WEDNESDAY     vol. 11, no. 13     January 19, 2000

January 18, 2000
Holy Father leads ecumenical contingent at St. Paul's Pope opens final Holy Door to kick off Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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Second Wednesday in Ordinary Time


First Reading:
 1 Samuel 17: 32-33, 37, 40-51
  Psalm 144: 1-2, 9-10
  Mark 3: 1-6

    Today is the Second Wedesday in Ordinary Time in the Church Year while tomorrow is the Second Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian, Martyrs. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and the profile on these saints, see DAILY LITURGY.


    "And He said to the man with the withered hand, 'Stand forth in the midst.' And He said to them, ' Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do evil? to save a life, or to destroy it?' But they kept silence. And looking round upon them with anger, and being grieved at the blindness of their hearts, He said to the man, 'Stretch forth thy hand.' And he stretched it forth, and his hand was restored."
Mark 3: 3-5

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The Gospa's message for December
December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

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    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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  • No sooner was the new millennium several decades old than the Great Schism between East and West blighted the goals of Christianity the world over while the Popes that followed sought to reform the Church from within.
    The Holy See stands strong against heresy and schismPope St. Leo IX - who ordered the excommunication of the Eastern Patriarch     We continue our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we cover the second half of the Eleventh Century from Pope Saint Leo IX up to Pope Saint Gregory VII. Between these holy Pontiffs would erupt the Great East-West Schism that has forever split the Orthodox Church from the Latin rite. Also this period would see the rise of the Norman influence in Sicily and southern Italy and the establishment of the College of Cardinals as the exclusive voting body for papal elections while clamping down on lay investiture, simony and clerical celibacy. For Installment thirty-four The New Millennium - The Great Schism and its aftermath, see BARQUE OF PETER
    Appreciation of the
    Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians

        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's introduction to Paul's Epistle to the Colossians. For the ninty-first installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Cardinal Louis-Albert Vachon - photo from Inside the Vatican Canada's oldest prelate Cardinal Louis-Albert Vachon is the Archbishop emeritus of Quebec
    CanadaProvince of Quebec     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-eighth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is nearly 88 year-old Cardinal Louis-Albert Vachon, the Archbishop emeritus of Quebec who served that see for 23 years. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II at the age of 73 during his Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Louis-Albert Vachon, see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    Events that happened
    today in Church History

    Symbol of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys     On this date 300 years ago in 1700 Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, the French religious who founded the Sisters of Notre Dame which became a mighty force in Catholic education throughout North America, especially in Canada where her feast is celebrated today. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
    There are greater mansions awaiting us if we maintain our houses here 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".

    "Some years ago the cloister of Carmelite nuns was opened to the public on the feast of St. Therese. Many curious people poured in to see those women who led a life of silence, prayer and penance. One man who could not understand their life called the attention of a young and beautiful nun to the finest residence in the city which stood on the opposite hill. He said to her: 'Sister, if you could have had that home, with all the wealth, luxury and pleasure that went with it, would you have left it to enter the Carmelites?' She ansered: 'Sir, that was my home.'"

    Coming Thursday:
    • Another thought-provoking, conscience-tweaking column by Pat Ludwa in his VIEW FROM THE PEW

    • The Pope's most recent Sunday Angelus in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    • The 92nd installment on the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on January 20th.

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time and the Feast of Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian, martyrs.

    • ...and much more in our 14th issue for 2000!

    "Human weakness of Christians causes division of the Body of Christ" cites Pope as he begins the cry for "Unity!" at opening of final Holy Door yesterday

    St. Paul's in Rome
        Before an overflow crowd and hundreds of media, the Holy Father led a contingent including a representative from the Eastern Orthodox, Coptic and Lutheran Churches through the Holy Door at St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls yesterday to officially kick off the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity during this Jubilee year. The Pope called for all faiths to take responsibility and rather than looking back in resentment, look forward in hope for a united Body of Christ through "UnitÓ, Unitad, UnitÚ, Unity!'" continued inside
    Showdown at Supreme Court Corral as Justices revisit "bubble law" which declared a certain distance demonstrators had to observe in front of abortuaries
        While the Supreme Court gets ready to wrestle with the partial-birth abortion ban and the states' right to enforce it, the judicial body shot down a request by state public schools to declare Good Friday a holiday, not a good sign considering they are about to revisit the issue that has spawned much resentment between pro-aborts and pro-lifers - the so-called "bubble law" that determines pro-life demonstrators must observe in keeping their distance from the entrances to abortion mills. continued inside.

    A lone voice in the wilderness: Cardinal Thomas Winning is doing all he can to defeat the gay measure in Scotland prompting his enemies to try to discredit him for "insensitivity" when speaking for the Church
        Cardinal Thomas Joseph Winning, the Archbishop of Glasgow, Scotland, who serves curial membership in the Pontifical Council for Families and has been a key member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is doing all he can to uphold the sacredness of marriage and family by fighting with every ounce of his soul and body the repeal of the anti-homosexual law that gays are trying to pass to legitimize homosexuality in this British country and the gays know he is a threat and therefore have gone on the attack while Cardinal Winning calls it what it is "a perversion." continued inside.

    Vatican to offer special program for homeless and poorer pilgrims during Jubilee Year in a blueprint that could someday be adopted worldwide
        In an ambitious project called the "Pope's Charity Project" the Jubilee Committee has launched a program that will feed between 500-600 homeless a day and provide inexpensive or free housing for poor pilgrims coming to Rome for the Jubilee. Meals will be distributed from St. Peter's, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls Basilicas in an effort to comfort and care for the vast wave of homeless that is increasing in Rome during the Jubilee Year. They've also arranged for an adopt-a-homeless person campaign throughout Rome and extended it to the area of poor pilgrims as well by arranging with religious organizations and families to accommodate free housing for those who can't afford the luxury of a hotel, hospice or bed and breakfast. continued inside.

    Leaders of lay movements come together in Rome two years after their first historic meeting on Pentecost to regenerate and share ideas
    Chiara Lubich -photo from Focalare web site     Spearheaded by Focalare Founder Chiara Lubich, other founders and directors of new lay movements reconvened in Rome this week after the successful Pentecost encounter in 1998 when 150,000 poured into Rome. The purpose is share ideas for the common good to improve their own ministries and make the lay movement stronger and more committed. continued inside.

    Muslim violence spills over to Island of Lombok in Indonesia
    Indonesian archepelago    Taking up the fanatic cry of a holy jihad against Christians fostered by militant Muslims in the Spice Islands and Bali, Islam extremists in Mataram on the Island of Lombok took up the battle cry and tried to storm a police station where Christians were huddling in fear. A full force of law officials have done all they can to protect the Christians as their churches are being torched day and night and the violence intensifies. continued inside.

    Priest murdered in Mexico causes Vatican concerns for safety of priests and religious globally
        The shocking announcement of a Mexican priest who was strangled and stabbed to death numerous times by a ruthless robber has caused the Holy See to raise the red flag in alerting all priests and religious the world over to take extreme caution in these days of violence and irresponsibility among people everywhere when ministering to those who seek Church services to make sure there are others present and they are truly in need of help and not intent on crime. continued inside.

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