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Friday, September 5, 2003


VATICAN CITY, SEP 5, 2003 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff made public today the following calendar of the celebrations that will be presided over by the Holy Father in upcoming months:


- Thursday 11 - Sunday 14: Apostolic trip to the Slovak Republic.

- Saturday 27: Mass in the Vatican Basilica at 6 p.m. for the 25th anniversary of the deaths of Popes Paul VI and John Paul I.


- Sunday 5: Canonization of Blesseds Daniele Comboni, Arnold Janssen and Josef Freinademetz in St. Peter's Square at 10 a.m.

- Tuesday 7: Pastoral visit to the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary of Pompeii.

- Thursday 16: Mass at 6 p.m. in St. Peter's Square on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.

- Sunday 19: Beatification of Servant of God Mother Teresa of Calcutta in St. Peter's Square at 10 a.m.

- Friday 24: Mass for the beginning of the academic year of ecclesiastical universities in the Vatican Basilica at 5:30 p.m.


- Saturday 1, Solemnity of All Saints: Moment of prayer for deceased Supreme Pontiffs in the Vatican Grotto at 6 p.m.

- Sunday 9, Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica: Beatification of Servants of God: Juan Nepomuceno Zegri y Moreno, Valentin Paquay, Luigi Maria Monti, Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro and Rosalie Rendu at 9:30 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica.

- Thursday 13: Mass at 11:30 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica for the repose of the souls of the cardinals and bishops who died this past year.



VATICAN CITY, SEP 4, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

- Six prelates from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India on their "ad limina" visit:

- Bishop Chacko Thottumarichal, S.V.D., of Jhabua.

- Archbishop Vincent Michael Concessao of Delhi, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishop Anil Couto.

- Bishop Symphorian Thomas Keeprath, O.F.M. Cap., of Jullundur.

- Bishop Peter Celestine Elampassery, O.F.M. Cap., of Jammu-Srinagar.

- Bishop Gerald John Mathias of Simla and Chandigarh.

- Archbishop Justin Francis Rigali of Philadelphia.

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VATICAN CITY, SEP 5, 2003 (VIS) - Made public this afternoon was the speech given yesterday morning in Vienna by Msgr. Pietro Parolin, under-secretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State and head of delegation of the Holy See to the Third Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The conference began September 3 and ends today.
Msgr. Parolin conveyed Pope John Paul's greetings to the assembly and said that, "in sending me here, (the Pope) wishes to renew his appeal for a common and generous effort for peace and security." He noted that the Holy See, "by ratifying the Treaty on July 18, 2001, intended precisely to advance the promotion of a culture of peace based on the primacy of law and on respect for human life."

He affirmed that "close international cooperation and a multilateral approach are essential in order to face the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction to peace and international security. ... A so-called 'peace' based on nuclear weapons cannot be the type of peace we seek for the 21st century. The present state of the non-proliferation regime and of nuclear disarmament indicates that many still believe in the use of force and rely on nuclear weapons. This means, unfortunately, that the force and primacy of law, as well as trust in others and the will to dialogue, have not yet become priorities."

"The Holy See," the head of delegation said, "wants to speak for many people of good will who strive to make the world a safer place and not to engage in a new arms race."



VATICAN CITY, SEP 5, 2003 (VIS) - The following prelates have died:

- Cardinal Corrado Ursi, archbishop emeritus of Naples, Italy, on August 29 at age 95.

- Bishop Demetrio Ignacio Aquino Aquino, emeritus of Caacupe, Paraguay, on August 11 at age 76.
- Bishop Antonio Deig Clotet, emeritus of Solsona, Spain, on August 12 at age 77.

- Bishop James Richard Ham, M.M., former auxiliary of St. Paul and Minneapolis, U.S.A., on December 20, 2002 at age 81.

- Bishop Donal Raymond Lamont, O.Carm., emeritus of Umtali, Zimbabwe, on August 14 at age 92.

- Bishop Charles Van Den Ouwelant, M.S.C., emeritus of Surgeo, the Philippines, on August 22 at age 92.

- Bishop Abraham Aruliah Somavarapa, emeritus of Cuddapah, India, on August July 31 at age 72.

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