FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY    vol. 11, no. 60     March 24-26, 2000

DAILY CATHOLIC for 

March 24-26, 2000


Day Six news of the Holy Father's historic JUBILEE JOURNEY

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Holy Father celebrates "Do this in Remembrance of Me" in Upper Room, then honors Holocaust victims in Hall of Remembrance
Pope celebrates Mass where Christ instituted the Blessed SacramentMass in the Upper Cenacle Room - site of the Last Supper
Pope reunited with boyhood soccer friend Jerzy Kluger, a survivor of the Holocaust John Paul II with the aid of his two cardinals lays wreath in the Hall of Remembrance
Pope endears Jewish people to him in moving tribute; reunites with old friends
   Today we bring you events of the Holy Father's fourth day in the Holy Land yesterday which began in the Upper Cenacle Room where Jesus instituted the Blessed Sacrament at the first Mass at the Last Supper. It was a private affair with only his close associates, bishops and cardinals in attendance. Later he met with the two chief Rabbis of Israel and then a courtesty visit to President Ezer Weizman before being escorted to the Hall of Remebrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. There in some of the most touching moments of his pilgrimage, he was invited to stir the eternal flame and lay a wreath on the memorial, then meet survivors of the Holocaust including old friends from his days as a youth in Poland. For accounts of these and other events during the Holy Father's third day in the Holy Land provided by ZENIT and CWN News, see JOHN PAUL II's "JUBILEE JOURNEY" - DAY FOUR
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of the importance of the Holy Father's historic "Jubilee Journey" this week, we are devoting as much coverage to these events throughout the week and weekend. Therefore no columns or editorial in this weekend issue. We will update this page each day over the weekend so be sure to check back on Saturday and Sunday with Day Seven highlights in Monday's issue.


GIF images used with permission of EWTNPope stirs embers of eternal fire at Yad Vashem
Holy Father runs gamut of emotions on fourth day of his "Jubilee Journey" - from Mass in the room of the Last Supper to remembering the Shoah to encouraging interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians and Muslims
   Today we bring you the Holy Father's discourses for Thursday's schedule. If ever there was an ecumenical itinerary, this was it. First the Holy Father spoke where Christ pronounced the words "This is My Body", then he addressed Israel's two chief Rabbi's at the home of another Rabbi. Following this he gave a short speech at the residence of the president of Israel before his moving talk at Yad Vashem. He completed his day with a touching call for reconciliation, understanding and unity with representatives of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths at the Pontifical Institute of Notre Dame in Jerusalem. All of these in their entirety can be found in this issue. These were all provided by ZENIT. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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

NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

"Dear children! Pray and make good use of this time, because this is a time of grace. I am with you and I intercede for each one of you before God, for your heart to open to God and to God's love. Little children, pray without ceasing, until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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LENTEN DEVOTIONS

WAY OF THE CROSS For Daily Lenten Reflections and the WAY OF THE CROSS, see WEEKEND LENTEN DEVOTIONS

"Live the Beatitudes"
Over 100,000 from all over the world attended Papal Mass on shores of Galilee
Holy Father waves to the multitudes   Sign says it all - We love you, John Paul II - among throngs
Christ first preached on this spot called the Mount of Beatitudes
Holy Father ventures into the heartland of Christ's public life and reaches the heart of over 100,000 youth in a call to live the Beatitudes
Peter the fisherman answers Christ's callPope looks out on the multitudes beneath huge mural of Jesus   With over 100,000 young people waving, dancing and praying reverently on the site recognized as the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Pope John Paul II celebrated his largest outdoor Mass in the Holy Land and implored the youth to "be courageous Apostles of the Kingdom." Under windy and somewhat rainy conditions a tent-covered sanctuary with a giant mural of Jesus behind the altar served as the backdrop for a stunning site as the multitudes flocked to the Papal Mass in Korazim or Chorazim. After Mass he met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak at the Shrine of the Mount of Beatitudes, then spent a quiet half hour in prayer at the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha. After this he journeyed a short ways where he also prayed in the Church of St. Peter. It was a special occasion for this is also considered the site where, after the Resurrection, Our Lord charged Simon Peter to "Feed My sheep" (John 21: 15-17) and is considered the "Primacy of Peter." The Pope then traveled to the Sanctuary of the House of St. Peter in Capernaum where the Apostle lived as a fisherman before being called by Christ. For accounts of these and other events during the Holy Father's fifth day in the Holy Land provided by ZENIT and CWN News, see JOHN PAUL II's "JUBILEE JOURNEY" - DAY FIVE

Appreciation of the Church guiding us in avoiding the Deadly Sins of Envy and Sloth
    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 sixth and seventh sins of Envy and Sloth as explained in My Catholic Faith. These two sins disregard the gifts and virtues God gave us and weaken resolve, thus allowing other deadling sins to slither in. For the 138th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
Saint Catherine of Siena    On Saturday 653 years ago in 1347 Saint Catherine of Siena, considered a cornerstone of the Church in the tumultous time of Avignon who convinced the Roman Pontiffs to return to the Seat of the Holy See - Rome. She was born in Siena the youngest of 25 siblings and would go on to become a nun and one of the first women Doctors of the Church, an honor bestowed on her in 1970 by Pope Paul VI. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


The Real Meaning of Life!
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Archbishop 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".

"Perfection is being, not doing; it is not to affect an act but to achieve a character. There is nothing that makes life unhappier than its meaninglessness, and life is devoid of meaning only when it is without purpose. There are tens of thousands of minor purposes, but the one great purpose is the perfection of our character from a moral point of view. Infinite as are the varieties of life, he who has not found out directly how to make everything converge to the sanctification of his own soul has missed the meaning of life."

"Be it done unto me according to Thy will"
Pope kneels in prayer at the Grotto of the Annunciation Angel of the Lord appears to Mary in Announcing the Incarnation in Nazareth
Jesus was consoled in the Garden of GethsemanePope spends time consoling Our Lord at the same site as Our Lord wept in the Garden of Olives
Vicar of Christ spends next to last day in Holy Land in prayerful contemplation from the Incarnation in Nazareth to the Passion at Gethsemane
John Paul II's popemobile wends its way out of Nazareth with Basilica in background    Saturday was a prayerful day in experiencing the emotions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to whom the Holy Father has consecrated his papacy. He began it with a prayerful visit at the Grotto of the Annunciation in Nazareth, then celebrated Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation on the special occasion of the Feast of the Annunciation. After Mass he returned to Jerusalem where he met at the Apostolic Delegation headquarters in Jerusalem with special representatives, then was escorted to the Basilica of the Garden of Gethsemane near his temporary residence on the Mount of Olives. There he knelt in private prayer and meditated on Our Lord's suffering in fulfillment of Our Lord's request to the first Pope - Peter - "Could you not then watch one hour with Me?" (Matthew 26: 40). No doubt he was one with Our Lady in suffering the same heartfelt emotions she felt as the Mother of Sorrows. Pope of the West meets Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Afterwards the Sovereign Pontiff met with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Diodoros I for a special ecumenical meeting between East and West. In Monday's issue we will bring you highlights of the Pope's final day in the Holy Land. For accounts of these and other events during the Holy Father's sixth day in the Holy Land provided by ZENIT News, see JOHN PAUL II's "JUBILEE JOURNEY" - DAY SIX


Weekend LITURGY
Solemnity of the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord
Solemnity of the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord   This weekend, after Lenten weekday on Friday, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Feast of the ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD on Saturday and the Third Sunday of Lent. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, and vignette for the Annunciation, see DAILY LITURGY.


The DAILY WORD
For the Third Sunday of Lent:

    "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. He, however, who drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up unto life everlasting."

John 4: 13-14


"He is Risen, Alleluiah!"
He is Risen, AlleluiahShrine of the crypt of the Holy Sepulchre
Holy Father will conclude Holy Land "Jubilee Journey" celebrating Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher before returning to Rome
   Sunday the Holy Father will complete his historic, emotional and memorable "Jubilee Journey" by meeting with the Grand Mufti near the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, then visit the Western Wall of Jerusalem, also known as the "Wailing Wall." He will then celebrate Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and also give his Sunday Angelus address after Mass. Around 3 p.m. he will meet with Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah and other bishops and patriarchs before taxing by helicopter from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv where he will board his plane for his return trip to Rome and a few days rest after his most grueling, and one of the most rewarding of his long and glorious pontificate. In Monday's issue we will bring you all the highlights.


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