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EASTER WEDNESDAY      April 7, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 68

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A Mother shares her joy

Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries

     In the Blessed Mother's meditation today from Chapter 7: Jesus seeks first His Mother Our Lady shares with us her total joy in being reunited with her Divine Son and she encourages all of us to take heart in this wondrous event and strive toward joining Him in the Resurrection of our own souls when we can be united with Him. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part two, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

Meditative Lesson 7:

JESUS SEEKS FIRST HIS MOTHER

part two Our Lady's Meditation

NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part One - Chapter Eight: A LESSON IN FORGIVENESS

Events Today in Church History

     On this date in 1505, Saint Francis Xavier was born in the family castle near Pamplona, Spain where today the bulls annually run. Like a bull he raced through his education at the University of Paris and, teaming up with his friend Saint Ignatius Loyola helped establish the Society of Jesus better known as the Jesuits. At Francis' request he was sent to the far east to become the first far east missionary. He would become known as the "Apostle of the Far East" and be proclaimed Patron Saint of all foreign missions by Pope Saint Pius X. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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The Jesuits

      In honor of the 494th commemoration of the birth of Saint Francis Xavier who aided Saint Ignatius Loyola in founding the Society of Jesus as a powerful ally of the Sovereign Pontiff during the Counter Reformation, we strongly recommend a thorough accounting of the Jesuits at the New Advent Catholic Supersite which includes Jesuit Apologetics, the history of the Order before and after their suppression and other facts about this largest order of priests in the world which presently numbers 15,612; over 3,500 more than the second largest religious order - the Franciscans. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).

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YUGOSLAVIA DECLARES UNILATERAL EASTER TRUCE

      BELGRADE (CWNews.com) - Yugoslavia's government on Tuesday declared a unilateral cease fire with Kosovar rebels to coincide with Easter as marked by the Orthodox Church this Sunday and said peace talks should resume immediately.

      The independent television station Studio B said the government had declared a unilateral cease fire in Kosovo starting at 8 pm local time on Tuesday. "All actions against the aggressive Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) will be unilaterally halted at 2000 hours in honour of the greatest Orthodox Christian holiday, Easter," said a government announcement.

      Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic told Britain's Sky News television that the nearly 1 million Kosovo refugees are invited to return home immediately. Studio B said the truce plan came after meetings between ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. A NATO spokesman said the cease fire will not result in the suspension of air strikes. "We thought Milosevic might try something like this," he said, adding that Yugoslavia must comply with NATO's demands before suspension of attacks.

      In his Easter message, Pope John Paul II pleaded for the establishment of a "humanitarian corridor" through which aid organizations could provide supplies to needy refugees. The Pope repeated that plea on April 5, after praying the Regina Coeli with pilgrims who gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandalfo. The Holy Father said: "I encourage public and private institutions, and particularly organizations of citizen volunteers, to intensify their efforts to come to the help of their brothers who are so sorely in need." He also paid tribute to the organizations which have already rallied for that effort.

      Ordinarily, the Pope would rest at Castel Gandalfo through Easter week, and his schedule originally called for a return to the Vatican on April 10. However, the Pontiff has changed those plans, and now will visit the Vatican on Wednesday for his regular public audience. He will then return to Castel Gandalfo on Friday for a meeting with the prime minister of Slovakia.


POPE JOHN PAUL II CD RACES UP CHARTS

      NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - The recording label Sony Classical said last week that a new music CD featuring Pope John Paul II praying shipped triple Platinum in Argentina, Platinum in Poland, and Gold in Chile and Peru, and debuted at No. 2 in the US on Billboard's Classical Crossover chart.

      The recording also went Gold in Switzerland and Colombia within a week of its international release on March 23. The CD's US release was last Wednesday where it also debuted at No. 10 on Billboard's Top New Artist Albums chart.

      "Abba Pater" combines the Holy Father's spoken words and chanted prayers with contemporary music from an array of international recording artists. The title track of "Abba Pater" has also been made into a music video, which will be available on Sony Classical's Web site (http://www.sonyclassical.com). The video includes film footage from the archives of Vatican Television featuring the Pope's many international pilgrimages and travels.


SRI LANKA BISHOP SAYS ARMY USING REFUGEES AS SHIELD

      COLOMBO (CWNews.com) - Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday accused the Sri Lankan army of using refugees living near a shrine as human shields in their fight against Tamil Tiger rebels.

      The bishop said in a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga said the presence of military forces in Madhu endangered the lives of 10,000 refugees seeking shelter from the fighting. "The recent entry of the Sri Lankan army .. and its continued presence in large numbers with its war machineries and weapons using the innocent refugees as its human shields is religiously very painful and humanly untenable," Bishop Joseph said in the letter.

      "Besides, its precincts had since 1990 become a haven of war-refugees and is functioning at the moment as also an Open Relief Center under the international mandate of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) housing at present over 10,000 refugees in its 400-acre sacred precincts," he added.

      The Tamil Tiger rebels have been fighting Sri Lanka's government since 1983 for a separate homeland for Tamils in the country's north and east.


MEXICAN ARCHBISHOP HIGHLIGHTS EVANGELIZING ROLE OF COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA

      MEXICO CITY, 6 (NE) In a recent meeting with social communicators Cardinal Juan Sandoval I˝iguez, Archbishop of Guadalajara, urged them to be authentic evangelizers and defenders of truth. Concerning this he pointed out that "unfortunately all of us are used to the fact that work, apostolate and the mission of announcing the Gospel is the duty of priests. But that is not so, it belongs to all... religious, lay and specially to the communication media. They have a very important extra-ecclesial role."

      He mentioned that many times one considers the Church as a "service station " to which one goes strictly in cases of necessity. Facing this reality the Cardinal made a calling "to a true commitment as Catholics, a commitment of life and love to Christ and His Church" and pointed out that the communications media have a privileged place in order to thrust this transformation.

      For this reason, said the Mexican Cardinal, "it is urgent for each communicator to love the Church and help it in everything he can." He urged to always be "truthful and objective, respecting truth and goodness, without turning media into classes of catechism, but always loyal to what they should be."


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SITE OF THE DAY

      Continuing our tribute to Divine Mercy this week, we feature today a site totally dedicated to the "Apostle of Divine Mercy" called BLESSED SISTER MARIA FAUSTINA KOWALSKA providing numerous photos and paintings on the Devotion to Divine Mercy and the Messenger Our Lord chose to impart this blessing to the world. The site is maintained by Robert Gujski out of Lausanne, Switzerland.


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