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TheMessage -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 15 the mid-sixties we lived in a small West lage we came to know Freddie, the where d been one of the lucky ones who had farly treatment for his leprosy and showed zs/rein the disease The le er colon was ut0ft " P Y eh-, ae way place north of our village and i't, a Sraall house outside the gate where he .... 'ms trade Like many of the patients at  Freddie earned his living as a woodcarv- : a crammed a well-worn burlap sack with The theology of a leper trekked the mile or so into town to peddle his wares. Peace Corps volunteers made easy marks. Soon our small house displayed a number of his handi- work for visitors to admire. Once we asked him to carve a horse. He had never seen such a thing before and so we drew him a picture. In spite of the fact that the neck was a little long, the finished product was lovely. Next, we requested a crucifix. At first he seemed confused about what we wanted. When we produced a picture for him, he remembered seeing a small one on the wall of a nearby mission. Several months passed before we again heard his familiar greeting at our door. With anticipation, we wel- comed him into our home. What he pulled from his sack that day made us catch our breath. Freddie had carved a crucifix about a foot high from a single piece of dark red mahogany. The smooth polished figure of Our Lord hung with both dignity and sadness in dark agony. It truly called to mind the long walk that took place 2,000 years ago criminals were put to death. Just as it did for us the first time we saw it, this crucifix still brings to our minds the poor who are often crucifed by hunger, poverty and disease. The simplicity and beauty alone of Freddie's work have been more than enough to give it a special place among our family treasures. One thing more still haunts us. The face of this Christ is African, but that did not seem out of the ordinary. There is a familiarity about the face that brings back particular memories. It is the thin face, narrow jaw and high cheekbones that still hold our attention. You see, Freddie had never been close enough to a crucifix to see the face of Christ. It seems he modeled the face of Christ after the one face he knew and understood the best. The face Freddie carved on this crucifix was his own. By JIM AND ANN CAVERA e'Phants, antelones fertilit dolls and between a certain government building in Jerusalem Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. 'With his b r , Y : undle flung over his shoulder, he and the place outside the walls where common Their column is a regular feature of the Message. tern Ireland officials express doubts, hope over agreement CHRISTENA LCLOUGH th011c News Service Lower Ormeau Road, a nation- "old imperial battles and the ereignty," Father Murray said. T, Northern Ireland ', A peace settlement 'be signed in mid_ " erthern Ireland's has Sparked mixed 2og church officials 0tlbt that politicians of hammering out a 'greeraent that will e nt" ) ,l,r. e population. : --uune to comvlete as set by the i peace talks, for- 3eorge Mitchell. Is Faul of St . Ollege, Dungan- ' )tic and irrational >Y e Protestant and ratLrtities in North- y:ill hinder a en- greement. 0r SUCcess, but let's ee if th- ,.. cy can pro- g bY April 9/' But he added, "This is not a peace process, it is a power process, and both sides would blow the world apart to keep power." While Msgr. Faul believes that in recent years the Catholic community has seen improve- ment in the areas of housing and increased representation within the security forces and legal system; he maintains equal employment and judicial fairness remain unfairly loaded against Catholics in favor of Protestants. He said the signing of a peace agreement will not pass with- out some opposition. "There will be a sigh of relief that the politicians have come together to sign something, but then the hard-men will protest, and the whole thing could go up in smoke when the Orange marches come," Msgr. Faul said. On April 3, a special parades commission said it would pro- hibit the Apprentice Boys, a UCK AND TRAILER SALES 'E: HWy 57 EVANSVILLE, IN 47732 Protestant group, from entering The conflict is made up of must imply de facto joint sov- alist Catholic area in Belfast, April 13. The parade would be the first of the Protestant march- ing season, which Catholics see as a triumphalist commemora- tion of a historic Protestant vic- tory over Catholics. Peace talks, which have dragged on for more than three years, aim to end 28 years of civil conflict in Northern Ire- land and to create equal rights for Catholics. The majority of Catholics support nationalism and want a united Ireland, while most Protestants support unionism and wish to remain part of Britain. British Secretary of State Mar- jorie Mowlam has repeatedly told political parties represent- ing both communities at peace talks that concession and com- promise are necessary elements of any successfully negotiated settlement. Redemptorist Father Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery in West Belfast, a city that has been the scene of much blood- shed throughout the "Trou- bles," as the Northern Ireland conflict is popularly known, said settlement through demo- cratic dialogue wad the only way forward for Catholics and Protestants in Northern lreland. "Any settlement reached has to have a unionist dimension and a nationalist dimension to honor both cultures," he added. effects of past history on the psyche of the people," said Father Reynolds, who has worked arduously for peace through reconciliation groups and ecumenical bodies. A settlement emerging from the peace process will be put to a referendum in Northern Ire- land. In conjunction, a separate settlement referendum will be "On the ground, they are ,elready preparing for different commissions, within law and within the police, and the remaining discrimination with- in higher echelons of civil ser- vants must also be dealt with," he added. As chairman of the Relatives for Justice, a group lobbying for establishment of a truth held in the Irish Republic, commission, Father Murray although its results will have no,! said he believes ithat parai, affect on Northern Ireland's tary and state violence must be political future. Father Reynolds is hopeful the political peace settlement will be accepted by the Protes- tant and Catholic communities. "If we say yes to one another in a peace settlement, then we say yes to each other," he said. A prayer for peace is said every day at Clonard Monastery Masses: "We pray for those involved in the peace talks. May they grow in mutual under- standing and achieve a settle- ment that is fair to all." Father Raymond Murray, parish priest at Holy Trinity Church, Cookstown, Northern Ireland, feels the imminent peace settlement will provide a framework for inclusive poli- tics. "The aim of the two govern-  ments, in a way, is going to be imposed. It is a solution that gives everyone an outlet. There- fore, in a sense, the solution exposed in order for lasting peace to take root. "In any peace process it is part of healing, and even though healing can be a sore thing, there are thousands of people out there frustrated that they never got the chance to tell their story," he told Catholic News Service. Civil conflict in Northern Ire- land has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 people. Father John McManus, spokes- man for the Diocese of Down and Conner, said signing an agreement to end the conflict is a positive and necessary step, but public opinion must change to allow peace to flourish. "Everybody has been hurt here. Trust must be built. 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