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April 25, 2002 Edition   •   Volume 132, No. 16   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Catholic Herald is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison. Its purpose is to inform and educate people of the Diocese through communications that proclaim Gospel values, report the news, and comment on issues as they pertain to the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to bring all in Jesus Christ to the Father.
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Article removed: Because of a licensing agreement with Catholic News Service, The Catholic Herald may archive CNS news stories for only 30 days. A CNS article has been removed from this site: At the Vatican, U.S. church leaders propose a policy on priest-abusers. A related story was published in the April 25, 2002 print version of The Catholic Herald.

Fire destroys Highland church:

SS. Anthony and Philip Parish suffers tragedy
photo of fire at St. Anthony Church in Highland

Firemen from various communities work April 17 to put out a fire that destroyed much of St. Anthony Church in Highland. (Photo by Michael Pigusch, Highland)

HIGHLAND -- Tragedy struck SS. Anthony and Philip Parish here around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, when a fire broke out at St. Anthony Church and destroyed most of the building.

Fire departments from 10 communities worked together to put the fire out, but to no avail. The fire, which most likely began in the attic, continued to burn Thursday and left only brick structure standing.

A crane was scheduled to knock down the remaining brick structure Friday so that it would not fall into the street.

There was no indication of how the fire started. No one was injured.   Full Story ...

Marriage Savers:

Area clergy show support
for Community Marriage Policy

MADISON -- "What God has joined together, let the faith community of the Greater Madison Area seek to hold together," reads the Greater Madison Community Marriage Policy.

The policy, signed by clergy and church representatives April 19 at a public signing ceremony at the State Capitol, signals the commitment of area congregations in strengthening marriages.

The event was sponsored by Marriage Savers and the Greater Madison Area Community Marriage Policy Task Force.

Madison is the seventh community in Wisconsin and the 160th community in America to establish a Community Marriage Policy.

Healthy marriages

"It is our purpose to promote spiritually healthy marriages," said Larry Ballard, Marriage Savers Midwest regional director.   Full Story ...

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News & Features:

Seek Vatican support:
For stronger, mandatory clerical sex abuse policy

Our Lady of Assumption Parish, Beloit: Launches campaign
to renovate, expand facilities

Serra Club of Madison:
Celebrates 50th anniversary

Light the fire within: Apostolate
to the Handicapped celebrates
35 years

Retrouvaille: A growing couple-to-couple ministry in Madison


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Islam and Christianity:
Believe in the same God

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II -- Prophet Isaiah: All will "drink joyfully from the springs of salvation"

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds -- Recognizing warning signs: What to do if your teen is using drugs

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