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

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SECTION ONE Contents: Go immediately to the article:
  • Debut of Father Robert J. Fox's column on THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS
  • Last Wednesday's Papal Audience in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
  • Significant events that occurred this day in Church History


  • 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

       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

    THE FAITH OF THE FATIMA SHEPHERDS

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    Jacinta and Francisco of Fatima-Youngest children ever to be beatified

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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

    HOLY FATHER'S WEDNESDAY PAPAL AUDIENCE
    April 26, 2000

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    Appreciation 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

    installment 162: The Holy Spirit part two

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    Events that happened Today in Church History

      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

    Historical Events in Church Annals for May 2:

    • 686 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Ultan brother of Saints Fursey and Foillan, all Irish monks. Ultan died at Peronne, Ireland at the monastery where he was abbot.

    • 373 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria, Eygpt and Doctor of the Church.

    • 1519 A.D.
    • Death of Leonardo da Vinci, master painter extraordinaire known most for his famous "Last Supper" painting.

    • 1568 A.D.
    • The Catholic Queen of Scots Mary Stuart escapes from Loch Leven.

    • 1999 A.D.
    • Pope John Paul II elevates the mystic Capuchin stigmatist Padre Pio to the rank of Blessed during a moving beatification ceremony before an overflowing crowd in St. Peter's Square.

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