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FRI-SAT-SUN             June 26-28, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 124

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June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today I desire to thank you for living my messages. I bless you all with my motherly blessing and I bring you all before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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The real difference between Windows 98 and the Windows Forever!

     Thursday was the official release day for Microsoft's Windows 98 to debut and there has been a lot of ballyhoo of all this over nothing. We say nothing for the messages of Medjugorje far outshadow any temporal hoopla Microsoft can scare up. For the editorial titled Microsoft and Medjugorje, click on this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Microsoft and Medjugojre!

Michael Cain, editor

The New Sacrifice takes shape.

      Fostered by the Sacrificial Lamb from Abraham to Jesus and nourished in their faith by the blood of the earliest martyrs, the Apostles and disciples mold the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass from all that Our Lord had taught them. Onto the scene comes one who would harass and persecute but, through Divine Providence, become one of the greatest warriors for the Faith the world has ever known: Saint Paul. For the fourth installment as part of our retro marathon for the week, click on this weekend's THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Installment Four

New Traditions are established for the New Sacrifice

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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      VATICAN ( -- Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves of Sao Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, has been named by Pope John Paul II to be the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Cardinal Neves will replace Cardinal Bernardin Gantin. He will also be the president of the Vatican Commission for Latin America.

      Cardinal Neves, who is now the primate of Brazil as well as the president of the country's episcopal conference, served in the Roman Curia under Pope Paul VI. He was, in fact, the secretary of the Congregation for Bishops.

      Cardinal Gantin, who now steps down as both prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and president of the Vatican Commission for Latin America, reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 over a year ago; the Holy Father had delayed his acceptance of his resignation. He is the dean of the College of Cardinals.

      Cardinal Neves may share some common ancestry with the man he is replacing. The Brazilian cardinal is a descendant of African slaves brought to the New World from the land now known as Benin-- Cardinal Gantin's homeland.

      Cardinal Neves was born into a large family in Sao Jao del Rei, Brazil, in 1925. He entered the Dominican order in 1948, and was ordained a priest in 1950. He became auxiliary bishop of Sao Paolo in 1967, and his work within the bishops' conference caught the notice of the papal nuncio, who recommended him to Pope Paul VI. Brought to Rome in 1974, he served first on the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and later with the Congregation for Bishops. He was named archbishop of Sao Salvador de Bahia, and primate of Brazil, by Pope John Paul II in 1987, and elevated to the College of Cardinals that same year.

      The Brazilian cardinal is known as warm and approachable, with modest tastes and a highly informal style. (He does not employ a secretary, preferring to write letters by himself.) His prominence at the head of the bishops' conference in the world's most populous country, his reputation as a skilled consensus-builder, and his combination of Vatican experience with pastoral work among the poor, all have led many observers to consider him a potential candidate for the papacy. His important new post-- as the head of the Vatican body which supervises the nomination of new bishops-- will do nothing to stop such speculation.


      WASHINGTON, DC ( - The US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to ban use of public money to develop, test, or approve drugs for inducing abortion, but the proposal faces a battle in the Senate.

      The House voted 223-202 to add an amendment to the $55.9 billion budget bill for agriculture and nutrition programs in fiscal 1998 that would prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from even considering drugs, such as the French abortion pill RU-486. "The federal government has no right to use taxpayer dollars to develop abortion drugs," said Rep. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, the amendment's sponsor. The overall agriculture bill was passed by a vote of 373-48.

      Coburn said the Senate version of the legislation does not contain the provision. "We're going to see what we can do (in the Senate). It'll be a hard uphill battle," he said. Pro-abortion proponents labeled the amendment dangerous. "I'm sick and tired of debating abortion on this floor in the House of Representatives, restriction after restriction, ban after ban, amendment after amendment," said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York. "We need to make abortions less necessary, not more dangerous."

      In a related story, a subcommittee of the US House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill for the Commerce and Justice departments that links paying of the US dues in arrears to the United Nations, to a ban on funding of international abortion groups.

      The subcommittee approved the entire $475 million requested by the Clinton administration, but said the funds must first be authorized in a related State Department funding bill. But that legislation includes a ban on funding of international population control groups that promote or practice abortion, even if they also receive funding from other sources. President Clinton has said he will veto any bill that includes the provision.

      The massive funding bills also include money for the 2000 census, more police officers, more border police, and cuts to the Legal Services Corp.


      MEXICO CITY ( - The Catholic Church in Mexico expects to welcome at least three thousand priests from all over the world to the Third International Meeting of Priests to take place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Archdiocese of Mexico City announced on Wednesday.

      The event, sponsored by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, will be held at the Marian Shrine from July 7-12 and will consider the priest's mission at the start of the Third Millennium. The list of keynote speakers include Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Archbishop Cipriano Calderon, Vice-President of the Pontifical Council for Latin America, Cardinal John O'Connor from New York, and several other cardinals and Archbishops from Europe and Asia.

      The speakers will each address one of the meditations on the cross during a massive Via Crucis (Way of the Cross). Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora of Lima, Peru and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver are among the confirmed participants at the Via Crucis. The archdiocese added that each meeting day will have a special theme, such us "Be converted in order to convert," "In communion to foster communion" and "With the blessed Mother, for the mission."

      The other three days are named "Pastoral day," "Cultural day," and "Closing day," the last one including the celebration of the Mass with Sacred Ordinations to the priesthood for the Church in Mexico.


      VATICAN ( -- The Vatican's envoy in Baghdad has once again lashed out against the international embargo on Iraq.

      In a video message, played at the screening of a new documentary on the effects of that embargo, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto called upon Christian to show their solidarity with the people of Iraq.

      The documentary film, "Iraq Solidarity Action," was produced by Father Jean-Marie Benjamin, a French-born priest serving the diocese of Rome. It was screened today in the presence of the Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See, Wissam Chawket al-Zahawie.

      In his video message to the film audience, Archbishop Lazzarotto urged all Christians to "multiple their gestures of solidarity," in order to break through "the isolation created by the embargo." Those who travel to Iraq, he said, would find their a rich culture which deserves understanding and preservation.

      The practical effects of the embargo, the papal nuncio continued, have not been changes in government policy, but rather the death of the society's most vulnerable people. As a result, he reported, people are losing their confidence in the future. The best hope for the Iraqi people, he said, would lie in a return to the normal life they enjoyed before the Persian Gulf War.

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