THURSDAY    January 13, 2000   vol. 11, no. 9   SECTION TWO

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  • Events today in Church History
  • Simply SHEEN
  • WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS: Pope promotes Our Lady
  • One million signatures presented to Holy Father
  • Vatican makes it official, Pope in Holy Land March 20-26
  • Vatican and Bahrain to establish diplomatic relations
  • First martyr of the millennium eulogized
  • Miami archbishop encourages cooperation, not war


  • Events that happened today in Church History

        Today we at the DailyCATHOLIC indulge ourselves in acknowledging a special date for the Church and this publication for it is the 77th birthday of our spiritual director who this editor has known since 1956. He is Father Al Svobodny, OMI, born in Minneapolis on this date in 1923. For more on this remarkable, loving priest who is affectionately known as "Uncle Al" to so many, see Father Al. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 13:

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    Invest in the hereafter by being charitable here!

        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".

       "No matter how many hairs a man has in his head, it hurts to have even one pulled out. No matter how much capital a man has, it hurts to touch even a cent of it. He knows 'he can't take it with him' so he denies there is any place to go; whereas, the Christian way is to use money that those who are helped may be our intercessors in Heaven."

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    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

    JOHN PAUL II CLARIFIES HISTORICAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS OVER MARY

    Her Mediation Is Strictly "in Christ"

        VATICAN CITY, JAN 12 (ZENIT).- In today's General Audience, John Paul II explained Mary's role in salvation history and in the lives of individual believers. As a completion to last year's series of catechesis on the Father, the Pope sought to clarify her role in our journey to the Father.

        John Paul II said that over the past four centuries, there have been numerous misunderstandings relating to Mary's role, which have caused controversies that are altogether unfounded.

    Misunderstandings

        Referring to important passages in the New Testament, the Pontiff said that the Church has never stated that Mary's role in the life of the Church is outside Christ's mediation or in addition to it, "as though it were a parallel or concurrent mediation." on the contrary, "Mary's maternal mediation is mediation in Christ."

        Expanding on this topic, John Paul II referred to Pius IX's bull, "Ineffabilis Deus," which defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. "Mary herself was redeemed by Christ and thus is the first of the redeemed, because the grace given her by the Father at the beginning of her existence is due to the 'merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human species.' "

    Mary on the Road to the Father

        Having clarified this misunderstanding, the Pope focused directly on Mary's role in the life of Christians. "Mary is on the road that goes from the Father to humanity, as the mother who gives everyone her Savior Son. At the same time, she is on the road that men must take to go to the Father through Christ in the Spirit."

        In speaking to more than 7,000 pilgrims who gathered in Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, the Holy Father said that, in fact, "Mary does not wish to draw attention to her person. She lived on earth with her gaze fixed on Jesus and the Celestial Father. Her strongest desire is to make all turn their gaze in the same direction. She wishes to promote a gaze of faith and hope in the Savior sent to us by the Father."

    New Face for New Millennium

        The Pope continued by explaining, "The words spoken to the servants at the miracle of Cana re-echo in every generation of Christians: 'Do whatever he tells you.' "

        "Mary makes the same request of us today," asserted the Holy Father. Consequently, if "we do what Christ asks us to do, the millennium that is approaching will be able to have a new face, more evangelical and more genuinely Christian, and so respond to Mary's most profound aspirations."

        "Here is the value of Mary's life: fulfillment of the divine will. Accompanied and sustained by Mary, by way of acknowledgment let us receive the new Millenium from the Father's hands and be determined to correspond to his grace with humble and generous devotion," concluded the Pope. ZE00011202

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    Youth group presents Pope with half-mile long scroll containing a million signatures in support of World Youth Day

       The Holy Father was overwhelmed yesterday when a group containing 300 lay missionary youths presented him with a massive parchment which had been signed by a million other youths throughout 30 Italian cities compiled last year. It brought tears to his eyes and he quipped that he was not old, but very much young at heart and all who know him would agree 100% with his assessment. continued inside.

    "I AM NOT OLD," JOHN PAUL II SAYS AMIABLY

    During Spontaneous Meeting with 300 Young Lay Missionaries

        VATICAN CITY, JAN 12 (ZENIT).- This morning 300 lay missionary boys and girls gave the Holy Father a half-mile-long roll of parchment with a million signatures promoting World Youth Day, which will be held this year in 30 Italian cities with the participation of the most important leaders of the world.

        Ernesto Olivero, founder of the Youth Missionary Service (SERMIG), the organization responsible for the initiative, met the Pope personally at the end of today's General Audience. The most significant part of the message signed by the youth read: "when I am weak, then I know I am strong." After reading these words out loud, Olivero said to the Pope: "Holy Father, you are a friend of youth, friend of the future, enemy of fear, friend of God. Thank you for your old age!"

        At this point, the Holy Father interrupted him and said: "But I am not old."

        "That's true. You are very young. You are always with youth," SERMIG's founder said.

        The Pope was impressed by the long scroll and began to read some of the signatures. Speaking to the young lay missionaries, the Pontiff asked them to help their friends "to rediscover the incalculable gift of life and to use their great potential to do good."

        "Be credible signs of God's tenderness in this world that is facing the third millennium. Let your contagious enthusiasm and conviction in the logic of the Gospel touch those who are victims of a dangerous culture of violence, or who are living the exhilarating stage of youth in a banal way or in despair," the Holy Father exhorted.

        He continued, "At the beginning of this extraordinary Jubilee Year, in which the Lord is opening to all the doors of mercy, the task of being peacemakers of peace is indispensable to implement brotherhood in justice in the world, which will restore to each person the joy and honor of being called to form part of the family of God." ZE00011203

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    PAPAL TRIP TO HOLY LAND OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED

    Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Explains Purpose of Pilgrimage

        JERUSALEM, JAN 12 (ZENIT).- John Paul II's long dreamed-of pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place from March 20-26. The Holy Father will visit Jordan, Israel, and the Autonomous Palestinian Territory. The announcement was made simultaneously this morning in the Vatican, Jerusalem, Amman, and Bethlehem.

        In Jordan, the Pope will visit Mount Nebo Monastery, from where Moses saw the Promised Land, without the joy of touching it, but with the certainty of having arrived at its doors. The Holy Father will celebrate Mass in the Amman Stadium.

        Then His Holiness will preside over the celebration of the Eucharist in Bethlehem, the Cenacle of the Last Supper (in Jerusalem), the Mount of the Beatitudes in Galilee, the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, and the Holy Sepulcher (in Jerusalem), accompanied by members of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land. John Paul II will hold an ecumenical meeting with heads of Christian Churches in the land of Jesus' birth.

        John Paul will visit the holiest site in Judaism, the Western Wall, as well as Islam's third holiest site, the Al Aqsa mosque. Palestinian officials said he also will stop at a Palestinian refugee camp.

        His Holiness will also meet the King of Jordan, the President and Prime Minister of Israel, and the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority.

    Non-Political, Spiritual Pilgrimage

        In making this announcement at a press conference in Jerusalem, Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah emphasized the religious and spiritual nature of the event. This is the second time a Pope has visited the Holy Land; the first was Paul VI in 1964. In answer to questions from reporters, the Patriarch said there were many differences between the first papal pilgrimage and the one Pope Wojtyla will undertake. In 1964 Jordan exercised sovereignty over Jerusalem and the West Bank territories.

        The question of Pope's security is laden with political connotations, especially in East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel in 1967, a move that is not recognized by the Vatican or by many other countries. The Patriarch explained that "This problem will be resolved by those responsible for security in virtue of the de facto situation -- not the law."

        Another reporters insisted on the possibility of political expectations. "No," Patriarch Sabbah replied. The "expectations of the Pope's trip are of a spiritual, religious, and human nature."

        The reporters pressed for the reason why the Holy Father will visit the major Palestinian and Israeli political representatives. This relates to the "message of peace in justice and in reconciliation," Patriarch Sabbah responded.

        Finally the reporters addressed the construction of a Mosque in Nazareth, overshadowing the Basilica of the Annunciation. The Patriarch replied that "the search for a solution to this controversy is making headway and has nothing to do with His Holiness' visit."

    Reconciliation

        In his addresses and homilies while in the Holy Land, John Paul II will emphasize the spiritual dimension of life. "His won't be a political voice but a prophetic one," Sabbah said later over Vatican Radio, "an invitation to seek the truth that affects all human beings who live in the Holy Land, independently of their religious differences. It is a voice of the spirit, of which politicians are also in need. In this way, the political negotiations will receive an impetus to apply greater justice and truth that should end in real reconciliation."

        In Jordan, the King himself announced the Pope's visit; in Jerusalem, the Israeli government, which promised the trip would have "the highest degree of grandeur, distinction and security, as befitting a dignitary of this stature"; and in Bethlehem, the Palestinian Authority, which called the visit "a blessing for the Palestinian people." ZE00011204

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    VATICAN, BAHRAIN ANNOUNCE DIPLOMATIC TIES

        VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The Holy See will soon establish formal diplomatic relations with Bahrain, according to announcements issued simultaneously in Rome and in Manama, the capital of the Persian Gulf state.

        That January 12 announcement came just weeks after the emir of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Essa al-Khalifa, was received at the Vatican by Pope John Paul II. Following his conversation with the Pontiff on November 22, the Sheikh told reporters that he was particularly anxious to promote friendly relations between Christians and Muslims in the Persian Gulf region.

        There are only about 30,000 Catholics living in Bahrain; the vast majority of them are migrant workers from other countries-- primarily the Philippines. They are served by only one parish, with three priests. That parish comes under the jurisdiction of the apostolic vicariate of Arabia.

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    FIRST MISSIONARY KILLED IN 2000

    JAKARTA, JAN 12 (ZENIT-FIDES).- Br. Yosef Jami, 29, a seminarian and theology student of the Society of the Divine Word was the first missionary killed in the year 2000. On the afternoon of January 1, while walking on the beach in Ende, Indonesia, he was attacked and beaten to death by an unknown group. His body was found at dawn on January 2 and taken immediately to the Ende Hospital, where doctors certified his death. The seminarian's funeral and burial took place on January 4. Jami began his year of pastoral integration in June, 1999, working in the St. Paul Biblical Center of Ende. ZE00011209

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    ARCHBISHOP OF MIAMI: WAR IS NO LONGER A SOLUTION

        MIAMI, 12 (NE) "Most people at the end of the century have agreed that war is no longer a solution for the problems among nations," recently stated Archbishop John Favalora of Miami, during a Mass specially offered for immigrants in the archdiocese. Before the great variety of nationalities present at St. Mary's Cathedral, Archbishop Favalora emphasized the importance of making concrete the hope of peace that the new millennium brings. Following the Archbishop's homily, people offered prayers for their homelands as well as for the local community in their respective native languages, among these English, Croatian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. The Mass, began with a procession of children, followed by adults and children alike, dressed in the vibrant greens, reds and golds of African, Filipino, Chinese, Indian and other native costumes representing the diversity of peoples present in Miami.

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