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April 20, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 76
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's Prayer is the REGINA COELI which takes the place of the ANGELUS during Eastertide
Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He Whom you were made worthy to bear.
Alleluia. Has risen as He said. Alleluia. Pray for us to our God. Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
For the Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia.
Let us Pray.
God, Who through the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant us, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant provided by Catholic World News Service
Bulletproof Case houses Shroud of Turin as doors open to public for first time in 20 years
The first people to view the Shroud of Turin were descendants of the House of Savoy who bequeathed it to the Vatican. In a ceremony the cardinal of Turin, Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini lauded the event as an opportunity to view this "gift of faith and conversion." Millions are expected to view the Shroud, on display until June 14. The Holy Father will personally make a pilgrimage to Turin for a private viewing on May 24. For those wishing to view the Shroud in virtual time, click on Shroud of Turin. For more on this story, click on Shroud
HOLY SEE WILL DECIDE ON SHROUD TESTING AS IT GOES ON EXHIBIT IN TURIN
TURIN (CWN) -- Over 425,000 people have already made
reservations to view the Shroud of Turin which went on display
Saturday and will be available for viewing until June 14 of this year. Organizers of the
display expect an overall total of perhaps 3 million people.
In order to avoid long lines, the organizers have required pilgrims to
make reservations, purchasing tickets for a precise date and time.
Those time slots are quickly filling up. In fact, while the exhibit will
be restricted on May 24 because of a personal visit by Pope John
Paul II, the preceding weekend is already nearly full. Organizers say
that the weeks of June remain relatively free for interested pilgrims.
Meanwhile, Turin's Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini said that the Vatican would
decide whether or not to sponsor new scientific texts on the cloth.
"The Shroud belongs to the Holy See," the cardinal observed. In an
interview published by Il Messagero, he added that the Church
would not become directly involved in scientific debates that have
sprung up about the testing of the cloth. Those tests, and their
interpretation, are properly matters for scientists to decide, he said.
Since 1988, the Shroud has been the focus of a lively debate
involving the Carbon-14 tests which traced the cloth of the Shroud to
an origin in the Middle Ages. Some critics of the tests have pointed
out that the cloth had been impregnated with smoke from a fire,
thereby compromising the results of the test. Other critics say that
the parts of the cloth unaffected by the fire seem to come from the
region of Palestine, during the time of Christ.
Countless Christians cluster to Calcutta Crucifix that is purported to be bleeding
India has once again become the focus of a spiritual phenomena, specifically Trinity Catholic Church in the heart of Calcutta, where Mother Teresa labored lovingly for the poor. A stone crucifix is purported to be bleeding real blood and countless faithful and curiosity seekers are flocking to the church to get a glimpse. Scientists are examining the dark pigment to see if it truly is blood and if it is the Blood of Christ. For more, click on Calcutta Crucifix.
BLEEDING CRUCIFIX ATTRACTS THOUSANDS IN CALCUTTA
CALCUTTA (CWNews.com) - Thousands of Christians and the
merely curious have flocked to Trinity Church in Calcutta
this week to see a crucifix that is apparently bleeding,
police said on Friday.
Ajanta Rovena Chatterjee, a lawyer who lives on the grounds
of Trinity Church in central Calcutta, said she noticed
blood apparently coming from the wounds of the corpus on
her cross on Thursday morning. "I went to clean up the
crucifix on Thursday morning, but to my shock I discovered
it was bleeding at all the points where Christ was nailed,
and even on the head where He was wearing a crown of
thorns," she said.
Police controlling the crowds gathering at the site said
there had been about 10,000 so far. Press Trust of India
quoted the Central Forensic Science Laboratory's (CSFL)
deputy director, Dr. V.K. Kashyap, as saying the "blood"
could be organic substances oozing from the stone statue.
"Aging and temperature variations might lead to cracks in
stone from where dark brown-colored pigments flow out," he
said, adding that the CSFL would examine a sample of the
"blood" and put out a report on Saturday.
Cardinal Schoenborn offers Mea Culpas for Cardinal Groer
Hoping to restore trust in the faithful of Austria, the newly appointed prelate of Vienna, Austria Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn surprised many experts by publicly apologizing for the disgraceful actions of his predecessor Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer. The 78 red-hat had been accused with overwhelming evidence of child molestation and asked by Pope John Paul II to resign all his duties in Austria. For more, click on Austrian Apology to read more.
AUSTRIA CARDINAL APOLOGIZES FOR DISGRACED BISHOP
VIENNA (CWNews.com) - Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of
Vienna took the unprecedented step on Thursday of
apologizing for the actions of his predecessor, the
disgraced Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer who was accused of
molesting young men in the 1970s and 1980s.
Cardinal Groer, 78, relinquished all ecclesiastical duties
and privileges as an archbishop and cardinal on Tuesday and
stated he will leave Austria, after he was asked to do so by
Pope John Paul II. He had resigned as archbishop of Vienna
in 1995 after the allegations first surfaced, but he has
never clearly admitted or denied the charges. Cardinal
Schoenborn, for his part, implicitly stated his belief that
the charges were true. "As a bishop of this diocese, I
apologize for everything by which my predecessor, and other
church dignitaries, have wronged people entrusted to them,"
he said in a statement. "We in the Vienna archdiocese are
prepared to offer help to all those who thus have suffered
Church officials said help, including funds for therapy,
would be offered to the victims. Cardinal Schoenborn said
he hoped Austrians would put the crisis behind them, and
asked Catholics "to jointly follow the path of mutual trust
in honesty, respect, and compassion."
Don't plan on taking Cardinal O'Connor out to the Ballgame!
Upset that the New York Yankees, owned by George Steinbrenner started their Good Friday game at 1 p.m. rather than deferring until after 3 p.m. or in the evening when most games are played, Cardinal John O'Connor had no choice but to announce he will not patronize the ballparks this year because many major league teams were not sensitive to Christians and Jews who were observing both the Passion and Death of Jesus and Passover the same day. Yet the cardinal was pleased Boston postponed their game until after three. The Yanks' opponent for Opening Day - the Cleveland Indians - were not happy either and filed a formal protest that schedule makers are more sensitive to all next time. The cardinal carries clout in the big apple and you can bet the Yanks and Mets, as well as Major League Baseball will listen to him and heed his advice. For more, click on Strike Three to read more.
NEW YORK CARDINAL BOYCOTTS BASEBALL OVER GOOD FRIDAY GAMES
NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - Cardinal John O'Connor said on
Friday that he will not attend any Major League Baseball
games this year, because many professional teams played on
"I love the Yankees. I love the Mets. I love baseball,"
Cardinal O'Connor wrote in his weekly column in the
newspaper Catholic New York. "But I will not go to a game
because major league teams played on Good Friday." While 15
teams played on the holy day, the cardinal was particularly
upset at the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians because they
started the games at 1:05 pm, in the midst of the hours from
noon to 3 pm that mark the time of the crucifixion.
The cardinal had praise for the Boston Red Sox because they
delayed the start of their home-opener to 3:05 pm in
deference to Christians and Jews, who began the celebration
of Passover on the same day, while also banning beer sales
for the day. A spokesman for the archdiocese emphasized
that the cardinal's decision is a personal one and not a
call for Catholics to boycott baseball.
Yankees spokesman Rick Cerrone said the team is willing to
reconsider its tradition of making its home opener a day
game. "With the respect that we have for Cardinal O'Connor,
we will certainly give consideration to his concerns and his
suggestions in the future," Cerrone said in the New York
Post. The Indians asked the American League in a letter to
"be more sensitive" about scheduling games on Good Friday.
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