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...... iiiiiili!i!iii MQss A. Gettelfinger presides at the e holy oils for anointing and holy The bishop is assisted at Deacon Tony Ernst, at Holy Evansville, April 7. ebrants are Father William Wargel, pastor of Holy Redeemer, at the altar, and the seven deans, from left, Msgr. Ken- neth R. Knapp, Father Patrick Foster, Father David Nunning, Father Francis Schroering, Father Donald Ackerman and Father Joseph Ziliak. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang says Jesus' resurrection nds efforts for peace !WOODEN Service (CNS) -- resurrection gives suffering efforts to Pope Holy turns 78 in tradi- SChedule, even driving rain torch-lit Colos- he nighttime b have difficul- while Good Friday Basilica and morn- but his Waver. of who are seeming- thwarted in respect for their dignity and human rights, for justice, for employment, for fairer living conditions," he said April 12 during his address "urbi et orbi" (to the city of Rome and the world). The suffering of the Jewish peo- ple at the hands of Christians who blamed them for Jesus' death was underscored at the pope's Good Friday liturgy and his Way of the Cross service. The meditations for the 14 sta- tions recalling Jesus' passion were written by Olivier Clement, a French Orthodox layman. They were read over a loudspeaker as the pope walked around the Colosseum, carrying a simple wooden cross. "Oh no, not the Jewish people, for so long crucified by us... not them, but us, all of us and each one of us because we are all mur- derers of love," Clement wrote. Earlier, during the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, Pope John Paul listened to the preacher of the papal household, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, .know n parish clergy assignments? When are With the priests' personnel board, Bishop er customarily announces clergy or June. Assignments typically take of the priests personnel board are UYkendall, Timothy Tenbarge, James Kores- EMnald Ackerman and Patrick Foster. decry, Christian attitudes of anti- Judaism. "This, as the Holy Father has noted, made Christians less vig- ilant in this century when the Nazi furor was unleashed against the Jews. In effect, it !ndirectly favored the Holo- caust," the priest said. The pope began his four days of intense liturgical ceremonies by celebrating a Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. During the April 9 Mass, the pope blessed sacramental oils and led priests and bishops in renewing their priestly promises. That evening, celebrating the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the pope washed and kissed the feet of 12 elderly priests. Before the two services Good Friday, Pope John Paul listened to the confessions of 16 peni- tents. In the dark of April 1I, the pope led the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, illuminat- ed at first only by the light of the Easter candle and candles held by the faithful. During the Mass, he baptized nine adults from six countries: four from China and one each from Italy, India, Canada, Colombia and South Africa. On Easter morning, the pope said Easter is the feast day of all who give witness to the risen Christ. In Latin and 58 other lan- guages, the pope wished his audi- ence a happy and joyful Easter. Church leaders, pope welcome settlement in northern Ireland By CHRISTENA COLCLOUGH Catholic News Service BELFAST, Northern Ireland (CNS)  Church leaders across Northern Ireland welcomed the peace settlement brokered April At Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence south of Rome, Pope John Paul told vis- itors April 13 to "gi e thanks to God for the positive results reached a few days ago in Northern Ireland." The pope said the agreement 10 by politicians, would-allow "the dear and so Pope John Paul II also welJ'harshly tried populations" of corned the agreement and asked for prayers that the people of the region would have the courage to make peace a really'. Archbishop Sean Brad)', pri- mate of all Ireland, commended politicians' efforts to work out a settlement to end Northern Ire- land's 27-year cM1 conflict and asked people to consider the agreement carefull): "It is my hope that an agree- ment will lead the way to the future," he said, asking people to "see the positive and see the advantages and see what is in it for our neighbors as well as for ourselves." In a statement L,sul Gtxt Fri- day; April 10, the archbkshop sadd he hoped the agreement would "lead the way to an Ireland where people grow and respect each other and learn to trust each other despite their differences." "Only a limited number was involved in the peace talks; all of us now must be participants in the work of reconciliation, of building trust and healing the hurts," he said. Other church leaders added their voice of support to the peace settlement but recognized that difficulties lay ahead. Arch- bishop Robin Eames, Anglican primate of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, said that in order for the settlement to come to fruition, "we have to say that we are prepared to take a step of faith." the island "to look to the future with greater trust." "We pray to the Lord that each person, listening to his or her own conscience, will have the courage to make responsible and concrete gestures that will allow all to walk together along the path of peace, preventing anything which could lead again to hatred and violence," the pope said, The peace agreement accept- ed April I0 by the govern- ments of the Irish Republic and Great Britain and the political parties of Northern Ireland was reached after a marathon negotiating session in Belfast. []e agreement will be put to voters ii.the Irish Republic and Northern Ire- land in Ma: It includes establishment of a new 108-seat Northern Ire- land assembly a North-South ministerial council and a British-lrish council, as well as constitutional changes in Britain and the Irish Republic. It also includes a review of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland, decommis- sioning of paramilitary weapons and the early release of political prisoners. Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell mediated the peace talks. More than 3,300 people have died during the course of Northern Ireland,s conflict. To the Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville: This edition is one of six issues of the Message to be mailed to every registered Catholic household this year. Two dol- lars of each Catholic Church member's contribution pays for these diocesan-wide subscriptions . .__ ....... i i i MeetT,onyEmst ......... ,.; .... .,..',Page3 { Bishops Forum ..... ,....".,..,...'..Page5 I m,,h. A C,00ho,, ........ n / /