Prayers offered for other faiths at basilica service


Prayers were said for the Jewish and Muslim people, "for unity and cooperation among all Christians" and for the health of Pope John Paul II yesterday evening at Baltimore's Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption.

Cardinal William H. Keeler presided at the interfaith worship to which about 1,000 government and religious leaders had been invited.

The service included remarks by representatives of non-Catholic faiths and a response from the newly elevated cardinal one day after his return to his archdiocese from Rome.

He was elevated to the College of Cardinals along with 29 other churchmen from many parts of the world.

"For the Holy Father, Pope John Paul, that God may give him health and strength, we pray to the Lord," the congregation recited.

The worshipers also prayed for "the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in his love and in faithfulness to his covenant," and "for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and for all who believe in God, that they may be witnesses of God's love in the world."

Music for the service was provided by the Sounding Brass group and by an archdiocesan choir under the direction of Chapman Gonzales. The organist was Paul Binko of St. Mary's Church in Govans.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Cardinal Keeler and retired Baltimore Archbishop William D. Borders will be among the concelebrants of a festive Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Ten representatives of each of the 162 parishes and chapels in the archdiocese have been invited. Admission is by ticket.

Cardinal Keeler will preach. It will be his first opportunity to address a cross-section of Catholics of the archdiocese since assuming his new rank of cardinal.

Music for the Mass will be from a variety of cultures and will include Latin, Spanish and African-American examples. The 74-voice Cathedral Choir and a brass ensemble will be under the direction of Robert Twynham.

A procession of auxiliary bishops and priests of the archdiocese will precede Archbishop Borders and Cardinal Keeler into the cathedral for the beginning of the Mass. The processional hymn will be "All Creatures of our God and King."

The Mass will conclude with the recessional hymn, "All People that on Earth Do Dwell."

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Brandeis Award:

The Baltimore Zionist District's highest annual award for furtherance of social justice, given in memory of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, will be presented Sunday to two Middle East leaders, an Arab and a Jew.

The recipients are Fayez Tarawneh, Jordanian ambassador to the United States, and Itamar Rabinovich, the Israeli ambassador. Their selection for this honor recognizes "the peace and cooperation that characterized the recent accords between Israel and Jordan," a Zionist spokesman said.

The double award was the idea of W. James Schiller, a former president of the Zionist Organization of America and a past president of the Baltimore district, who was present at the

signing of the accords at the Israel-Jordan border.

"I was so impressed with the epic significance and emotional impact of the occasion that I wanted the people of Baltimore to share in this momentous event," Mr. Schiller said.

The presentation will be made during a reception and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

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Dorothy Kazel, Jean Donovan, Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, the four Roman Catholic missionary women killed in El Salvador in 1980, will be remembered at 7:30 p.m. today in a memorial Mass offered by Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop P. Francis Murphy at Corpus Christi Church, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues.

The public is invited. Information: 385-0893.


Baptist and Methodist clergy will join in a dramatic presentation at 6 p.m. Sunday at City Temple of Baltimore, Eutaw Place and Dolphin Street, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the temple and of the 25 years of ministry there by the Rev. Grady A. Yeargin Jr.

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