June 9-11, 2000
volume 11, no. 106    June 9-11, 2000
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We conclude Easter Time this weekend and begin Ordinary Time after we celebrate the "Birthday of the Church" on Sunday with the Solemnity of the Feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary in the upper room. Ever since that time the Spirit has been renewing "the face of the earth."

For more, see INSPIRATION.

Amnesty International, spurred on by pro-abort interests, sharpened their axe against the Vatican yesterday and sparks began to fly as the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the UN Archbishop Renato Martino fired back a volley at the accusers, labeling Amnesty as the turncoat trying to stir up trouble.

For more, see NEWS.

In our on-going APPRECIATION OF THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH series we feature on this very special weekend of Pentecost the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit in installment 169. It wasn't planned that way, it just happens to fall into place for this time in the list of topics covered to date in this series. Call it a "Godincidence."

For more, see FEATURES.

Cardinal Agustino Casaroli

Friday is the two-year anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II's trusted confidant, friend and Secretary of State Cardinal Agustino Casaroli who was so instrumental in paving the way for the Holy Father to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev and bring down the iron curtain. He was 84 at his death.

For more, see CURRENTS.

Pope uses Wednesday's Audience to show faithful how the glory of the Trinity is reflected in the human person
His Holiness reads his Wednesday Message    In his regular Wednesday Papal Audience on June 7th, with around 40,000 in attendance at St. Peter's Square, His Holiness Pope John Paul II focused on the Blessed Trinity and the Trinitarian purpose we were all created. Our first link with eternity is already present from the moment we begin to breathe, which is a "Trinitarian intervention of blessing and love." Therefore, from that moment, from our very origin, our existence assumes a new dimension, a "new life." "This transcendent life infused into us by grace opens us to the future, beyond the limits of our fallen state as creatures," the Pope explained. For the full text of the Holy Father's Address, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS


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