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16 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana A look at 1996 month by month By JERRY FILTEAU Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Here, month by month, are some of the highlights of events of religious interest in 1996. January Pope John Paul II calls for total ban on nuclear testing. Chinese Catholics report gov- ernment agents infiltrating Catholic communities. In first self-rule elections Palestinians elect Yasser Ararat president. Vigils nationwide mark 23rd anniversary of Supreme Court abortion decision. Two mission- ary nuns from United States and Canada murdered in Ghana. Two nuns killed, two severely beaten, by mentally unstable man in Maine. February Pope visits Guatemala, Nicaragua, E1 Salvador, Venezuela, calls liberation the- ology no longer relevant. Pope issues new rules for conclave of cardinals to elect his successor. Irish Republican Army ends Northern Ireland cease-fire, resumes bombings. New U.S. law calls for V-chips in TVs to let parents block offensive pro- grams. French bishops' commit- tee says condoms can be used in some circumstances to prevent AIDS. Patrick Buchanan wins Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire. March Federal appeals court rules Washington state law against assisted suicide unconstitution- al. Illness forces pope to cut back schedule for a week. Pope's apostolic exhortation on conse- crated life urges greater deci- sion-making roles for women religious. Islamic extremists kidnap seven French Trappist monks in Al.geria. Bishop Fabi- an W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., issues special law excom- municating Catholics in Call to Action and other groups. Cardi- nal Carlo Martini of Milan, Italy, urges flexibility on priest- ly celibacy rule, says issue of women priests needs more study. Dr. Jack Kevorkian acquitted of two charges of assisting at suicide in Michigan. April Federal appeals court declares New York laws banning assisted suicide unconstitutional. Pope visits Tunisia. Vatican official, anticipating June Habitat II con- ference, says housing is a moral right. U.S. cardinals condemn President Clinton's veto of Par- tial- Birth Abortion Ban Act. In five-week White House vigil Ursuline Sister Dianna Ortiz starts bread-and-water fast, seeking U.S. documents on her 1989 abduction and torture in Guatemala. Pope urges global ban on anti-personnel land mines. May Secret taping of Oregon jail inmate's sacramental confession draws sharp objections from church. Cleveland Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, head of U.S. bishops, urges United States to lead global movement for a land- mine ban. Pope visits Slovenia. Vatican says recently confirmed secret ordination of a woman priest was invalid. U.S. coalition We Are Church starts signature campaign for women priests, other changes in church prac- tice; Bishop Pilla calls campaign divisive. Seven monks kid- napped in Algeria are killed. German Ola Catholic Church is first Old Catholic Church to ordain women priests. June Israelis elect Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, putting Israeli-Palestinian peace process on back burner. Habitat II conference on housing meets. Catholic Theological Society of America asks yearlong study of Vatican doctrinal statement on women priests. U.S. bishops meet in Oregon, approve liturgy texts, national office for millen- nium observances. Pope visits Germany. U.S. bishops start national postcard campaign ask- ing Congress to override Clin- ton's veto on partial-birth abor- i Support Catholic schools by using the Tradition Card. A percentage of each purchase you make using Tradition Card goes to support Catholic education. Call 464-3322 or 1-800-777-3949 ext. 3322 for details. Issued by Citizens Bank. tion. Retired U.S. Archbishop John R. Quinn sparks debate with call for new ecumenical council and Roman Curia reforms in Oxford University address. July Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australia's Northern Ter- ritory. Current exercise of papa- cy called major obstacle to Chris- tian unity by World Council of Churches leader and ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople. Republicans struggle over "toler- ance" language in anti-abortion platform. Explosion of TWA flight over Atlantic kills 230. Celebra- tion of athletic ideals at Olympic Games in Atlanta marred by bomb at Olympic park. Pope con- demns massacre of 300 displaced Tutsis in Burundi refugee camp. Greek Orthodox Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America retires. August Gasoline bomb kills Algerian bishop and his chauffeur. Some 3,000 frozen human embryos are destroyed as five-year storage limit takes effect in England. Clinton signs laws increasing minimum wage, protecting health insurance coverage, reforming welfare; bishops back first two, oppose third as hurt- ing poor and immigrants. Chica- go Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin announces Catholic Common Ground Project to restore unity among polarized U.S. Catholics; less than three weeks later he learns he is dying of cancer. National Council of Churches reports more than $8.6 million collected for burned black churches in less than two months. Mother Teresa survives life-threatening complications after hospitalization for malar- ia. September Archbishop, two nuns mur- dered in Burundi amid Hutu- Tutsi ethnic violence. Pope visits Hungary and France. All U.S. cardinals gather at Capitol to ask Congress to override veto on partial-birth abortion ban. Vat- ican announcements on papal health -- recurring appendicitis and a neural disorder causing hand tremor -- fuel speculation. Cardinal Ratzinger calls rela- tivism the newest danger to the faith. New violence in Israel leaves 76 dead. World Lutheran body seeks delay until 1998 in joint Catholic-Lutheran state- ment on condemnations of 16th century. October Supreme Court agrees to review constithtionality of New York and Washington state laws against physician-assisted sui- cide. Mother Teresa becomes fifth person in history to be named honorary U.S. citizen. Pope has appendectomy. Pope provokes stir with statement that evolution must be recog- nized as "more than a hypothe- sis." South Africa and Poland legalize abortion. Ukrainian Catholic Church convenes its first general council. Church aid agencies move to help refugees fleeing camps in Zaire; Hutu militia in one abandoned camp kill four Spanish Marist broth- ers. November President Clinton is elected to second term. donations over activities. 1,600 1946 gather brate bishot approve ment plan, norms and new texts; discuss bishops' Bernardin death letter Court not suicide. Mothe talized to arteries, is will have to worldwide Rome. Pope Minister first time. Pope Geor stands on obstacle to reconciliation. law violates call to Chinese nese meeting on equality of s differe slum on exploration important for ! op Carlos Timer, Prize. papal book priesthood, published in Cantinuin Your 'j P ..: 2 at Samt Memrad ' UPCOMING '97 OFFERINGS: FF.BRUARY 5 Ministry to the Bereaved: Understanding Grief t)3' Raphael Smith, PsrD A workshop that will increase your understanding of the psycho-social : theological issues related to dying, death, anti grief. FEBRUARY 19 c Eucharist: Symbol and Reality by Rev. Kurt Stasiak, OSB This program will examine how the Eucharist, the "source and Church's life," developed, how the Mass came to be shaped and and how different practices at different times influenced the ur what the Mass is. FEBRUARY 26-27 Addressing Respect for Life by ttelen AlvarO This workshop will include a briefing about the current status of controversy in the U.S., reflections on the implications of the suggestions on how to communicate the Catholic approaches to suggestions about solving problems priests face in teaching pro-life. RegLtratiop, is requested one week D/advance. To register or for a complete list of offerings, contact: Sr, Ik|rb,|ra C. Schmitz, OSB Oficc of Continuing Education Saint Mcinrad Sch(x>l of Theology St, Mcinr:ld, IN 17577 (HI2) 3"37-6599 (800) 730-9910 }XX (H12) 357-6816 e-mail: concdpsti net School of