August 16, 2000
Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary, Husband, Father and Ruler
World Youth Days 2000
Day 2 and 3 of World Youth Days in Rome
St. Stephen of Hungary
volume 11, no. 142
August 16-17, 2000
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Holy Father emphasizes significance of the Holy Shroud of Turin as it opens a prolonged exhibition in Turin two days before the 15th Annual World Youth Days gets underway in Rome
    World Youth Days 2000    In his August 13th Sunday Angelus from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo His Holiness Pope John Paul II showed the significance of the Holy Mantle that enshrouded Our Lord's sacred body in the tomb, better known as the Shroud of Turin. This holy cloth went on display Sunday in Turin through October 22, the longest it has been continuously on display because of the Jubilee Year. The Holy Father asked that all may be mirrored in Christ as His image is on the linen mantle, especially the millions of youth around the world, and the 1.2 million in Rome this week for the Fifteenth Annual World Youth Days. Fifteen years ago the Pope inaugurated WYD in Rome and now the torch has circled the world and returns to the Vatican for this special Jubilee Year. In honor of the Assumption, John Paul the Great entrusted all to the Mother of Christ and the Church. For the entire text provided by ZENIT, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

from a Catholic Viewpoint

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World Youth Day Enters Record Books as WYD 2000 begins

       World Youth Day, which will be held from August 15-20, will enter the record books for several reasons; however, the number of participants is still indefinite. It is worth noting that during the last World Youth Day held in Paris, the number of participants was double that predicted. more

Cardinal Mahoney's invocation critical of abortion as he stands strong for the Sanctity of Life to open Democratic Convention
        Invited to open the Democratic Convention with a prayer invocation, Cardinal Roger Mahoney surprised everyone - pro-lifers, the Los Angeles Archdiocesan spokesman, media pundits and Democrats - by boldly going where no cardinal had gone before at a national Democratic Convention. Amidst a sea of pro-aborts, he spoke out strongly for the unborn. Many had not seen it coming on both sides with pro-lifers feeling his appearance would give silent consent to the Democratic platform that condones the killing of babies and Democrats upset that a member of the Roman Catholic Church, the one institution that stands so strongly against abortion, would be invited to open the Convention. Hopefully the controversy will tweak the consciences of Democrats everywhere that to promote or vote for abortion is to promote or vote for the culture of death and a grave violation of the Fifth Commandment. more

Thousands of Groups Support the Permanence of the Holy See in the UN
        Over 4800 organizations gathered to support the participation of the Vatican in the United Nations, recently informed the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the group that sponsors this campaign, that they had received the support of another thousand groups in Mexico. The opposite campaign, sponsored by the group “catholics for a Free Choice”, has been fostered for more than a year and a half. It aims to take away the Vatican’s condition of permanent observer in the United Nations. Investing large amounts of money –almost 4 million dollars a year– they managed to gather only 500 support groups in 17 months, not being able thus to accomplish their aim. more

    Archbishop Jean Luis Tauran    Monday morning Archbishop Jean Louis Tauran, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, met Shlomo Ben Ami, locum tenans Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel, who visited the Vatican to exchange ideas on the Middle East peace process, especially the situation that has emerged following the recent failure of the Camp David negotiations. The Vatican statement discloses that "Archbishop Tauran was able to illustrate the Holy See's well-known position on the peace process: respect on the part of all for international law, especially for United Nations resolutions; equal rights and duties for all the peoples of the region." These are two "indispensable" conditions "to put an end to the unjust and insecure situation," the Vatican stated. more

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Appreciation for the Commandments of God
    Today we continue our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We present the first of a two-part installment on the Commandments of God as explained in My Catholic Faith. The Ten Commandments are the foundation of our moral code set down by God as we explain the formula the Almighty had in mind to provide His children greater freedom. Sadly, many have taken them as either shackles which imprison them in sin, or ignore them, looking at them more as "suggestions" rather than commands. God and His Holy Church don't take kindly to either attitude in their endeavor to obey the Holy Trinity in all things. For part one in the 193rd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


    First Reading:  Ezechiel 9: 1-7, 10, 18-22
    Responsorial:  Psalm 113: 1-6
    Gospel:   Matthew 18: 15-20
For the profile on the Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary, see DAILY LITURGY

Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary, Husband, Father and Ruler
       Almighty Father, grant that St. Stephen of Hungary, who fostered the growth of Your Church on earth, may continue to be our powerful helper in Heaven.
Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring St. Stephen of Hungary

Taken from the Gospel for Wednesday's Mass

"But if thy brother sin against thee, go and show him his fault, between thee and him alone. If he listen to thee, thou hast won thy brother. But if he does not listen to thee, take with thee one or two more so that on the word of two or three witnesses every word may be confirmed. And if he refuses to hear them, appeal to the Church, but if he refuse to hear even the Church, let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican."

Matthew 18: 15-17

Events that happened Today in Church History

Rats in the hulls of ships brought the Bubonic Plague to Europe    On Wednesday we commemorate the 622nd anniversary of the death of Saint Roch, also colloguially known as Saint Roque in Spanish and Saint Roche in Portuguese. Actually, he is best known as Saint Rocco, patron saint of protection from pestilence and plagues. He merited this honor through the miracles attributed to him after his death on August 16, 1378. In his early twenties he migrated to Rome where he devoted his live to caring for victims of the terrible Black Death which was ravaging Italy and other parts of Europe through the transference of the disease by rats in the holds of merchant ships returning from the east and mideast. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe moral wall between right and wrong has crumbled!

   They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

    " Men in public life who are accused of confiscating great sums of money or else profiting by their office to secure gifts or enrich themselves in any manner whatsoever, began with unfaithfulness in the minor details of life. Somewhere and somehow the wall and partition between right and wrong had to be broken down, and what is tragic about our national situation is that there is no longer a moral indignation against such infractions of the law of honesty."
83 and 82 DAYS
to Defend Life
and pray that there will be
No more Blood and Gore!!

   We encourage you to go to the Pro-Life links below to keep up to date on the great battle between life and death - the Sanctity of Life vs. the culture of death led by pro-abort candidates and those who would advance immorality, sodomy, perjury, etc. We refer you to our HOMEPORT ENTRY PAGE where you will find a typograph of a chalice, a chalice overflowing with the innocent blood of the aborted babies nearing 40 to 50 million. Enough is enough! The story and our purpose is outlined in this typograph and for more information and why we will not give up, see DEFEND LIFE Pray and urge others to VOTE FOR LIFE!

Pro-Life Infonet

The Gospa's message for July Monthly Medjugorje Message for July 2000

    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. For more Our Lady's message for July and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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