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August 2, 1999
SECTION TWO vol 10, no. 143
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Events Today in Church History
On this date 57 years ago, Saint Edith Stein, also known as Sister Theresa Bernadetta of Jesus died in the horrendous gas showers of the notorious Auschwitz death camp. She was born a Jew and converted to Catholicism and became a nun, giving her life for others at the hands of the Nazis. Pope John Paul II canonized her on October 11th last year at St. Peter's in Rome. 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 2:
Death of Pope Saint Stephen 1, 23rd successor of Peter. He was beheaded during a religious function on his pontifical chair in the Catacombs of St. Callixtus.
Death of Pope Severinus, 71st successor of Peter, who condemned the monoteletic heresy and because he did so, suffered the retaliation of Heraclius, Byzantine emperor who ordered the sacking of the Basilica of St. John Lateran's and the Lateran Palace.
Death of Pope John V, 82nd successor of Peter, whose election was due to the interference of the Byzantine Court.
During the Third Crusade, the Saladin delivers the first installment of freed prisoners from Acre for the ransom money.
Death of Saint Basil the Blessed.
Death of Saint Edith Stein, who was canonized this last year on October 11th. Like Saint Maximilian Kolbe, she died in the horrific German prison camp of Auschwitz. This Jewish woman converted to Catholicism and became Sister Theresa Bernadetta of Jesus.
Today is the Eighteenth Monday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop and Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Priest and Religious Fouder while tomorrow is the Eighteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Monday, August 2, 1999
Monday August 2:
Eighteenth Monday in Ordinary Time and
Feast of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop and
Feast of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Priest and Religious Founder
Green or white vestments
First Reading: Numbers 11: 4-15
Psalms: Psalm 81: 2, 12-17
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14: 22-36
FEAST OF SAINT EUSEBIUS OF VERCELLI, BISHOP
This first Bishop of Vercelli, Italy was Saint Eusebius who was born around 283, was the first to suffer an "unbloody martyrdom" resulting from being exiled for refusing to sign the document which the Arians circulated after the Synod of Milan in 355 condemning the holy Saint Athanasius. While in exile, Eusebius journed to Palestine, Egypt, Alexandria and Antioch remaining always loyal to the Son of God and His Vicar on earth. With the Arian heresy suppressed, Eusebius was invited back with open arms to resume his episcopacy as the first Bishop of Vercelli where he passed on to his Heavenly reward on the evening of August 1, 371.
Tuesday, August 3, 1999
First Reading: Numbers 12: 1-13
Psalms: Psalm 51: 3-7, 12-13
Gospel Reading: Matthew 15: 1-2, 10-14
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of the Feast of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass in their honor:
Lord God, St. Eusebius affirmed the Divinity of Your Son. By keeping the Faith he taught, may we come to share the eternal life of Christ.
SIMPLY SHEEN: Leveling out through inner peace
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 conditions of a happy life is to so live that the trials and vicissitudes of life do not impose their moods on us. Rather, we become so rooted in peace and inner joy that we communicate them not only to our surroundings, but also to others."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
New Document found in Israel solidifies Pope Pius XII's innocence in respect to the Holocaust
We have to wonder how the radical Jews who are trying to crucify Pope Pius XII and falsely blaming him for allowing countless Jews to die in the Holocaust will react to the news at a document has been uncovered in Israel written by Jewish leaders immediately after the war in which they extoll Pius XII's role in helping the Jews and even made generous contributions to the Church in gratitude. For more, click on Proof for Pius XII.
DOCUMENT REVEALS JEWS' RECOGNITION OF PIUS XII'S SUPPORT
Generous Jewish Donation to Catholic Church Following World War II
ROME, JUL 30 (ZENIT).- Contrary to some recent historical readings,
which tend to picture Pius XII as silent, if not condescending, on the
question of Nazi anti-Semitism, a document has been discovered in Israel
that not only confirms Pius XII's role in defense of persecuted Jews,
but reveals that world leaders of the Jewish communities at the time
were very aware of his action, to the point that after the war they came
to Rome and gave the Catholic Church a very generous donation.
The document was discovered by Lorenzo Cremonesi, the Italian newspaper
"Corriere della Sera's" Jerusalem correspondent, who is completing a
book on the history of Israel's relations with the Holy See. Cremonesi
spoke about his discovery to the magazine "Tempi," sympathetic to the
Communion and Liberation movement. While examining the Israeli archives,
Cremonesi found a letter from the Vatican, dated October 27, 1945,
signed by Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini -- the future Paul VI, who
at the time worked in the Secretariat of State; it was addressed to
Raffaele Cantoni, President of the Italian Jewish communities. In the
letter, Montini gave detailed information on a conversation between Pius
XII and Leo Kubwitsky, secretary general of the World Jewish Congress.
Montini wrote that during an audience, on behalf of his organization,
Kubwitsky gave Pius XII more than one million dollars (at the present
value) for "charity works" and expressed "his gratitude to the august
Pontiff for his work in support of persecuted Jews."
Montini added, moreover, that Pius XII decided that "the sum should go
exclusively to needy persons of Jewish origin." The news has awakened
some interest but, as Fr. Peter Gumpel, reporter for Pius XII's
beatification cause and an expert in the history of the period, has
pointed out, "This is nothing new. It is news that has been published
before. And it is only one of hundreds of testimonials of affection and
gratitude that different Jewish representatives expressed to Pope
Fr. Pierre Blet, former professor of Ecclesiastical History at the
Gregorian, who was one of four persons appointed by Paul VI to compile
the "Holy See's Acts and Documents of the Second World War," recalled
that in at least three of the twelve volumes of this monumental work,
specifically in Nos. 8, 9 and 10, are to be found "all the official
documents in which the Jewish communities, the Rabbis of half the world,
and other refugees, thank Pius XII and the Catholic Church for all the
help and work in their favor."
Archbishop of Cali officially excommunicates kidnappers in Colombia for the sacriligeous nature of their crime in May
Despite promises direct to the Vatican that the National Liberation Army would release all the victims they kidnapped, specifically right from church during Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost, they have not cooperated. Thus, Archbishop Isaias Duarte had no choice but to formally decree the excommunication of the entire group and called for them to come to their senses. For more, click on Excommunication.
COLOMBIAN GUERRILLA EXCOMMUNICATED FOR KIDNAPPINGS DURING MASS
CALI, 31 (NE) Archbishop Isaias Duarte of Cali formally
excommunicated yesterday members of the National Liberation Army
(ELN) that kidnapped faithful during a Mass held at La Maria
church. The Archbishop had previously announced he would proceed
with excommunication if people were not liberated by the end of
The decision was announced during a Mass held yesterday at 8:30
p.m. in La Maria church, attended by several friends and family
members of the people kidnapped last May 30 by the guerrilla
The main reason for excommunication, explained Archbishop
Duarte, was sacrilegious kidnapping. The excommunicated can be
withdrawn if members of the guerrilla group repent and liberate
the 45 prisoners still held captive. During his homily, the
Colombian Prelate explained the consequences of excommunication,
urging ELN members to repair the damage done and begin true
"That is what we want: that they understand that they have acted
wrongly, and that is why they are being set aside from the
Church's communion. We hope they can understand they have
committed a terrible mistake and that they must repair the
damage and return to the Church's body," said Archbishop Duarte.
Jubilee 2000 to kick off with a special Jubilee Celebration for the children on January 2nd
In the spirit of Jesus' words "Suffer the little children to come to Me," the Holy Father will host a special Jubilee Celebration on the day after New Year's especially for children. It will be the first major event of the new millennium. For more, click on Calling all children .
PREPARATION FOR CHILDREN'S JUBILEE
Planned for January 2, 2000
VATICAN CITY, JUL 30 (ZENIT).- Children and adolescents from around the
world are invited to come to Rome for the first major event of the
Jubilee of 2000 -- the Children's Jubilee. This event will climax with a
meeting with the Holy Father on January 2. At the festivities, these
young people will renew their commitment to be "apostles of joy."
The Organizing Committee suggests a twelve-stage preparation for the
teachers and children who will come to Rome. "Receive an invitation,
plan, leave, get to know one another, walk, meet, rest, find out where
you are, arrive, celebrate, return, and tell others" are the proposed
twelve steps of the Jubilee pilgrimage.
The Committee explains that the children should receive a letter
inviting them to come to St. Peter's Square to celebrate the Lord's
coming into the world. The children's enthusiastic response should
quickly become a plan.
Ideally, the children will meet fellow pilgrims during their trip. They
will walk together, learning that the true friends of Jesus are friends
of the poor. A rest at the catacombs is planned to help the children
live the brotherhood of the Christian family.
The next morning, the children will have to find the right street to get
to St. Peter's Square. Together, they will pass the Holy Door, renewing
their profession of faith, thanking Jesus, the Good Shepherd, for his
goodness and mercy.
This is followed by the great celebration with the Pope, including the
celebration of the Eucharist. After all these experiences, the Committee
hopes that the children will return home to tell all their friends about
their experiences, witnessing to the gift of newness of life that
enlightens their existence.
Father Malachi Martin, author of best-selling novels, died of a stroke last Tuesday at the age of 78
Father Malachi Martin, the man who took on the Jesuit Company and eventually resigned from the Society of Jesus to write sensational novels about the Vatican and its inner workings, died of a stroke last Tuesday in New York. He was 78. He had written numerous best-sellers, but in recent years remained incognito both to avoid the controversial limelight and to devote full time to his first love - writing. He suffered a stroke a few years ago and it had slowed him down considerably. For more, click on Fr. Malachi Martin
LATE FATHER MALACHI MARTIN, NOTED AUTHOR, BURIED
NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - Father Malachi Martin, a Catholic
priest and bestselling author of 16 books, died in New York
City on Tuesday following a stroke and was buried on
Father Martin was born in Ireland in 1921 and entered the
Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1939. He held numerous
degrees from Trinity College in Ireland and the University
of Louvain in Belgium. His early work included study of the
newly-discovered Dead Sea Scrolls, publishing his first book
on the subject. He then lived in Rome and served as a
professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and was a
close associate of Pope John XXIII.
The priest, who was released from his Jesuit vows by Pope
Paul VI in 1964, moved to New York where he authored his
most famous books, including "Hostage to the Devil," "The
Final Conclave," "Vatican," "The Jesuits," "The Keys of This
Blood" and "Windswept House."
At his death, Father Martin was reportedly at work on what
he said would be his most controversial and important book,
entitled "Primacy: How the Institutional Roman Catholic
Church became a Creature of the New World Order." He had
said the book would deal with power and the papacy, and
analyze the shift in the ancient dogma of primacy that lies
at the heart of what he saw as the first breakdown of papal
power in two millennia.
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July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you all to prayer with the heart. I call all of you, little children, to give thanks to God here with me for the graces which He gives to you through me. I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus' and your heart to become one heart of love and peace. That is why, little children, pray and rejoice over everything that God does here, despite that satan provokes quarrels and unrest. I am with you and I lead you all on the way of love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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