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4 The Message-- for Catholics of  Indiana -- Perspective -- Reminders of the new life God The red bud tree in our front i ard is about to burst forth in right color. No one could ever expect or demand such beauty from nature -- particularly from this tree which could easily have been cut down five years ago. A spring thunderstorm had reduced the once-magnificent and remarkably tall tree to less than half of what it used to be. And the portion that remained was out of balance. Some brutal trimming at first and some careful pruning in later years have helped the tree to re- gain a reasonable and respectable shape -- it looks like a tree again. But the tree is old and the wood is weak, and even though there is a promise of beauty this year, we know that we do not deserve it. By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR Such beauty is a gift from God  it does not depend on our efforts, nor is it a just payment for anything we have done. It is free and undeserved, this symbol of springtime. I am back at work after miss- ing some days because of some flu-like illness. It feels wonderful to be among people and out in the sunshine. There is in me a sense of appreciation for Easter -- of rising again from a kind of darkness and returning to the light. It is the light in others' eyes, and the light of the sun itself, both some- how having the same effect of bringing warmth and joy. April is often the month in which brate Easter. It is always for me the mother's birthday. But she and my have risen from this world into eternal life. not, at least for some undetermined amount time,be able to grow warm and joyful in th( light of their eyes. Spring was always a time of r( ity for my parents, in the garden and in the fields, amidst plants that were planted for and others that were planted only for their beauty. Lent is only 40 days. Easter should be al longer Happy Easter to you and yours! of the signs of springtime bring you minders of the new life God promises. May Y continue to find warmth and light in each oth I! II : I, ,, Vatican Letter Media star: Pope gets the good bad " " ,.o , , and ugly m Itahan covera00 ByAGOSTINOBONO pope just has to be himself" transformation of Eastern reflects Italy's centuries-old ian equivalent of foUr'i  CathollcNews Service Give speeches, appear on Europe. anti-clericalism. Even today, words to sear papal s VATICAN CITY (CNS) Who is the man in the white suit smiling at Italians from their TV screens and newspa- per front pages? It's the nation's media star. But to the rest of the worhi he's simply Pope John Paul II. Whether glorified ()r vili- fied. the pope makc's a good local target. Sorne highlights of 1993 in- clude: --- ',)rld !t;atJcrs ara(ling across Matt; t,;texision to praise his role. in the collapse of EaM Europan COilllIll_l- nism. -- Damnation and support in the press for his opposition to abortion. A satirical magazine's vulgar faked photo of him leaning over a naked woman. To get all this media atten- tion, the 72-year-old Polish Sundays at his balcony win- dow, and march through Rome parishes and the Italian countryside on pastoral visits. The controversies swirl naturally from what he says. Since St. Peter arrived from the Holy Land. Italians take pat)at words seriously -- and critically. The image of t'ope John Paul alternates between the stern vmbol of authority and the ; li,.'ur )I human (:ompassion. The media reflect these contrast- ing  (c, ws. During Lent. the state tele- vision ne, twork ran a fuur-part series lionizing the pope's role in worht affairs. Shapers of contemporary history, such as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, gave ex- clusive interviews on the pope's pivotal role in the Highlighted were the pope's foreign travels, with touching scenes of him bug- ging babies and confforting children in the world's slums. An opposing view was given by actress Franca Rame in a three-hour stage mono- logue satirizing current events. She has the pope ram- t)ling through the Third World in a white Mercedes with the poverty hi(Iden from ,,:icW t)v 11(', itt ,s(cllulV Jil- CldeS. "Tbe pop(; knows it's a trick, but it's not good man- ners to become indignant and, after all, he is a guest," she said. Rame has the pope mount a platform with dicta- tors. generals and government ministers, shaking their hands until his hands catch fire. Criticism of the pope also Taking action against abortion To the editor term, "right to choose," by stop the terrible injustice The leaders of the pro-abor- tion movement continue in their effort to dupe the people in regard to abortion. The 1, The MESS AGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Ontr lrt tl Catholic Press of E ======================== P', 11 orrmmali to P.O. Box 4169, EvafP4e, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2rid class matter at the post offce in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tmn ngmber 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Off of Publcmion them never spells out what the choice entails: the tortur- ing and killing of innocent and helpless babies. Another of their favorite expressions is "terminating a pregnancy." What this really means is "ex- terminating a pregnancy." Those of us who condemn this cowardly, barbarous be- havior of the abortionists should peacefully and prayer- fully do all in our power to stop them. How can anyone who believes in God, claim to be personally opposed to abortion, yet do nothing to and suffering toward a tiny, innocent member of the human family? What can we do to help? For starters, we can pray more. We can write letters to our editors, congressmen and politicians. Erect bill- boards. Ask our ministers to speak on "Pro-Life issues" monthly from the pulpit. If we are not part of the solution, we are the problem! Carl E. Brochin Stendal, Ind. some political parties and publications see the church as the convenient root of all evil. "In himself, the pope is not a bad person nor is the church an awful institution," said Michele Serra, the editor who published the faked photo of the pope, and the naked woman. "All the problems of the pope, including his ba(t repu- tation as a busybody, an arro- ,mt [)crs)[ and an itl)tlser t)[" t)ower, were created by ,s, the-nonbelievers," he said. "We have the bad habit, in fact, of harshly criticizing every position "taken bv tim popi and the church, as if it regarded us in sonw, way." The faked photo appeared in the first issue of Contro!, a weekly magazine launched at the beginning of April to sati- rize important people and or- ganizations. "Centre" is Ital- ian for "against." It used vulgar cartoons and the Ital- sex and abortion. "r ; d' edla Centre! was mrn.  criticized by Avvemro! : tional Catholic newStail , ,,vlu," the work of ' satmsts :: good taste." The pope is a protn the mass media as a tor spreadmg mformati values, and rarely,! head-on a specific 0 lion or person, This ,; mean he is silent ab0U abuses. [ March he from his balcony about blasphemy media, but hed id:r specific cases. The press took thisJ cism of Paolo Rossi;; whose routines are la divine invective. SeW later, Rossi answerl press.interview, sa biggest problem was pope but his mother woke me up at da morning to find out been up to." i, Bishop's schedtt The following activities and events are listed o.: schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger.