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Briefs The Guardian Robert Runcie of terbury, Anglican .... said the can- 0f00Cl00l 00ublscah0n of lhe q)iocese of 00illle q-00ock visit to England VOL. LXXI, NO. 21 MAY 21, 1982 raise all sorts of questions" and Basil Cardinal of Westminster, leading Catholic in saying it would a "great disap- Problems of Elderly Stressed 16th World Communications Day May 23 (Sunday, May 23, has been Bishop Wladyslaw designated as the 16th annual of Warsaw has World Communications Day. the Polish govern- Pope John Paul 11 has ht to allow the proposed the theme for it as farmers' union, "Social Communications and Solidarity, to the Problems of the Elderly." its activities which Special liturgical readings after the have been selected for the of martial law day. The following com- munication was sent to all bishops in the United States bishops have by the Apostolic Delegation.) for "a change of by Argentine and leaders "so they For international a disposition toward organizations such as the e," saying "the United Nations Organization es involved must and the European Corn- their claims before munity, 1982 is the Year Of or by The Elderly. There is a without taking general effort to excite the concern of public opinion regarding the problems of the aging, the elderly and the old, Thomas J. O'Brien of a segment of the human race Ariz., said the whose dimensions are in- press should creasing consequent on the a powerful and prolongation of the lifespan in voice, especially modern times. who are voiceless, opening day of the ic Press ; annual in Scottsdale, African Catholic have asked South to withdraw from which has been South African since 1920, calling the withdrawal of Africa from a ation of violence that totally unac- tons." Richard McBrien, a indicated col- and professor of at the University atre Dame, told the annual convention of Federation of Councils in City that it is to look at the parish an "administrative of the church. Richard S. Oswald, pastor of Our of Good Counsel Little Rock, will celebrant of the televised Mass for this Sunday, May 7 A.M. on station Channel II. James a member of Our of Good Counsel Inside announced in Knights of Amer- Page 7 taul... School's girls track title. Page 8 . holds 95th com- Page 8 . ies sought in high n student ex- ra m. Page 8 The Pope spoke of the Elderly in his Angelus talk on the first Sunday of 1982, referring to them as a category of people "so well deserving, but sometimes so badly neglected." In ap- proving the theme for this World Communications Day, His Holiness very evidently intended to urge that professional communicators inside and outside the Church should do their part in correcting this neglect. "The Pope bows down in respect before Old Age, and invites everybody else to do the same," said John Paul II in Munich in 1980. He com- pared the final years of a human life to the final movement of a great sym- phony, in which the various themes of the composition are repeated and gathered up in a great concluding resonance. "The themes that resound in the final movement of life's symphony are wisdom, goodness, patience, un- derstanding, and that special precious crown of Old Age, love." A fact that ought not to be overlooked by com- municators is that the elderly are among the most constant and faithful "users" or "recipients" of the media, partly because they have the leisure to read, to listen to the radio and to watch television, and partly as an antidote to loneliness. Media workers might ask themselves how often do they take into ac- count the presence of this large contingent of older people among their audiences and how much programming do they direct specifically to them. Another valid question might be: to what extent do the programmers make use of the elderly as active par- ticipants in their productions? With all the wisdom they have accumulated from the ex- perience and reflection of the years, surely they must have something to say which ought to be of interest and value to this generation ? As "Communio. et Progressio" puts it (no. 6), the channels of social com- munication are indispensable to the smooth functioning of modern society, with its complex and ever-changing needs...By passing on the knowledge of men's common fears and hopes, they help men to resolve them... In the present instance, the hope and the need is to unite men in a firm solidarity in favour of a better life for those who have been blessed with fullness of years. The media's part in this will involve two operations: first, to excite public concern regarding the whole question of the Elderly and their problems; and second, to create a climate favourable to realistic and effective solutions. And this, while emphasizing that the Elderly themselves still have an active and positive mission to accomplish in the family and in society. What is this mission? Firstly, the simple fact of the presence of old age in human society by itself helps to determine how the society must function, and also in- dicates certain of the values it should embrace. The same fact serves to illustrate the continuity of the generations, as well as demonstrating the interdependence of God's people. The old, then, ha,e a special charism for bridging (and preventing) generation gaps, as they tend to have a greater understanding and sympathy both for the very young and for their im- mediate elders and can thus See World on Pg. 7 Dedication Scheduled May 24 New Blaine -- The Benedictine Sisters who formed the core group at the House of Prayer opened recently at Shoal Creek (P.O. New Blaine) are planning its dedication and an open house. On Monday, May 24, at 4:30 P.M., His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald of Little Rock will dedicate the place as a House of Prayer. He will be assisted by Father Bruno Fuhrmann, O.S.B., pastor of the Shoal Creek parish. Following the blessing, the bishop will offer Mass in the chapel, where the Blessed Sacrament is now reserved. Since the House and the chapel are quite small, the dedication will of necessity be a simple ceremony. Sisters from the neighboring missions will attend. Open House On Sunday, May 23, the day before the dedication, the Benedictine Sisters are in- viting people who are in- terested in the House of Prayer to "come and see." They will have open house from 2-4:30 P.M. and will welcome anyone who comes to tour the facility and to talk with the sisters about the programs available there. The House of Prayer is three-fourths of a mile north of State Highway 22. For anyone coming from the east, it is 19 miles from Dar- danelle and 3.3 miles from the New Blaine highway sign to the point of turn-off to the right onto the gravel road leading to Shoal Creek. For those coming from the west, it is 10 miles from Subiaco and 3.7 miles from the Midway highway sign to the point of turn-off to the left onto this road. The House of Prayer is a two-story building at the end of the lane. SHOWN ABOVE is the 74-year-old building remodeled for House of Prayer at Shoal Creek. Pope Reconsecrates Whole World to Mary Fatima, Portugal (NC) -- Pope John Paul II recon- secrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary May 13 before a crowd of one- million people gathered in Fatima to recall what the Pope called the "mysterious coincidence" of a year before, when a gunman critically wounded the Pope in an assassination attempt. The Pope's second day in Portugal marked the first anniversary of the attempt on his life in St. Peter's Square and the 65th anniversary of the first appearance of Mary to three Portuguese shepherd children at Fatima in 1917. The reconsecration also came a day after another attempted assassination * of' the Pope, but one which caused him no physical harm. The evening before, during a candlelight ceremony in Fatima's sanctuary, a man dressed as a priest ran toward the altar screaming slogans against the Pope, Vatican II and communism. Later, police identified the man as a 32-year-old Spaniard, Juan Fernandez Krohn. They said the man claimed to be a priest living near Paris and said he was a follower of dissident French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Archbishop Lefebvre 0P- poses many of the reforms initiated by Vatican II and was suspended from the active ministry by Pope Paul VI after he ordained priests against Vatican orders. On May 13, the Fraternity of St. Pius X, founded by Ar- chbishop Lefebvre, issued a statement saying Fernandez Krohn had been ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre in 1978 but had left the movement two years ago. Pope John Paul said on May 13 at an outdoor morning Mass: "I come here today because on this very day last year at St. Peter's Square in Rome the attempt on the Pope's life was made in mysterious coincidence with the an- niversary of the first ap- parition at Fatima." Because of the many menaces to world peace, the Pope said he decided to rededicate the world to Mary. "My heart is oppressed when I see the sin of the world and the whole range of menaces gathering like a dark cloud over mankind, but it also rejoices with hope as I once more do what has been done by my predecessors: Namely, I entrust the world to the heart of the mother, I entrust especially to that heart those peoples which need particularly to be en- trusted," the Pope said. He described himself as "a witness to the immensity of See Pope on Pg. 4 Mother Teresa Coming Final Itinerary Set For June 2-3 Visit Little Rock -- Final details on the visit of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, noted world-wide for her work among the poor in many lands, has been announced by His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald of Little Rock. Mother Teresa will be in Little Rock Wednesday and Thursday, June 2-3. The founder of the Missionaries of Charity will arrive at 9:27 P.M. Wed- nesday, June 2, on American Airlines flight 531. She will be greeted by Bishop McDonald and other clergy, plus Jim and Pat Grabber, founders of Abba House here, a home for poor pregnant girls. She then will go to the Carmelite Monastery here to spend the night. On Thursday morning, she will visit Abba House, the purpose of her visit. It is hoped that she will staff the home with some of her Sisters from her order founded in 1948. Then she will take a brief tour of the city. At the request of Mother Teresa, there will be no regular news con- ference. Robert L. Brown, owner- manager of Television Station KTHV, Channel !!, announced a Time-Life television documentary on the work of Mother Teresa will be shown at 10:30 P.M. Monday, May 31, by the station. The documentary, 52 minutes in length, will show her at work in Calcutta and discussing the work of her order. Bishop McDonald will speak briefly before the, documentary starts. Following the tour, she will attend a private luncheon before appearing at Ray Winder Field at 2 P.M. where she will speak after a public prayer service. The service probably will consist of Scriptural readings, prayer and songs. Those attending, and a large crowd is expected, then will have an opportunity to talk to her before she leaves to catch her flight out at 4:45 P.M. The Grabbers wrote to Mother Teresa asking her to visit the Abba House and her visit is a response. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work among the poor. Rabbi Palnick Cites Biblical Evidence of Brotherhood Little Rock -- Rabbi Elijah E. Palnick of Temple B'Nai Israel cited biblical evidence of the brotherhood of all men when he accepted the National Humanitarian Award from the Arkansas Council on Brotherhood of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Dr. Palnick told 800 persons at the annual NCCJ Brotherhood Dinner in the Camelot Hotel May 13 that "the beginning of Genesis" teaches not only that all men and women are "people under God: it teaches that we are related." so one can' "never forget we are family." The honoree deplored religious animosities. He said he regretted that Saint "Paul divided the world into Jew and Gentile." He told of growing up in Canada "'knowing about anti- Semitism" and he said "the holocaust had to be most formative," noting that two of his Eastern European grandparents died at the hands of the Nazis. Dr. Palnick said he "un- derstood growing up that Jews had defensive See Rabbi on Pg. 4