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April 1, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 65
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Loyal Jews coming forward to defend Pope Pius XII
With all the assaults the liberal factons of Jews have been launching at the Holy See and the memory of Pope Pius XII, it was refreshing to hear the daughter of the Jewish leader in Rome during the Second World War - Rabbi Israel Zolli speak out strongly on behalf of Pius XII. The pontiff's influence was so great that her father converted to Catholicism before his death. The daughter, Myriam Zolli even revealed that her father had predicted the attacks on Pius would happen. For more on this story, click on Pope Pius XII to read more.
PIUS XII DEFENDED BY DAUGHTER OF ROMAN RABBI
VATICAN (CWN) -- Myriam Zolli, a psychiatrist whose father was the
Rabbit Israel Zolli, the head of the Jewish community in Rome during
World War II, has issued a strong defense of Pope Pius XII and his
response to the Nazi Holocaust. Zolli said that Pope Pius was in steady
contact with her father, and worked diligently to save Jews from
In fact, the friendship established between the rabbi and the Pope
during the wartime years led eventually to the decision by Rabbi
Zolli to convert to Catholicism. When he was baptized, Zolli took the
name "Eugenio," in honor of Pope Pius, who was born Eugenio Pacelli.
In an interview published today in the Italian daily Il Giornale,
Myriam Zolli recalled her father's prediction that Pope Pius XII
would become a scapegoat for the West's silence in the face of the
Holocaust. She said that the polemical attacks on the late pontiff were
examples of "ignoble and false history," and concluded that in fact
"the world's Jewish community owes him a great debt."
Retired Austrian Cardinal's problems won't prevent Pope from visiting Austria
Despite reports surfacing that the Holy Father was planning on postponing his trip to Austria in June because of the molesting allegations against the former cardinal of Vienna Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer whom current Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn has asked to retire from all duties, the Vatican was adamant Pope John Paul II's trip to Vienna and other parts of Austria is still on schedule. The accusations against Groer are still under investigation by the Holy See and there has been unrest throughout Austria since the allegations became public, but the Pope is undaunted in calming the waters of rebellion and mistrust. For the rest of the story, click on Austria to read more.
PAPAL TRIP TO AUSTRIA NOT POSTPONED, VATICAN SAYS
VATICAN (CWN) -- The Vatican today announced that Pope John
Paul II is preparing for a trip to Austria in June. That announcement
came in reaction to a report, published in Vienna yesterday, that the
papal visit would be postponed due to controversy over the status of
the retired Cardinal Hermann Groer.
Cardinal Groer, who has been repeatedly accused of homosexual
affairs, has become the focus of a heated controversy in Vienna, his
former archdiocese. The active bishops of Austria have asked
Cardinal Groer either to rebut the charges or to make some public act
of repentance-- neither of which he has done. His successor in
Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, recently asked Groer to cease
exercising his episcopal ministry.
The Vatican recently began an investigation of Cardinal Groer's
background, aimed specifically at his stint at the head of a monastery
in Goettwig from 1960 to 1970-- the period during which his alleged
transgressions took place. Cardinal Schoenborn has indicated that
Rome must decide, on the basis of that investigation, what action is
The daily Die Presse had indicated that the Pope's visit to Vienna
might be postponed, for fear that demonstrators would use the
occasion for ugly public protests over the Groer affair. But today's
Vatican statement indicated that preparations are continuing "on the
Last week Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna said
in an interview that he had asked retired
archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, to stop
exercising the office of bishop.
Cardinal Groer retired in 1995 following allegations that
he had molested a boy more than 20 years ago. Although he
has never admitted or denied the accusations, Cardinal
Schoenborn and four other Austrian bishops issued a
statement last month saying they believed the allegations
were essentially true.
Cardinal Schoenborn said in an interview the Catholic
magazine Dialog that he has asked Cardinal Groer to refrain
from carrying out the activities of a bishop, such as
confirmations. He added that Cardinal Groer, whose alleged
activities were investigated by a Vatican commission this
month, also deserved thanks for the many good things he had
50,000 youth expected in Rome for World Youth Day on Palm Sunday
In a display of solidarity, 50,000 palm-waving young people will gather at the Lateran this coming Sunday to commemorate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and to celebrate World Youth Day. It will be the 18th annual and this year's will get under way Saturday when the youth will parade through Rome to the Vatican carrying the large ceremonial Cross that has been a part of all six previous celebrations internationally and will be the focal point of this year's meeting in preparation for the big celebration for the Jubilee in 2000. For the rest of this story, click on World Youth Day to read more.
PREPARATIONS BEGIN FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY
VATICAN (CWN) -- Pope John Paul II will meet with 50,000 young
people on Thursday at the basilica of St. John Lateran, in preparation
for the celebration of World Youth Day on Sunday, April 5. The
meeting is part of the preparation for the World Youth Day
celebration in the year 2000, in Rome.
A preparatory meeting for that 2000 encounter is taking place in
Rome this week. As part of that preparation, the meeting on
Thursday will feature personal testimony and artistic performances
as well as the appearance by Pope John Paul. On Saturday the young
participants will form a procession through Rome, from the historic
Piazza del Popolo to St. Peter's Square, carrying the ceremonial Cross
that has become a central symbol of World Youth Day.
That Cross, conveyed to the young people of the world by Pope John
Paul II, has been carried to each of the 6 cities that have hosted
World Youth Day celebrations: Buenos Aires in 1976, St. James de
Compostela in 1989, Czestochowa in 1991, Denver in 1993, Manila in
1995, and Paris in 1997. It will remain in Rome for the celebration
there in the Jubilee Year 2000.
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