him an "exemplary pastor of the Church." In a telegram of condolence addressed to the Archbishop Justin Rigali of St. Louis, the Pope praised the late prelate's "pastoral and doctrinal" zeal, and in particular his "exceptional devotion to the Virgin Mary." He said the cardinal's personal example should be a source of inspiration to the people he served.

      Cardinal Carberry was born in Brooklyn in 1904, and ordained to the priesthood in 1929. He was appointed as coadjutor bishop of Lafayette, Indiana, in 1956, and one year later became the bishop of that diocese. In 1965 he was appointed bishop of Columbus, Ohio, and in 1968 he became archbishop of St. Louis. He was raised to the college of cardinals by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation in 1979.

      With the death of Cardinal Carberry, the college of cardinals now includes 159 members, of whom 41 are above the age of 80 and therefore ineligible to vote in a papal conclave.

Plot thickens in apprehension of Cardinal's murderer in Guatamala

     Having just released one suspect for lack of evidence, and holding another, authorities discovered a dead body who could be one of those involved in the murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera on April 26th this year. The manner in which he was killed gives police officials a clue as to the degree of the dead man's involvement in the murder which many believe was government related because of the bishop's strong stance on human rights and criticism of the current regime. For more, click on Guatamala intrigue.


      GUATEMALA CITY ( - Guatemalan officials said on Wednesday that an unidentified body discovered last month may be that of another suspect in the death of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera in April.

      Bishop Gerardi was murdered just two days after releasing a report blaming the army for the majority of the murders during the country's 36-year civil war. Prosecutors said they think the mutilated body found May 30 is linked to the bishop's case because of the way in which the unidentified man was killed, the newspaper Prensa Libre reported. Prosecutors did not elaborate on how the man died.

      One suspect in the murder is already in custody. Carlos Enrique Vielman, 24, was arrested in April but has not been formally charged.

      This came a day after a suspect in the murder of a Guatemalan bishop was cleared of involvement by prosecutors on Tuesday, but another suspect remained in custody.

      Attorney General Otto Ardon Medina said there was no evidence indicating Ivan Alexander Hernandez was involved in the April 26 killing of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera. The bishop was murdered in his home two days after releasing a report criticizing both sides in the country's 36-year civil war for numerous human rights atrocities.

      Hernandez, 25, was arrested June 5 during an alleged drug deal and was still being held Tuesday on possible drug possession charges. He had been linked to the 1994 killing of Father Belga Alfonso Stessel, but was never charged. A first suspect, Carlos Enrique Vielman, 24, was arrested in April in connection with the bishop's death but still has not been formally charged. Human rights groups say the arrests are an attempt to shield the real murderers who are either government soldiers or former rebels.

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