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ESSAGE i ii 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana VOLUME 26 NUMBER 16 December 15, 1995 I001J01 I, t forget poor in budget debate rel=gious leaders needy say "othe; __ As "We cannot balance our bud on vigil partici- se the decision-makers our con- ii:(}' i!(h! !u!;  da:rds gets n the backs f ur kids''GTON (CNS)pants to work together to cre-She called r;::theNov. BOsympo. cern __that we dosupportwel. t i e said Sister McGeady, a Daugh- ate change and give children "a sium, the Christian and Jew- fare reform," Bishop Wuerl  al Pro it from ter of Charity. "We need more chance to reach adulthood." ish leaders pledged to remain a  as dot tsrams urged politi- and better services, not less. "Remember that these kids strong "moral voice" on behalf ?eY al.^'urget the need as Some cuts never heal." are God's children," she said. of socie'y's most vulnerable. Ia ' OUdget decision y She said similar vigils were 'Tie must work together to cre- Catholic Bishop Donald W. qaar;: ew York's Times being held the same eveningin ate their future." Wuerl of Pittsburgh joined tCveaare, sidents of the other cities where Covenant In Pittsburgh, religious lead- with Rabbi Alvin Berkun, ,.eleasous e shelter for House operates its program -- era attending a symposium Lutheran Bishop Donald Mc- ,el  -_ ,, runaway out t  Undlel;.., . : y hs Los Angeles, Houston, New Or- sponsored by the Religious Coid and clergy from other thewraOte laui v,gl Dec. 7 leans and Washington as well Leadership Forum of South- major Christian denominations , aeed ^ c attention to as Anchorage, Alaska, Fort west Pennsylvania concluded as representatives of agencies ne.aelve:'Young people like Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla., that proposed government bud- talked about the impact of th!elr bI'ae and Atlantic City and Newark, get cuts will have a devastat- their services on the poor and drY Rose McGeady, N.J. ing impact on religious agen- those in need. oae ' .... at of Covenant Sister McGeady said a soci- cies that provide social "We wanted to share with !raeles  the number of ety that wastes its youth is S religious groups urge -"e ;' gr w:,~., naway youths "frittering away its future," U u rah, unaccept- and any delay in paying the " i t t]e"_ "u criticized efforts cost of needed services would 'e. programs that help eventually just take an even support for Bosnia accord greater toll. 'o" Purdue Research Item lt, ii a,Ver done any of the following things c )etw- a COuncil of the world's bishops which took " 62 and 1965? ] Attend D ices-- Statewide ahottyed formal talks Attended formal talks Clcan II' ' ' 07% --. Yes about Vatican II? 09% -- Yes 93% --. No 91% -- No told the Pittsburgh Catholic, diocesan newspaper. "But the idea that the church will take up the slack is an unreason- able expectation." Josephite Sister Patricia Cairns, new director of Catholic Charities of the Pitts- burgh Diocese, which serves 100,000 people a year in six counties, said at a news confer- See POOR page 10 WASHINGTON (CNS) U.S. religious organizations are asking Americans to sup- port the Bosnian peace accord and pledging to work with Bosnian counterparts to pro- mote reconciliation in the war- ravaged Balkan nation. "While religion has some- times been misused in Bosnia to exacerbate the violence, reli- gious communities will be a vital part of any long-term so- lution," Catholic, Orthodox, and Muslim leaders said in a Dec. 6 statement on the agree- ment signed in Dayton, Ohio, Nov. 21 by the presidents of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia- Herzegovina. "We are committed.., to re- doubling our efforts to work with our Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic counterparts in the Balkans to bridge the deep divisions between communi- ties," they said. The religious leaders also pledged to use their relief and reconstruction programs "to promote peace and reconcilia- tion." The statement was signed by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly of Worcester, Mass., chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Commit- tee; Muhammad , Aslam Cheered, president of the American Muslim Council; and Father Leonid Kishkovsky, ec- See BOSNIA page I0