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1 prii 5, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana JL I II Easter out of ordineLry in many nations WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Most of the world's Christians zelebrated Easter on March 31, SOme of them under the specter of communist rule, and others in the most unusual of cir- CUmstances. Kuwait's tiny Christian com- munity celebrated Easter, but a nearby mine blast was a noisy reminder of the Gulf war and the seven-month Iraqi occupa- ,tion. The Mass had just ended in Sister Smith dies March 23 Services for Sister Marie Winifred Smith S.P., 80, who died March 23, were held March 26 in the Church of th.e !Immaculate Conception at St. Mary-of-the-Woods with burial a the convent cemetery. Sister Smith was born in 1911 in Loogootee to George and SUsan Smith. She entered the COngregation of the Sisters of rovidence in 1928 and made er final vows in 1936. yShe taught in schools staffed the Sisters of Providence, in- Cluding St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh and St. John School, Vincennes. . Peoples Trust Company 59 SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 i j E1 Jill Ann White L Administrator IL  Hwy. 57 So, Washington, IN ' .-,-=r,l === 812.254-4516 / Prairie Village 1 Living Center Kuwait City when allied soldiers, sweeping the mine- littered Kuwait shoreline, detonated an Iraqi mine in a controlled explosion, rocking the church. Several hundred people, mainly Filipinos and Indians with a scattering of Westerners and allied servicemen and women, had filled Kuwait City's only Roman Catholic church for the service. One worshiper, a woman soldier wearing combat fatigues, rested her M-16 rifle against the pew as she knelt down and prayed in the large, sparsely decorated church. She was one of a dozen uniformed soldiers at Mass. Kuwait's pre-war foreign population of more than a million included many Chris- tians from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Lebanon, Egypt and Western countries. The Christian community dropped to a few thousand when most fled after last August's Iraqi invasion. Attendance was also paltry in Jerusalem, where only about 1,oo0 worshipers took part in Easter Sunday and Good Friday HAU BSTADT ELECTRIC 24-HOUR Industrial, Commercial and Residential TONY NAZARIO P.O. Box 405 812-768-5207 Haubstadt, IN 47639 German American Bank We Make Friends l,'or JASPER, INDIANA .,Ed L, !,ee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 Jesse Hoff, M.D. Family Practice welcomes new patients to his practice specializing in medical care for your family. Call 421-9347for an appointment. Jesse Heft, M.D. 2301 West Michigan Street Evansville, Indiana 47712 services. U.S. chaplains were to hold interdenominational Easter ser- vices for soldiers still in the Per- sian Gulf a military spokesman in Kuwait said. He said services would be conducted with discretion to avoid offending Kuwait's Muslim majority marking the holy month of Ramadan, when they fast during daylight hours. For the first time in decades, Albanian Catholics celebrated Easter Mass in the main cathedral of the capital city, Tirana. The liturgy March 31 was at- tended by hundreds of people, including Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who helped prepare the altar. Mother Teresa, a native of Albania, has received government permission to open two religious houses there. Masses were also celebrated in other parts of the tiny Mediterranean country, where until recently the church lived under harsh communist persecution. The Church of the Sacred Heart in Tirana was reopened as a place of worship earlier this year, after being used as a movie theater for some 25 years. A Yugoslavian priest celebrated the Mass; Albania's two priests were reportedly conducting Easter services in other parts of the country. Mother Teresa, speaking afterward, praised the faith of Albanian Catholics and said Liberian Continued from page 3 said. "It's.easy to forgive, but it's difficult to forget," Archbishop Francis noted. The Liberian church must now try to "direct the minds and hearts of our people to forgive each other and in that process, to forget what has happened." A major problem in the war- torn country will be accepting and caring for the 1 million people displaced by the war who sought shelter in Sierra Leone and nearby Ivory Coast and Guinea. "Once there's peace, securi- ty, I think most people will return," Archbishop Francis said, "to take up from where they left off and try to rebuild their lives and the life of the country." 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In a March 10 pastoral letter on church involvement in politics, Archbishop Jaime Ortega of Havana criticized as "inadequate" what he termed the "unconditional loyalty" shown by some Cuban churches toward the Castro regime. The Easter broadcast marks only the second time in 30 years that the Cuban government has allowed a religious service to be broadcast. On Dec. 25, the same radio station broadcast a Christmas service celebrated by ministers of Protestant and evangelical churches. Similarly, 3,000 Chinese flocked to a Latin-language Easter Mass at a Catholic church in Beijing tolerated by government officials. He said many people are malnourished and many more, including children, have died of starvation. Catholic. Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' relief and development agency, has been "of great assistance" to the Liberian people, Arch- bishop Francis said. Liberia is also "appealing to the world community to assist" in rebuilding efforts, he added, noting bills currently in Con- gress seeking aid for Liberia. He said he hoped Americans "will come forward to help us to rebuild our shattered economy" because of the historic U.S. connections with Liberia. Liberia grew out of a settlement of freed slaves in the early 1800s and has kept close U.S. ties. J THE RARTHEL I.BAGENCY I 101 Court Suite 211 Evansville, IN 47708 CALL: 423-7716 iiSi!iiii!i:l 5ilifi il;ii!iiii!iiii iN @