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ES SA00GE The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana : i' ;,i VOLUME 24 NUMBER 21 January 21, 1994 .. .  .g .:, .,, , i i ' ]... of bards geles quake victims Shes urged to assist Los CNS) in to priests, the Arch- said, we need Y With each ae another, assist our in every also sug- your if those YOur corn- With the as fully as Said that any spe- services Your situa- priests for Using was their for by the -'Y per- the :31 a.m. to the pope, Cardinal Mahony said that "all 17 of our Catholic hos- pitals appear to be in sound condition, and all are open and receiving patients. They are of- fering care to all who need medical attention." He added, "A beginning check of our churches, schools, convents, rectories and other Catholic facilities does show some damage -- especially to the older buildings here in the archdiocese. I am working closely with our pastors and our deans to determine the ex- tent of the damage in our parishes." Cardinal Mahony also cited damage to the Los Angeles freeway system, broken gas lines, collapsed buildings, and damaged stores and shopping centers in his message to the pope. Vatican officials conveyed their sorrow in telegrams to the cardinal. =The Holy Father shares your sorrow and pastoral con- cern  over quake victims, said Vatican Secretary of State Car- dinal Angelo Sodano to Cardi- nal Mahony in a Jan. 18 telegram. As of early Jan. 18, there were 33 confirmed dead from the quake, which registered 6.6 on the Richter scale.. Pope John Paul' Ii =corn- mends the victims to our heav- enly father's eternal love and expresses his heartfelt sympa- thy to the families left in mourning," Cardinal Sodano said. "In this time of particular need we hasten to express our fraternal solidarity in the Lord," said a Jan. 18 telegram from Cardinal Bernardin Gan- tin, head of the Vatican Con- gregation for Bishops, and Archbishop Justin Rigali, pres- ident of the Pontifical Ecclesial Academy. Archbishop Rigali, in Vati- can diplomatic service since 1964, is a Los Angeles native who was ordained a priest of the archdiocese in 1961. Catholic Charities in the Los Angeles Archdiocese was seek-i ing immediate financial dona- tions to help quake victims with their emergency needs, according to its executive di- rector, Father Gregory A. Coy= Financial donations may be made to Catholic Charities, Earthquake Disaster Fund, 1400 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 9OO15. Winter storm causes closings and delays By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Bitter cold temperatures combined with a blanket of ice and snow hit Southern Indi- ana with a one-two punch ear- lier this week. The brutal weather forced school closings, cancellations, and delays throughout the Diocese of Evansville. While most of the area bat- tled difficult driving conditions and arctic weather, residents in Mount Vernon also waited for water. Last Saturday, equipment in the city's water filtration sys- tem froze. City water was turned off that day, then turned back on Sunday. On Monday, the mayor declared a state of emergency. By Tuesday, residents were getting water, but had to boil all water five minutes before drinking it. Father Joseph Swartz, pas- tor at St. Matthew Church, Mount Vernon, said, "It's an inconvenience, compared to the California earthquake." Following the snow and ice storm on Sunday, the town of Rockport was placed under a state of emergency. "A state of emergency means no unneces- sary driving unless you want to get cited," explained Father Raymond Kuper,. pastor at St. Bernard Church, Rockport. He said "The whole town is really shut down. Grocery stores are open, but that is the extent of it." Paula Johnson, family advo- cate at the Ozanam Family Shelter in Evansville, said the shelter's two buildings stay full most of the time, with or with- out inclement weather. Early this week, the shelter had three rooms that were shut down because of heating problems. Fourteen homeless families were being housed at both buildings. Jerome Matthews, a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Soci- ety in Loogootee, said the win- ter storm had not impacted his organization's work. "We still have the usual work. Every month, our food bank serves 125 families, about 350 people. That's a lot for a small county. We only have about 12,000 people." Students in many Catholic schools throughout the area had Monday free due to the Martin Luther King holiday. On Tuesday' and Wednesday:.- schools were closed due to the- winter storm. Make-up days - are built into school calendars; each school will take the next available days on their calen- dar. Other cancellations include the Blood Borne Pathogen workshop which had been scheduled for Memorial High School in Evansville Tuesday, and the World of Difference Workshop at the Catholic Cen- ter Wednesday. The Catholic Center and Catholic Charities in Evans- ville also closed Monday and Tuesday, By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Christians are called to pray and work for =the unity of the church as the family of God," Pope John Paul II said. The pope called upon Catholics to participate in the Jan. 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for the 1994 cele- bration, organized by the Vati- can and the World Council of Churches, is =Called to be One in Heart and Mind." During the celebration of the International Year of the Fam- ily, the pope said, =all Chris- tians spread out over five con- tinents are called to rediscover the necessity of the unity of the church as the family of God." When individuals open themselves to Christ, the pope said, they acquire a new heart which makes them able to share with other Christians the =one heart and one mind  which described the early Christian community in the Acts of the Apostles. =Only a humble and sincere acceptance of Christ can help believers to overcome the still existing divisions = . . . to help solve the =conflicts which are tearing apart various regions of the world," the pope said, The pope also said the week would be an opportunity to ex- amine the progress made in Christian unity, the obstacles that remain, the problems still under study and the need for "an unceasing and sincere dialogue.  Included is a Jan.. 23 day of prayer =to beg God for a just and lasting peace in the mar- tyred region of Bosnia.Herae- goring" Pope calls on Christians to pray and work for unity