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ATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL exas woman HUNTSVILLE, Texas (cNS) '-- De: "Our call for mind. Only her body remained to give The radio report reminded listeners of spite protests from Pope John Paul II, mercy in this case witness to the old crime." Jesus' words on the cross to the repen- American Catholic bishops aiid Other does not in any With Tucker's execution, "America tam thief, "Today you will be with me in groups opposed to the death penalty, way detract from could clearly see how a person different paradise," and said Tucker's death would convicted killer Karla Faye Tucker was the brutality of Ms. from the one who committed the crime not be the end of her story, but an open- executed Feb. 3 in Huntsville. Tucker's crime," was made to die," the radio report said. ing to the possibility of eternal life. Tucker, given a lethal injection, be- Bishop Skylstad In its commentsonTucker'sexecution,About two weeks before Tucker's Came the first woman executed in Texas wrote Bush. "We Vatican radio used Pope John Paul II's scheduled execution the pope asked Gov. since the Civil War and the first in the can only imagine encyclical "Evangelium Vitae" on the gift Bush to grant Tucker clemency. nation since 1984. the depth of the of life. In the letter, the radio said, the A Vatican Embassy spokesman in Wash- l~efore her death, the 38-year-oldloss felt by the sur- pope cites the biblical story of Cain mur- ington confirmed to Catholic News Service Tucker apologized to the families of her vivingvictirns. Our dering his brother Abel, yet enjoying Jan. 21 - that Archbishop Agostino victims and said, "I hope God will give prayers and sym- Karla Faye Tucker God's protection. Cacciavillan, papal pro-nuncio to the United you peace for this." pathy remain with The fact that GOd did not want CainStates, appealed Jan. 5 on the pope's behalf Speaking to her own husband and them. killed to avenge the murder is an example to Bush and to Melinda Bozarth, director other family members, she said, "I am Shortly after Tucker's execution, of "the paradoxical mystery of the merci- of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, going to be face to face with Jesus now. I Vatican Radio issued a report expressing f~ justice of God," the radio said. God for clemency for Tucker. love all of you very much. I will see you dismay that Texas officials decided to put did not want to punish the assassin with Walter C. Long of Austin, an attorney allw " -- ,, hen you get there. I roll walt for you. to death a woman who had clearly re- another homicide because he wanted the for Tucker, told Catholic News Service he Less than a week before the execution, pented her crime, repentance of the sinner, not his death, had a copy of a letter from Archbishop iasiShop William S. Skylstad of Spokane~ The Karla Faye Tucker put to death in Pope John Paul ,m_ade an appeal on Cacciavillan expressing papal support for h., chairman of the U.S. bishops Texas was not the same Tucker who cam- behalf of Tucker, ~ he has done forclemency. ornestic Policy Committee, had urged mitted brutal murders in 1983, said the many others like her, the radio said. In Long said the pope's appeal was en- Texas Gay. George W. Bush to heed the Vatican Radio report, the name of GOd, he is saying, respect, couraging to Tucker and her supporters calls of our Holy Father, our brother bish- "She was repentant; she was contrite, defend, love and serve life .... Only on because the last time a Texas governor 0ps and concerned citizens in Texas to She found dignity in religion, becoming this path will you find justice, progress, delayed a death sentence it was because grant clemency in this case." in that way a different soul, a different true freedom, peace and happiness."of a papal appeal. U ~ " " 9 .S. ad limina V1SltS combine business with spiritual pilgrimage By Cindy Wooden grows older; for example, he now gives the "ad limina" visits are the meetings the C'A~OLIC NEWS SERVICE tholi Church each group a copy of his speech rather bishops have with the leaders of Vatican than reading it to them. However, the congregations and councils, particularly . VATICAN CITY--The Ca "c bishops personal time with him has been the doctrinal congregation and the con- m the United States is about to undergo a preserved, gregation for worship and sacraments. toPtevel checkup which will bring the heads The U.S. bishops will come to Romeh~addJfion, the bishops who presfide over f~e~ U'S'-,,,~ung, di'ocese to tbe Vatican." " in 13 regional groupings, spending about the various secretariats, committees and n,a,e.eo =o=nm m through October, U.S. bishops will come Each bishop will' have about 15 min- Catholic Bishops will meet with their coun- to Rome for their "ad limina" visits, which utes alone with the pope to discuss the terparts at the Vatican for an exchange of the heads of all the world's dioceses are situation of his own diocese. Then, with a information on projects and problems. required to make every five years, few other bishops, he will join Pope John . The visits have several distinct moments ~hich vary in tone --- from business meet- ~gs to deeply symbolic prayer emphasiz- ~g the bishons' unity with the pope and eir rain" may as successors to the Aposdes. - The checkun itself is a mix of a history of th '- th e Church in the diocese, a look at e diocese's current status, advice for Preventative measures and some papal Paul for a meal and informal discussion. The entire regional group of bishops will concelebrate an early morning Mass with the pope in his private chapel. Vadcan officials said they did not think the pope had any big, surprise issues on his agenda for the U.S. bishops. "It's not that the themes will be all that new, but the way they are presented, ~ht~aight talk about unhealthy areas of perhaps with a new twist," one official said. arch or social life. "there is nothing that is emotionally Pope John Paul II has free-tuned the charged" on the agenda, the official said. art ~a' process to emphasize the spiri- The visits do not focus on problems, hl.U~l~ pilgrimage aspect of the trip and the another official said. "I'he bishops do not i"xtPs' brotherhood with him in lead- come here to get their wrists slapped. mg the Church. ,, " av They ~scuss not only problems, but joys cLSme aspects of the ad limina h e as well, said the official. ~over the years as Pope John Paul The more strictly "business" parts of HOSPICE HOME CARE, INC, 6669697or 1-800-479-1219 Physician Home visit.~ Medical Equipment Nurses Medications Spiritual Care Home Health Aids Volunteers SEE EVERYTHING IN A NEW Lamps Lampshades Lamp & Chandelier Repair 5608 R Street Little Rock, AR 72207 (S01) 666-2628 Club Drugs 5114 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock (501) 663-4118 Grief Support Groups 24 hr. Emergtmcy Call Cecilia Troppoli, Exec. Dir., Holy Souls Dr. Theresa Travis, Med. 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