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Vo/ume 87, Number 16 The Diocese of Little Rock Weekly Newspaper April25, 1998 spirit' contribute By Males Waiters ~rroR Catholic Arkansas Sharing one way Catholics in diocese can feel united, and stewardship Heird says. the past eight years, $9 for building projects [ programs throughout the Without diocesan-wide the projects or pro- could not have hap- Peaed. establish the op- for a cooperative every section of can bond together a COmmon goal," Heird will kick off during this weekend with per- testimonies by people have benefited from projects. All Stered Catholics were a this week, a brochure, a from Bishop Andrew J. and a pledge card. million raised will seven programs: for Arkansas mis- for campus ministry } for Catholic chad- -, ) for St.John Catho- , enter renewal el 0,00 for the clergy w - '.fund m 0,000 for diocesan m" - r offices ,000 for the weekly Mass shut-ins rd said one example ot 's Work is the number of fence and retreats St. Center is able to host CASA page 12 i] Shroud of Turin on display in Italy for first time in 20 years; pope to visit in May TURIN, Italy (CNS) -- The c Shroud of Turin went on dis- play to the public for the first time in 20 years, prompting q ........ renewed debate over its origin. Starting April 19, the 14-foot- i long linen cloth was hung lengthwise for all to see in a : .. sealed steel frame behind bul- letproof glass, suspended in ~ ~ front of a purple drapery in the nave of the Turin Cathedral. A .... ~ J! ..... "f!i~j;~~' i~-~'~ i ~: ~* viewing for the media and dig- . ii '" .... i nitaries was held the previous ~i~:i~"~ ~ii ! daYThought by many to be ,i Christ s burial cloth, the shroud ' bears the image of a man about ~ [~ ~I 6 feet tall with blood stains on the neck, wrist, feet and chest. The Shroud of Turin has be- come a symbol of faith and anA mid-section detail of the object of devotion, despite the Shroud of Turin shows what findings of three scientific labo- appears to be the imprint of a ratories in 1988 that it dates to man's face. The shroud, be- the 13th or 14th century. Other scientists have since disputed the findings, based on additional information about the portion of the cloth tested and the presence of pollens that might have come from plants that grew only in the Middle East. The public was to be admit- lieved by many to be Christ's burial cloth, will be on public display at the cathedral in Turin through June 14. ted to see the shroud until June 14. Several related scholarly con- ferences and cultural events were scheduled in Turin and Rome during the exposition. Organizers advised pilgrims to reserve a spot for themselves for the day they planned to visit the cathedral, to avoid standing in line. More than 800,000 had made reservations for the free visits by the time the shroud went on display. Toll-free telephone lines were established within Italy for people from France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom to make reservations. Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini, the archbishop of Turin, said at a nationally televised cer- emony that the shroud stimu- lated "the gift of faith and con- version." He told journalists that no fur- ther tests would be made on the cloth until at least the year 2000, when it was to go on public dis- play next. Pope John Paul II is to view the shroud May 24, in the middle of the two-month display of the shroud. The pope has visited Turin on two occasions during his pontificate and was on hand to vie the shroud when it was last on public display, in October 1978. Fifteen days later, he was elected pope. Postcards flood Senators in opposition of partial-birth abortion By Nancy Frazier O'Brien CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON -- U.S. senators received millions of postcards against the partial- birth abortion procedure as part of this year's pro-life post- card campaign, according to a follow-up report sent to dio- ceses in April. The Nadonal Committee for a Human Life Amendment, which sponsors the annual post- card campaign along with the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro- Life Activities, said more than 14 million postcards were or- dered by dioceses or other Catholic organizations wishing to participate in this year's earn- paign. The postcards asked senators to support an override of Presi- dent Clinton's second veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Although there are sufficient votes in the House of Represen- tatives to override the veto, three more votes are needed in the Senate to achieve a two-thirds majority. Postcards went both to sena- tors who already oppose the partial-birth procedure and those who have voted to uphold the president's veto. The offi- cial dates for distribution of the postcards in Catholic churches was Jan. 24-25, but some dio- ceses chose other dates. In the follow-up report, Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Mo., said the postcards "represent more than just mail" and "show that the vast majority of Americans un- derstand the value of life and disaster of abortion." He cited two reasons for their impor- tance. "First, there are some who only go by 'head counts,"' Ashcroft said. "But second, See Postcards page 12 INSIDE Catholic junior high school band forming in central Arkansas ......................... p.2 Bishop McDonald shares memories of his preparations for the priesthood ........... p. 8