January 20, 1998 vol 9, no. 14
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"Walk with wise men and you will become wise, but the companion of fools will fare badly."
Proverbs 13: 20
Medjugorje Monthly Message for December 25th
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
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Consistory to be February 21 for Pope to fill out roster of red hats
True to Vatican prognosticators the Holy Father made the expected announcement of cardinals-to-be, but he surprised many by naming more than the sixteen necessary. Two were left out for security and political reasons but were notified of their appointment, keeping it hush for their own safety. As we reported yesterday, two prelates named Francis: Archbishop Francis P. George, OMI who replaced the late Cardinal Bernadin and former head of the Denver Archdiocese Archbishop Francis James Stafford, now head of the Pontifical Council for Laity, were the two American bishops to receive the red hat. Click on Consistory to read more.
POPE TO ELEVATE 20 NEW CARDINALS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
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;
- 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;
- Paul Shan Kuo-Shi of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Republicans show their colors in Palm Springs: Black and blue after failing to outlaw funding of abortion candidates
The GOP Party has a lot of healing to do after failing to fully commit to the culture of life by voting down the pro-life initiative that would have withheld funding for any Republican candidate who supported abortion. Despite a strong presentation and around-the-clock lobbying pro-life advocates fell short of convincing the Republicans that by not committing totally to pro-life it would greatly endanger the Party's direction. Click on Republicans to read more.
REPUBLICAN PARTY REJECTS ABORTION RESOLUTION
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.
Israel's Deputy Prime Minister optimistic of Holy Father's visit to Holy Land
Not knowing when but readily assured it will happen, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister expressed delight that the Pope would follow through on his plans to travel to Jerusalem. He made these remarks after a private audience with the supreme pontiff this past Friday. The Holy Father confirmed to Moshe Katzav that this pilgrimage to where Christ walked was "on the horizon." Click on Holy Land to read more.
ISRAELI OFFICIAL SAYS POPE PLANS VISIT TO ISRAEL
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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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
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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