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MONDAY      November 30, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 232

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     Today is the the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle while tomorrow is the First Tuesday of Advent. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignette on Saint Andrew, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Monday, November 30, 1998

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Tuesday, December 1, 1998


      Today's Prayers are taken from the Opening Prayers for the Mass honoring the Apostle Saint Andrew:

Lord, in Your kindness hear our petitions. You called Andrew the Apostle to preach the gospel and to guide Your Church in faith. May he always be our friend in Your presence to help us with his prayers.

This is also the time of Advent. For the special Novena Prayer for this day during this time of preparation, click on ADVENT


PRAYER for November 30: First Monday of Advent

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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      VATICAN ( -- The Vatican Friday released the papal bull Incarnationis Mysterium, signed by Pope John Paul II, formally announcing the Grand Jubilee of 2000.

      "I decree that the Grand Jubilee of the Year 2000 will begin on Christmas Night of 1999," the Holy Father says at the outset of the document. The Jubilee will begin with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, and several hours of ceremonial activity in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The Pope explains that the Jubilee will have "two centers"-- in Rome and in the Holy Land, "where the Son of God became man."

      Saying that the Jubilee marks "a new step forward in reciprocal dialogue," the Holy Father invites "even those who are far from faith in God," to "share our joy" in the celebration. He added that the Holy Door of another Roman basilica, St. Paul's, would be opened on January 18, 2000, the first day of the annual week of prayer for Christian unity, to underline "the particular ecumenical character that marks this Jubilee."

      Recalling the first Jubilee pronounced by a Roman Pontiff-- that of the year 1300, proclaimed by Pope Boniface VIII-- the Pope said that such a year, specially dedicated to the actions of grace, can produce enormous spiritual benefits. He also noted the tradition of granting plenary indulgences to pilgrims who participate in the Jubilee, provided that they make an individual confession and receive the Eucharist during their pilgrimage.

      Meanwhile, the Vatican announced that a special Mass in memory of the victims of Hurricane Mitch will be celebrated at the Vatican on December 3, with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, as the principal celebrant. All citizens of the affected countries who are now living in Rome have been invited to participate.

      The Italian bishops' conference has issued a statement indicating that, after the first rush of organization to send emergency aid to the devastated countries of Latin America, they now feel the urgency of organizing prayers for the victim and for the survivors now living in deplorable conditions in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico.


      JERUSALEM ( - The government of Israel this week demanded that certain Holocaust-era archives be opened up for their research and published a list of the recalcitrant archives.

      In a letter from Bobby Brown, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's adviser on Diaspora affairs, to the head of Israel's delegation to an upcoming Washington conference on Holocaust assets, he named a dozen institutions in Europe that "have refused or have been uncooperative in sharing information." The archives named included the Vatican archives, the French National Archives, the files of the British Custodian of Enemy Property, the British MI5 intelligence agency, and the central state archives and Prague Jewish Museum in the Czech Republic.

      "We appeal to each institution listed to open their files so that we may learn why civilized society failed in its basic commitment to ensure the safety, lives, liberty and property of our people," the letter said. Many of the institutions immediately rejected the demands, saying they have already been adequately forthcoming.

      "(MI5) is reviewing its World War II archive, but to the best of our knowledge there is nothing on MI5 files that is relevant to the Holocaust," a Home Office spokesman in London said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Philippe Delaval, head of the French National Archives, said he was "astonished" the archive was accused of restricting access, especially since it recently welcomed a delegation from the Holocaust Museum in Washington. Israeli officials said, however, that the archive would not allow documents to be copied or taken out of the country. The Vatican has consistently said that it has made as much of the archive available as possible without violating the sanctity of documents relating to sacramental matters.


      DETROIT ( - Assisted suicide activist Jack Kevorkian was arrested and charged with murder last Wednesday in the lethal injection of a man that was nationally televised last Sunday.

      Kevorkian was released on a $750,000 bond that forbid him from participating "any homicide, euthanasia, or whatever you call it. Any action used in taking of human life." Kevorkian insisted during the proceedings that he will represent himself, and will only retain three "legal advisers." He has been charged with murder in the first degree, assisting suicide, and delivering a controlled substance.

      During the broadcast of the CBS news show 60 Minutes on Sunday, Kevorkian dared prosecutors to arrest him for lethally injecting Thomas Youk of Waterford Township, Michigan on September 17. Youk suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease. Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca, who filed charges after obtaining Kevorkian's unedited videotapes from CBS, has said his case is legally sound. "We charge him with the charges that he deserves. They're supported by the law, they're supported by the facts," Gorcyca said.

      Although Kevorkian has been acquitted three times on assisted suicide charges, the lawyer who defended him in those case predicted his former client would be convicted if he represented himself. "I can tell you what the results will be if he represents himself. He will go to jail and starve," Geoffrey Fieger said Thursday. "He has a constitutional right to make a fool of himself, and the prosecutor will make him look like a fool." Kevorkian said on 60 Minutes that he starve himself if convicted.

      Meanwhile, in Melbourne the Australian Medical Association on Friday called for a police investigation into assisted suicide activist Philip Nitschke who recently admitting to aiding in the death of 15 people.

      Nitschke, commenting on the arrest of American assisted suicide Jack Kevorkian, said on Thursday that he had continued to aid in the death of people after a law legalizing the practice was overturned last year. He added that he had videotaped the victims giving him permission to kill them.

      "I think police should be able to investigate anybody that has publicly said they have ... got video evidence that they have done such a thing," David Brand, president of the Australian Medical Association, told ABC radio. "It seems rather strange that the police sit on their hands until somebody actually complains," he added.


      PHILADELPHIA ( - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia this week launched a new toll-free confidential advice hotline that has already received hundreds of calls seeking advice, prayer, and answers.

      The archdiocese launched the new line, 877-BLESS-ME, with a $225,000 television and radio ad campaign. "They can call us about anything," Father Charles Devlin said Wednesday. "And believe me, they do. They find security in anonymity over the phone." Diocesan priests have volunteered to man the three lines on their days off to answer the estimated 100 calls per day. The phones are staffed Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm. On nights and weekends, an answering machines takes messages for people who would like a call back.

      The topics of the calls have reportedly ranged from requests for prayer to questions about divorce, suicide, and abortion. Father Devlin added that the callers are not exclusively Catholic with people of many faiths taking the opportunity to call and talk.

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November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message


"Possessions gained hastily at the outset will in the end not be blessed."

Proverbs 20: 21

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