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across country pray, march for life sa'* (CNS) -- Like their counterparts in Washington to mark the 25th anniver- people gathered by the thousands to show their support for life and to abortion. suburb of Rosemont, Ill., more than at Speak Out Illinois' annual pro-life designate Francis E. George of 17-- one day before Pope John cardinal -- recalled being a phi- Creighton University in Omaha, the Supreme Court threw out state to the Omaha World-Herald ; that the consequences of this g than just the immediate per- child being killed in its mother's is changing. That we are taking human beings, obviously human Under the protection of the law. And finally can be sure that they'll be pro- is next?" partial-birth abortion, "opinion designate George said. attle against abortion have not only he added, but also have involved in this question in a to change the law.., we must also We must not only be people who people who supportand who love young women in their prob- Alan Keyes, a Catholic who ran for for president in 1996 and a at the United Nations, geles Archdiocese's "Commit- - Jan. 22. :Only claims the lives of men and women threatens our common identity Service TEENS ..... .: LIFE March .for Life Participants from |,diana gather in ..... Washington, D.C., to march for life, on the twenty- -- Message photo by Michael Woolsey as a people of God," Keyes said. "We come from the hand of one Creator, animated by one truth and the acknowledgment that we share one common dignity that is measured by the power and wisdom of God," he added. "That is the power and hope for us to be one people, one nation, one human race because God is one great and almighty creator." At a conference workshop, Mike Spence, vice presi- dent of the California Pro-Life Council, said, "We are See THOUSANDS page 3 urages Cuba to turn new page on freedom, human rights Cuba's religious roots were in nationally televised events, he fundamental right but a require- international isolation. danger of eroding, along with explained to Cuba's many non- ment for social development. Celebrating his first Mass on (QNS) ___ Encour- a new page visited for five celebration, lots of r. major cities' that family values and a sense of pub- lic virtue. He strongly defended the church's right to bring the Gospel to all areas of social life, saying spiritual renewal was the ultimate answer to the country's problems. He encouraged young people not to leave the island, called for the release of political pris- oners and consoled the sick. In the ISTEP Scores be available for St. John, report of ISTEP results did not include six and eight at St. John the Baptist, New- report arrived at the Catholic Cen- . (93 percent) met state standards and 29 students (97 percent) met standards information received. (96 percent) met standards for and 25 students (93 percent) met standards ing, page 11,for corrections to other believers that the church's goal is not political power but free- dom to serve society. Cuban President Fidel Castro played the gracious host, meet- ing with the pope at five events, including a private session last- ing nearly an hour, and provid- ing the pontiff with a platform unprecedented in communist Cuba. Many Cuban Catholics along with some visiting U.S. cardinals, bishops and pilgrims expressed the hope that the papal visit would mark the start of a new era. The pope had similar thoughts. When it started to rain on his last day on the island, he remarked that perhaps it signaled the announcement of a new Advent in Cuba. The visit culminated in a Mass Jan. 25 in Havana's Plaza of the Revolution, where litur- gical prayers replaced the shouted slogans of communist rallies. From an altar that stood beneath a giant painting of Jesus, the pope castigated com- munism's past efforts to mar- ginalize the church, saying reli- gious expression is not only a "As everyone knows, Cuba has a Ctutian soul," the pope said. "She needs to open herself to the world, and the world needs to draw close to Cuba." His words about freedom, oppression and the church's legitimate role prompted long outbursts of applause and cheering among the crowd of 150,000 people. When he arrived in Cuba Jan. 21, the pope was welcomed warmly by Castro, who defend- ed his 40-year-old revolution and his government's record of social development. The pope said simply that he had come to evangelize and preach "the truth concerning Jesus Christ," because the Gospel could help open a climate of free- dom, trust and justice, and encourage an end to Cuba's Cuban soil in Santa Clara the next day, the pope condemned the widespread practice of abor- tion in Cuba, the high divorce rate, premarital sex and birth control. Among the social fac- tors contributing to such evils, he said, were low wages, inade- quate housing, ideological dis- satisfaction and emigration, which he said has "torn apart whole families." The pope encouraged Cubans to seek the ultimate answers to these problems not in state pro- grams but in Jesus Christ. "No ideology can replace his infinite wisdom and power. For this reason there is a need to recover religious values at the level of the family and of soci- ety," he said. See CUBA page 2 People We Care About ................. Page 3 Principal Resigning ................... 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