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May 22-25, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 100

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Events This Weekend in Church History

     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on TIME CAPSULES: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 22:

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 23:

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 24:

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 25:


Seventh Sunday of Easter and a trifecta of saints on Monday

      We celebrate the final week of Easter before the Solemnity of Pentecost next Sunday as the Novena for the Holy Father and discernment for him to make the right decision on proclaiming the Final Dogma continues this weekend up to next Sunday. Monday we celebrate the feasts of Saint Bede the Venerable, Doctor of the Church, Saint Gregory VII, Pope, and Saint Mary Magdalen di Piazzi, Virgin and Religious. In addition we look ahead to Tuesday and the feast of Saint Philip Neri. For the liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on the saints during this time, click on LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.

Friday, May 22, 1998

Saturday, May 23, 1998

SUNDAY, May 24, 1998

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD INTO HEAVEN

Monday, May 25, 1998


MEMORIAL DAY

SAINT BEDE THE VENERABLE, RELIGIOUS AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

SAINT GREGORY VII, POPE

SAINT MARY MAGDALENE DE PAZZI, VIRGIN & RELIGIOUS

Tuesday, May 26, 1998

SAINT PHILIP NERI, RELGIOUS FOUNDER


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World
News Service

HEADLINES:

SHROUD HAS ALREADY DRAWN 1 MILLION PILGRIMS

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- More than 1 million pilgrims have already viewed the Shroud of Turin, since it was put on display in the city's cathedral on April 19.

      Pope John Paul will visit Turin and reverence the Shroud himself on Sunday, May 24. The cloth-- which is widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ-- will remain on display until June 3. In order to prevent overcrowding, organizers of the exposition have been selling tickets for specific time periods.

      To date, the vast majority of pilgrims viewing the Shroud have been Italian. However, thousands of people have also come from France, Switzerland, Germany, the United States, Poland, and Spain, with other pilgrims, in smaller numbers, representing nearly every country on earth.


MIAMI ARCHDIOCESE GIVEN APPROVAL FOR AID TRIP TO CUBA

      MIAMI (CWNews.com) - The US government gave approval on Thursday to a request by the Archdiocese of Miami to begin shipments of humanitarian aid to Cuba which had been suspended since 1996.

      The archdiocese was granted a license for a direct flight to Cuba one day after the Clinton administration authorized a resumption of aid flights, said Peter Coats, special assistant to Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Wenski, the director of Catholic Charities in Miami. Fifteen palettes loaded with disposable medical supplies such as syringes, gauze, bandages, gloves, and surgical masks were sitting in the archdiocese warehouse ready for transporting, Coats said. The charter plane is expected to fly in the last week of May.

      The Cuban Catholic group Caritas will disburse the supplies throughout the country. Regular flights are expected to be set up. The Clinton administration warned that the allowance of aid flights should not be seen as a relaxing of the 36-year-old embargo which Pope John Paul II criticized during his recent visit to the Communist country. A spokesman said the embargo would continue until the administration saw significant reforms in the one-party Communist system.

      In a related story, A human rights group warned on Thursday that the majority of Cuban hospitals are promoting abortion among teenagers and young women as a way to keep the Communist country's birth rate low.

      In a report made public in Mexico, the Lawton Foundation revealed that there has been an dramatic increase in the number of chemical abortions performed in hospitals throughout Cuba. Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet Gonzalez and Rolando Munoz Yiyobre, both members of Lawton, said that during the ten months in 1997 when the investigation was conducted, one hospital alone performed 1,780 abortions.

      Munoz said abortions performed with a chemical product known as Rivanol are becoming more frequent. "This substance that is supposed to kill the baby after the first three months of pregnancy, frequently allows the birth of the baby who is left to die few hours later," he said.

      The research showed that in 60 percent of the cases of women who were having their second or third pregnancy, the babies survived the use of Rivanol, but the doctors let them die. The Lawton Foundation said that Cuban doctors frequently say that the babies are born with malformations, but the investigation showed that in 80 percent of the cases the babies were healthy and did not have any visible health problem.


MEXICAN BISHOPS DENOUNCE USE OF FAITH IN POLITICAL CAMPAIGN