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Honor Mother Teresa as pro-life witness, bishops say By NANCY FRAZIER and abandoned people of the has never been moral." O&apos;BRIEN world, those many of us would Archbishop Francis B. Schulte Catholic News Service shun or avoid," said Bishop of New Orleans suggested that James C. Timlin of Scranton, Pa. young people might be the best WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Referring to the song Elton targets of the pro-life message Bishops urged Catholics to John sang at Diana's funeral, he today. mark Respect Life Month in added, "There are times when "Every, young woman of col- October with attention to the we who see life at all stages as a lege age has grown up in a cul- witness of the late Mother Tere- gift from God feel like 'a candle ture that says human life is sa, continued work against in the wind,' but we must not expendable if itis inconve- abortion and euthanasia, and become discouraged " nient," he said. "Every young ' "more random acts of kind- Bishop Alex J. Brunett of man of college age has grown ness." Helena, Mont., called Mother up in a culture that removes all They also called on Catholics Teresa "a model for me because responsibility from him with the J.:. .... ..... to increase their efforts to share no matter what challenge she 'quick fix' of paying for an abor- ..... family meals and to promote faced, she never lost the sense tion." chastity among youths, of joy." Noting that. Mother Teresa ..... In letters and newspaper "If we want to honor her "preached the Gospel of life in .... columns marking the month, memory, perhaps we can dis- season and out of season, to bishops throughout the United cover again the roots of her joy audiences which welcomed the ........  States commented on life issues and follow her example m pro- message and to others who ranging from partial-birth abor- claiming the sacredness of life refused to hear it," Archbishop tion and domestic violence to and helping others 'one by Schulte said Catholics must the death penalty, racism, land one,"' he added. "challenge our young people to mines and the push for physi- Bishop Howard J.Hubbard of seek a lifestyle that is chaste clan-assisted suicide. Albany, N.Y., said New York because that is God's plan for IJS' DQy Many of the bishops noted Catholics "can keep alive the their lives." . . with sorrow the Sept. 5 death of memory of Mother Teresa and "If we are not vocal in speak- Over 250 pastors, pastoral life coordinators, educators, Mother Teresa, and at least one be ourselves lovers and affirm- ing the truth about the real ben- ministers and DREs attended Ministry Day VIII, mentioned the death less than a ers of and believers in life" by efits and the blessing of a virtu-: Saturday at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville. week earlier of Princess Diana. working against partial-birth ous life in chastity, then our Speaker, Arthur Zannoni, spoke on "Vatican II: "What is so striking about abortions and capital punish- young people are abandoned Story NEVER Told." Above, Karen Stewart these two women.., is that they ment in the state and afloat alone on the turbu- Alice McDonald, Sts. Peter and Paul School, sought to be a channel of love to Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of lent sea of instant gratification Stadt', and Patricia O'Neill, Christ the King School, the most unlikely of people, as Cleveland also centered his 1997 masquerading as mature adult , enjoy a comment by Zannoni. Christ himself did, by actively Respect Life message on abor- love," he added. . -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes seeking out 'the least of these' tion, saying that "while it has Bishop James R. Hoffman of the marginalized, forgotten been legal for almost 25 years, it See HONOR page 2 !i cardinals concerned about religious freedom in Cuba q-tha'-, . TON (CNS)  ties, we have freedom of reli- possibility of having Catholic Cardinal Law denounced the Vatican Oct. 1I. -leactin ch J. _ g urchman, a gion. We have only one of schools or teaching religion in limits on religious freedom in Menem later said the pope ']  ni rdual and Pope John them," the cardinal said. "Reli- public schools, the right to have Cuba in his weekly column in the had asked him to inform Cuban about - ^pressed concerns gious freedom is more than free- church-run hospitals," he con- Oct. 17 issue of The Pilot, Boston's President Fidel Castro thathe . religious freeclo IUl ta L m in Cuba dom of worship." tinued, archdiocesan newspaper, church needs and expects pc pe,ssh months before the He made the comments to "What we lack is access to "The policy of isolation which greater freedom to operate in isl.t, eduled visit to the reporters Oct. 15 on a visit to media, access to teach religion the U.S. has pursued has not the Caribbean island. -ubz has fre Catholic Relief Services head- in schools. Recently we have achieved its purpose. If any- but lac; .... edom of worship quarters in Baltimore. CRS has had a little more freedom in thing, it has provided an excuse tie,s - utaer religious liber- worked with Caritas Cuba, the terms of social outreach." to the Cuban government to , "'-ardinal AlthLo , , Jalme Ortega church's charitable arm in Cardinal Ortega was in the maintain its absolute control of , 'rhr "ravana. Cuba, since1993. United States to receive the Cuban society," the cardinal [ W<s " e are three liberties: "Freedom of religion is to Richard Cardinal Cushing Award wrote. gi   , prophetic liberty (reli-   ' ucation a have the possibility of commu- from the Missionary Society of St. An editorial in the same issue en ,,, L ), nd service, nicating with people by radio or James, the Boston archdiocesan of The Pilot called the U.S. ....  aave the three liber- television about their faith, the missionary society, embargo "an embarrassing At the society's annual dinner, period piece" that "now pun- Cardinal Bernard F. Law of ishes only the little people." ,O Boston praised Cardinal Ortega At the Vatican, Pope John as "a sign of hope." Cuban-born Paul and Argentine President Will the Micho Spring and Angel Mar- Carlos Menem discussed reli- ' this Year? Message publish a Christmas Coloring Contest tinez described Cardinal Ortega, gious freedom and the overall "6 the son of a sugar field worker, as human rights picture in Cuba . :he co00t "the Message est form will be printed on the back page of the country's conscience." during a private meeting at the .iSsue WillPbUeblished Nov. 28, the week of Thanksgiving. This the dioce maded to every registered Catholic household Children in kinderLarte  ,u_. ''e f urth rade are wited , .  ,, ,,,,,,,,,, ,., o g Taking the challenge .................. Page 7 'rizes ,u COlor the drawing with crayon, pencil or marker. A new endowment ...... Page 13 lass, are awarded for the best entries submitted in each ............. . ' . Telling stories at SLTheresa ........... 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