November 17, 1998
Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
November 17, 1998

vol. 9, no. 225


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Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Today is the Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, wife, mother and religious. Tomorrow, we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of Saints Peter and Paul Basilicas in Rome as well as the Feast of Saint Rose Phillippine Duchesne, religious missionary to the United States.
St. Peter's Basilica St. Paul's Outside-the-Gates-of-Rome Basilica
For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

      Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Saint Elizabeth of Hungary:

Father, You helped Elizabeth of Hungary to recognize and honor Christ in the poor of this world. Let her prayers help us to serve our brothers and sisters in time of trouble and need.

"It is the lips of the liar that conceal hostility; but he who spreads accusations is a fool."
Proverbs 10: 18

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Medjugorje Monthly Message for October 25th
The Gospa's message for October
    Dear children! Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart. I call you to renew in your families the fervor of the first days when I called you to fasting, prayer and conversion. Little children, you accepted my messages with open hearts, although you did not know what prayer was. Today, I call you to open yourselves completely to me so that I may transform you and lead you to the heart of my Son Jesus, so that He can fill you with His love. Only in this way, little children, will you find true peace - the peace that only God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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  • Part Seven of The New Lourdes: Betania in the on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

  • A November Cornucopia of Food for Thought Appeteasers

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 18th.

  • Liturgy of the Day for Wednesday - Feast of the Dedication of Saints Peter and Paul Basilicas in Rome as well as the Feast of Saint Rose Phillippine Duchesne, religious missionary to the U.S., and the next day the Thirty-third Thursday in Ordinary Time.

  • ...and much more in our 226th issue for 1998!

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Father Ken Roberts meets privately with John Paul II mystical rays pierce Fr. Ken's heart during talk given at Medjugorje
Conservative priest who was always given three roses now must deal with thorns of accusations by liberals
CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorialFather Ken Roberts has been a devoted priest for 33 years      Shock is what we first felt when we heard Father Ken Roberts, one of the most conservative and promoters of loyalty and obedience to the Holy Father and a leading speaker and proponent of the Medjugorje messages, was suspended of his priestly duties late last week. But after delving into the details, we believe these accusations could very well be a sinister plot against the conservative movement within the Church in the United States and against Medjugorje. Father Ken speaking from pulpit at St. James Church in Medjugorje It became his trademark that someone would always leave at least three roses with him before he spoke or said Mass. Now many who threw bouquets at this priest are casting brickbats and the petals are drooping as the thorns of those roses try to sting this priest of 33 years. We have known parties on both sides of this issue and we offer our personal take on the plot to undermine Fr. Ken and the conservative movement Father Ken Roberts has been devoted to Our Lady who comforts him during his current trials and tribulationsthrough a clever, sinister campaign that provides no proof whatsoever, merely hearsay. It would seem Fr. Ken has been deemed guilty until proven innocent. For our lengthy commentary entitled We know God will not turn away from Father Ken Roberts, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

The Eleventh Century was highlighted by the reign of Pope Saint Gregory VII The second millennium dawned as an equation of evangelization with additions and subtractions for the Church which divided in the East but multiplied in the West
      We continue with our brief retrospect of the first thirteen plus centuries as we take an intermission from our progression of Popes to focus on the first century of the second millennium. In this installment we cover the Eastern schism and the rise of one of the great sovereign pontiffs of the Church Pope Saint Gregory VII - a humble monk from Cluny who served seven Popes in his journey to the Chair of Peter. Gregory solidified the Holy See and established Papal Supremacy in Europe in a showdown with the Holy Roman Emperor. He set in motion a scholastic rebirth that would evolve into great universities and more monasteries in succeeding centuries. As the eleventh century ended a new crisis came into prominence - the Islam threat in the Holy Lands. To counter it, Pope Saint Urban II created a new concept. They called it the "Crusades." For the eighty-first installment titled Century of additions and subtractions as Papal Supremacy is established , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

"Now the world must drink the bitter chalice. Those of pure heart shall continue in the way of Divine Peace."
Queen of Prophets      Those alarming words in the Blessed Mother's 281st message on the Feast of the martyr Saint Agnes and followed up with messages 282 and 283 on the feast of another marytr Saint Vincent foretell of what has happened today in regard the terrible sin of abortion which Bill Clinton has promoted during his six plus years in office, just as Our Lady prophesized in January 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Clinton's inaugural address sounded the death knell for millions of unborns and, as the Blessed Virgin Mary predicted, many would go along with this atrocity before the Almighty. Reread these messages and see if everything Our Lady has not foretold is coming or has come to pass. She reminds us to be rooted in her Divine Son Jesus and His Holy Church, the one bright beacon in a world of tears in which all must "drink the bitter chalice." For messages number 281, 282 and 283, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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    Filipino Muslim guerrillas finally release kidnapped priest after two month ordeal
    Italian priest finally released by Islam terrorist after months in captivity in Filipino mountains       The Italian missionary kidnapped over two months ago - Father Luciano Benedetti - has finally been released by his captors - the Islamic guerrillas who are holed up in the mountainous regions of the Phillipines. There have been numerous kidnappings and every time the kidnapped persons, including Fr. Benedetti, have been returned. It's the Muslim rebels' way of holding leverage with the government in their fight for rights. Fr. Benedetti had been held longer than any other hostage and for a while it looked like he would not make it, but he survived none the worse for wear except the pains of hunger and solitude took its toll physically and psychologically. He will return to Italy for a period of recuperation before resuming his missionary activities. For more, click on Free in the Phillipines.

    Vatican calls on leaders to uphold rights of family
    Rights of families threatened by legislation and worldly influence Vatican reports      Following up a conference with European legislators last month, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family released a five-page report in which they sounded the alarm to all that the state of the family is in serious jeopardy due to the hostile atmosphere toward the family structure and values and legislation has reduced the stature of family with an increase in abortions, euthanasia, infanticide and the counter culture of pornography, homosexuality and promiscuity that has greatly devalued the sacred institution of Matrimony. The report included the call for parents to be able to steer their offspring to the schooling of their choice without interference from the state. For more, click on Faith in Family.

    Vatican privately getting jump on possible canonization procedures for present Pope
          Many consider Pope John Paul II a "living saint" and this moniker has been enhanced with the news that the Vatican has quietly been soliciting testimonies from those who believe healing miracles have occurred through the touching or presence of the Holy Father. It would be fitting that this great Vicar of Christ will one day be proclaimed a saint for no man has elevated more to sainthood than this 264th successor of Peter. While they cannot use these verifications while the Pope is still alive, they can be filed for the future in the cause for canonization just as they had accrued testimonies and documents on Mother Teresa while she was still alive. Meanwhile, the Vatican presses on in beatification procedures for another sovereign pontiff - Pope Pius XII despite opposition from some Jewish factions who claim he didn't do enough. Sadly, they do not know the whole story of this holy, caring Pope who sheltered and protected so many Jewish people during the terrible Nazi occupation of Rome. For more, click on Papal plaudits.

    Plans for Jubilee in Jerusalem unveiled by Latin-rite Patriarch
    Plans for Jubilee in Jerusalem unveiled by Latin-rite Patriarch      Christmas eve in Bethlehem will kick off the Jubilee celebration in the Holy Land in 1999 and conclude on the Feast of the Epiphany in 2001. Those dates, along with other events over a 54-week period during the Jubilee year 2000 were released by Latin-rite Patriarch Michel Sabbah, head of the Catholic Church in Jerusalem. He reiterated his great desire for Pope John Paul II to visit the Holy Land sometime during the year, but realizes this is contingent both on his health and the political climate of the mid-east. He also assured that all six Catholic rites in union with Rome will take part in the celebratory liturgies and events throughout the Holy Land during Jubilee 2000. For more, click on Holy Land 2000

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Events in Church History
Millennium Milestones and Memories in Church History      For pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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