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VATICAN INFORMATION SERVICE

TWELFTH YEAR - N. 49
ENGLISH
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2002

SUMMARY:

- TELEGRAM FOR THE DEATH OF CARDINAL KUHARIC
- PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN TOURISM
- AUDIENCES

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TELEGRAM FOR THE DEATH OF CARDINAL KUHARIC

VATICAN CITY, MAR 12, 2002 (VIS) - John Paul II sent a telegram of
condolence to Archbishop Josip Bozanic of Zagreb, Croatia, upon learning of
the death of Cardinal Franjo Kuharic, emeritus of that same archdiocese,
yesterday at the age of 82.

The Pope writes that the deceased cardinal "knew how to serve with wisdom
and faithfulness the people of God who were entrusted to his pastoral care.
During the time of the communist regime as well as during the recent
troubled period of national history, he committed himself with all his
energy to defending the liberty and the dignity of the Croatian people. ...
A man completely dedicated to the cause of the Gospel, he gave a coherent
testimony of Christ, tirelessly instilling confidence and courage in the
faithful during the trying times to which the Croatian land has been
subjected."
TGR/DEATH KUHARIC/BOZANIC VIS 20020312 (150)

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN TOURISM

VATICAN CITY, MAR 12, 2002 (VIS) - Msgr. Piero Monni, Holy See permanent
observer to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), will speak on March 16 in
Berlin, Germany, during the 10th meeting of the task force to protect
children from sexual exploitation in tourism.

According to a communique of the WTO, the present state of tourism in the
world will be examined in the meeting. In addition, a strategic plan of
action will be developed by the WTO task force to protect children from the
sexual exploitation associated with the tourism industry. The issues
already examined in the second World Congress against Sexual Exploitation
of Children (Yokohama, Japan, December 2000) will be revisited.

The problem of pederasty and of sexual tourism will also be addressed
during the presentation of a book written by Msgr. Monni, entitled
"L'Archipelago della Vergogna. Turismo sessuale e Pedofilia" (The
Archipelago of Shame. Sexual Tourism and Pedophilia). The permanent
observer expressed his belief that "the root of this unseemly trade and of
all forms of exploitation is always and everywhere the same: a deviated
perception of another as an inferior being. Where there is destitution and
a lack of respect for the dignity of the person, the forms of exploitation
increase."
.../SEXUAL EXPLOITATION/GERMANY:MONNI VIS 20020312 (220)

AUDIENCES

VATICAN CITY, MAR 12, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in
audience Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop of Lviv of the
Ukrainians, Ukraine, accompanied by an entourage.
AP/.../... VIS 20020312 (30)
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