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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Perspective-- What is the truth that we see? Sometimes what we know is true is just not true. Seeing is no longer believing -- just take a look at any of the sensational tabloids in the super- market checkout lane. Body parts from various people, animals and extra-terrestrial aliens are com- puter-assembled in a seamless "photograph" to illustrate a star- tling headline. But phony photos are not what I wanted to write about, when I said what I said -- that sometimes what we know is true is just not true. Some years ago, as a televi- sion news assignment editor, I sent a crew to in- vestigate what I considered a safety hazard along the interstate highways. The big green and white signs were fading, I told the reporter, and it was getting harder and harder for motorists to read the directions. I knew it was true, because my knowl- edge came from my own experience. In my frequent trips along that stretch of in- terstate, I used to be able to see the signs clearly -- in broad daylight, at night, even in the rain or snow. By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR For about a year, though, I had noticed that the signs were less than clear. Perhaps they were dirty -- covered with the grime from fumes and tires carried through the air by hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks. Or perhaps the paint was fading after years of exposure to bright sun- light. Somebody ought to do some- thing about it, I thought. And I thought I was the one who could. I sent the crew out to investi- gate, to see for themselves, and to ask highway officials about the paint job and the lighting and the maintenance and replacement schedule. A half a day later they came back with no story. Every- thing was fine, the reporter said. The signs were in perfect shape, the photographer said. Upkeep and maintenance were ahead of schedule, the highway officials said. I was ready to judge the crew and the offi- cials -- and find them guilty. The reporter must not have liked the sto W -- not flashy enough, probably. The photographer didn't want to work that day. The officials lied. they way they always do. Such was my rash judgment. You probably guessed what was happening. It took me a year or so to discover the solu- tion  a year during which I knew a truth that no one else would acknowledge. A new pair of eyeglasses helped me see that what I knew was true was just not true. The trick was not played by a computer-sen" erated phony photo. The trick was generated by my own eyes  and my unwillingness to con- sider other possible explanations for "the truth." Synod '93 is fast approaching. As we look at the Church in southwestern Iw diana, what is the truth that we see? Does the Church seem faded and a little less than clear? Can we trust our own eyes? This fact must be obvious. The Church has a structure -- but the structure is not all there is. There are others who report what is happen- ing in the Church -- but their witness is not all there is. The Church is the body of Christ -- and that ii includes all of us. As we approach Synod' 93, we should all take the time to look at the structures, study the reports -- and take a look inward too at our own involvement. Vatican Letter He never By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The most-traveled pontiff in history never completely leaves the Vatican  he takes part of it along on every for- eign trip. From his top adviser on church affairs to the man who unpacks ills suitcase, Pope John Paul II carries a minia- ture curia aboard his plane. They'll be coming to Denver in August for World Youth Day, some visible a few steps away from the pope and oth- ers very much behind-the- scenes. It's not a large group -- about 30 officials in all -- but it's enough to keep the pope in contact with the nerve cen- ter back in Rome and with trouhle spots around the world. It also includes a tiny logistical and security corps (yes. Ihe ones with plastic tubes in their ears) who guide the pope's movements through Crowds, across air- port tarmacs and into meet- ings with the world's most Powgrful leaders. i i 'The MESS AGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansvili0 IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evafisville Published tekly except fast week in December by the Catholic Press of Eye.wile E ............................................ pa noa Proct Marker ........................... Pt Bo C,t ................................... Amy Hotsman .: .................................. Paul Newla sta  .......................... M n Address 'eli communicatK)ns to P,O. Box 4169, Evansville. IN 47724-0169 -Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Price: S.50 En',,re a- 2nO csS rnater at the PoS', CCe '" Ew:nsvl;i" tN 4770 " PubtcE.- hot .J-,Dr 8;3801' Leaves home without it: Mini, atican travels with pope The key players in the pope's "portable Vatican" have been around for awhile. Some came on board at the time of the pope's first trip to Mexico in 1979, when the drill for papal trips was just being invented. A partial cast of characters: Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state. The pope's No. 2man, this Italian prelate has been like his shadow at public events on recent trips. But he also has an important hidden role: monitoring world events and Vatican affairs during papal absences and deciding what, if anything, needs to be brought to the pope's atten- tion. Helping out is his assis- tant, Italian Archbishop Gio- vanni Battista Re. Probably their greatest fear is being out of touch; during recent trips to Africa, they made sure a satellite-telephone was hauled ahmg for those urgent calls to Rome. Father Roberto Tucci, an Italian Jesuit who has long been the pope's "travel agent." Along with two col- leagues, Swiss Msgr. Emil Tscherrig and Italian layman Alberto Gasbarri, Father Tucci does the groundwork months ahead of each trip and refines the papal sched- ule down to the last detail. These front men consider everything: the angle of the sun on the papal altar, how to move popemobiles from one city to the next and how m,uch time to leave for a papal nap. During the trip, if things are going well, Father Tucci can sometimes be seen smil- ing on the sidelines of a papal Mass. When there's a logisti- cal snafu, he's seems to ap- pear out of nowhere to fix it. Cmdr. Camille Cibin, the director of Vatican security, whose white hair is well- earned on foreign trips. Along with about four Vatican po- licemen and two Swiss Guards  all dressed in street clothes  Cibin coordinates protection for the pope with local police forces around the world. Each trip has its ner- vous moments, like the time a firecracker went off in a New Delhi arena in 1986. There was a close call in Portugal in 1982, when a priest lunged at the pontiff with a knife. The security agents generally keep a low profile; but when the pope moves through a crowd, they can look like an NFL front line blocking for their top rusher. Msgr. Piero Marini, mas- ter of pontifical ceremonies and perhaps the most pho- tographed papal aide. He's not a publicity-seeker, though; it's part of his job to stand next to the pontiff and assist him during the long re- ligious ceremonies on foreign trips. Msgr, Marini often has to act like a traffic cop on the big platform altars used for papal Masses, as he discreetly coordinates processions of =re welcome ::Letters to the editor are welcome. Letters Submitted for publication must be signed :}and must include a daytime telephone number. Letters selected for publication may be edited. - " H ir r I ir I i clergy, dancers and concele- -- Joaquin Navarro-Vallt brating bishops. Sometimes the liturgical details are not worked out until the last minute, and even tile pope may require subtle prompt- ing. During the pope's trip to Spain in June, Msgr. Marini was busy choreographing a priestly ordination liturgy with 37 young candidates a half-hour before the Mass began. -- Arturo Marl, photogra- pher for the Vatican newspa- per L'Osservatore Romano. Closely orbiting the man in white is this man in a black suit, snapping photo after photo after photo. The pic- tures serve as a visual archive for the Vatican and are much sought-after by people whose moment near the pontiff was captured on film. Unlike other photographers, Marl has practically unlimited ac- cess during papal trips and his pictures are routinely used by wire services around the world. Msgr. Stanislaw Dzi- wisz, the pope's private sec- retary and Polish confidant. He, too, sticks near the pope and even rides with him in the popemobile past the cheering throngs. Because he is the final arbiter of the daily papal schedule, Msgr. Dzi- wisz is sometimes viewed as the gateway to a short, unoffi- cial meeting with the pontiff. In fact, such meetings tend to fill up a large part of the pope's spare time during his trips. the papal spokesman. Spanish layman, Navarr0" Vails is the closest thing to ,a, Vatican "spi though for the most part lets the pope's words spe for themselves. His are important for those pr- rate meetings -- like the scheduled between the pope and President Clinton in Den ver -- where speeches arel exchanged and where press may need a w hin;ti, Dr. Renato tuzzu.-.-.. the pope's Italian phys).c i His medical bag is small, u it is never more than a steps away from the old pope, who had surgery last year to remOV0: intestinal tumor. watches the pope with ular care in hot weather when several pounds weight can be lost perspiratidn under he Mass vestments places like Africa, traveler is susceptible .... , ease. Angelo Gugel, personal valet. spotlight, this Italian the pope vest before tel ceremonies and helps nize the pope's guest (usually a room in bishop's residence) to more like home. He's who packs and un pope's suitcase become a big job ': pontificate. Bishop's Th(: f(Alowing activities and e, wmls are listed on the schedule of Bishq) (;erahl A. Gettelfinger. Bishop's staff, Catholic Center. Evansville, day. Aug. 5, 10:15 a.m. World Youth l)ay. l)enver, departure, Aug ,9_