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VOL LXXX, NO. 7 DIOCESE OF Lrm 5 AR FEBRUARY 24, 1991 Cathedral By Deborah Halter ~ Little Rock - The Diocese of Little Rock Celebrated the Rite of Election of Cat- echumens and the Call to Continuing COnversion of Candidates for Full Com- t dJ ~Union with the Catholic Church at the Cathedral of St. Andrew last Sunday. The celebration took place at two ser- @es, one at 2 PM for parishes outside central Arkansas, and one at 7 PM for those the Greater Little Rock area. The celebration within file Rite of ~i (]hristian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) marks tde, i the beginning of proximate preparation for p1vl,[ the sacraments of initiation or reception into ~e Church, which will be celebrated at the fog.i nti '] aSter V'tgil. , "It ~as a very powerful experience of ', Qhurch' to have both times filled to the ! l int of overflowing, to see so many cat- echumens and candidates called forth by I t~anae to surround the bishop and receive s his blessing and prayers, to hear the com- aUnity pledge its prayers and support as their journey continues toward ~e sacra- ~ents of initiation and beyond,' said Sr. Kleinschmidt, DC, diocesan Director Deborah Haltot Arthur Martin holds the Book of the Elect from St. Peter's In Pine Bluff. of Religious Education. "It was a moving experience of atYn-mafion to hear the cat- echumens and candidates by word and See "RCIA," page 7 In Rogers-- Vietnamese family together once again By Betsy McNeil On Dec. 13, 1990, a trembling Luyen Lott of Rogers nervously watched as a plane carrying 17 members of her Viemamese family prepared to land at Drake Field in Fayetteville. j .... Two days earlier, the Rogers woman had " learned that her father, mother, four children were en route to Arkansas. At the terminal, a curious crowd and ~ "~% numerous welt-wishers gathered around Lott as she joyfully greeted the family she had :~ , J no[ seen since 1974. , ,, A 'Luyen probably won t know who is who," Luyen sChUckledhusband.Rgers policeqhe "lastSgLtimeMikelsheLtt'saw her family, her brothers and sisters were Phuoc Nguyen B.=y Ma~o~ babies." Formerly a colonel in the South Viet- namese Army, Lott's father, Ban Nguyen, They married in Siloam Springs in 1972. was taken a prisoner of war in 1975. No Since the mid-seventies, the Nguyensand one who saw Nguyen's capture survived. For the Lotts, with assistance from the Catholic five years, his family presumed he was dead. Church, had been trying to relocate the The Lotts met in Vietnam when Mikel family to America. Ban Nguyen's clearance was a military police officer in the U.K Army. See "Family," page 6 Pope links justice to anti-war position Rome (CNS) - "Peace at any cost" is not ~he way to solve the Persian Gulf crisis, Pope ~hn Paul II said Feb. 17. He criticized anti- ~hPositions that do not link an end to the ring with measures to guarantee justice. eace is always the work ofjusuce, the uPe said, adding that peace "is also the it of charity and love." tirn ee pope also hsked that Lent become a of special prayers for "the gift of I:~ace and justice for all peoples." "I ask that this time of prayerful prepara- tion for 'Easter be consecrated to prayers for peace and concrete acts of fraternal car- ing toward those who suffer because of the war and of the existing injustices in the vast and tried region of the Middle East," he said. Since the crisis began in August, the pope has supported Iraqi withdrawal from Ku- wait, but has opposed war as a way to achieve that withdrawal, saying it would lead to greater injustices. The pope has repeatedly urged an intemational conference to dis- cuss all problems in the Middle East, in- cluding the Israeli occupation of Palestine. $1on of first vows as an Olivetan Benedictine Sister Feb. 9 at Holy Angels Con- of bishops to Gulf War calls summit to peace in the region, to interreligious dia- logue and to solidarity," the statement said. The convocation was the most wide- Act unprecedented Vatican City (CNS)- Pope John Paul II has called an unprecedented summit of bishops from both the Middle East and Western nations to discuss the consequences of the Gulf War and offer a "concrete contribution" to peace. The pope was seeking an "exchange of information and opinions" about the war's effects on Middle Eastern populations and its Christian communities, according to a Vatican statement. He also wanted to explore the war's ramifications for dialogue between East and West, Christians and Muslims, Christians and Jews, it said. The meeting, to take place at the Vail- , vent in Jonesboro. Bishop can Mar. 4-5, is _heduled to bring together seven Middle Eastern patriarchs and six / ..... Andrew J. McDonald pre- Westem bishops, including Archbishop i'']Ik ,ided, joined by I Daniel E" PilarczykfCincinnati' president ,,: Rev. KevJn of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Benedict Meyer, OSB, and officials in charge of diplomacy, Eastern i j severa, d,ocesan prlests, ll Je~,)churches'dialguewithnn'Christiansandand relief efforts. 1~ A~b.: ~_i ~ to suggest'rhe condusions of the meeting oughtthat most appropriate initiatives .... ~ It I- Iv / ....... .... : D k Donald and Katherine Hlatt. [ that would allow the Catholic Church and its institutions to offer, both immediately " ~ and in the future, a concrete contribution ranging and collegial peace step taken by the pope since the outbreak of hostilities in the Persian Gulf Jan. 17. On several occa- sions, the pope has expressed his personal apprehensions about the ~r's immediate and long-rance effects, saying it could bring disaster to the entire region and create a deep division between cultures. See "Summit," page 7 o5 o