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MESS 26 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 27 E NUMBER 7 October 18, 1996 i . ,,., . , :  ,  , ,,,.. , |! .- ............ i  ................ '"" ='"" ....  ' ..... " .............. ,i,, ..:.. Y"_ ,,,  - I I II Ill II II II IIIIIIIII IIII I II I I IIIII .... I ........... . .............. IMI. is Sister Louise Bond er diocesan chancellor)? Bond, a member of the Sisters of the Holy -Sus and Mary, was recently named to the newly on of executive director of the National br Lay Ministry, which is headquartered in former chancellor of the Diocese of recently directed the office for religious in Ky. a new document that examines the U.S. church and calls for changes in how are formed, supported and recognized. was r.ablished in a 58-page booklet, No A Lay Perspective on Ministry in the United States. Back, including a study guide, are writing to the National Association for S. Cornell Ave., Chicagg, IL 60615-5604, (312) 241-6050. Pope looks fit, sounds animated at first appearance after surgery By JOHN TIVIS Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II, looking fit and sounding animated, blessed thousands of well-wishers from his hospital room five days after he had his appendix removed. "I would call this 'Vatican No. 3," the pope joked Oct. 13 from his 10th-floor window above a plaza crowded with fellow POles, Italian faithful and hospital workers. He said "Vatican No. 1" was at St. Peter's Square, No. 2 was at his summer residence in Cas- tel Gandolfo and No. 3 has become the Gemelli hospital. Let's hope next Sunday we'll have the Angelus blessing from expected to return to the Vati- can Oct. 15 for an unspecified period of convalescence and rest. Doctors said the 76-year-old pope was making an excellent recovery from the 50-minute operation Oct. 8, a "textbook" appendectomy in which adher- ences or scar tissues from previ- ous surgery were also removed. Chief surgeon Dr. Francesco Crucitti ruled out any more seri- ous intestinal disease, and took the opportunity to tell journal- ists he was tired of media spec- ulation about possible papal cancer. "It's time to put an end to all these fantasies we've read,  he said. Microscopic tissue exami- nation confirmed the doctors' diagnosis of recurrent inflam-