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i, i leaders praise house of partial.birth veto (CNS) the U.S. bishops' on Pro-Life Activi- kded members of r 23 for their 296- Vote to override President of a federal ban abortions. Bernard F. Iaw of committee chairman, a statement released in "No nation and no can, in good con- )ermit the killing of infants." to attend because of illness. The bishop expressed the gratitude of the Catholic Church for the House effort and con- gratulated legislators for their bipartisan support. "In ending the tragedy of par- tial-birth abortion," he said in the statement, "I urge the U.S. Senate to follow suit. I call upon each Senator to have the courage and the wisdom to override the president's tragic veto." The bishop asked for prayers nationwide so that all elected abortion as a vulgar, cruel act." He said the rabbis sent a letter to senators urging them to join House colleagues in banning the controversial procedure. Rabbi Marc A. Gellman, co- host of the weekly TV program, "The God Squad," said: "We in the pro-life community must do more and we must do better in affirming and acknowledging and trying in love and compas- sion to quell the fear that drives women to this terrible and diffi- cult choice." The press confer- ence was co-spon- sored by Concerned e are saying that America is not a country that tolerates infanticide.. leaders "will guide our great nation into a new millennium where all human life is protect- ed." Rabbi Joseph H. Ehrenkranz, executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Under- standing at Sacred Heart Uni- versity in Fairfield, Conn., said he was pleased "to join with more than 100 rabbis across the United States -- Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform who recognize partial-birth Said, "Soon, the Senate same opportunity Stop the brutal killing of !by partial-birth abortion. that the Senate will choice." which was 11 than the two-thirds neces- )Override, sends the mea- the Senate, where no Was expected until Sep- the earliest. The ban the Senate by 64-36, three votes short needed for an Women for America, the Institute for Reli- . o gious Values, the National Right to Life Committee, the U.S. bishops' Sec- retariat for Pro-Life Activities and the Catholic Campaign for America. Douglas Jokmson, NRLC leg-. islative director, said "It's long past time for 36 senators to stop defending the. indefensible, bru- tal practice of partial-birth abor- tion. It is appalling that any sen- ator would vote to allow thousands of living babies to be mostly delivered and then stabbed through the head." ..;press conference with leaders, held in the minutes before the Vote, House Speaker R-Ga., thanked resent for proving comes to the mat- .Protecting children, we far beyond our denom- as people of faith, gather together on of the community and HOUse action, he said, Saying that America is that tolerates .. And I would the Senate would to join Us.,, Catholic, Jewish and addressed the director of plan- .US. t for Pro-Life statement from Bishop William E. Loft = unable Getting ready Benedictine Father Gregory Chamberlin and Betty Axsom sort through items for the White Elephant Booth before last weekend's Sununer al at SL Benedict. urch, Evans- .... rifle. Father Gregory is pastor at St. Benedict; Axsom is chai person of the booth which contains "thousands and thou- sands" of items including furniture, glassware, wreaths, lamps, pictures, toys, books and exercise equipment. --Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Washingtonians shocked at shooting deaths of Capitol police WASHINGTON (CNS) Washington-area Catholic lead- ers expressed shock and disbe- lief as they prayed for the two police officers gunned down July 24 in the U.S. Capitol. "The shooting itself was total- ly shocking -- unbelievable, '' said Father Michael O'Sullivan, pastor of St. Peter Parish, one of two parishes on Capitol Hill. Mulling over the apparent numbness of American society to violence, he said, "I do think Pope draws attention to Sundays, those house-bound in summer CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II drew special attention to the sacred- ness of Sundays and to the needs of those who are house- bound during the summer. In his first public appearance for Sunday noon prayer since returning from a 13-day vaca- tion in the mountains of north- ern Italy, the pope underlined some of the points he made in his July 7 letter "Dies Domini" ("The Day of the Lord"). "It is not difficult to note that this 'holy day' is extraordinari- contact the Message about Bulletin Board, Golden Around the Diocese, advertising, or any of features, please address all correspondence to the P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. Tele- 424-5536 or toll-free in Indiana (800) 637-1731. E- messa gc)d ly rich in significance," the pope said July 26. "Its religious sense certainly does not conflict with human values, which make Sunday a time of rest, of enjoy- ment of nature and of more relaxed social relations. These are values which, sadly, risk being conceded to a hedonistic and frenetic way of living." Addressing pilgrims in five languages at his lakeside sum- mer villa southeast of Rome, Pope John Paul also noted that some people are not able to 8,o out and enjoy summer. The pope said he was think- ing "especially of the sick, the elderly, and all those who feel ever more the difficulties of soli- tude during summertime." "I hope they can find people who will be at their side, and I wish for all those who have the opportunity to go on vacation a period of deserved and serene rest," he said. maybe we have as a communi- ty failed to identify the differ- ence between freedom and license. It goes back to the moral principle -- nobody is free to do wrong." Killed in the line of duty were Capitol Police Officer Jacob J. Chestnut and Capitol Police Special Agent John Gibson, a member St. Elizabeth Seton in the Washington suburb of Lake Ridge, Va., which is in the Arlington Diocese. Russell Eugene Weston Jr. of Rimini, Mont., described as a friendless loner with a history of mental flInes,s, was charged with shooting Chestnut in the head at a security checkpoint upon'entering the building and then killing Gibson in the shootout that followed. Gibson wounded Weston. Father Salvatore A. Criscuolo, chaplain for police in Washing- ton, said that death on the job always looms as a possility for ,,, , , , i police officers in the United States, where one officer is killed in the line of duty every 52 hours. "They know every day can be their last da" the priest told the Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Washington Archdiocese. Father Criscuolo said that members of the Capitol Police had just attended the funeral ser- vices earlier that day for District of Columbia policeman Thom Franklin Hamlette, who was shot and killed July 18, "Little did they know within a few hours ty would be rO same thi" he said. Karen Granger, administra- tive manager at St. Joseph's, the other Capitol Hill parish, said parishioners were sl'cked. "Our reaction was just like everywhere else in the court- try," she said. "It was unset- tling to know it was just down the street." See SHOCKED page 3 , t i @ People of God ........................ Page 3 Good Shepherd Principal .............. Page 3 Gospel Commentary ................. Page 14