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L'I2, ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL April 2.5, 1998 Page9 Poles polled, picked pope as 'Greatebt Pole of the 20th Century' BYJonathan Luxmoore ~THOLIC NEWS SERVICE ~0thWARSAW, Poland -- Pope John Paul has been voted greatest Pole of the centurv" in a nationwide survey, well ahead of h'is homeland's most fm'nous Political leaders. In the April 11 survey conducted 6,000 readers of the weekly "t#a, Pope John Paul was ranked in top position by 83.8 percent of votes. econd and third places went to radiolo- gist Marie Curie and the pre-war archi- tect of Polish independence, Marshall J0zef Pilsudski. Another Catholic Church leader, Car- dinal Stefan Wyszynski,, was rated seventh t0wth 27.6 percent of votes, one rank be- formerPolish President Lech Walesa. eli Meanwhile, St. Maximilian Kolbe, who ed in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, ~r~ ranked 21st and murdered Solidarity priest Father Jerzy Popieluszko 51st. Other national figures in the top 10 eluded Romantic writer Henryk enkiewicz, comnoser and oremier I a gaacy Paderewski and 1996 Nobel Lit- eratttre laureate Wislawa Szymborska. ~fia~, TM pope, born Karol Wojtyla in OWice May 18, 1920, holds honorary ~enship in several dozen Polish cities !~3d was awarded the White Eagle, 01and,s highest national honor, in May hi a 1996 survey by the government l~llling agency CBOS, more than 90 per- . at of citizens cited him as an authority Lreligious, national, moral and intellec- matters. " " sur In a commentary, Polityka said me - ~] results gave an interesting picture of ,. e CUrrent "historical consciousness" and ~coiy psychology" of Polish citizens. '-ontrasting virtues associated with lead- ggures the list -- including the tinction and godliness" of Pope John attl, and "fairytale career" of Walesa m ~ggested the top 10 formed a composite ugl~re of the ideal Pole, Polityka said. in .&nong communist figures mentioned h, atest survey, former ruler Gen. t~1ech Jaruzelski was rated ninth. 7,s.,ne veteran editor of Krakow's T~agnik Powszechny weekly, JetTy li~Wicz, was placed 57th, while a Catho- Writer f t,.t_ -phdosopher, Father oze ~l~.Uner - J , was rated 84th. e to By Nancy Hartnagel CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON -- "Get off that ship --- Provincial," said the cable to Frank Browne, an Irish Jesuit scholastic aboard the Titanic when the great ship stopped in Ireland, before its doomed Atlantic crossing in 1912. "He kept it in his wallet for the rest of his life," said Jesuit Father E.E. "Eddie" O'Donnell, curator of Father Browne's last photos of the Titanic and the other 42,000 pictures he took in a lifetime spanning 80 years, 1880-1960. Father Browne, who was ordained in 1915, would later describe it as "the only time holy obedience saved a man's life," Father O'Donnell said. The young Browne had been given first- class passage on the early legs of the Titanic's maiden voyage by his uncle, Bishop Robert Browne of Cloyne, Ireland. He was to sail from Southampton, England, to Cherbourg, France, to Queenstown, now Cobh, Ireland. But when a rich American couple on board offered to take him to New York, the young man, who was an avid photographer, wired his provincial for permission. Instead, he was back in Dublin at his pries@ studies when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, killing more than 1,500 people. Father O'Donnell has produced 12 volumes of Father Browne's photographs, including one on his home county of Cork. The latest is ~The Last Days of the Titanic," published in the United States by Roberts Rinehart. On a U.S. book tour, Father O'Donnell spoke with Catholic News Ser- vice in Washington April 14, the eve of the 86th anniversary of the disaster. The curator, who lives at Gonzaga College in Dublin, said he sees the Ti- tanic as a symbol of life. "What's fascinat- ing about it down the decades," he said, "is that we are all on the Titanic, and we never know when our particular iceberg is going to loom up right ahead." He said Father Browne's Titanic pho- tos -- reproduced around the world in 1912 --- come very early in the collection. ~Fhese are of historic interest because of where they were taken," he said. Several of the photos -- of the Marconi radio room, gymnasium, dining room, reading and writing salon, and A-deck promenade -- were used by American filmmaker James Cameron to create sets for his Oscar-winning movie "Titanic." Father O'Donnell said he was "very impressed by the movie" and "couldn't fault the sets." One scene recreated Fa- National Catholic Cha ematic " Hope for New Millennium June 12-14,1998 University of Notre Dame Southbend, Indiana via bus from Christ the King in Little Rock ~by ffm Holy Spirit Ho Sp and ixepam to move wnh Hay Fathar the Third J mniurn, o "new of Ch,ist ' Call now Io hold your place! Ken Eckerl (501) 224-6545 rCharter Bus! Any size bus available kom school bus to luxury air-conditioned coaches. Houston-Bigetow Bus Lines Arrow Coach Lines 663 6002 or toll flee / 800-632 3679 P.O. Box 251704 Little Rock. AR 72225-1704 __Ylm Lienh 't Jemie l.ienharc Jesuit Father Frank Browne captured this image of a man walking the portside deck of the Titanic on its fatal maiden voyage. The priest disembarked from the ship four days before it sank after colliding with an iceberg. ther Browne's touching photo "of the small boy playing with his spinning top on the deck," he added. The Jesuit said Father Browne sent his photograph of the Marconi room -- a double exposure -- to his brother with a note saying, "I don't suppose this is worth much. Throw it in the wastepaper basket." As it turned out, Father Browne's was the only shot ever taken of the ship's radio room. "And even though it's a double exposure, it's the most valuable picture of the lot," said Father O'Donnell, who put its worth at upwards of $100,000. Father O'Donnell said the entire col- lection, which he found in 1985 in a trunk at the Jesuit archives in Dublin, is valued at $3.5 million. The original nitrate negatives have been transferred to safety film and repro- duced as contact prints, said Father O'Donnell. And, because the originals are "highly volatile in nature," he added, the Irish army soon will dispose of them at an army range in the Wicklow Mountains. 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The candidate must possess a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, have 3 to 5 years management experience, four years pastoral care experience, and be NACC certified, or COC certified, with 4 CPE units. The candidate must be knowledgeable in medical, ethical, and theological terminology; the ability to speak and translate Spanish is a plus. If you E Jo2 taking care of patients and their families, please apply. St. Qualified candidate may call or send resume to: Edward Mercy Medical Center P.O. Box 17000 Fort Smith, AR 72917-7000 501-484-6250