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Friday, October 1, 2004


VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

- Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, apostolic nuncio in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

- Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
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VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father's general prayer intention for the month of October is: "That, firm in their faith, Christians may be eager to dialogue with those who belong to another religious tradition."

  His missionary intention is: "That the due presence of Catholics in the national life and media of the Latin-American continent may increase."
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VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2004 (VIS) - Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is in London where today he addressed the 16th Banking Conference, an annual meeting which is promoted by the Italian Chamber of Commerce for the United Kingdom and includes leaders from the British banking world. The theme of this year's meeting is: "Is there a European model for global economic and social growth?"

  In his talk, the cardinal reflected on ways to make development in the world more human, integral, sustainable and characterized by solidarity. He stated the need for more cooperation in development, noting that currently "the action of cooperation suffers from bureaucratic language, which imposes heavy burdens on the receiving countries in order to meet the requests for supervision and evaluation on the part of donors."

  Greater funding is needed for development, he added, stating that "several governments are moving significantly in this direction, with the moral support of the Holy Father and the Holy See." Cardinal Martino concluded by stressing that "models of development must not degrade extraordinary richness and diversity present in Europe."


VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2004 (VIS) - This morning in the Paul VI Hall the Pope received 2,000 pilgrims from the archdiocese of Split-Makarska, Croatia on the occasion of the 17th centenary of the martyrdom of St. Domnio, patron of the archdiocese and city of Split-Makarska.

  After recalling his pastoral visit to the archdiocese on October 4, 1998, John Paul II said: "You come from the place where St. Domnio and other martyrs in the region gave witness to Christ, from the very first centuries to this day, and you have come to the tombs of Peter and Paul and other Roman martyrs. In this way, you wanted to express your adherence to the faith which they confessed."

  "This adherence," he continued, "requires a commitment of constant fidelity to Christ and His Church in order to bear brave and coherent witness in family life, in places of study and work and in other milieux in society. Make an effort, therefore, to promote a concrete Christian humanism in your life in both the private and public spheres.  May the heroic example of St. Domnio, and the other martyrs who, inspired by solid faith in Christ, sacrificed themselves for the good of their brothers and sisters,  guide and sustain you."
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VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2004 (VIS) - The following prelates died in recent weeks:

- Bishop Ignatius John Dogett, O.F.M., emeritus of Aitape, Papua New Guinea on September 24 at age 96.

- Bishop Jesus C. Galang of Urdaneta, Philippines on September 16 at age 71.
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VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2004 (VIS)  - The Holy Father:

- Appointed Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Oria, Italy, as bishop of the suburbicarian diocese of Albano (area 661, population 431,900, Catholics 412,420, priests 150, permanent deacons 45, religious 1163), Italy.

- Appointed Bishop Noel O'Regan, S.M.A.,of Solwezi, Zambia as bishop of Ndola (area 32,000, population 2,000,000, Catholics 750,000, priests 98, religious 302), Zambia.

- Appointed Bishop Telesphore Mpundu of Mpika, Zambia as coadjutor archbishop of the archdiocese of Lusaka (area 64,000, population 3,225,098, Catholics 729,896, priests 208, permanent deacons 1, religious 892), Zambia.
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