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Teacher of the Year math teacher Randy receives diocesan award HUGHES staff writer a mathematics teacher at Evansville, has been Teacher of the Year for the April 29 by Bish- er. a member of Memorial's In a questionnaire for the program, he noted that been a day when I wasn't to teach in such an out- ;the award, the bishop said, to present this year espe- principal describes him as a easy to see why he is given he has so many talents. teacher, and in addition to his teaching duties, he's the chairperson of a growing and expanding math department at Memorial. Since 1984, the department has added five new courses to meet the needs of its students. "'He was also a freshman and reserve level basketball coach, holding a 200-win and 82- loss record." The bishop noted that "most importantly," Hupfer holds "strong Catholic values. In fact, that's why he teaches at a Catholic school. While attending college at Purdue, he realized that his Catholic faith was the most important gift he had been given, and every day he tries to impart that gift to his students." In the questionnaire, Hupfer wrote, "Teach- ing is my life. Every aspect of my life has been impacted by my decision to teach. No other profession could have made my life as rich and happy." RANDY HUPFER I Service Arch- Rigali of St. April 23 that that will visit St. Jan. me to r See has Paul II, will Visit to Mexi- said io pre- stop in St. Louis after Jan. 22-25 Mexico spokesman Joaquin Navarro- Vails said: "I am able to confirm that at the end of his pastoral visit to Mexico, planned for Jan. 22-25,1999, the Holy Father will make a stop in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, U.S.A., a city. which he did not visit on his previous trips to the United States of America." At a press conference in St. Louis carried live by local TV stations, Archbishop Rigali con- firmed that the pope would stop in his archdiocese, arriving Jan. 26. But he said plans were still being worked out concerning the pope's activities and the exact length of his stay. the papal visit during upcoming meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in June. Bishop Get- telfinger said, though, that he was looking forward to meeting with the pope in Rome. Bishop Gettelfinger and other bishops of Indiana, Illinois and Michi- gan will travel to Rome for their ad limina visits in late May. Bishop Gettelfinger said that he intended to talk with the pope and tell him "how close we (in the Diocese of Evans- ville) are to St. Louis." Archbishop Rigali said that the Trans World Dome -- home of the St. Louis Rams football convention center m likely would be the site of a papal Mass. A gathering with young people is a strong possibility, he noted. The building has a capacity of 70,000. St. Louis had a mild win- ter in 1998 but sometimes it can be cold and sno3,. Also in attendance at the press conference, held in a room packed with media at the arch- diocesan chancery, were St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon and other city officials. Immediately following the announcement in St. Louis, interest in organizing a pilgrim- announced, iretease of details about the arrangements being made in St. Louis, such as the number of persons who may be able to get tickets or cre- dentials. The pope's visit would be made nearly 300 years after the first Mass was celebrated in the Missouri-Illinois region. It will be the first time a sitting pope has visited St Louis. Pope John Paul II came to St. Louis in 1969 when he was a cardinal. Prior to becoming pope, Pope Paul VI visited in 1951 and Pope Pius XII visited in 1936. the would he offi- the pope issue a of said being on the fall's among the- the pope "It is my conviction that this visit will bring many blessings not only to our archdiocese but also to the city of St. Louis and the entire metropolitan area, as well as to the church in the Mid- west and throughout the Unit- ed States," the archbishop said. "I am sure that our brothers and sisters of other churches and other faiths will also expe- rience on this occasion the warmth and love of Pope John Paul II," he added. Bishop Gettelfinger said he expected to learn more about how to get tickets for the pope's visit in announced in St. Louis, and with- **po ' -. pe s visit -- the locations and available are yet complete for members of the Diox*se Chinese govemment rejects bishops' visa applications HONG KONG (CNS) -- The government of China has reject- ed the applications of two main- land bishops invited .by Pope John Paul II to attend the Synod of Bishops for Asia at the Vatican. Bishop Matthias Duan Yin- ming and Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Xu Zhixuan of Wanxian were informed by the head of the Wanxian city Religious Affairs Bureau April 24 that per- mission had been denied. Bishop Duan told UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand, that govern- ment officials said the bishops' applications were rejected because China has no diplomat- ic relations with the Holy See and the invitations did not go through the two government- recognized Catholic Church bodie* m the Bishops' Confer ence of the Catholic Church in China and the Chinese Catholic incident's impact on future Patriotic Association. Sino-Vatican relations. The decision was made if, the Father Yang Houyi, who was name of the Religious Affairs present when the government Bureau in Chongqing, which officials came to speak to Bishop administers Wanxian, Bishop Duan said. He added that he assumed the ruling was made on instructions from ifeijing. Though saying that he felt disappointed, the 90-year-old bishop added that tlmissue is now over and he cat his heart at ease. He refused to t on the the mainland. k Jubilee 2000 T-shirls... New Mater Dei ...... Page 3 On priest, two partsh. . Page 13 Duan at the cathedral, told UCA News that the officials also said that considering the bishops .... advanced ages, "it is not conve- nient" for them to make the long journey. Bishop Xu is 81. Bishop Duarb named by Pope Pius XII in 1949, is the oldest