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Year End Final Issue for 1998!
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NEW YEAR'S LITURGY
This weekend we wrap up 1998 with the Sixth and Seventh Days in the Octave of Christmas with the optional feast of Pope Saint Sylvester I before saying hello to the first day of the final year of the second millennium with the glorious SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD followed by the Feasts of two Bishops and Doctors of the Church Saint Basil and Saint Gregory Nazianzen, and Sunday the Epiphany of the Lord which, in the past, was always celebrated on January 6th, the 12th Day of Christmas. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes for all the feasts covered for this New Year's issue, click on LITURGY
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
For the special prayers during the time covered in this issue, please click on PRAYERS
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News
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 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
God the Father: Fitting Finale to the Millennium
In our final editorial for 1998 as we welcome 1999 we focus on God the Father and His role in our lives as we begin this final year dedicated to Abba. We equate the fact that the Daughter of the Father is honored on the first day of the year as Mary, Mother of God the Son for Our Lady is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit and God's hand-chosen emissary to relate His Will to all His children. Mary plays an intricate role in God's master plan for mankind and we have the inside track if we but listen. For our commentary Absolutely Abba! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
The Papacy was anything but innocent under Innocent VI at Avignon
In our eighty-sixth installment of this on-going megaseries on Church history we arrive at the fifth of the Avignon Popes - Pope Innocent VI, the 199th successor of Peter and, though he meant well in reforming the Church, he abused the office of the Inquisition in settling personal scores and began this Holy Office on a sojourn of abuse that would be exaggerated to be considered a torture chamber. The truth of the matter is Innocent had intended to return the papacy to Rome, but his weakness and obsession with ruling with an iron fist through the Inquisition, along with warring factions was an omen that Avignon would remain the seat of the Holy See for at least another twenty years. For the eighty-sixth installment titled Pope Innocent VI: The road from Avignon is often paved with good intentions., click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
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.
The "River of Mercy" flows into the final year of the millennium
As we embark on our journey through the final year of this millennium, we are urged to reconcile with God, ourselves and our neighbor 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 second 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 second and final part of the Archbishop's letter, "River of Mercy," click on MITERS THAT MATTER.
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?.
To all our readers, have a Blessed and Fruitful New Year. Next issue will be Monday, January 3, 1999 - first issue of the year with Volume 10, no. 1
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE:
December 29, 1998 - January 3, 1999 volume 9, no. 250