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Fourteenth Year - N.191
- EUCHARIST GIVES US FORETASTE OF CELESTIAL BANQUET
- PAPAL TELEGRAM OF CONDOLENCES UPON DEATH OF ARAFAT
- HOLY SEE JOINS IN PAIN OF PALESTINIAN PEOPLE FOR ARAFAT DEATH
- OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
- IN MEMORIAM
EUCHARIST GIVES US FORETASTE OF CELESTIAL BANQUET
CITY, NOV 11, 2004 (VIS) - This morning in the Vatican Basilica John
Paul II presided at a Mass for the repose of the souls of the cardinals
and bishops who have died this year. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of
the College of Cardinals, celebrated the Eucharist along with other
In the homily, the Holy Father affirmed
that "the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ will be
fulfilled in Easter. It is a mystery which is constantly renewed
in the Eucharist, mystical banquet, in which the Messiah delivers
Himself as nourishment to the guests, to unite them to Him in a bond of
love and life that is stronger than death. ... Every time we celebrate
the Eucharist we participate in the Lord's supper which gives us a
foretaste of the heavenly glory."
The Pope recalled
"with affection, in a special way, Cardinals Paulos Tzadua, Opilio
Rossi, Franz Koenig, Hyacinthe Thiandoum, Marcelo Gonzalez Martin, Juan
Francisco Fresno Larrain, James Aloysius Hickey and Gustaaf Joos.
Let us pray for them and for the archbishops and bishops who died this
year, whom we entrust with filial trust to divine mercy."
"Thinking about them and their generous service to the Church," he
continued, "it is as if we can hear them repeat with the Apostle Paul:
'Hope never disappoints'!"
John Paul II concluded
by emphasizing that "God is faithful and our hope in Him is not in
vain. Let us give thanks to Our Lord for all the benefits He has
granted to the Church through the priestly ministry of these deceased
pastors. Let us invoke the maternal intercession of Our Lady so that
they may participate in the eternal banquet, the same banquet that they
tasted with faith during their earthly pilgrimage."
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PAPAL TELEGRAM OF CONDOLENCES UPON DEATH OF ARAFAT
CITY, NOV 11, 2004 (VIS) - The following telegram of condolences was
sent in Pope John Paul's name to Rawhi Fattuh, president of the
Palestinian Legislative Council, by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo
Sodano, upon learning of the death early this morning of Yasser
"At this hour of sadness at the passing of
President Yasser Arafat, His Holiness Pope John Paul is particularly
close to the deceased's family, the Authorities and the Palestinian
People. While entrusting his soul into the hands of the Almighty and
Merciful God, the Holy Father prays to the Prince of Peace that the
star of harmony will soon shine on the Holy Land and that the two
Peoples dwelling therein may live reconciled among themselves as two
independent and sovereign."
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HOLY SEE JOINS IN PAIN OF PALESTINIAN PEOPLE FOR ARAFAT DEATH
CITY, NOV 11, 2004 (VIS) - Upon learning of the death early this
morning in a hospital near Paris of Yasser Arafat, 75, president of the
Palestinian National Authority, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin
Navarro-Valls made the following statement to journalists:
"The Holy See joins in the pain of the Palestinian people for the death
of President Yasser Arafat. He was a leader of great charisma who loved
his people and sought to lead them towards national independence. May
God welcome in His mercy the soul of the illustrious deceased and give
peace to the Holy Land, with two independent and sovereign States,
fully reconciled with each other."
Pope John Paul
and Yasser Arafat have met 12 times during the Pope's 26-year
pontificate. Arafat was received 11 times in the Vatican: the first was
on September 15, 1982 and the last time was October 30, 2001. The
Palestinian leader and the Holy Father also met in Bethlehem during the
pontiff's pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2000.
Yasser Arafat has met with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of State
(1996), with then Archbishop and now Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran,
secretary for Relations with States (1994 in Tunisia and 1995 in Gaza
during a trip to Israel) and with Cardinal Pio Laghi when he visited
the Holy Land in 2001.
On October 25, 1994, the
Holy See announced that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and
the Holy See will exchange representations to be "open channels for
continuing the development of mutual relations, understanding and
cooperation. ... It was decided to give to the already long-existing
and fruitful working contacts a permanent and official character. The
Palestine Liberation Organization will, therefore, open an office of
representation at the Holy See, with its own director. The apostolic
nuncio in Tunisia will be responsible for contacts with the leaders of
the Palestine Liberation Organization."
15, 2000, John Paul II received Arafat and a delegation for the signing
of a Basic Agreement between the Holy See and the Palestinian
Liberation Organization, as the representative of the Palestinian
National Authority. At that time the Palestinian leader invited the
Pope to Bethlehem. The agreement signed that day dealt with certain
juridical questions regarding the presence and activity of the Catholic
Church in the territory dependent on the Palestinian Authority.
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VATICAN CITY, NOV 11, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in audience Lech Walesa, former president of Poland.
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OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
CITY, NOV 11, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop Alfonso
Milian Sorribas, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Zaragoza, Spain, as
bishop of Barbastro-Monzon (area 8,321, population 97,800, Catholics
95,200, priests 104, religious 173), Spain.
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VATICAN CITY, NOV 11, 2004 (VIS) - The following prelates died in recent weeks:
- Cardinal Juan Francisco Fresno Larrain, archbishop emeritus of Santiago de Chile, Chile, on October 14 at age 90.
- Cardinal James Aloysius Hickey, archbishop emeritus of Washington, U.S.A., on October 24 at age 84.
- Bishop Sebastian Dalis, former auxiliary of Baguio, the Philippines, on October 27 at age 79.
- Bishop Armido Gasparini, M.C.C.I., former apostolic vicar of Awasa, Ethiopia, on October 21 at age 91.
- Bishop Adolfo Hernandez Hurtado, former auxiliary of Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 15 at age 83.
- Bishop Stefan Moskwa, auxiliary of Przemysl of the Latins, Poland, on October 18 at age 69.
- Archbishop Domenico Picchinenna, emeritus of Catania, Italy, on October 25 at age 91.
- Archbishop Maximos Salloum, emeritus of Akka of the Greek-Melkites, Israel, on October 28 at age 83.
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