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25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 46 July 19, 1996 WEST DEANERY Pope prays for peace after strife in northern Ireland LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy (CNS) -- After a week of renewed sectarian strife in Northern Ireland, Pope John Paul II prayed for peace and urged all sides to show respect for human rights. "I am thinking of the suffer- ing of so many men and women who are tried in body and spirit," the pope said during a talk July 14 while vacationing in northern Italy. "I ask you to pray in partic- ular for peace in Northern Ireland, peace that respects the rights of every person and ever), social group. Mary, queen of peace, intercede on behalf of that dear nation," he said. The papal comments came after several days of rioting and the bombing of a hotel, vi- olence that threatened to ig- nite paramilitary warfare after a two-year truce in Northern Ireland. The disturbances began when Northern Ireland's po- lice force banned a traditional Loyalist march through a Catholic area in Portadown, setting off Loyalist violence throughout the province. The police then reversed their decision and allowed the march to take place, using force to clear the streets of protesting Catholics. That prompted a new wave of riots. The march commemorated the 17th-century Battle of the Boyne, where the Protes- tant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James lI in 1690. Two Catholics were killed in the week of violence, one a taxi driver shot to death and the other a demonstrator run over by a military jeep. More thai 200 people were injured. On July 14 a hotel was bombed in Enniskillen, injur- ing 17 people. The Irish Ro- publican Army denied respon- sibility for the blast. of prayer, fasting for life observed by church nationwide KllL..II.ASHINGTO N (CNS) -- tion procedure and to vote now Throughout the Washington hours and Benediction. tion on a wide range of life- vjljjmth01ics around the coun'try to override the presidential Archdiocese, parish church bolls Two days earlier, Detroit threatening issues and ways for rVed the National Day of veto. tolled from 3 to 3:15 p.m. July Cardinal Adam J. Maida an- people torespond to them. ]tYer and Fasting for Life July "We believe that there is no 11 as a reminder of the need to nouncedanewpro-lifeinitiative Catholic Pastoral Center em- ,l)thspecial Masses, prayers, justification--medically, legally, respect life. -- Project Life-- to provide per- p!oyees in the Diocese of Des )i lg and appeals to legisla- or morally -- for allowing the At a noon Mass at the Cathe- sonnel, educational materials Moines, Iowa, marked July 11 partial-birth abortion to be per- dral of St. Matthew the Apostle, and financial resources to sup- with a simple prayer service I' IS. bishops designated the I !!io call attention to an up- I Vote in Congress to over- },) IL!?esident Clinton's April to of legislation banning Irtial-birth abortion pro- formed on any member of our human family," the bishops said in letters to Sent. Paul Simon and Carol Moseley-Braun. The letters were signed by Chicago Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin and Bishops Wilton the day, the Catholic D. Gregory of Belleville, Joseph 'f ]r_,Ps of Illinois asked the L. Imesch of Joliet, John J. |s U.S. senators to recon- Myers of Peoria, Thomas J. ]their earlier vote against Doran of Rockford, and Daniel :: ]g the partial-birth abor- J. Ryan of Springfield. Official From Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Rev. Kenneth R. Steckler, associate pastor, St. Joseph Church, Jasper. The appointment is effective Wednesday, Aug. 14. do you think the following factor is in ex- why there are poor people? Lack of talent and abil- the poor. Diocese Statewide important 13% 13% important 23% 20% 32% 29% important 22% 24% all 11% 14% Washington Auxiliary Bishop William E. Lori delivered a message from Cardinal James A. Hickey, who was continuing to recover from heart bypass surgery. Bishop Lori spoke about the need for prayer and fasting, as well as the tragedy of abortion and the struggles of those facing crisis pregnancies. He high- lighted archdiocesan assistance programs that provide alterna- tives to abortion and post-abor- tion counseling. Many parishes also held spe- cial Masses, holy hours and prayer services. In Baltimore Catholics marked the day with 24 hours of adora- tion and prayer July 11-12. Noon Masses July 11 were celebrated by Cardinal William H. Keeler at St. Joseph's Medi- cal Center Chapel in Towson and Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ricard at the Basilica of the As- sumption in Baltimore. In a statement, Cardinal Keeler asked that the preach- ing and prayers at Masses and eucharistic services during the observance =reverence God's giR of life at every stage, from con- ception to natural deth." Parishes in the six-county Archdiocese of Detroit also marked July 11 withspecial Masses, prayer services, holy port alternatives for those con- sidering abortion or assisted suicide. In Boston, Cardinal Bernard F. Law, chairman of the bish- ops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, led a local obser- vance at St. Patrick Parish in Natick. The 24-hour vigil began with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Law, and included prayer ser- vices, Scripture readings, =Cul- ture of Life" teaching sessions, recitation of the rosary and Benediction. In a statement, the cardinal said the country faces a =a great moment of crisis" prompted by increasing threats to life and human dignity. =It is also nec- essary to see our commitment to the unborn in the context of a consistent commitment to human life at all its stages," he said. Bishop Leo E. O'Neil of Manchester, N.H., also led his diocese's observance of the Na- tional Day of Prayer and Fast. ing for Life. About 500 people attended a special noon Mass. celebrated by the bishop at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manch- ester. Mass was followed by e*posi- tion of the Blessed Sacrament, a holy hour and Benediction. The diocese also providedina-  and soup lunch. Des Moines Bishop Joseph L. Charron, in a letter read in parishes the weekend of July 6- 7, called the partial.birth abor- tion procedure "profoundly dis- turbing and an affront to those who believe in the dignity of everyhuman life.  He asked See DAY page 2