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WEDNESDAY      December 15, 1999     SECTION TWO      vol 10, no. 238

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Papacy turns into a tug-of-war between warring Roman factions in the second half of the ninth century

    We resume our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER after a week's hiatus. Today we feature the thirteen Sovereign Pontiffs from the second half of the ninth century which includes five Popes who were caught up in a ridiculous feud between the pro-Formosus and anti-Formosus factions that resulted in the poisoning of three of them. For Installment thirty The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire - part two: "The Apostolic Line of Peter during the second half of the ninth century" in the BARQUE OF PETER

The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire   part two

Next Wednesday: Installment Thirty-one: The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire part three: The Apostolic Line of Peter for the first part of the tenth century.

Events Today in Church History

    On this date fifty-four years ago in 1945 Father John O'Connor was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He would, of course, go on to become the Head Chaplain for the United States Navy and then Archbishop of New York and finally cardinal in the Consistory of May 25, 1985. His eminence has just recovered from brain surgery for a tumor and is expected to retire next year at the age of 80. For more on him also see 16th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY 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 December 15:

Appreciation of the Bible and the New Testament

    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We pick up today on our series on the Bible and Sacred Scripture with an overview of the New Testament today and tomorrow we begin briefly explaining the origins, meaning and background on each of the Books of the Bible in subsequent installments. For the seventy-first installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part two The New Testament overview

At 85 Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek of Bielorussia is still going strong as Archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev after years of cruel treatment by the KGB

    Our one-hundred-thirty-fifth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 85 year-old Estonian Archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek, who was banished to the Soviet salt mines in Siberia for ten years before finally being freed and returning to his home diocese where he was appointed Archbishop in 1991 and Pope John Paul II elevated this long-suffering prelate to the cardinalate during the Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

135.   Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek

The simple love exhibited by Mother Teresa

    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 is possible for us to love beyond our knowledge, to allow faith to fill up the insufficiency of our intellectual understanding. A simple person in good faith may therefore have a greater love of God than a theologian, and this love can give him (her) a keener understanding of the ways of God with human hearts than any psychologist will possess."


    Today we commemorate the Third Wednesday of Advent and tomorrow the Third Thursday of Advent, For the readings, liturgies, and meditations on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Thursday, December 16, 1999

November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. In this time of grace, may the cross be a sign-post of love and unity for you through which true peace comes. That is why, little children, pray especially at this time that little Jesus, the Creator of peace, may be born in your hearts. Only through prayer will you become my apostles of peace in this world without peace. That is why, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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"Go and report to John what you have heard and seen: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not scandalized in Me."
Luke 7: 22-23

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December 15, 1999 volume 10, no. 238  DAILY CATHOLIC