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:/:iii' ' ii ..... ii00ii ............. i  . By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Diocesan Pastoral Council consists of people from a variety of back- choices and geographical locations," according to the docu- group which was established as a result of in 1993. the DPC have "diverse gifts represent[ing] of insight and experience of the diocesan on states. Vatican Council emphasized the profound gh the entire community of clergy, religious and lay people. The DPC, with those three vocational choices, was formed advice and support to the bishop. !of the Diocesan Pastoral Council pose for a group outside the Catholic Center. They are, from Gerald A. Gettelfinger, Michael Beshears, Dr. Bernard Kemker Sr., Diane Fehren- s Schroering, Pat Koch, Shirlie Holton, Father John Davidson, Rick Coleman Helen Boettcher, Sarah Burke, Dan Miller Sister Mary Mundy, S.P., Marlene Obert, )eacon David Franklin. Unavailable for Were DPC members James Burch, Sister Cather- Ruppel, Margaret Wallace Msgr. Kennth and Ken Krasavage. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang C offers service, advice and support Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger and the members of the discuss a range of top- ics affecting the Church in southwestern Indiana. Topics have included the dia- conate, lay leadership formation, minist D' to the increasing numbers of Spanish speaking residents in the area, and other issues and topics raised during the Dean- ery Assemblies. synod calls for outreach, dialogue, commitment IS Service )  The s for Asia ;calls for mis- dia- religions and to the ffering. documents message to the to pro- said evange- m reali- ty, the a inspiring its prayer and becoming inits Said. May 14, II said the a fresh life on the in this centu- the work In corn- the synod has been "in itself a canticle of praise to God." The pope planned to write his own follow-up document and present it during a visit to Asia next year, at a site to be deter- mined. The synod's final week was marked by small-group discus- sion over such questions as inculturation, interreligious dia- logue, liturgical experimenta- tion and local church autonomy, as the 168 voting participants refined the content of the propo- sitions and the message. In the end, both documents emphasized consensus issues more than lingering controver- sies. The key to evangelization in Asia, the synod said, lies in a personal presentation of Jesus Christ, in order to enlighten and empower the "teeming millions" of Asia's disadvantaged, partic- ularly women and children. For the church, Jesus is the "one and only Savior," the synod said, and in Asia he should be presented as a "teacher of wisdom, a healer, a liberator, a spiritual guide, the enlightened one and the corn- I ltae while the bishop is away? Gettelfinger leaves the diocese -- to go to sit, for a vacation, or for any other Kenneth R. Knapp, vicar general, is in is pastor of Christ the King Church, passionate friend of the poor." The message and the proposi- tions praised the rich religious traditions of Asia and said dia- logue with Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and other non-Chris- tians was a necessity. But the synod also stressed that, for Christians, such. dialogue involves "the desire of sharing the saving message of Christ." As one of the propositions stated: "Interreligious courtesy does not demand that we hide or put under doubt that we are followers of Christ." The synod message said that "all Christians have the duty. to proclaim Christ" and noted that bishops had explored creative ways of announcing the Gospel in Asia, with better use of sacred Scripture and a liturgy that "takes more and more into account the local church." It said the liturgy is experi- enced as "alien" by many Asian Catholics, and Asian pastors need some freedom to make adaptations. One proposition requested that local churches be authorized to approve vernacu- lar translations of liturgical texts without prior Vatican review. It was the one concrete suggestion that reflected early synod calls for local church autonomy. The synod tackled a number of social issues, including a strong- ly worded warning about the See ASIA page 2 On eve of 78th birthday, pope reminds young people they'll age The pope told young people in the parish, "Do not forget that one day you, too, will be elder- ly, just as I do not forget that I was once young." During his homily, Pope John Paul told parishioners that like the apostles, they must be open to the Holy Spirit as they seek to spread the Gospel in their r, eigh- borhood and care for their hurt- ing neighbors, especially the elderly who are alone and young people addicted to drugs. He prayed that they would By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) -- On the eve of his 78th birthday, Pope John Paul II told young people it was important for him to remember he was once young, but it was also important for them to remember they will grow old. The children of Assumption Parish on the northeast outskirts of Rome sang "Happy Birth- day" in Italian to the visiting poise May 17, the day before his follow the Spirit's lead as they evangelize "where people live. study and work, in the places of joy and suffering, in celebra- tions and in the daily unfolding of events." "Do not be discouraged if sometimes your strengths seem limited or inadequate for the breadth of the mission," the pope said. "In today's Gospel, Jesus assures us that the Con- soler, the Holy Spirit sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, is always with us." birthday. Pope John Paul described himself to the children as an "elderly priest.". "This morning, when I met the children, I thought, 'You, too, were once like this,"' he told parishioners after Mass. "Now I am a peer of those who are more elderly." Q I Sc,o.,00.,ko.e .................. p,00e3 t A New Pnnopal ...................... Page 7 The Second Half ..................... Page 13