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December 4, 2003 Edition   •   Volume 133, No. 45   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Advent radio series with Bishop Morlino

MADISON -- What is the proper way to observe Advent? How is it different than Christmas? How can we focus on the true meaning of the holiday season?

Relevant RadioTM and Bishop Robert C. Morlino have teamed up to answer these questions with "Reasons for the Season," a special Advent series on Relevant RadioTM (1240 AM).

Each 30-minute segment of this three-part reflection series featuring Bishop Morlino will air at the following times:

• Monday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. with encores Monday, Dec. 8, at 11 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m.

• Monday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. with encores Monday, Dec. 15, at 11 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 9 a.m.

• Monday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. with encores Monday, Dec. 22, at 11 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 9 a.m.

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News & Features:

Cardinal encourages Catholics
to visit Holy Land

Advent: Should be time
of preparing, honoring Christ
as King, says pope

Catholic identity: How Edgewood College affects people's lives

Medicare plan praised:
But more work is needed

Soulmates: Witty twin sisters share love of church, call to service


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen -- Questions:
Church property ownership; returning to the sacraments

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope John Paul II --
Psalm 110: Celebrates Messiah's victory over enemies

• Spirituality for Today
by Fr. John Catoir -- Advent: Focus on riches of present moment

• Your Family
by Monica and Bill Dodds --
Families at Advent:
Take time to welcome God

• Parish Diary
by Fr. Peter Daly -- Gay marriage:
Opponents not bigots

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Bishop Raymond L. Burke appointed to St. Louis

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Raymond L. Burke

LA CROSSE -- Pope John Paul II has named Bishop Raymond L. Burke of the Diocese of La Crosse the new archbishop of St. Louis, Mo.

Bishop Burke, 55, succeeds Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, who was appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia July 15 and installed Oct. 7 at the city's Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. He was one of 30 bishops and priests made cardinals by the Holy Father at a consistory Oct. 21 at the Vatican.

Having been head of the Diocese of La Crosse for almost nine years, Bishop Burke will become the eighth archbishop of St. Louis and its ninth bishop. Four of St. Louis's last five archbishops have become cardinals.

Bishop Burke will begin carrying out his duties in St. Louis upon his installation in the Archdiocese Jan. 26. Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, made the Dec. 2 announcement in Washington, D.C.

In his letter to the priests of the La Crosse Diocese announcing the transfer, Bishop Burke expressed his gratitude for the time he spent as chief shepherd of Christ's flock in La Crosse.   Full Story ...

Finding hope: In face
of HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa

MADISON -- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is spreading hope in the face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa.

That was one of the messages Abbie Shawa shared during presentations at the Diocese of Madison's Catholic Multicultural Center and St. Paul's University Catholic Center in Madison. Shawa is a Malawian CRS humanitarian aid and development worker whose brother died from AIDS in 1996.

There must be hope, he said, because without it, we can't continue.

Conditions in Malawi

Malawi, which has a total population of 11 million people and is located in eastern South Africa, is the 10th poorest country in the world. More than 80 percent of Malawians live on less than the U.S. $1 a day. The country suffered severe food shortages in 2001 and 2002. Nearly 15 percent of people in Malawi live with HIV/AIDS.

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