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onclt pt. IVS Briefs -- Mt mt of  hn ! in Co W. Kordsme'er, ,of St. Jude's parish en, _vbnville announced cc uldapital, fund-raising wc ltign for a new church , A_ex not only reached 1  ,000 minimum goal _ti[ceeded it by $91,831 m.uL,]cord $211 831 in r., pr.e s from the 314- OUl CU,L. r ost 4ta parmh. by the ae dist Jell as n Father Carlos ,urnishCes, 36, gunned down e Cenl knwn assailants in 1 bea[ emala City .as ss. pnegun bullets from a _._g car hit him in the ---"-' and chest as he akl downtown died HELP tl o FORE t Y n the sidewalk. IN THI[i J. Fitzpatrick of Texas, began O-Year term as of the Texas of Churches at annual assembly Protestant delegates lled on churches to up the slack in Services caused by spending. Board of the Daughters of the endorsed the amendment at their meeting in N.M., as regent Miss Mary said "we feel action is if we are to stop the unborn amendment is the step, for the Paul 11 will visit Italy, April 18, months after Was originally to come to the was the site of Italy's deadliest kg. Matthieson of Texas, an- the establishment Peace Fund Workers leave their nuclear warhead plant in his home Michael V. Aureli,' of St. Augustine's North Little Rock, director of Movement, nt of the Mass for this Sunday, Feb. A.M. on Station Channel 11. Judy. Will be the lector Brooks the Music will be by the St. choir. Inside iC)p... extensively during Page 3 o $15,462 to Propa- Page 5 St. Peter Claver Pages 6, 8 O[[icial (Publication VOL. LXXI, NO. 9 FEBRUARY 26, 1982 Bishop's Office 2415 N. Tyler Little Rock, Ark. Dear Pilgrims: I address you as pilgrims because I see us together on a spiritual journey leading us to salvation. As your Bishop, it is my privilege to help guide you along this journey. But, as a pilgrim, I too am burdened with my sins. My limitations hamper my effectiveness as your guide. Materialism Is Main Topic Of Pope During African Trip second voyage to Africa, he also addressed issues facing African nations in general, praising their efforts at development but urging them to maintain their traditional spiritual values in the midst of change and not to succumb to foreign ideologies. "You are in a political and social situation which I know well by experience," Polish- born Pope John Paul II told the six bishops of Benin avowedly Marxist-Leninist political rule since 1972 and in the early 1970's, the Catholic church suffered strong repression as the political leadership took up a program of rigid ideological formation. Schools were forbidden to teach religion, missionaries were expelled and some priests were jailed. The country's 1977 con- stitution proclaimed freedom of conscience and worship, As Lent begins, I took at myself, and under the power of God's grace, I seek a change of heart, forgiveness and reconciliation with God through you my brothers and sisters. I feel my exhortation to you will remain empty and hollow Unless I first recognize my need to be forgiven for hurts I may have caused you. So before asking you to heed the message of Lent, I stand before you, as a fellow sinful pilgrim in need of your forgiveness. As your Bishop and companion pilgrim struggling with sin and temptations, I invite you to join me in seeking a true reform and renewal in our lives during this Lenten season of 1982. Let us pray for one another; let us forgive one another; let us start over; let us die to self and be ready to rise with Christ in the power and glory of His Easter resurrection. Your friend, + Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock Lenten Meditations Libreville, Gabon (NC) -- Pope John Paul II concluded a week-long four-country voyage to Africa Feb. 19 with a promise to return if he could. "This continent is so huge that I must come back," he told African. bishops from several countries who gathered at the airport in Libreville for the Pope's return to Rome aboard an Air Gabon Boeing 747. "My good- bye is only 'au revoir' (until during his half-day visit to the we meet again)," he told the small West African nation. crowd before boarding the Stopping in Benin for only plane, about six hours between visits In a final round of meetings to Nigeria and Gabon, the and an open-air Mass before Pope celebrated a morning leaving Gabon, the 61-year- Mass before a crowd of about old pontiff addressed a wide 20,000 at Cotonou's sports array of social and religious stadium, met with President issues facing the developing, Mathieu Kerekou and met but relatively affluent, nation with the country's bishops straddling the Equator on before flying on to Gabon in Africa's western coast, mid-afternoon. He urged a deepening of its With the Pope was Ber- religious faith, a nardin Cardinal Gantin, the strengthening of its culture, first native bishop from fully human rather than Benin, who, as president of strictly economic social the Pontifical Justice and development, a focus on Peace Commission and of the strong family life, a vigorous, Pontifical Council "Cor evangelizing clergy, more Unum," is the highest- native vocations and ranking African in the ecumenical witness in society Vatican. and dialogue toward church Benin, the former French unity, protectorate of Dahomey As he was leaving the which gainedindependeneein country, concluding his 1960, has been under Pope Tells Thoughts During Recovery For a Christmas present, Our Holy Father Pope John Paul II sent each bishop a copy of the addresses given to pilgrims in October, 1981. These were the first given after the attempt on his life May 13, 1981. TALK AT THE GENERAL AUDIENCE OF 14 OCTOBER, 1981 1. Last Wednesday, during Rome and Successor of St e the' General Audience, I Peter -- a grace for referred to the event of 13 May. Since that day in- terrupted the meetings we are now resuming thanks to my recovery, I wish to share with you at least briefly what the content of my meditations was in that period of some months, in which I par- ticipated in a great divine Trial. I say a divine Trial. Al- though, in fact, the events of 13 May -- the attempt on the Pope's life and also its con- sequences associated with the operation and treatment at the Gemelli Hospital -- have their fully human dimension, this cannot dim an even more profound dimension: the dimension, to be precise, of the Trial permitted by God. All that I spoke to you about last Wednesday must also be set in this dimension. Today I wish to return to it once more. During the last few months God has allowed-me to ex- perience suffering, and to experience the danger of losing my life. At the same time he has allowed me to understand clearly and completely that this is a special grace of his for myself as a man. and at the same time -- considering the service I am carrying out as Bishop of Church. 2. And so, dear brothers and sisters,. I know that I have Discalced Nuns Novena March 11-19 Little Rock -- The Discalced Carmelite Nuns will pray their annual Novena to St. Joseph Thursday, March 11, through Friday, March 19, and have extended an in- vitation to all Catholics to participate by reciting, the prayers in their homes. The special intentions of the Novena will be that Christians will live up to their baptismal promises and cease to offend our Lord, for those who are in financial difficulties or are unemployed, for the sick and dying, for young people and for the special intentions of all those taking part in the Novena. The nuns will send prayer leaflets to anyone requesting them. Requests may be sent to: Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 7201 West 32nd Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204. experienced a great grace. And recalling with you all that happened on 13 May and in the whole following period, I cannot but speak about this above all. Christ, who is the Light of the world, the Shepherd of his fold, and above all the Prince of Holy Spirit has come upon you; and. you shall be my See Lenten on Pg. 4 Tuition Tax Credit Now pastors, has granted me the I1__ grace to be able, through In suffering and at the risk of life and health, to bear wit- ness to his Truth find to his Love. It is precisely this that I consider to be a particular grace bestowed on me -- and for this reason I express my gratitude especially to the Holy Spirit, whom the Apostles and their successor received on the day of Pen- tecost as the fruit of the Cross and Resurrection of their Master and Redeemer. It is for this reason that, this year, the feast of the descent of the Holy Spirit took on particular significance for me, when, together with the whole Church, and especially in union with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we gave thanks for the gift of the First Council 'of Constantinople celebrated 1600 years ago -- together with. the commemoration, here in Rome. 1550 years afterwards, of the Council of Ephesus. From the time of the First Council of Constantinople the whole Church has professed: "'I believe in the Holy Spirit who is the Lord and giver of life." It was precisely to this Holy Spirit "who gives life" that Christ referred when he said to the Apostles before his ascension to the Father: "You shall receive power when the Danger Little Rock -- Edward Anthony, director of the Of- fice for Educational Assistance of the U.S. Catholic Conference, is urging those in favor of tuition tax credit to send letters and mailgrams to the White House without delay. Reason for the request, Anthony said, is the 1983 budget sent to Congress by President Reagan Feb. 8 did not contain specific provisions for the revenue loss which would result from the passage of tuition tax credit legislation this year. "Unless the President is urged on a massive scale to make tax credits a priority for the 1982 legislative program, there is little or no chance of Congressional action on it," Anthony said in a mailgram to Sister M. Henrietta Hockle, O.S.B., Little Rock diocesan schools superintendent. "Letters, phone calls and mailgrams protesting this lack of support for tax credits' should be sent to the White House withoul delay," An- thony continued. He con- cluded by saying that action must be taken now or the opportunity for passage of tuition tax credits in the 97th Congress may be lost. however, and in recent years the church and government have co-operated in some areas such as health care. Problems similar to those faced by the church in Poland and other communist-ruled Eastern European countries remain, however. The teaching of religion is not allowed in the schools, which were nationalized early in the Marxist era. Catechetical teaching is allowed in the churches, but the government schedules meetings and rallies to conflict with church activities. The press is government-controlled and public dissent with Marxist ideology is not allowed. In his arrival address, Pope John Paul recalled the missionary history of the Catholic Church in Benin and cited Cardinal Gantin as a symbol of the church coming of age there. "There-may still be a long task of evangelization to be accomplished," he said, but "the church of Benin is a solidly planted tree, a tree of the land it is in." Clearly challenging frequent charges by leftist governments in Africa that the church in Africa is a colonial force, the Pope said that when the first European missionaries arrived in Benin from France in 1861; "they had not come to colonize in the name of their country. In any case, one was Spanish and the other was Italian. .They came in the name of Jesus Christ, who intends his light and love for each people, and who gains brethren in all races." Departing from Nigeria after a five-day whirlwind trip, Pope John Paul II left Nigerians with many ideas to ponder and digest from the See African on Pg. 3 Three Prayer Workshops Slated Little Rock -- Miss Rosalind Rinker, noted author, will conduct three Shared Prayer Workshops within the Diocese of Little Rock in the next five days. Dates are: Saturday, Feb. 27, Little Rock, Convention Center, 1-4:30 P.M.; Tuesday, March 2, Pine Bluff, St. Joseph's Hall, 15- South Spruce, 7-9 P.M., and Wed- nesday, March 3, Jonesboro, Blessed Sacrament Hall, 614 South Church, 7-9 P.M. Theme of the workshops is "Communicating Love Through Prayer.'" Subscriptions Are Due For Renewal in February