MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 11     January 17, 2000

January 17, 2000
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Feast of Saint Antony of Egypt, Abbot and Hermit


First Reading:
 1 Samuel 15: 16-23
  Psalm 50: 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
  Mark 2: 18-22


    Today is the Feast of the abbot and hermit Saint Antony of Egypt while tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time with the Second Tuesday in Ordinary Time For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and the profile on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY.


    "And Jesus said to them, 'Can the wedding guests fast as long as the Bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the Bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.'"
Mark 2: 19-20

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The Gospa's message for December
December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
    Dear children! This is the time of grace. Little children, today in a special way with little Jesus, Whom I hold in my embrace, I am giving you the possibility to decide for peace.Through your 'yes' for peace and your decision for God, a new possibility for peace is opened. Only in this way, little children, this century will be for you a time of peace and well-being. Therefore, put little newborn Jesus in the first place in your life and He will lead you on the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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  • Unity is one thing, compromise is another!
    Pat Ludwa's View from the Pew     In his column today, Pat Ludwa in recognizing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, brings into focus the importance of realizing just what ecumenism is and not to turn our backs on it in a sense of religious nationalism, but to embrace the "power in numbers" concept in praying as one - for Jesus has promised "For where two or three are gathered together for My sake, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18: 20). At the same time, Pat points out we cannot compromise our beliefs for the sake of unity just as the early Christians did not, nor the Jews of the Old Testament. He reinforces the fact that the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is the one sure way to salvation refuting modernists who claim salvation is attainable by other means as well. Pat shows that this is true only if they "know not what they do" for Our Lord has clearly outlined His Will and shown us the way, the truth and the life. For his column today, Catholic Ecumenism means striving for unity, not equality of faiths! , see VIEW FROM THE PEW
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    Pope resumes catechesis on Mary's role in our journey to the Father
        In 2000 we will be bringing you the Holy Father's words twice a week enabling us to bring you his weekly Wednesday Papal audiences on Mondays and his Sunday Angelus address on Thursdays. Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II from his most recent Wednesday Papal Audience at Paul VI Hall in which he addressed the key role of Our Lady in our journey of salvation. For his Papal Audience, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
    Appreciation of the
    Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians

        Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith, concentrating on the Books of the New Testament with today bringing you the introduction to the Apostle Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. For the eighty-ninth installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Cardinal Corrado Ursi - photo from Inside the Vatican 91 year-old Italian-born Cardinal Corrado Ursi, Archbishop-emeritus of Naples, is one of the oldest red
    Italy     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-fifth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 91 year-old Cardinal Corrado Ursi, who resigned in 1987 after 21 years as Archbishop of Naples. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of June 26, 1967 by Pope Paul VI. For more on Cardinal Corrado Ursi, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS

    Events that happened
    today in Church History

    Pope St. Pius V     Today 496 years ago in 1504 one of the great Pontiffs was born when Michele Ghislieri came into this world in Bosco, Italy. He would go on to become Pope Saint Pius V who would enact the reforms of Trent and set the Barque of Peter on a steady course for the next several centuries. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    A name means nothing if the intent is wrong!
    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen     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".

    "There is much money given away, but little of it is used for the soul. Some give it away in order to have their name glorified on the door of a hospital or a university. Men who have had very little education are conspicuous for endowing libraries that they might create the impression of being learned, which they are not."

    Coming Tomorrow:

  • The 90th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on January 18th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and VIDEOS & VIRTUES as well.

  • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time and the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

  • ...and much more in our 12th issue for 2000!

  • Holy Father will host most important Ecumenical event since Vatican II when he opens Holy Door at St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls tomorrow

    St. Paul's in Rome
        With a leading Eastern Orthodox on one side and a Protestant religious leader on the other, the Pope will push open the Holy Door at St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls tomorrow to mark the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is a symbolic gesture that shows unity can be achieved only on our knees through prayer. It was at St. Paul's 41 years ago that Pope John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council and this is the greatest gathering of other denominations since Vatican II. continued inside
    Egypt announces Pope's visit in February to Mount Sinai
        While the Vatican has not officially confirmed it, it looks like the Holy Father will travel to Egypt and Mt. Sinai to retrace the footsteps of Moses in officially inaugurating his historic "Jubilee Journey" on February 25-26, one month before he will visit the Holy Land in tracing the footsteps of Our Lord. It is fitting that he begins with the Old Testament site but he had hoped to begin in Ur in Iraq where Abraham was born. continued inside.

      Italian Police, Security forces, Tourism industry and Vatican all working toward a safe and smooth Jubilee Year
          In order to assure the safety of millions of pilgrims' traveling to Rome, the Italian Police have prepared a special booklet in numerous languages to help them and the Holy Father has met with Security forces of Rome and the Vatican to ask them to make it as smooth and effortless as possible for the mass of souls visiting the Holy See during this Jubilee Year. continued inside.

    Are the children of Rwanda the target of prosecutors for the genocide of 1994?
       According to the Vatican's FIDES news agency, prosecutors in Rwanda are exhibiting a double standard by stepping up accusations against children being held for the war crimes dating back to 1994 while those who are obviously the culprits are being soft-pedaled, giving rise to fears that corruption is rampant within the Rwandan government which is already trying to pin a bulk of the killings on an innocent bishop. continued inside.

    Delegates convene in Rome to finalize plans for World Youth Day in August
        It's never too early to plan ahead and the Vatican is working fast and furious in getting ready for World Youth Day in August by holding a special conference for 300 delegates from all over the world in Rome to finalize preparations under the watchful eye of the Youth Division of Cardinal James Francis Stafford's Pontifical Council for the Laity. continued inside.

    Franciscan priest pleads to the world not to forget the forgotten refugees in Serbia
    Kosovo Serbia     As they have for so many centuries, the Franciscans are coming to the aid of the people in the former Yugoslavia by speaking out for the forgotten refugees in Serbia who have seemingly been dismissed by the world and their own government after the war in Kosovo and Serbia, being left to starve and fend for themselves. continued inside.

    Cardinal Bevilacqua takes on culture of death in preserving Sanctity of Life
    Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua     The dynamic, orthodox Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, a staunch supporter of the Sanctity of Life, has launched a letter campaign to influence Congress not to approve guidelines published by the National Institutes for Health that would legalize embryo stem cell research and further the culture of death market. continued inside.

    New Guatemalan President to reopen murder case of bishop
        Hopes have risen among human rights groups and with the Vatican over news that newly-elected President Alfonso Portillo has called for a thorough investigation into the unsolved murder of human rights proponent Bishop Juan Gerardi who was murdered nearly two years ago. Prior government regimes have gone to great lengths to cover up the crime and throw the blame on others, including an innocent priest living in the Bishop's quarters. Because of this Guatemala has come under tremendous international scrutiny. continued inside.

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