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September 11-13, 1998
SECTION THREE vol 9, no. 178
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NEWS & VIEWS
provided by Catholic World News Service
Because of veiled death threats, will the Holy Father follow through on his trip to Northern Italy next week?
That is the major question circulating the Vatican today after it was revealed that posters claiming "Death to the Pope" were discovered in the village of Chiavari, one of the towns on the Holy Father's itinerary which includes a planned visit to the birthplace of Pope Paul VI in Brescia. Many believe the threats are limited to an extremist anarchist group and merely an expression of their hatred for authority, not a definite death threat. Nevertheless security for the short Papal trip will be tightened immeasurably and certain venues may be bypassed for safety concerns. For more, click on Papal Death Threats
DEATH THREATS MAR PLANS FOR PAPAL TRIP
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Preparations for a papal trip on
September 18- 20 to the north of Italy have been disrupted by the
appearance of posters calling for "Death to the Pope" in the center of
Chiavari, one of the towns which the Holy Father is scheduled to visit.
The posters, which accuse the Pope of "tyranny," carried the
signature of local anarchist groups. Police in Chiavari have opened an
investigation, hoping to discovery the exact identity of the authors.
Similar tracts were distributed several years ago prior to a papal
visit to the city of Trent.
Despite the excitement generated by the appearance of the posters,
the Chiavari pastor said he was confident that there was "no real
danger" to the Pope. He also pointed out that security would be
tightened for the visit.
Preparations for the papal trip continue unabated. Pope John Paul II
is scheduled to preside at a solemn Mass in Chiavari on September
19, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the diocese. The occasion
will also allow the Pope to make a friendly visit with Bishop Alberto
Maria Careggio, who helped organize the Pope's vacation in the
nearby Dolomites this summer.
In Brescia, the Pope will salute Pope Paul VI, a native of the region,
as Brescia celebrates the 100th anniversary of that pontiff's birth.
Also in Brescia, he will preside at the beatification of Giuseppe
Tovoni, a layman and banker who founded the Banco Ambrosiano--
an institution which would be plunged into scandal in the 1980s.
Cardinal Bevilaqua calls for national law to ban doctor-assisted suicides
The Archbishop of Philadelphia spoke out against the "culture of death" this week when he appealed to Congress through the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania in calling fornational legislation to ban doctor-assisted suicide, showing where it is the same as partial-birth abortion and does nothing to promote life but rather only gives more rope to the culture of death aficianadoes. A similar bill that would curtail assisted suicide is already on the House floor. For more, click on Suicide ban
PHILADELPHIA CARDINAL BACKS FEDERAL ASSISTED SUICIDE BAN
PHILADELPHIA (CWNews.com) - Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua of
Philadelphia on Wednesday called on US congressmen to pass
a proposed law that would ban doctor-assisted suicide.
The cardinal said in a letter to Sen. Arlen Specter,
R-Pennsylvania, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee,
that assisted suicide is the moral equivalent of
partial-birth abortion and part of the "culture of death."
The proposed Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention Act would allow
the Drug Enforcement Administration to revoke the
drug-prescription license of any doctor who intentionally
prescribes a lethal dose of drugs to help patients commit
A similar version of the bill is pending in the US House.
The laws were formulated as a response to Oregon's
legalization of assisted suicide last year.
Poll proves Argentinans place their belief in the Church first and foremost
In a Gallup Poll conducted among the people of Argentina the Roman Catholic Church placed first in trust among social service institutions that are there to help people. To reinforce their belief in Catholic institutions, the government of Argentina formally presented their congressional reward for 1998 to Caritas, a Catholic Non-Profit organization for their assistance during the floods caused by El Nino. The award was presented on the birthday of the Blessed Mother For more, click on Argentina trust.
CATHOLIC CHURCH TOPS CONFIDENCE POLL IN ARGENTINA
BUENOS AIRES (CWNews.com) - According to an opinion poll
carried out in Argentina and released this week, the
Catholic Church tops the ranking of confidence among
institutions involved in social relief services.
The Gallup poll sponsored by the National Association of
Volunteer Work, said 64 percent of adults believe the
Catholic Church is a highly reliable provider of social
relief and health care. Non-governmental organizations
followed with 58 percent and public schools and
universities receiving 56 percent and 53 percent,
respectively. Political parties appeared at the bottom of
the list with only 12 per cent.
The poll also showed that the number of Argentineans
contributing money, goods, or time increased in the last
two years. In fact, the percentage of Argentineans
cooperating in some way with social organizations jumped
from 39 to 46 percent from 1996 to 1998. Another 17 percent
gave direct donations to poor people or relatives in need.
On September 8, the Argentine government gave the yearly
Congressional award to the Catholic relief organization
"Caritas," for its "outstanding effort to help the victims
of the floods in the northern region."
Tragedy mars pilgrimage to Our Lady of Aparecida Shrine in Brazil
Brazil was rocked by the news that over 50 Brazilians, returning from a pilgrimage to Our Lady's national shrine of Brazil in Aparecida, were involved in a three vehicle fatality that erupted into an inferno when two trucks exploded trapping the two buses carrying 100 pilgrims back to their home. More were hospitalized and the mayor of the village on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro where most of them were from where a funeral Mass was held yesterday. For more, click on Tragedy on Pilgrimage.
BRAZIL SHAKEN BY FATAL PILGRIMAGE BUS CRASH
RIO DE JANEIRO (CWNews.com) - Brazilian Catholics on
Wednesday mourned the death of more than 50 pilgrims who
died in a bus crash while returning from the shrine of Our
Lady of Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil, on Tuesday.
The death toll rose to 53 on Wednesday, while 11 people
remained in the hospital including one woman who was in
grave condition with burns over 90 percent of her body. The
two buses carrying nearly 100 people from the same village
lost control as a diesel truck driving in front of them
crashed and burned. The flames were then fed by a second
truck carrying grain alcohol also crashed and began to burn.
Twenty nine survivors returned on Wednesday to their homes
in Anapolis, as the people in their Alexandrinha
neighborhood, where most of the victims lived, hung black
banners and prepared funerals. The mayor said a funeral
Mass would be held for all of the victims on Thursday.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"The just man has a care for the rights of the poor; the wicked man has no such concern."
Proverbs 29: 7
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