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Page 12 J me 12, 1999 ARKANSAS CATHOI ...... .~ ................... ,,. ................................................. ~q~:~i~ ~i~i~~i~i~ ~!~iii~i~ ~i~i!i~/~i!ili~ili! i iliii ~.ii!ii~iiiiii ~i ~C~i~ili~ ii~ii~iiiiiiii!ii~iiiiii~i~i~ii!i~ O By Cindy Wooden CATHOUC NEWS ~'VICE VATICAN CITY--- As a breakthrough in the Yugoslavia crisis appeared to be near, Pope .John Paul II and U.N. Secretary- General Knfi Annan met June 3 at the Vatican to discuss ways to promote peace in the Balkans. The pope had dedicated the day, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, to meetings and to prayers for peace in the Balkans, particularly to an end of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and an end m "eth- nic cleansing" in the predom'mandy ethnic Albanian region of Kosovo. As the pope's "almost two-hour meeting with Annan was ending, Russian and Finnish negotiators announced that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic had accepted NATO's conditions for peace, including the thdrawal of Serb troops from lCamovo and the deployment of an international peacekeeping force to protect returning refugee Jamie Shea, the NATO spokesman in Brussels, told a press conference the alliance would not comment on the alleged agreement until it had been briefed offu:ial- Pope John Paul told Annan during a pri- vate meeting and a working lunch with their aides that he believed the best course for resolving the trim wmald be that "under the aegis of the United Nations, the cessation of hostilities wt~tlld be accompanied by the simultaneous return of refugees in Kosovo with the help of an international peace force accepted by all sides," a Vatican state- ment said. The statement by Vatican spokesman Joaquin-Navarro Vails said the pope and Annan gave particular attention "to the humanitarian drama of the populations of Kosovo and to the need for a negotiated set- dement respecting history and rights." The Vatican had said June 2 that Pope John Paul asked Annan to come to the Vatican. Archbishop Renato Martino, the Vatican's representative at the United Nations, told Catholic News Service that it was "very unusual" for the pope to request a meeting with an official. The pope's request, he said, showed the depth and serioumess of his concern about the killing and destruction in Yugoslavia. The archbishop added that the willing- ness of Annan to rearrange his "extraordi- narily busy schedule" on short notice and make the trip to Rome indicated the signif- icance he gave to the pope's involvement. In the evening, Pope John Paul turned his annual Corpus Christi Mass at Rome's Basilica of St.John Lateran and the proces- sion afterward into an extensive prayer for peace in the Balkans, He said the evening's prayers were -by the Wmpo of hope wh _h finally seem to he opening" thanks to efforts by the Russian and Finnish mediators. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (center) and Kierin Prendegast, U.N. under-See retary for pofitical affairs, meet with Pope John Paul I] at the Vatican Jun "We tmanimously beg for the of peace for the peoples of the Balkans and for all the lands martyred by destruction and violence; peace in our days, Lord of unity and peace," he prayed as he began the Mass. The pope said: "The Eucharist is the gift which Christ made of himselt,, it is the sacra- ment of love and peace, which is the full of life. . hile we adore the body of him whO.O our head, how can we not be in solidarity with members of his body who surf.,a because of war? the pope asked in homily before partidpafing in a Eucb2' procession to the Basilica of St. Mary MAJr' J Catholic Heritage October 5-14, 1999 to benefit Catholic Social Services, Diocese of Little Rock Join Rev. Ms,gr.John O'DonneU, pastor of Immaculate C nc ption church in Fort smith, for an in-depth look at the era/cf jsle. For More Information Call (501) 224-8747- 1-800-341-3005 103 ! 0 West Markham, Ste. 206 Little P, ock, AR 72205 ,,, , [ for our seminarians to use while they are in Arkansas during the summer. Any make w model accepted, u long u i1 is in Call John Hall, Asso(iate Director of Vocations (501) 664-0340 ext 331 Yew deuUen 18lax