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VOL. LXXX, NO. 47 DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK, AR DECEMBER 15, 1991 II Nov. 28 - Dec. 14@ though he im~ted Orthodox and Pl~otestant representam,es as "fi'atemal delegates," the leaders of five Orthodox churches, including the Mos- cow patriarchate, declined. The tx~pe welcomed those OI~aodox mid Protestant lead- ers who did attend, prefacing his remarlcs with a cull for rec- Vatican City (CNS) popeJolm Paul IIonciliation. opened the European Synod of Bishops by "We should al~a),s forgive mad remem- invoking Christian unity and a spirit of for- ber that we, too, are in need of forgiveness. giveness on the continent. We need to be forgiven nmch more often In speeches delivered on the s3aaod floor, than we need to forgive," he said. bishops zeroed in on ca'ucial problems fac- Cardinal Ruini extended the tone of ing the Church in Europe: hunfility set by the pope, saying that reli- * How to mend relations with the Or- gious tensions make it "ulgent for us to thodox in former Communist countries, search for every means to free ecumenical * How much support to give nationalist questions from historical prejudice and movements, political conditioning." *How to best restore pastoral structures Cardinal Ruini also made a point of in the impoverished East. praising the Jewish tradition in Europe, Throughout, the bishops tried to better saying that "the tragedy of the Holocaust define what the Church means when it has shown us just how far the perversion of speaks of a "new e~angelization" forEurope. Europe's conscience can go." Most placed the accent on cooperation and Orthodox Metropolitan Spyridon service. Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini, synod Papagheorghiou, representing the Ecumeni- recording secretary, told the first general cal Patriarchate of Constmadnople, said re- session that the Church has no "nostalgia lations between Catholic and Orthodox for the past nor a desire to conquer." ctmrdles have been "seriously compro- The synod was called by the pope tomised" by recent actions of the Vatican and reflect on the new opportunities facing the Eastern-rite Catholic churches~ Although the Church in post-Communist Europe. AI- See "Synod," page 11 Joseph's opens new health care facility Offers updated service Hot Sprin~ ~ The more than 1,000 are located away fi'om noisy public areas employees of St.Joseph's Regional Medical and support services, mad high-traffic areas Center will spend the next several days such as the cafeteria and business offices moving tons of medical equipment and as are grouped on the first floor. many as 200 sick and injured people into a AMI National Park Hospital across town new, multimillion-dollar complex onmay not be enthusiastic about the new Werner St. in southern Hot, but St. Joseph officials say the The new five-story hospital indudes 317 market is large enough for both hospitals. beds in private rooms, 14 surgical suites, an "We serve a five-county region market: outpatient wing for same-day surgery and Garland County and Montgomery, Pike, tests, a cancer treatment center and a sepa- Clark and Hot Springs counties," said Kristy rate office tower for doctors. Noble, director of public relations. "We Although the number of beds is the same hope to be the referral hospital for south- as the old hospital on Whittington Ave., the west Arkansas," she said. new facility is 125,000 ~uare feet larger and "Once we complete our medical office offers a more efficient layout. Patient wings See "St. Jo~ph%" page 5 The new St. Joseph's Regional Health Center nears completion. At left is the house doctors' offices. Cindy Witzigrnan Janice Coger and Matt Crouch help St. Raphael's CYO in Springdale place names on a tree. Parishioners take tags and buy gifts for children and women at the Project for Victims of Family Violence of Fayetteville. CYO president Jenny Davis said "Christmas is traditionally about new beginnings, so it's a great time to help families who are beginning a new life. And fun, too!" Kimberly Bergalis, 23, dies of AIDS p. 14 Medical Office Building, which will U~ tN i"