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a e aS ins jubilee with celebration in Vincennes of its establishment, the Diocese of Evansville opened its Service at the Basilica of St. Francis joined Catholic representatives from parishes, other institutions in the diocese, at the ecumenical prayer 350 people attended. proclamation, announcing the Ju. as the site for the opening ceremony be- 3cesan -- and statewide -- religioius history. historian, traced Catholic presence in south- : seventeenth century French missionary activity at Que- day work of the Catholic Church in the last 50 years. read a proclamation signed by Vincennes Mayor Belle "Catholic Diocese Day" in Vincennes. I organizations are encour- anniversaries in the coming yea'. Parishes and schools on each of the coming 50 Sundays. A special prayer printed for distribution throughout the diocese. , of the Jubilee Year will be at Roberts Municipal Sta- 1995. A planning committee will be meeting to develop Bishop Gettelfinger prclaims the opening of the Jubilee Year. women, sex abuse among topics as bishops,' meeting opens 'ON (CNS) -- violence, and a reflection de- peace in places like South was withdrawn from consider- President to toward goals *!itically cor- Ugly consis- began fall meet- from to liturgi- abuse. of the Nov. at the Omni- d in Washing- bishops million 1995 of the Missal and a collection to in Central and began de- and re- for Catholic a Pastoral mes- ng a Catholic action against signed to increase dialogue on women's role in the church. Each bishop also received a de- tailed resource manual to help him deal with issues of sexual abuse of minors by church per- sonnel. Cardinal-designate William H. Keeler of Baltimore, presi- dent of the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops and U.S. Catholic Conference, opened the meeting with a talk that sharply contrasted the church portrayed in the media with "the real church in which we live and worship." "Our advocacy does not fit ideological or partisan cate- gories," he said. "Our witness is not politically, correct, but it is unfailingly consistent." Cardinal-designate Keeler cited the recent track record of the church's contributions to Africa, Mozambique, Northern Ireland and the Philippines as a prelude to inviting the U.S. government to take up the church's initiatives toward a dialogue in Cuba. On domestic policy issues the cardinal-designate said the church consistently stands "with the unborn and the un- documented, the poor and the vulnerable, the hungry and the homeless, in the defense of human rights and human life." At a meeting where liturgi- cal decisions were expected to play a dominant role, the first vote was on segment one of a whole new translation from Latin of the Sacramentary, the official book of prayers used at Mass. The bishops had been expected to vote on the first three segments during the meeting, but the third segment ation at the last minute. Part of a massive project under way for several years now, the revised Sacramentary will not be completed until the bishops deal with four addi- tional segments in coming years. In addition to the revised translation of texts, the bish- ops will be asked to approve several changes or optional al- ternatives in the way people celebrate Mass every week. Other votes at the bishops' meeting Nov. 14 included the 159- 8 approval of the NCCB- USCC budget for 1995, repre- senting a $400,000 decrease from the 1994 budget; the 153- 13 vote to extend the Eastern Europe collection for three years; and the voice vote to ex- See LITURGY page I1