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MESSAGE 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana I@ I 'lllllllli[ ........................................................... VOLUME 26 NUMBER 18 January 5, 1996 WEST DJUiERY EAST DEANERY Pe prays for peace, justice WOODEN Service (CNS) _ or the bless- the John or peace and the world, his Christ- ae flu, the Angelus 1 with at a Rome ear's Eve and celebrated Mass New Year's Day in St. Peter's Basilica. Christians celebrate the New Year still focused on the birth of Christ and the salva- tion he brings to all humanity, the pope said during the Jan. 1 Mass. Marking the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and World Peace Day at the Mass, the pope said the fact that God be- came human means that human history has a divine order to it. "Peace," he said, is a "funda- mental sign of divine pres- ence." 31% 69% Research Item any of the following things regarding COUncil of the world's bishops which took 1962 and 1965. 9 or arti- II? Statewide Read any books or arti- cles about Vatican II? * 39% -- Yes 61% -- No i The pope said peace should be evident not only in individ- ual lives; "it must also radiate throughout the political order and in the life of communities and nations." The name Jesus, which means "God saves," holds the promise of salvation from every evil, "particularly from hatred, war and destruction," the pope said. Pope John Paul chose as the theme of his 1996 World Peace Day message, "Let us give children a future of peace." "The children of the earth, at the end of this century, are the seeds of the third millen- nium: For their tomorrow they ask for works of peace and the inheritance of a united world marked by solidarity," the pope said at the Angelus after Mass. "The little ones embody the hopes, expectations and poten- tial of the human community," he said. =They are witnesses and masters of hope, a senti- ment they live with a joyful enthusiasm." "Do not extinguish the hope in their hearts; do not suffo- cate their expectations of peace!" Pope John Paul said. "It is truly important that we adults think of them and assure children of a peaceful Subscribers to pay more for the Message in 1996 -- 1997 By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor {' For most subscribers to the Message, March 1996 marks the beginning of a new sub- scription year. Fees are being increased for the coming year, in order to cover increasing costs of postage and produc- tion. Individual subscriptions are being raised from $15 to $17.50. Subscribers in parishes with full circulation (where at least 75 percent of registered families receive the paper), will pay $15. The Message is published 51 times each year -- every Fri- day except the Friday follow- ing Christmas. That means subscribers paying the individ- ual rate pay less than 35 cent.s an issue, while subscribers in full-circulation parishes pay less than 30 cents an issue. Most subscriptions are re- newed during February, but some parishes choose to send in subscribers' names during January. especially for children future," he said. "It is our task and our responsibility." Reciting the Angelus the day before, the feast of the Holy Family, the pope said that a natural part of parenthood is working to avoid all that is bad for one's family and to guarantee every possible good for one's children. But today's families, he said, which by their nature should be centers of life and love, often are exposed to "painful threats of every kind." Christian families are called to look to the Holy Family for answers, he said. The relation- ship among Jesus, Mary and Joseph was one of "authentic love and charity, creating not only an eloquent model for all families, but also offering a guarantee that a similar love can be realized in every nu- clear family." Pope John Paul prayed that "faith would grow in every house and that in each home love, agreement, solidarity, mutual respect and openness to life would reign." The mayor of Rome and Ital- ian political leaders joined the pope Dec. 31 at Rome's St. Ig- natius Church for an evening prayer service of thanksgiving for the past year. The pope told the congrega. tion that Italy, with a popula- tion more than 95 percent Catholic, needs renewed evan- gelization "so that the cultural and social currents running to- ward a radical secularization do not diminish the vigor of the faith held by the majority of the population." See POPE page 3