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20,1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 Human rights concerns abound this Christmas season WASHINGTON (CNS) rights issues have this Christmas f peace and respect that still elude around the world. and other leaders COncern about prob- ast Africa to East the general and chil- also noted some signs. of Hutu prompt- M. Schnurr, :r.etary of the U.S. conferences in to take the unusu- lng a statement intervention ttional COmmuni_ Msgr. United States COncerned about of human all parties" old conflict that thousands of Tanzania regional officials inter- rights stan- of both combatants and civilians. The U.S. bishops also addressed rights' abuses in China. In a Dec. 3 letter to U.S. Sec- retary of State Warren Christo- pher, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, N.J., said the United States was sending mixed signals to Chinese offi- cials by planning exchanges of state visits at a time when China has increased religious persecution. He cited recent arrests of cler- gy and interference with wor- ship services, and urged the Clinton administration "to seri- ously engage the Chinese gov- ernment on issues of human rights and religious liberty." Archbishop McCarrick wrote the letter as chairman of the U.S. bishops' International Pol- icy Committee. Also in Washington, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., a Catholic, criti- cized the administration for host- ing a Chinese general thought to be the architect of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. And Chinese-born dissident Harry Wu, a Catholic, asked people in the United States and Western Europe not to buy toys for Christmas and Hanukkah that are labeled "Made in The human rights activist, who spent 17 years in China's forced-labor camps, said many of the camps make toys for export. In Northern Ireland, both Catholic and Protestant church leaders condemned a three- month-long blockade of Satur- day evening Masses at Our Lady the Mother of Christ Church in Ballymena. The ongoing blockade has been organized by Loyalists -- mainly Protestant supporters of continued British rule in North- ern Ireland -- who are protest- ing the rerouting and cancella- tion of Loyalist marches through Catholic neighborhoods last summer. In a joint statement issued Dec. 4, Catholic primate Arch- bishop Scan Brady of Armagh, Church of Ireland primate Arch- bishop Robin Eames, Presbyter- ian moderator Rev. Harry Allen and Methodist President Ken Best said: "We condemn unre- servedly the actions of any who seek to obstruct those attending worship in any place. It is the right of all people to worship in freedom." From Rome, Pope John Paul II championed the rights of In a strongly worded message Dec. 7 to Italian lega! experts, the pope said protecting the legal rights of minors is a "fun- damental duty of justice." He decried the legal and psy- chological abandonment of chil- dren who are exploited "in the most abject and brutal ways," as well as the "equally perverse but more subtle ways" that are typ- ical of today's entertainment-ori- ented society. During a Dec. 6-8 conference on women sponsored by the Pon- tifical Council for the Laity, the pope said that respecting women includes recognizing and respecting the ways they are dif- ferent from men. But he said those differences should not be used as a basis for discrimina- tion. In the United States, Presi- dent Clinton proclaimed Dec. 10 Human Rights Day and recog- nized the work of half a dozen" women, including Dawn Cal- abia, the former director of international programs for the USCC's Migration and Refugee Services. During the White House cere- mony, the president cited as pos- itive steps an anti-prostitution law in Thailand, laws protecting ia, expanded educational oppor- tunities for girls in Chile and a recent U.S. law prohibiting those with a history of domestic abuse from buying guns. "These are just a few hopeful signs of improvement in global respect for women's rights and it is fitting that we celebrate them," he said. In another positive sign, two human rights activists from East Timer, which was annexed by Indonesia in 1976, received the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, Dec. 10. Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo of Dili, East Timer, and Jose Ramos-Horta, now living in exile in Australia, received gold medals, diplomas and a $1.2 million prize in a ceremony boy- cotted by Indonesia. The laureates were honored "for their long-lasting efforts to achieve a just and peaceful solu- tion to the 20-year-old conflict in East Timor,"according to the Nobel committee. In his acceptance speech, Bishop Belo said now is the time for authentic dialogue, an end to warfare and a return to tran- quility in East Timer. "It is my fervent hope that the 1996 Nobel Prize for peace will advance China." minors and women, equal marriage rights in Namib- these goals," he added. dcast, cable outlets offer Christmas viewing specials (CNs) le outlets religious. rogram. hristmas ss of Crypt of the ng at Word Tele- and Odyssey, the Faith & lye added eir sched- Odyssey high- chronological fgram's frst .['epeats where l,,are EST: a drama Family is Nettleton k' Story of mg refuge that of a who on Christ. a.rn. Satur. 8-8:30 P.m. Christ. of gOSpel ten- 3-4 mday, straas Beth- er from by paint- "Rough Edges," a drama about a vandalized Nativity scene and two women from dif- ferent sides of the tracks, 2:30-3 a.m. Dec. 20; 9:30-10 p.m. Dec. 23; and 1:30-2 a.m. Dec. 24. "Silent Mouse," based on the true story that led to the composition of "Silent Night" and narrated by Lynn Redgrave, 4-5 p.m. Dec. 20, repeated 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 21; 8-9 p.m. Dec. 23; and midnight-1 a.m. Dec. 24. "A Good and Perfect Gift," the story of a girl who prays that her father will spend Christmas Day with her, 7:30-8 p.m. Dec. 20, repeated 4-4:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 5:30-6 p.m. Dec. 24. -- "Red Boots for Christmas," the Gabriel Award-winning ani- mated tale of a German shoe- maker who learns the joys of sharing and friendship while embracing the spirit of Christ- mas, 9:30-10 a.m. Dec. 21, repeated 4:30-5 p.m. Dec. 23 and 5-5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. "The Joy of Music: Christ- mas Around the World," with organist Diane Bish and the sights and sounds of Bethlehem, Scotland, Germany and the United States, 7-7:30 a.m. Dec. 22, repeated 7:30-8 p.m. Dec. 22 and 11-11:30 a.m. Christmas Day. Midnight Mass to be shown live midnight-1 a.m. Christmas morning. The pope's "urbi et orbi" ("to the city and to the world") message, 9 a.m. Christmas Day. Christmas Day Mass, noon-1 p.m. Dec. 25. EWTN's Christmas-themed program highlights, in chrono- logical order (all times EST): "St. Charles Forum," sub- titled "Keeping Christ in Christ- mas," 1-2 p.m. Dec. 21. "Christmas Concert" from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Con- ception in Washington featuring the shrine's orchestra, 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 21; and 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 23. -- "James Galway's Christ- mas Carol," with the famed flautist and the Royal Philhar- monic Orchestra, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 21, repeated 3-4 a.m. Dec, 24 and 2-3 p.m. Christmas Day. "The City that Forgot About Christmas," a story of an evil mayor of a gloomy city and his attempt to do away with Christmas, 2-2:30 a.m. Dec. 22. -- "Go Look in the Manger," a 30-year-old teleplay about a boy learning about the greatest gift ever, 2:30-3 a.m. Dec. 22, repeat- ed 5-5:30 p.m. Dec. 23. "In Concert," with the Dresden State Orchestra per- forming "Silent Night in Berlin,, 3-4:30 a.m. Dec. 22, repeated 10- 11:30 p.m. Dec. 23. --"The Best Christmas Pre- sent of All," 10-10:30 a.m. Dec. 22, repeated 2:30-3 a.m. Dec. 23. --"There Is No Christmas Without Jesus," a new concert production from the Cathedral of Lima, Peru, featuring a 60- member orchestra and a 120- voice chorus, 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 22; repeated 3-4:30 a.m. and 10- 11:30 p.m. Christmas Day, and 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. --"The Great Mr. Handel," a look at the later years of the composer who wrote "The Mes- siah," 4-6 p.m. Dec. 22, repeated 3-5 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27. A new, Christmas-themed episode of"The Abundant Life,  6-7 p.m. Dec. 22, repeated 2-3 p.m. Dec. 24 and 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26. --An "In the Beginning" episode titled "The Birth of Jesus," 7-7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. A new special Christmas installment of"The Way Home," 11-11:30 p.m. Dec. 22, repeated 11-1I:30 a.m. Dec. 23. An "In Concert" special titled "Christmas in Nurem- berg," with Christmas favorites of Bach, Handel and other com- posers, 3-4:30 a.m. Dec. 23, repeated 8-9:30 p.m. Dec. 27. An English-language ver- sion of"Giotto: Christmas Mys- tery," 5:30-6 a.m. Dec. 23, repeated 6:30-7 p.m. Dec. 23, 11- 11:30 a.m. Dec. 24, and 11:30 p.m.-midnight Dec. 28. -- "Joy of Music," with Diane Bish conducting the Gold Coast Symphony Orchestra in The Messiah," 9-10 a.m. Dec. 23, repeated 1-2 p.m. Dec. 24.  "A CastleChristmas," with Dennis O'Neill singing Victori- an-style carols, 4-5 p.m. Dec. 23, repeated midnight-i a.m. Christmas Day and 5-6 a.m. Dec. 27. -- A special Christmas episode of"Choices We Face," 6- 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23, repeated 11:30 p.m.-midnight Dec. 26 and 4-4:30 a.m. Dec. 28. -- "The Greatest Stories Ever Told: A Savior is Born," an ani- mated account of the Nativity narrated by Morgan Freeman,- 9-9:30 p.m. Dec. 23, repeated 4:30-5 a.m. Dec. 24, 9:30-10 a.m. Christmas Day, and 2:30-3 p.m. Dec. 26. -- "Ralph Martin on Christ- mas," a new show with the "Choices We Face" host offering his views on the holiday, 4-4:30 a.m. Dec. 24, repeated 9-9:30 p.m. Christmas Day. -- The Christmas edition of "The Gospel According to Luke," filmed on location in the Holy Land, 5-6 a.m. Dec. 24, repeated 6-7 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Christmas Day. -- "Ann Shields on Christ- mas," a new special reflecting on the question Jesus asked his dis- ciples, "Who do you say that I am?", 6-6:30 a.m. Dec. 24, repeated 9-9:30 a.m. Dec. 24. -- "The Fourth Wiseman," with Martin Sheen in the title role, 4-5 p.m. Dec. 24, repeated 10-11 a.m. Christmas Day, 8-9 p.m. Dec. 26; 1-2 p.m. Dec. 27; 3-4 a.m. Dec. 28; and 8-9 p.m. Dec. 31. -- Live showing of the pope celebrating the solemn Mass of Christmas Eve, 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 24, repeated midnight-l:30 a.m. Dec. 26. Solemn Mass of Christmas Eve with Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan scheduled as cele- brant the at the national shrine, 10:30 p.m.-midnight Dec. 24, preceded by live choral medita. : tions by the shre's eho/r at I0 p.m. i -- Christmas Mass seen live from the Our Lady ofthe Angels Monastery in Alabama, 1-2:30 a.m. Christmas Day, repeated 8- 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day. -- The Christmas edition of "Joy of Music,  titled "Great Moments, Part 2," with Diane Bish, Zamfir of pan flute fame and on-location church filming in Prague, Czech Republic; Salzburg, Austria; and Nurem- berg, Germany; 4:30-5 a.m. Christmas Day. -- Cardinal James A. Hickey of Washington is the scheduled celebrant of a live Christmas Day Mass at the national shrine, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 25. -- The pope's Christmas 1996 "urbi et orbi" message, 7-8 p.m. Christmas Day, repeated 4-5 p.m. Dec. 26 and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 28. -- "A Time to Remember," starring Donald O'Connor about the story of a young boy with a golden voice who bears witness to the Christmas miracle through personal trials, 3-4:30 a.m. Dec, 26, repeated 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 26. Another "In Concert  installment titled "Carols for Christmas, ' with Christmas art- works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Sir David Willcocks conducting the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir with the Fama- by Brass Ensemble, 5-6:30 a.m. Dec. 26, repeated 10-11:30 p.m. Dec. 28. The "Great Moments, Part 3 installment of Joy ofMusic,  with carols performed by the Canadian Brass, the Innsbruck S)Tnphony Orchestra and pra- no Sun Seek Lee, 9-9:30 p,m. Dec. 28.