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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Continned from page 9 the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ. Narrowly missed the two-thirds majority needed to approve a similar covenant with the U.S. Episcopal Church. The Lutheran and Episcopal churches subse- quently named a panel of top scholars to work out revi- sions that could bring their churches to full communion. NCC meets NCCB In November, coinciding meetings in Washington of the National Council of Churches and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops led to a first-ever podi- um exchange between the two. The outgoing and incoming president of the NCC addressed the Catholic bishops while the vice presi- dent of the NCCB spoke to the assembled leaders of other Christian churches. otherChurch even00 ............................................................ Other events that put the U.S. Catholic Church in the news in 1997 included: A Texas jury's $120 million judgment against the Diocese of Dallas for the sexual molestation of several boys by one of its former priests, Rudy Kos. A National Catholic Youth Conference in Novem- ber that drew more than 17,000 young Catholics to Kansas City, Mo., to celebrate their faith. The installation in Chicago of Archbishop Francis E. George as successor to Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin, who died of cancer last fall. A potential controversy that fizzled when an advo- cacy group, We Are Church, produced only 37,000 sig- natures from its extended national campaignto get a million Catholics to call for major changes in church teaching and practice. Controversy over "Nothing Sacred," a new ABC- TV series about a popular young pastor of an urban parish. The Catholic League found it offensive and gathered 1 million protest signatures calling for an advertising boycott, but the series received critical acclaim and was praised by a variety of other Catholic individuals and groups. ABC extended the series for the full season. The nomination and confirmation of a veteran Catholic politician from Louisiana, Corinne "Lindy" Boggs, as first female U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, replacing the flamboyant Raymond L. Flynn, who said he was considering a run for governor in Massachusetts. in memoriam ............................................................................................. Among leading Catholic figures who diecl in 1997 were: Peruvian Cardinal Juan Landazuri Ricketts, 83, archbishop of Lima for 35 years and noted advocate of the poor: of cancer Jan. 16. Jesuit Father Robert Graham, 84, U.S.-born church historian who was one of the world's foremost author- ities on the work of the Vatican and Pope Plus XII dur- ing World War Ih in Los Gatos, Calif., Feb. 11. Presentation Sister Margaret Cafferty, 61, noted national leader and spokeswomen for U.S. women reli- gious: of cancer April 20. Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy of ! nationally for his leadership in istry and church stewardship: leukemia June 26. Italian fashion designer Gianni openly gay lifestyle led some to memorial services held for him in cathedrals: murdered by a homosexual Former Supreme Court Jus 91, whose long record of t minority rights in the court was Catholics by his role as one of the court's 1973 decisions legalizing illness, July 24. : : Auxiliary Bishop Joseph A. Francis i N.J., 73, a key force behind the J.S. toral letter on racism and long African-American Catholic ure Sept. 1. Liturgical music composer whose compositions included "Where( Love Prevail" and "Gifts of Finest started the People's Mass Book texts that deeply influenced U.S. the 1950s and '60s: Oct. 22. -- Cardinal Laurean Rugambwa, 85, emeritus of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, became the first native African cardinal: [ Sebastian Temple, 69, another of liturgical music whose best-known sog;i St. Francis," was sung at the funeral of a suspected heart attack Dec. 9 .... . Pope visits parish, prays fc00r families with members By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the days just before Christmas, Pope John Paul I[ turned his attention and prayers to fami- lies, especially those experienc- ing the pain of a family member addicted to drugs. Visiting St. Bartholomew Parish in Rome Dec. 21 and meeting with Polish pilgrims Dec. 20, the pope underlined the importance of families for passing on the faith and for caring for the lonely and the troubled. During,the parish visit, he prayed that at Christmas fami- lies would "love life, defend it and promote it with every legit- imate means. This is the best way to celebrate Christmas, sharing with every person of good will the joy of salvation which the incarnate Word has brought into the world." Pope John Paul noted that the poor neighborhood surround- ing St. Bartholomew's, on the extreme northwestern edge of Rome, is home to many young people afflicted by "the plague of drugs." The area, he said, has many social and economic problems, few facilities able to help drug addicts and very few appropri- ate activities for young people. However, the pope said, the people of St. Bartholomew's have not stood by in defeat. They have answered the call of their baptism to go out and help those who are suffering. "Bring to everyone the mes- sage of Christmas: 'Do not fear, Christ is born for Us!"' he said. The church calls on Catholic families to mobilize themselves to transmit the faith and to live it intensely, the pope said. "It is up to you, first of all, to Latin-rite patriarch stresses hope in face of frustration By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS)  In his Christmas message, Latin-rite Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem stressed the need for continuing hope despite the frus- trating political, economic and social situation in the region. "This is a message of hope to Jews, Muslims and Christians, and especially to religious lead- ers: We are able to live together and to build together. We are able to love each other. We are not condemned to hate, to criti- cize and be afraid," he said in his message presented at a press conference Dec. 22. "We are not condemned to make war. We can make peace," the patriarch added. He called on the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to work toward peace, telling the Israelis D SOUTHWEbW BANK ml Lu un WASHINGTONrSHOALS.LOOGOOTEE that such a peace shou|d be based on justice with individual free- dam. He told the Palestinians not to lose hope in the face of internal as well as external problems. "Hope gives strength and light to find the people who can build in this difficult but deci- sive moment of history," he said, reading from his message. People of the region have lost so much, he said, but they must not lose their hope. "We have lost something, but if we lose hope we lose every- tlaing. If we keep hope there is a chance we will have peace," he told reporters. Patriarch Sabbah reached out to extremists from all camps III I III III I II Hear it from the source! Vatican Radio World News Man. - Fri. at 5:30 p.m. 0nly on WUEV-FM 91.5 University of Evansville On the air or on your computer at www.evansville.edu/~wuevweb and said they could also become a part of creating peace. "They, too, are able to come back from their extremism and share in the building of the new order of the world, based on the respect of all brothers and sisters, all being children of God, loved by him," said Patriarch Sabbah. He said his message is also meant as a message of hope to improve the religious life of the local Christian community, especially as the Latin-rite Patri- archate in Jerusalem celebrates the 150th year of its re-estab- lishment and prepares for the Jubilee Year 2000. COUnt on us for professional medical care, any time of the day or nighL =':L IIII .. - lad6, v;a.Z ..... 1314 Grand Avenue Washington, Indiana 47501 (s12) z54-2760 www.dchosp.or 8 build a new solidarity which will facilitate the prevention and the recovery of those who unfor- tunately fall into the snares of drug addiction," he said. "To the families touched by this sad phenomenon, I want to assure you that the church is close to you and calls upon you to not give in passively," he said, "but to react with courage and decisiveness, counting on divine assistance and the active support of others to fight this modern plague, which does not cease to ruin the bodies and souls of so many young men and women." The importance of faith in family life also was a major theme of the pope's annual meeting with the Polish com- munity in Rome, expanded to include representatives of the Polish government and the city of Zakopane. Christmas is a time for family gift-giving, and the people of Zakopane had several large pre- sents for the Polish pope: a giant Christmas tree  complete with decorations  and four life- sized statues for the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square. The statues of a mother and father with their son and daugh- ter are dressed in costumes typ- " I I ical of the people Poland's Tatra While re family, the ues also can be senting the grimage, rejoicing at "In fact, the announced to the i the angel was men and he said. Pope John paul the Polish and share their tions, especially leaving an family dinner Christmas Eve The place unexpected the goodness of which sees in othefs ly the needy Christ and place for climate of "The d a certain s the human meaning of the even clearer bread, which and share with JOHN MANGIN Owner The Decorating Corner 21 East South Washington, IN 47501 Butines: 254-7794 Home: 254-3087 i ii i CORRESSELL, INC. 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