June 28-29, 2000, vol. 11, no. 114



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Cardinal Ratzinger's Commentary covers all aspects of the Message of Fatima and more!
       On Monday the full text of the Third "Secret" of Fatima was released. It was brief in content and was published in the DAILY CATHOLIC in Monday's issue, but it is repeated here as well in the second article below. The commentary by His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was much, much lengthier and gives the Church's discernment and a brilliant treatise on Public and Private Revelation and the meaning of the whole concept of Heavenly messages from the Blessed Virgin Mary and how we might respond to her call. Inside there is a lengthy two-part commentary by the Prefect for the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that we highly recommend reading. continued inside.

Further enlightenment on the events that transpired from 1917 on are revealed by the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
       The Secretary for the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, SDB further expands on the Message of Fatima, relating the fascinating events from when Our Lady appeared in 1917 right up to this past Monday when the much-anticipated Third "Secret" was revealed after a forty-year wait. He explains why in his release. continued inside.

In Sister Lucia's own words Supreme Court blitzes petition for prayer, sacks any organized student-led religious behavior at high school events
    Lucia at the time of the apparitions    The Vatican also released the communique between the only surviving Fatima visionary Sister Maria Lucia of the Convent of Coimbra, now 93, and the Holy See including the personal letter to her from the Holy Father this year. Also we bring you Lucia's account of the messages in her own words, which were written in long hand in Portuguese and are available for viewing at the Holy See's web-site It is fascinating reading that will bring home the point once again on why the Blessed Mother has put such an urgency on prayer, penance and conversion of heart. continued inside.

Vatican gets jump start on Mission Sunday in October by releasing text of Pope's Message early
      The Holy See released Tuesday the Pope's Message for Mission Sunday in this Jubilee Year. Mission Sunday is scheduled for October 22nd this year. The Pope's message pays particular attention to the missionaries who have given their lives for the faith, especially during the 20th century. The Church always "needs apostles who are ready to persevere to the very end," he said. continued inside.

Various religious authorities ask: Are we heading for doom with genome research?
Human Genome Science    Voicing concern over human genome research are several reputable religious authorities in England. While scientists celebrated their latest genetic breakthrough, churchmen and campaigners for disabled groups warned that the development of a map of the human genome could lead to selective breeding of humans. For more on this we recommend this issue's CATHOLIC PewPOINT Kindling for satan! as we delve beneath the rhetoric. continued inside.

Former Soviet Leader is chosen to help introduce Cardinal Casaroli's Memoirs in Rome
Cardinal Agostino CasaroliMikhail Gorbavchev    How fitting that former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev would be the one to introduce the memoirs of Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, the architect of the fall of communism. This is exactly what happened Monday in Rome when the Russian leader honored his late friend. Mikhail Gorbachev praised Cardinal Casaroli as "a man of dialogue." He recalled how he first met the veteran Vatican diplomat in June 1988, shortly after coming to power as head of the Communist Party in Russia. At that time, he said, Cardinal Casaroli conveyed a message from Pope John Paul II, suggesting the opening of direct talks between the Kremlin and the Holy See. It was, the former Soviet leader remarked, the beginning of a critical period of change, in which Cardinal Casaroli and the Vatican were instrumental. continued inside.

Planned Parenthood shows how desperate they are by once again making hollow accusations against the Vatican
   The culture of death is reeling and in their desperation they are flailing away at the source of their downfall - the Vatican. Planned Parenthood, the leader of the pro-aborts, and fast losing all credibility as Dr. Frank Joseph documents in his Pro-Life Prescriptions column in this issue, have once again attacked the Holy See, now making the ridiculous claim that the Vatican is anti-woman. What rubbish! No one holds the dignity of womanhood higher than the Church. continued inside.

Report claims Clinton Administration using Justice Department to monitor Bishops and Pro-Life Groups
   Alarming news: Attorney General Janet Reno is up to her old tricks again. The US Justice Department has been coordinating an effort to monitor pro-life groups, including the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, under the pretense of tracking potential "domestic terrorism," according to documents obtained by a judicial monitoring group and reported in the June 17 edition of Insight magazine. If, indeed, the Justice Department is monitoring this publication, please feel free to have at it for we will continue to speak out on moral matters and, hopefully the U.S. Bishops will continue as well, for we answer to a higher Source. We will always render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, but when Caesar usurps what is God's then we must speak out. continued inside.

Church and a nation say goodbye to late New Delhi Archbishop in India
   Archbishop Alan Basil de Lastic of New Delhi, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), who died in a car accident last week in Poland, was buried in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi on Tuesday after a solemn four-hour funeral service attended by 70 bishops from across the country, hundreds of priests and over 10,000 Catholics. continued inside.

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