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E S sAGE 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 23 February 9, 1996 ? ii: i i : ,  : Pope, in Guatemala, says 'stop the thunder of war' By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service GUATEMALA CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II arrived in Guatemala Feb. 5 calling on the government and rebels "to stop the thunder of war" that has ravaged the nation for more than 35 years. Do everything necessary to stop the fighting and "lead hearts along the road to greater justice," the pope said upon arriving at Guatemala City's airport. Guatemala is the only Cen- tral American nation that has yet to sign a definitive peace accord to end its civil war. "Even if the road toward peace has been hard and filled with difficulties, today rising on the horizon is the joyful mo- ment of signing the accords that will put an end to the re- cent history of war and the vio- lence that has lasted 35 years," th e pope said. At the welcoming ceremony, attended by Guatemala's bish- ops and President Alvaro Arzu, the pope said the war, along with earthquakes and other natural disasters, had pre- vented the progress and well- being of the country and its cit- izens. Arzu took office in mid-Jan- uary, promising that finalizing the peace accord would be his top priority. At the airport, he told the pope, "we have sinned against each other, forgetting that we d decision made for Mater Dei, Memorial capital campaign LINGANG the board Jan. 25. Gerald A. Gettelfinger, in air conditioning, "administra- editor Catholic In- board toward campaign Memo- decision Was made by At that meeting, board mem- bers accepted a consultant's re- port that 98 percent of the peo- ple who were personally interviewed said they would make a gift to such a cam- paign. Board members also re- ceived a letter from Bishop which he said he approves and wholeheartedly supports the decision to prepare a major campaign. "It is a joy to congratulate you on completing the first steps you have taken toward meeting the current and future needs," Bishop Gettelfinger wrote in his letter to the presi- dent of the board, Mark Free- man of Evansville. The "first steps" include a study by the Bureau of School Services at Indiana State Uni- versity analyzing the needs of the two schools, and a fund raising feasibility study by the Cosgriff Company of Omaha, Neb. The ISU Bureau of School Services study identified pro- jects which are estimated to cost $8 to $10 million, if all of the projects were to be in- cluded. The study said that Mater Dei needed renovation of class- rooms, addition of two class- rooms and four science rooms, .... , , . o tive offices and an auditorium. At Memorial, the study said additional classroom space is also needed, along with reno- vation of science classrooms, air conditioning and a second gymnasium for physical educa- tion and athletic practice needs. After a series of personal in- terviews and analysis of a mail survey, the Cosgriff Company reported the following conclu- sions: 94 percent of those person- ally interviewed rate the qual- ity of education as very good to excellent. 98 percent of the mail sur- vey respondents rate the over- all public perception of the two schools as good to excellent. 98 percent of those person- ally interviewed said they would make a giR. 94 percent of mail survey respondents said they would make, or consider making, a gia. See GO.AHEAD page 3 Research Item grading system of A (excellent), B, C, do you rate your parish in meeting needs? ' I}loeese - It Statewide . I 25% A 28% (2 45% B 42% I) 23% C  21%. p 05% D 05% 02% F 03% are brothers and sisters and forgetting he who gave his life on a cross for all." But the Guatemalan people are contrite and repentant for having made their country "a nation bloolied by injustice and armed conflict," Arzu said. Filled with remorse, he said, Guatemalans "beg from heaven that your presence will strengthen us and enlighten us to obtain and firm and lasting peace." The pope told those at the airport that peace is "a gift of God and the fruit of dialogue, a spirit of reconciliation, a seri- ous commitment to hotistic de- velopment along with solidar- ity reaching all sectors of society and, in a particular way, of respect for the dignity of every person." The Guatemalan army and various armed militias, as well as rebels, repeatedly have been accused of human rights abuses, particularly against poor farmers and indigenous in the country's rural areas. Despite ongoing problems, the pope said now is a time of hope for all Guatemalans for "spiritual, moral, economic, so- cial and cultural progress for all in such a way that everyone can live in a climate of free- dom, mutual trust, social jus- tice and lasting peace." After a 13-and-a-half-hour flight and the arrival cere- mony, the pope traveled by popemobile to the city's cathe- dral, driving 15 miles over a wildly decorated carpet of crushed flowers and plants. The road was lined with screaming, singing, crying and See POPE page 3