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Tuesday, September 30, 2003


VATICAN CITY, SEP 30, 2003 (VIS) - This afternoon in the Holy See Press Office, a new electronic system was presented that
offers Vatican journalists the option of receiving the Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office and the Vatican Information Service daily in real time through handheld devices. These services will be provided through TIM (the acronym for Italian Mobile Telephones) and Blackberry.

Mauro Sentinelli, general director of TIM, and Roberto Pellegrini, director of the company's business division, presented the service and demonstrated its use. Blackberry is an instrument which allows for the consultation and administration of e-mail anywhere. It is slightly larger than a mobile phone and is triband which means it can be used in the United States and Canada, without being connected to a company server.

In January of 2003, an agreement was signed between TIM and the Holy See Press Office in order to offer brief messages (SMS) on the Pope's words or the saint of the day. The accord includes this new service.

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VATICAN CITY, SEP 30, 2003 (VIS) - On Sunday, October 5, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Square Pope John Paul will celebrate the Eucharist during which he will canonize Blesseds Daniele Comboni, Arnold Janssen and Josef Freinademetz.

Blessed Comboni (1831-1881), bishop, founded the Congregation of Combonian Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus and the Combonian Missionary Sisters Pious Mothers of Nigrizia. Blessed Janssen (1837-1909), a priest, was the founder of the Society of the Divine Word, the Congregation of Missionary Sisters Servants of the Spirit and the Congregation of Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration. Blessed Freinademetz (1852-1908) was a priest of the Society of the Divine Word.

"In proximity to World Mission Day," says a note from the Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, "the Church gives the faithful three new Saints who dedicated their lives to proclaiming the Gospel of salvation to the four corners of the globe."

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VATICAN CITY, SEP 30, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audience:

- Four prelates from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines on their "ad limina" visit:

- Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P., of Caceres.
- Bishop Manolo de los Santos of Virac.

- Bishop Joel Z. Baylon of Masbate.

- Bishop Filomeno G. Bactol of Naval.

- Archbishop Felix del Blanco Prieto, apostolic nuncio in Malta and in Libya.

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