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_October 28, 1994 I The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I I Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the first papal book aimed at a mass audience, Pope John Paul II makes a heartfelt plea against abortion, shares mem- ories about growing up with Jewish friends and expresses optimism about .the church's role in modern society. Titled, "Crossing the Thresh- old of Hope," the 244-page book was unveiled in Italy Oct. 19. Vatican and U.S. church lead- Snt:d it, offered an unpreee- u ann tascinating window on the Pope's thinking. "This is a book that goes to the basic questions. I think it s going to be hard reading for many, but it's, going to be well Worthwhile,, Archbisho William H K " ' P . eeler, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said at a re publication   P - onenng at the Vat- lean Oct. 18 "T _-- hel:dUgahLt.o be a best seller," -- --,u rl. he U.S. oublisher, Alfred A. Knopf, said tha ....... ' more on n , re]Ilion copies would go sale in the United Oct 20 " States Written in res ons tioo _ p e to ques- OVer from an Italian journalist r the last year, the volume to be published in 35 coun- an spokesman luin Navarre-Vails. The Pope pleas against abortion, shares boyhood memories in new book By JOHN THAVIS pope has earmarked royalties always pays the highest price, The pope rejects the sugges- from the book, expecting to total in the millions of dollars, for a special charity yet to be named. The papal reflections are philosophical and personal. Topics range from arguments for the existence of hell to the pontiffs attachment to a book of prayers his father once gave him. He discusses the values and shortcomings of other major religions, the mistakes of communism and the church's duty to preach tough moral lessons in a skeptical age. The pope's remarks on abor- tion cover only seven pages, but they are among the most impassioned and emphatic words in the book. He says it is "difficult to imagine a more un- just situation" than taking the lives of unborn children. He explains that in opposing abortion, the church is defend- ing women against what is fre- quently an act of male selfish- ness. Often the man does not want to be burdened with a baby and leaves responsibility to the woman, "as if it were 'her fault' alone." "In firmly rejecting 'pro- choice' it is necessary to be- come courageously 'pro- woman,' promoting a choice that is truly in favor of women," he says. The woman h Sheet Metal Inc. ustrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service '22-9242 oel and Potricio Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville whether the result is mother- hood or the suppression of the life of the conceived child, he says. "The only honest stance, in these cases, is that of a radical solidarity with the woman. It is not right to leave her alone," he writes. RUXER ' FORD. LINCOLN. 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Papal speeches at UN Volumes containing all the speeches of Pope John Paul II were presented to the United Nations Oct. 21, the day he was oginally sched- uled to address the U.N. General Assembly. "While the Holy Father may not be present in person, he is wi us today in this record of his many efforts for peace and Cgtholi d d .est challenge yet offered to the cultural relatism