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hoM ESSAG E The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana VOLUME 24 NUMBER 47 July 29, 1994 pto by Mary Ann Hughes Good Shepherd addition to be dedicated August 28 By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Workman are putting the final touches on the addition at Good Shepherd School, Evans- ville, with the dedication scheduled for August 28. The new addition, expected to cost in the neighborhood of $569,000, contains three class- rooms, a science lab, a com- puter lab and a boys restroom. Painting and remodeling in the old school building will put the total cost at $700,000. As part of remodeling efforts, the older part of the complex will be air-conditioned, the practical arts classroom has been refurbished with new kitchen cabinets and now con- tains two stoves and two re- frigerators, and running water has been added to the kinder- garten. "We have wonderful, won- derful people," said Benedic- tine Sister Mary Celestin Mau- rer, principal, noting, "that we were even able to do this, so close to building a church, says something about the parish- loners." She added, "Everyone has taken ownership ofit." - The 1994-95 school enroll- ment is expected to be 219 stu- dents, up from 142 students when Sister Maurer began in 1989. Aid agencies struggle to handle Rwanda refugee disaster WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The distress of more than 1 million Rwandan refugees massed.around the town of Goma and other sites in Zaire was compounded by runaway cholera which was killingthou- sands and had overwhelmed the ability of aid organizations to help. At one point, it was esti- mated refugees were dying at a rate of one per minute. The epidemic, triggered by contam- inated water brought on by the sanitation crisis which accom- panied the sudden flood of refugees, had killed thousands by July 25. Pope John Paul II pleaded with international organiza- tions and political leaders to mount a massive rescue opera- tion. "Do not abandon this fleeing multitude," he urged at a July south of Prague. He was on his wayto Graz; Austria, at the time, Muensterman saide re- 20 audience. Once again, un- fortunately, we must beg God for peace and relief for the martyred populations of Rwanda." Officials of the U.S. Catholic Conference, public policy arm of the U.S. bishops, were also urging the Clinton administra- tion to act. The United States mobilized military units to assist in bringing medicine, food and equipment for providing clean water. The United Nations urged fleeing Rwandans to return home where they could find safe water, shelter and food. The Rwandan Patriotic Front, the mostly Tutsi rebel force now forming the new gov- ernment of Rwanda, promised that returning Hutu refugees would not be harmed, despite the bloody civil war precipi- See AID page 5