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0009826 99/99 SAMF'LES 4 COPIES J & B QUALI TY BOOK BINI ??C) l MORRIS DR LIITLE ROCK AR 722() Number 34 The Diocese of Little Rock WeeMy Newspaper September 12, 1998 r Filteau ;ERViCE -- Catholic and other and pro-life leaders launched of prayers, letters and phone as the U.S. Senate prepared to vote ~erriding President Clinton's veto of ! Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Bernard F. I_aw of Boston told bishops in late August that their for Pro-Life Activities, which a series of communica- S. senators before the vote, is expected in the third week of nine Catholic bishops urged Bob Graham, D-Fla., one of the 36 who voted against the ban last to reverse his position and override veto. " to this ban is beyond Every medical claim support of this act tantamount to has been disproved or aban- ~' members of the medical profes- said in an Aug. 18 letter atmrtion is a procedure in of. the unborn child is through the birth canal before scissors are stabbed into the base of its head. The child's brain is then re- moved by _suction, collapsing the head for easier removal. Congress first pa:,~ed a tbderal Partial- Birth Abortion Ban Act in 1995, but Clinton vetoed it and an attempt to over- ride his veto in 1996 failed. Congress pLssed new legislation last year, which Clinton vetoed last October. The House overrode his veto July 23 by a 296-132 margin. In the Senate, the origi- nal vote passing the bill last year was 64-36, three short of the two-thirds needed for a veto override. In Rhode Island, IJfenet, a pro-life phone tree, was activated to rage Sens. John H. Chatke and Jack Reed to support the ban. Chafee, a Republican, and Reed, a Democrat, both voted against it before. Lee Grossi, respect life director of the Diocese of Providence, R.I., said the state's two senators could be important swing votes "to outlaw this most barbaric form of abortion." When the Senate first acted on a fed- eral law to ban pardal-birth atx~rdons in December 1995, it approved the measure by a 5444 margin. Clinton vetoed the bill. In September 1996 the Senate voted 57-4i to'override the veto. When a new bill came to the floor last year, the 64-36 vote in the Senate Helen Alvare of the U.S. bishop's Office forPro-Life Activities displays the poster that will be mailed to each U.S. senator before the Senate votes on overriding the president's veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The vote is expected in the third week of September. substantially narrowed the margin needed to reach a veto override. Cardinal Law's committee has called on up as Catholics nationwide to join in a prayer campaign. It has distributed prayer and daily theme suggestions for a special No- vena to Our Iady of Sorrows, titled Days for I,ife," tor use in churches and homes across the country Sept. 7-15. Five New Jersey dioceses announced simultaneous prayer services at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 to pray for state as well as federal legislation against partial-birth abortion. U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson of Trenton was to begin hearing arguments that day on the constitutionality of the New Jersey Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Cardinal Iaw said his committee was also sending a series of fact-cards to sena- tors and to local media outlets in states of anti-ban senators, countering some of the claims about partial- birth abortions being made by opponents of the ban. He said that in a few days his commit- tee would send each .senator "a beautififl poster of an unborn child at 18 weeks' gestation with this message: 'Should any- one be able to kill her brutally by partial- birth abortion? The truth is in yonr heart As religious leaders and as citizens of the United States, we urge you to help over- ride President Clinton's veto.?" Contributing to this stoo were Carolyn Hughes in New Jersey and Michael Brown in Rhode Island. By (2arol Zimmermann ~A'rbloLIC NEWS SERVICE (CNS) Nearly one after Mother Teresa's death, mem- s of her religious order were presented Congressional Gold Medal their was honored with, but didn't receive, in June 1997. Sept. 2 ceremony at the Gift of a home for AIDS patients the Missionaries of Charity in was in stark contrast to last s gold medal ceremony in the Capi- the more recent ceremony, visitors folding chairs, while sisters in their Saris lined the back wall in a room air conditioning. The walls were for one large black-and- of Mother Teresa. Congressional Gold Medal was Sister Priscilla, secretary gen- Missionaries of Charity, by Sen. R-Kan., one of the pri- ' SpOnsors of the legislation to honor Teresa with the highest award can give an individual. Priscilla accepted the large gold imprinted with Mother Teresa's saying, "If Mother were here, she 'I accept this in the name of also read a statement from Sister mr Teresa's successor as su- general of the Missionaries of Char- ''Today Mother must be watch- beautful ceremony from heaven praying for each of you and for all Missionaries of Charity Sister Priscilla accepts the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of Mother Teresa from Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., while Cardinal James Hickey looks on Sept. 2 in Washington. Mother Teresa accepted the honor at the Capitol in June last year, but she died Sept. 5 before the actual medal was struck and could be presented to her. our beloved people of the United States of America." "Pray for us that we may continue fol- lowing the footsteps of our dearest Mother and do God's work with great love for his glory and for the good of his people," she said. "Please pray that we may not spoil God's work." Brownback said he was "delighted to make this presentation," and wished it could have been made "to Mother Teresa last year." But the medal made by the U.S. Mint was not ready at that time. When Congress initially thought about who should receive the award, the sena- tor said, "No one came up any higher than Mother Teresa who could give us See Mother Teresa page 3 Mother Teresa miracle may not be valid, Indian archbishop says CALCUTrA, India (CNS) ---Arch- bishop Henry d'Souza of Calcutta said the cure of a French girl living in the United States might not have occurred fast enough to be considered a valid miracle attributable to Mother Teresa's interce sion. The Missionaries of Charity received queries from hundreds of people after Archbishop d'Souza told a private televi- sion channel in India and a British Broad- casting Corp. radio program in late Au- gust that the case was possibly a miracle. "That was an organic and not a psy- chosomatic cure," the archbishop also told UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand. However, after the archbishop con- sulted with experts on the matter, UCA News reported he spoke about "an over- estimation" of the case, adding that the "miracle may not be valid, as nfles require See Miracle page 3 Radio ministry for Hispanics is the newest communications venture ................................. p. 2 Who could be the next saint from the United States? ................. p. 9 i