TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 85     May 2, 2000

May 2, 2000
      Feast of Saint Athanasius
      Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Original painting of Fatima Shepherds by Terry Nelson, used with permission from Immaculate Heart Messenger
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May is Mary's Month and very special this year because of the Beatification of two of the Fatima Shepherds in Fatima on May 13, 2000
Father Robert J. Fox
Father Robert J. Fox

Our Lady of Fatima
Blessed Jacinta Marto
Blessed Jacinta Marto
Blessed Francisco Marto
Blessed Francisco Marto
Photos above used with permission by Father Robert J. Fox

   We are delighted to work with Father Robert Fox in bringing you this special series on the Fatima shepherd children Jacinta and Francisco Marto who will be beatified on May 13th this year by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Throughout May we will be bringing you his articles on the two Fatima shepherds leading up to their beatification and after that, more articles on the Church in Russia since it is so pertinent to Fatima and the fact we are now publishing in Russian. Our Lady asked for the conversion of Russia and we are humbled in obediently publishing his words in Russian as well as bringing you his articles that appeared in the April-June issue of the full-color magazine which Fr. Fox edits and publishes, Immaculate Heart Messenger. To order a subscription or to find out about other materials such as the many books and tapes for God's children of all ages or about the upcoming 18th Annual National Marian Congress to be held on the weekend of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 9-11 at the Shrine in Alexandria, South Dakota, call the toll-free number: 800-721-MARY or 800-213-5541. For the first part of his column on Jacinta and Francisco of Fatima-Youngest children ever to be beatified, see THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS

Feast of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church


First Reading:
 Acts 4: 32-37
  Psalm 93: 1-2, 5
  John 3: 7-15


   Today is the Feast of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church while tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of the Apostles Saints Philip and James. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on these saints, see DAILY LITURGY.


"If I have spoken of earthly things to you, and you do not believe, how will you believe if I speak to you of Heavenly things? An no has ascended into Heaven except Him Who has descended from Heaven; the Son of Man Who is in Heaven."

John 3: 12-13

The Gospa's message for April
April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
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"Dear children! Also today I call you to conversion. You are concerned too much about material things and little about spiritual ones. Open your hearts and start again to work more on your personal conversion. Decide everyday to dedicate time to God and to prayer until prayer becomes a joyful meeting with God for you. Only in this way will your life have meaning and with joy you will contemplate eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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The Holy Father reminds us of the link Christ wants us to understand between the Resurrection and Mount Tabor and the reasons to "listen to Him"
   Today we bring you the Holy Father's Wednesday Papal Audience given at St. Peter's Square this past Wednesday in the Easter Octave in which His Holiness links the Resurrection with the promise of the Transfiguration and the Father's charge to those in attendance "to listen to Him" (cf. Mark 9: 7). The Pope shows how the radiance of Jesus after His Resurrection compares with the radiance shown on Him during the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor and gives us a glimpse of what is to come for all souls who listen to Him for God has promised that our bodies will be transformed. For Pope John Paul II's most recent Public Papal Audience address, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

of the Holy Spirit
    Today we continue our series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We present the second part of the catechesis on The Holy Spirit as explained in My Catholic Faith and an important part of the Nicene Creed and the Dogma of Filioque: "And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is adored and glorified." For part two in the 162nd installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Events that happened Today in Church History
Blessed Padre Pio   On this date one year ago before an overflowing crowd in St. Peter's Square, His Holiness John Paul II elevated Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the mystical Capuchin monk who bore the visible stigmata and was beloved by all. Born on May 25, 1887, he passed on to his Heavenly reward on September 23, 1968 and almost immediately after the five year waiting period the cause of this loyal servant, who offered so much suffering for the remission of sins and who placed obedience above all other virtues, was introduced in Rome. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Dress yourselves in the joy of the Lord
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    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".

"Our Blessed Lord advised us: 'When you fast, do not be sad or wear a long face as the hypocrites do" (Matthew 6: 16). Then He cautioned His hearers to so dress themselves that no one would know they were fasting. Sadness is atheistic; it is not Christian. It is atheistic not only because it shows a lack of faith, leaving one with no invisible means of support, but also because it robs one of hope as day adds to day and the lease on life runs out."


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Coming Wednesday:

  • The Holy Father's Address on Divine Mercy Sunday in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • Part Two of Father Robert J. Fox's column on THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS

  • The 163rd installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Pro-Life Prescriptions by Dr. Frank Joseph in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on May 3rd

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for Wednesday's Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles and Thursday in Easter

  • ...and much more in our 86th 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

Pope proclaims the Feast of Divine Mercy to officially be part of Liturgical Calendar as he canonizes the first saint of the millennium Saint Faustina
Canonization of Saint Faustina
    With over 200,000 in attendance, Pope John Paul II proclaimed fellow Pole Sister MariaFaustina Kowalska a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church on Divine Mercy Sunday, calling her "a bridge of hope between the past and future." Largely through his efforts as a Polish Bishop, the Pope gave this daughter of the Church of Poland to all the world. Representatives from all over the world gathered in the sunlight, spilling out into the adjoining streets, some familiar with, others just coming to know the messages received from Jesus by this newest Saint - for the sake of Divine Mercy upon the entire world, which His Holiness called a "hymn of mercy" regarding her life. In addition, he proclaimed that throughout the universal Church the Sunday after Easter will henceforth be known as Divine Mercy Sunday! continued inside

Holy Father extolls virtues and value of work in honoring workers the world over on feast of Saint Joseph the Worker
  After the phenomenal crowds of Sunday, what could top that? How about another packed crowd on Monday, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker to participate in ceremonies for workers? This time the crowd was in Tor Vergata, south of Rome where World Youth Day is scheduled to be held in August because it is larger than St. Peter's Square. With representatives from 45 countries on hand, the Holy Father celebrated the feast, enobling all workers throughout the world in pointing out that the occasion opens the door for "the rediscovery of the understanding of the intrinsic value of work." continued inside.

Over 12,500 Martyrs of the 20th Century will be honored by Pope John Paul II at Colosseum next Sunday
   On May 7, the Pope who has canonized more saints than any Pontiff in history, will remember in a very special ceremony those who gave their lives for Jesus in martyrdom. He will do so at fittingly at the Roman Colosseum, the theater where the first Christians gave their lives in this arena. He will remember 12,792 men and women - witnesses of faith - who sacrificed their lives in the bloodstained 20th Century. The final list is being prepared for the Holy Father at the end of the Jubilee Year. The solemn ceremony next week is intended to ignite in the hearts of all faithful that light of Faith that cannot be extinguished, even in torture and death, of the example of those whose love for Christ shone so brightly on earth. continued inside.

May expected to be businest month of the year with nearly 3 million pilgrims expected
  This Jubilee Year the month of May is expected to bring an estimated 2.7 million pilgrims to Rome. The editor and his family will be among that number from May 9th to the 14th. Not only is the weather the most favorable for pilgrims, but the May schedule of events highlights this month dedicated to Mary to whom the Pope has a special devotion, evident in his motto Totus Tuus. Except for May 12th and 13th when the Holy Father is in Fatima to beatify the Fatima Shepherds Jacinta and Francisco Marto, he will be at the Vatican all month including May 18th when he celebrates his 80th Birthday coinciding with the Jubilee Celebration for all priests. The month will conclude with the Jubilee for the Diocese of Rome itself on May 28th. continued inside.

Filipino government troops hunt for hidden hostages in mountain tunnels as fears raised as to what the terrorist rebels will do next on the island of Basilan
Philippines    Much more sadness permeates the souther region of the Philippines as Abu Sayyaf rebels have now hidden their Catholic hostages in the tunnels which undermine the hills of the region, and have also taken new hostages from the island of Jolo. This now includes three Germans, two Frenchmen, two South Africans, two Finns, a Lebanese and a Filipino. The government, meanwhile, is searching inch by inch for the hostages, but the progress is slow due to the terrain, the many tunnels present, the traps set and the fear that the closer they get, the more the hostages' lives are in peril by the mad Islamic terrorists.continued inside.

Book Released on the Feast of Shoah that points finger at Orthodox American Jews for ignoring plight of European Jews during Holocaust
Pope remembers the Shoah at Yad Veshem    For once a book on the Holocaust has come out that does not lambast poor Pope Pius XII. This time the book "The Response of Orthodox Jewry in the U.S. Holocaust" contends that ultra-Orthodox elements of the Jewish Community in America were more interested in saving a few Talmudic scholars, thus ignoring the cries for help from millions of Jews being persecuted. The author, himself a Jew, evidences in his book how these Orthodox Jews channeled scarce funds to these Talmudic scholars weven when they were safe, thus hindering further efforts to rescue Jews under the Nazi regime. The author does not blame Jews per se, but points directly to Nazism as the sole cause of the Holocaust with no finger pointing at Piux XII. continued inside.

New Bishop of Westminster at eye of storm over priestly celibacy
Great BritainArchbishop Murphy-O'Connor   The secular media in Britain and the U.S. are having a field day over remarks made by the new Archbishop of Westminster Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. Speaking to the Guardian newspaper, he said that celibacy within the priesthood is a solid teaching of the Church, but is also open to change, considering that many married Anglican priests have been accepted into the Roman Catholic priesthood. His remarks have, as usual, been taken out of context.continued inside.

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