Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

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Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

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XAVIER UNIVERSITY of Louisiana has received a $1.9 million grant to enhance the fund-raising capability of historically black colleges and universities. The grant was awarded to Xavier by the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich., and the Southern Education Foundation of Atlanta. Xavier, the nation's only historically black Catholic college.

A PHILIPPINE PRIEST has replaced a bishop as a member of a government committee that reviews death penalty cases. Fr. Antonio Cecilio Pascual was appointed Nov. 16 to the committee that reviews death sentences for possible clemency. The priest replaced Bishop Francisco San Diego, who resigned when Pablito Andan was executed for rape and murder. Pascual said he sees his appointment "as an opportunity to save a soul, give a convicted person a chance to redeem himself by commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment."

CARDINAL JOHN J. O'CONNOR, after two Sundays in which weakness related to his cancer left him unable to preach or celebrate Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, wrote in his column, "At this point I simply do not know myself what the immediate future brings." In the Dec. 16 issue of Catholic New York, a weekly publication of the New York archdiocese, he wrote, "I have total trust in my physicians. I have assured them that under no circumstances will I give up,' he wrote.

THE POPE will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories for five days beginning March 21, 2000, the Israeli prime minister's office announced Dec. 19, 1999. The office did not release details about the visit, but according to media reports the pope will meet with chief rabbis and with President Ezer Weizman and Prime Minister Ehud Barak. …

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