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October 13, 1995 I P_ope Continued from page 1 "Stop AIDS, Stop the Homopho- bia, Stop the Pope." At Giants Stadium nearly 83,000 people waited hours in the rain to hear the pope urge them to remember "the kind of nation America has aspired to be." He presented his view of the nation as one concerned gbout the poor and the immigrant. The pope reminded his lis- teners of whe nearby Statue of Liberty, emblazoned with the Words of Emma Lazarus' poem: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free .... " "Is present-day America be- coming less sensitive, less car- lng toward the poor, the weak, the stranger, the needy?" asked Pope John Paul. "It must not." He said the United States Was called to be "a welcoming culture.- And with special em- phasis, he asked: "If America ::e:o turn. in on itself, would oe the beginning of the end of what constitutes the Very essence of the American experience?, He Was repeating his mes- from his Oct 4 arrival at N.J.'s, !nternational RUXER The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana airport, where he was greeted by President Bill Clinton, a host of government and church leaders, and the screams of 2,000 schoolchildren waving Vatican flags. The United States has a re- sponsibility not only to its own citizens and those seeking a bet- tej life within its boundaries, the pope said. but "in particular, for nations and peoples emerging from a long period of trial, your country stands upon the world scene as a model of a democratic society at an advanced stage of development." "Your power of example car- ries with it heavy responsibili- ties," Pope John Paul said. Four days later, at Oriole Park, he noted that "America has always wanted to be a land of the free." "Every generation of Ameri- cans needs to know that free- dom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought," he said. Before leaving from Balti- more-Washington Interna- tional Airport, Pope John Paul urged Americans to "love life, cherish life, defend life, from conception to natural death." He also met with Vice Presi- dent Al Gore, who told the pope JASPER 482-1200 FORD . LINCOLN . MERCURY MILLER &: MILLER "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Traylor Phone: 486-3285 3 he and Clinton were grateful for his peace efforts in Bosnia- Herzegovina, especially his planned Oct. 17 meeting at the Vatican with the bishops of the former Yugoslavia. Also during the trip, the pope: -- Blessed the building that. houses the Holy See mission to the United Nations Oct. 7. -- Met informally with lead- ers of other religions at the residence of Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York. Ate a meal of chicken and rice casserole with about a dozen adults and seven chil- dren at a Baltimore soup i kitchen Oct. 8. -- Visited with leaders of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency, at Baltimore's Basilica of the As- sumption. . p Visited Baltimore's Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Pope: May your trust always be in God BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Here is Vatican text of Pope John Paul H's remarks at the Oct. 8 farewell ceremony at Balti- more-Washington Interna- tional Airport. Dear Mr. Vice President, dear friends, dear people of America, As I take leave of the United States, I wish to express my deep and abiding gratitude to many people. To you, Mr. Vice President, for graciously coming here to say goodbye. To the bishops of the dioceses I have visited and the many people, who have worked so hard to make this visit a success. To the public authorities, to the police and security personnel, who have ensured efficiency, good order and safety. To the representatives of the various churches and ecclesial communities, who have received me with great good will; to Americans of all races, colors and creeds, who have followed with interest and attention the events of these days; to the men and women of the communica- tions media, who have labored diligently to bring the words and images of this visit to millions of people; and especially to all those who, personally present or from afar, have supported me with their prayers. I express to the Catholic community of' the United States my heartfelt thanks! In the words of St. Paul: "I give thanks to my God every time I think of you -- which is con- stantly in every prayer I utter" (Phil 1:3). I say this, too, to the United States of America: Today, in our world as it is, many other nations and peoples look to you as the principal model and pat- tern for their own advance- ment in democracy. But democracy needs wisdom. Democracy needs virtue, if it is not to turn against everything that it is meant to defend and encourage. Democracy stands or falls with the truths and values which it embodies and promotes. Democracy serves what is true and right when it safe- guards the d.ignity of every human person, when it re- spects inviolable and inalien- able human rights, when it makes the common good the end and criterion regulating all public and social life. But these values themselves must have an objective content. Other- wise they correspond only to the power of the majority, or the wishes of the most vocal. If an attitude of skepticism were to succeed in calling into ques- tion even the fundamental principles of the moral law, the democratic system itself would be shaken in its foundations (cf. "Evangelium Vitae," 70). The United States possesses a safeguard, a great-bulwark, against this happening. I speak of your founding docu- ments: the Declaration of Inde- pendence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. These documents are grounded in and embody un- changing principles of the nat- ural law whose permanent truth and validity can be known by reason, for it is the law written by God in human hearts (cf.Rom 2:25). At the center of the moral vi- sion of your founding documents is the recognition of the rights of the human person, and espe- cially respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life in all conditions and at all stages of development. I say to you again, America, in the light of your own tradition: Love life, cherish life, defend life, from conception to natural death. At the end of your national anthem, one finds these words: "Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust!'" America: May your trust al- ways be in God and in none other. And then, "The star, spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave." Thank you, and God bless you all! LETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto[ Home! Fire & Life[ Your Personal Service Agent Jarrtes L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. Franklin Street 00rrrrt00r00/00ffirr 000000[m[grr h SL Benedict School in Evansville seca n open position for a school 'mary/office manager. Desirable skills include cam uter co P Br,'Petence with word perfect, D-  and Lo click,.,,., tus. The successful can- cliv' must be able to work with a Chilr. se POPulation of adults and sionen,_ While exhibitingthe profes- gan T' ..naracterisfics of a first rate or- : zation and employee. Salary $7i70 per hour h0000nefits e,-,,,.,... . ..-.,,.,,.,, paid personal  ,""" Insurance. tact St, Benedict School at 5-4596. Mailing seminar may be planned Charlie Kuhn, a member of St. Benedict Church, Evansfille, has contacted the U.S. Postal Service to request more information on the preparation of bulk mail using third class not-for- i profit rates. Kuhn said a seminar will be scheduled by a postal representative, if there is suffi- I cient interest from other parishes and mailers. Contact Kuhn at (812) 425-3369. 'Coat-A-Kid' eampa!gn underway ] Collection of children s coats began Oct. 9 at Clayton Dry-cleaning locations in Evansville, Mt. Vernon and Newburgh. Donated coats will be cleaned free by Claytons. Catholic Charities' will be enlisting volunteers from Catholic Campus Ministries at the University of Southern In- diana and the University of Evansville, to help in distributing the coats. 'Bloodborne pathogens' workshop scheduled A workshop for coaches, cooks, teachers and anyone at risk of exposure to blood is scheduled at the Catholic Center, Evansville, Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. The workshop is for people who are new to the diocese and who did not attend prior training offered by the diocesan offices. The program will include OSHA regulations, prevention guidelines, universal precautions and diocesan procedures. Parish honors pastor October is being observed as 'Clergy Month' by St. John Church, Newburgh, according to Linda Provence at the parish office. A letter from the parish to the Message stated, "We are eager to let (Father Joseph Ziliak) know that we appreciate the hours of dedication he has spent caring for our parish. We are grateful for his lively liturgies, his words of vdsdom in homilies, his kindness in times of sor- I row, his jolly way of joining in during celebrations, even taking his turn in the Dunking Booth ! at the Church Social. He shares his cosmopolitan knowledge of the world and culture, his love of beauty and art, his excitement over Notre Dame football, his many friends and family. "We thank him for carrying out his duties to us faithfully, for spending many hours in meetings with people who need his pastoral care, for providing us with easy access to the i sacraments and for encouraging us to pray and make the world a better place because of our being here at St. John. "Thank you, Father Joe! Joe. We love you!"