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WEDNESDAY      December 1, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 228

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Number 11:

Pope John XXIII

The rotund prelate from Venice and architect of Vatican II who hoped to open a few windows to let in some fresh air, but it turned into a gale wind that still whips at Catholic hearts today

   Today we bring you the 11th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Pope John XXIII, the 261st successor of Peter and rotund Pontiff, who was Patriarch of Venice before taking the world by storm with his brash idea of a 21st Ecumenical Council forever remembered as Vatican II. During his 4-year reign this liberal, but loveable Pope endeavored to change the way the Church operated, letting in a breath of fresh air. But the window was opened too wide and the gale winds that followed over the next 3 decades have left conservative Catholics confused, calling for a return to the traditions of the Church. For more, click on Pope John XXIII

11.   Pope John XXIII

Two Pope Saint Leo's sandwich six Pontiffs between them in the first half of the ninth century

    We continue with 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. Today we feature the eight Sovereign Pontiffs from the first half of the ninth century which includes four saintly Popes including Pope Saint Leo III who crowned Charlemagne, ushering in the Holy Roman Empire, and Pope Saint Leo IV who closed the first half of the ninth century by building walls around the Vatican. It would be a wise move for the onslaught that would follow in future centuries. For Installment twenty-nine The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire - part one: "The Apostolic Line of Peter during the first half of the ninth century" in the BARQUE OF PETER

Installment Twenty-nine

The Agony and ecstasy of the Church after Pope Gregory the Great - part one

The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire

Next Wednesday: Installment Thirty: The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire part two: The Apostolic Line of Peter for the second part of the ninth century


To sleep, perchance to dream

    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".

"True repose is not a mere intermission between the acts of the working-life. It is an intense activity, but of a different kind. Just as sleeping is not a cessation of life, but living of a different sort from wakefulness, so repose is an activity no less creative than that of our working hours."

Events Today in Church History

    On this date in 1917, the same year as the Fatima apparitions in which Our Lady brought hope to the world, Father Edward Flanagan brought hope to countless young boys, and eventually girls over the decades when he established the world-famous Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska in a two-story Victorian home on the outskirts of town. Today it is a sprawling city outside of Omaha that is totally independent while continuing to provide hope and aspirations for thousands of young people thanks to the vision of Father Flanagan. For more on him also see 84th 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 1:

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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"And He bade the crowd recline on the ground. Then taking the seven loaves and the fishes, He gave thanks, broke the bread them and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowd. And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up what was left of the fragments, seven full baskets."

Matthew 15: 34-37

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December 1, 1999 volume 10, no. 228  DAILY CATHOLIC