- February 25 - Feb. 26-27 in Rome, U.S. church leaders seeking
alternatives to war with Iraq are scheduled to meet with Pope
John Paul II, the Vice President of the Italian Congress and Italian
The group carries
a plea from the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) and Pax
Christi USA that the Pope come to New York to address the U.N.
Security Council on his opposition to the war. Acknowledging his
frail health, they express their "desperation" and write, "(E)levating
your moral voice could make all the difference ... in helping
the U.S. pull back from the brink of war."
is the fourth organized by the NCC to European members of the
Security Council. Earlier delegations met with German Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder in Berlin, British Prime Minister Tony Blair
in London and the French Foreign Ministry in Paris. A fifth delegation
to Moscow March 3-5 has an appointment with Russia's President
Host in Rome
is the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, which also
is coordinating visits with the Pontifical Council on Justice
to Change): Feb. 26 Arrive Rome 8 a.m. 10:30 a.m. - "Public audience"
with Pope John Paul II (providing a brief but direct encounter).
Noon - Meeting with Vice President of the Italian Congress, Honorable
Fabio Mussi. Afternoon - Rest, other meetings.
Feb. 27 11:30
a.m. - Press Conference, Federation of Protestant Churches in
Italy (Federazione Della Chiese Evangeliche in Italia). Via Firenze
38, Ground Floor Conference Hall. 1 p.m. - Lunch with church representatives;
meetings. 6 p.m. - Public worship, Baptist Church near the Parliament.
Maiocchi, Paolo Naso, Valerio Papini, Gaelle Courtens, Federation
of Protestant Churches in Italy - 39 06 4825120; renato.maiocchi(At)fcei.it;
Mobile Numbers: 39 347 6119436 (Renato Maiocchi); 39 335 5299892
(Paulo Naso); New York, Carol Fouke, NCC, 212-870-2252; news(At)ncccusa.org
Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, Deputy General Secretary, NCC, New York
-- Bishop William Boyd Grove, (Ret.) United Methodist Church,
Charleston, W. Va.
-- Rev. Tyrone Pitts, General Secretary, Progressive National
Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
-- Rev. Dr. Victor Makari, Coordinator for the Middle East and
Europe, Presbyterian Church USA, Louisville, Ky.
-- Fr. Joseph Nangle, Representative of Pax Christi, Washington,
-- Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Office of Ecumenicity, Episcopal Diocese
of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.