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March 16, 1998
SECTION THREE   vol 9, no. 53
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Three more closer to Sainthood with Beatification ceremonies Sunday in Rome!
The Holy Father beatified three more candidates Sunday at the Vatican, elevating Spanish religious Carmen Salles y Barangueras, founder of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; Passionist Bishop Eugen Bossilkov, a martyred victim of the Stalinist death camps who, like Saint Maximilian Kolbe, saved Jews from the Holocaust; and seventeenth century Italian Brigitte Morello, wife and founder of the house of St. Ursula in Piacaenza, dedicated to the poor and youth of Italy. For more, click on Beatifications to read more.
POPE PERFORMS THREE BEATIFICATIONS SUNDAY
VATICAN (CWN) --- On Sunday, March 15, Pope John Paul II presided at beatification ceremonies for three Servants of God:
- Brigitte Morello (1610-1679) was born into a large Italian
family, and her desire to enter religious life was frustrated by her
mother's illness. Charged with the responsibility of helping to care
for her nine brothers and sisters, she prayed instead for a happy
marriage, and in 1633 she did marry Matthew Zancari. But their
happy marriage ended with his death four years later; the union did
not produce children. She herself fell gravely ill, and vowed that if
she recovered she would devote her life to God. She founded the
house of St. Ursula in Piacenza in 1649, and served the remaining
years of her life-- through persistent problems with ill health-- to
educate youngsters and care for the poor.
- Carmen Salles y Barangueras (1848-1911) was born outside
Barcelona, Spain, and from her youth nurtured a special devotion to
the Virgin Mary. Despite her parents' desire that she should marry,
she entered the entered religious life and in 1892 founded the
Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, seeking to fulfill her plan for
"the formation of young people, using the heart to reach the intellect
as well." The order she founded now boasts 60 communities in 11
countries, stretching across all of the world's continents.
- Eugen Bossilkov (1900-1952) is the first victim of Stalinism
to be beatified, as well as the first Catholic from Bulgaria-- a
predominantly Orthodox population-- to claim that honor. Having
been invited to visit Bulgaria, Pope John Paul II had hoped to
conduct the beatification ceremony in that country, but divisions
within the Orthodox Church there led to a postponement of the papal
visit, and thus led to the beatification in Rome.
Born in Belene, on the Danube, Vincent Bossilkov took the name
"Eugen" when he entered the Passionist community. A promising
student, he was assigned to study in Rome, where he wrote a thesis
on the union between the Church in Bulgaria and the Holy See. That
intellectual proposition was tested when, having become bishop of
Nicopoli, he was asked by the Communist government to renounce
his attachment to Rome. When he refused, he was arrested and
Bishop Bossilkov was apparently killed by a firing squad in 1952. His
surviving niece reports that at their last meeting he said, "I have the
sense that the Lord has given me the grace to accept death." Because
of the intense secrecy that enshrouded the Soviet death camps, his
death was never officially accepted by the Holy See until 1975, when
the new Bulgarian head of state, Todor Zikov, an anti-Stalinist,
confirmed that he had been killed.
Things looking up for culture of life with passage of three separate legislations
Finally there may be some sense to all the insanity going on in the world regarding abortion, euthanasia and suicide assistance with legislators and medical professionals taking a firm grip on reality and saying "Enough!" That is the message that rang loud and clear last week in bills approved in Michigan, Florida and overseas in London. For more, click on Enough is enough to read more.
MICHIGAN HOUSE PASSES ASSISTED SUICIDE BAN, FLORIDA BANS PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTIONS, AND WORLD MEDICAL EXPERTS CONDEMN EUTHANASIA
LANSING (CWN) - The Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday banning assisted suicide, but
failed by just a few votes to muster a two-thirds majority
that would have made the ban effective immediately.
The House voted 66 to 40 to explicitly ban the practice
which retired pathologist Jack Kevorkian has admitted
committing 99 times since 1990. He has been acquitted in
three trials on assisted suicide charges as defined by the
courts in unwritten common law. A previous, temporary ban
that expired in 1994 allowed a loophole for doctors who
dispense pain-killing drugs with the intent to relieve
suffering, a loophole that has been removed from the new
Because the bill did not receive a two-thirds majority
vote, the ban must wait until it clears the Senate, which
already approved a similar version in December, and is then
signed by Republican Gov. John Engler who has promised to do
so. The expected effective date is April 1, 1999. The bill
makes intentionally assisting in a suicide a felony
punishable by five years in prison or a $10,000 fine.
Meanwhile, in Tallahassee, Florida the Florida Legislature on
Wednesday approved a ban on partial-birth abortions,
overriding Democratic Gov. Lawton Chile's veto of the bill
which was originally approved last year.
The law is expected to take effect in July, after enduring
a least one court challenge. Chiles said after the vote
that the Legislature acted too late on the veto override,
and should have voted on it during a special session last
fall. The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral
arguments on the dispute in May.
The House voted overwhelmingly to override the veto last
week, and the Senate also approved the override 32-7 on
Wednesday. Pro-abortion groups have also threatened to file
lawsuits to overturn the law, citing court decisions in
other states declaring similar laws unconstitutional.
Overseas, a summit of doctors and medical ethicists
from around the world gathered in London on Friday to issue
a unified statement that euthanasia and assisted suicide is
wrong and should never be legalized.
Spokesmen for the group said public opinion is turning
against the practice and said new court rulings and
legislation around the world could effectively ban it.
"Legalized euthanasia fundamentally rejects universal human
rights obligations," Australian bioethicist Dr. John Fleming
told an international meeting on compassionate care for the
dying. He also praised his own country for turning the
tide. "At a time when the world imagined that euthanasia
would be universally accepted, following the Northern
Territory of Australia's decision to legalize euthanasia,
the federal government of Australia decisively turned the
tide and has reaffirmed the human rights standard on this
issue, not just for Australia but worldwide," he added.
The conference was sponsored by the International Right to
Life Federation and The Society for the Protection of
Unborn Children. Dr. John Wilkie, the American founder and
president of the international federation, said the goal of
the medical community should be learning how to treat the
suffering endured by the terminally ill, not helping them
succumb to their maladies even sooner. "Don't kill the
patient, kill the pain," he told reporters. Wilkie said
only five percent of people died in pain and only two or
three percent of patients wanted to die because they were
Roman Sanctuary of Divine Love chosen as Site for World Youth Day 2000
How fitting that a little-known Marian shrine just outside Rome will be the site of the 2000 global celebration of World Youth Days. It is appropriately called "Sanctuary of Divine Love" evolving from a painting of Our Lady with miracles attached to its significance. No specific date for the anticipated event has yet been announced. For more, click on World Youth Days to read more.
LOCATION SET FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY 2000 IN ROME
ROME (CWN) - The mayor of Rome announced on Thursday that the biennial Catholic youth gathering, World Youth Day,
scheduled to be held in Rome in 2000 will take place at a
religious sanctuary outside the city.
The Italian news agency AGI quoted Mayor Francesco Rutelli
as saying the event will take place at the Sanctuary of
Divine Love, set aside in 1745 to enshrine a painting of
the Virgin Mary which is believed to have saved the life of
a pilgrim attacked by mad dogs. Up to 2 million youths are
expected to gather with Pope John Paul at the sanctuary in
2000, although an exact date has not been set yet.
Mayor Rutelli said that during the event, which is expected
to be the highlight of the Jubilee Year, will begin with an
8-mile procession to the site by the gathering youth.
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Reaching the midway point of Lent
This week leads to the middle of Lent, but we take time out this week to celebrate three saints, two being optional. One of those, of course, is Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland whose feast we celebrate tomorrow. For his story, and the rest of the readings, meditations of both today and tomorrow, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
MONDAY, March 16, 1998
First Reading: 2 Kings 5: 1-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 42: 2-3; 43: 3-4
Gospel Reading: Luke 4: 24-30
TUESDAY, March 17, 1998
Tuesday, March 17: Weekday in the Third Week of Lent
Optional Feast of ST. PATRICK, Bishop and Patron Saint of Ireland
First Reading: Daniel 3: 25,34-43
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25: 4-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18: 21-35
SAINT PATRICK, APOSTLE OF IRELAND
Though the Season of Lent often preempts this patron saint of Ireland, he is credited with bringing the emerald isle to Catholicism. Born of Roman and Scottish origin, Patrick was sold into bondage and brought to Ireland in the early 400's. His experiences prompted him to always turn to God for intercession and it was this faith that motivated him toward becoming an apostle for Christ in this land he grew to love. His piety and wisdom, as well as his genuine love and caring for the Celtic people, produced mass conversions throughout Irish soil. He is often depicted holding the Church in his hands as well as a shamrock which he used to explain the Blessed Trinity as having three leaves but one plant. He is also shown driving out the snakes. Though history does not record reptiles being on the island, it represents bringing the Gospel to Ireland and driving away the evil spirits of paganism. His holy work spawned generation upon generations of priests and nuns and holy, practicing Catholics up to our present century which are responsible for so many conversions the world-over, especially in America.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the Act of Hope as we express hope that Mary's Immaculate Heart will Triumph sooner and that more souls return to the true fold.
O God, I hope with complete trust that You will give me, through the merits of Jesus Christ, all the necessary grace in this world and everlasting life in the world to come, for this is what You have promised and You always keep Your promises.
For more devotions of Lent, click on WAY OF THE CROSS
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"The start of strife is like the opening of a dam; therefore, check a quarrel before it begins!"
Proverbs 17: 14
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