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16,1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana rs Latin Americans advice for healing, reconciliation News Service la (CNS) American coun- war and Pope John advice for bind- Wo and reuniting peo- Feb. 5-11 trip, Paul praised Latin Progress toward but insisted the Could be Completed a COnversion to soli- and respect for human Version to Jesus his victory over st fill the region's Strength to follow and justice, G of ray visits is OSpel, which is there are also Strong words, andcounsels,,, the airplane his four-nation Foley eb. 2 Providence Sis- Foley, 85, 2, Were held Feb. trip. Civil war has become mainly a memory and a history lesson for the region's people, but the poverty and social injustice which contributed to decades of death still linger. Visiting Guatemala, Nicaragua, E1 Salvador and Venezuela, the pope said that without a changed approach to eco- nomics, politics and human rights, Catholics would not live up to the demands of their faith and could not guarantee peace and prosperity for their children. True peace, he said in Guatemala, "is a gift of God and the fruit of dialogue, a spirit of reconciliation, a seri- ous commitment to holistic de- velopment along with solidar- ity reaching all sectors of society and, in a particular way, of respect for the dignity of every person." Guatemala is the only Cen- tral American nation that has yet to sign a definitive agree- ment ending its civil war, al- though President Alvaro Arzu announced peace talks would resume almost immediately. "Stop the thunder of war," the pope said. Arzu told the pope Guatemalans are filled with remorse for hav- ing made their homeland "a nation bloodied by injustice and armed conflict." Pope John Paul traveled by helicopter Feb. 6 to Esquipu- las, the Guatemalan town where in 1986 the presidents of Central America agreed on a regional plan for ending their civil wars. The accords were signed in the Basilica of the Holy Christ, a shrine which houses the entered the Con- the'Sisters of and made 1945. as a cook and types of ser- of Provi- and lived, in- Ose Academy, JUbilarians Philomena Helen (Scheessele) Nord of their fiftieth wedding anniversary Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. Feb. 24. at St. Dale. An Open House reception will be 4 p.m. at the Dale Community Center. All are invited; the couple requests no re married Jan. 22, 1946, at St. Rupert They are the parents of 12 children: Albany, Sylvia Davis of Franklin, Joe )Urg, Gloria Rexing of Pickerington, set of Boonville, Albert Nord of Dale, Ga., Tom Nord of Jasper, George Regina Nord of Evansville, Beth and Marilyn Wilson of Mays. They dren. "Black Christ of Esquipulas," a smoke-darkened crucifix that is the object of popular devo- tion throughout Central Amer- ica. Visiting the shrine and preaching on the power of Christ's crucifixion, the pope summarized his message to the church in Central America: With the passing of war, church workers must focus more intensely on the spiritual lives of the region's Catholics. But leaving behind direct confrontations with or active involvement in the area's gov- ernments, the church must continue to teach its code of moral and social ethics, the pope said. "Reconciliation with God, reconciliation among the chil- dren of God," must be the in- spiration of the church's work. Pope John Paul urged the people to draw strength from the memory of church workers killed in the region's wars pre- cisely because they took seri- ously their Christian obliga- tion to serve and defend the poorest and weakest members of society. In Guatemala, where some 30 percent of the population belongs to Protestant churches or evangelical sects, the pope prayed the example of those "heroes of the faith" would en- courage people to lead back those who have left the church of their ancestors. Pope John Paul's message of a need for reconciliation was even stronger in El Salvador, where he prayed at the tombs of the late Archbishops Oscar Romero and Arturo Rivera Damas. Archbishop Romero was as- sassinated in 1980 by members of a military death squad as he celebrated Mass. Archbishop Rinera Damas died in 1994 after years of active involve- ment in the Salvadoran peace process, which culminated in 1992. "God places before you two roads from which you must choose the future of your na- tion: the way of death or the way of life," the pope said Feb. 8 during his San Salvador homily. While the war and death- squad activity has ended, Sal- vadorans are still deeply di- vided, disputes over land continue and a highly orga- nized crime wave has swept the nation. The pope called on Salvado- rans to start a "revolution of love" based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. The pope had the same mes- sage for the people of Nicaragua six years after they voted the Marxist-inspired Sandinistas out of office and ended their civil war. At Mass on the final day of his trip, the pope told Venezue- lans they must make Jesus the center of their lives and turn away from the modern idols of wealth, power, selfishness, vio- lence and corruption. SCRIPTURE SEARCH By Patricla Kasten LOVE ALL Gospel for Sunday, February 18, 1996 Matthew S:38.48 Following is a word search based on the Gospel reading for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. A Cycle, a new law about getting even. The word clues are left to right in the order in which they ap. pear in the reading. HEARD A TOOTH ! SAY TO YOU STRIKES YOU RIGHT CHEEK TURN OTHER ANYONE YOUR COAT AS WELL GO WITH HIM WHO BEGS YOU SHALL LOVE HATE ENEMY PRAY FOR SONS THE GOOD UNJUST PERFECT FATHER R I G H T C E F R E P M E U ! H J O K S ! N R 1 H D O C A O A T O O T H T U O Y O T J K F Y D H A S N O S H E Y D N W T F N R U T E A A D A H I D P J R H R K S D N O W D N L C P D K 1 D B B 0 U D O 0 G E H T R S E G D P B A V 0 P Q A T G X D B D T P E L L E W S A E N E M Y 0 U S H A L L (c) 1996 AIt Publishing Co. Ohi0;sald: . 11