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LXXX, NO. 40 DIOCESE OF LIITLE ROCK, AR OCFOBER 27, 1991 / i li~i'i ~, i~~ Reuters~CNS John Paul II wears a headdress holds a wooden staff presented him during a meeting with repre- of Brazil's indigenous at Cuiaba, Brazil The staff is symbol of the tribal leader. gives activism 3us blessing; p remarks on true status By Cindy Wooden Goiania, Brazil (CNS)- A Brazilian bishop ~o has received death threats for his in- in a land reform movement said to think Brazil's distribution has improved. Bishop Pedro Casaldaliga of the I latnre of Sao Felix do sald the I~pe was "not well informed" when he ~aade the remark Oct. 14 in $ao ~ Bra- The pope said he had been able to es- lablish "a personal rapport with the great ~ajorit)/' of bishops and was able to "un- derstand better the fundamental aspects of the problems of their flocks." The pontiffblessed the social involvement ~t" the Church in Brazil, while asking for renewal of its spiritual life and ministry. His ~firmafion of the Church's social activism ~aUsed some observers to question the I~pes stance concerning political activity ~thin the Church, while o,thers questioned his tmderstanding of Brazil s socioeconomy. ~qolence connected with land reform iQ'orts "has grown and spread throughout razil," Bishop Casaldaliga said, acknowledg- ~g that he continues to receive death threats ~r his efforts to bring land reform. Between 1964 and 1990 more than 1,600 were killed in land conflict~ Sev- people died in 1990. 1973, Brazilian authorities detained Casaldaliga, a Spaniard, for three See "Br, m~" page 11 On eve of talks -- Latin-rite bishops call for hard Rome (CNS)- With a Middle East peace conference apparently at hand, the interna- tional community should redouble its ef- forts to help Israelis and Palestinians reach an accord, said parfidpants at the 41st an- nual assemply of Latin-rite Bishops' Confer- ence for Arab Regions. In an "Appeal to People of Good Will," the bishops slressed that the Israefi-Palesfin- ian dispute "threatens the existence of the Palesfinian people" and destabilizes the entire region. As a result, they said, regional govern- ments have built up their mifitaries at a cost to social and hunvanitarian development. "Israel, too, in working for its national security, marches in the same direction as militarization," they said. "We hope that the intemational commu- nity, in view of the upcoming peace confer- ence, will make evexy effort to help the in- terested txtrties resolve this conflict - a con- flict for which the international community bears responsibility," they said. The bishops said Middle East instability had another cause - the "policies of exploi- tation" aimed at the region's natural re- sources. The Gulf War, for example, "ptm- ished oil producing countries because they happened to be oil producers, and because their oil was necessary to the well-being of others," they said. They said the)' would like to see weap- ons expendittues reduced in the region, and more money spent on the '%est weapon" ~- education. In a separate message to Catholics, the bishops described the Middle East as sim- mering with struggles aild problems: with See "Bishop," page 10 Cross of Godfrey Charlea Weaver ~!"{~i ....................... :!~:~!:!!!:!!.:.::::":::::i.!:!: ........ Knight Commander Sir John F. Shonkwiler of Tulsa, OK, (left) assists Bishop Rene H. Gracida of Corpus Christi, TX, (center, seated) during the investiture of Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at Christ the King Church, Little Rock. Twenty eight men and 31 women were invested before more than 500 people. In addi- tion to the investitures, 68 women and 60 men were promoted to various ranks in the order. Little Rock hosted the recent annual meeting and investiture of the 892-year-old order. [Related story page 5.] Metro. system won't remove offensive signs By Carol MacL~od Washington (CNS) - The Archdiocese of Washington has asked the local Men-o tran- sit system to remove fi~om subway cars ~/d- vertisements termed as "anti-Catholic big- See "Signs," page 8 G~w~ Knights of Columbus State Deputy Robert Loeb (center with cross) pre- santed Bishop Andrew J. McDonald with a quincentenary cross represent- ing the 500th anniversary of evangelization in the Americas. Other knights pictured [Lto R]" Eddie Massery, Harold Culverson, John A. Burke, Augusto Divino, Max Nutt and Jim Hendrick. [Related photo page 7.] The All Souls Day Mass will be ceb ebrated at 9:30 AM Saturday, Nov. 2, at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock. Bishop Andrew J. McDonald be celebrant. In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be at noon at the Cathe- dral of St. Andrew. Sr. Odilia Schech, dies See page 12 O