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THURSDAY      August 26, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 161

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August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a summer review of all past articles on the Church today

      Like our other feature series, this summer we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event after the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart which will usher in the Reign of the Sacred Heart, also referred to as the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?


      Today is the Twenty-first Thursday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Monica the devoted Mother of Saint Augustine For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette for St. Monica, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, August 25, 1999

Friday, August 27, 1999


Events that happened this day in Church History

      On this date 89 years ago, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje, Macedonia. She would change her name when entering religious life, a name that would forever be on the lips of people the world over for she was Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity and the holy woman called the "saint of the gutters" whose cause has been introduced for beatification. This is also the date that Pope John Paul I was elected the 263rd successor of Peter. He would sadly only live for 33 days before mysteriously dying. But there's always a silver lining: His successor was our present Holy Father Pope John Paul II. 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 26:

SIMPLY SHEEN: Walking in another's shoes!

      They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

"The greatest drama in life takes place when the other person is wrong from our point view. Almost every quarrel has its basis in a mutual misunderstanding."

Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!

     With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

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Bishop Belo Receives Personal Death Threats

      NEW YORK, AUG 24 (ZENIT).- In spite of personal death threats and increasing tension just days before the Aug. 30 vote to decide East Timor's independence, Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo continues to plea for his people's right to self-determination in a moving Op-Ed article published in today's edition of the New York Times.

    "I pray that the United States and other nations will do whatever possible to persuade Indonesian forces to allow this choice to be made freely, and, if independence is the result, to accept it without retaliating with violence," the Bishop begins.

    As the article went to press, it was rumored that brochures are being distributed in East Timor with personal threats such as "Be careful, or your white robe will be stained with your blood," reminiscent of similar tactics prior to the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador in 1980.

    The article is direct and objective in tone and clear in its finality. "It is no secret," Belo affirms, "that most East Timorese oppose continued Indonesian rule."

    The 51-year-old Apostolic Administrator of Dili recalls the long history of strife and violence since civil war broke out in 1975 just as Portugal was about to abandon what had been their colony for over 400 years. Unlike the rest of Indonesia, which was colonized by the Dutch and today is overwhelmingly Muslim, East Timor received from Portugal both its Catholic faith and Portuguese, which is still the official language of the Church.

    "By 1980," the article denounces, "200,000 or more of East Timor's population of less than 700,000 may have perished from massacres, disease and famine." That is a figure that supporters for independence are quick to point out is proportionately higher than the ethnic cleansing carried out both in Bosnia and Kosovo in an area roughly the size of Connecticut.

    "Over the past six months, hundreds of people have been killed, most of them young people whose only crime was their desire to be free from Indonesian rule," Belo continues.

    But the attacks continue. "Thousands of people displaced by such violence have taken refuge in churches throughout East Timor, but even here they are not safe. In April, scores of people were brutally killed by armed militias at a church in the town of Liquica. Sadly, this was only the beginning of a series of assaults. Only the other day, a food convoy organized by a Timorese nun to feed some of the many displaced people was destroyed. Houses of villagers were burned, young mothers were threatened, the hands of young people in one village slashed, all to intimidate people from voting. In other places, the military has distributed guns to allies to force people to vote the 'right' way."

    As if foretelling an uncertain future, Belo laments that perhaps "diplomatic intervention may be the only hope there is to avert a new blood bath in my native land."

    While speaking out with passion to defend his countrymen's rights, he is careful to distinguish his role as Bishop from political favoritism. "All along," he emphasizes, "I have made clear that the church is there for everyone and is not to be used by any political faction. Yet I have concluded that only international pressure on Indonesia's army can end the violence."

    This 1996 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the first Catholic Bishop ever to receive such a distinction, offers concrete proposals when he concludes: "Indonesia's generals, who have longstanding ties to Washington, should be made to understand that Indonesia will not receive any military assistance or the loans the country so badly needs unless the army ends its campaign of violence. And Indonesian authorities must permit the entry of international peacekeepers. After all the suffering they have endured, the people of East Timor deserve no less."

    Some, at least, seem to have heard his plea. In fact, a recent congressional delegation on visit to East Timor, consisting of senators Tom Harkin, Jack Reed and representative Jim McGovern, earnestly recommended the sending of armed U.N. troops to accompany the unarmed advisors and observers that the United Nations has already dispatched to supervise next Monday's vote.

    Nevertheless, according to today's Washington Times, "the State Department yesterday dismissed the prospect of sending armed U.N. peacekeepers to East Timor," because, in the words of spokesman James Foley, "As a practical matter . . . we don't believe that the dispatch of armed U.N. peacekeepers before Aug. 30 is possible at this point." ZE99082421

    Meanwhile CWN reports that, Pope John Paul II in his Wednesday general audience at the Vatican called for peace and reconciliation in East Timor and the Indonesian province of Ambon.

    The Holy Father said that as the people of East Timor prepare for a referendum on their future, he prayed they could achieve a future of peace. Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world, invaded mainly Catholic East Timor in 1975 and annexed it the following year in a move not recognized by the United Nations. In January, President B.J. Habibie proposed a referendum, to be held next week, to allow Timorese to choose either autonomy within Indonesia or full independence.

    On Wednesday, thousands of East Timorese rallied in Dili in the biggest pro-independence rally ever. Anti-independence militias, backed by the Indonesian military, have waged a violent campaign to intimidate voters, killing hundreds and displacing thousands from their homes.

    The Pontiff also appealed for peace on the island of Ambon, where more than 450 people have died this year in fighting between Muslim and Christian gangs. "Apart from a firm condemnation, I express a heartfelt appeal for an end to the violence that has caused so many victims and so much damage," the Pope said.


      MANILA ( - Philippine President Joseph Estrada and Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila continued to widen their public rift on Wednesday when Estrada backed off a suggested meeting to discuss protests over plans to change the country's constitution.

    Estrada had originally suggested a meeting with Cardinal Sin and former president Corazon Aquino, leaders of the 1986 People Power revolt that ended the reign of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and current leaders of the constitutional protests. The cardinal had immediately accepted the offer on Tuesday, but Estrada on Wednesday rejected the idea of the cardinal taking part.

    "I'd prefer to talk to former president Aquino and former president (Fidel) Ramos because they have experience in running government," Estrada told two major Manila radio stations. "Maybe the religious sector should first attend to the spiritual needs and moral values of Catholics," he added.

    Estrada has proposed changes to the constitution to remove provisions which restrict foreign investors in business and land ownership. Aquino and Cardinal Sin led tens of thousands of Filipinos in protest rallies last week denouncing the constitutional changes as an attempt to lengthen the president's term of office beyond one six-year term.


      DENVER, 25 (NE) As part of preparation plans for the Jubilee of year 2000, the Archdiocese of Denver has designed a 10 week course of formation for Catholics from Colorado and across the country.

    "Understanding and living the Great Jubilee" will be the theme of the Internet-based Jubilee course, offered through the Archdiocese of Denver's web page (, which also aims to encourage the use of technology for evangelization.

    "Jubilee is an opportunity for us to believe in Jesus Christ more radically than ever before, and this course will help people understand that", said a spokesman of the archdiocese about the online education project.

    The course will start September 27 and conclude the first week of Advent, based on an interactive learning process that includes online discussions, audio clips and roadmaps to Jubilee-related resources.


    MEXICO CITY, 25 (NE) Msgr. Oscar Sanchez Barba, Postulator of Mexican causes of canonization before the Holy See, presented yesterday the book "The encounter of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Juan Diego," which, among other things, includes definitive arguments showing the historicity of the Blessed Indian.

    The event counted with the participation of Cardinals Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico City, and Juan Sandoval I˝iguez, Archbishop of Guadalajara.

    Msgr. Jose Luis Guerrrero Rosado, co-author of the book, recalled that "from 1990 to the present date, at least three direct evidences appeared that ratify that the event of Guadalupe is not a pious invention of the XVII century, but a real event that occurred in the XVI century."

    Cardinal Juan Sandoval pointed out that the ideal would be that the canonization would be carried out by May 21 next year, date that the Vatican dedicates to Mexico. The Cardinal stated however that that decision depends entirely on Pope John Paul II.

    "Having presented all the conditions, it is necessary to encourage the canonization of Juan Diego, confidant of the Virgin, making him known to the people of God and doing the necessary arrangements before the Holy See so that the steps still remaining may be speeded up," he affirmed.

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"Therefore you also must be ready, because at an hour that you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

Matthew 24: 44

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