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WEDNESDAY      April 14, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 73

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Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1471, the British nobleman known as Warwick the "kingmaker" was murdered on Easter Sunday. His death paved the way for the rise of King Henry VII whose son Henry VIII would rent the Church asunder in England sixty years later. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 14:

"Be faithful to My Gospel, which is the message My Mother gives to you, lest you forget your goal. "

      Those words come from Our Lord on the Solemnity of His Resurrection, April 3, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #478 in which Jesus reminds us of the glory to come but that we must stay the course, being aware of His adversary's agenda and tactics and urging us to follow God's Will in all things to assure a glorious resurrection of body and soul for all who are faithful to Him and what He has entrusted His Blessed Mother to impart to us. Our Lady prefaces this in her Message the day before on Holy Saturday by encourages us not to allow our hearts and souls to remain dormant but to wholeheartedly heed the Divine Will through our faithfulness to all God has commanded. For Messages #477 and #478, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 477. and 478

Message Four Hundred-seventy-seven, April 2, 1994

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

Message Four Hundred-seventy-eight, April 3, 1994

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

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      VATICAN ( -- In a short, unequivocal public statement, the Vatican has distanced itself from the efforts by the St. Egidio community to mediate the Kosovo crisis.

      The official statement, issued by the Vatican press office on April 13, indicates that the St. Egidio community "has not received any mandate from the Secretariat of State" for its diplomatic efforts. While acknowledging that the Holy See has been kept informed about the community's efforts, the statement underlined the independence of the St. Egidio delegation.

      Recent stories in Italian newspapers have suggested that Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, who led the St. Egidio team to Belgrade to meet with Serbian government leaders, is unofficially acting as "the voice of the Vatican." The statement issued by the press office sharply contradicted that notion.

      The Italian newspaper La Stampa has reported that Msgr. Paglia has been in contact with Ibrahim Rugova, a Kosovar leader who is now living under house arrest in Pristina. Some Italian reporters have speculated that the Vatican hopes to arrange a meeting between Rugova and Pope John Paul II. But the Vatican statement indicated that such speculation "does not correspond with reality."

      The Vatican statement concluded by saying that the Secretariat of State, under the leadership of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, is continuing its own diplomatic initiatives to stop the fighting in Kosovo. Only these efforts, the statement cautioned, reflect the official policies of the Holy See.

      The official Vatican newspaper has called upon the faithful to remember the power of prayer in their responses to the Kosovo conflict, and to avoid temptations to "avenge the victims" and to "visceral violence."

      The April 13 issue of L'Osservatore Romano recognized that many people, seeing how the latest conflict in the Balkans "resumes the horrors of a decade," might become obsessed with the desire to punish those who are responsible for so much suffering. The temptation, the paper said, may be to "exalt the war, which remains a fault and a defeat."

      The use of violent force is not justified simply by the fact that others have been guilty of crimes and misdeeds, the article argued. The search for real justice is better served by intense prayer, L'Osservatore said, and true justice must be founded on "the rights of man, before the rights of the state-- or, worse, the resort to use of force."


      VATICAN ( -- "The morning-after pill does not exist. This is an abortion." That statement was issued by Bishop Elio Sgreccia, the vice-president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, in response to reports that UN authorities are issuing "emergency contraceptives" to women in Kosovo, to be used in case of rape.

      The effect of the "morning-after pill" is to make the womb inhospitable to the unborn child, Bishop Sgreccia pointed out. The massive doses of hormones contained in these pills do not prevent pregnancy, but rather prevent the implantation of a fetus in the womb when a pregnancy has already occurred. Thus the "morning-after pill" does not prevent conception; "it is really a technique of abortion," he concluded.

      Several years ago, nuns in Congo were administered contraceptive pills as a defense against pregnancy in case of rape. But that case cannot be compared with the situation of Kosovo refugees who have already been raped, the bishop said. "No one ever envisioned a 'post-coital contraception' for those nuns," he explained, "because every form of 'post-coital contraception' is by definition abortifacient."

      Once conception has occurred-- even as a result of rape-- the life of a human being is at stake, Bishop Sgreccia observed. "We must distinguish between the act of violence and the reality of new human beings who had no control over how their lives began," he said.


      BOSTON, 13 (NE) "Are we perhaps too selective in our compassion, in our indignation in the face of injustice?" This is the question raised by Cardinal Bernard Law regarding the situation of conflict in the Balkans. In an article written by Boston's Archbishop in the last issue of the archdiocesan newspaper "The Pilot," the Cardinal recalled the difficult reality of other countries in which numerous situations of violence and persecution still exist before the indifference of the international community.

      "The critical strategic question for us is how do we, as the major world power, effectively utilize our influence in the cause of justice. The bottom line must be the effect on the human person, on the family, on our solidarity with the poor," said the Archbishop. Recalling the words of Pope Paul VI, he stated that "Justice is another name for peace. There will be no peace in the Balkans without justice -a justice which is based on the legitimate aspirations of all the peoples who make up that region."

      "The road to peace, he emphasized - recalling the urgent call for dialogue and peace made by Pope John Paul II - will be long and arduous whenever it begins. It will be all the more arduous if we delay its beginning."


      PARIS ( - Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger of Paris took part on Monday in the annual public reading of names of the 76,000 Jews sent from France to Nazi concentration camps, reading the part of the list which included his mother.

      The Jewish-born cardinal announced the name "Gisele Lustiger," paused and added "ma maman" (my mum) before continuing. The cardinal's mother was killed at the Auschwitz death camp after being arrested in Paris along with his father and sister. The then-Aron Lustiger, 11, had been hidden in a Catholic school outside Paris where he later converted to Catholicism.

      The name-reading ceremony is a 24-hour annual event, held on Holocaust Day, in which volunteers read aloud the names of those sent to death camps. Cardinal Lustiger had taken part in the ceremony in past years, but this was the first time he took part in the name reading.

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Ecclesiastical Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

      The full name of this Ecclesiastical Order is Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem which traces its orgin to Godfrey de Bouillon who founded it in 1099 during the Crusades. After the fall of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem national divisions throughout Europe sprouted up but the order was reorganized by Pope Pius IX in 1847 and in 1949 Pope Pius XII transferred the office of Grand Master from the Pope to a cardinal patron. The objective of the Order is strictly religious and charitable, cultural and social works of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, especially the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem though the international headquarters are in Rome where Cardinal Furno acts as Grand Master appointed by His Holiness John Paul II. For more we recommend New Advent Catholic Supersite on the this Ecclesiastical Order as well as the three recommended sites below which are featured in our SITES OF THE DAY. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).


      In honor of today's featured cardinal who is the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Cardinal Carlo Furno we present three sites dedicated to this Ecclesiastical Order. They are the EQUESTRIAN ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE OF JERUSALEM and the site for the same order for THE MAGISTRAL DELEGATION FOR MALTA and finally, the FRANCISCAN CYBERSPOT FOR THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. These three sites should give the reader a good insight into this Ecclesiastical Order.

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April 14, 1999 volume 10, no. 73   DAILY CATHOLIC