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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Vatican sets January 1998 date for papal trip to By JOHN THAVIS rejected because the Cuban Cuban President Fidel Castro the pope would be free to go where Catholics. After Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After weeks of discussions with Cuban officials, the Vatican has set January 1998 as the date for Pope John Paul II's first trip to Cuba. The decision, announced Jan. 4, means the Vatican opted to push the visit back a few months rather than combine it with a trip to Brazil next October. Vat- ican sources said that would have been too taxing on the 76- year-old pontiff. The sources said the idea of an earlier trip to Cuba m perhaps as soon as this spring -- was church and government need more time to prepare for the pope's arrival. Typically, local churches use the run-up to a papal visit as a time of intense evangelization. The date was announced in Havana by Cardinal Jaime Orte- ga Alamino and confirmed by Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who said the pope would travel to the island dur- ing the second half of January 1998. In Cuba, the announce- ment coincided with a visit by Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Italian bishops' conference. When Pope John Paul and Worth mentioning New education endowment established Rita L. Kautzman of Evansville has donated $10,000 to the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF), and in return, has an endowment fund established in her name. The Rita L. Kautzman Endowment Fund will make it possi- ble for the CEF to continue to provide tuition assistance for stu- dents attending the two Evansville Catholic high schools. "On behalf of the Catholic Education Foundation, we wish to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for the generous donation," said Linda Montejano, CEF executive director. "The donation has been placed in an endowment fund, thus ensuring a gift in perpetuity for the benefit of our students." Worldwide Marriage Encounter plans weekends Want to put a little romance back in your marriage? Then con- sider a special weekend away, for just the two of you! Worldwide Marriage Encounter has scheduled three weekend retreats in Owensboro, Ky., for 1997. They are: Jan. 17-19; Aug. 8-10 and Nov. 21-23. For more information, call Gall and Jerry Critcheiow,.(502) 298.4637. In the Louisville area, Worldwide Marriage Encounter week- ends are Feb. 7-9 and April 18-20. Call (502) 491-5040. Archdiocesan pilgrimage now on videotape "A Journey of Faith with Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein," a one-hour video documentary of the 1996 archdiocesan pilgrim- age to the shrines of southern Europe, is now available for pur- chase. Benedictine Father Gregory Chamberlain of St. Benedict Church, Evansville, and several others from the Diocese of Evansville were among the 90 pilgrims on this trip. Cost of the documentary is $29.95, which includes shipping and handling. For orders, call 1-800-627-9403. VISA and Mas- trCdrdorders are accepted. Retrouvaille offers help for hurting couples Many couples who had given up hope for their failing mar- riages have been helped through a church peer ministry called Retrouvaille. Retrouvaille (Ret-ro-vil), which means rediscovery," in French, began in Quebec, Canada, in 1977 by the Catholic Church to minister to couples experiencing pain and disillusionment in their marriage, even those alreadyseparated or divorced. Applications are being accepted for a Retrouvaille program the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb: 2 at Kenlake State Resort Park Hotel near Aurora, Ky. Six post-weekend sessions will be held at the Catholic Pas- toral Center, 600 Locust St., Owensboro, on the following dates: Feb. 9, 16, March 2, 16, 23 and April 6. For more information, contact Karen md Tom Heilers, Retrou- vaille of Owensboro, 1820 Asbury Place, Owensboro , KY 42303, or call (502) ,86-1967 or (800) 470-2230. Catholic YoungAdult :' Conference set for Feb. 1 The Office.for Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries of the Archdioame of Indianapolis will sponsor the second annual young adulf tference on Saturday, Feb. I, ,t the Indiana Con-' enflen Center, 100 South Capitol Avenue, lhdi!napolis. " The cenforencewiH address the needs, ints and concorns  ". ' '' of Catholics in their 205 and 305. ",'  / lgistratfim for the conference is $4b per  adult. ChiM care.i;  ' available. To register or for more informa' tion, call (317) 236- 1439 or (800)382.9836, ext. 1439. ' Great LakesPastoral Ministry planB '97 meeting  Come Feast at the, Table m the theme',for the 21st annual. Great Lakes PaStoral Ministry Gathering, phLnned for March 7o' 9 at the Holiday Inn.OHare Internati0nal'in Resemont, Ill. The fee for the conference is $135, if registration is postmarked before Feb.: 14, :Individual day rates and group discounts are available. For information, contact Conference Services by Loretta Reif, RO-. ox-5236,4ok4"o,Jtld-25, 4hov, e (8I)D9.2150 ...... agreed to the visit during a meeting at the Vatican in November, both said they hoped it could take place in 1997. But the pope has four other trips already slated for this year  to the Czech Republic, Poland, France and Brazil  and a like- ly synod of bishops in the fall. Neither the Vatican nor Car- dinal Ortega gave details about the trip; the itinerary was expected to be announced in coming months. Castro has said he wants and say what he thinks when he visits the country. Cuba's Communist jParty daily Granma said Jan. 4 that the pope would be welcomed "with all the consideration and respect he deserves." The gov- ernment news agency, Prensa Latina, said the papal visit bodes well for church-state relations. The Castro governmenthas recently loosened some restric- tions on church operations in Cuba, home to some 4.5 million leader's first ing with the pope, authorities mits for dozens sionaries. Vatican visit was tro further reforms. The vinced, the religious tionalized, it opportunity for ization in Cuba. U.S. bishops' official praise Guatemalan peace WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Several U.S. bishops' officials praised the Guatemalan peace accord and urged the United States to support the peace process in the Central American country. Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, N.J., chairman of the U.S. bishops' International Policy Committee, offered congratulations on the signing of the Dec. 29 accord in a letter to Ambassador Pedro Miguel Lamport of Guatemala. "I rejoice and give thanks that the long decades of a fratricidal conflict have come to an end," Archbishop McCarrick wrote in a Jan. 3 letter. The U.S. bishops' conference general secretary, Msgr. Dennis M. Schnurr, also lauded the signing of the accord. "The willingness of both Pres- ident (Alvaro) Arzu and the leadership of the URNG (Guatemalan National Revolu- tionary Unit) to enter into direct contact and commit themselves not only to the definitive end of hostilities, as they did early last year, but now to the full imple- mentation of the peace process, merits the praise of all," he wrote in his Jan. 3 letter to Bishop Julio Ovalle, general Guatemalan ence. Arzu and the four main rebel the agreement in ceremony in National Palace ir City. The of a 36-year 140,000 80 missionaries, bishop ROME (CNS) -- Eighty Catholic missionaries and a bishop were airlifted from a besieged Zairian town after more than 10 days of hiding in the forests. The Italian Foreign Ministry announced Jan. 5 that the Ital- ian, Spanish and Portuguese embassies in tance from the German uated the northeastern Bishop Mbogha of with them to Zairian capital. 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