September 17, 2000
St. Robert Bellarmine Traditional Feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
volume 11, no. 173
September 17, 2000
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Papal Arms of John Paul II Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, speaking for the Holy Father, urges UN to honor all human life and dignity worldwide as the Church speaks out for a "civilization of love" at UN Millennium Summit before world leaders Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State    On September 8, the Vatican sent Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State and second in charge, to represent His Holiness John Paul II at a historic meeting in New York. The occasion was the UN World Millennium Summit where leaders from every country gathered in one place, a confluence of power never before assembled. Before this powerful assembly and UN President Kofi Annan Cardinal Sodano delivered an astute address, emphasizing to the world leaders the Church's prayers and hopes for a "civilization of love" - a civilization that will benefit all mankind - rich and poor. He spoke of the sincere desire for peace with human dignity for all, the end to debts of third world countries so that they can rebuild without the strain of poverty, and, most importantly, a call for the protection of life for all from the born to the unborn. He encouraged all to work for these means to the end that we might have global peace and understanding without compromise of principles and morals. For Cardinal Sodano's address, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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      First Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-9
      Psalms: Psalm 116: 1-9
      Second Reading: James 2: 14-18
      Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 27-35

    For the Sunday and Monday's readings and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass

    "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For he who would save his life will lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake and for the gospel's sake will save it."

    Mark 7: 34-35

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Saint Robert Bellarmine    Today is the 379th commemoration of the death of Saint Robert Bellarmine, the Jesuit Archbishop of Capua and Doctor of the Church. He received the latter honor from Pope Pius XI in 1931 a year after he had canonized St. Robert. Born six years after the Society of Jesus was founded, he went on to become an esteemed theological professor and served as provincial for the Order as well as the Theologian of the Holy See when Pope Clement VIII enlisted this wise and holy man to settle the disputes between his own Jesuits and the Dominicans over the issue of predestination. The fact the Dominicans trusted this Jesuit cardinal during those suspicious times speaks volumes for him. Speaking of volumes, St. Robert upheld the doctrines and traditions with his tome Controversies which came under heavy criticism from those Protestant sympathizers who sought to undermine the Church from within, even going so far as to place his on the Index, but three Sovereign Pontiffs Pope Sixtus V, Pope Paul V and Pope Clement VIII came to his aid for they knew the heart and mind of this untouchable saint. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenHow many today know their neighbor?

       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".

      "Granted the changing ways, the necessity of the virtue of hospitality still remains. Nor is it satisfied by indentifying hospitality with the offer of a highball. The essence of hospitality is sympathy and kindness; it is selfishness which makes us think that the opportunities for hospitality are past.
        I thought the house across the way
        Was empty; but since yesterday
        Crepe on the door makes me aware
        That someone has been living there."
    57 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 August Monthly Medjugorje Message for August 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 August and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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    September 15
    Feast of Our
    Lady of Sorrows

    2 SATURDAY     no. 172
    September 16
    Saint Pope Cornelius &
    Saint Cyprian, Martyrs

    3 SUNDAY     no. 173
    September 17
    24th SUNDAY IN

    4 MONDAY     no. 174
    September 18
    Weekday in
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    5 TUESDAY     no. 175
    September 19
    Saint Januarius, Martyr
    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 176
    September 20
    Feast of the
    Korean Martyrs

    7 THURSDAY     no. 177
    September 21
    Apostle and Evangelist

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