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March 31, 2003 A.D.


Bishop Tells Pro-Abortion California Governor Davis Not To Receive Communion Until He Repents His Views


Sacramento, California (CWNews.com). The bishop of California= s capital city has anounced that the state= s pro-abortion Catholic governor should renounce his pro-abortion views before presenting himself for Communion again.

Bishop William Weigand made the announcement at a Mass on the 30th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that allowed abortion on demand throughout the US. He said that Gov. Gray Davis should refrain from receiving the Eucharist while he continues to hold pro-abortion views.

A As your bishop, I have to say clearly that anyone--politician or otherwise C who thinks it is acceptable for a Catholic to be pro-abortion is in very great error, puts his or her soul at risk, and is not in good standing with the church,@ Bishop Weigand said.

A Such a person should have the integrity to acknowledge this and choose of his own volition to abstain from receiving Holy Communion until he has a change of heart.@

Bishop Weigand later added that A in general, we do not refuse Communion to anyone; we try to instruct people as to when it may not be appropriate.@

A spokesman for Davis said the bishop= s pronouncement was heard and added that the governor is A proud of the legislation he has signed giving women the right to choose.@ He also criticized the bishop for A telling the faithful how to practice their faith.@

Bishop Weigand said that he was inspired by a confrontation before Christmas between Gov. Davis and a priest who runs a home for disadvantaged children who told the governor that he wasn= t welcome. The bishop said he was also motivated by the recent note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that enumerated the responsibilities of Catholics involved in politics.

According to the governor= s office, Davis and his wife are active Catholics who attend Mass in Southern California.


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Vatican, Feb. 10, 03 (CWNews.com) C The official Vatican yearbook for 2003 shows a decline in the number of priests in the world, but a growth in the number of lay missionaries and catechists.

The new edition of the Annuario Pontificio presented to Pope John Paul II on February 10 is a 2,000-page volume and provides the latest statistical data for all the world= s dioceses, which run to the end of the calendar year 2001.

Those data show a slight decline in the number of priests: 111 than in the previous year. The number of priests in religious orders fell by nearly 1,000 from the year 2000 to 2001, while the number of diocesan priests grew by 667. There was a slight (1.5 percent) increase in the number of seminarians training for the priesthood, the bulk of that increase coming in Asia, Africa and the Americas. In the past 25 years, the number of baptized Catholics in the world has grown considerably: from 757 million in 1978 to well over 1 billion today. The Catholic population of Europe has barely held steady but it has grown in Asia and America, and in Africa the Catholic population has grown by a remarkable 148 percent.

The Annuario also lists the numbers of people engaged in active pastoral ministry for the Church. There are now over 4 million people fulfilling pastoral roles, including 4,649 bishops, 405, 067 priests, 792,317 religious. The most significant increase have been in numbers of full-time lay missionaries, which now stands at 130,000 and lay catechists, who now number 2,813,252.

Bombs Explode Near Chaldean Patriarchate- Auxiliary Bishop Emmanuel Karim Delly Is Unharmed. Baghdad, March 23, 2003 (Zenit.org). - Bombs damaged the Chaldean Patriarchate in Baghdad, but auxiliary bishop Emmanuel Karim Delly was not wounded by the explosions.

On Saturday, news agencies said that the 75-year old prelate, who has been bishop since 1962, had been wounded by bombs that fell near his residence in the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans.

A Glass from the windows fell on top of me. But nothing happened to me. The Virgin protected me. I am well,@ the bishop told the Italian television channel A Sat2000".

A In particular, we ask all families to pray the Rosary, as Pope John Paul II has requested,@ the bishop concluded.

News Briefs.

Iraqi Catholics and Orthodox consecrate nation to Mary, A Queen of Peace@ at the Chaldean-rite Cathedral of St. Joseph in Baghdad.

Missionaries of Charity are staying in Baghdad so as to not abandon the city= s orphaned children. Three of the nuns are from India, the fourth is from Bangladesh.

Pope appoints Msgr. Georges Haddad the Apostolic Administrator of the Greek-Melkite Archeparchy of Akka, Haifa, Nazareth and all of Galilee.

Caritas-Iraq is providing humanitarian aid in 14 center with stocks of basic provisions to last for several weeks. Crackers of high vitamin content, powdered milk, water-purifying equipment and electric and combustible generators. Caritas personnel in Iraq reported that in the Baghdad area people are leaving their homes and seeking shelter in churches and schools.

Pope received the members of the presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina in audience 3/21/03, preparing for his visit to the country in late June.

GENEVA, March 20. (Zenit.org). A high level meeting took place here to relaunch the dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church. Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Metropolitan Kyrill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate met.

A In an open conversation, they agreed to hold further consultations aimed at resolving the problems that exist between the two Churches,@ a statement issued in Rome and Moscow explained.

Indonesians Showing Interest in Catholicism, Say Bishops. The present number of bapptized Catholics is 6.5 million but besides these there are at least 2 or 3 million catechumens and other people who feel drawn to the Catholic faith and claim to be Catholics although they are not baptized. A person= s religion is stated on identity papers which government statistics indicate that there are 10 million Catholics in Indonesia.


Vatican City, Mar 20 (Zenit.org). Among the five people Pope John Paul II will beatify this weekend is Hungarian Laszlo Batthyany-Strattmann. A doctor and tireless apostle of the sick.

He (1870-1931) was born on Oct. 28, 1870, in Dunakiliti, into an ancient noble family. He was the sixth of 10 brothers. In 1876 the family moved to Austria. Whene Laszlo was 12 years old his mother died.

He was already convinced at an early age about his vocation. He often said: A When I grow up, I will be a doctor and give free treatment to the sick and poor.@

However, his father wanted him to receive the education he would need to look after the family property. So Laszlo enrolled in the School of Agriculture at the University of Vienna, where he also studied chemistry, physics, philosophy, literature and music. It was not until 1896 that he began to study medicine in which he obtained a degree in 1900.

On Nov. 10, 1898, he married Countess Maria Teresa Coreth, a deeply religious woman. Their marriage was a happy one and they had 13 children. The whole family attended Mass every day.

After Mass, Laszlo would give the children a catechism lesson and assign to each one a specific act of charity for that day. Every evening after they prayed the rosary they would review the day and the assigned act of charity.

In 1902, Laszlo opened a private hospital in Kittsee with beds for 25 patients. Here he began working as a general practioner, later specializing as a surgeon and oculist. During World War I, the hospital was enlarged to admit 120 wounded soldiiers for treatment.

On the death of his uncle, Odon Battyany-Strattmann in 1915, Laszlo inherited the Castle of Lormend in Hungary. He also inherited the title A Prince@ and the name A Strattmann.@

In 1920 his family moved from Kittsee to Kormend. They turned one wing of the castle into a hospital that specialized in opthamology. Laszlo became a well-known specialist in this field, both in Hungary and abroad. He was also known as a A doctor of the poor,@ and the poor flocked to him for assistance and advice.

As the A fee@ for their medical treatment and hospital stay, he would ask them to pray an Our Father for him. The prescriptions for medicines were also free of charge, and he often gave his patients financial assistance.

Laszlo was also concerned with their spiritual health. Before his patients were discharged from the hospital, he would present to them an image of Our Lord and a spiritual book entitled A Open Your Eyes and See.@ This was a way to give them guidance in their spiritual life. He was considered a saint by his patients and by his own family.

When Laszlo was 60, he was diagnosed with a tumor of the bladder. He was admitted to the Low Sanatorium in Vienna.

From the sanatorium he wrote to his daughter, Lilli: A I do not know how long the good Lord will make me suffer. He has given me so much joy in my life and now, at the age of 60, I must also accept the difficult moments with gratitude.@ To his sister he said: A I am happy. I am suffering atrociously, but I love my sufferings and am consoled in knowing that I support them for Christ.@

He died in Vienna on Jan. 22, 1931, after 14 months of intense suffering. He was buried in the family tomb in Gussing. His lifelong motto had been: A In fidelity and charity.@

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TOP MANAGER PREDICTS A DEPRESSION.Three years ago Michael O= Higgins predicted that stocks would lose half their worth and it happened. Now he is predicting a depression. He has a record of being right when most people are headed in the wrong direction.

A Perhaps the greatest deflation and depression of all time,@ he said. People today have higher levels of debt---for consumers, government and corporations as a percent of Gross Domestic Product---now than at any time since 1929, he said.

The depression will not end until that debt is liquidated, he says.


When consumers decide to save more, they= ll stop spending. And the economy= s main support will collapse.

After that, you can wait and watch for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, currently at 8,200, to sink by another 28 % to 6,000. And that= s his best-case scenario.

It could go as low as 3,100, if the stock market goes back to its normal range throughout the last century for the dividend yield, which is the figure you get if you divide a stock= s dividend by its price.

VATICAN CITY- A bishop= s committee helping the Holy See to translate liturgical texts into English met March 12-14 in the Vatican to analyze a draft of a key document which describes the specific application to the English language of the principles that must be followed in the translations.. They are especially trying to translate the Missale Romanum into English.

The bishops also met with Cardinal Francis Arinze, the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

The committee of senior bishops from the English-speaking world was established in July 2001. Its first meeting was April 22-24 2002.

The Vox Clara chairman is Archbishop George Pell of Sydney, Australia.


Confessing bad thoughts.

Question: Do we have to confess our bad thoughts, too, or just our deeds?

Answer: Initially, when bad thoughts come into our minds, there is not yet sin. If we hold onto them, intensify them into internal, immoral mental and emotional satisfaction and/or into external expression, then such serious thoughts are to be confessed. In all of us, there are seven capital drives which, if fostered and fomented, can become seven capital sins: pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth. In themselves, these drive are sinless; if we encourage them or will them, then they become sinful. Sin, basically, is an A inside job,@ says Scripture. The root of sin is in the head of the sinner, in a person= s free will. Jesus said: A Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man@ (Mth. 15:19-20; Catechism, 1846-1876).


What is mortal sin?

Question: You frequently refer to mortal sin. What is the definition of mortal sign?

Answer: Mortal sin is a grevious offense against the love and the law of God in thought, in word, in act or by omission. To make a sin mortal, three things are necessary: a grievous matter, sufficient reflection and full consent of the will. Grave matter is specified by the Ten Commandments, sacred scripture, the teaching of the Church. Full knowledge presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God= s law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice: A I know that this is a serious sin, a mortal sin but I= m going to do it anyway.@ Sins are called mortal because they deprive us of spiritual life, sanctifying grace and they make us liable to everlasting damnation if we do not repent. Mortal sin is the worst evil in the world. (Catechism, 1854-1861; 1 Jn 16-17; Mt. 15: 19-20; Gal 7).


2 OF THE Host was left in Mexico. The other 2 is in the tabernacle at church and used for weekly adoration. For more information or directions to the chapel, write: Archbishop S. R. Monaghan; N10258-22nd St. E.; Necedah, WI 54646.


Caracas, VenezuelaC San Cayetano church in eastern Caracas, has a statue of the Virgin of Coromoto, the patron of Venezuela that began to exude aromatic oil in early December when the prospects for the nation were very bleak after three people were killed during a strike rally against the government of President Hugo Chavez.

As many as 300 people cram into the church at any one time, while the line outside snakes around the block. At busy times worshipers have to wait two or three hours to pray before the statue and to receive a piece of cotton wool impregnated with the statue= s oil.

Reports are already emerging of the Virgin= s healing powers. The pastor tells how one of his parishioners, an elderly woman confined to a wheelchair, spent 15 minutes praying in front of the statue, then rose from her chair and walked home.

Those who have visited the statue say they experienced a moment of calm and tranquility, feelings that have been in very short supply in Venezuela in recent months. Church authorities have yet to make an official pronouncement on the seeming miracle.

Caritas-Iraq has 80 agents and 15 centers spread throughout the country, which provide food for some 10,000 families and 20,000 children; potable water for 300,000 people; and medical care for some 6,000 persons.

Caritas A has prepared the ad hoc formation of 400 doctors and volunteers, and of 87 churches as places of refuge and centers of protection for civilians; it has provided for the purchase of essential goods, sanitary and water purification equipment and medicines for 40 health centers,@ the statement reads.

Vatican issues letter that Catholic politicians must let their faith reflect their actions in the political sphere. This is a very serious problem in the United States where Catholic politicians are the main supporters of abortion. If the Catholic politicians followed their Catholic faith, there would be no more abortion in the USA. Here is the Pope= s statement on the responsibilities of Catholics who hold public office issued days after Senator John Kerrey announced his intention to run for president in 2004.

A Those (Roman Catholics) who are directly involved in lawmaking bodies have a grave and clear obligation to oppose any law that attacks human life. In the same way, it is necessary to recall the duty to respect and protect the rights of the human embryo.@

What was Senator Kerry= s response? He thumbed his nose at the Holy Father and said that he would not allow the Pope or the teaching of the Catholic Church to influence his decisions in public office!

Kerry even went of his way to say:

A As a Catholic, I have enormous respect for the words and teachings of the Vatican, but as a public servant I= ve never forgotten the lasting legacy of President Kennedy who made clear that...no elected official should be limited...by any oath, ritual or obligation.@

As a first step in exposing fraudulent A Catholics@ like Kerry and the eleven other A Catholic@ senators who openly support abortion, we created A The Deadly Dozen@ urging Catholic bishops to refuse Holy Eucharist to any politician who openly supports legalized abortion. Any person who votes for these A Catholic@ politicians or any bishop who does not reprimand these Senators will pay a heavy price from God as punishment for their evil deeds of commission and omission.



Senator Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts.

Senator Tom Daschle, South Dakota.

Senator Patty Murray, Washington.

Senator Patrick Leahy, Vermont.

Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts.

Senator Mary Landrieu, Louisiana.

Senator Christopher Dodd, Connecticut.

Senator Joseph Biden, Delaware.

Senator Susan Collins, Maine.

Senator Tom Harkin, Iowa.

Senator Barbara Mikulski, Maryland.

Senator Jack Reed, Rhode Island.

Catholic newspapers have refused to print this information including the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor and eight of 11 diocesan newspapers. Not one of them was willing or able to give a written explanation for their decisions to refuse to print this message.

A former abortionist doctor and now Catholic convert, Dr. Bernard Nathanson has observed:

A If every Catholic bishop, every Catholic priest and every Catholic layperson had been united in their opposition to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court would never have had the courage to legalize abortion.@

News briefs.

Pope preparing for trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina in June.

Holy Father to beatify Caritas Brader, Apostle of Latin American Indians.

There is a link between Contraception and Abortion said the Seminary Rector in Sydney, Australia.

Crises linger in Sudan and Zimbabwe.

Forced sterilizations of 60,000 in USA between 1909 and 1964.

Is science manipulating man? Warnings raised on Biotechnology. The critical moment will come in 10 or 20 years when it will be possible to clone and then program the human being, giving him special characteristics.

Swiss bishops invite Pope to address young Catholics in May or June 2004.

Dominicans plan to open novitiate in Mosul ,Iraq and a student body in Baghdad. They already operate a theological center in the capital which attracts hundreds every week and also publish a periodical called A Christian Thought@ and help pastorally at local Catholic churches.

Pope commissions publication of a brief catechism that will contain all and only the essential and basic elements of Catholic faith and morals, formulated in a brief and clear manner, using as its source the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

12 Canonizations set for this year in three groups; May 4 when Pope visits Spain, May 18 and Oct. 5.

Pope message of condolence sent to Algeria= s civil and religious authorities and particularly the families of the victims of the air accident in Tamanrasset in March.

Oscar winning actor-director Mel Gibson is in Rome working on a film on the passion of Christ at the Cinecitta studios.

UN cuts its world population estimate for 2050 by 400 million, due to the AIDS epidemic and lower birthrates.

Half of the drop is due to an increase of deaths particularly AIDS and the other half of the drop is because future fertility levels in most developing nations will likely fall below 2.1 children per woman, the level needed to ensure the long-term replacement of the population. The new estimate is 8.9 billion for 2050.

Church needs holy priests, says Pope.

In new book of poetry, Pope ponders his death. The Pope writes of the next conclave to select the next Pope.


A The Sistine painting will then speak with the Word of the Lord:

Tu est Petrus (You are Peter) as Simon, the son of Jonah, heard:

A To you I will give the keys of the Kingdom.

Those to whom the care of the legacy of the keys has been entrusted

gather here, allowing themselves to be enfolded by the Sistine= s colors.

By the vision left to us by Michelangelo -

so it was in August, and then in October, of the memorable year of the two conclaves,

and so it it will be again, when the need arises after my death.

Michelangelo= s vision must then speak to them.@


A It is necessary that during the Conclave, Michelangelo teach them.

Do not forget: Omnia nuda et aperta sunt ante oculos Ejus. (All are nude and known before His eyes)

He will teach you....@


The book of poetry was published in Polish. The Vatican Press controls the publishing of translations into other languages.

News Briefs.

A letter written in 1923 by the future Pope Pius XII shows his early opposition to Nazi anti-Semitism. The letter was discovered March 3 in the Vatican Archives by a historian. The archives cover the 1922-1939 period.

150 Latin-rite Catholics in Baghdad of whom all but four live below the poverty rate.

Kenyan Health Minister= s Push for the legalization of abortion criticized by Church.

Violations of peace pact in Sudan. Cessation of hostilities has been achieved in most parts of the South (Catholic area) while the parties continue peace talks.

British Bishops launch Caritas-Social Action which will be the first institution to administer all volunteer sectors and social care on behalf of the Catholic bishop= s conference of England and Wales.

Pope backs Romania= s entry into EU but warns of consumerism and the individualism of Western society. A There is the danger that Romanians will not know how to recognize the values and anti-values of Western society and will end up forgetting the Christian riches present in their tradition,@ John Paul II explained.

In Times of difficulty say, A Jesus, I Trust in You,@ Pope counsels.

He then recalled his clandestine seminary of Krakow during the Nazi occupation.

A During my eight-hour shift in the factory, either at night or during the day, I would take some books,@ he said. A My fellow workers were somewhat surprised, but not scandalized. What is more, they told me: > We will help you, you can rest if you wish, and we will try to supervise for you.@

A In this way I was able to stand for exams before my professors. Everything in secret: philosophy, metaphysics,@ the Holy Father recalled.

A I saw that metaphysics, Christian philosophy, gave me a new vision of the world, a more profound penetration of reality,@ he said.

A With meta physics, with philosophy, I found the key, a key to understanding and penetration of the worldC a more profound penetration, I would say, an ultimate one@ , John Paul II concluded.

Last year the Pope dedicated a beautiful new shrine in Krakow televised on EWTN. The shrine was on a hill just below the Pope= s slave labor factory of World War II. The Pope recounted how he would visit the chapel next to the new shrine wearing his wooden shoes. The Pope commented: A To think that this great church is being dedicated by a person who used to come here in wooden shoes.@ Only Germans were allowed to wear leather shoes and boots. All Poles wore wooden shoes.

Holy See and Chief Rabbinate of Israel emphasized the A sanctity of human life@ and A family values.@

A We cannot agree to alternative models of couples= union and of the family,@ they concluded..

Russia and Vatican Note a Common Ground on Iraqi crisis.

Vatican and Muslim representatives have decided on the need to stimulate knowledge of religions, to make distinctions among sacred texts, and to condemn terrorism. The meeting Feb.24-25 in Cairo, Egypt between the Joint Committee of the Permanent Committee of Al-Azhar University for Dialogue with the Monotheistic Religions and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue emphasized A the role of religions for peace.@

It also thanked John Paul II for his mediation, as well as that of some Muslim leaders who are opposed to war as a means of resolving conflicts.

Seoul priest gives spiritual advice via e-mail every morning to 1,300 Catholics, Protestants and Buddhists who have requested the e-mails.

Chicago Archdiocese sets record in 3 year fund raising campaign raising $220 million to expand schools and refurbish buildings.

Italian Bishops ask mention of Christianity in Euro-Constitution.

U.S. House votes 241-155 to ban all forms of human cloning. Senate has has not acted.

Pope= s Message to New Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury delivered by Cardinal Kasper.


...We can sincerely rejoice in the fact that, in recent decades, our predecessors have developed an increasingly close relationship, even bonds of affection, through constructive dialogue and close communication. Despite disagreements and obstacles, we are still on that path, and irrevocably committed to it. Over the past decade, the various opportunities to meet Dr. George Carey, have been particularly helpful and encouraging, signs of progress on our ecumenical journey. The work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International commission, and the more recently formed International commission for Unity and Mission, continue to move us forward..........

From the Vatican, 13 February 2003.


In an interview with Vatican radio, Rowan Williams said the Pope had outlined a specific vision A on the nature of the human person in the light of Christian theology, and much of what he= s written has been an inspiration for me@ .

He praised John Paul II for highlighting the common ground shared by Catholics and Anglicans and for A his extraordinary depth of understanding of those theological fundamentals.@

A theologian and former Welsh archbishop, Dr. Williams was enthroned in Canterbury Cathedral Feb. 27 at the start of his public ministry as head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

1.2 Million Immigrants in Italy Ripe for Evangelization.

Qatar offers land for construction of Churches.

Arab State had formalized ties with Vatican in November.

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 25, 2003 (Zenit.org).

A The Ministry of Municipal Affairs wishes to conclude long-term rental contracts for symbolic amounts with those involved in the construction of churches,@ said a government representative, who asked for anonymity, in statements to Agence France-Presse.

It= s population is 800,000, a majority Muslim, with 45,000 Catholic immigrants mostly from India and Philippines. There are also 10,000 Orthodox mostly foreigners.

Qatar is a neighbor of Saudi Arabia. It is on a long narrow peninsula and is having a building boom with hotels, resorts, colleges, medical schools sprouting up all over the peninsula. Hundreds of buildings are under construction. The U.S. Navy is its protector.

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Koreans priest and nuns run a leprosy center in Shang Luo in the province of Shaanxi in central western China. The center consists of a clinic for medical treatment, a research laboratory, wards for the sick, and a staff room.

Family Bible Reading seen as a key to new Evangelization. Bible meditation in all homes is an absolute must.

Pope says that A in no other age has the Church had so many possibilities to proclaim Jesus as today, thanks to the development of the means of social communication.@ The internet, mass media, cable and satellite television, laser printers, computers, cheap methods of printing and electronic transmissions.

Patriarch Alexi demands that Cardinal Husar stay in Lviv and not move to Kiev.He does not want the creation of a Kiev Patriarchate for the Byzantine Catholic Church as it would be the fourth patriarch in Kiev. There are already three Orthodox Patriarch= s in Kiev competing for the loyalty of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Mother Teresa= s Nuns remain in Baghdad. Four sisters from India and Bangladesh care for crippled children from age 2 to 12 years of age.

Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, remains in Baghdad during Iraqi war.

Iraqi Christians fearful of backlash from Sunni Wahhabis, followers of a very strict form of Islam popular in Saudi Arabia. A 70 year old nun was murdered last August. In September, Wahhabi radicals threw stones at Christians coming out of a Mosul church. Bishops and priests have received threats and enticements to convert to Islam.

Saudi official says no to churches. Since Islam was born in Saudi Arabia, we will not allow churches to be built in the country. Foreigners have been free to worship in their homes since 1951.

Scotland= s Bishops Claim Queen Excludes Catholics from the Order of the Thistle--the highest honor the Queen can bestow on her subjects in Scotland. The Palace denied bias and that it was pure coincidence that all 16 members of the Order were non-Catholics.


Sharp Increase in Ties Between Vatican, Greek Orthodox Church.

Vatican, Mar. 10, 03 (CWNews.com).--Ecumenical relations between the Holy See and the Greek Orthodox Church---notably frosty to the Pope= s visit to Greece in May 2001---have produced a new flurry of new activity.

Four Vatican officials traveled to Greece in February, led by Cardinal Walter Kasper, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. Vatican Radio has announced that the same group--including Archbishop Paul Fouad Tabet, the apostolic nuncio in Greece--is scheduled to return to Greece in May for an international conference organized by the Greek Orthodox Church, on the Christian foundations of modern Europe.

Later in May, two Orthodox scholars will be in Rome, to participate in a symposium on the petrine ministry--a topic of crucial importance to the Eastern churches, Cardinal Kaspar announced the scheduling of that symposium immediately after his recent trip to Greece, saying it was convened in large part at the request of Greek Orthodox officials.

Early in June, the Vatican will send a representative to a symposium in Athens sponsored by the Greek Orthodox hierarchy, on ecumenical relations between the Holy See and the Eastern churches.

In calling attention to this series of exchanges, Vatican Radio observed that the Vatican and the Greek Orthodox Church have specific plans for collaboration in two areas: the effort to gain explicit recognition of Christianity in the new Constitution of the European Union, and preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games, which will be held in Athens. Officials of the two churches plan to use the Olympics as the occasion for cultural exhibits and scholarly discussions calling attention to the 2000 year history of relations between Rome and Byzantium.


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