January 20, 1998   vol 9, no. 14    



"Walk with wise men and you will become wise, but the companion of fools will fare badly."

Proverbs 13: 20

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    Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you to the good. I desire that each of you reflect and carry peace in your heart and say: I want God in the first place in my life. In this way, little children, each of you will become holy. Little children, tell everyone, I want the good for you and he will respond with the good and, little children, good will come to dwell in the heart of each man. Little children, tonight I bring to you the good of my Son Who gave His life to save you. That is why, little children, rejoice and extend your hands to Jesus Who is only good. Thank you for having responded to my call! For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

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      VATICAN (CWN) -- Pope John Paul named 20 bishops to the College of Cardinals on Sunday, including 17 eligible to vote for the next pope and three whose names would be withheld to protect them or their local church.

      The new cardinals will be consecrated at a consistory to be held on February 21, bringing to 123 the number of cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave to select the next pope. Among the bishops selected for the honor are Archbishop Francis George of Chicago, appointed to the archdiocese less than one year ago; Archbishop Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, at 53 the youngest cardinal and editor of the new Catechism; and Archbishop Adam Kozlowiecki, an 86-year old missionary in Zambia and survivor of the Dachau concentration camp.

      At least one or more of the cardinals named "in pectore" or "in the breast" -- meaning the name is known to few besides the Pope -- is believed to be from China which is suppressing Catholics who remain loyal to the Universal Church. Eight of the new cardinals are members of the Roman Curia or Vatican diplomatic service.

      The Pope conceded after the consistory, there would be 123 members of the College of Cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave to select the next pope. (Cardinals over the age of 80 are not eligible to vote, although they may take part in the conclave's deliberations.) Under rules set forth by Pope Paul VI, the number of eligible cardinal-electors had been limited to 120. However, the Holy Father said that his new nominees deserved the honor, and thus he exercised his prerogative to set aside the rule.

      There are 104 members of the College of Cardinals below the age of 80 today. Of the 20 named by the Pope to receive the honor in February, 17 are known to be eligible voters-- although one, Bishop Dino Monduzzi, the prefect of the papal household-- is seriously ill. One cardinal-designate, Archbishop Adam Kozlowiecki, a Polish-born missionary in Zambia, is already 86. Another, Archbishop Giovanni Cheli, the president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants, will celebrate his 80th birthday this coming October.

      The Pope also named three new cardinals "in pectore"-- that is, without making their names public. A cardinal is usually named "in pectore" when the Pope believes that a public announcement would be damaging-- most often because of tense relations with the government of his country. It is widely believed that at least one of the cardinals named "in pectore" is from China.

      The Pope had intended to name Archbishop Giuseppe Uhac, the secretary to the Congregation for Evangelization, to his list. But the archbishop died in Rome just before the announcement.

      The youngest of the new cardinals will be Archbishop Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, who was the general editor for the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Seven of the new nominees are Italian by birth; two are from the United States. The remaining nominees are from countries all over the globe.

      Eight of the new cardinals are currently working in the Roman Curia or the Vatican diplomatic service. They are:- Archbishop Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship;
- Archbishop Dario Castrillon Hoyos, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy;
- Archbishop Alberto Bovone, the pro-prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints;
- Archbishop Lorenzo Antonetti, the pro-president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See;
- Archbishop Francis Stafford, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity;
- Archbishop Cheli;
- Archbishop Francesco Colasuonno, the apostolic nuncio to Italy;
- Bishop Manduzzi;

      The other new cardinals, all currently serving as diocesan archbishop, are:
- Dionigi Tettamanzi of Genoa, Italy;
- Salvatore de Giorgi of Palermo, Italy;
- Antonio Rouco Varela of Madrid, Spain;
- Jean Balland of Lyon, France;
- Schoenborn;
- Serafim Fernandez de Araujo of Bel Horizonte, Brazil;
- Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City, Mexico;
- Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic of Toronto, Canada;
- Francis George of Chicago, USA;
- Polycarp Pengo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;
- Kozlowiecki;
and - Paul Shan Kuo-Shi of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


     PALM SPRINGS, California (CWN) - The Republican National Committee on Friday at its winter meeting rejected a proposed resolution that would have banned support for candidates who support partial-birth abortion, but not without strong support on both sides of this issue.       "We are a pro-life party, and we shouldn't be ashamed of it," Betsy DeVos of Michigan told fellow RNC members. Tim Lambert of Texas, the sponsor of the resolution, said the issue could end in a revolt among rank and file members of the Republican Party. "I think there will be consequences," he said. "Republicans have been elected to their positions for years by telling their folks they are pro-life."       Noted pro-lifer Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois was called into the meeting by RNC chairman Jim Nicholson to oppose the resolution while allaying pro-lifers' fears that the abortion issue is being downplayed by the party. "We were inept, we were timid in our last two presidential campaigns" and merely gave lip service to the issue, he said. Many Republicans said after the meeting that they hope the issue of support for a partial-birth abortion ban will soon change focus to the Democratic Party, where there are many more opponents to a ban, once an override of President Clinton's veto of a ban comes to a final vote.


      VATICAN CITY (CWN) - Israel's deputy prime minister said on Friday after a meeting with Pope John Paul that the Holy Father saw a visit to the Holy Land "on his horizon."

      Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Katzav received a private audience with the Pontiff on Friday. "I invited His Holiness once again to visit and I told him that such a visit would create a better atmosphere," Katzav told reporters. "The Pope said this trip is on his horizon. Whether that means one year or two years, we don't know." The Pope has often expressed his desire to visit the Holy Land before the year 2000, but sporadic progress in Middle East peace talks have delayed planning for such a trip.

      Katzav said the Holy Father repeated his constant belief that "the Jews are the elder brothers of the Christians." He added that they also discussed preparations for the Jubilee Year and the Middle East peace process. The Vatican and Israel first formed diplomatic ties in 1994 and reached landmark agreement last November that clarified the legal status of Catholic institutions in Israel.

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Prayer taken from Opening Prayer of both martyred saints today.

God our Father, glory of Your priests, may the prayers of Your martyr Fabian help us to share his faith and offer You loving service.

Lord, fill us with that spirit of courage which gave Your martyr Sebastian strength to offer his life in faithful witness. Help us to learn from him to cherish Your law and to obey You rather than men.

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