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Issue Date:  April 11, 2003

-- Zuma

CHILEAN NOVELIST Isabel Allende gave a March 26 speech in Albuquerque, N.M., saying that, for the first time in history, “there is a massive international movement for peace.” She drew applause from the 2,500 in attendance as she urged them to build on the momentum. Referring to the United States, Allende said, “A country, like a husband, can always be improved.” A California resident, Allende is the niece of Chilean President Salvador Allende, who was deposed in September 1973 in a CIA-sponsored coup. The event, which drove Allende into exile, was a “terrorist attack on democracy,” she said.
-- Demetria Martinez

, a philanthropist whose $25 million gift enabled the University of San Diego to establish an institute for peace and justice that bears her name, has contributed another $5 million for an endowed lecture series on peace and justice. The lecture series will bring in top-level policymakers to discuss issues of global concern, among them war and peace, justice and human rights. The institute’s programs include a master’s program and an undergraduate minor in peace and justice studies; and a women peacemakers program aimed at enhancing women’s roles in peace processes.

MSGR. BERNARD HEBDA, 43, a U.S. priest, has been chosen to serve as the No. 3 official of the Vatican council that deals with church law issues. A priest of the Pittsburgh diocese, Hebda has served as a lower-ranking official of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts for six and a half years. As the council’s undersecretary, Hebda replaces Msgr. Mario Marchesi, who left to become vicar general of the northern Italian Cremona diocese. Before coming to the Vatican in 1996, Hebda served on the Pittsburgh diocese’s tribunal and as a campus minister at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa.

BISHOP MANUEL MORENO, 72, head of the diocese of Tucson, Ariz., has resigned for health reasons approximately three years before the mandatory retirement age of 75. According to a March 7 Vatican announcement, Pope John Paul II has accepted the resignation, made in line with a church law provision that allows bishops to step down for “illness or other serious reason.” A statement from the Tucson diocese said Moreno had been experiencing health problems since 1997 because of “a non-cancerous prostate-related condition” and an arthritic condition in his back. He will be succeeded by his coadjutor, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, 61.


FR. J. BRYAN HEHIR, president of Catholic Charities USA, has received the 2002-03 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence from the department of theology and philosophy at Barry University in Miami. The award recognizes the contributions of a contemporary theologian’s work, writing and teaching in the tradition of Congar, who died in 1995. Hehir, who also serves as a professor of ethics and international affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, was honored for his work in social ethics, moral theology, and practical and systemic theology.

, an anti-nuclear activist, has been awarded the 2003 Niwano Peace Prize. The Tokyo-based Niwano Peace Foundation announced Feb. 20 that Elworthy, 59, director of Britain’s Oxford Research Group, had won the prize, which includes a $170,000 award. Elworthy, who founded the group in 1982 to promote nuclear disarmament, will receive the prize during a May 8 ceremony in Tokyo. In a statement, the Niwano foundation said the group’s work has “provided a calm and objective approach to scientists and people in governments and nongovernmental organizations around the world,” and had an impact in international negotiations for disarmament.”

BISHOP DANIEL HART, head of the Norwich, Conn., diocese, has resigned following the Vatican’s policy that directs bishops to resign upon their 75th birthday. The pope has accepted Hart’s resignation and appointed Portland, Maine, Auxiliary Bishop Michael Cote as his successor. Before Hart took over Norwich in 1995, he had served in the Boston archdiocese as auxiliary for nearly 20 years. Cote will be installed May 14. He said at a March 11 news conference in Norwich that he brings “a great openness to people who feel estranged from the church as a result of” the clergy sex abuse scandal.

National Catholic Reporter, April 11, 2003

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