Month of the Precious Blood


June 19-20, 2000
    vol. 11, no. 123



Events that happened today in Church History

Pope Saint SymmachusPope Saint Hormidas    Wednesday and Thursday we observe respectively the 1,486th anniversary of the death of Pope Saint Symmachus and the following day the election of Pope Saint Hormidas in 514. Both Pontiffs were the only ones in the history of the Popes with those names. St. Symmachus' pontificate lasted sixteen years. He consolidated Church property, making it available for the use of the clergy with no strings attached. He also ransomed all slaves, giving them their freedom to whichever nation they wished to return to. It was this 51st successor of Peter who is credited with the first construction of the Vatican Palace. He was followed by St. Hormidas who was born in Frosinone within the area of Rome and died on August 6, 523. Hormidas' papacy is best associated with Saint Benedict who founded the Benedictine Order and established the celebrated Abbey of Monte Cassino during St. Hormidas' nine-year pontificate. He also decreed that Bishoprics should not be bestowed special privileges, leaving to the Pope to select shepherds of sees on their merits. For more events that happened during this time in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

For our Foreign editions, we still need translators!!!



    We have had a few translators who have volunteered their help, and are pretty well set to launch a Spanish edition in August. However we need others to come forward for Italian, Portuguese, French, German and Russian so we wll have at least two translators for each language in order not to put a burden on one person but spread the workload out. Once we have translators in place in order to polish the text to offer the DAILY CATHOLIC in these languages as it should be represented, we will launch, at first, a weekly edition in each of those languages which will be called the "Best of the DAILY CATHOLIC" for the past week. It will include the top news stories, features and timely columns along with the liturgy, devotions, and Church history timetable for the coming week. We are presently planning to debut Diario Cattolico on the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption.

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Coming This Weekend:

  • The Holy Father's most recent Wednesday Papal Audience Address in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's heart-felt column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

  • The 187th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on July 21st through 23rd.

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time and the Feasts of Saint Lawrence Brindisi, Priest and Doctor of the Church on Friday and the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, Disciple of the Lord on Saturday plus the SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

  • ...and much more in our 124th issue for 2000!

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