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MONDAY             June 29, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 125

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Events Today in Church History

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THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 29:


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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HEADLINES:

CHINESE PRIESTS ARRESTED BEFORE CLINTON VISIT

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- At least 30 Chinese priests and one bishop have been placed under house arrest, according to the US- based Cardinal Kung Foundation.

      The Foundation said that Bishop Julias Jia Zhiguo was one of the priests assigned to house arrest. Bishop Zhiguo does not belong to the government-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association.

      In Rome, Vatican officials were unable to verify the report of the bishop's arrest. Bishop Zhiguo had previously been placed under house arrest, in February, during a visit to China by three American religious leaders.

      Father Bernardo Cervellera, the director of the Vatican news agency Fides, reported that Bishop Zhiguo is a very dynamic pastor, who has undertaken many risks in his work for the underground Church. He said that Catholics have appealed to US President Bill Clinton to help the bishop leave China.

      Fides has reported that 30 priests of the underground Church were placed under restrictions before Clinton's visit to China. "They want China's problems to stay inside the country," Fides explained.

      The foundation said Bishop Julias Jia Zhiguo of northern Hebei province was taken into custody in the past few days by Chinese officials who in recent years have detained dozens of other bishops and priests who refuse allegiance to the state-sponsored Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an organization that eschews connections to the Catholic Church as led by the pope and College of Bishops.

      The arrest coincides with reports of dissident arrests in areas where Clinton will travel in order to prevent them from being interviewed by American journalists. The Vatican said it could not confirm the arrest, but the official Fides news agency said it believes the report because Bishop Zhiguo had already been arrested once this year.


TIDE TURNS AGAINST ENFORCED PREGNANCY STATUTES FOR INTERNATIONAL COURT

      ROME (CWNews.com) - Delegates at a UN conference setting up an international criminal court are beginning to turn against radical feminists' attempts to have "enforced pregnancy" and "gender persecution" defined as crimes, according to the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CAFHRI) on Friday.

      Since the beginning of the conference last week, the Women's Caucus has pushed delegates to include the two issues as criminal statutes, but resisted requests for an explicit definition of the terms. Delegates have expressed concern that 'enforced pregnancy' ... could make any country's refusal to provide on-demand access to abortion a crime under international law," CAFHRI said in a statement. "Similarly, the term 'gender' ... could be interpreted as criminalizing any national laws or policies that favor heterosexual marriage over homosexual couplings."

      Opposition to the inclusion of the terms has found an unexpected ally in the United States. The US delegation has vigorously argued in favor of a precise definition of every crime to be included in the final treaty. Opponents of the terms point out that the court's Draft Statute explicitly endorses the legal principle that "no person should be convicted of a crime without explicit and specific definition of the elements of that crime."


MEDIA NEED RELIGION SPECIALISTS, SAYS VATICAN OFFICIAL

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Archbishop John Foley, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, has suggested that every news magazine, newspaper, and broadcast outlet should have a specialist on the news staff to handle questions of religion.

      The archbishop said that his suggestion was aimed at avoiding "misunderstandings" and "inaccuracies" that arise when journalists do not understand the field. It is, he said, a question of credibility.

      Speaking to a conference in Rome on social communications, Archbishop Foley said that journalists have a duty to report accurately on the work of the Catholic Church and of other faiths.


TEEN PREGNANCIES, ABORTION DOWN IN MOST STATES AS REPUBLICANS PRESS ON TO PROPOSE DENYING DRUG LICENSE TO ASSISTED SUICIDE DOCS

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report on Thursday that shows that pregnancy rates for girls between ages 15 and 19 have dropped in all 42 states surveyed between 1992 and 1995.

      The same survey also showed that abortion rates dropped in all the states except Maine, Ohio, and Oregon. The CDC said the abortion rate dropped even faster than birth rates, showing that the decrease in teen births is due to a fall in teen pregnancy rates and not an increase in abortion.

      "The early 1990s were a turning point in adolescent pregnancy trends, following the increase that occurred in the 1980s," said Donna Shalala, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Still, she noted, nearly 1 million teenage girls become pregnant each year, and more than 200,000 girls have abortions. The researchers attributed the decline in teen pregnancy to increased abstinence, greater use of birth control, increasing acceptance of birth among unmarried teens, and tightened access to abortions.

      In a related story of evidence the culture of death advocates aren't winning as many victories as they'd like you to think, two Republican congressmen co-sponsored a proposed law on Thursday that would deny doctors a federal license to prescribe drugs for assisted suicide.

      The proposal by Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Illinois, and Sen. Don Nickels, R-Oklahoma, follows a recent announcement by the Justice Department that federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents will not prosecute or the pharmaceutical license of doctors who assist suicides under Oregon's landmark law legalizing the practice. But Hyde said there might not be enough time left in this session of Congress to address the bill, when his House Judiciary Committee is already tackling partial-birth abortions and out-of-state teen abortions.

      Supporters and critics of assisted suicide have already begun lobbying members of Congress. Lori Hougens of the National Right to Life Committee said she has contacted 150 congressmen about the issue since last year, and has received indications of wide support for similar legislation. Oregon Death With Dignity, which supports assisted suicide, said it is hiring a public relations firm and has contacted Oregon's congressional delegation with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, already promising a potential filibuster.

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PRAYERS & DEVOTION

June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. 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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