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SAGE of Saint Meinrad elect Archabbot ' Reverend Lambert ., was elected June Saint Meinrad by his Benedictine becomes the eighth archabbot in the community,s 140-year to Barbara of communi- at-old native of ., professed vows monk in 1956 to the Roman 1959. than 30 years, has distin- a retreat di- to Crawford. .n COuntless re- to priests and conducted throughotat the He has been a retreat master for Missionaries In the United States is also an Latin and Urses at Saint Mount Sa- in Hamden, State Univer- principal of School in 1976 to 1978. he served as a the Diocese of of Education. nearly 40 years FATHER SWEENEY the files of monastic life, Archabbot Reilly has held a variety of re- sponsibilities within the monastery. In addition to his retreat work and teaching, Archabbot Reilly has assisted in parishes, worked in public relations, and served as Guest Master, Assistant Oblate Di- rector and Assistant to the Novice Master. In the fall of 1993, Archab- bot Reilly served the monastic community as Pro-Prior during the Prior's sabbatical. Archabbot Reilly earned a Bachelor's degree in Philoso- phy from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa., in 1955. He also holds Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education degrees from Saint Meinrad School  of Theology, as well as a Master of Science in Education from Duquesne University (1977). In addition, he has un- dertaken graduate studies at Catholic University of Amer- ica, Georgetown University, University of Evansville and Arkansas State University. The election of Archabbot Reilly followed a centuries-old process. The monastic commu- nity used the Rule of St. Bene- dict as their guide for selecting their abbot. That 1500-year-old document states that the abbot is responsible for the spiritual and temporal affairs of his community. Archabbot Reilly succeeds Benedictine Father Timothy Sweeney, who submit- ted his resignation as abbot in June 1993, effective June 1, 1995. Father Sweeney, who was elected on June 2, 1978, will return to his place in se- niority in the community and, as all monks, will be subject to assignments as determined by Archabbot Reilly. See page 2, "Diocesan bound- aries," for more about the arch- abbey. ese of Evansville item: is reading the Bible? hat impor- tant impor- ot very impor- * 14% -- Extremely impor tant 22% -- Very important 42% -- Somewhat impor tant 16% -- Not very impor- tant 6% -- Not important at all Cardinal urges action against Serb aggression By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sara- jevo urged international action to stop what he called a war of aggression being waged by Ser- bia. In an appeal, he said the current suffering in Bosnia- Herzegovina is "a drama born of the war of aggression planned in Belgrade," the Ser- bian capital, Vatican Radio re- ported June 5. Cardinal Puljic said people in the Balkans were gradually losing trust in the interna- tional community and won- dered how those outside could remain indifferent to the drama unfolding in Bosnia. He addressed his appeal for concerted action to =the power- ful of the world" and said: =Do it for us, but do it also for your- selves!  The cardinal said the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo could be defined today as "a big concentration camp." He said the city was again largely iso- lated, with shortages of food, water, gas and electricity de- veloping. The situCin in the north- ern Diocese of Banja Luka, a territory in the hands of Bosnian Serbs, was much worse, he said. He cited the re- cent destruction of Muslim mosques and Catholic churches and convents, the killing of priests and religious, the rape of young women and the forced dislocation and de- portation of entire families. In early June, Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka wrote a second letter to the leader of Bosnian Serbs, Radovan Karadzic, complaining of the human rights violations. He said 161 Croatian families from three villages near Banjo Luka had been forced to leave at gunpoint. He said another 1,700 families risked the same fate if nothing is done to stop the practice, The tensions between ethnic Croatians and Bosnian Serbs reached a high point in the Banja Luka area this spring, following renewed fighting in a nearby border region. After the fighting, some 8,000 Serbian refugees poured into the area. Since then, according to the local bishop, seven religious buildings have been blown up. Bishop Komarica wrote an earlier letter of appeal to Karadzic but received no an- swer, he said. {t