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August 25, 1999
SECTION TWO vol 10, no. 160
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Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1532 King Henry VIII broke completely with the Roman Catholic Church by annexing the famed Abbey of of Glastonbury. By turning this cradle for English Saints over to the Church of England he cut off all ties with Rome and the schism still continues today. 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 August 25:
Death of Saint Genesius, patron of actors and comedians. Legend has it that this Roman thespian sought to mock the Christians during an act on stage and, while playing a catechumen about to be baptized suddenly experienced a conversion. He was beheaded by the Roman Emperor Diocletian for refusing to worship the pagan gods.
Election of Pope Saint Boniface IV as the 67th successor of Peter. He consecrated the pagan temple of Agrippa, which is today the Pantheon, to the memory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and all the saints, thus instituting All Saints Day on November 1st. He also sanctioned moral and material improvements for the lower clergy. He would serve for seven years.
In the aftermath of the murder of Saint Thomas Becket by King Henry II, the archbishop of Canterbury Archbishop Langton, intent on holding the king to his pledge to the Pope, presented the blueprint charter for the Magna Carta at St. Albans and St. Paul's to the barons, noblemen and prelates of England. Two years later the king would be forced to sign the historic charter that would forever change how governments rule.
Saint Louis IX, King of France sets out on his quest to recover the Holy Land with his crusaders for the 7th Crusade. For more, see DAILY LITURGY
Death of Saint Louis IX in Tunis, Africa from Typhus. For more on this holy monarch of France, see DAILY LITURGY
Death of Saint Thomas Cantelupe from Hereford, England. He served as Chancellor of England and bishop who was embroiled throughout his life in the politics of England, but remained ever true to the Holy See. After his death hundreds of miracles were attributed to him and he was canonized in 1320 by Pope John XXII.
The famed Abbey of Glastonbury, a cradle for English saints is dissolved as a Roman Catholic abbey and turned over to the Church of England, thus finalizing the split from Rome by Henry VIII.
Death of Saint Rose of Lima, virgin, religious and first saint from the new world. Some historians date her death on the 24th while others list her as having died in the early hours of the 25th of August.
Death of Saint Joseph Calasanz, priest, religious founder and educator. For more on this Spanish saint see DAILY LITURGY
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
John Paul II Institute Conference on Marriage and Family being held in Pope's back yard this week
The series of lectures and conferences on Marriage and Family sponsored by the John Paul II Institute has come full circle as it will finish up at the Vatican this week after beginning at the Lateran a year and a half ago in preparation for the Jubilee Year 2000. It was founded by the Holy Father in 1981 to instruct religious, lay leaders and families on the nature and purpose of their respective apostolates. For more, click on John Paul II Institute.
JOHN PAUL II INSTITUTE HOLDS SEMINAR IN ROME
Professors' Summit Focuses on Family
VATICAN CITY, AUG 23 (ZENIT).- From August 22-27, some 100 University
professors are meeting in the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, to
study God's plan on marriage and the family.
The meeting was organized by the John Paul II Institute for Studies on
Marriage and the Family. It is the last phase of a study that began a year
and a half ago in the Lateran University, as well as in other branches of
the Institute in the United States, Mexico, Spain, and in Centers in West
Africa, Brazil, India and Australia.
The John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the
Family was founded by the present Pope in 1981, to offer the Church the
contribution resulting from theological and pastoral reflection on marriage
and the family, necessary in the exercise of her evangelizing mission. In
the light of faith, and with the help of human sciences, the Institute
attempts to seriously address the truth of matrimony and the family, as
well as to prepare priests, religious and laymen in the exercise of their
The Institute' s main headquarters were opened in the Lateran University in
1992 with subsequent branches in Washington, D.C., Mexico City and
Guadalajara, Mexico, and Valencia, Spain.
Iraq claims tomb of St. Matthew damaged by Allied bombs
Iraqi officials have accused British and American bombers of attacking a fourth century monastery where nearby was the tomb of the Evangelist Saint Matthew which they claim was damaged badly. Western officials counter that if Saddam Hussein's troops were using the Christian sites as military outposts and camouflaging anti-aircraft weaponry then the responsibility is the Iraq leader's solely. For more, click on St. Matthew's tomb.
BRITAIN TO INVESTIGATE IRAQ BOMB ATTACK ON ST. MATTHEW'S TOMB
LONDON (CWNews.com) - The British government on Monday said
it is investigating reports that air attacks on Iraq
military positions damaged the burial site of St. Matthew
The Defense Ministry said British and American aircraft
patrolling the no-fly zone over northern Iraq on August 10
fired in self-defense on Iraqi anti-aircraft emplacements
in the Ba'ashiqa area. A spokesman for the ministry said
current information indicates that all of the bombs dropped
landed safely away from civilian sites.
Iraq claims that the planes attacked a fourth century
Christian monastery, killing and wounding a number of
people gathered at the site to view the solar eclipse the
next day. US and British planes have launched more than 110
strikes against Iraqi targets this year. No-fly zones were
imposed on Baghdad after the 1991 Gulf War over Kuwait with
the aim of protecting opponents of Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein in the north and south of the country.
Catholic Organization Caritas leading way for others in aiding quake victims in Turkey
As the casualty list mounts, the grizzly task of uncovering rubble in search of bodies continues and with it the need to help the survivors. Leading the way is the Catholic organization Caritas which has poured its heart and soul into helping the beleaguered people of this land rocked by massive temblors that have killed over 30,000 with hundreds of thousands injured, and many, many more homeless as a nation is demoralized and hurt that more have not come forward to help. But Caritas, as always, is there exhibiting the Corporal Works of Mercy and moving products as fast as they can to help these devastated people. For more, click on Caritas in Turkey
CARITAS IN FRONT LINE OF AID TO VICTIMS OF TURKISH EARTHQUAKE
Catastrophe Unites Christians of All Denominations
ISTANBUL, AUG 23 (ZENIT).- At present, Caritas-Turkey is one of the most
active humanitarian organizations assisting victims of the earthquake that
devastated the northwest of the country on August 17. It serves 2,000 hot
meals daily, distributes food and medicine to thousands of people, and has
erected a camp-city where those affected will be able to spend the winter.
Official estimates say there are 40,000 dead, and 130,000 homes destroyed.
Capuchin friar Adriano Franchini, director of Caritas-Turkey, gave the
international agency "Fides," details of the commitment to aid promoted by
the Catholic Church in the country. "Caritas moved quickly and well. We
have organized groups who, from the first day, have personally controlled
the needs of the area. In this way, we have been able to organize the aid,
avoid dispersion and respond to real needs. We buy products in local
factories, but at present we especially need camping tents --- difficult to
find, at this point in time, and portable toilets."
Joint Action with International Caritas
The aid is being given in cooperation with European Caritas and Caritas
International. "Initially, customs formalities blocked the flow of aid;
after a sea of discussions, everything seems to be resolved. There will be
time later on for bureaucracy. We have not wanted to delegate the
organization and distribution of aid to Turkish [governmental]
organizations; we go directly to the affected areas and work there
ourselves. We have created a 'crisis unit' that distributes 2,000 hot meals
a day, as well as bread, water, fruit juices, and hygienic and health
services, to thousands of people who have suffered losses," the Capuchin said.
Fr. Lorenzo Piretto, Dominican delegate of the Apostolic Vicariate of
Istanbul, explained that Christians have succeeded in working together, to
help the victims. He told "Fides," that the "Christian Churches have
started joint aid projects: Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestants of the
Latin, Greek, Armenian and Syrian rites have joined to carry out common
acts of solidarity."
"The most beautiful aspect of this painful event has been to see how it has
united the different Christian communities in Turkey, and become an
opportunity to undertake concrete ecumenical cooperation. I hope that, in
addition to times of prayer together, which are already taking place, in
the future there will be collaboration in helping the poor and in other
initiatives. All of a sudden the divisions -- which at times are truly
incomprehensible -- have disappeared: there have been signs of fraternity
between the Christian leaders [reflected[ in immediate understanding."
According to Duncan MacGregor MacLaren, secretary general of Caritas
International, Caritas-Turkey, which has few resources, has been reinforced
by the regional office of that institution, which has its headquarters in
Beirut. In fact, the authorities themselves of the city of Istanbul were
the first to appeal to this institution for help.
Disbanded rebel group takes credit for Colombia bishop's kidnapping complicating matters
Further complicating the strange twist of events in Colombia is revelation that the suspected National Liberation Army, who have already kidnapped over 100 hostages, did not kidnap Bishop Jose de Jesus Quintero of Tibu on Assumption Sunday but rather a rebel group Colombian officials had thought was disbanded and harmless. With the kidnappings by two different groups it is more difficult for the government to negotiate from strength and makes it doubly frustrating for the Church. For more, click on kidnapping plot thickens.
COLOMBIAN BISHOP KIDNAPPED BY SPLINTER GROUP
BOGOTA (CWNews.com) - According to news reports broadcast
by radio and television stations in Colombia, the bishop
who was kidnapped last week is being held by a small
splinter group, rather than one of the country's major
guerrilla forces. Church officials fear that if the report
is accurate, the process of negotiating the bishop's
release could be complicated.
Bishop Jose de Jesus Quintero of Tibu was taken captive on
Sunday, August 15. The original reports of the kidnapping
-- based on eyewitness testimony from a priest who was
captured alongside the bishop, and then released --
indicated that his captors were members of the National
Liberation Army (ELN).
However, the ELN denied any involvement in the kidnapping.
And sources within the Colombian bishops' conference
indicated that they had not dismissed the possibility that
the bishop might have been kidnapped by another group,
masquerading as the ELN.
The latest reports suggest that the bishop might be in the
hands of the Jose Libardo Toro Front, a small group which
split off from other rebel forces in 1991. Until these
reports surfaced, officials in Colombia had thought the
Jose Libardo Toro Front had disbanded.
Pressured School Board in Dixie reverses decision, will allow boy to wear religious symbol in school
True to the prediction of William Donohue of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, the Harrison County Board reversed their ridiculous decision to forbid a student from wearing the Star of David around his neck, symbolic of his Jewish faith. The Southern district board in Gulfport, Mississippi came under tremendous international scrutiny for their anti-Semitic stance, but they claimed it was a misunderstanding because of gang activity in this gulf coast community. For more, click on Star of David.
SCHOOL DISTRICT REVERSES DECISION ON STAR OF DAVID
GULFPORT, Mississippi (CWNews.com) - The school board in
Gulfport, Mississippi, on Monday reversed a previous
decision that said a Jewish boy could not openly wear a
Star of David necklace because it was sometimes used as a
The Harrison County School Board changed its previous
decision after national attention including criticism from
such diverse groups as local religious leaders and the
American Civil Liberties Union. Ryan Green, 15, is the son
of a Christian mother and a Jewish father and his paternal
grandfather gave him the pendant over the summer.
When Ryan and his father went to sign up for fall semester
classes at Harrison Central High School two weeks ago, a
teacher told him to wear the pendant inside his shirt "for
his own good." The following day the boy returned to school
for the start of the semester, still wearing the Star of
David. A teacher ordered him to remove it.
The boy's father took the matter up with the school board
at its meeting last week, and the board ruled that the Star
of David could be mistaken for a gang emblem, which district
policy forbids from schools. The board said law enforcement
officials had advised them that a coastal Mississippi group
known as the Black Gangster Disciples used a nearly
identical six-pointed star as its symbol.
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