November 20, 1997   vol 8, no.35      SECTION THREE

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     CLEVELAND (CWN) - Archbishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, underwent successful quadruple bypass heart surgery on Tuesday and is expected to return to his duties in six weeks.

      Archbishop Pilla, 65, was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in 1991 and blocked coronary arteries were found during a regular examination this fall. Dr. Mehdi Razavi of the Cleveland Clinic said the operation was routine and that the archbishop's vital signs are excellent. "I sincerely believe his faith has helped a great deal," said Razavi.

      The archbishop who was appointed to the Cleveland archdiocese in 1980 isn't expected to return to work until early next year, according to chancery staff members.

      In a related story, Bishop Leo O'Neil of Manchester announced on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with a second form of cancer and that doctors can no longer help him.

      The 69-year-old bishop told reporters that he plans to remain bishop while he is able. "I have come really now to understand how great a gift life is, and I hope that the people of this state will sustain me in prayer," he said. "When I was told the news, a great peace came over me. I'm not too sure I'm going to have that courage throughout this ordeal, but I depend upon all of you and all of the people of this state."

      Bishop O'Neil has bone cancer and was recently diagnosed with leukemia. He has been hospitalized twice recently, including last week. In 1993, doctors removed a tumor from his sternum and then gave him chemotherapy and radiation. In 1995, he broke his leg which had been weakened by another tumor.

Reconciliation across the Border as Canadian Bishop apologizes to Spanish-speaking countries

      During the second session of the Synod of America in Rome, Ottawa's Archbishop Marcel Gervais, representing the Canadian bishops, asked forgiveness for the manner Canadian missionaries treated the people of the Central and South America countries in the past. Click on Canada to read more.


      VATICAN (CWN) -- In a dramatic statement at the American Synod, Archbishop Marcel Gervais of Ottawa asked pardon from the churches of Latin America, in the name of the Canadian episcopal conference, for the "errors" committed in the past by Canadian missionaries in those countries. He said that Canada had taken more from the Latin American churches than it had given them.

      The Synod continued with interventions from the individual bishops participating in the discussions. Today's morning session is set aside for meetings of the various linguistic groups. These groups, each of which will have 25 participants, include 6 groups speaking Spanish and 3 speaking English, with one apiece speaking French, Italian, and Portuguese. The full plenary sessions of the Synod, with the continuation of individual bishops' addresses, resumed this afternoon.

      If there was a common theme in the many different presentations by individual bishops, it was the desire to coordinate efforts across the boundaries of the countries of the New World. Cardinal Anthony Bevilaqua of Philadelphia, for instance, emphasized that all of the greatest challenges facing the Church-- the drug culture, the disintegration of family life, the poverty of religious education, the rise of sects) require a new "continental" approach. He also observed that since by the year 2050 it is estimated that nearly one-quarter of the US population will speak Spanish, it behooves North Americans to work together with the Latin countries. He advanced the possibility that inter-American episcopal conferences might be set up to help in that process.

Pope intros new topic at Wednesday Audiences

      Completing his talks on the Blessed Virgin Mary's role in salvation and to the Church, the Holy Father began a new series of talks in preparation for Jubilee 2000 at his packed audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Wednesday. He spoke of the coming millennium with great hope, his voice having recovered sufficiently compared to last week when he could barely speak. Click on Jubilee to read more.


     VATICAN (CWN) -- Pope John Paul II today introduced a new theme for the catechetical talks which he delivers each Wednesday at a public audience. For the last several months the Holy Father has been speaking on the Virgin Mary and her role in salvation. Now he has announced a new series of talks, dedicated to the preparation for the Jubilee Year 2000.

      The importance of the Jubilee, the Pope said, calls for a more complete understanding, for preparation, and especially for prayer. "For believers," he said, "the passage into the third millennium should not be another stage in the unstoppable passage of time, but a significant occasion for profitable reflections on God's design for the history of humanity."

      "What is time?" the Pope asked, as a way of setting the framework for his talk. "What is its origin?" He brought his audience back to the fundamental mystery of creation, saying, "in creating the universe, God created time.... time is thus a gift from God.... each day is a gift of divine love for us." Thus it is, he concluded, that the passage into the third millennium should be seen as a special gift to the Church.

      In fact, the Pope elaborated, the Incarnation began a "new creation," and thus a new measure of time. So he reasoned: "The event of the Jubilee is an invitation to celebrate Christian life as a period of renewal for humanity and for the world, whatever the difficulties might be that have marked these 2000 years of grace."

      Looking to the future, the Pope said that "the years that are to come remain in the hands of the Lord. The future of man is above all the future of God, in the sense that God alone knows, prepares, and will bring about the future."

      "Only God knows what the future will be," the Holy Father concluded. "We know simply that, in any case, our future will be a future of grace... For that reason we look to the future full of confidence, and we cannot allow ourselves to be won over by fear. The road to the Jubilee is the path of hope." .

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Today's Proverb honors Our Lady

"Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all."

Proverbs 31: 29


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