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News May 2003



29 May 2003 - PRISON CHAPLAINS SAY: “It’s time for serious change”
The National Prison Chaplains have presented their 2003 Report to the Minster 
for Justice, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D. In it, they express concerns about 
“the slow rate of progress” in addressing serious long-term difficulties 
within the prison system in Ireland.

“The building programme that has been in operation over the last number of years 
has seen a massive investment of capital and energy. Unfortunately, however, 
we have not seen an adequate investment in those who are in prison. We would 
like to see more emphasis on the building of people rather than the current 
emphasis on the building of prisons,” said Fr Ciaran Enright, Chaplain in 
Cloverhill Prison.  

“In many ways they have become warehouses for the vulnerable offering little 
or no hope to many of those imprisoned there, or indeed to the wider community 
that may be under the illusion that imprisonment will effect real change,” he 
said. 

“The central proposition of the Whitaker Report in 1985 was that given the 
limited positive value of imprisonment, its harmful effects, and its undoubted 
costliness, imprisonment should be used as a last resort,” said Sr Imelda Wickham, 
Chaplain in Wheatfield Prison. “We are convinced as chaplains that alternatives 
to imprisonment need to be explored and put in place. It is time for serious 
change. We need to find more positive ways of dealing with criminal offending. 
We need to look at alternatives to imprisonment that might bring greater 
reconciliation to society, healing to victims and hope to offenders,” she said.

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28 May 2003 - OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR POPE'S VISIT TO CROATIA GOES LIVE
The official Web site of the third pastoral visit by John Paul II to Croatia 
has been launched.  

The Croatian site is www.papa.hr Its English version is www.pope.hr

The Web pages were prepared by the staff of the Catholic weekly Glas Koncila and 
will be administered by the staff of the Press Office of the CCB and the Catholic 
Press Agency IKA-Zagreb. 

The pages include documents, speeches, the itinerary of the June 5-9 trip, announcements, 
reports on related events, and photographs. The Web pages will also provide information 
on each city the Pope will visit, press centers and their staffs, as well as the Pope's 
two previous visits to Croatia. 

In co-operation with Croatian Radio Television (HRT), HTnet and CARnet, it will also 
be possible to watch direct broadcasts of the visit. 

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26 May 2003 - VISIT OF THE RELICS OF ST ANTHONY TO IRELAND 
5TH - 13TH JUNE 2003
The relics of St. Anthony will be in Ireland from the 5th to the 13th June
2003. 

The official reception of the relics will take place at Fairview Church on
Thursday 5th June. Cardinal Desmond Connell will preside. The homily 
will be given by His Excellency, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazarotto, Apostolic
Nuncio to Ireland.

The visit of the relics of St Anthony to Ireland will conclude on Friday
13th June, the Feast of St Anthony. 

Click here for the complete Timetable of the visit of the relics of
St Anthony to Ireland. 

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19 May 2003 - CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS CHANGES ANNOUNCED
It was announced today that Mr Mark Mortell has been appointed Chairman of a new 
Advisory Board for the Catholic Communications Office, an Agency of the Irish 
Bishops’ Conference.  The Advisory Board will assist the Episcopal Commission 
on Communications in consolidating and developing the work of the Catholic 
Communications Office in Maynooth.  Further members of the Advisory Board 
will be appointed shortly.
 
Mr Mortell is a Director of Fleishman-Hillard Saunders, International Communications 
Consultants, a former Chairman of Bord Failte and previously Commercial Director of 
Aer Lingus.  He has extensive experience in corporate communications and marketing 
having worked with a range of Irish businesses.  A graduate of Dublin City University, 
he is married with two daughters. 
 
The present Director of the Catholic Communications Office and Principal Spokesperson 
for the Bishops’ Conference, Fr Martin Clarke, will complete his six-year secondment 
to the Conference in September when he will return to work with the Archdiocese of 
Dublin as Diocesan Communications Director.  
 
A new Director for the Catholic Communications Office will be appointed after an 
open-market recruitment process which will commence immediately.
 
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14 May 2003 - POSTHUMOUS AWARD TO FR RUFUS HALLEY
The Auroro Aragon-Quezon Peace Foundation in Manila has made a  posthumous
award to the late Fr Rufus Halley for his contribution to Peace and Advocacy
and Peace Making in Lanao del Sur, Philippines. 

According to the citation, Fr Rufus, who was murdered in 2001, "went beyond
the ordinary call of a missionary as he exhibited unfailingly the zeal of
a peace advocate .... in his opposition to senseless armed conflict". 

Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla described him as a "tireless and compassionate
peacemaker and shepherd of the flock". The award was accepted by Rufus' sister
Evelyn and his brother Emmet. 

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14 May 2003 - IRELAND AND EUROPEAN FIRSTS AS DRUG AWARENESS 
WEBSITE LAUNCHED - WWW.DAP.IE
Ireland’s first fully interactive drug awareness website, www.dap.ie, has 
been launched today by the Drugs Awareness Programme of Crosscare, 
the Social Care agency of the Dublin Diocese.

Featuring Ireland’s and Europe’s first ‘LIVE HELPER’ messaging facility 
in this field, the new site is aimed at young people, families, parents 
and professionals who can help in drug prevention and provides relevant, 
up-to-date, evidence-based information online. “We’ve tried to create a 
website that is user friendly and really useful to help people avoid drug 
problems and to support those who are impacted by drug problems,” said 
Chris Murphy, Project Team Manager of the Drugs Awareness Programme (DAP). 
“The aim is prevention – prevention of the harm that can come from substance 
use, the deaths and the messed up lives,” he said. 

One key feature is the unique, interactive LIVE HELPER facility, a first 
in Ireland and in Europe. This offers the website users the chance to make 
live anonymous, confidential online contact with fully trained members of 
DAP staff, to seek advice and help regarding substance related issues. 
This service is available during specified hours each day.

The website has been developed with the help of focus groups of young people 
from all over the greater Dublin area. Mr Michael McDonagh, the DAP Special 
Projects Co-ordinator, said “Our LIVE HELP facility has been thoroughly 
researched and we have just completed a very successful feedback campaign 
which brought in a large number of website hits from young people, parents, 
teachers – even Gardaí and prison officers. We intend continuing to develop 
the site in tune with the needs of those who use the site and in response 
to the evolving drugs situation”.

Another innovative feature is an interactive map showing where help is available 
locally in every county in Ireland for those who have problems with alcohol, 
drugs, eating disorders, gambling, prescription drugs and even smoking. 
Colourful animations, games, quizzes and polls help to make using the site 
an enjoyable experience. 

“We have come light-years from the days when we thought that information 
about the dangers of drugs alone was the key to drug prevention,” explained 
Chris Murphy. “So we have included a lot about policy and about strategy. 
For example, in a school the school policy on alcohol and drugs is more 
important than a lecture on what drugs do,” he said. The Youth section of 
the site features a problem page, advice, facts about drugs and information 
requests to help students doing research projects on drugs issues in school. 
The Family section focuses on prevention, intervention and signs and symptoms 
while the Professional section provides the latest in current research, 
statistics, policy, prevention and information on resources.

The website has taken the past eighteen months to develop and has been entirely 
financially supported by Crosscare.  

www.dap.ie was formally launched at UCD’s Industry Centre at Belfield by the 
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Dermot Lacey . 

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9 May 2003 - ALL CARDINALS CALLED TO ROME FOR POPE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, in a speech yesterday to inaugurate 
an international congress at the Pontifical Lateran University, announced that 
the entire College of Cardinals has been called to Rome to celebrate the 25th 
anniversary of Pope John Paul's election to the papacy on October 16. Cardinal 
Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 
has already sent a letter to the world's cardinals, inviting them to Rome for 
the October 16 anniversary.

Cardinal Sodano was speaking at the congress "John Paul II: 25 Years of
Pontificate. The Church in the Service of the world." The three-day meeting
which began yesterday is one of three meetings organized by the Great Events
Office of the Lateran University to celebrate the Holy Father's silver
anniversary as Roman Pontiff.

He stated that "all the cardinals will come to Rome next October because
it is a historic date, a date in which we all take great joy." He then
added: "I am happy that the university chose the pontificate at the service
of man as a central theme. This is one of the Pope's great missions: the
defense of liberty, of man, of human rights and of the rights of women."

A second commemorative meeting at the Lateran University will be held from
October 9 to 11 on the theme, "The Desire to Know the Truth. Theology and
Philosophy Five Years after 'Fides et Ratio'." The third congress will take
place November 20 to 22 and is entitled "Walking in Light. Perspectives in
Moral Theology Ten Years after 'Veritatis splendor'." On October 14 the
university will hold a solemn academic event during which the "Karol
Wojtyla" Chair will be inaugurated at the John Paul II Institute for Studies
on Marriage and the Family.

Source: Vatican Information Service

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8 May 2003 - SANTIAGO 2004 - A PILGRIMAGE FOR A UNITED EUROPE
On 9 May 2003 – Europe Day – the Bishops of COMECE (Commission of the Bishops' Conferences 
of the European Community) and the Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela will launch 
"Santiago 2004", a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to mark the unification 
of Europe. The pilgrimage will begin on 17 April 2004 at the Benedictine monastery of 
Santo Domingo de Silos and will be joined by over 300 pilgrims nominated by the Catholic 
Bishops’ Conferences of the present and future European Union, as well as politicians, 
journalists, writers and artists. It will conclude in Santiago on 21 April 2004. 

Most Rev Joseph Duffy, Bishop of Clogher, will be taking part in the Pilgrimage to
Santiago de Compostela in April 2004. Bishop Duffy is the Irish representative
on COMECE. Details of those accompanying Bishop Duffy from Ireland will be announced 
in due course.


Click here  for special feature on Santiago 2004.

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3 May 2003 - POPE JOHN PAUL II APPOINTS ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID
MARTIN COADJUTOR TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBLIN 
His Holiness Pope John Paul II has appointed the Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin, 
Titular Archbishop of Glendalough, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of 
the Holy See at the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, as Coadjutor to the 
Archdiocese of Dublin.

The appointment was officially announced in Rome at 12.00 noon (11.00am Irish time) 
today.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will eventually succeed Cardinal Desmond Connell who
has been Archbishop of Dublin since 1988.


Left to right:Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Cardinal Desmond Connell

More on this story: 
Press Release announcing appointment of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Biography of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Statement of Cardinal Desmond Connell on Archbishop Martin's appointment
Comments of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on his appointment
Statement of Most Rev Sean Brady, Archbishop of Armagh on Archbishop Martin's appointment
Statement from Fr Martin Cosgrave, Dublin Council of Priests
Archbishop John Neill welcomes the appointment of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Biography of Cardinal Desmond Connell


Weblinks: 
Website of the Archdiocese of Dublin

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2 May 2003 - NEW FILM ON THE LIFE OF ST THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX 
A new film on the life of St Thérèse of Lisieux is being screened in Rome next week.

The film, which is being billed as the first non-profit film in the history of Hollywood
is produced and directed by actor Leonardo De Filippis. 

De Filippis is a former Shakespearean actor who has dedicated his talents in recent years 
to depicting the lives of saints and the Gospels in one-man theatrical productions. 
His first film was a made for television piece on St Maximilian Kolbe which he followed
up with a movie on St John of the Cross. 

The film 'Thérèse' was shot in Rome, France and Northwestern US (where the Carmel of Lisieux 
was re-created). It took three years to film and one year to edit. 

'Thérèse' will be released in October this year. 

For more information visit: www.theresemovie.com

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