Updated January 14, 2001 11:30 am PST
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In aftermath of Jubilee, Pope calls on all to "solidarity with the poor, to which the rich are called, solidarity of workers and with workers."
With Ordinary Time in vogue, the Holy Father returned to the warmer confines of spacious Paul VI Hall for his regular Wednesday General Papal Audiences. In stark contrast to the overflowing crowds during the Jubilee, it was akin to going from the crowds at Christmas Mass to a regular Daily Mass where much, much fewer attend. So also with the Pope's Audience this past Wednesday where only 3,000 attended. Yet the small turnout did not deter Pope John Paul II from rekindling in all the catechetical concept of reaching out to our brothers and sisters in love and justice in seeking liberty and justice for all, especially the oppressed, the downtrodden and the lonely. For his message, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Pope could announce Consistory Today
There is conjecture that His Holiness Pope John Paul II will make public his list of cardinals-elect today before his Angelus Address. Many thought he would make the announcement at the end of the Jubilee on the Feast of the Epiphany, but again the Holy Father threw off the prognosticators. Will he do it again? If not Sunday, the next most appropriate date would be January 25th, the Feast of the Conversion of the Apostle Saint Paul. But oddsmakers are making Sunday the choice and the choice of who will be named is mere speculation, albeit well-thought out and researched. In anticipation of this announcement, which could be the most important in John Paul's long and illustrious pontificate, the noted editor of INSIDE THE VATICAN, Robert Moynihan offers his take on who might be selected in a special to The DAILY CATHOLIC. He even offers the idea that the Pope could name more than the expected 25, which, according to Moynihan's predictions, include three from the US and only one Italian outside of the Curia.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Motivated to move souls, former Ad exec puts her talents to good use
A fallen-away Catholic has found her Faith again and now, as a Third Order Trappist from Florida. is trying to make up for lost time away from the Church by helping bring others to Christ through a program she calls Vocations Placement Service. She is using her Madison Avenue talents in advertising and marketing to reach out to souls who are searching for the Way, the Truth and the Life in their life. For more, see USA News
Encouraged by Bishop Belo, Timor Bishops unified in urging repatriation of refugees in East Timor
Catholic bishops in East
Timor and West Timor have called for the immediate repatriation of refugees
to the independent East in the troubled Indonesian archipelago in a meeting with the Apostolic nuncio in Indonesia.
Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, apostolic administrator in Dili, stressed the
importance of the event. This "was the first time we came together to
discuss the humanitarian problem, the return of the refugees," he said. "For
our part, we want to say that today East Timor is in peace; we are ready to
welcome the people home."
The new nation is administered by the U.N. Transitional Authority for East
Timor, which is expected this month to announce a date for the first general
elections. Bishop Belo noted that the local Church had suffered amid sectarian violence
but added: "Today she is thriving thanks also to our youth. Moreover, our
martyrs filled the people with courage and hope."
For more, see Universal News
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SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
Today is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time and will continue until March 4th when we observe the First Sunday of Lent. This time, prior to the Second Vatican Council was called "Septuagesima" as part of the six seasons in the ecclesial year. It was named as such for the seven Sundays between Epiphany and Lent. Vatican II changed the terminology to Ordinary Time, which is observed at the beginning of the year and the time from Pentecost Sunday to Advent. For more on today's Liturgy for the Second Sunday and tomorrow's Weekday liturgy, see Daily LITURGY
First Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5
Psalms: Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11
Gospel Reading: John 2: 1-12
John 2: 3-5
"Now Jesus too was invited to the marriage, and also His disciples. And the wine having run short, the Mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine.' And Jesus said to her, 'What woulds thou have Me do, woman? My hour has not yet come.' His mother said to the attendants, 'Do whatever He tells you.'"
First Saint to use the Web effectively
Today is the 1,741st commemoration of the death of Saint Felix of Nola, who died on this date in 260 A.D. He was a humble priest who did not feel worthy of being a bishop. He escaped martyrdom many times through the grace of God and sheltered many Christians, nursing them back to health. Many times he was on the verge of being captured by the Romans because of his Christianity, but, through the grace of God, managed to escape; one time aided by a spider who spun an instant cobweb to hide him from his captors. Therefore, in effect, St. Felix was the first saint to use the web as we do daily today. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
We live in the time of greatest danger to the soul
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".
"Because of cold wars, high taxes, threats of inflation, and general insecurity, we have become accustomed to take a dark view of the world. There is some justification for this, for never before in the history of Christian civilization was there ever such a mass attack on decency, honor, personal rights and freedom as there is at the present hour."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for December 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 Christmas message for December and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
January 14, 2001 volume 12, no. 14