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NEW YEAR'S ISSUE      December 29 - January 3, 1999      SECTION FOUR       vol 9, no. 250

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The elusive Raccolta provides a catalog of indulgences which we can gain for the souls in Purgatory

     We continue our segment on Indulgences, both Plenary and Partial in conjunction with the Holy Father's most recent Papal Bull Incarnationis Mysterium for the Pope says in the bull, "Another distinctive sign, and one familiar to the faithful, is the indulgence, which is one of the constitutive elements of the Jubilee. The indulgence discloses the fulness of the Father's mercy, who offers everyone His love, expressed primarily in the forgiveness of sins." Today we look at the various prayers and pious practices by which we can gain Plenary and Partial Indulgences, and explain the out-of-print Raccolta which is the bible for indulgences. For the Eighty-ninth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
Installment Eighty-nine

The Thirty-Ninth Clarion:

part three

"It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins."

2 Machabees 12: 41

Jesus had a method to His manger

     In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto prompts us all to think about why God came as a defenseless infant, vulnerable to all things human when He could have come as the Mighty King. Think about it for the reasoning for His meager beginnings are quite pertinent to what He is asking of us. For her column, Why Jesus came as a baby, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER.


Events in Church History

     On January 3, 1521 and 1962 two "thorns" in the Church were excommunicated - Martin Luther by Pope Leo X and Fidel Castro by Pope John XXIII. For one his time ran out, for the other there is still hope of reconciliation with Holy Mother Church in light of the concessions the Cuban dictator has made since Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba this past January. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on December 29th through January 3rd, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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Pope asserts the Holy Familiy is a "marvelous model" to emulate

      In his Sunday Angelus from Castel Gondolfo, the Holy Father focused on families and the role of the Holy Family in our lives and society's in upholding the Sanctity of Life in honor of the Feast of the Holy Family. He pointed to the third annual worldwide encounter with families earmarked for October 14-15 in the Jubilee year of 2000 at Rome as hope for all with the theme "Children: springtime for the family of society." For more, click on Pope's Sunday Angelus.

Investigation of Swiss Guard deaths sealed in the Vatican archives

     After seven months of conjecture, the Vatican has put to rest any controversy or conspiracies regarding the death of Swiss commandant-elect Alois Estermann and his wife Gladys and the subsequent purported suicide of Swiss Guard Cedric Tornay. The investigation unveiled nothing new, leaving the summation that it was indeed a murder-suicide by a disgruntled younger guard. For more, click on Swiss Guard

Pope and Cuban people show their appreciation for revival of Christmas celebrations

     Despite their differences, the Holy Father expresessed his deepest gratitude to communist leader Fidel Castro for reinstating Christmas as an official holiday in Cuba. This gesture of good will comes from the fruits of the Pope's visit to Cuba last January in which he urged for the restoration of Christmas traditions and for more brotherly love to and among the people and cooperation with the world. For more, click on Christmas in Cuba.

Cardinal George equates "Dr. Death" with the Grinch in trying to steal the true meaning of life that is Christmas

      The Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, OMI pulled no punches when he recently did not include Jack Kevorkian, the notorious suicide-assisted physician, among those men of good will. The cardinal showed the difference between "Dr. Death's" agenda and the true meaning of Christmas which is a celebration of life, which is the great gift God has given us and cannot be exchanged or canceled by man. For more, click on Grinch

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December 29 - January 3, 1998 volume 9, no. 250   DAILY CATHOLIC