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WEDNESDAY      April 21, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 78

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      Today is the Third Wednesday of Easter and the feast of Saint Anselm, Bishop, Religious and Doctor of the Church while tomorrow we continue Paschaltide with the Third Thusday of Easter. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Anselm, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, April 21, 1999


Thursday, April 22, 1999

My plan for a little army must be an army of love and mercy, united by the Holy Spirit.

      Those words come from the Blessed Virgin Mary on the feast of the Apostles Saint Philip and Saint James on May 3, 1994 as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #488 in which Our Lady laments that there is so much division when she needs unity through commitment to her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit in order to marshall the forces of Mary's Little Army to combat the wiles of satan as dedicated members of the Church Militant in the Communion of Saints. Our Lady prefaces this message a day earlier with the same theme, calling for her little ones to reconcile and stop the bickering and jealousies and use her special month of May to turn over a new leaf and prepare for the glorious feast of Pentecost so that, like the Apostles, we, too, will be infused by the Sanctifier. For Messages #487 and #488, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 487 and 488

Message Four Hundred-eighty-seven, May 2, 1994

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

Message Four Hundred-eighty-eight, May 3, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of the Apostles Sts. Philip and James)

with a Catholic slant

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      YEREVAN, Armenia ( - The religious and political leaders of the former Soviet republic of Armenia announced on Tuesday that Pope John Paul II will visit their country in July.

      Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Geregin I and President Robert Kocharyan had invited the Holy Father to come to Armenia, according to Deputy Catholicos Garegin Nerseyan at a news conference held by Prime Minister Armen Darbinyan. They also announced the preparations for the papal visit which include a stop at the Armenian Apostolic Church in St. Echmiadzine, a cathedral in Garmi, and Ashotsk (Gukasyan) which has a large Catholic community.

      The Pontiff will visit a primarily Orthodox country for the first time next month when he travels to Romania. He has repeatedly expressed his desire to reach out to Orthodox Christians, including those in Russia. The Vatican has not yet confirmed that the visit to Armenia will take place.


      BELGRADE ( - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Aleksei II arrived in Belgrade on Monday condemning NATO bombing of the country while also urging Serbs to offer a safe haven for ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

      The patriarch addressed packed pews at the Serbian Orthodox St. Sava cathedral in the capital. "Our visit here shows that we are together in this difficult time," he said. "We share your sorrow. It's a sorrow of the people who suffer, who have become refugees, who need help and support." He added that he included all victims of the suffering in that sorrow -- Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Catholics.

      Flanked by Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Pavle, Patriarch Aleksei blasted NATO's continuing campaign of air attacks. "NATO's bombs and missiles are intended to destroy the world order created after World War Two and paid for with a great deal of blood, and to found a new order on brute force." The russian government and public opinion have opposed the attacks since their start, reflecting the two countries long ties as Slavic peoples.

      He also urged Serbs to make peace with Kosovar Albanians, who have seen virtually their entire population of about 1.5 million turned into refugees. "Do everything in your power so all well-intentioned people who left their homes in Kosovo return," he said. "The only just peace is a solid and long-term peace. That's why you must do all you can to foster peace and harmony."

      The memorial service was also attended by Catholic Bishop Franco Perko of Belgrade, as well as Yugoslav Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic and Dragan Tomic, chairman of the Serbian parliament.


      PHILADELPHIA, 20 (NE) As the weekly publication of the archdiocese informed some days ago, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia has requested all archdiocesan parishes to pray for the peace in the Balkans, as well as carry out an emergency special collection, "due to the great need for food and medical supplies" of the refugees.

      "Mindful of the sufferings of those forced from their homes," the Cardinal writes in his letter, "and those who find themselves in harm's way during this crisis () I encourage each parish to schedule an evening of prayer for peace, that this conflict may be resolved swiftly and peacefully." He also requested that the collection be carried out as soon as possible "on any weekend prior to May 10."

      Meanwhile, in Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico City presided at a Mass to inaugurate the "National Week of prayer against violence" last Sunday. Under the motto "Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good," this initiative aims to put all the country's efforts for peace and reconciliation in God's hands and generate a greater social conscience of the necessity of facing these problems.

      The president of the organization "Mexico United against Delinquency," -one of the promoters of the campaign- affirmed that Mexico is one of the countries with the highest rate in homicides, and that only last year more than a thousand hijackings occurred. "We made this campaign -he explained- because we figured out either we appealed to God, or we won't be able to handle so much impunity, injustice and organized crime."

      Every day will have a specific intention: Monday, prayers for the victims and their families; on Tuesday, for police, public ministries and other civil authorities; on Wednesday, for the imprisoned, especially those punished wrongly. On Thursday, for the protection of Mexican families; on Friday, for those who suffer because of violence and injustice; on Saturday, for the conversion of criminals and of all Mexicans, and on Sunday, for the participation of citizens in favor of this cause. Bishops also invited faithful and non-believers to fast next Friday and help out other people through charity, offering their intentions for peace in the country.


      JAKARTA ( - A mob of Muslims burned a Catholic church in eastern Indonesia on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for the bombing of the country's largest mosque.

      Tensions between Christians and Muslims has been high in the most populous Muslim nation in the world for several months as the worst economic crisis in decades continued its stranglehold on the nation. On Monday, a bomb exploded at the Istiqlal Mosque and President B.J. Habibie said the bombing was the work of those who want to disrupt June 7 parliamentary elections and urged Muslims not to respond.

      Police said a mob of 600 people attacked the church in Ujung Pandang on Sulawesi Island early Tuesday morning. One man was injured and 21 people arrested. Security forces in the capital Jakarta guarded several mosques and churches, and searched a Catholic cathedral near the Istiqlal Mosque following a bomb threat. No device was found.

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Armenian Rite

      With the announcement that the Pope might possibly visit Armenia in July, we provide some information on the Armenian rite. Its liturgy possesses elements from the Byzantine, Jerusalem and Syriac rites and dates back to the 5th century. In medieval time some of the Latin traditions and liturgical practices were adapted, but the official liturgical language remains classic Armenian. It combines the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic Churches called the Armenian Catholic Church as a member of the Eastern Churches in union with Rome. There are two dioceses in Syria, one in Argentina, Egypty, France, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Romania, Turkey, the United States and the Ukraine as well, of course, as Armenia. In the U.S. and Canada it is called the Apostolic Exarchate with the see in New York City with 35,000 members in both nations combined. The country of Armenia itself has 3.7% of the populations who claim they are Armenian Catholics. Diplomatic relations with the Vatican were established with Armenia on May 23, 1992 after the collapse of the USSR. The Patriarch is Jean Pierre XVIII Kasparian. For more on Armenia we recommend New Advent Catholic Supersite. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).


   Today, in honor of Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI who we feature in our series on the College of Cardinals, we present his official Archdiocesan site: ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO: CARDINAL FRANCIS E. GEORGE, OMI This is not the main page, but you can reach the home page by clicking on at the left of the page in the particular area of interest. We felt readers would be more interested in Cardinal George and what he has to say.

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April 21, 1999 volume 10, no. 78   DAILY CATHOLIC