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MONDAY      April 12, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 71

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     Today is the Second Monday of Easter while tomorrow we celebrate the Second Tuesday of Easter as well as commemorating the Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Martin I, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Monday, April 12, 1999

Tuesday, April 13, 1999



      During Eastertide the Regina Coeli is said in place of the Angelus three times a day. For background on this prayer, see today's CATHOLIC CANVAS. For the beautiful Regina Coeli prayer, see REGINA COELI

Regina Coeli

"Please do as My Mother asks and pray much."

      Those words from Our Lord imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #473 on March 22, 1994 reinforces the need to be obedient to Mary's Divine Son Jesus and heed His Mother's words. Christ asks that we put aside the chatter and seek the solitude of silence in our hearts and lives to better pray and aid Our Lady in conversions of hearts. He reiterates there is no need to fear the future if we are truly rooted in His Sacred Heart. The Blessed Mother follows up her Son's words in Message #474 on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord by encouraging all to encourage their children and set the example so that all may share in the great Triumph of her Immaculate Heart as promised at Fatima. For Messages #473 and #474 from Jesus, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 473 and 474

Message Four Hundred-seventy-three, March 22, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred of Jesus)

Message Four Hundred-seventy-four, March 25, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord)

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News



      SANTIAGO, 10 (NE) Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez, Archbishop Emeritus of Santiago, Chile, died yesterday after suffering for approximately a year the effects of a severe arteriosclerosis. At 13:45, local time, the 91-year-old Cardinal died in the Salesian Rest House, having remained in comma since last Tuesday.

      The Cardinal was born on the 27th of September 1907 in Talca, Chile. In 1930 he entered the Salesian Congregation in Macul. He was ordained priest the 4th of July 1938 and in 1959 he was named bishop of Valparaiso. In 1961 he became Archbishop of Santiago and in the next year Pope John XXIII created him Cardinal. He attended the II Vatican Council. He was also the president of the Chilean Bishop's Conference, and was Archbishop of Santiago until 1983.

      After receiving the news of his death, Archbishop Francisco Javier Errazuriz, current Archbishop of Santiago, highlighted the collaboration of the Cardinal supporting national union and reconciliation and the "enormous importance he gave to forgiveness." Chilean president Eduardo Frei announced the decree of official mourning in the whole country for five days.


      VATICAN ( -- The warfare in Kosovo is the product of Western indecision in confronting earlier conflicts in the Balkans, according to the archbishop of Sarajevo.

      Cardinal Vinko Puljic told the Italian daily Avvenire: "We are paying today for the hesitation and the weakness of the past eight years, when the Western world should have shown more determination in the face of developments in Yugoslavia when that country was dismantled." The cardinal said that if "those who are intervening in Kosovo today" had acted decisively in 1991, "this new intervention would not have been necessary."

      While saying that "there is no alternative to dialogue," Cardinal Puljic also suggested that there may be times when strong action is necessary-- especially in order to protect those who are least able to defend themselves against violence. He explained: "It can become necessary, in the name of justice, to take draconian action-- in the same way that when medicines are not enough to stop the progress of a disease, surgical intervention may be required." He continued that "once the operation has removed the diseased body, one can return to dialogue."

      Cardinal Puljic said that many refugees have begun arriving in Bosnia, fleeing from the latest fighting. "Many of them are Serbs who are refusing to take up arms," he said. The cardinal expressed fears that the heavy flow of refugees could be "a destabilizing factor" in a region that is already volatile.

      Meanwhile, the leader of a diplomatic contingent from the St. Egidio community has spoken with an Albanian leader in Kosovo, and discussed prospects for a peaceful end to the conflict there, according to a story in the Italian press.

      La Stampa reported that Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, the head of a team from the St. Egidio community which has become engaged in talks with Yugoslavian government officials, has spoken with Ibrahim Rugova, an Albanian leader who has sought to negotiate with Serbian officials for an end to the fighting and some measure of autonomy for the Kosovo province. Spokesman for St. Egidio in Rome said that they could not confirm the account published in La Stampa, since they had not been in direct contact with Msgr. Paglia since he left for Belgrade on April 6. However, they said that the press story was consistent with their own understanding of the diplomatic mission.

      Rugova is living in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, under house arrest. But Msgr. Paglia told La Stampa that he believes Rugova is able to speak freely, despite being carefully supervised by Serbian officials and threatened by more radical Albanian activists.

      The St. Egidio community, which has gained international prominence for its efforts to mediate disputes, has opened its own diplomatic effort on Kosovo with the tacit approval of the Vatican. And Msgr. Paglia had contacts with Kosovo-- and with Rugova himself-- prior to the latest outbreak of fighting. In 1997, the St. Egidio community helped to arrange an agreement which was signed by Rugova and Serbian President Milosevic, ending a stalemate over the teaching of Albanians in Kosovo's universities.

      Rugova reportedly told Msgr. Paglia that if he is allowed to leave Pristina, he will travel to Rome to seek aid for Kosovo. Rome would be a natural choice for such a mission, Italy is the only NATO country which has maintained open diplomatic relations with the Belgrade government throughout the latest conflict. Moreover the Vatican itself has been heavily involved in efforts to end the fighting.

      In a related and bizarre story, the UN Population Fund said on Thursday that it will send supplies of abortion pills and contraceptives as well as obstetrical equipment to Albania to help Kosovo refugees.

      Dr. Nafis Sadik, director of the fund, said: "The international community must act quickly to protect the displaced women of Kosovo from unwanted pregnancy and the risks of unattended childbirth." She warned that Kosovar women faced the prospect of unwanted pregnancies resulting from rape by their oppressors.

      The kits will provide supplies for about 350,000 people for three to six months, the fund said in a statement, and include so-called "morning after" pills that induce a spontaneous abortion soon after conception. They also include equipment for safe baby deliveries in areas without medical facilities, pictorial instructions, and a razor blade for cutting the umbilical cord of a newborn.


      SAN JUAN, 10 (NE) After having been named new Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez stated that one of his most important pastoral tasks will be the defense of family. The prelate will succeed Cardinal Aponte Martinez, after the Holy Father's acceptance of the Cardinal's retirement having reached the age limit specified by canon law.

      In a message published in the weekly magazine of the Puerto Rican Bishop's Conference, Archbishop Gonzalez reminded that the family is the "domestic church" and place where the identity of the people is forged. "The future of Puerto Rico will depend on the future of the Puerto Rican families. These are to occupy a privileged place in the new evangelization to which we have been called", he said. Among other pastoral challenges, the Archbishop underlined that his ministry will aim to achieve and defend the common well being of people.


      DILI, East Timor ( - Indonesia has agreed to investigate the massacre of dozens of people in a church in East Timor this week, the United Nations said on Thursday.

      Anti-independence paramilitaries are suspected of killing at least 25 people outside a church on Tuesday in Liquica, although human rights groups say at least twice that number, including 20 children, were shot or blown up by guns and hand grenades. "The Indonesia government has responded positively to a UN suggestion that an impartial inquiry be undertaken to establish facts surrounding these killings," UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said.

      Pro- and anti-independence gangs have stepped up their violent activity in recent weeks as the former Portugese colony prepares for a referendum in July on whether to accept increased autonomy or full independence from Indonesia. Mainly Catholic East Timor was invaded by Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, in 1975 and annexed the following in a move not recognized by the UN.

      Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili has said at least 25 people were killed by anti-independence groups backed by the Indonesian military. On Thursday some of the same militiamen attended a rally of thousands at their base camp in Maliana, vowing to continue their fight against East Timorese separatists.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

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Regina Coeli

      During the Paschal Season the prayer Regina Coeli replaces the traditional Angelus prayer. The origin of the Regina Coeli, which means "Queen of Heaven," evolves from 596 A.D. when a horrible pestilence was ravaging Rome during Lent and Pope Saint Gregory the Great called the people to penance and a procession to make amends in petition to take away the deadly plague. On Easter morning, Gregory himself went to the church of Ara Coeli, and, taking in his hands a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary which was believed to have been painted by Saint Luke, he proceeded barefoot to St. Peter's followed by the clergy and massive throngs. As he was passing Castel Sant'Angelo he heard voices singing the Regina Coeli. The Pope replied to the people: "Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia." At that very moment it is told that an angel, brilliant with light, was seen by many. The angel placed his sword back in his sheath and the plague ceased that day. With this the anthem Regina Coeli was introduced by Pope Gregory to thank Our Lady whose intercession helped stop the disease. From that time on the Regina Coeli became the popular prayer to be said during Eastertide. It was officially spread to the universal Church by Pope Nicholas III late in the thirteenth century, designated from Easter to Pentecost. The rest of the year the Angelus continues to be said. (source: The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers).


     With the emphasis on the "Queen of Heaven" we present today a special site where you can download a virtual Rosary right on your desktop. It is, naturally, called the VIRTUAL ROSARY SITE. It's a beautiful, inspiring way to pray the Rosary right at your computer if you can't always be in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The webmaster has also just added a Virtual Chaplet. Check it out and once you've downloaded, say a few prayers for the site providing the Virtual Rosary and Chaplet free as well as this DAILY CATHOLIC ministry. All involved in the various Catholic web apostolates are grateful for your prayers.

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