DAILY CATHOLIC    Tuesday     May 5, 1998     vol. 9, no. 87

NEWS & VIEWS
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POPE HOPEFUL ON MIDEAST PEACE TALKS, ORDAINS 30 NEW PRIESTS

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- On the eve of new Israel-Palestine talks in London, Pope John Paul II expressed his hopes that both the main parties and the mediators would redouble their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the problems of the Middle East.

          Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had traveled to London at the invitation of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, for separate negotiating sessions with the US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. Early reports from those sessions indicated that neither side saw any likelihood of a breakthrough that would revive their stalled negotiations.

          After the Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday, May 3, Pope John Paul said that the only possible solution would be one of "peace, respect, justice, and cooperation." He asked the pilgrims assembled in St. Peter's Square to join him in praying for that intention.

          Earlier he had ordained 30 new priests for service in the Rome diocese. Pope John Paul II called upon the newly ordained to be mindful that they had been called to participate in "the mission of Christ himself."

          "You are priests forever!" the Holy Father proclaimed, as he ordained the 30 men in St. Peter's Basilica. Alluding to the day's Gospel reading, which told the story of the Good Shepherd, he asked the new priests to recall, as they approach the altar every day, that "the good shepherd is entirely devoted to his sheep." Each day, he added, Christ calls upon his faithful to hear "my voice," and priests must follow where the master calls.

          The youngest of the new priests is 25; the eldest is 57. After the ordination rite, they joined the Holy Father around the altar of St. Peter's as he presided at a concelebrated Mass alongside Cardinal Camillo Ruini, his vicar for Rome.


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May 5, 1998       volume 9, no. 87
NEWS & VIEWS

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