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February 6-8, 1998                 SECTION TWO                         vol 9, no. 27

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

The following is taken from the Preface of the observance of the Blessed Mother on Saturday

      From the height of the cross, Christ entrusted His Mother to the beloved disciple to care for her in His stead. John is a symbol of the human race, and thus Mary becomes the Mother of all so that Divine grace would be bestowed more abundantly on us who have believed and experienced the inexhaustible riches of her heart.


Medjugorje Monthly Message for January 25th

      Dear children! Today again I call all of you to prayer. Only with prayer, dear children, will your heart change, become better, and be more sensitive to the Word of God. Little children, do not permit satan to pull you apart and to do with you what he wants. I call you to be responsible and determined and to consecrate each day to God in prayer. May Holy Mass, little children, not be a habit for you, but life. By living Holy Mass each day, you will feel the need for holiness and you will grow in holiness. I am close to you and intercede before God for each of you, so that He may give you strength to change your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

The Essence of the Medjugorje Message

A Call To Peace from the Queen of Peace

According to the testimony of the visionaries in Medjugorje, Our Lady introduced herself: "I am the Queen of Peace" Mary is calling all of humanity to PEACE, PEACE, PEACE - for it is necessary to save all humanity. We have to begin by first creating peace within our hearts, then in our families and then in this war-threatened world. This can be done in the following manner:

COMMITMENT TO GOD

FAITH

PRAYER

FASTING

SACRAMENTS


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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

HEADLINES:

PORTUGAL LEGALIZES ABORTION ON DEMAND

      LISBON (CWN) - Portugal's parliament on Wednesday stripped unborn children of their legal protection and voted to legalize abortion virtually on demand within the first few weeks of pregnancy.

      The controversial proposal was pushed through the Chamber of Deputies by the ruling Socialist Party joined by the small Communist Party. The law will allow abortions to be carried out in public hospitals during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy after the mother attends a session at a national counseling center. Portugese law previously permitted abortion only when the mother's physical or psychological health were at serious risk or in cases of rape, and then only in the first three months. In subsequent months, an abortion could only be performed when the mother's life is in danger.

      The bill, which passed by 116 votes to 107, now goes to the committee stage where it will be voted on clause by clause, but only minor changes can be adopted. Prior to the new law, there were only 280 abortions in the country, although pro-abortion supporters claim that thousands of illegal abortions were being performed.


FRENCH BISHOPS SUE VOLKSWAGEN, AD AGENCY OVER PARODY BILLBOARD

     PARIS (CWN) - France's bishops' conference said on Wednesday it would file suit against Volkswagen and an advertising agency over billboards selling the new Golf depicting the Last Supper.

      "An ad like the one sending up Christ's Last Supper might seem like an inoffensive jibe at the Christian faith, but it reduces it to the level of an advertising gimmick and degrades it," the French Bishops Conference said in a letter to Volkswagen France. The conference said it was taking legal action "to obtain reparations for the damage suffered by Christians."

      The bishops' conference is seeking 3.3 million francs in damages, the newspaper Le Monde reported. It said Volkswagen was ready to pull the ads but the conference was going ahead with their lawsuit. Sources at the DDB-Needham ad agency confirmed that the association Croyances et Libertes, representing the French Bishops' Conference, had taken legal action.


VATICAN PAPER CLARIFIES LIMITS OF LAY ROLES

     VATICAN (CWN) -- The official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, has begun publication of a series of articles on the recent Vatican document concerning the distinction between lay responsibility and priestly ministry. The articles are evidently aimed to clarify that Vatican instruction, in the face of criticism coming especially from Germany and Switzerland.

      The November publication of the Instruction on collaboration by the laity in the priestly ministry calls into question certain practices which are widespread in Germany, such as the government of parishes by pastoral councils in which lay people exercise control over the parish priests. Such a system is "incorrect," according to a paper published in L'Osservatore Romano yesterday, and they pose a "difficult pastoral problem."

      The first in a projected series of articles was written by Winfried Aymans, rector of an Institute for Canon Law in Munich. He pointed out that the Instruction was approved by Pope John Paul "in forma specifica"-- an indication that any practices which run contrary to the Instruction should be discontinued.

      Acknowledging that in many cases the involvement of lay people in Church ministry has been experimental, or has been undertaken in response to emergencies, the author said that the Instruction was a warning that "abuses begin when exceptional solutions become alternatives, transforming extraordinary competencies into ordinary ones, or when the limitations set forth for collaboration are not properly understood."

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PROVERB OF THE DAY

"Hear, O children, a Father's instruction, be attentive, that you may gain understanding!"

Proverbs 4: 1

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