TODAY'S LITURGY: |
Isaiah 1: 10, 16-20
Psalm 59: 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Matthew 23: 1-12
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"Neither be called masters; for One only is your Master, the Christ. He Who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."
Mattthew 23: 10-12
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What Moses beheld
The Pope looks out on the Promised Land nearly three and a half thousand years after Moses as he begins the first day of his historic "Jubilee Journey" |
Today we bring you events of the Holy Father's first day in the Holy Land yesterday, including his meeting with Jordan's King Abdala II and the Pope's special trip to Mt. Nebo where he prayed at the grave of Moses and climbed the heights to look out over the Jordan Valley to peer towards Israel just as Moses had nearly three and a half millenniums ago. For accounts of these and other events during the Holy Father's first day in the Holy Land provided by ZENIT and CWN News, see JOHN PAUL II's "JUBILEE JOURNEY" - DAY ONE
EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of the significance of the Holy Father's weeklong pilgrimage in retracing the footsteps of Jesus Christ, we are suspending some regular features in order to bring you more coverage of the "Jubilee Journey." That means today there will be no column by Michael Vincent Boyer but it will return in its regular slot next Tuesday. Also in tomorrow's issue Dr. Frank Joseph's column will run, but there will be no 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER installment until next Wednesday.
"Without peace, there can be no authentic
development for this region, no better life for its peoples, no brighter
future for its children."
Today we bring you the Holy Father's discourse on his arrival yesterday in Amman, Jordan after a four-hour flight from Rome, arriving at 2 p.m. He was met by King Abdala II of Jordan who graciously escorted him to the podium where he gave his opening discourse in outlining the spiritual reasons for this wondrous, historic "Jubilee Journey." See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Leave it to the media to further assassinate Pope Pius XII's good name on the eve of John Paul II's "Jubilee Journey"
In today's editorial, we take on that vaunted news titan 60 Minutes for their scurrilous piece on Pope Pius XII Sunday night and how, by elevating the author of the book "Hitler's Pope" by John Cornwell, a dissident and bitter Catholic journalist, the network and "hit man" Ed Bradley took everything out of context and couched certain questions that would evoke the response they wanted. Through manipulative editing and subliminal footage of dark, forboding scenes whenever they were referring to Pius, they portrayed a man who hated Jews and blacks. Nothing could be further from the truth and we set the record straight in today's commentary. For today's editorial By its use of yellow journalism the once-mighty CBS eye is now black and blue! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Appreciation of the Church guiding us in avoiding the Deadly Sin of Pride
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. Today we present the catechesis on the Seven Deadly or Capital Sins with today's first sin of Pride as explained in My Catholic Faith for is the root of many sin and was the downfall of satan himself who would not serve. For the 135th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened today in Church History
On this day 854 years ago, Pope Blessed Eugene III charged a young Benedictine monk to begin preaching the Second Crusade throughout Europe. He chose wisely for the holy priest he selected was none other than Saint Bernard of Clairvaux the holy Cistercian, who would be an influential force to many Popes and the Church during his lifetime. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The causes and effects of wars!
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".
"Wars are not made by politics, but by politicians with a certain philosophy of life. No explanation of war has ever been as clear as the biblical one which declares that wars are punishments on man for for his sin. Not a punishment in the sense that God sends a war as a father spanks a child for an act of disobedience; but rather taht a war follows a breakdown of morality, as thunder follows lightening, and as blindness follows the plucking out of the eye."
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Today in the Holy Land:
Today the Holy Father visits the controversial Baptism site at Wadi al-Kharrar where Jordan insists Our Lord was baptized by Saint John the Baptist. Late in the afternoon he will leave Jordan and fly on to Israel. For full coverage of Day Two, see tomorrow's issue.
EWTN to bring live coverage of the Pope's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land all week
This week, while the Pope's pilgrimage in retracing the footsteps of Jesus will be relegated to the evening news, you can catch live action of the Pope on EWTN. If you don't have it on your cable, you can pick it up on the web at www.ewtn.com. Inside is a schedule of Mother Angelica's network coverage. continued inside
Pope John Paul II confirms he will beatify Francisco and Jacinta at Fatima on May 13th
The Holy Father has officially confirmed he will travel to Fatima on May 13th to beatify the seers Jacinta and Francisco with the third seer Sister Lucia in attendance in a glorious event for this Portuguese village and international shrine. The Pope placed the bullet from the assasin's gun that almost felled the Pontiff back on May 13, 1981 in the crown of the Virgin statue during his last visit to Fatima and that same statue will be flown to Rome in October. continued inside.
Vatican officials assure world cut on Pope's forehead is only a small bruise and nothing to be alarmed over
With the Pope's health under the world's microscope, some media wags expressed concern over a cut on the Pope's forehead Monday, but it's nothing to be alarmed at according to Vatican officials. It only means the Sovereign Pontiff met headon with an immovable object and lost, but not that badly. It's merely a flesh wound and as of last night it was hardly noticeable. continued inside.
Rome's head Rabbi lauds Pope on Papal Pilgrimage as a first step toward better relations
The head of Rome's Synagogue Rabbi Elio Toaff has cut through political controversy in focusing on the true nature of the Papal Pilgrimage to his land. He lauds the Pope for being the first to visit a synagogue and this trip marks a new landmark in relations between the Church and Judaism, adding that there is much work ahead, but that John Paul II is planting the seed. The grace of God will nourish the fruits. continued inside.
Heirs of Chaldea celebrate Special Jubilee in Rome over the weekend
Along with craftsmen from around the world, the Chaldean Church celebrated their Jubilee in Rome this past weekend and a festive spirit filled the air. Few remembered the disappointment of the Pope not being able to go to Ur, birthplace of Abraham in Chaldea in Iraq and instead celebrated with the Chaldean Patriarch as the Pope praised them all for their faith and their perseverance in the face of the Nestorian heresy in 431. continued inside.
Cardinal Stafford officiates at Cardinal Kung's Funeral
The President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity Cardinal Francis J. Stafford flew to the East Coast this past weekend in order to officiate at the funeral Mass for the late Cardinal Ignatius Gong Pin-mei affectionately known as Cardinal Kung who headed up the Cardinal Kung Foundation and who passed away last week. The Requiem Mass and Burial was held in Stamford, Connecticutt where Cardinal Kung had taken up residence and established the Foundation after being exiled from his homeland in communist China. continued inside.
Dominican Cardinal decries USAID Death Squads in response to wife of US ambassador who praises culture of death sterilization program in his country
Cardinal Nicolas Lopez Rodriquez, Archbishop of Santa Domingo and Military Ordinary in the Dominican Republic, has decried the U.S. Federally funded sterilization program promoted and carried out in his country. He was incensed at one of the wives of a U.S. ambassador who praised the sterilization program being conducted which the cardinal referred to as "USAID Death Squads" and bemoaned the fact that even Dominican Republic elected officials are succumbing to the US intimidation. Not only that but American's tax money is going to fund and promote this culture of death abroad, something the Clinton administration has been pushing for. continued inside.
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