June 1-4, 2000

volume 11, no. 103

June 1-4, 2000

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Today we begin!

    Today marks one small step for man, a giant step for God in striving to bring the Gospel to many more as we extend to the world in five more languages

   Today as we are about to extend the DAILY CATHOLIC into seven total languages, the editor had an emergency which precludes us from bringing you a full issue this weekend. The account of our "Jubilee Journey of Joy for Jesus" and a full implementation of a News section, a Features section, an Inspiration section and a Currents section will be added when the editor recovers. Please be patient with us during this time while he is taking medical tests. Monday we will bring you Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM A PEW, the liturgy, and regular features, but will need to stay in an abbreviated mode during this time until the editor is back to full strength. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this testing period. We are endeavoring to get the articles on line as soon as possible for the editor while he is laid up, but there will be some articles missing due to circumstances beyond our control since the editor is undergoing medical tests. To give you an idea of what is planned and what we need to fulfill these plans, see CATHOLIC PewPOINT


   This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven on Thursday, followed by the Feast of Saint Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs on FIRST FRIDAY and the Feast of Saint Charles Lwanga and his companion martyrs on FIRST SATURDAY. Sunday is the Seventh and Final Sunday of Easter before Monday's Feast of Saint Boniface, Bishop, Martyr and "Apostle of Germany." For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.


Taken from the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
"Sanctify them in the truth. Thy word is truth. Even as Thou has sent Me into the world, so I also have sent them into the world. And for them I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth."

John 17: 17-19

The Gospa's message for May
May 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! I rejoice with you and in this time of grace I call you to spiritual renewal. Pray, little children, that the Holy Spirit may come to dwell in you in fullness, so that you may be able to witness in joy to all those who are far from faith. Especially, little children, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow-man; and that in wisdom and love you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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    Pro-Life Prescriptions:

    The Boxer Rebellion! California Senator shows her true colors when backed into a corner regarding abortion
    Abortion is Murder
      Today Dr. Frank Joseph pulls no punches in telling it like it truly is. Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice pro-abort organizations seem to have a cover-up of their own, which fits comfortably into the on-going culture of death society in which we live. "For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?" Today, Dr. Joseph recalls a heated discussion between California's very pro-abort Senator Barbara Boxer and Pennsylvania's pro-life Senator Rick Santorum in which he cornered her in exposing her facade. For his column "I Am Not Answering These Questions!" - A Senate Exchange on Birth and Partial-Birth, see Pro-Life Prescriptions

    From Russia to Fatima with Love and Conversion

    Father Robert J. FoxArchbishop Thaddeus Kondrusiewicz
        During this "month of Mary" and the focus on Fatima with the beatifications a few weeks ago of the Fatima Shepherd Children Jacinta and Francisco Marto by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, and with the debut of the DailyCATHOLIC now being published daily in Russian to reach all parts of the former Iron Curtain, we present a special series written by Father Robert J. Fox, director of the Fatima Family Apostolate and editor of the full color Immaculate Heart Messenger. We are delighted to work with Father Robert Fox in bringing you this special series on Our Lady's plans for the conversion of Russia. If anyone knows the temperature of the Faith in the former Soviet Union it is Fr. Fox. These articles first appeared in earlier issues of his full-color magazine Immaculate Heart Messenger which Fr. Fox edits and publishes. Today he share with us the second part of an article he wrote on the first visit ever to Fatima by Archbishop Thaddeus Kondrusiewicz, the Apostolic Administrator for Latin Rite Catholics in European Russia and Archbishop of Moscow. For the second installment of Moscow comes to Fatima, see THE CHURCH IN RUSSIA

    of Actual Grace
        Today we resume our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We present the first part of the catechesis on Actual Grace as explained in My Catholic Faith and how the Holy Spirit works through us in this supernatural in revealing the vacuum of earthly things and instills in us a longing for Heaven and an aid to fight temptations. For part two in the 166th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened today in Church History
    Pope Saint Pius X   On this date 165 years ago in 1835, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto was born in upper Venetia, Italy. His mother was a seamstress and his father a postman, and he would become the great Pope Saint Pius X in succeeding Pope Leo XIII. He would be remembered as a holy Pontiff who made it possible for all to receive Holy Communion by decreeing children who had reached the age of reason could receive the Holy Eucharist if in the state of Sanctifying Grace. For other time capsule events that happened this weekend in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenThe separation of state from man's soul
       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 stubborn worship of a theory has had most appalling consequences in our day. To the theorist, it does not seem to matter that whole nations are deprived of liberty, that millions starve, that thousands are purged - so long as the theory is maintained in power. Instead of making the hat of governmental policy fit the head of man, the modern tendency is to cut off the head if it does not fit the hat - to demand that institutions, political schemes and social theories must prevail, no matter if their cost proves to be the destruction of man himself."

    Coming Monday:

    • Pat Ludwa returns with another excellent, thought-provoking column in his VIEW FROM THE PEW

    • The 167th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on June 5th.

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for two bishops - the martyred Saint Boniface on Monday and Saint Norbert on Tuesday during the final week of Easter.

    • ...and much more in our 104th issue for 2000!

    with a Catholic slant

    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below

    Pontifical Council for Social Communications releases important document on the Ethics of the Media
       On Tuesday the Vatican published a document entitled, "Ethics in Social Communications." It is an easy-to-read guide that articulates the primary moral principles that must be the foundation of the new communications technology, which inexorably affects all aspects of social existence, from the activity of stock markets to people's home lives. We will bring it to you in its entireity in Monday's issue.continued inside

    More journalists than expected will partake in Jubilee this weekend as World Media descends early on Rome
       "We were expecting 700 journalists; however, next Sunday, June 4, 7,000 will come to celebrate the Journalists' Jubilee with the Holy Father," stated Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. He did not hide his surprise when attending a press conference this morning to present the Vatican document "Ethics in Social Communications."continued inside.

    Rome's mayor reverses position on endorsing Gay Pride event, realizes the grave error of supporting such an outlandish event
    Italy    Reevaluating his position on the the negative impact of the overtly homosexual activities scheduled for Rome near the Vatican, the mayor of Rome on Monday said the city would no longer officially sanction the planned World Gay Pride event planned for the end of June and beginning of July. continued inside.

    Terror takes over in Indonesia: 44 Christians slaughtered by Muslim Jihad as holy war intensifies
    Indonesia    It looks like East Timor all over again as a Muslim jihad group attacked a Christian village in North Maluku in Indonesia in pre-dawn, killing 44 and injuring 102 in a "Pearl Harbor" type attack that left the Christians defenseless. It follows on the heels of many more killings of Protestant evangelicals who populate the Spice Islands. continued inside.

    Send in the clowns as Pope will meet with Migrants and Circus workers for Special Jubilee event this weekend
       On Friday, June 2, the Holy Father will preside over a Jubilee Mass; 40,000 people are expected to attend special events for the "Jubilee of Migrants and Itinerant People." Included among the group will be migrants, refugees, foreign students, agents and staff involved in tourism and pilgrimages, seafarers, nomads, circus and fairground workers, and civil aviation personnel. We have to wonder if the busses will be allowed in Rome since tour and travel reps will be in Rome in droves. continued inside.

    Former drug addicts are now addicted to fulfilling pilgrimage to Rome for Jubilee
       A group of 45 former drug addicts has taken up a 60-mile pilgrimage on foot to celebrate the Jubilee. "The march in the sun is exhausting, but it is lovely to hear people encourage us: Come on! Don't give up!" said one of the youths, aged between 15 and 24. continued inside.

    Lithuanian Cardinal mourned by Holy Father in special telegram to current Archbishop of Kaunas
    Cardinal Vincentas Saldkevicius, M.I.C.    Pope John Paul II recalled yesterday the "authentic witness of the Gospel" given by Cardinal Vincentas Sladkevicius, Archbishop emeritus of Kaunas (Lithuania) , who died Sunday night at the age of 79. "He was a priest of great faith and fervent piety and, although prevented for many years from practicing his episcopal ministry and placed under confinement, he never allowed himself to be intimidated, always giving a shining example of indomitable faith in Divine Providence and faithful loyalty to the See of Peter", wrote the Holy Father, in a telegram sent to Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius, of Kaunas. continued inside.

    American Historian of World War II debunks author of "Hitler's Pope," calling him a fraud for falsifying information demeaning to Pius XII
       Martin Doorhy, historian specialized in World War II, expressed his opinions on the publicized book of John Cornwell, "Hitler's Pope", in an interview for the Chicago Catholic New World weekly magazine. In his declarations, he underlined that it was impossible for Cornwell to work exhaustively in the Archives of the Secretariat of the Vatican State "for months", as Cornwell had stated. continued inside.

    Colombian hostages celebrate one year anniversary of their release with special Mass in Cali
       Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cansino of the Colombian city of Cali on Tuesday celebrated a Mass with 175 former hostages of the rebel National Liberation Army (ELN) to mark the one year anniversary of their kidnapping at La Maria Church. continued inside.

    Referendum to ban promotion of homosexuality in schools gains overwhelming vote from Scots in effort to dissuade Parliament from doing something really stupid
    ScotlandCardinal Thomas Winning    The crusade carried out by Scotland's Cardinal Thomas Winning to maintain Section 28 - the ban on teaching homosexuality in schools - and which was helped by the referendum funded by businessman Brian Souter, has been overwhelmingly supported by Scottish people who voted for the support of the retention of Section 28. Despite the threats and mocking of the cardinal and others against condoning the gay lifestyle, families have united in the British Isles to reinforce family values when things looked the darkest. continued inside.

         For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and the Dossiers, features and Daily Dispatches from ZENIT International News Agency CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC, but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

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