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MONDAY      September 21, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 184

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Events Today in Church History

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Feast of the Apostle and Evangelist Saint Matthew

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      WASHINGTON, DC ( - The US Senate on Friday failed to muster enough votes to override President Bill Clinton's veto of a ban on partial-birth abortions.

      The Senate voted 64-36 in favor of the override, but needed three more to reach the required two-thirds majority. Four Republicans voted with 32 Democrats to sustain the veto, while 13 Democrats and 51 Republicans voted for the override. The House had previously approved the veto override.

      The sponsor of the override in the Senate, Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, pleaded with his colleagues, "Let the baby live." Santorum rebuffed pro-abortion arguments for the procedure which takes the lives of babies near full term, asking "Why is it healthier for the mother to insert a pair of scissors into the baby's skull, fracturing and shattering that skull inside the mother, causing potential harm to that mother by doing so?" he asked. "There can be no rationale for destroying this little baby by executing this little baby at that point in time when it is almost born," Santorum said.


      UBERABA, Brazil ( - The Archdiocese of Uberaba in southern Brazil decided this week to donate a large urban property to help sixty homeless families.

      Archbishop Aloisio Roque Oppermann signed an agreement with a Brazilian construction company, the homeless families, and representatives from the local government, according to which the archdiocese will provide the land while the city council will help the families with low-rate loans to pay for the construction of the new neighborhood.

      The archdiocese has donated an urban property of 260,000 square feet, located in the a densely populated area, which is valued at "several hundred thousand dollars," according to a city council spokesman. Archbishop Oppermann said the families have agreed to build a "model community" with several common facilities, including a chapel, a health care center, a soccer field, a community hall, and offices for the neighborhood council.

      One of the new owners said to the press that "we are very happy with this gift and we really appreciate what our Catholic Church is doing for us. Our pastors understand our sufferings and try to help us spiritually and materially too." Officials in Uberaba said the Church's decision "has helped defuse a social problem," since the families were recently displaced from public property where they tried to build a shantytown.


      GUATEMALA CITY ( - A re-examination of the body of a slain Guatemalan bishop on Thursday found no signs of dog bites as investigators had surmised.

      Nine experts took part in a five-hour autopsy on the late Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera looking for evidence of dog bites to connect the chief suspect, Father Mario Orantes Najera, to the murder. Father Orantes owns a dog which reportedly responds only to his commands, and Spanish experts had told prosecutors that they had seen evidence of dog bites while examining photographs of Bishop Gerardi's body.

      The bishop was bludgeoned to death on April 26, two days after releasing a report critical of the military for its role in the 36-year civil war. While human rights groups claim Bishop Gerardi was murdered because of his human rights work, prosecutors have charged Father Orantes, who lived with the bishop, with the crime.


      NEW YORK ( - The head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), addressing the annual non-governmental organization (NGO) conference this week, called for a new emphasis on "reproductive freedom."

      The conference, which was focused on the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, gathered more than 2,000 representatives from 600 NGOs. Dr. Nafis Sadik, director of the UNFPA said that "fundamental to freedom of choice are decisions concerning reproductive and sexual health ... A number of issues still limit women's freedom to exercise their right to reproductive health." One of those limiting factors has been identified as organized religion by population control proponents in UN-connected groups. UN documents and initiatives often use the term reproductive health as a euphemism for birth control and abortion.

      Sadik also called for freedom from "sexual and reproductive health" restrictions and said UNFPA was proud to have supported initiatives that called for extending the "right to reproductive health" to youth.

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"Man's pride causes his humiliation, but he who is humble of spirit obtains honor."

Proverbs 29: 23

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