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I I I 1 E S SAGE __ The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana , , VOLUME 25 NUMBER 5 September 30, ,1994 4UfeCha|n II I I IIII III II Disappointment, hope for next year follows papal trip cancellation [NGToIN (CNS) -- newly elected president of the the second half of November schedule had been restricted rector for the Baltimore seg- United Na- Streets of Baltimore, eaders and average expressed disappoint- of Pope plan'ned visit this and looked forward to ibility of a more trip next year. Radomira Saw- Was to read one of intercessions at an celebrated by th at morning Mass at ary Church in Balti- Word came of the Was a terrible si- said. "I couldn't be. foreign minis- U.N. General Assembly, said he wasn't surprised that health problems forced Pope John Paul to cancel his planned Oct. 20-23 trip, which also included stops in New York, Newark, N.J., and Balti- more. "He seemed to me to be rather tired," Essy said of a Sept. 16 meeting with Pope John Paul at the papal sum- mer residence in Castel Gan- dolfo, Italy. But he expressed confidence that the change of plans was only a postponement of the papal visit. Archbishop Renato R. Mar- tino, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations, said the rescheduled visit to the United ry Coast and Nations would be sometime in is= r Wedding Jubilee to be celebrated married 50 years or Year will gather for a 'ide celebration, 2. Bishop Gerald will preside at to be held at eeraer Church, tt 1:30 p.m. The annual event is orga- nized by Catholic Charities. About 650 persons have al- ready confirmed their plans to attend. As many as 800 per- sons are expected. A reception will follow the Mass. 1995. He said he had worked out the change of plans with U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and found a time agreeable to both sides. No specific date was cho- sen, he said. "I understand very well the decision," Archbishop Martino said. "He has still not fully re- covered, and needs more time." Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said Sept. 22 that the U.S. trip was off be- cause the pope decided to go along with his doctors' recom- mendations to take it easy for the next two months. The doc- tors have been concerned about his lack of mobility following thigh bone surgery last April. Although the other U.S. stops were not immediately rescheduled, both Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York and Archbishop William H. Keeler of Baltimore expressed confidence that Pope John Paul will come next year. Archbishop Keeler said he has been assured that the pope in 1995 will visit the same des- tinations planned this fall. He noted that this year's by the fact that it was slated to take place in the middle of a meeting in Rome of the world Synod of Bishops. "I would hope that the visit next year could be spread out a bit and not so concentrated," he said. Those involved in organizing the papal visit tried to look on the bright side. "It gives us another year to get psyched up," said Father James Proffitt, who works with youths at St. Ann Parish in Hagerstown, Md. In Baltimore, the papal visit plans will be stored carefully in notebooks, tucked away in boxes labeled Papal Visit Gen- eral File '94." When planning began for the visit last spring, e'eryone joked that there was no guide- book to planning a papal visit. Now, at least, there are the be- ginnings of one. "We kept saying, no one  knows how to run a papal visit. Now we know a little about how to run a papal visit, so we can strengthen the package for next time," said Father . Michael J. White, program di- ment of the trip. "We're ready to go. We have a papal visit kit." See DISAPPOINTMENT page 2