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On this date in 1671 Saint Rose of Lima was canonized by Pope Clement X, the 239th successor of Peter, in Rome. Her inclusion among the saints made her the first saint so proclaimed from the new world. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga helped forge the Faith in Kenya during his 25 year-plus tenure as Archbishop of Nairobi|
Our ninety-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga, the Archbishop emeritus of Nairobi and current Military Ordinary of Kenya who was the son of a pagan tribal chief but passed up royalty to serve Holy Mother Church, first as a priest, then bishop and then a cardinal. He was ordained by Pope Pius XII and created a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in the Consistory of March 5, 1973. For more on Cardinal Otunga, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Cardinal O'Connor hospitalized for tests after experiencing weakness
Church commemorates Jubilee 1294 origins in Aquila
Holy Father piqued at lack of respect for sanctity of marriage
St. Peter's cleansed in reparation rite after suicide near main altar
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Preparing us spiritually for the great Jubilee Year 2000!
Following up last week's Papal Catechesis conveyed during his Wednesday General Audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican in late July and early August, we pick up where we left off, bringing you the brief talks for his August 11th, August 18th and August 25th Papal Audiences which are all geared to preparing us spiritually for the Jubilee Year 2000. For the Pope's brief catechesis on all three, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
This retro summer we present each Monday the best of Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
This summer on Monday's we will present the opportunity to review any of Pat Ludwa's thirty-eight columns for this year. Original ones will run in Thursday's issues, but in Monday's issues we bring you these archives. For Pat's past columns, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW ARCHIVES
Saints can empathize with our sinfulness!
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". with a Catholic slant
"Perhaps no one understands us better than saints, not only because they correct their bad judgment of us through their own weakness, but also because they see us as souls precious in the sight of God."
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Cardinal O'Connor admitted to Manhattan Hospital for precautionary methods
The Archbishop of New York Cardinal John O'Connor was hospitalized on Wednesday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in Manhattan, New York after complaining of weakness and dizziness. While officials state it is not serious, tests are being taken to be sure the cardinal is in good health and to diagnose the problems. The cardinal, in good spirits, is expected to retire soon since he is currently 79 years-old and has stayed on as chief shepherd of the nation's second largest see primarily because the Holy Father personally asked him to continue. For more, click on Cardinal O'Connor .
Archbishop of Palermo commemorates first Jubilee Year and Pope Saint Celestine V's "Bull of Pardon"
Before the Holy Father goes back to the roots of our Faith for the unusual Jubilee Journey, it's time to go back to the roots of how the Jubilee Years originated and where. For that a Vatican contingent was in Aquila, Italy Saturday to commemorate the inauguration of the Jubilee Year by Pope Saint Celestine V in 1294 when the saintly pontiff proposed a special year - Jubilee Year - for all to seek and give pardon. It was to occur every 50 years but increased to every 50 years in the fourteenth century by Pope Clement VI. The first "Holy Door" was opened in the Lateran by Pope Martin V in 1423. For more, click on Holy Door commemoration .
Alternate anthropology bothers Pope in talk to Marriage and Family Group of Pontifical Institute named after him
Decrying the fact that "alternate anthropology stands in opposition to the image of man and woman according to natural reason, and in particular, to the Christian image of man and woman," the Holy Father addressed an international group of members of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family. He warned that science has gone too far with cloning and other methods, as well as alternate lifestyles and amoral beliefs that diminish and insult the sacred institution of marriage and conjugal love as God intended. For more, click on John Paul II addresses Pontifical Institute members.
Tragedy beneath the baldechino of St. Peter's Basilica as disgruntled man shoots himself, Security concerns raised
A 63 year-old retired, disgruntled man from Bari ambled into St. Peter's on Thursday afternoon and, before a group of pilgrims touring the Basilica, proceeded to the front of the altar beneath the great canopy or Baldechino designed by Bernini and shot himself in the temple. The Basilica needed to be cleansed through a special rite performed by one of the Vatican's parish priests Fr. Giovanni Ferrotti during a Mass later that same day. He blessed the area three times with Holy Water and those in attendance in a special "reparation rite" to cleanse the area after the suicide. It could prompt discussion for setting up a metal detection entrance to the great Basilica for the Jubilee Year when millions are expected to pass through the great portals of St. Peter's. For more, click on Suicide in St. Peter's
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