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volume 11, no. 208
October 22, 2000
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Congratulations, Your Holiness
on the 22nd Anniversary of your formal installation
October 22, 1978 - October 22, 2000

    GIF animation used with permission by EWTN   Today we celebrate with great joy the 22-year mark of the formal installation of Cardinal Karol Josef Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II after being chosen six days earlier on October 16, 1978 by the Sacred Conclave as the first non-Italian Pope since Pope Hadrian VI in 1522. How fitting that it falls this year on WORLD MISSION SUNDAY for no Pope has been more devoted to the missionary zeal or followed in the footsteps of so many missionaries than John Paul II. He is unquestionably not only the most trusted world leader, but possibly one of the greatest in the long illustrious line of Roman Pontiffs. That is saying a lot for many Popes have been canonized, but for John Paul the Great it will only be a matter of time after God takes him home. But until then the Almighty has chosen to keep him with us as long as his mission is still uncompleted. No Pontiff has had as much global impact for goodness and human dignity as has this magnificent, holy man who undauntingly preaches the Sanctity of Life, the Gospel of Love and invites all to cross the threshold of Hope with him. Besides eventual canonization, it is inevitable this Polish prelate is destined for one of the highest honors - Doctor of the Church for while Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI were the Vatican II Popes, John Paul II as Bishop Karol Woytyla, along with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger helped author many of the landmark documents of the Second Vatican Council. Many dissidents say he is out of touch with the times. How can anyone be out of touch when the Pope has mastered dozens of languages. How can anyone be out of touch when he is actually ahead of his time? No, John Paul the Great is very much in touch and we have been touched by God because of him. He is a key component of the Fatima message and mission and the fact that he has dedicated his pontificate from the beginning to the Blessed Virgin Mary before he was shot in St. Peter's Square on the 64th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima shows God's hand in all this. We could expound further, but for a chronological profile of this wondrous living star in Mary's crown, see:
    From Cradle to Conclave              The Papal Years
Holy Father sprinkles Holy Water on Jordanian peoplePope celebrates Mass at GalileePopular Popemobile wends it way through Nazareth
Holy Father completes the Jubilee Journey to the Holy LandPalestinian leader Yasser Arafat embraces PopePope arrives in Jerusalem flanked by Israel's President Ezer Weizman on left and Prime Minister Ehud Barak on rightHoly Father at Holocaust memorialHoly Father celebrates Mass in Upper Room on Holy ThursdayHoly Father prays at Gethsemane

One of the greatest highlights of John Paul II's Pontificate was his Jubilee Journey to the Holy Land in the footsteps of Christ earlier this year.

Pope John Paul II continues his meditations on the Eucharist during his most recent Wednesday General Papal Audience as he emphasizes that through the miraculous mystery of the Holy Eucharist we become Christ as mystical members of the one body of which He is the Head.
    "Because the bread is one, we though many, are one body, all who partake of the one bread."
    1 Corinthians 10: 17

        This past Wednesday, His Holiness John Paul II spoke to approximately 45.000 faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. He recalled that in the Eucharistic celebration we are invited "to celebrate the gift of the One who is offering and offered: participating in the holy mysteries, (we) become 'kinsmen' of Christ, anticipating the experience of divinization in the now inseparable bond linking divinity and humanity in Christ." The Vicar of Christ also affirmed that "the Greek word for communion, 'koinonia,' appears in the reflections of the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians." He stressed that, "This communion with Christ brings about an intimate transformation of the believer," and that "By sharing in the sacrifice of the Cross, the Christian partakes of Christ's self-giving love and is equipped and committed to live this same charity in all his thoughts and deeds." The Pope concluded by indicating that "the path of sanctity, of love, of truth is, then, the revelation to the world of our divine intimacy, which is realized in the banquet of the Eucharist." For the Holy Father's Wednesday Address, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS


    First Reading: Isaiah 53: 1-=11
    Psalms: Psalm 33: 4-5, 18-20, 22
    Second Reading: Hebrews 4: 14-16
    Gospel Reading: Mark 10: 34-45
    For today's Liturgy and tomorrow's Feast of Saint John of Capistrano, see DAILY LITURGY
Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass

"On the contrary, whoever wishes to become great shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be the slave of all; for the Son of Man also has not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."

Mark 10: 43-45

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    John Paul IITotus Tuus    How fitting that today, Mission Sunday, we celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the formal installation of Cardinal Karol Josef Wojtyla on October 22, 1978. He chose, in honor of his two predecessors and immediate predecessor Cardinal Albino Luciani, the name John Paul II as the 264th successor of Peter. Though he was elected on October 16, 1978, his formal elevation to the throne did not take place for six days after. A virtual unknown to most, he has become one of the most beloved Popes in the long illustrious history of the Roman Pontiffs and a strong advocate of missions worldwide. He is truly a great man who God has sent for these most difficult times for though the world does not agree with his strict sense of morality and virtues, they all respect him as the most trusted man of the 20th century and so far of the new millennium. He has canonized more saints than all the Popes combined, he has reached billions of people, saying Mass for millions who enthusiastically turn out wherever in the world he goes, bringing the Gospel of Christ to all regardless of race, creed or color. He is truly a Vicar of Christ...a servant of the servants of God. For a more chronological profile, see Part One: From Cradle to Conclave and Part Two: The Papal Years For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenVirtue is the key to Truth

       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".

      "A mirror is silent, yet it reflects forests, sunsets, flowers and faces. Great ascetic souls, given to years of meditation, have taken on a radiance and a beauty which are beyond the outlines of face. They seem to reflect, like the mirror on the outside, the Christ they bear within."
    16 DAYS
    to Defend Life
    and pray that there will be
    No more Blood and Gore!!

       We encourage you to go to the Pro-Life links below to keep up to date on the great battle between life and death - the Sanctity of Life vs. the culture of death led by pro-abort candidates and those who would advance immorality, sodomy, perjury, etc. We refer you to our HOMEPORT ENTRY PAGE where you will find a typograph of a chalice, a chalice overflowing with the innocent blood of the aborted babies nearing 40 to 50 million. Enough is enough! The story and our purpose is outlined in this typograph and for more information and why we will not give up, see DEFEND LIFE Pray and urge others to VOTE FOR LIFE!

    Pro-Life Infonet and Priests For Life

    The Gospa's message for September Monthly Medjugorje Message for September 2000

      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. For Our Lady's message for September and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
    1 FRIDAY     no. 206
    October 20
    St. Paul of the Cross
    2 SATURDAY     no. 207
    October 21
    BVM on Saturday
    3 SUNDAY     no. 208
    October 22
    29th SUNDAY   WORLD

    4 MONDAY     no. 209
    October 23
    Weekday/St. John of Capistrano
    5 TUESDAY     no. 210
    October 24
    Saint Anthony of Claret
    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 211
    October 25
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

    7 THURSDAY     no. 212
    October 26
    Weekday in
    Ordinary Time

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