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NSAS CATHOLIC September 12, 1998 Page 7 bishop criticizes U.S. bombings in, Sudan, Afghanistan by Cian Molloy ~HOLIC NEWS SERVICE ' ' II)UBLIN, Ireland I During IJ.S. President Bill Clinton's visit tI)ublin, an Irish bishop criti- d/ed U.S. bomb attacks on Sudan . dAfghanistan saying riley would ease support for Muslim ter- r0 ts. c ishopJohn Kirby of Clonfert, ~rraan of the Irish bishops akt Trocaire, also said in a Sept. 4 that there risk that the end of War will be followed by great conflict between the and Islam." happens, Bishop Kirby It Would "also be a conflict the world's wealthiest and some of its poorest. condemned the at U.S. embassies in Kenya, and Dar-es-Sa- Tanzania, which have been to terrorist leader Osama and his followers, as acts of terror, clearly about the great- number of casualties." Kirby asked if the U.S. and Afghanistan the objective of punish- terrorists and of reducing of future terrorist attacks. t is difficult to see how the American response of Aug. 20 makes the world a safer place for her citizens abroad and the citi- zens of other countries who live and work with them on a daily basis. One of the more certain outcomes of the attacks ... has been to create more support for terrorists throughout the Muslim world," he said. Bishop Kirby pointed out that a quarter of the world's popula- tion is Muslim, with most living in poverv/. "Many live in countries with op- pressive governments and all of them have huge populations of disillusioned and dissatisfied young people who believe the West is the enemy and who pro- vide a fertile recruiting ground for religious fundamentalists and ter- rorist organizations. 'q'he events of the recent weeks have added to the demonization of Islam in the West and of the West in the Islamic world. It is clear that we do not understand each other," he said. "rhe causes of this terrorism are political and are linked to poverty, the denial of human rights and oppression. There are alternatives to bombs. Leadership and commitment is needed to cre- ate a culture of peace," said Bishop Kirby. By John Thavis CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE ROME -- North American College, the U.S. seminary in Rome, is welcoming the largest student body in 28 years this fall, including an incoming class of 56 new seminarians. The "new men" celebrated their arrival with a visit to Pope John Paul l]'s summer villa at Castel GandolIb, where they caught the pope's at- tention with their vigorous cheers. The pope bantered with the crowd Aug. 30 during his Ange- lus blessing, offering tongue-in- cheek asides on the response to his multilingual greetings. There was silence after his reading in French, prompting the pope to remark: "No French-speakers here today." IAkewise, his comments in German were met with stillness. But when he greeted the North American College students, the courtyard echoed with the seminar- ians' intense cheering and ap- plause. The pope said that, unlike other nationalities, there was no doubt about the Americans' pres- ence. Msgr. Timothy M. Dolan, rec- tor at the college, said that in addition to the 56 "new men," the incoming class had five students who were returning after having left the seminary for a period of time. He said he and other school officials were encouraged by the ..... high enrollment figure of 170 seminarians fbr 1998-99. Msgr. Dolan said the increase reflects well on the school's pro- gram, which he said is recognized as good and solid. He said there are other reasons, too. "I think priestly prepm-ation in Rome has a new appeal. The bish- ops appreciate it and see advan- tages in a Rome-based education. The towering personality of the pope is an attraction, and the ju- bilee for the year 2000 is a bit of an attraction, too," he said. He said many U.S. bishops who made their ad//m/na visits to Rome earlier in the year either stayed at North American College or visited the school and were impressed with what they saw. Afterward, some may have been more enthu- siastic about sending students there, he said. In front of locked doors Father Gregory Cioroch celebrates Sunday Mass outside the locked doors of the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Tula, Russia. The church, seized by Soviet authorities in the 1930s, is now occupied by a police forensic lab. Between 30 and 50 people attend, when Mass is celebrated in the heart of a Russian winter, in the unheated, metal-walled shed that once served as a storage place for trash, when the temperature drops to -30 Celsius (-22 F) and the wine literally freezes in the chalice, only the hardiest of parishioners come. your g fis at the of one a t r, each in the measure he has received." l c efer 10 Like the Irish, it is your sharp wit, quick tongue, and fertile imagination that has led our minds and hearts to lesus... has brought our souls to God! in honor of your gifts to us we dedicate a special gift to St. Francis House Satellite, Little Rock. Immaculate Conception Church, North Little Rock + Sherwood St. Anne , England