Holy Father completes historic "Jubilee Journey" with a call for unity in the Holy City among the three major monotheistic religions
The Pope fulfills lifelong Jubilee dream of retracing the footsteps of Jesus in search of Salvation History - from Abraham to the Apostles|
Holy Father concluded his historic, emotional and memorable "Jubilee Journey" by meeting with the Grand Mufti near the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem at the Dome of the Rock, then visit the Western Wall of Jerusalem, also known as the "Wailing Wall" where he prayed with Orthodox Jews and placed a paper in a crack of the wall which called for forgiveness by Christians and a call to reconciliation between followers of Christ and Abraham's children of the Covenant. He then venerated the tomb where Our Lord was lain, placing his palms down flat on the slab in deep prayer. He then made a short visit to the area where Christ was crucified on Golgatha within the same edifice before celebrating Mass in the cavernous Church of the Holy Sepulchre where he also gave his Sunday Angelus address after Mass. His last official act in the Holy Land was to meet with Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah and other bishops and patriarchs before taxing by helicopter from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv where he waved affectionately to all on the tarmac and bid Israel and the Holy Land adieu as he boarded his plane for his return trip to Rome and a few days of much earned rest after his most grueling, and one of the most rewarding of his long and glorious pontificate. 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 SEVEN
Lenten Weekday |
2 Kings 5: 1-15
Psalm 42: 2-3; 43: 3-4
Luke 4: 24-30
For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION and WAY OF THE CROSS Meditations for Monday, March 27th,
see LENTEN DEVOTIONS.
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"Amen I say to your, no prophet is acceptable in his own courntry."
Luke 4: 24
March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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"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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Pope speaks out from the source site of Salvation on the day he visits the three most sacred sites of the three major religions |
Today we bring you the Holy Father's final homily in the Holy Land, his Sunday sermon yesterday in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre where spoke of the articles of the Catholic Faith as outlined in the Apostles' Creed, calling to mind that the path of salvation leads to the Cross, before the Glory of Heaven can be revealed. Also today we bring you his Angelus message imparted after the Mass from the same place wherein the Pope relates with Mary, the Mother of God - Theotokos - and calls on her to be with her children. The Holy Father's words echoe the strong spiritual graces received by his "Jubilee Journey" for the sake of all the Church, and recall to us, in the season of Lent, that the sorrows of this life are given light only through Christ and through His Holy Mother Mary, Mother of Sorrows, but now Queen of Angels and Saints. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Those planting dissent are tilling heresy!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa takes on the dissenters within the Church who insist on foisting their own pantheistic, relativistic beliefs on other Catholics in an effort to justify their freedom of conscience campaign which, in effect, is binding them to satan for rather than eschewing freedom and a democratic church as is their goal, they are separating themselves from Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church for they cry out, through their actions, the clarion of lucifer: "Non serviam." "I will not serve." Pat shows how the Nicene Creed, established by the Church in 325 at the Council of Nicaea, has served the Church and her children well for it has stood as a barometer of all Catholics must believe. Yet many parishes today insist on foregoing the Nicene Creed for a fabricated creed that forges dissenting thoughts into the liturgy. We must realize that any diversion from the Nicene Creed creates heresy and consequently is not in union with Church teaching. The faster all Catholics realize that, especially the blind sheep being so hoodwinked by these "Dr. Dissento" types, the faster the dissenters will fade away simply from non support. For his column today, Some, who call themselves 'Catholic,' believe in anything but... , see VIEW FROM THE PEW
Appreciation of the Promise of the Redeemer
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, appropriately in following up the Holy Father's "Jubilee Journey" last week, the Promise of the Redeemer as explained in My Catholic Faith for it was that promise that kept alive Salvation History through millenniums until the Incarnation, the Crucifixion and Resurrection. For the 139th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened today in Church History
On this day 622 years ago, Pope Gregory XI passed on to his Heavenly reward. It was Gregory who heeded the advice of Saint Catherine of Siena and returned the Holy See to its rightful seat in Rome after 75 years away. This French-born Pontiff added St. Mary Major as a major Basilica in which one could obtain a Jubilee Indulgence which is in effect this year. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Fear of accepting enslavement
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".
"The evil of our day is the evil not of the East or the West, but of the world. It is of the world because men generally have become estranged from the true center of their spiritual life. Having ceased to fear God, in the sense of filial fear such as a child has for a father, they have begun to fear man with a servile fear, such as a slave has for a tyrant."
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Pope to consecrate New Millennium to Mary's Immaculate Heart in her month of October
The Vatican has announced that on October 8th of this Jubilee Year, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in Rome and on display at the Vatican. There, after a special celebratory Mass concelebrated by Bishops from around the world, the Holy Father will consecrate the Third Millennium to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to fulfill once and for all those who still insist that the Pope has not consecrated Russia or the world for that matter - to her Immaculate Heart as per her request at Fatima. It is only fitting that the "Fatima Pope" complete this wonderful act. continued inside
Chicago priest officially becomes first Catholic chaplain ever in the House
As announced a few days ago, the House of Representatives swore in the first Catholic priest in the history of congress and the choice, approved by Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI, is an excellent one which avoids the controversy and ill-feelings fostered by Archbishop Rembert Weakland, OSB over his promotion of his favorite liberal priest to get the nod. The archbishop can't say a thing now for a priest has been selected, but it's not his man. But he was Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert R-Il's choice and he won out. continued inside.
Death Penalty moratorium declared in Philippines but Islam terrorists are threatening to kill if demands are not met as they hold Catholic schoolchildren hostage
The Philippine government has agreed to ban all executions this year, as the Catholic Bishops requested during this special Jubilee Year. While this bodes well, an Islamic terrorist group holding 50 Catholic schoolchildren hostage, are demanding that all Catholics withdraw from the southern island in order to proclaim it a sovereign state for Islam. Perhaps these Islamic terrorists haven't been paying attention to the Holy Father's peace overtures with the Moslims this week in the Holy Land. continued inside.
Jewish historians show proof why Church and Pope should never have to apologize for Pius XII's actions
In the aftermath of the Holy Father's successful Papal Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and facing head on the Jewish controversy, several respected Jewish historians have declared that Pope Pius XII received more praise and expressions of gratitude from the Jewish people than any other Bishop of Rome in history. These historians have documented proof that Pius saved between 740,000 to 860,000 Jews, and that during Nazi occupation of Rome, more than 4,447 Jews were hidden in over 155 Catholic institutions. More proof that Pius was definitely not "Hitler's Pope" as he has been so badly maligned. continued inside.
Biblical Archeologist believes he's discovered ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah at bottom of the Dead Sea. If that's true then no wonder it's called the "Dead Sea!"
According to a British-born US resident Biblical scholar and archeologist who has been exploring the bottom of the Dead Sea, the ruins of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah have been found. How fitting were it to just lay in ruins because that is the plight of many cities throughout the world today who are far worse off than those ancient cities destroyed for their wickedness by Almighty God. One wonders just how long before our "modern tabernacles of desecration" go unpunished by an All-Powerful and Just God. continued inside.
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