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4 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Learning the language of By PAUL R. LEINGANG Editor "Always open." That&apos;s what it said in the adver- tisement. I was looking through a series of ads for restaurants when this one caught my eye. "Always open m but only in the evenings." The restaurant happened to be in Florence, Italy, but it could have been anywhere in the world. I was not sure if the ad was clever, or merely a poor trans- lation of what was intended. It made no difference. It was very clear to me that the restaurant was open every evening. Despite an apparent contradic- tion, the words were successful messengers of the one who had uttered them. They crossed through the medium of the printed page to me, and I under- stood. Another incident happened in Rome, earlier on our recent vacation. I wanted to buy a liter of bottled water, and I approached one of the curbside stands along a street leading toward St. Peter's Square. Using one of the few Italian words I know, I inquired about the cost. "Quanti?" I said, "How much?" The man took one look at me and made al, instant judgment of nationality. "Drei tausend," he said in German, "three thousand (lire)." It was an amazing response. Somehow the shape of my face must have communicated my German her- itage much more clearly than the language I was attempting to use. Yet another incident happened in Switzerland, where I stopped to ask a local resident for a restau- rant suggestion. I started with a few tentative words in German, then switched to English to tell her that I knew very little German. That's when she asked me if I could speak English. None of my words must have been very clear -- yet through all of my fumbling, we were able to com- municate. Her English was very good, and she gave us some good suggestions. She had taken the time to respond to a stranger, and her willingness to try to communicate was the key to our conversation. =$ =6 . Reflecting on the three incidents, I quickly came to understand that there was no need to go to a foreign country to have such similar experiences in commu- nication. They happen all of the time within the fam- ily. "I'm always available to listen to you," a parent might say, aloud. But in fact, the parent is adding, "But only when I'm not distracted by some thing or some one else." Or perhaps a child will respond to a parent in the language the child thinks the parent expects to hear. But successful communication happens within a- June 19, family, no matter how poorly the words spoken, when there is a sincere effort to on the part of everyone involved. =6 =6 =6 Jesus told parables, preached sermons and preted the sacred writing -- but he listened, too. heard the words of the man who admitted. unworthiness, but nonetheless asked would be healed. He felt the touch of a need of healing, even though no words were Take the time today to listen to yourself, the time you speak with someone in your family. I, } really mean what you are saying? Take the time to listen to another in household. Don't respond until you have what has been said. G Examine how your church and your people unfamiliar with your language or you were a stranger, would you feel ignored? Take the time to make your world more hospitable. Learn another language. Become another culture. ; Take the time to respond to a stranger, i: :: Comments about this column are welcome at or the Christian Family P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. ,:: Vatican Letter Pope's doctor also oversees Vatican City's state of he By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although best known as per- sonal physician to Pope John Paul II, Dr. Renato Buzzonetti's white lab coat usually hangs on a rack in the comer of his Vati- can office. That's because the 73-year-old doctor devotes much of his time to his other role, directing health services for Vatican City State a job that includes the tasks of a government health minister. In a tiny independent country where the residents ultimately are committed to the health of souls, Buzzonetti is in charge of preaching healthy lifestyles and work habits. He oversees the medical care offered to Vatican employees, the safety of Vatican workplaces, the quality of Vati- can water and even the hiring of veterinarians to care for the 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711  WeekJy newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Edot .................................... P R.Uga ................................... Pa NV.d wet ............................ 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The papal escapes used to take place after Christ- mas and Easter for a day's ski- ing; recent trips, however, have been for walks and drives. Buzzonetti is never the lone papal health-watcher at large. Vatican events. He said a physi- cian specializing in resuscitation is also on duty during general audiences, Masses and large meetings, and an ambulance for the pope is always standing by. As guardian of the pope's health, Buzzonetti is a member of a small unofficial club: he is one of only four Vatican officials who have been with Pope John Paul on each and every one of his 82 foreign trips. The other members of the club are the pope's personal sec- retary, the head of Vatican secu- rity and the Vatican photogra- pher. The doctor has his own role in preparing the trips, beginning Pope John Paul I1: On American Catholic education Dear Brother Bishops: on the threshold of a new century and a new millennium, the Church continues to proclaim the capac- ity of human beings to know the truth and to grow into genuine freedom through their acceptance of that truth. In this respect, the Church is the defender of the moral insight on which your country was founded. Your Catholic schools are widely recog- nized as models for the renewal of American elementary and secondary education. Your Catholic colleges and universities can be leaders in the renewal of American higher education .... As you work to strengthen Catholic education, and as you promote Catholic intellectual life in all its dimensions, may you enjoy the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Seat of Wis- dom. On the eve of the Feast of Pentecost, I join you in invok- ing the gifts of the Holy Spirit upon the Church in the United States. With affection in the Lord, I cordially impart my Apos- tolic Blessing to you and to the priests, religious and laity of your Dioceses. excerpted from the address of Pope John Paul Ii to the Bishops of Region VIi with advising the travelers about any vaccines or protective medications they will need beforehand. In addition, he draws up the Vatican's emergency health-care request list for the host govern- ment. As with similar lists for heads of state, it always includes an ambulance reserved for possible papal use at all major events, as well as a reserved hospital room. In two decades of often gruel- ing papal travel, the standby measures have never been used by the pope, he said. Buzzonetti agreed to an inter- view in his office behind the Vatican's main post office, but only on the condition that the 78-year-old pope's health not be among the topics for discussion. The white-haired physician, who began working part time at the Vatican in 1965, insisted that the pope's privacy and the con- fidentiality of the doctor-patient relationship be protected. Buzzonetti knows rumors about the pope's health abound and he is amazed that several times over the the reports went as ing the pope had die& "I don't know why all believes these said. "It would be they were was sick in bed, dying, about who continues to give speeches, Buzzonetti's can health service physicians, all part-time service, as tered nurses. The doctor said all the physicians hospitals or university: faculties in are kept up-to'dall e fields and have amp l nity for professinal i At least one of cians is on duty at 24 hours a day, ensure prompt for every Vatican whether it's the cardinal or a Buzzonetti said. Bisho Washington Deanery Assembly, St. John gootee, Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m. Presbyterate Meeting, Catholic Center,3 24, 9:30 a.m. Priests Personnel Board, bishop's house, 24, 1:30 p.m. Finance Council Meeting, Catholic Center, June 24, 4 p.m. Diocesan Pastoral Council, Catholic Center, 27, 9:30 a.m. Profession of Final Vows, Monastery lmm ception, Ferdinand, Saturday, June 27,10:30 a.m. Fiftieth Anniversary of Holy Family urda; June 27, 4 p.m. !