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The Catholic New World
News Digest: Week in Summary
Issue of March 18, 2007

The following items are condensed. For the complete article, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 655-7777.


Loyola hosts peacemakers
Loyola University Chicago will host a conference on "Peacemaking in an Age of Terror" March 20-22 at the Mundelein Auditorium at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. A variety of speakers will address how we can push for stability, justice and peace in the world in the face of those pushing for extremist violence and militarism.

Some of the lecture topics include the Mid-East, the war on terror, the military industry, religion and violence, the Just War theory, torture and nuclear weapons.

Registration for the conference is required as seating is limited. Regular registration is free. Full registration with priority seating is $75. To register or for more information on the lectures and speakers, visit www.luc.edu/ethics.

Fr. Wall to lead Extension
Father John "Jack" Wall, pastor of Old St. Patrick's Church, has been appointed president of the Catholic Church Extension Society. He succeeds Bishop William Houck, who retired at the end of February. Catholic Extension serves over 80 mission dioceses in the United States. Father Wall will serve as the president of Catholic Extension while finishing his term as pastor of Old St. Pat's during the parish's 150th anniversary.


Pope reflects on Eucharist, makes concrete suggestions for Mass, calls for faithful actions
Catholics must believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, celebrate the liturgy with devotion and live in a way that demonstrates their faith, Pope Benedict XVI said. "The celebration and worship of the Eucharist enable us to draw near to God's love and to persevere in that love," the pope said in his apostolic exhortation, "Sacramentum Caritatis" ("The Sacrament of Charity"). The 131-page document, a papal reflection on the discussions and suggestions made during the 2005 world Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, was released March 13 by the Vatican.

Cardinal: Catholic universities must rely on Catholic intellectual tradition, faculty
Catholic universities face several challenges as they work towards instilling a Catholic moral life in their students, Cardinal George told an audience at St. Xavier University in Chicago March 8. The cardinal, who spoke as part of the university's 1060th anniversary Catholic Colloquium lecture series, said Catholic colleges and universities are challenged by the notion of academic freedom, as it applied by secular universities, as well as by a shift in the understanding and teaching of moral theology and moral philosophy. "Universities have as their primary goal the discussion and dissemination of truth," the cardinal said.

Ethics integral to Catholic health care's mission
The question about Catholic health care is not so much whether the church should do it as how the church can do it, according to the final speaker at "Catholic Health Care Ethics: the Tradition and Contemporary Culture." Michael Panicola, vice president for ethics at SSM Health Care in St. Louis, spent much of his talk on the challenges to Catholic health care discussing the myriad issues that make it difficult for institutions to provide health care in accord with Catholic values in contemporary American society.

25 percent of Catholics read paper
One-fourth of U.S. Catholics contacted in a national survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate had read their diocesan newspaper at least once in the past six months. By contrast, 1 percent of the Catholics surveyed had tuned in to a diocesan radio station in the same period and only 2 percent had watched diocesan television in that time, it said. Most dioceses do not have radio or TV stations.

Charismatics celebrate 40 years of following the Spirit
For 40 years, the Israelites wandered the desert in search of the Promised Land. For 40 days, Jesus fasted and prayed in the desert before beginning his years of ministry. And 40 years after the Catholic Charismatic Renewal began, Charismatics are secure in their confidence that the Holy Spirit will lead them where they should follow.

A Catholic Family Conference celebrated the 40th anniversary Feb. 23-25, when more than 1,000 Charismatic Catholics gathered at the Wyndham Hotel in Lisle to hear speakers and to pray, worship and sing together.

Archdiocesan schools' test scores above average
The Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools announced that students in Catholic schools continue to exceed the national norm on standardized tests, with slight increases in 2006 over 2005. All Catholic schools administer the TerraNova II nationally normed tests to third-, fifth- and seventh-graders in March each year. This year's testing sessions were to end March 16.

Bishop Sabatini celebrates 50th anniversary
As a Scalabrini missionary, Bishop Lawrence Sabatini has served different populations of people, including teenagers in New York, Native Americans in British Columbia and Mexican immigrants in Chicago. Bishop Sabatini, 76, is now pastor at Holy Rosary Parish on Western Avenue. He was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination with a special Mass at Holy Rosary March 18. Cardinal George was to be the main celebrant at this Mass.

Persistence-and patience urged for pro-life leaders
Chicago-area pro-life activists got some advice March 3 on what to do-and what not to do-if they don't see their pastors as sufficiently supportive of their efforts. "Well, one thing you don't do is get into a fight with the man. You'll lose every time. This is the Catholic Church," Cardinal George advised the more than 500 who turned out for the archdiocese's March 3 conference at Gordon Tech High School. Amen, agreed three members of the archdiocesan Respect Life Office's Priest Advisory Board.

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Church Clips by Dolores Madlener
Dolores Madlener
a column of benevolent

Aha! and amen - The Monastery of the Holy Cross (minutes west of White Sox Park on S. Aberdeen) just hosted a group of students from Lincoln Christian College in Southern Illinois. (The monastery operates two guest houses and a B&B on the premises.) Its Benedictine monks were moved by the way these young adults joined in "at prayer and observing monastic decorum at meals." Prior Father Peter said it was great to "hear them singing the Mass Propers and Ordinaries with us." The monastery has found through their mini­retreat facilities that offer hospitality for a few hours, a day, a few days or longer, that the "monastic style of liturgy, solidly grounded in Scripture, bridges the gap between Protestant and Catholic." Local Catholic college students and campus ministers might enjoy exploring the mystery of monasticism. Check out their Web site at www.chicagomonk.org, or inquire at (773) 927­7424 Ext. 202.

Ghosts of school days past? -
Students of St. Mary of Czestochowa School (Cicero) have collected 100,000 pennies as a fund­raiser. Their goal is 200,000 by Easter. If they make it, principal Al Theis has promised to "sleep" one full night in the school's mighty spooky attic. Parish lore says the attic is part of the former church sanctuary that witnessed many historical events like the blessing by Archbishop Quigley on Christmas Eve 1905. And there was also a group funeral for 29 parish victims of the S.S. Eastland disaster in 1915. The school's 112­year legacy has produced author and Green Bay, Wis., Bishop Aloysius Wycislo and self­help guru/entrepreneur Theresa Szczurek. Anyone who wants to be a booster, call (708) 656­5010.

Chicago connection: For those who plan a visit to the arch this summer to honor the life of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini who died here 90 years ago this Dec. 22: her national shrine is temporarily closed for renovation and will reopen in about three years. A first­class relic of Mother and a life­sized statue are at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., (312) 421­3757. Other items are preserved in the chapel of the Cabrini Retreat Center, 9430 Golf Rd., Des Plaines, (847) 297­6530.. .. And the missionary work of Mother Cabrini continues. Sister Diane Dalle Molle, born in our Roseland neighborhood, has been ministering in Swaziland in Southern Africa since 2004. She directs a mission center battling HIV/AIDS by providing visiting nurses and a boarding hostel for kids who have lost parents to AIDS.

Smells like serendipity - It's a serious business, which lends itself to levity like "the Vatican meets Chanel No. 5 ," "heaven scent," "Eau d' pope," etc. Dr. Fred Hass, 69, a medical doctor from San Rafael, Cal., says he's bottling the very cologne once made for Pope Pius IX about 150 years ago. While searching in a 1963 cook­book published in the USA, he found what is presumably a family recipe passed down from a commander of the papal guard, Gen. Charles Charette, in the household of Pius IX. Haas experimented with the ingredients, orange blossom, lemon verbena, violet, clove, etc., and is selling the line in quite elegant 2­oz. bottles for $24.99, with a brief history of Pius IX. (He was the longest reigning pope after St. Peter until John Paul the Great. He defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854, and sent missionaries to the North Pole, among other great feats.) It was almost an act of charity to wear cologne in the 19th century, because few people, even popes, bathed regularly. Hass says the fragrance is neither erotic nor homey, but "clean and cheerful." Somebody suggested buying it "for the priest who has everything but a miter." Find it at www. thepopescologne.com or by mail at: Excelsis, 11 Sandstone Ct., San Rafael, CA 94903.

Junior Clips - The Fenwick girls' basketball team defeated Bolingbrook High 35­27 March 3 to win the Illinois High School Association State AA Basketball Championship.

Parish potpourri - When St. Edward Parish (W. Sunnyside) celebrated Mardi Gras recently everybody danced, including parish school alum Alderman Margaret Laurino and family, and State Rep. John D'Amico and his wife. . .. St. Alexander Parish (Palos Heights) formed a men's choir for one Mass on March 18. There may be an encore. For their weeks ofpractice, "pay" was a steak­and­ale dinner.. .. Besides official handicapped parking spaces, St. Michael Parish (Orland Park) now has "Assisted Needs Parking" signs in its lot, for people who have difficulty walking distances, but who don't have handicap card privileges. It's on the honor system.

Curious George - No, not our cardinal. This is about Hollywood screenwriter David Reynolds who worked on the animated feature film " Curious George ," as well as " Finding Nemo ." Reynolds, a South­Sider, born at Little Company of Mary Hospital (Evergreen Park), came "home" recently and brought a gift for its renovated pediatrics department, which now features whimsical jungle murals. The gift is a "maquette" of Curious George-a ceramic sculpture created as a model to help animators see particular scenes in a movie at different angles. It's a one­of­a­kind work of art and a hot collector's item. Reynolds' parents, Frank and Patricia, Beverly area residents, both passed away this year.

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