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VOL. LXXI, NO. 47 NOVEMBER 19, 1982 U.D :Scholarship, Page 4 Burse Donations, Page 6 More Seminarians, Page 7 Expanding Horizons, Page 8 Time Ever ack Catholic Homecoming Nov. 27 -.Rock -- Bishop Eugene A. Marino will ker at the Black Catholics r. Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. John's der Street. :will be from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., followed by a Mass. The [is open to all Black Catholics. of the event will be "A Family Its New Ties and Renewing Its ltions." is meant to show that there is a Catholics community and that community is interested in diocesan affairs," said Renee Moon, homecoming chairman. "We also want to reach out to those Black Catholics who have fallen by the wayside. The day also is in- tended to strengthen and renew the faith of those who attend." Bishop Marino is the Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C. He is an active member of many important organizations and com- mittees including U.S. Bishops' Council on Marriage and Family, the National Catholic Education Association and the National Black Clergy Caucusl He is a native of Biloxi, Miss. "His work has a special interest in serving the Black Catholic community and in showing that through Jesus Christ His church is here to serve all peoples," Miss Moon said. The agenda has registration from 9:30 to 10 A.M., inspirational and congregational singing from 10 to 10:30, a welcome and response 10:30 to 10: 40, a history of the Black Catholic Church 10:40 to 11:20 and summary of Black concerns, 11:10 to 11: 20. Father Michael Aureli, pastor of St. Augustine's Church, North Little Rock, will speak on the need to establish an Office of Black Catholics and the steps taken in setting up an Office of Black Catholics at 11:20 A.M. Guests will be introduced at that time, followed by congregational singing until noon. After lunch, Bishop Marino will speak at 1 P.M. Small group discussions on: A. Are there any further remarks to add to the concerns of Black Catholic people already listed and B. Do you have any comments on the structure for the Office of Black Catholics (Constitution) are scheduled at 2. A plenary session of questions and answers is set at 3 P.M., followed by a talk by His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald of Little Rock at 3:20. ,The 4 P.M. Mass will be followed by a closing dinner. Enthusiastic Pontiff Delivers Both Political Religious Messages By NC News Service in Spain during the lO-day visit John Paul II sometimes cheered so it was not clear whether the getting through. h are a wonderful people, but it they would rather have a con- than listen," the Pope said at Alba early in the trip when the shouts of the crowd interrupted his I times. arrived in Spain Oct. 31 and left 48 speeches, the 62-year-old Pope themes including abortion, divorce, vocations, the arms race and religious which have great relevance to a profound social, political changes. however, declined direct corn- the nation's new political direction, the polls Oct. 28, three days before arrival, and embodied in the Socialist Workers Party, headed by iter-elect Felipe Gonzalez. Nov. 2 reception with Spain's in the royal palace in Madrid, Paul had equally cordial greetings scheduled to take office in as the election gave his party control of the Cortes (Parliam- , And for Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, the out- ilrime minister who failed to retain his Pope told the politicians that the church does not intend to interfere in government matters but intends to speak strongly on matters "having to do with God and the conscience of his sons and daughters. "The church, rightly respecting the spheres that are not its own, marks out a moral course, which coincides with, and does not diverge from nor contradict, the demands of the dignity of the human person and the rights and freedoms inherent in it," he said. At the same time, the Pope pledged the church's respect for the duly elected leaders, giving key support to Spain's efforts to in- stitutionalize democracy since the death in 1975 of Gen. Francisco Franco, who had led a fascist regime since the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939. Later on Nov. 2, at a Mass in the capital of Madrid, attended by an estimated 1.5-million people, Pope John Paul said that the church would continue opposing the legalization of abortion, a position in contrast tothe platform of the Socialists. Currently, abortion is illegal in Spain, but the Socialists favor legalizing it under certain conditions such as danger to the life of the mother. "Whoever denies the defense of the most innocent and weakest person, the human person already conceived but not yet born, commits a most grave violation of the moral order," the Pope said, his voice rising at times to a near-scream. "What sense does it make to talk about the dignity of man, of his fundamental rights, if an innocent is not protected, or one even goes so far as to facilitate the means and services, private and public, to destroy defenseless human lives," he added. Many Spanish newspapers downplayed the Pope's homily, headlining their stories about the Mass with reference to the size and en- thusiasm of the crowd and burying the papal message on abortion. "The average Spaniard figures that the message on abortion was for the church-going Catholic, but that the 'fiesta,' the party, was for all of them," one Spanish journalist said. The first papal visit to Spain was marred by the Nov. 4 killing in Madrid of Maj. Gen. Victor Lago Roman. A caller to a newspaper identifying himself as a member of the Basque independence movement, ETA, said his group was responsible for the assassination. Learning of the news, Pope John Paul revised a homily on Nov. 4 to ask prayers for "the latest victim and for all victims of terrorism in Spain" and to say that violence in not the way to solve human problems. Two days later, Nov. 6, he visited the Basque region and said that violence is never a constructive means. "It offends GOd, those who suffer it and those who practice it," he said. On the day of the papal stops in Loyola and Javier in the Basque region near the Spanish border with France, French police arrested two ETA members, according to EFE, the SPanish news agency. EFE, citing sources of "absolute confidence," said they were arrested for allegedly plotting to assassinate the Pope. EFE did not report the arrests until Nov. 9. One of the most widely-debated questions during the Pope's 10-day, 4,500-mile, 18-stop tour of Spain was: How is the Pope's health? Some observers thought the Pope held up amazingly well under the grueling schedule, in light of his age and the attempt on his life in May, 1981. Others thought that he looked unusually tired, even at the beginning of the trip. One sign of possible fatigue was the Pope's failure to talk to journalists on the return plane trip to Rome. Such con- versations, which in the past have provided informal press conferences, had become a regular feature Of papal trips. Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, the Pope's personal physician, repeatedly denied rumors during the trip that the Pope was in ill health, had a fever or had undergone a medical check-up because of heart problems. Speaking to several hundred people in the Vatican's St. Damasco Courtyard at noon Nov. 10, Pope John Paul gave some preliminary impressions of his "demanding trip" and on "the complex ecclesial, and social reality of his historic pilgrimage." Recalling his stops at seven Spanish Marian sanctuaries, he thanked Mary for allowing him to make the trip and asked prayers for Spain. "We all ask, together with her, that the apostolic journey just completed may serve to form consciences even more," he said, and that it helps in "fortifying and encouraging Christians." Archbishop Council of Churches Opposes U.S. Policy (NC) -- The National Council of which includes 32 Christian with about 40-million members, has opposition to U.S. policy on resolution adopted without opposition day of the meeting of the council's board, the council protested U.S. in activities designed to the government of Nicaragua, financing of opponents of the COuncil called for U.S. support of ef- Mexico and Venezuela to arrange a settlement of conflict along the ith Honduras. The coun- Leks on Nicaragua came from based in Honduras and it expressed the conflict would spread. It urged . government to "reverse its policy of ilitary solutions to the conflicts in Aerica." Ata press conference following adoption of the resolution on Nicaragua, the Rev. Nor- man Bent, a member of the Moravian Church in Nicaragua, supported NCC criticism of U.S. policy. Mr. Bent, a Miskito Indian, said the Nicaraguan government had made mistakes in dealing with the Indians, but said the United States was using those mistakes to further its efforts at destabilization. Regarding reports of restrictions on religious freedom, Mr. Bent said that chur- ches in Nicaragua enjoy "total religious freedom." About 40 new churches of the fundamentalist-Pentecostal type have been established in Nicaragua since the current government came to power in 1979 and they proselytize actively, he said. Mr. Bent defended the government's treatment of the Indians. "The government evacuated over 10,000 Indians for their protection and better economic conditions and this created some pain. But the government is struggling for reconciliation," he said. Regarding Marxist influence in the government, he said, "Marxism is not Nicaragua's problem. Its problem is to bring life to its people." Marxists, Christians and socialists form the Sandinista National Liberation Front which rules the country. Archbishop Miguel Obando of Managua, Nicaragua's capital, has denounced what he called an attempt by the Sandinistas "to 'destabilize' the church, blemish its image and block its evangelizing role in Nicaragua." Reporting on church-state tension in Nicaragua, Vatican Radio and the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said in identically worded comments that reports showed that "the church and its institutions are made the butt of offenses and violence by 'Sandinista groups.'" In another action, the NCC's governing board called on the U.S. government to support "authentic Micronesian self-determination" in current See Council on Pg. 3 TV Mass Sunday Little Rock -- Father Albert J. Schneider, diocesan director of the Permanent Diaconate Program and Continuing Education for Priests and associate pastor of St. Theresa's Church, 6219 Baseline Road, Little Rock, will he the celebrant of the weekly televised Mass for Shut-Ins this Sunday, Nov. 21, at 7 A.M. on Station KTHV, Channel 11. Tim Massanelli of St. Joseph's parish, Pine Bluff, will he the deacon. Lector will be Dottie Massanelli of St. Joseph's parish, Pine Bluff. Servers will he Tom and Matt Conrad, St. Theresa's parish.