December 22, 1998
Fourth Week of Advent
December 22, 1998

vol. 9, no. 247


Christ is coming
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This Day in Church History

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Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

Events in Church History
Pope Saint Innocent I      On this date in 401 Pope Saint Innocent I became the 40th successor of Peter. His pontificate was notable for he was the Supreme Pontiff who established the Roman rite, establishing Latin as the official language of the Church. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

"The just man's lips nourish many, but the fools die for want of sense."
Proverbs 10: 21

The Hidden Way series now in book form
THE HIDDEN WAY now available! Click here!
     Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY previously carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book

Final Monday of Advent
Today and tomorrow we commemorate the Final Tuesday and Wednesday of Late Advent. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Sixth Day of Las Posadas, Christmas Novena and Advent Prayers
      This is the Seventh Day of Las Posadas, the Seventh Day of the Christmas Novena when we honor "the King" and the final week of Advent Prayers.. For the special Novena Prayer for this day during this time of preparation during Advent, click on ADVENT

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Special Christmas Issue
  • Special CHRISTMAS MESSAGES from DAILY CATHOLIC contributors Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, Father Stephen Valenta, Father Al Svobodny and staff

  • Editorial on exciting plans for 1999 issues in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 23rd through December 27th.

  • Special CHRISTMAS Messages 131 and 578 from Our Lady and her Divine Son Jesus in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • LITURGY for the Final Days of Late Advent and CHRISTMAS as well as the Feasts of Saint Stephen and THE HOLY FAMILY.

  • ...and much more in our 248th issue for 1998!

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Pope Clement VI   Funeral Procession during Black Death   Saint Bridget of Sweden urged Clement VI to return the papacy to Rome
Clement VI  Black Death  St. Bridget
The papal palaces at Avignon in Southern France
French Papal Palaces at Avignon
No one is immune to the Black Death as the deadly bubonic plague sweeps across Europe during the pontificate of Clement VI
     In our eighty-fifth installment of this on-going megaseries, we continue with the Popes in exile at Avignon, arriving at a dark time in Church and European history - the Black Death, a devastating bubonic plague that claimed half of the European population during the papacy of Pope Clement VI who atoned for his lavish lifestyle early in his papacy by his charitable acts toward the victims of this plague from the poor to the Jews whom he protected when persecuted. The great mystic Saint Bridget of Sweden, one of his staunchest critics, claimed that his heroic acts during this terrible, tragic time in Europe helped save his soul. For the eighty-fifth installment titled The Black Death and Pope Clement VI's pontificate: Dark, forboding times for Europe and the Church , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

Archbishop Chaput urges faithful to submerge themselves in the "River of Mercy."
Graces flow through the River of MercyArchbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.       Advent is the ideal time to prepare not only for the Coming of Jesus but prepare for Him in the only way we can truly receive Him fully - through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is the focus of a Pastoral Letter by the head of the Archdiocese of Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.. Today we present the first of two parts of this moving letter that outlines how we can refresh ourselves in the "River of Mercy" by flowing with the graces inherent in this healing sacrament. For the first part of the Archbishop's letter, "River of Mercy," click on MITERS THAT MATTER

"All who, with sincere heart, seek My Mercy shall find It, for It is Infinite!"
Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of MarySacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus
      Those wonderful words from the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus in the 326th Message were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY in 1993, the same day Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska, Messenger of Mercy was beatified by the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square. In His Message Our Lord reassures all that His Mercy is infinite and for all, but we must want it and be willing to seek it. It is a confirmation of His words in Sacred Scripture, "Knock, and it shall be opened to you." His Blessed Mother Mary conveys the same thing in her 327th Message, urging souls to drink from the Font of Divine Mercy by being humble and obedient and praying to be united with God's Holy Will. For the powerful messages 326 and 327, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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    Padre Pio to be beatified at St. Peter's Square on May 2, 1999
    The Venerable Padre Pio will be recognized as Blessed in May       Just a little over thirty years after the death of the mystic Italian Capuchin priest Padre Piowho bore the sacred stigmata, the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints made it official yesterday by proclaiming he would be beatified on May 2, 1999 along with three others and ten blesseds would be canonized also in May. Record crowds are expected to swell St. Peter's Square since the weather will be ideal and this gentle priest from San Giovanni Rotundo was loved by millions. For more, click on Padre Pio.

    Holy Father voices his great displeasure with American attacks on Iraq during Sunday Angelus, lambasts war!
    Holy Father saddened over events last week in Iraqguns silent in Iraq for now      Recovered from his flu sufficiently to address the throngs in St. Peter's, the Pope used his regular Sunday Angelus talk to speak out strongly against the three-day attacks on Iraq by U.S. and British military forces. He reiterated that war solves nothing and the only ones who suffer are the innocent civilians, pawns in the great political, military game of their countries' leaders. He urged more efforts be placed in "dialog and diplomacy" with a respect for all human life. He also encouraged all to celebrate Christmas as a sacred feast, not just a secular holiday. For more, click on Sunday Angelus.

    Chicago Cardinal announces plans to control ill winds of education woes in windy city
    Cardinal Francis George, OMI      Cardinal Francis George, OMI intends to do some creative fundraising to stave off the deteriorating state of Catholic education in his archdiocese of Chicago. He cited that everyone is looking at the physical plants and not beneath the surface where if the people do not fund this vital lifeline of education for Catholic parents the public school system will be burdened with an additional 130,000 students, thus taxing all parents and school administrators. For more, click on Chicago Catholic schools.

    European Union Commission paves way to allow Vatican to continue minting their own special coins
    Vatican will be allowed to determine their own coins but it won't look like the American silver currency     After fears that the Vatican coins would go the way of the dinosaur, it was announced Monday that the Holy See's own special coins will be allowed to continue despite many in the European Union who expressed the need for uniformity in the monetary system and feared religious images on the coins. But the EU Commission bowed to the Holy See's request to continue minting its special coins. However it will be through the Central European Bank in Frankfurt rather than the Bank of Italy where they had been minted before. It is expecte Pope John Paul II's face will adorn one of the coins. For more, click on Vatican coins

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Medjugorje Monthly Message for NOVEMBER 25th
The Gospa's message for November

    Dear children! Today I call you to prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus. In a special way, prepare your hearts. May holy Confession be the first act of conversion for you and then, dear children, decide for holiness. May your conversion and decision for holiness begin today and not tomorrow. Little children, I call you all to the way of salvation and I desire to show you the way to Heaven. That is why, little children, be mine and decide with me for holiness. Little children, accept prayer with seriousness and pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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