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THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 3, 1969 PAGE 3 '1 ope Optimistic Despite Unrest; Sees Hopetu Signs " "ONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Answering is question, he sometimes misunderstood and presidents of national episcopal call attention once again to "the distorted," he said. conferences, presidentsofepisco- requests which we have publicly ylerStj must start over again, be at the n again today, recommence to- "ngre"Tday's feast, so glad and so found, the Pope said, "gives |this hope and shows us the way. ated SiS must be born again Dy th teria, principles and energies jich Christ places at our dis- Rock. al still today " s the h _ ,Wla is address to the cardinals, Le't Pope took note of the fact t developments in the Church's LETCH In " Little  me past year have been garcled by some with an opti- !stic view as working for the ewal of the Church and adapt- it to the needs of the present s' Others, he said, are pessi- tic. "Well then," he asked, kGER  our estimate of the pres- eT. JR.* situation of the Church and its in the year now passed opti-  6"0286!stic or pessimistic?" nurnents Since 1894 ] Vyatt-Monahan ight. ] George C. W art sent, L, Y ame tA_ W.IGHT _ LITTLE ROCK CONERY DRUGS Join the STAG Line EMMETT HOFFMAN Distributor SELECTED MEAT PRODUCTS Since 1893 Phone LOcust 5-1535 Little Rock, Ark. declared: "We can say thanks be to God that we are able to discern in them a measure of good and of hope which is much greater than that which can be considered negative, and thateven for the latter it is permitted to have real trust for a recovery." As his reason for optimism, Pope Paul said: "What above all leads us to this (opinion) is the awareness, as well as the exper- ience, of the resolute, knowing an irremovable faithfulness of the entirety -- we can say almost with- out exception -- of our brothers of the episcopate, to the Church and to the humble successor of Peter and the Vicar of Christ the Lord. This is a faithfulness which, as demonstrated and reafflrmedin not easy situations and moments, gives the Church the tranquil security which comes from the union of the college of the bis- hops with its head." "Referring to the "crises in the Church, crises of faith and crises of discipline," the Pope said: "We are always open to sin- cere understanding of problems, aspirations and impatience, which can sometimes assume tones and aspects almost of rebellion and challenge. And we are desirous of responding to them in the best way possible. But at the same time we are dutifully concerned with safeguarding the sacred de- posit of faith and the norms of life which the Church has been en- trusted with by its founder and which we must preserve es- sentially undamaged as they were transmitted to us, while pre- senting them and applying them in a manner corresponding to the necessities of the world today." The Pope expressed displeas- ure with those who twist or mis- interpret his words. 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"We are not ignorning the differing reactions stirred up by our pronouncement. We have taken note of them all with the respect which we have for all and with the intent of not om- itting, when it shall be the right moment, the replies which appear required, especially on the level of pastoral concerns." In the meantime, said the Pope, "we trust that our teaching will have been accepted with a frank spirit of faith, that it will have been meditated upon with serene and full reflection, that it will be recognized as conforming with Christian habits and feelings, that it will be accepted as a provi- dential defense of the honesty and dignity of love, that it will be ac- cepted as a novitiate (leading to) a higher morality and to a sincere spirituality of conjugal life, that it will be practiced as a strength- ing of the family and of social health, and that it will be blessed by giRs which make present life virtuous and happy and which pre- pare for that of the future." The Pope discussed means of better communication and the exchange of ideas, not only with the cardinals and the Roman Curia, but also with his brother bishops. He said: "We have stu- died different means of assuring an ever wider contribution of their (bishops') experience, counsel and responsibility to this Apos- tolic See and the entire Church. "To this end we have estab- lished the convoking for 1969 of an extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will begin, God willing, on next Oct. 11 and which will have as its aim an examination of the forms best suit- ed to assure a better cooperation and more fruitful contacts between the individual episcopal conferen- ces and the Holy See and among themselves." An extraordinary session of the synod is defined as one in which "the matter involves the good of the universal Church and requires speedy consideration." Membership is composed of the patriarchs, major archbishops and metropolitans outside the pat- riarchates of the Catholic Chur- ches of the Eastern rite, the Astronauts CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 children just before the lfftoff, and another that was completed there just 10 minutes before the splashdown in the Pacific. Special prayers for the astro- nauts were offered in chnrches and synagogues around the world. An invocation for their safety was included in the Prayer of the Faith- ful at all Sunday Masses duringthe flight. Congratulations flooded Presi- dent Johnson from world leaders as soon as the successful com- pletion of the flight was reported. Pope Paul VI cabled: "Giving thanks to God for the successful completion of the magnificent enterprise of the Apollo 8 mission, we congratulate you and the people of the United States of America, and particul- arly the intrepid space travellers and Invoke the divine blessingupon all who contributed to this noble achievement." pal conferences of several nations which do not have their own indi- vidual conference, three Religious representing clerical religious in- stitutes, and cardinals in charge of the offices of the Roman curia." ARer recalling his trip to Bo- gota, Colombia, in August for the International Eucharistic Con- gress, Pope Paul devoted most of the rest of his speech to the problem of peace in various areas and concluded with the tribute to the astronauts. On Vietnam, the Pope said: "You know with what attention we have followed the situation in Southeast Asia . . . In those re- gions there has finally opened a bri_ght interval which seems to foretell most consoling events, even if, unfortunately, Vietnamese ter- ritory continues to be a theater of intense warfare and terroristic activity." Expressing pleasure that the conflicting parties in Vietnam are working at settling difficulties, the Pope commented: "We are not overlooking nor undervaluing the difficulties and obstacles which still remain to be overcome.., but we nourish warm hopes that the conflicts and differences may be solved justly, keeping in mindhtgh- er interests." "The Pope also stressed that only a peace built on mutual re- spect for every legitimate aspira- tion of both sides could end the suffering of the Vietnamese people. On the subject of the uneasy situation in the Middle East, the Pope noted that "authoritative voi- ces have been raised to point out the gravity of the present situation. "While on one side there is men- tioned the arms race and there is found a difficult and protracted execution of the decisions taken by the highest international bodies, on the other side there is urged a just and definitive solution for the old and new refugees whose miserable conditions cause us great suffering, while the popula- tions involved are brought almost to despair of achieving a peaceful solution." The Pope also took occasion to WORLD'SRADIoFINEST EA HEARING AIDS LITTLE ROCK HEARING AID CENTER 110 W. Capitol - FR 5-8264 made to obtain an internationally backed agreement on the subject of Jerusalem and the Holy Places, in which a great part of humanity is interested as is at- tested by the three monotheistic religions there." Lastly, the Pope considered the situation in Nigeria. Noting that he has never passed up an op- portunity to urge a peaceful set- tlement of the war, the Pope de- clared: "We have always been and in- tend to remain above the con- flict. It is not our task to sug- gest determined solutions for the grave problem which has caused so many tears and blood. But we have not and we cannot remain indifferent to the cry of pain which has penetrated to the depth of our soul. God knows the feelings which have inspired us in our work of peacemaker and of relief... We wish to repeat, on this occasion, to the peoples of all regions of that great and impor- tant portion of Africa, that the Pope loves you all and has you near to his heart. He wishes he could dry the tears of all and that he could assure all of abetter tomorrow." II EI MAIN STREET CK, ARKANSAS Serving Pine Bluff end South-East Arkansas for 40 years I 3 Locations 4520 Doll;,rwey Rd. Hwy. 65 South at Brenhvood Dr. 26th & Cherry Fulcher Hardware has the largest selection of CORNINGWARE and PYREX in Carlisle FULCHER HARDWARE CARLISLE, ARKANSAS Big Ro(:k Stone & Hatedal Co. 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