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Today is the Nineteenth Monday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on St. Lawrence, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Finally the long-awaited book "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." is available!
The 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 over five years is finally here! You can finally acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages. To find out how, click on Book
Events in Church History
On this date 516 years ago, Pope Sixtus IV celebrated the first Holy Mass in the Sistine Chapel, which he commissinoed to be built during his thirteen year pontificate. It would later be decorated by the master Michelangelo and become the location for the College of Cardinals to meet and be cloistered in Sacred Conclave during Papal Elections. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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- Number 88 in the Countdown List of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- Earlier installments of our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Messages 625 and 626 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on August 10th.
- Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of the martyr and deacon Saint Lawrence and Wednesday's Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi.
- ...and more in our 149th issue for 1999!
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Curia-wise Dominican Cardinal Lucas Moreira from Brazil heads up the Congregation for Bishops|
Our eighty-fifth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, O.P., the Archbishop emeritus of Sao Salvador de Bahia. This Brazilian prelate was appointed the President of the Congregation for Bishops at the same time he was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. For more on Cardinal Neves, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Pope prays for his friend Paul VI who was called home in 1978 on Transfiguration feast
Seal of Confession threatened by Canadian pressure
Holy Grail is accessible in our hearts by believing in the Eucharist author of book on Holy Grail attests
St. Paul was indeed in Cyprus evidence proves, Orthodox Church protests pageant
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Message to the Americas: Use the media available to spread the Word
Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the twenty-fourth installment on Chapter Six: The Mission of the Church in America Today: The New Evangelization - Evangelization through the media, 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
"Division breeds anger, contempt, and all manner of evil for it lacks divine charity. To love Me is to follow Me; to speak as I spoke; to forgive as I forgive, to love as I love. But you cannot do this if you do not possess Me, and where a heart is filled with pride I am not! "
Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on May 17, 1995 in which Jesus entreats His children to forgive and forget, to remember why He died on the Cross and the truths He left us. He laments that so many speak in His name when their hearts do not mean it. He follows that message with further words on the eve of the Ascension and again on May 29 where Our Lord reminds all that tribulations must come in order to purify men's hearts and cleanse the earth but as to the end of the world, no one knows that except the Father. Christ infers, however, that the times of purification and the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart are at hand and He refers to the signs that have been given, but which so many have refused to see because of their hardened hearts. For Messages 622, 623 and 624 from Our Lord, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
God cannot be denied!
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".
"It was the great boast of the eighteenth century that 'God' and 'the supernatural' would be exorcized by an exposure to light. But what happened with the rejection of religious faith was the upsurge of political superstitions which came very close to making the world a madhouse."
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Pope John Paul II remembers his friend Cardinal Giovanni Batista Montini who, as Pope Paul VI, died 23 years ago on the Feast of the Transfiguration
On the Feast of the Transfiguration, the Holy Father began the day by commemorating the death of Pope Paul VI who died 23 years ago while preparing an address for the Feast where Christ went up to Heaven for a brief time to be with Moses and Elijah. Little did Paul know on this date in 1978 that he would soon be in the presence of the Beatific Vision and that his cause for beatification would have begun two decades after his death. For more, click on Anniversary of Pope Paul VI's death.
Led by Canada, alarming revisions proposed by International Criminal Court could wipe out the protection of the Seal of Confession as well as undermine the sanctity of life
Spurred on by Canadian officials pushing to eliminate the confidentiality of the confessional between priest and penitent, the International Criminal Court is considering these drastic changes during meetings in New York. Canon Law specifically forbids priests from revealing anything they hear in the confessional but under the new law they would be subject to conviction for not cooperating. Talk about persecution! The Vatican has been intent on making sure anti-life measures are not adopted because many are lobbying the ICC to instill abortion into their manifesto. For more, click on Seal of Confession .
In search of the meaning of the Holy Grail
A professor of ethics in Madrid has released the definitive book on the Holy Grail with the emphasis not so much on the treasure of its worldly worth as was portrayed in Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", but in the spiritual treasure and the mystery behind the Chalice used by Jesus to institute the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper. For more, click on Holy Grail .
Evidence points to St. Paul being in Cyprus but he wouldn't want to be there for the "Miss Universe" Pageant
Italian Archeologists in Cyprus have uncovered proof that is supported in Sacred Scripture that the Apostle Paul did indeed go to Cyprus as a marble inscription attests to. Meanwhile, this land where Paul walked is scheduled to be trod on by beauty contestants for the "Miss Universe" Pageant in 2000 and the Orthodox Church in Cyprus is dead set against it. For more, click on Cyprus
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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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