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/ 14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Campaign for Human Development supports Organization for a New By PAUL R. LEINGANG - Message editor The Campaign for Human Development has awarded a $40,000 grant to ONE, the Organization for a New Evans- ville, according to Jim Collins, Director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Evansville. The grant this year follows a grant of $30,000 in 1995, which enabled ONE to hire staff and begin operations in Evansville. ONE was formed by a group of concerned citizens in Decem- ber 1993, to ensure that low- income residents in Evansville benefit from riverboat gam- bling. Aztar committed $1.25 million to ONE over a five-year period. As the Message went to press Nov. 19, Collins was plan- ning to make a joint announce- ment of the grant with Victor Carson, Executive Director of ONE. Carson was to announce the recipients of the awards for 1996. The Awards Luncheon was to be held at the new Aztar Pavil- ion in Evansville, with award recipients, civic and political leaders, and ONE board mem- bers in attendance. Grants from ONE for 1996 'add up to $225,000. That money will be divided among 10 groups and organizations, including RESPECT, St. Anthony Center for Family Life, Local Initiative Support Corporation, the Neigh- borhood Economic Development Center, Zion Community Devel- opment Corporation, IMPACT Ministries, ECHO Health Cen- ter, United Caring Shelters, Memorial Community Develop- ment Corporation, and Carver Community Organization. The Campaign for Human Development is the Catholic Church's domestic anti-poverty program in the United States. It was begun by the U.S. bishops in 1970m, and is now the nation's largest private funder of organizations that empower the poor and work to eliminate poverty and injustice. Grants are distributed based on ned, not religious affiliation. The $40,000 grant in 1996 is part of $7.3 million in national grants to low-income groups to create jobs, fight crime, reform schools, improve conditions in the workplace and help people find affordable homes. Four grants were awarded in Indiana this year. In addition to the grant to the Diocese of Evansville for ONE, the Cam- paign for Human Development awarded $25,000 to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for the Northeast Neighborhood Council; $39,000 to the Diocese of Gary for the Northwest Indi- ana Federation of Interfaith Organizations, and $22,000 to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, for the Coalition of Low-income and Homeless Citizens. The Campaign for Human Development also awarded a total of $105,000 to three orga- nizations in Kentucky: $40,000 to the Diocese of Owensboro for the Kentucky Coalition/Project for Economic and Environmen- tal Justice; $35,000 to the Dio- cese of Lexington, for the Com- munity Farm Alliance/Youth organizing project; and $30,000 to the Archdiocese for Citizens of nized and Campaign for A total of nine in Illinois $327,000. The southern cese of t go the Winstanley borhood. One grant' ed to the Diocese another to the ford, and there to projects in Chicago. Many chu United States will collections day and Sunday, 24. Pope, Castro meet to discuss Cuban church, possible papal By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Opening a new chapter in Vati- can-Cuban relations, Pope John Paul II and President Fide] Cas- tro met to discuss a wider role for the church in Cuba and a likely papal visit in 1997. "Your Holiness, for me this is a great honor," Castro said with a slight bow as he entered the Vatican for the first time Nov. 19. The pontiff welcomed him with a handshake and led him into his office, where they spoke in Spanish without interpreters for 35 minutes. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said Castro renewed his invitation to the pope to visit the island nation, home to 4.5 mil- lion Catholics. The pope accepted, and both men agreed they would try to make it happen in 1997, though no date was set. The unusual meeting brought together two 20th-century pro- tagonists from opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. Castro heads one of the last communist governments in the world, one which harshly persecuted the church when it came to power in 1959, and Pope John Paul is widely credited with hastening the fall Of European communism. Navarro-Valls said the two leaders spoke in a climate of "open dialogue," and their talks focused on "normalization of the church's life in Cuba and of the role of believers in Cuban soci- Worth mentioning... Couples plan to adopt Bolivian children The first three couples to enroll in the Catholic Charities Bolivian Adoption Program left Evansville Nov. 18. They hope to return on Christmas Eve with the new members of their families. Dana and Joyce Drake of Washington, along with Mike and Linda Bush and Jeff and Nona Justice of Evansville are the first couples to make arrangements through the program, with the help of Evansville attorney David Miller. Catholic Charities staffers Martha Halterman and Julie Padfield helped the couples prepare for their departure. Fer- nando Tudela, a native of Bolivia who now lives in Evansville and works for Miller, is assisting the couples in La Paz, Bolivia. Bolivia requires adoptive families to remain in the country for a month. To cope with the high altitude of La Paz, the couples took along oxygen devices, according to Jim Collins, director of Catholic Charities. "There was a sense of adventure about the departure," Collins said, adding that the couples planned to share the breathing devices. Collins predicted the three couples would come back and be "uncles and aunts" to each other's kids. Com rare " Our CD Rates Affinity Card income reported The latest report from the Catholic Diocese "Tradition Cred- it Card" shows a total of $4,860 was earned for Catholic schools in the diocese, in the month of October. That amount brings the total to $44,746 for the calendar year. The affinity card returns one-half of one percent of the amount charged on the cards. Cable Thanksgiving programs celebrate diversity Thanksgiving Day specials on the cable channel, Odyssey, include an hour-long celebration of the Catholic Daily Mass from Scranton, Pa., at 8 a.m.; an interfaith worship service from New York City featuring participation by Christian, Jew- ish and Muslim leaders, at 11 a.m.; the "Cotton Patch Gospel" -- the late Harry Chapin's musical re-telling of the contem- porary country setting, at 2 p.m.; and the Mormon Taberna- cle Choir Thanksgiving special at 4 p.m. (all times CST). Much of the regular evening programming is pre-empted by more Thanksgiving specials, celebrating the theme of "Giving Thanks for Diversity." ety." A carefully worded Vatican statement summarizing the meeting did not explicitly men- tion human rights, but Navar- ro-Valls said the issue surely was covered in the talks. In the past, the pope has strongly insisted on respect for religious freedom as the first of all human rights, and Castro's communist government has recently shown signs of moder- ating its restrictions on church activities. The Cuban president, who once attended a Jesuit school, expressed to the pope his admi- ration and appreciation for the church's work in his country, especially its education and social welfare programs. After an exchange of gifts, both men posed for photographs. Castro left the pontiff with the words: "I hope to see you soon in Cuba." Pope John Paul replied: "Thank you for your visit, and my blessings on the Cuban people." Navarro-Valls underlined the historic nature of the encounter. "The most important thing that happened was that Presi- dent Castro was here discussing these key points with the Holy Father. The result is open to future developments," he said. He echoed other Vatican offi- cials, who said privately that the dialogue with Castro and his government was certainly more open than in the past, but by no means easy. The church there is still pressing for greafer operat- ing space for its missionary, social, educational and mass media activities. Castro arrived at the Vatican for his morning meeting with a heavily armed motorcade; he left his Italian police escort, complete with mounted machine guns, at the edge of St. Peter's Square. His separate working session with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, lasted 45 minutes. Also attending the meeting were Cuban Foreign Minister Roberto Robaina and Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, an assistant secretary of state who visited Cuba in October. Navarro-Valls said one topic in this second round of talks was the activity of bishops and priests in Cuba; the Vatican has pressed for freer entry of non- Cuban pastoral workers in the country, citing a priest shortage, and Cuba recently showed some flexibility on the issue. The two sides also talked about the process of national reconciliation in Cuba, which the Vatican spokesman said included all Cubans living inside or outside the country. More than a million Cubans have left the island since Castro came to power; most have set- tled in the United States. They discussed development in Cuban society and Cuba's place in the international com- munity. Both have been condi- tioned by a long U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, which the Vatican opposes for human- itarian reasons. Castro departed the Vatican via St. Peter's Basilica, stopping for about 20 minutes to admire the church's art works and paus- ing before the crypt leading to the tomb of St. Peter. Afterward, the Cuban president hosted a lunch at a nearby hotel for sev- eral Vatican officials who had vis- ited his country in recent years. Bishop Cipriano Calderon Polo, vice president of the Pon- tifical Commission for Latin America, told reporters after- ward that the meal, which last- ed about two-and-a-half hours, was not a working lunch. "Because he had been with the pope and it was a historical meeting, it was obvious to us that he was touched," Bishop Calderon said. "He was very glad and for him it was an extraordinary thing," he said. Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, president of the Latin America FDIC insured to $10(},000 2-year Minimum 5.85% Interest deposit rate $5,0(X) "Atrial Percentage YJeld IAPY) -- Interest eatnol remn on depeioi  O| ierest is requited Ely with- dta'. may nol be perma/el. Names of cuni msoers are avatlat on request E'  U 1 $'%. THOMAS A. RUDER 3000 E. 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