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4 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --- Perspective-- An experience of family faith We were in a limousine be- hind the hearse, following the Mass of Christian Burial for my father-in-law. We were about to begin our journey in procession to the cemetery. In the limousine were surviv- ing members of the immediate family. Following our car were other cars with pall bearers and family members, and friends and acquaintances. In the days before the fu- neral, many words had been spo- ken. Family memories and pho- tographs provided endless topics for conversation. Now, in the cushioned quiet of the limou- sine, words did not flow as easily as they had in the loudness of family arrivals and the busy-hess of doing what had to be done. There were spurts of talk, and there were times of longer silence. None of us knew exactly what to say, but some thoughts and feelings demanded to be expressed. We, in the car together, had came from our own families of origin, but we had become con- nected to each other -- related by blood or by marriage to the man whose time among us had ended. Sons and a son-in-law. A daughter and daughters-in-law. A wife, now a widow. By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR A daughter-in-law leaned forward to say -- in words that were blurted out in a mixture of emotions, "I feel so privileged to be a part of this family." My father-in-law was a col- lege professor, a chemist, an artist, a calligrapher, a musician. More important than all of that, he was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, friend. It is a privi- lege to be connected with him and with the others whom he touched, to be part of his family. What one had spoken, we others affirmed. We others were the ones who were not born into this family, but who had become connected with it by marriage. That honest statement briefly made brought about a longer time of quiet once again, as we reflected on the truth we had heard. The comment comes back to me again and again. It was a statement of love and respect, but it was more than that. It was an act of faith. All things happen within a family -- life and death. Death had not put an end to our re- lationships. Death had only been an occasion to make them stronger, and all of us could cele- brate the lasting connections we had made. i; Death was only a beginning, as it was the death of the one who redeemed us who was sent to live among us to bring us the one who came to welcome us into the of God. It is the unity of a family that reveals a tion of the truth about our salvation. It is within the relationships of our .... that we first find love. It is here where wen first called upon to love another. In family relationships, we are called Christ to one another. We welcome families some who are newly barn and who are fully grown. Within the family is ishment, healing and reconciliation. It is a family that death is discovered for what a moment marking the passage from this the next. Our relationships will never end. Few other words come close in our way of trying to describe our God. God is a giving father of a prodigal san. God is a hen protecting her brood. And the one was sent to bring us back into unity with our Jesus our brother. Human words will never complet! scribe our relationship with God, but words are the words of revelation. To the one who sent an only son to of us, we can only say, "I feel so privileged tc a part of this family." Vatican Letter The pope game: Promotion fires speculation on future By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) When Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, a longtime Vatican of- ficial from Benin, was elected dean of the College of Cardi- nals, pieces in the "Name the Next Pope" board game started to shift. In the predictions of some, the early June election moved Cardinal Gantin, head of the Congregation for Bishops, higher up the list of possi- bles, called "papabile" or "pope-able." But because Cardinal Gan- tin is already 71 years old, many experienced players took the announcement as a .general opening for other :AfriCans and non-Europeans to advance: The black cardinal's nomi- :nation to the post, which car- i'ries important duties during .the election of a new pope, ":is another sign of the univer- Sality of the church and is a ,donsequence of the interna- l tt The MESSAGE " 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville. IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper o! the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville .............. Ishop Gerald K Gettetfinger Ec]aor .......................................... Paul Lngang Con ................................... Amy Housman Producon Manager .................... .Phil Boger s Wr ............................. Mary A Hu Address all communicators to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $t2.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2rid class matter at the post offce in Evansville, IN 47701 Publica. number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication   cardc Pmd c--nmce I ] II I tionalization of the Roman Curia," said the newspaper I1 Messaggero. "The presence of Gantin at the head of the "Senate of the Church' seems to prefigure the election of a black pope," the article said. Cardinal Gantin's election cannot be read as a prelimi- nary papal ballot because the dean is elected by and from among the six cardinals hold- ing the honorary rank of titu- lar of a "suburbicarian church," which are dioceses on the outskirts of Rome. The "Name the Next Pope" game is ongoing in Rome, al- though the conventional wis- dom is that there will not be a conclave before the year 2000, hence the handicap of cardinals over 70. Waiting for press confer- ences to start, journalists ask each other. "'So, who's the next pope?" When the sum- mer news doldrums start, they go through their files up- dating the biographies of those they think are in the running. And that's the normal, the- pope-is-healthy activity. Piles of paper were shuf- fled and hundreds of words about'the "papabile" were written  but generally not published  last summer when Pope John Paul II was hospitalized for the removal of a noncancerous colon tumor. Citizens of Rome, who claim the pope as their bishop  and to some degree their personal property also play the game, usually with the same opinion for the desired outcome: It's time for another Italian. They like the tradition of the Italian pope. but waning are the days when more than half the church's cardinals were European and most of Project Rachel To the editor: We are grateful to Bishop Gettelfinger for initiating Pro- ject Rachel in the Diocese of Evansville on April 29, 1993, at a special all-day workshop at the Catholic Center. One counselor who attended this workshop commented that it was the most professional seminar that she had ever at- tended. Those of us who attended the program that evening at St. Theresa gained insight and must useful knowledge as regards mothers suffering from PAS. (Post-abortion syn- drome} We hope that Project Rachel becomes a viable pro- gram in pastoral ministry and an important vehicle for rec- onciliation. We thank our bishop, Martha Halterman of Catholic Charities, and all the priests and counselors who attended for their efforts on behalf of these mothers (and fathers) and their children. Sincerely in Christ, Jim and Mona Redman Deanna Goossens Pam Wampler Rosemary Park Joseph Park Carl Brochin Danny Kar loan Cooper Angle Lasher those were Italian. On Jan. 1, 1963, when Pope John XXIII was reigning, the College of Cardinals had 85 members. Fifty-seven of them were Europeans and 29 of those were from Italy. Fifteen years later, under Pope Paul VI, the college had expanded to 132 members, doubling the number of North Americans, Latin Americans and Asians. The number of African cardinals had jumped from one to 12. But in one way the balance was similar to the mix under his predecessor: 65 of the car- dinals on Jan. 1, 1978, were Europeans and 33 of those -were Italians. With another 15 years gone by, the College of Cardinals had 151 members as of June 18. The Europeans still cling to their majority: 79 of the 151 cardinals are European. But the Italians no longer make up half of the continental contingent: 35 of the cardi- nals are Italian. And in the ranks of the game's real players the changes are even dent. Of the 108 who are under 80 fore eligible to vote conclave, only 52 pean and only 20 Italian. Eighteen of the ers come from 14 from Africa, 11 nine from No four from Oceania. Yet the Italian come out ahead in the Next Pope." Topping almost 66-year-old Maria Martini, scholar and Milan. He is cited toral and skills, his active ir in ecumenical ant gious dialogue an time presidency cil of European conferences. Another Italian with some frec nal Pio Laghi Congregation ucation and former cio to the United See VA Bishop's sc The following activities and events are 1 schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger