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CATHOLIC NMROBI, ixc~,, a i CNS~I---'"1 opt (j mn Paul 1I and Kcnviv~ bisiloOS fon(k~umcd the bombin ~ " gs ned; t LS. emt)~tssies in Kerwa ~d. Tanzania, icscribmg tile Times as uelllotls" , and otternlg solace to victims. C0ndolence messages sent in the pope's prayers for the victims and the attacks as an "incompre- assault on life." Kenyan bishops linked the blasts ial terrorism, fanaticism and ." Kenyan police said the aimed at the U.S. Embassy, but House next door, which houses and a secretarial college, took the of the explosion. Ruwa, se~cretary-general bishops' conference, de- Hou~ as "the busiest build- the city." e to Kenyan Archbishop S. Ndingi Mwana'a Nzeki of Pope John Paul was said to be Saddened at the acts of violence. nearly simultaneous explosions more than 200 dead and more mostly in Kenya. Twelve among those killed. more (the pope) strongly con- all deeds of wanton aggression and and he calls on the international to work together and redouble at building a world of peace which such offenses to hu- and dignity will have no place," sent Aug. 8. papal message to Cardinal of Dares- Salaam, Tanza- INTERN A woman offers prayers for the victims of the Nairobi bombing at a Catholic church memorial service in the Kenyan capital Aug. 14. The Aug. 7 explosion outside the U.S. embassy building claimed the lives of at least 247 people and injured thousands. nia, called the bombing there a heinous crime" and called on all men and women to "reject the ways of violence and be ever more committed to building a world of peace and justice for all." An Aug. 10 statement from the Kenyan bishops said the Church "joins the Kenyan and entire international community in mourning the deaths of innocent victims" in "this heinous act against humanity." It praised the swift rescue operation led by Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, police, military, medical teams, hospital staff "and the brave and courageous com- bined efforts" of everyone who rescued the victims. z August 22, 1998 Page 9 It todd the bishops al~) comme.dcd "~ ~, highly humanitarian response and [)~,.',~- ence of tilt- international rescue team fi)m tile Unitcd States, Israel, South Aflica mid France," The Church "calls lbr an intensive gh~- bal mobilization to bring terrorists tO book, curtail turther acts of tenorism mid hung justice to the world," the statement add. Sending "prayerflil condolences" to tile bereaved and wishing all the injured a quick recovery, the bishops' conterence said the Church had mobilized its 50 parish centers in the Naimbi area and all its chaplains and vohmteers to offer spiritual care and counseling to those afl'ected by the blast. "Also church medical hospitals and ta- cilities are available in this time of emer- gency," it added. Father Ruwa, the Kenyan bishops' olti- cial, said that Father John Kiongo, 47, a diocesan priest in Nairobi, was visiting his brother who works in the U.S. Embassy when the bomb went off. "He said he heard what sounded like a gunshot, and then he felt the force of the blast and was thrown out the building through a window," Fa- ther Ruwa said Aug. 10. At Kenyatta national hospital, Father Kiongo was recognized by a priest visiting injured victims and was transferred to Mater Misericordiae Catholic hospital, Father Ruwa said. Father Kiongo has facial injuries and has had surgery on his right man and hand, the secretarygeneral added. The day of the explosion, Father Ruwa spoke of "blood all over the place" at Mater Misericordiae. POpe to pronounce formal 'mea Ulpa' in year 2000 for sins ~YhllaZi'h- " Cottier, a papal theologian and a leading : II'IOLIcN"tEaI VIssERVICE member of the year-2000 planning corn- mittee. CITY-- Pope John Paul II to pronounce a formal "mea 2000 for the past faults but will carefully avoid ac- against individuals or groups, a official said. POpe's statement, planned for Ash in the jubilee year, will be part on two Vatican-sponsored to investigate Christian re- for practices of anti-Judaism excesses of the Inquisition, Cottier told Vatican Ra- and other areas, "the aware- n of the Church allows today that such actions committed and should not committed," said Father "It is not a matter of accusing the past," he added. One important consideration, in fact, will be the historical context in which Christians lived their faith. Father Cottier said it must be recognized that the "mentality of the times" had a great influence on these people --- even saints of past centuries committed acts that we now disapprove, he said. Fifty years from now, people may like- wise look back on the actions of people today with severe criticism, he added. 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