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peace urge CITY (CNS) -- As prepared for against Paul II and called Jf force. Sday blessing said he had the develop- teep c0ncem 'eXpress his hope would of diplo- avoid any that all sides lity of other and principles that :ional ;trong words States was )resence in view of a against Iraqi tar- Saddam to allow inspection weapons Was a strong L Gulf War against crisis in the tt war in Iraq region of the us that do not resolve greater among pea- address to the suffering population in been under 1990. He and out- flexibility in problems. pope's of with .lraq that time was running out for Saddam. She said the United States was preparing a "substan- tial strike" against Iraqi targets. In Washington, five people were arrested Feb. 5 after an hourlong demonstration by 50 people in front of the White House to protest U.S. threats to launch air strikes against Iraq. Art Latin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington and four others were arrested and charged with demonstrating without a permit. They were later released and given an April 15 court date. Latin took note of England's staunch support of the United States in the Iraq situation and British Prime Minister Tony Blair's visit to Washington. "If the United States and the British bomb Iraq they will com- mit an act of premeditated mass murder," Latin said. "We appeal to President Clinton, Mr. Blair, the Congress, and all those who want to bomb Iraq: In the name of God, choose nonvio- lence. Don't bomb Iraq." Latin was also part of the 11th delegation of Voices in the Wilderness which was to depart Feb. 9 for Baghdad, Iraq, with more than $110,000 worth of medicines for children's hospi- tals. The Chicago-based organi- zation campaigns for an imme- diate end to the economic embargo. In a statement, the organization said a letter from the U.S. Treasury Department stated that delegation members risked 12 years' imprisonment and $1 million in fines. Pax Christi USA, the U.S. arm of the international Catholic peace movement, issued a statement Feb. 4 opposing U.S. plans for a "devastating and decisive" bombing campaign against Iraq. It also called for the lifting of international econom- ic sanctions against Iraq. club in Evansville where Catholic men and to nlake new f'a'ends of their own faith? m from a reader's letter group has formed for persons over _ or divorced Catholics. The Tri-State , . . . 5Oclal and Service Orgaruzatlon ks based at ['he group meets monthly and Special events. A Mardi Gras Party is 20, with a New Orleans style meal, and attendance prizes. For informa- (812) 477-7351, Donna Leader, (812) aas (812) 467-0719. I Shaping up Steel framing and exterior brick show the shape of the new addition to the parish school building at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County. The new structure is connected to the cuffent school building at left. The view from the west shows the steeple of the church ris- ing above the school. The $1.4 million project includes a multi-purpose building, school administration offices and a parish meeting room. New classrooms and school improve- ments are also planned. -- Messa photo by Paul R, keingang Pope says family is key to spreading faith By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope John Paul II urged families in Rome to fight trends of falling birth rates and growing accep- tance of nontraditional models of family life. "It is illusory to think that well-being can be built upon a selfish mentality which, in var- ious ways, denies space and welcome to new generations," the pope said Feb. 7 during a family festival sponsored by the Diocese of Rome. At the festival and again the next morning when he visited Rome's Infant Jesus Parish, the pope called on families to remain firm in their faith, hand on religious and moral values to their children and pread the church's vision for family life. "Do not be afraid to open the door of your home to Jesus Christ," the pope said at the family gathering. "His divine plan will enrich your family, for life, openness to others and solidarity are lived." The trend, he said, shows an "implicit protest against the per- missive behavior which today's society is trying to endorse." The pope asked parents to pay more attention to their chil- dren's need for love and for examples of loving and respect- ing life. "A child learns to love his bride or her husband by watch- ing the parents' example," he said. Pope John Paul said Catholic families in Rome and in Italy should work together to press the government for policies which favor family life and make it easier economically for young people to start families and raise children. The country's plummeting birthrate, he said, cannot con- tribute to the development and well-being of the country nor of its people. In addition, families must oppose attempts "to equate other living arrangements to that of the family founded on marriage," he said. The anti-birth mentality and the acceptance of alternatives to families, the pope said, "inevitably lead to the decline of a civilization under both a moral and spiritual profile, as well as a social and economic " profile." During his Feb. 8 parish visit, the pope urged Catholics to take to heart Jesus' message to St. Peter and not be afraid to go out and preach the Good News. "DO not be afraid! How many time does the Lord repeat this call to us?" the pope asked. "Especially today in an era marked by strong uncertainties and fears, these words exhort us to trust in God and turn our gaze toward him. "He, who guides the events of history with the strength of his Spirit, will not abandon us in times of trial, and he 1 make our steps in the faith firm," the pope said. free it from every form of slav- ery and lead it to the full real- ization of its vocation." Pope John Paul said that in his meetings with young people in Italy and around the world, he has noted that growing num- bers of young adults "want to build families in which the authentic values of love, respect I1' Youth Day .................... ... ,, ,. Page3 Father James Sauer' .... ....... ,.. ' ' .... Page 13 i ,,i H, i  i ii ii