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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana April 30 Perspective A reminder that it is people are im The power went out. The only sound for a few was quite pleasant. The office was quiet, an& It happened on a Tuesday, minutes was the sound of people there was no distraction. about 10 days ago. asking questions-- some with ob- At lunch time there was the light of the The lights went off and flick- vious answers, some impossible throUgh the windows and candle light ered back on. My computer went to answer, bles at Sarto Retreat House. The coffee was col offand the story I had been writ- With obvious answers. "Is but the conversation was spirited. ing disappeared, the power off in your office?" one Of all the comments made about the A few minutes later, the person wouldask another, as of that day, perhaps the most engaging power was interrupted again, both stood in the dark. was expressed by someone at another table. And then it happened a third "Did you lose anything in the noticed that the lack of light and power led time., computer?" one would ask an- to this conclusion: It is people who are impor ' When it happened a third By PAUL g. other, as both realized they tant. time, it really happened. This  LEINGANG wouldn't be able to answer until Computers andtelephones are valuable was not just a temporary inter- EvtroR the computers could be turned on so are many of the things of the world. But ruption, we somehow knew. This again, pie are more important than all such valuable was a big problem. Then came the quiet: no fans, The commotion at first was no motors, no gentle whirring of things.  intense. People at the Catholic Center came out computer drives, not even the usual hum of the Computers and faxes and telephones of their offices into the hallway -- wondering fluorescent light ballast, help us communicate with multitudes of 1 what had happened, wondering who or what It was a sunny day, The windows provided -- but they may also help us to avoid had caused the problem, what would have been an ample amount of light, act of looking at each other, talking and to one another-- one-by-one, face-to-face. , Lights were out. Computers were shut to continue working -- if we hadn't been so down. Word processors -- the machines that re- completely dependent on electricity to power Perhaps we ought to schedule a power placed typewriters -- were shut down. Tele- the machines that we use at work. age for next week. It would help us take phones connected to the main switchboard were A friend stopped in to talk about copy ma- step away from depending on something dead. Even the piped-in music service came to chines and other office equipment. We talked at of ourselves -- and give us another opt an end. my desk near the window, and the conversation to depend on each other. Vatican Letter 'Ad Limina' visits: Talking as friends with the pope By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- They aren't branch managers called to the head office for a grilling by the CEO. . When bishops make their "ad limina" vimts to the Vati- can every five years, their pri- vate meetings with Pope John Paul II are informal, encour- aging and sometimes very personal. The topics range from voca- tions to the local economy, and from the culture's influ- ence on religious practice to the bishop's health or his concern for a family member. "We talked as friends," said Archbishop Adam J. Maida of Detroit after meeting the pope April 20 during his "ad lim- ina" visit to Rome. He laughed when it was suggested the visit might re- semble a job performance evaluation. "! wasn't giving him an ac- counting, and I didn't worry about being fired when I left," he said. The second group of U.S. bishops making their "ad lim- ina" visits in 1993 made their The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evarwille Pub&shed weekly except tast week in Oecember by the Catholic Press of E Addra  tmvrnk:ao to p.o. Box 4169. Evan4le, tN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entjred as 2rid ciass tootler at the post office in Evansville, IN 4770t. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Putabon Cop 19B3  Prees of Evartle way to and from meetings with Vatican officials April 19-24, preceded by detailed reports on the status of the church in their dioceses. But the centerpiece of the visits are always the 15- or 20-minute private conversa- tions with the pope. The experien'e touches the old hands -- some of the bishops from Michigan and Ohio were making their fifth "ad liminas" -- and those on the first go 'round, like Bishop Gilbert I. Sheldon of Steubenville, Ohio. "The whole time I was there, he seemed interested in nothing else hut the little Dio- cese of Steubenville," he said. "The visit with the Holy Fa- ther was very impressive for a rookie." Archbishop Daniel E. Pilar- czyk of Cincinnati has had many meetings with the pope as vice president, then presi- dent of the National Confer- ence of Catholic -Bishops, but, he said, those meetings al- ways followed an agenda. "This was just a nice Con- versation about important things," the archbishop said, with the challenges facing the church in a secular society being the main topic of his April 19 meeting. Bishop Paul V: Donovan of Kalamazoo, Mich., made his first "ad limina" visit in 1973 with Pope Paul VI. For his second visit, in 1978, the bishops had only a group meeting with Pope John Paul To the editor: I, "a very smiling, very warm person." The innovation of private papal meetings came with the pontificate of Pope John Paul I[. "He seems to have the gift of attending to the person with him in such a way that it seems he has no other wor- ries or concerns, nothing else on his mind," Bishop Done- van said. The two talked about the Kalamazoo Diocese, includ- ing its Native American name -- which the pope asked about and seemed to enjoy when told it meant "bubbling water" -- the diocese's cam- pus ministry program, jail ministry and outreach to Spanish-speaking migrant farmworkers. They also talked about Bishop Donovan. "I told him I had been ex- periencing some health prob- lems," the bishop said. "He was concerned, wanted to know how I was and if I was receiving good medical atten- tion. "He seemed as animated, interested and focused about his concerns for the church as he did during my first 'ad limina' visit with him in 1983," Bishop Donovan added. "It's still a moving ex- perience, even though it's the third time." Archbishop Maida said, "you couldn't find an easier person to talk to" -- they "spoke in Polish and in En- glish. "It was the quickest 20 Pro-life It was a pleasant surprise to see the "Pro-Life" letter in the April 2 issue of the Message (with 14 signatures). i personallly would view the Message with much less skepticism if more attention would be paid to this greatest evil in our society today. Abortion is such an obvi- ous evil that I shouldn't even have to state that no Catholic can be for it. Tom Conner Evansville minutes of my life. "He is so gentle and per- ceptive and, I have to say, his deeply spiritual sense comes through," the archbishop said. "You know that the spiritual welfare of the church is at the care of his demeanor, his questions and comments." . The frst group of U.S. bish- ops, in Rome in mid-March, did not report any missed meetings, but shared similar re- flections about their encoun- ters with Pope John Paul. Bishop John J. Myers of Peoria, Ill., said the pope would ask a question and the bishop would just start talk- ing. When Bishop Myers apologized for running on, "he said, 'You talk, I listen."' At the end of his meeting in March, Bishop Raymond A. Lucker of New Ulm, Minn., asked the pope for a blessing for his 94-year-old mother, who had a cornea transplant "Then he really brightened up," the bishop said. "He said, 'I'll give you a special gift, a beautififl white rosary,' so she'll think that's the greatest thing." Archbishop Rembert Weak- land of Milwaukee 1993 visit with the the best of the three ings" he's had. "He was more engaged in than he was F that was very good i helpful." ::, When asked versial topics that come up in the most of the bishops don't think the visits with the pot place to raise those "I wanted to be po' what I said to him," bishop Francis T. Anchorage. "I wanted from 'dumping on because, being a know what it's like." Bishop's The archbishop people in Anchorage had a message he liver to the pope March meeting. "I tried to translate! a slang expression eral people had use archbishop said. " ..... "Hang in there" message the to explain. "But I failed. I probably used some Latin to get it across.' The following activities and events are listed schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. ,: