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  • Events that occurred today in Church History
  • March 25th Medjugorje Message
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    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant:

  • Pope shows no signs of slowing down
  • Canadian soldier goes berserk, wreaks havoc in Rome
  • Anti-porn bill in Poland vetoed by communist leader
  • Porn promoted through latest court ruling in New York
  • Irish See hires ad firm to boost vocations. Whatever happened to prayer?!?
  • In Kenya vocations blooming as three new bishops consecrated
  • If you think New Hampshire politicians are confused over overturning partial-abortion ban, think of the poor innocent unborns!
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  • Events that happened today in Church History

       On this day 118 years ago in 1882, the Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus received its charter. It was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, priest of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut who saw the need for providing for widows and families and promoting Catholicity among Catholic men. Today the organization boasts a membership of nearly 1.6 million men comprising nearly 11,000 councils of First, Second and Third Degree Knights, not to mention the higher Fourth Degree and its Assemblies plus their proteges - the Squires and their Circles. Last year the Knights showed their leadership clout in cooperating with the Bishops in all aspects of parish life, evangelization and the pro-life movement and contributed over a record one hundred million dollars in charitable donations as well as logging well over 50 million hours in volunteer services. On December 18, 1997 the canonization process was introduced for Fr. McGivney. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for March 29:

    • 327 A.D.
    • Martyrdom of Saint Jonas and companion martyrs

    • 1058 A.D.
    • Death of Pope Stephen IX, 154th successor of Peter. Born in Lorraine, this first Belgian Pontiff was elected on August 2, 1057. Known for raising the moral standards of the clergy and laity, his pontificate lasted less than a year. He surrounded himself with learned and renowned counsellors who assisted him in all political matters and forbade matrimony between blood relations.

    • 1134 A.D.
    • Death of English-born Saint Stephen Harding, abbott and reformer of the Cistercians. He is also remembered as tutor of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.

    • 1139 A.D.
    • Pope Innocent II greets returning Knights of the Templar from the Holy Lands during the crusades and declares they are an official independent unit within Holy Mother Church. Over the years this privilege would be abused and the Templars would be condemned.

    • 1882 A.D.
    • The Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticutt to fulfill the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, especially for widows and poor families, receives its charter.

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    March 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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    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant:

    VATICAN RESUMES NORMAL SCHEDULE AFTER PAPAL TRIP

        VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Although the Vatican has been relatively quiet this week, after the intense activity surrounding a papal trip to the Holy Land, Italian journalists have been busy appraising the impact of the Pope's pilgrimage.

        Pope John Paul II himself has plunged back into his regular work schedule at the Vatican. Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told reporters on March 28 that the Pontiff has shown no signs of fatigue, despite the heavy schedule of the trip. On Monday, March 26-- his first day back in the Vatican-- the Pontiff met with the Secretariat of State, and held a private audience with 8,000 Italian pilgrims. He then began work preparing for his regular Wednesday public audience, at which-- following his usual practice-- he will give a public accounting of his trip to the Holy Land. Navarro-Valls also said that the Pope is "very satisfied" with the results of his voyage.

        Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, the head of the Vatican committee coordinating the Jubilee, said that the Pope's pilgrimage was "the summit of 20 years of this pontificate." Cardinal Etchegaray, who accompanied the Pope throughout the trip, said that he was struck by the "energy and spiritual power of the Pope" during the trip. As for the long-term impact of the Pope's visit, the French-born cardinal suggested that John Paul had "touched the religious heart of the Jews," and helped to overcome "an often false image" of Catholicism among the Jewish people.

        Rabbi David Rosen, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, confirmed that suggestion when he told reporters: "The Pope's visit opened a door, and there are many Jews who have discovered a rich garden inside, of which they had been unaware." The rabbi told the Italian daily Avvenire that while the Pope voiced his sorrow over the mistreatment of Jews by Christians, his dramatic visit also helped "to inform the Jews, to educate them, to make them remember the many forward steps that the Catholic Church has taken on behalf of Jews and against anti-Semitism, particularly over the past 35 years" since Vatican II.

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      Soldier on R & R wreaks havoc on famed Roman monument of Our Lady

         For reasons yet unknown, a 30 year-old Canadian soldier assigned to the UN forces in Kosovo arrived in Rome for a bit of rest and relaxation and did anything but that. Rather he proceeded to climb the Column of the Immaculate Conception near the Spanish Steps. In his efforts Robert F. Keenan broke a bas-relief angel at the top of the column where the Holy Father places a wreath of roses every December 8th on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The assaulter also took a marker to the faces of many of the visages on the column. continued inside.

    CANADIAN SOLDIER DAMAGES ROMAN COLUMN IN SCALING ATTEMPT

        ROME (CWNews.com) - A Canadian soldier was arrested in Rome on Sunday after he damaged the Column of the Immaculate Conception while trying to climb it.

        Robert Francis Keenan, 30, allegedly broke a bas-relief angel on the 19th century column near the Spanish Steps. The Pope places a wreath of roses at the column every December 8 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

        Keenan is serving with NATO forces in Kosovo, but arrived in Rome on Sunday on a 15-day pass.

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      Communist Polish President vetoes tough anti-porn law to chagrin of Catholics

         In the Holy Father's native land, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski vetoed a new law that would have established strict guidelines and punishements for anyone who distributed pornographic material. The law which laid down specific conditions under which porn would be defined, would, according to the communist Kwasniewski, have impugned "freedom of speech." Now the parliament will have to retry to accrue enough votes to override a veto and pass the toughest law in all of Europe continued inside.

    POLISH PRESIDENT VETOES ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY LAW

        WARSAW (CWNews.com) - Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski on Monday vetoed a new law that would have set up new, tougher anti-pornography measures, saying it would have unfairly curbed personal freedoms.

        "The president vetoed the bill because its enforcement would institute censorship and limit an individual's freedom to make ethical and artistic choices," Barbara Labuda, a presidential adviser on social issues, said. "Pornography is difficult to define and therefore its ban is hard to enforce. It is possible, however, to protect children and those who do not wish to see pornography, which is what the existing law does," she said.

        The law would have banned the production and distribution of all pornographic materials, the strongest law of its kind in Europe. The measure would have set up punishments of up to five years for dissemination of hard pornography, defined as the depiction of sex involving children, animals, or violence, and two-year terms for milder forms of pornography.

        The bill's supporters do not have the two-thirds majority to overturn the veto. Recent opinion polls found voters were evenly divided on the ban.

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      Porn permeates court mentality with verdict that permits such licentious licence

         Blasphemous art seems to have won the day not only in Poland but also New York where the govenrment has reached a settlement with the Brooklyn Museum which displayed a picture of the Blessed Mother covered in elephant dung and surrounded by pornographic figures and which Cardinal John J. O'Connor roundly condemned. Lawsuits have been set aside, and the Court has ordered New York to spend 5.8 million dollars for the museum's renovation. Virtue, today, is often sacrificed in order that vice can cut to the quick. continued inside.

    NEW YORK CITY SETTLES MUSEUM LAWSUIT OVER BLASPHEMOUS ART

        NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - The City of New York agreed to a settlement with a Brooklyn museum on Monday, in terms the museum said were a victory for its position.

        The city filed a lawsuit six months ago after the Brooklyn Museum of Art opened an exhibit that included a portrait of the Virgin Mary smeared with elephant dung and surrounded by pornographic images. The suit attempted to evict the museum from the city-owned site for violating terms of the long-term lease. The city also froze and annual $7.2 million operating subsidy.

        After the museum filed its own lawsuit in federal court, US District Judge Nina Gershon declared the sanctions unconstitutional late last year in a preliminary order restoring funding. The city appealed the decision.

        The settlement agreement requires both sides to drop their lawsuits and commits the city to spend an additional $5.8 million over the next two years for a museum renovation project. The city is also barred from retaliating or punishing the museum.

        The Virgin Mary painting, part of a British exhibit entitled "Sensation," started a furor with critics, including Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, calling the display blasphemous and anti-Catholic. First Lady Hillary Clinton, running for US Senate in New York, expressed her support for the exhibit.

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      Irish See turns to ad agency to pump up vocations. In the old days all that was needed was prayer!

         In this Jubilee, Quantum Advertising has been hired by the largest diocese in Ireland, Tuam. This same ad firm recently developed an internet campaign fostering vocations in New York and will now build an internet site for Tuam, which covers the whole west of Ireland, as the diocese seeks vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Currently, there are only three students studying for the priesthood when once Ireland was a fertile cornucopia of vocations, many of which helped evangelize the United States with the Faith. continued inside.

    IRISH ARCHDIOCESE LAUNCHES CALL FOR PRIESTS ON INTERNET

        TUAM, Ireland (CWNews.com) - The biggest diocese in Ireland has launched an Internet campaign to win vocations.

        The Archdiocese of Tuam has hired international advertising group Quantum Advertising to launch its soccer-theme web site at www.towardsthegoal.com. Quantum also ran a campaign for the Archdiocese of New York.

        The Archdiocese of Tuam -- which covers the whole of the west of Ireland -- has just three men training for the priesthood at the moment. Diocesan secretary Father Brendan Kilcoyne said that, just a few years ago, there were 28 men training in the diocesan seminary. Father Kilcoyne said the collapse in numbers "may well become a crisis.

        In a message on the web site from Archbishop Michael Neary, he calls the vocation of the priesthood a "risky affair" and an "adventure," comparing priests to sailors and mountaineers.

        "This is a site for risk-takers, impossible-goal-scorers, gamblers, if you like," he writes. "We are Catholic Priests, followers of Jesus Christ. ... If you're already an active Catholic and you don't feel you're making enough trouble yet, maybe you should be leading operations, directing the break-out? We need leaders. That's what a priest does, in various ways: he leads. Out. 'Towards The Goal.'"

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    THREE NEW BISHOPS CONSECRATED IN KENYA

        ROME, 28 (NE) Cardinal Jozef Tomko, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, consecrated on March 18 and 20 three new Bishops in Nairobi and Lodwar, Kenya, two of them born in this country and the other a missionary. "This is certainly a motive of joy for the Church in Kenya, indeed for the universal Church," Cardinal Tomko said in his homily on March 18 in Nairobi, as Fides informed in its last issue.

        The Vatican Cardinal recalled as well the important duties and responsibilities of Bishops, stressing the active life of the Church in Kenya. The Church in Nairobi, a city with 1 million Catholics from a total population of 4 million, is very active in pastoral and social activities and is one of the few dioceses in Africa which can rely on a sizeable number of clergy, religious and committed lay Catholics.

        Among current challenges, Cardinal Tomko highlighted as a major priority pastoral formation in the faith for all ages. It is also necessary, he further emphasized, that the diocesan community grows "in missionary spirit because, while in Nairobi there are many pastoral workers, elsewhere in Kenya and in the rest of Africa there are dioceses and peoples in urgent need of apostolic personnel."

        The Cardinal Prefect ended his homily recalling that the fundamental vocation of a Bishop is to "love his flock and to spread love, reconciliation, harmony, forgiveness and solidarity. The Bishop is a man of God who lives for others!"

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      Politicians pave way for poor memories and power brokers in succumbing to pro-aborts

         Politicians in New Hampshire don't seem to know what they're doing. Having recently passed a ban on partial-birth abortion, one Representative said he was tricked into voting for the bill. Oh! What a mess we weave. The question is do our legislators in any state or in Washington have a mind that can think on their own, to take control of their own conscience before God? Or is it the pro-aboart lobbyists whose dead consciences are being foisted off on non-thinking lawmakers? One wonders just how low we've sunk when babies are killed seemingly on a whim. continued inside.

    NEW HAMPSHIRE LAWMAKERS MAY RECONSIDER ABORTION VOTE

        CONCORD (CWNews.com) - The New Hampshire House of Representatives may reconsider its vote against a ban on partial-birth abortions after one legislator said he was tricked into voting against it.

        Rep. Peter Leonard, D-Manchester, who said he is pro-life, said he had initially voted for the bill banning the procedure, but was misled by some colleagues into believing he had voted against it. Leonard said he then mistakenly changed his vote to stop the ban.

        In addition, Rep. Roland Turgeon, another Manchester Democrat, said he also mistakenly voted against the ban. Supporters noted that more than three dozen House members did not vote on the ban, leading them believe that a re-vote will result in passing the measure.

        On the same days as the original vote, the House also rejected a bill which would have required the notification of a parent or guardian, if an underage girl wants an abortion.

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