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,:i :i .... heXES S E CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 32 April 16, 1993 ! !i = ii; ;I iiil/ii i ii!! !  i? i; ' ;7 :!' i ons of the Cross at Christ the King School, Evansville, scenes from the Stations of the Cross on Good they were directed by Marty Horning, parish eve, Audrey Redding and Kelly Alsip portray Jesus and Kourtney Fields and Justin act as Roman soldiers. = educators to talk to teens out tough issues ZIMMERMANN Service ANS -- When teens, Catholic edu- address diffi- issues such as contraception and said a speaker Catholic Edu- Association conven- can't speak with au- to teens on sexual Y unless you [first) them," said Sister a School Sis- Dame. you have to speak she added a Workshov at the 90th annual" conven- le four-day meeting out 12,000 Catholic to New Orleans who gives talks to groups of rs as the director of ut Youth Center in Wis., not only degates to talk terms, "tough she told them to say about abor- agree with what bout war, and to boys should with what you said. Warned against se topics out of can't talk about Ption out of the Said, referring to e Where officials teaching AIDS Without teaching "You come to kids through ihe wrong door that way," she added. Sister Sawyer told the standing-room-only crowd that she stresses abstinence to teens, but she also tells them about contraception. She said she deals with straight numbers, such as statistics that say four out of 10 sexually active teenagers who use contraception will get pregnant. She warns teens not only of the failure rate of contracep- tives, but of the emotional toll of premarital sex. When she talks about abor- tion, Sister Sawyer said, she tells teens that no matter how legal it becomes, "it will al- ways be a moral issue." She did not give the dele- gates any easy method for discussing the topic with teens, hut stressed the need to distinguish between 98 per- cent of abortions "that are used as a secondary form of birth control" and the two percent of abortions that are "hard cases of rape or incest." Sister Sawyer also stressed the need to help teens who have had abortions. "We need to continue to honor them, even though they've made a terrible deci- sion." she said. "They are car- tying guilt and they need to know reconciliation." Teachers also must be aware, she said, that in a class of 40, one or two teens may be homosexual. "You have to make the distinction between orientation and ac- tivity," she said. Pope links Easter events to call for world peace By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope John Paul II commemo- rated Christ's suffering, death and. resurrection with calls for peace in the world, espe- cially in Bosnia-Herzegovina. "Leaders of nations, men and women of good will, with my heart overflowing with sorrow, I appeal once more to each one of you: stop this war," he said in his April 11 Easter address. On the day Christians cele- brate Christ's victory over death, the church cannot be silent about the "violence, an- guish and despair" afflicting humanity, he said in his noon message "urbi et orbi" (to the city and to the world}. The papal Holy Week and Easter celebrations included several specific references to the war in the Balkans. A spe- cial collection to aid the peo- ple of Bosnia-Herzegovina was taken up at his April 8 Mass of the Lord's Supper. At the April 10 Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica,. the pope lighted one of the paschal candles he had reserved for the bishops of the former Yu- goslavia. "How can we keep silent today -- the day of peace -- before the fratricidal struggles causing bloodshed in the re- gion of the Caucasus, before the atrocious drama being re- lentlessly played out in Bosnia-Herzegovina?" the pope asked during his glob- ally televised Easter address from the balcony of the basil- ica, "Who will be able to say: I did not know?" he asked. He said the fighting "hu- miliates Europe and seriously compromises the future of peace." In proclaiming the Resur- rection, he said the church prays that the entire human family will take hope from Christ's triumph over death. His Easter message also called attention to African na- tions "which feel frustrated in their aspirations to peace -- such as Angola, Rwanda and Somalia -- or which are moving, amid a thousand dif- ficulties toward the goals of democracy and harmony, such as Togo and Zaire." From Christ's empty tomb, the pope said, springs forth the life which overcomes the forces of death and gives Christians the strength to confront threats to life. "Believers cannot but act with courage and commit- ment wherever there is poverty, hunger, injustice, wherever life zs threatened from its beginning to its natu- ral end, wherever life is de- spised and scorned," he said. The pope, speaking to an estimated 100,000 people in St. Peter's Square and to tele- vision viewers throughout the world, read short Easter greet- ings in 57 languages, includ- ing a special thanks to the people of the Netherlands who sent the tulips, lilies and other flowers that blanketed the area around the altar. To English speakers he wished: "A blessed Easter in the joy of Jesus Christ, the risen Lord and savior of the world." To Italians, whose nation is going through political and economic difficulties and scandals, the pope encour- aged a reliance on traditional Catholic values to get the country back on track. "Mv heartfelt hope is that the clouds hanging over (Italy) today soon will be dis- sipated thanks to a commit- ted agreement by the entire population," inspired by Christian.principles, he said. The evening before, at the Easter Vigil, the pope prayed that all would find "a rebirth in the Spirit and in the new- ness of life in Christ who died and rose for us." Pope John Paul's special prayers went to the 14 male and 18 female catechumens who received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist from him during the late night liturgy. The youngest in the group was a g-year-old Korean girl; the oldest was a 47-year-old Frenchman. The catechu- mens also came from Alba- nia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Japan, Nigeria, Thailand, Singapore. Switzerland, the United States and Vietnam. The Vatican identified the U.S. catechumens as Cather- ine C. Caporaie, 24, and Tina M. Walker, 19. No informa- tion was immediately avail- able on their home towns. "Together with believers throughout the world, let us praise the Creator who willed that there be diversity in the faces of the human race," the Ope said in his homily be- re receiving the catechu- mens into the church. Suffering and oppression in the world also received the pope's attention Good Friday as he led a torchlighted Way of the Cross at Rome's Colos- seum. Recalling the early Roman martyrs, the pope said such supreme sacrifices continue. "Our own century, too. this 20th century  has known the bitter experience of religious persecution in the modern 'Colosseums' of Eu- rope andthe world, in the East and in the West," he said. In the Way of the Cross. the meditations on each of the stations recalled mother and the other who stood by Jesus when it seemed all hope was lost, and highlighted the world's cur- rent need for the same com- passion and perseverance. The Vatican's introduction to the stations said, "As if making visible and tangible the face of divine compas- sion, it is woman who is to be found on the paths of our time, as along the way to Cal- vary." The meditations were writ- ten by Benedictine Abbess Anna Maria Canopi, a former university professor who now leads the Mater Ecclesiae Abbey in Isola San Guilio, Italy. The abbess told Vatican Radio April 9 that her reflec- tions focus on the lack of a "true sense of life" and a mis- understanding about the real meaning of love in the mod- em world. "The suffering of Christ, in which Mary participated and in which women of every age have participated, is the suf- fering to give life," she said. The his me prayer fers would lack "the hoart of a watchful and compassion- ate mother." The sixth station  Veron- ica wipes the face of lesus -- focused on the woman's courage and tenderness be- fore the disfigured Jesus. "May woman be, now and forever, O Lord. a treasury of grace and goodness, a sacred icon from which shines forth your divine, consoling beauty," the meditation said. At noon on Good Friday, the pope went into St. Peter's Basilica and took his place in one of the church's many confessmnals. During the hour he was there, the pope heard the confessions of and offered absolution to 12 peo- ple from Poland. Italy. Ghana, the United States, Germany, Japan and Spain. In the evening April 11, the pope joined more than 4,000 students from 500 universi. ties in 53 countries for an evening of prayer and music marking the end of the Univ Congress. a gathering of young people associated with Opus Dei. Easter Monday the 72-yoax- old pontiff went to his sum- mer residence-at Castelgan- dolfo, south of Rome. At midday, he prayed the Regina Coeli with llage rest* dents and tourists. The peace given to