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ES SAC'E' WEST DFANER'Y EAST DEANERY U Gregory installed in Belleville Diocese Message editor ) Wilton D. Gregory as he entered St. Peter's as the seventh Bishop of Belleville, Feb. 10. the new diocesan bishop also as he preached to the as- "gives confidence to the Church." introduced Bishop Gregory, who had served go since December 1983. Archbishop apostolic pro-nuncio to the United States, presented from Pope John Paul II. filled with music, song and liturgical dance. The ting clergy, civic leaders, family and friends of atholic representatives from throughout the 28 coun- Gregory asked the assembly to recall the are made  by men and women who marry, by members of time of ordination, and by everyone who is baptized. The gh people at times find it hard to be true to their promise of the Lord is constant: "Know that I am with you al- JL ,Tt  said, "I gladly and openly recommit myselff to the made. But he added, "I exult not in my promises, but in the did not directly mention tle nine priests of the diocese recently tagged with allegations about sexual misconduct. I the theme that "even if others weaken" in keeping 'the Lord's promise is true." the importance of his family. "You loved He thanked Archbishop Cacavillan and asked him to: to the pope. Applause erupted in the cathedral Bernadin, telling him, "You are a blessing for Bishop Gregory's praise of the priests of the die- priests,deacons and religious in the diocese, addressed his remarks to anyozie who was hurt by or "still standing with a wounded heart." He to come home. * also thanked Father James Margason and the diocesan care of the diocese since former Bishop James d and named Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas. is a native of Chicago, where his parents reside. He has Ssh'o Bellevtlle, Ill. He was installed Feb. 10 as the new bishop of Evans. ville's western neighbor, the Diocese of Belleville. two sisters, who live in California. He was ordained a priest in 1973, and served as an associate pastor in Glenview, Ill., and as a faculty member of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary near Chicago. In 1980 he earned his doctor- ate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Sant' Anselmo) in Rome. The Diocese of Belleville is adjacent to the Diocese of Evansville. It has 130 parishes, 41 Catholic elementary schools, three Catholic high schools and a total Catholic population of 119,540. c groups, others urge more attention be paid to Haiti Service N (CNs) other so- and for e Wore- ening political and social condi- tions in Haiti. "The international commu- nity needs to do much more to mitigate Haiti's misery," said Michael R. Weist, CRS deputy executive director, in congres- sional testimony Feb. 9. A trade embargo imposed to subscribe iption drive of the Message continues opes have been inserted into this for the convenience of new or renewing in the diocese have particular preferences renewal. Please check with your drop your completed envelope in the mail so found in many parish packets, and at in the churches of the diocese. Envelopes that is required is the subscriber's and the appropriate fee. individual subscriptions, or a discounted of full-circulation parishes. ion year begins Friday, March 4, and 1995. after the 1991 coup that ousted the island nation's first democ- ratically elected president, Fa- .ther Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is adding to the suffering of Haiti's poor and middle classes, Weist told the Subcom- mittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. At the same time, the high- ranking military and police of- ricers who were to be pressured to leave office by the embargo "are reaping enormous eco- nomic benefits from the distor- tions to the economy that the sanctions are causing,  he said. The House hearing was held during a week of activities in Washington and around the nation aimed at heightening awareness of the steadily de- clining living conditions for most Haitians and at encour- aging action by world leaders to restore the country's elted government. Events coincided with the third anniversary of Father Aristide's inauguration. CRS, the U.S. bishops' over- seas development and relief agency, is one of several agen- cies that have continued to provide food, medical care and shelter in Haiti since the coup and is committed to continuing there, Weist said. "As representatives of the Catholic community in the United States, we urge all par- ties associated with the ongo- ing political stalemate in Haiti to redouble their efforts to work toward a peaceful solu- tion that gives the Haitian peo- ple a chance to decide their fu- ture,  he said. Another witness, John C. Hammock, executive director of the relief agency Oxfam America, urged tightening trade restrictions further, eliminating exemptions for U.S. companies that operate in Haiti, stringently enforcing the blockade and pushing allies to freeze assets and block travel of the Haitian military leaders and their supporters. Several groups teamed up Feb. 10 to plead for American policy changes during a Wash- ington press conference orga- nized by the Haiti Public Infor- mation Campaign, a project of the Quixote Center, a social justice organization founded by Catholic activists. A Hollywood filmmaker, a Haitian labor leader, an Amer- ican journalist who specializes in Haiti and the director of a U.S. committee of union presi- dents pressed President Clin- ton to change several policies on Haiti. They asked for an end to ne- gotiations with leaders of the coup, urged Clinton to "stop sending mixed messages.  U.S. policies that turn back Haitians who try to leave while accepting fleeing Cubans with open arms are particularly ab- horrent to people who voted for Clinton after he vowed to end that Bush administration order, said film director Jonathan Detain. J h