September 3, 2000
Pope Saint Gregory the Great
Feast of
Pope Saint Gregory the Great
volume 11, no. 159
September 3, 2000
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Holy Father reasserts that cloning is not necessary for progress in medical science in address to International Congress
    Pope John Paul II also reminds Catholics of their metanoia when they truly encounter Christ
   Last Tuesday morning John Paul II confirmed the Church's positive attitude to organ transplants, which are "a great step forward in science's service of man," but expressed the Church's rejection of human cloning to obtain organs, as it fails "to respect the dignity and value of the person." The Holy Father was given the opportunity to analyze at greater length the thorny ethical questions that have arisen at this time because of the new frontiers in biotechnology, when he addressed world experts in this field meeting in Rome for the 18th International Congress of the Transplants Society, which was held from August 26 to September 1. In addition, we bring you his final General Audience on Wednesday, August 30th on the subject of our encounter with Christ. For the full text of the Holy Father's words, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    We will bring you the Holy Father's Sunday Angelus on the Beatification Ceremonies today as soon as we receive it.

For more on Sunday's Feast, see Pope Saint Gregory the Great
For more on Blessed Chaminade, see Blessed Fr. William Chaminade
For a detailed profile on Blessed Pius IX, see Blessed Pius IX
For more on Blessed Marmion, see Blessed Dom Columba Marmion
For a detailed profile on Blessed John XXIII, see Blessed John XXIII
Like the Pope who will beatify them, all were devoted to the Blessed Mother

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    First Reading: Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-8
    Psalms: Psalm 15: 2-5
    Second Reading: James 1: 17-18, 21-22, 27
    Gospel Reading: Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Pope Saint Gregory the GreatThough superseded by the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 3rd is the traditional Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, 64th successor of Peter:

Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great

       Father, You guide Your people with kindness and govern us with love. By the prayers of St. Gregory give the spirit of wisdom to those You have called to lead Your Church. May the growth of Your people in holiness be the eternal joy of our shepherds.

Taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Pope Saint Gregory the Great.

    For the profile on Pope Saint Gregory the Great, see DAILY LITURGY

Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass

"Hear Me, all of you, and understand. There is nothing outside a man that, entering into him, can defile him; but the things that come out of a man these are what defile a man."

Mark 7: 14-15

Events that happened Today in Church History

Pope Saint Gregory the Great    Today is the 1,410th anniversary of the election in 590 of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, the 64th in the line of Peter who would begin the era of "temporal power" in the Church by reaffirming civil authority of the Supreme Pontiff. During his fourteen-year pontificate that bridged the sixth and seventh centuries, he established a new liturgical practice in the Church which would be called Gregorian Chant. During his reign there was a terrible plague that afflicted Rome and after praying for deliverance, an angel appeared to Gregory on the castle above the Tiber which was the Emperor Hadrian's tomb. From that time on Gregory decreed it would be called Castel Sant'Angelo. It would be a formidable fortress over the centuries and recently it has been reopened to pilgrims to traverse its many hallways and passageways leading to the tallest turrets and entrance to the secret passageway along the wall from the castle to the Vatican. Gregory would die on March 12, 604 and be acclaimed by the populace a saint before his successor Pope Sabinian was elected. death in 827 of Pope Eugene II, the 99th successor of Peter who was elected on May 11th, 824. For more on St. Gregory, we recommend The Gregorian Era For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenGod can reason with anyone

   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".

    "God speaks more frequently through our subconscious mind, probably, than through our conscious mind, simply because our self-consciousness puts up obstacles to Him. God can guide us quite naturally in a particular direction without our being aware of it. What was it, for example, that induced Paul Claudel, an agnostic and unbeliever, to enter Notre Dame Cathedral at midnight on Christmas, and ultimately to receive the gift of faith? Here was a reasonable man who was guided unreasonably. Very often stupid people come to God through very reasonable arguments, and reasonable people come to God through no argument at all."
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   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!

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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 more Our Lady's message for August and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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