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PAGE 10 THE GUARDIAN, FEBRUARY 4, 1972 J Brazil Financing Chu rch P roject Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (NC) -- A change in management and orientation has helped obtain government subsidies for the Church-sponsored Basic Education Movement, which once brought the army's wrath for its efforts at making the poor aware of their social condition and their potential political power. The new director, Father Vicente Adams, in announcing a state grant of close to $1- million, said that the movement (Movimento de Educazao de Base -- MEB) has received word from the government that it is no longer suspicious of MEB "being infiltrated by sub- versives." The priest said the funds will be used within six months to reach about 200,000 adults throughout Brazil to teach them reading and writing skills. Almost 40 per cent of the population over 15 years of age is illiterate. Woods arson is a crime Report any sign of it. v ,v (o-, '' % HELP PREVENT "' FOREST FIRES IN THE SOUTH I imlk Foe BEEF VEAL PORK PURE PORK SAUSAGE MEAT PRODUCTS Since 1895 PHONE 565-1535 Liffle, Ark. Germany Executions Continue, Padre Juan Seeking Says Exiled Bishop Forging Caracas, Venezuela (NC) -- In Bilingual Catechists an obvious reaction to publicity Israel Ties Jerusalem (NC) -- Israel recently honored 13 West Germans for their roles in saving Jews three decades ago from extermination by the Nazis. The special awards were presented by Israeli's am- bassador to Bonn, Ben Horin. Such awards are made from time to time to non-Jews in different European countries. Recipients have included citizens of many countries occupied by the Germans during World War II, but the inclusion of Germans is in- frequent. The holocaust is not far from the heart of the Israeli con- sciousness, and stories of Nazi concentration camps, of slave labor and murderous man hunts are told and retold -- "lest we forget." There are still too many Israelis with concentration camp numbers tattooed on their arms to make either forgetting or forgiving very popular. The dialogue between Jews and Germans really was made possible by West Germany's acknowledgement of its debt to the persecuted. In a series of negotiations, Germany has agreed to pay reparations, without demanding that these be accepted as the actual repair of all damage. Monetary payments are made in lieu of work exacted in concentraton camps, of education in- terrupted, of livelihoods and property destroyed or taken by force. Thousands of Israelis visited Germany last year, and tens of thousands of German pilgrims and tourists came to this country -- all without incident or conflict. Trade between the two countries is expanding, and political support by Germany, on the international scene is a mainstay of Israeli foreign policy. ASK FOR CHILl DISTRIBUTED BY: Arkansas Packing Co. 00'00mbers , Flame-Kist Steaks Succulent Seafood WORLD FAMOUS CHICKEN Phone Open 663-6321 11 AM- 11 PM Markham At University Little Rock about the Havana government in recent weeks, an exiled Cuban bishop said here that favorable news reports tend to ignore repression and executions still going on in Cuba. Writing in the bulletin Mensaje, Bishop Edwards Boza Masuidal said the prime example of repression in Cuba is found "in the condition of the political prisoners there, who are mistreated, humiliated and tortured, especially those who resist all attempts at Marxist indoctrination." He said the number of prisoners has reached "tens of thousands including many women," and that executions have continued. "Not long ago a youth, Luis Bells, the son of a former president of Cuban Catholic Action, was mowed down by a firing squad along with nine other prisoners." For Mexican Parish Little Rock -- Father John B. Manchino is back in the Diocese of Little Rock, acquainting the home folks with the spiritual and material poverty of his new Mexican parish which repor- tedly is the size of Switzerland. Last Sunday he preached in St. John's Church, Hot Springs, and he plans appearances in other Arkansas parishes before returning to Soto-la-Marina in Tamaulipas state on Feb. 20. Some idea of the spiritual needs of Soto-la-Marina and the entire Diocese of Ciudad Vic- toria can be gained, he said, from the fact that there were no priests in the entire area from 1909 until 1965. As a result, with only 34 priests, including Father Manchino, serving the diocese, which is slightly larger than the Diocese of Little Rock, catechists are urgently needed, and the Arkansas priest is diligently seeking bilingual Israel Not Expected To Quit Holy Places Rome (NC) -- In- ternationalization of Jerusalem or of the holy places there is "out of the question" and should be considered a "dead issue," according to an American priest who specializes in Catholic-Jewish relations. Father Edward H. Flannery, executive secretary of the U. S. Bishops' Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations, offered another solution for the preservation of the holy places in Israel. The priest said that "some instrument of international character which would proVide for the holy places and the Christian and other minority presences in Jerusalem" is possible. Such a guarantee, he added, "would do no more than formalize the de facto situation in the city." Pope Paul VI, in his Christ- mas message to the cardinals in Rome and other Vatican of- ficials, repeated his previous appeals for an international statute that would "do justice to the pluralistic and...special character of (Jerusalem) and to the rights of the various cam- Archbishop Michael Ramsey of Canterbury protested what he called "insensitive" attempts to rebuild Jerusalem as an Israeli city. It can never be other than the city of three great religions, he said, and unless it remains so prospects for peace in the Middle East will be severely damaged.) Father Flannery maintained that "actually both the Israeli and different religious authorities desire a pluralistic character for the city which would preserve its universal character. There is no doubt the Jews are going back to the old Jewish quarter of the city." But, he added, "Israelis find the word 'Judaization' of- fensive. It would be difficult to 'Judaize' a city population-wise which has 220,000 Jews out of a total population of nearly 300,000." Father Flannery offered one possible solution to the problem. "Better communications bet- ween the government and its critics seem necessary," he said. "The task of the churches, I should think, is to promote this communication. Too often some Arkansans who Will volunteer to help him. Economically, the Diocese of Ciudad Victoria is next to the poorest in all of Mexico. And the poverty is obvious when one considers that a roofless ruin of the original Church built in 1841 is the only church in his vast parish which has approximately 107 mission stations. This extreme poverty prompted Father Manchino to renew his appeal for support of the Dollar-A-Month Club organized in central Arkansas while he was working in Morelia before recently moving to the desert west coast of Mexico. Contributions to the fund, he said, should be addressed to Mrs. John Dunaway, Diocesan Special Mission Fund, P.O. Box 301, North Little Rock, Ark. 72117. Father Manchino still has not had time to survey his entire parish, but he has determined that the needs of the region are even more acute than those at his former Mexican post. His new address is R.P. Juan Manchino, Casa Parroquial, Soto-la-Marina, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The Arkansas priest already has begun the work of choosing and training native catechists. But this Will be a long project and meanwhile he is anxious for "help from home." He ex- pressed the hope that Spanish- speaking Arkansas Catholics will consider volunteering to help him. Having been Without priests for more than 55 years prior to separation of the Diocese of Ciudad Victoria from the Diocese of Tampico in 1965, countless Catholics of the region are unable even to recite the Our Father, he said. Common law marriages are general, he added, and worship is virtually nil. Where there occasioffally is some sort of religious gathering in Soto-la-Marina, Father Manchino said, "the rites have degenerated to near super- stitious practice." Uncounted numbers of persons have never assisted at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. "Padre Juan," as the Arkansas priest is addressed in Mexico, reported that a group of Amercan students from Den- ver, Colo., recently began the work of rebuilding the walls of a pre-fabricated metal bes might not b.e more utiliPk inasmuch as it could be use wo only as a chapel, but ce catechetical center, a ]gu dispensary, a meeting  b as a dance hall for the ,r Apart from these pll!, needs of the region, IM Manchino is beset bY thought that, With 107 mi(N it Will be difficult for 65 make one circuit of his ton[ each year. t So he stresses the impolo of finding lay assistantS) this is partof his theme SP lectures and preaches an home diocese. Was Lf0rl 4 p] d: FIRST FEDER00 ,o00o AND LOAN ASSOClATJf ail FORT SMITH Main Office/6th & Garri# P Phoenix Village Mall (N Central Mall T ost" VAN BUREN i ( 7th and Broadway ee Eta , fie munities which are situated there and which look to it and come to it as their spiritual center." Father Flannery, who was interviewed here after e 12-day visit to Jerusalem, said he had met with a number of Christian and JeWish leaders, trying to learn what the situation is at present. Accompanying him on his visits was Msgr. George Higgins, head of the U. S. Catholic Conference's Urban Life Division, who had been in Israel for an international labor conference. According to Father Flan- nery, the "situation of the churches there is very good. Relations between the churches and the government are ex- cellent." He said that Jerusalem authorities, including Mayor Teddy Kollek, "seem anxious to maintain good relations With the churches and minorities, with the result that the status of the holy places and the general condition of the city is the best it has been in history." Referring to charges that Israeli officials are attempting to "Judaize" the city, by making it overwhelmingly Jewish in population, Father Flannery said: "Tension in Jerusalem is the product in great part of ungrounded fears. The Israelis want a rightful place in the entire city, including the eastern section (formerly the Arab-controlled Old City) as well as in the new city. This is often interpreted by critics of Israel as an attempt to over- whelm or 'judaize' the city." (In December, Anglican Christians have had a hand in inflaming the situation." The American priest said that relations between the Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem are "reasonably good." He ad- mitted that "naturally Arabs are not content under Israeli rule and want a government of their own. On the other hand they appear to get along quite well with the Israeli ad- ministrators." Commenting on reports of Israeli-Arab discord, Father Flannery said: "After reading certain accounts outside Israel, one is surprised to discover the reasonably good relations between the two. One has read of oppressions, even inhumanities visited upon the minorities and their resultant misery and anger." Father Flannery said that he had "failed to discover either the misery or the anger." He said he had found many examples of cooperation bet- ween the two peoples. As examples, he cited the development of social and medical services in eastern Jerusalem conducted by Israeli and Arab administrators and staff and the entrance of more than 100,000 Arabs last year from several Arab countries for limited visits in Israel Without incident. 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