WEDNESDAY     April 12, 2000    vol. 11, no. 73    SECTION TWO

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  • Events today in Church History
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily WORD

    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant:

  • Al Gore is no friend to Catholics
  • Reunification of Korea will only come through God's Mercy and our prayers cardinal asserts
  • Vatican releases Holy Week schedule
  • Bishop Walsh leaving Las Vegas for Santa Rosa
  • Franciscans celebrate Jubilee
  • Terror increases against Catholics in Northern India
  • March 25th Medjugorje Message
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  • Events that happened today in Church History

       On this day 1,648 years ago in 252, Pope Saint Julius I, the 35th successor of Peter, passed on to his Heavenly reward. His pontificate lasted fifteen years and was highlighted by the fact he decreed the Eastern churches conform with the Western churches in celebrating the Nativity on the 25th of December instead of January 6th and the Feast of Epiphany. He also established the Archives for the Church by decreeing that all official acts of the Apostolic See be preserved for posterity. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for April 12:

    • 352 A.D.
    • Death of Pope Saint Julius I, the 35th successor of Peter and the Pope who founded the Archives of the Holy See since he ordered that all official acts be preserved from that time on up to today. During his 15-year pontificate Julius ordered that the Oriental Church should celebrate Christmas on December 25th instead of uniting it with Epiphany.

    • 372 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Sabas the Goth,a convert who was martyred for his faith by drowning along with fifty other Christians at the hands of the Gothic general Atharidus.

    • 1204 A.D.
    • The Fourth Crusade arrives in Constantinople and begins sacking the infidels.

    • 1606 A.D.
    • King James I chooses the Cross of Saint George and the saltire of Saint Andrew as the symbol for the flag of England.

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       Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays plus the Optional Feast tomorrow of Pope Saint Martin I, Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on this holy Vicar of Christ, see DAILY LITURGY .

    Wednesday, April 12, 2000

        First Reading: Daniel 3: 14-20, 91-92, 95
        Responsorial: Daniel 3: 52-56
        Gospel Reading: John 8: 31-42

    Thursday, April 13, 2000

      Thursday April 13:
      Thursday in Lent and
      Optional Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, Martyr

      Purple vestments

        First Reading: Genesis 17: 3-9
        Responsorial: Psalm 195: 4-9
        Gospel Reading: John 8: 51-59


          Born in Todi in the Umbrian region of Italy , Saint Martin I became the 74th successor of Peter taking the name Pope Martin I on July 5, 649. During his pontificate he established the feast of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. His six-year papacy was wrought with persecution and ultimate imprisonment and suffering that ended in "moral martyrdom." Because of their adherence to the heresy that Jesus was only divine and possessed no human nature, Martin condemned the Eastern bishops at a Council he convened at the Lateran shortly after his elevation to the papal throne. Those bishops who had received the bell, book and candle appealed to the Byzantine Emperor Constans II who retaliated by sending his men to capture Martin and bring him back in chains to Constantinople where we was thrown into prison. The horrible conditions of the jail made Martin very, very ill, so much so that Constans sought to rid himself of the headache and responsibility by condemning him to death, but Paul, Patriarch of Constantinople intervened and rather than having Martin executed, the Roman Pontiff was exiled to the Crimea and the island of Cherso where he suffered terrible hardships and, having never recovered from his illness contracted in the filthy elements of Eastern incarceration, he died on April 13, 655. His martyrdom was a long, drawn-out torture that was complicated because of his illness. He was the last Pope to be martyred.

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    Daily WORD

    "If you abide in My word, you shall be My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

    John 8: 31-32

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    Special Prayer for Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

      O God, sanctify the Lent Fast in Thy Mercy enlighten the hearts of Thy faithful. Hear the prayers of those who, by Thy grace, call upon Thee with devotion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen. For the Daily LENTEN PRAYER and STATIONS OF THE CROSS, see LENTEN REFLECTIONS

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    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant:

      Gore shows true colors as he snakes his way into hearts of gays against Holy Mother Church

        Democratic presidential hopeful Vice President Al Gore continues to fill loyal Christians with gore as he has now endorsed World Pride 2000 in Rome in July. Organizers of this global gay event to be held in the shadows of the Vatican are intending this to be a slap in the face of the Church - the one organization that steadfastly refuses to kowtow to the sin of homosexuality. Now we discover that Gore is enthusiastically endorsing the event, further proof of his true anti-Catholicism. Gore has said that the gay-lesbian group "is building a good and just society on the bedrock principle of opportunity." Is that the kind of man we want leading our country!?? In the parody parade in Rome, activists plan on engaging in overtly sexual displays aimed at dismissing Church teaching, and slandering every moral fvalue man has ever held. Gore is goring God. Let everyone remember Gore's diabolical endorsement when it comes election time this fall! continued inside


        ROME ( - Just weeks after having been criticized for not distancing himself from supporters who seek to oust the Vatican from the United Nations, US presidential hopeful Al Gore is embroiled in a controversy with critics calling him anti-Catholic.

        Organizers of an international homosexual pride event to take place in Rome this year -- an event which they claim is a direct slap at the Catholic Church and the Jubilee Year celebrations -- said they have received a letter of endorsement from Gore.

        The event, World Pride 2000, plans to flood the city, which surrounds the Vatican, with hundreds of thousands of homosexual activists engaging in parody of the Church and overtly sexual displays. The Vatican had strenuously requested that Rome not allow the gay pride event, especially this year since millions of pilgrims are visiting Rome due to the Jubilee-year celebrations. Rome's city government has allowed the gay pride week to take place from July 1 to 9 despite the Vatican pleas. Catholic commentators in Rome have called the homosexual initiative a calculated attack against the Church and an "anti-Jubilee."

        The pride parade's organizer in Rome, Imma Battaglia, president of the Mario Mieli gay center, swore at Pope John Paul II using the f-word in an interview with a homosexual newspaper. The paper, Toronto's NOW magazine, also quoted Battaglia as reading a letter of endorsement of World Pride 2000 signed by Gore. In the letter, Gore says he is "pleased to send greetings," and that her group is "building a good and just society on the bedrock principle of opportunity."

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      Korean cardinal hopeful unity can be attained between North and South Korea

         Though there is so much division in the world today and nowhere has that been more evident over the last several decades than North and South Korea, the latter's Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan remains hopeful that the Church may help peace to be restored to this island in the far east. The process must be free of war and revolution and politics and the prelate is asking for world prayer as well as sacrifices for a successful June summit meeting.continued inside

    "Each Step Must Have the Entire Nation's Support"

        SEOUL, APR 11 ( Although the news of a future summit in Pyongyang between North and South Korea was welcome, it has caused fear among some South Koreans. A few days ago, a music festival of the two Koreas, which had been planned for months, was cancelled by the North Korean authorities at the last minute. It was these very authorities who had requested the funds for the festival in the first place.

        In commenting on the news to the Vatican agency "Fides," Cardinal Stephen Kim, 78, said: "We welcome the summit. The Catholic Church has always worked for the reconciliation of our people." Cardinal Kim who, in keeping with Canon Law resigned at the age of 75, is presently Archbishop Emeritus of Seoul. He follows all developments in his country with great interest.

        In spite of all the changes, not everyone in South Korea is happy. "Some members of the opposition are skeptical about this sudden announcement, given just a few weeks before the parliamentary elections. They say it is an electoral gimmick by the party in government," the Cardinal commented.

        "In principle we work and hope for the success of the June summit. It must be said that the reunification will only be possible if it is done peacefully, without war or revolution. If the summit is to be successful, it must be preceded by reconciliation and cooperation. But, above all, it must have the consent of the entire nation, our people of the North and those of the South," the Cardinal explained.

        Cardinal Kim, who was Archbishop of Seoul for 30 years, was also Apostolic Administrator in Pyongyang, the northern capital, although he has never been allowed to visit the other Korea. "I hope to do so before I die," he confided to "Fides." ZE00041106

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      Holy Father's Holy Week Schedule Revealed

         Yesterday the Holy See published its schedule for Holy Week services, many of which will be available on EWTN. Beginning on Palm Sunday, the Holy Father will preside at Mass in St. Peter's Square to bless the palms. His Holiness will celebrate two Masses on Holy Thursday, and will also travel the short distance to the Colisseum for the Way of the Cross on Good Friday pronouncing the meditations he personally has written. Because of the large number of pilgrims this Easter, the Easter Vigil Service will be celebrated in St. Peter's Square instead of the Basilica to accommodate the throngs. On Easter, the Pope will deliver his annual Easter Urbi et Orbi after celebrating Holy Mass. continued inside.


        VATICAN ( -- On April 11 the Vatican published the schedule of events for Holy Week.

        On Palm Sunday, April 16, Pope John Paul II will preside at Mass in St. Peter's Square, including the ceremonial blessing of palms.

        On April 20, Holy Thursday, the Pope again will preside at the Chrism Mass, together with the clergy of Rome. Then in the afternoon he will celebrate a second Mass, beginning the Easter Triduum with the commemoration of the Last Supper.

        On April 21, the Pontiff will preside at Good Friday observance in St. Peter's. Then he will head to the Coliseum for the Way of the Cross-- for which he himself has written a set of meditations.

        The Pope will preside at the Easter Vigil service that begins in the evening of Holy Saturday. This final part of the Easter Triduum will be celebrated not in St. Peter's Basilica, as is customary, but in the Square, because of the anticipated crowd.

        Finally, the Pontiff will celebrate the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday morning, and deliver his solemn Urbi et Orbi blessing.

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      Las Vegas' Bishop Daniel Walsh selected by Pope to resuscitate troubled Northern California Diocese

         After five years as shepherd of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Bishop Daniel Francis Walsh is returning to the area where he first began as a bishop - Northern California where he became Auxiliary of San Francisco on September 24, 1981. It was just announced that he has been appointed by the Holy Father to replace Bishop Patrick Ziemann in the troubled Diocese of Santa Rosa, California. Bishop Ziemann was forced to resign last July amidst scandal. Bishop Walsh was the first bishop of Las Vegas and it will be interesting who the Pope chooses to succeed him. continued inside.


        VATICAN CITY ( - Pope John Paul II on Tuesday appointed the bishop of Las Vegas to head the diocese of Santa Rosa, California, nearly a year after the former bishop resigned in the midst of a sexual and financial scandal.

        Bishop Daniel Walsh, who was ordained a priest in San Francisco, will succeed Bishop Patrick Ziemann, who resigned last July. The appointment follows an apology by Bishop Ziemann in a letter read in Santa Rosa parishes last weekend.

        "I acknowledge with deep regret my responsibility for the current state of affairs about which you are justly angry," Ziemann said in his first public comment since he resigned.

        Ziemann resigned after admitting to having had sex with a priest of his diocese after the priest filed a lawsuit against him. Administrators from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which had taken over control of the diocese until a new bishop was appointed, also found Ziemann had mismanaged $16 million in diocesan funds earmarked for local parishes and schools.

        Bishop Walsh was the first bishop of Las Vegas after it was established as a separate diocese five years ago.

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      Franciscans celebrate special spiritual Jubilee spanning Assisi to Rome

         The Seraphic Father Saint Francis of Assisi's family today, now numbering more than 6,000, held their very special Jubilee celebration in an atmosphere of intense spirituality this past weekend. Mass was held at St. John Lateran in Rome after having begun in Asissi on Saturday morning. The Pope wrote a special message for the occasion, inviting all of St. Francis' followers, sons and daughters alike, to do as Francis did so many years ago: accept Christ unconditionally. That same "spirit" is also asked of all who follow Our Lord not only today, but until the end of time. continued inside.

    Message for Jubilee of 6,000 Followers of Saint of Assisi

        VATICAN CITY, APR 11 ( An intense spiritual atmosphere marked the Jubilee of the great Franciscan family, which was held last Sunday in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, and included a concelebrated Mass presided by Cardinal Roger Etchegaray. The Franciscan Jubilee began on Saturday morning in Assisi with a pilgrimage on foot from St. Mary of the Angels to the Basilica where St. Francis is buried.

        Over 6,000 Franciscans participated, including Capuchins, Conventuals, and Friars Minor, Sisters from various Franciscan Congregations, Third Order young and older lay people, and other associations inspired by the saint of Asissi. The Jubilee celebration reached its climax when the Franciscan family crossed the threshold of the Holy Door of the Lateran Basilica.

        The Pope wrote a message for the occasion, in which he refers to "the innumerable multitude that up until today has followed in Christ's footsteps by imitating Francis and Clare of Assisi." "It is the limpid testimony of the fruitfulness of their charism. They have offered the world the challenging proposal of their original evangelical experience," John Paul II wrote.

        The Holy Father invited all St. Francis' sons and daughters to accept Jesus unconditionally today, as Francis did so many centuries ago. In present-day society, where attraction to the ephemeral is strong, "it is more necessary than ever to remember and give credible testimony that God alone is the real wealth that fills our life with meaning. In him there is hope and profound joy, which the attractions and promises of the world cannot give."

        In order to appreciate what the Jubilee has meant for the Franciscan Order and for the Church, Carla Cotignoli of Vatican Radio interviewed Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Papal Household preacher, who said, "Yesterday, there was a very beautiful atmosphere of great spiritual intensity, mingled, also, with the participation of the people. There was not the usual applause one hears at a performance. It was participation; a saying yes to the message proposed to us."

        "What defines the strength and contribution that the Franciscan Order can make to the Church and the world, is the spiritual sap that circulates within it; spiritual sap means that Christ is at the center, as are prayer, and supernatural and spiritual values. I think that all together this Jubilee has helped to make this need the focus of our attention," continued Fr. Cantalamessa.

        During the homily, Cardinal Etchegaray defined the Franciscan spirit as the word "fraternity," which "is truly at this time at the heart of all our effort; also, Francis' poverty was imprinted on this spirit of fraternity. Francis did not want to own anything, because he knew that property divides, it pits some against others, creates conflict. We know of very thought-provoking episodes in this respect. Indeed, this man incarnated the spirit of the Bible, of the Gospel, in a way that only the Holy Spirit can inspire and we are well aware how the whole world today longs for this fraternity." ZE00041107

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        NEW DELHI ( - Armed assailants broke into a Catholic school run by the Agra Archdiocese at Kosikalan, south of New Delhi, early today and attacked the priest, nuns, and their maid with iron rods under the pretext of looting.

        Though the masked intruders cleaned out the school-convent of cash and other valuables, Daughters of Sacred Heart Sister Arokia Mary said it seemed their intention was "not just looting." If they were interested in money only, the nun said, "they would not have pulled out us (nuns) from the toilets we had locked up ourselves and beat us."

        The nun recounted the one and half hour terror while attending to the convent maid with severe head injuries and broken arms in the Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi to which Father K. K. Thomas with head injuries and fractures was taken this afternoon.

        Archbishop Vincent Concessao of Agra said the intention of the 15 assailants was to "terrorize" the school staff rather than looting it. "Whoever came their way was brutally assaulted," said Archbishop Concessao.

        "On the face of it, it looks like an act of (robbery). But, there is definitely something sinister behind it," said Father Donald De Souza, deputy secretary general of Catholic Bishops Conference of India. "It is the first time that church schools and convents are being singled out," he said, pointing out that half a dozen cases of similar midnight attacks on church schools and convents have been reported in the last month.

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    March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

    "Dear children! Pray and make good use of this time, because this is a time of grace. I am with you and I intercede for each one of you before God, for your heart to open to God and to God's love. Little children, pray without ceasing, until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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