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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Special Olymp cs held pic in The fields are full of volunteers gathering are, left to right: Erin Moore, Michelle Mills, students at Marian Heights Academy; Sister Jenny Schmitt Nathaniel Calhoun, a junior at St. Meinrad College, By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) -- Building a culture of life must go beyond protecting the unborn and the infirm to restoring a view of human life as a great good, said speakers at a Rome conference. The need to rediscover the value of all life is seen in the contradictory positions of some governments which, while pro- moting human rights and pro- tection of the environment, le- galize taking the lives of the weak and defenseless, Pope John Paul II said in a written message to the conference. A year after publishing his encyclical "The Gospel of Life," the pope said that "the denial of life -- consolidated and ratified as a culture of" death in legal abortion -- continues to take root in modern society with the intention of legalizing euthana- sia as well." The April 22-24 conference, marking the first anniversary of the encyclical&apos;s publication, was sponsored by the Pontifical Council fi)r the Family Unless the value of all human life is recognized and defended, the pope said, societies risk "closing in on themselves, self- destructing or reducing life to a commodity." Pope John Paul told the con- ference, "There is a pressing need to rediscover an authentic anthropology which highlights and values the human dignity of every person and views life as a sacred and fundamental gift." The notion of"quality of life," which is often used as an excuse to support the death of the weak or disabled, ignores the fact that life is a gift of God with a tran- scendent, eternal dimension that goes beyond the earthly conditions of the person, he said Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of the Vatican Con- gregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the conference that building a civilization of life Culture of life goes beyond protecting unborn, speaker'. A Polish senator means marshalling forces to ed- play, on the fundamental prin- Such recognition must be ac- ference that pe01 helped to see that ucate everyone about the value of theirs and others' lives. While the church must pay attention to the situation of in- dividual women who decide to have an abortion, it also must "analyze the social, cultural and environmental conditions in which the phenomenon of abor- tion arises," Archbishop Bertone said. Surveys in Italy and else- where have shown that even those who oppose abortion in general would make exceptions for the health and well-being of the mother, he said. "We must reflect more explic- itly on the values which are at ciples which are at the basis of Christian moral behavior as well as ethical human behavior and on the mission of the state," offering concrete suggestions "which will help increase the sense of responsibility for one's own life and that of others," Archbishop Bertone said. "Freedom to say or do any- thing: This is the myth of our times," he said. In order to put things back in their proper plade, he said, "all of us must undergo conversion" aimed at a recognition Of the value of human life, indepen- dent of its stage of development or its fragility. companied by concrete, compre- hensive action to support the right to life and "to assure each human being the widest protec- tion so that he can live in a meaningful way," the arch- bishop said. Retired Italian Cardinal Er- silio Tonini told the conference, -we must not reduce the safe- guarding of life to just opposing abortion; abortio i is a symptom of a much wider problem." The general disrespect for life when it is weak or needy is seen in the attitude many citizens of industrialized countries have toward immigrants from poorer nations, he said. abortion, euthan death penalty l ized by a majorit) make them right. "If the killing ot egory of persOnS one cannot sa.Y t] recognizes and sJ dignity of everY ht said Alicja G.e_s ' ber of the polls- professor of law a University of Lnb A democraCY t protect the basieI citizens loses it macy, she said. Share a Great Compassion $1: llm,h ()ri2imdl) Ji'om , 'ietnmn, he ,rod Iwr j',,,ih cram" t, the L'nite,I ,%tatc a refugees and ettled in I)all. li'\\;,l. l:.d.cati.n: B'I":,. deree in Alcdic,d Ih'cord \\;dmini,,tr, aims ),h,mm.m,I (:olh,e. Salin., K.w,.,< .\\;m,,ing deree, P.ce U.iier,,it), I)h..a,,a.tille, X'eu' brl. 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Many who enter our community hae'no )tier nursing experienct.. but we all share a great compassion for the suffering prior and delight at being able to help them. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sr AI,me t:'du'ard Donlinicau Sisters ADDRESS of I I,m'thcm,e 600 Limt, ,.hemw CITY Ihmhorue. NY 10532 914 769-4794 /:'ONE( ) PLEASE SENO ME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CONGREGATION NAM' STATE ZIP 14 Days- Best of November 7- 20, Round trip airfare from Evansville Accommodations at first class hotels All transfers byprivate deluxe mo- torcoach Continental breakfast and dinner daily private det . All hot# ,ice, , . -- $ 1,99800- lbts trtp Io Turkey ,,,ill be an teorgettable experience" Mat. , , ,er and entertatnrae' 1'1sit bal,e been centers of learnlng, pra3 .. ,.,,,allyCa t thousand 'ears Churches honws and buildmgs u,. ,[, our' ) " , . ,. tivw" usual shaped mountains t( Cappadocta u dl ca_oast meta hesuandth r n t re, ,tin ortantseat , the 'P . . e e ud s of a O" P - MaO,  of Paul and John. We will visit the house wDe.re;o'ng the'4t spent some years. We will travel up the coast u').i'nent arl* bometou,n of ttomer and to Vergamum, a Prrc,t,dte r tn Is h'nistic culture. We begin attd end our tour Y wonderful places to visit .... I u'orM city containing Stncerely, lMt% I would like to know more about your tour. please additional information. / / Name / Address / Mail to: Father Joseph Ziliak 625 Frame Road Newburgh, IN 47630 I City State/ZIP