Cardinal Cahal Daly preaches in USA

 Cardinal Cahal B Daly, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh, preached on "The Irish Spiritual Legacy" at Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame University, Indiana yesterday. Cardinal Daly is an honorary Doctor of the University. The following are extracts from his homily: On this date in the year 2003 one cannot but face the fact that this St Patrick's Day is overhung by a dark shadow, the shadow of potential war. We pray today that, even at this eleventh hour, war may be averted and the world may be spared its horrors and the dangers to world order which war carries with it. We pray too that, whatever the coming weeks and months may bring, the developed nations of the earth may come together in a great coalition against poverty: a peaceful campaign to confront the serious and abiding threat to world peace posed by poverty, under development, inequality of opportunity, injustice, alienation, and, in many places, starvation. These are the factors which foster terrorism; these are the real sources of division between nations and continents and cultures in today's world. The Romans had the despairing slogan "If you want peace, prepare war". We must change that to the slogan "If you want peace, prepare a more just world order". A Roman Emperor used the tense, grim, frightening phrase "Let them hate us if they will, provided only that they fear us". We must change that slogan into plans for fairer world trade, greater mutual respect for races, religions and cultures other than our own, economic development and a more just sharing of the basic but finite and now endangered resources of our planet, resources which God planned for the benefit of the whole human family. Forty years ago, the good Pope John pleaded with "the wealthier States" to "repudiate any policy of domination" and try instead to work towards "the formation of a world community" (Pacem in Terris, 125). Pope Paul VI, in his encyclical on the Development of Peoples in 1967, said: "Development is the new name for peaceDevelopment demands bold transformations, innovations that go deep. Urgent reforms should be undertaken without delay" (Populorum Progressio, 32). Pope John Paul II has untiringly repeated the same message. source: Irish Bishops Conference

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