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vo.o.0000 Young people, good Weather .brighten 23rd March for Life : News Service (CNS) -- the day was as as the issue that to Washington annual March for L40 residents from Indiana, mostly in the March for ng to Mike Fichter, for Life. left Evansville was made in up additional group was ex- to Evansville ;sday. is Sponsored by of Vanderburgh People and good among the high- WOrds of Preeya of the thousands in the crowd of carae to show soli- the sanctity of .Georgetown Ms. the march 110 students the university's Catholic from collegian was see so many really said. "Our suffered the grateful for With tempera- Lgton ranging s to the high me, Only one ers reported a experienced around a washed-out bridge in Pennsyl- vania. The National Park Service estimated the crowd at 60,000, but later march organizer Nel- lie Gray claimed there were 125,000 participants. Jeff Finnegan, 34, a pastoral lay minister at Sts. John and James Parish in St. Louis, traveled 22 hours with 10 bus- loads of people from the St. Louis Archdiocese. He said the experience is a "real shot in the arm for everyone." "Persona]ly, I'm hoping to expose the teen-agers to the who]e spectrum of life issues," said Finnegan, who brought six teens from his parish. "Abortion, the aged, the dis- abled. This will give them more of a sense of being a part of it." Another reason for coming so far, he said, was "to make the politicians know that it's still an important issue that will not go away." Permanent deacon Alfred R. Impallomeni, chairman of the Theology Department and a counselor at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., said he believes education is the reason ever more young people participate. "Students now understand at a younger age that abortion is wrong," he said. Joe Breheny, of Bronx, N.Y., one of 40 students who accom- panied Impallomeni, is a mem- ber of the school's Pro-Vita club. "I came to stand up for what I believe in," he said. Father Alan Thomas, chap- lain at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg, Pa., in the Diocese of Altoona-John- stown, marched for the third time. He brought 50 students See MARCH page 2 ' Research Item s Would you say you are? o--Very 33%--Q=te 44%-- Fairly mligiotm 13%--  mligimm 03%-- Not veryrdigious 00%--Not at aU rdigioos Talking about the Church Bob Wtes and NatalieA. Dorris talk over material they received during morning session at St. Benedict Church, Evansville. Wies iJ not been l t L Holy dates who have been meeting RCIA- dates and sessions which Old Cathedral in Vincennes on Jan 21. Pope to visit countries mired in war, poverty, rights problems By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A dozen years ago Pope John Paul II visited Central Ameri- can nations mired in civil war, human rights violations and poverty. He will return to three of those countries in em;ly Febru- ary to be welcomed by demo- cratically elected presidents and a host of church and civic leaders who had or have key roles in negotiating a formal end to their nations' conflicts. But poverty, social unrest and violent crime are still part of the reality Pope John Paul will see during his 69th foreign papal trip, which will take him to Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador Feb. 5-9, then on to Venezuela Feb. 9-11. For the Central American segment of the trip, the pope will be based in Guatemala City, taking day trips to San Salvador and Managua, Nicaragua. But his first day trip, a flight to Esquipulas, Guatemala, will highlight the key elements of the entire visit: papal encour- agement for the deep tradi- tional Catholic faith of the ma- jority of the region's people and their desire for peace and rec- onciliation. The pope is going to Esquip- ulas to mark the 400th an- niversary of devotion to an image of Christ brought there by the Spaniards. =Pilgrims prostrate them- selves at the foot of the "Black Christ,' as those devoted to the sacred image affectionately call it, expressing their joys and hopes, their sorrows and an- guish and imploring blessings from the Most High," the pope said in December. While EKluipulas is a center of x)pular piety, it also has be- come a symbol of hope for peace through negotiation. The roots of the various peace accords reached in the region in the 1990s go back to a 1986 summit in Esquipulas of the presidents of Guatemala, Nicaragua, E1 Salvador, Hon- duras and Costa Rica/ The meeting laid the ground- work for the 1987 Central American peace accords, See POPE page 11 A