Five days until the Holy Father opens the Holy Door 4 Days until the Holy Father opens the Holy Door ushering in the Jubilee Year 2000 on Christmas Eve at St. Peter's Basilica
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December 20, 1999

Tuesday in Late Advent and Feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest, Religious & Doctor of the Church

TUESDAY     vol. 10, no. 242     December 21, 1999
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This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

"O Dayspring, Brightness of the everlasting light, Son of justice"

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Blessed Faustina to become Saint Faustina in 2000 along with beatification of Popes Pius IX and John XXIII in addition to others, including Spanish Martyrs
   Revealing the list of those to be declared venerable, blessed and saint, the Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints read off the official list with the Pope present yesterday. The Holy Father had to be pleased that Blessed Faustina will be canonized next year for it was this Polish Pope who advanced her cause from the beginning while Archbishop of Krakow. Numerous others were mentioned, including over one hundred martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. The most notable beatification will be September 3, 2000 on the Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great when two Supreme Pontiffs will be recognized as blessed in a joint ceremony honoring both Pope Pius IX and Pope John XXIII. For more, click on Causes of Saints

Cardinal Dezza, second oldest cardinal and personal confessor of Pope Paul VI, succumbs at 98
Cardinal Paolo Dezza, S.J. - photo from Inside the Vatican     Just shy a week after celebrating his 98th birthday, Cardinal Paolo Dezza, S.J. passed on to his Heavenly reward this past Friday at the Jesuit General House. Besides being the second oldest cardinal and a priest for 70 years, he was also revered as the personal confessor of Pope Paul VI and a professor who impressed Father Karol Wojtyla when he first studied in Rome. Cardinal Dezza served as Assistant General of the Jesuits in 1965 and again in 1981 as Superior General locum tenans. He was truly a giant within the Society of Jesus. To honor him, the Pope made him a cardinal in the Consistory of June 28, 1991. His death drops the number of cardinals to 153 with 106 eligible to vote in Sacred Conclave. For more, click on Cardinal Dezza

Grizzly task of uncovering bodies in East Timor continues as tales of horror mount
    It has been nearly three months since the terrible massacres in East Timor when pro-Indonesia militas wreaked havoc on the innocent, defenseless people of this Catholic country after an overwhelming referendum was won for independence. But for many their only independence is now with God for they were senselessly slaughtered by these marauders. Each day Australian peacekeepers are uncovering more bodies and survivors tell of terrible tales of horror that border on the inhuman. East Timor's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo has called for accountability by Indonesia for these inhumane acts that have left his country desolate. For more, click on East Timor horrors.

Evangelist Billy Graham touting John Paul II as Man of the Century
Billy Graham     One of the greatest evangelists of this century knows quality when he sees it and Billy Graham is serious when he touts Pope John Paul II as the man of the century for all he has accomplished, more than any other Roman Pontiff in the last two centuries. He also cited the Holy Father's tremendous grasp on the human heart, ecumenism and the Gospel. The 81 year-old evangelist pointed out that no matter how advanced society becomes technology-wise, it will not improve man's heart for he is unwilling to change even though man is intent on changing God to suit their way rather than His Divine Will. For more, click on Man of the Century.
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  • The seventy-sixth installment in our new feature on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Installment thirty-one in our on-going series THE 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 22nd.

  • Biography on another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Final Wednesday and Thursday of Late Advent plus the optional feast Thursday of Saint John of Kanty, Priest.

  • ...and much more in our 243rd issue for 1999!

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  • Open wide the Holy Door to Christ
    Open wide the Holy Door to, for and of Christ!
        In today's editorial, we preview the great event to take place this Friday evening when the Holy Father officially ushers in the grand Jubilee Year 2000 by passing the threshold of the Holy Door, located in the Moderno Atrium of St. Peter's Basilica. He will open the massive aperture with three raps of his hand and gently the huge iron doors will swing open and he, along with the universal Church, will carry our pilgrimage - begun three years ago - into this highly significant Jubilee year. As the pilgrim of pilgrims the Vicar of Christ will fulfill a promise he made to lead us all into the new millennium. In our commentary we give the background to the ritual and the meaning of the Holy Door and all that it represents as well as the pilgrimage this "Pilgrim Pope" will undertake in walking in Our Lord's footsteps in March. For the editorial, "Knock, and it shall be opened to you" see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

        "And it came to pass, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe in her womb leapt. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!'"

    Matthew 21: 28

    Appreciation of the Bible and the Books of Psalms through Wisdom
       Today we continue our search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith with our series on the Bible and Sacred Scripture, presenting an overview of each of the Old Testament books, featuring today the Books of Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Canticle of Canticles or Song of Songs, and Wisdom. For the seventy-fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
        Today is the observance of the final Tuesday of Late Advent with the optional feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest, Religious and Doctor of the Church. Tomorrow we observe the final Wednesday of Late Advent. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and profile on St. Peter Canisius, click on DAILY LITURGY

    Events that happened this day in Church History
        Today is the anniversary 882 years ago when in 1117 Saint Thomas Becket was born in London, England to the sheriff of the city of Norman parents. After studying at the University of Paris he went on to become a deacon, then archdeacon of Canterbury and finally appointed Archbishop of the same see by Henry of Anjou who became Henry II as king of England. When Henry interferred in investiture matters and skirted Rome, Thomas stayed loyal to the Holy See and when he refused to obey the king over the Pope, Henry dispatched four knights to slay the archbishop in the cathedral on December 29, 1170. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    The first fifteen hundred years of Church HistoryRetroactive articles on Church history from 33 to 1515 A.D. for review
        To allow all readers to catch up on our popular on-going series, we present a review of the period from the time of Christ when He founded the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 1 through 106. Until we are back to full strength we will continue the archives, giving readers the opportunity to catch up To read any of the 105 installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenGiving can heal the hurts of the lonely
        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".

    "Most people of the world are unloved. Some do not make themselves loveable because of their selfishness; others do not have enough Christian spirit to love those who do not love. The result is that the world is full of lonely hearts. Here we speak not of love in the romantic or carnal sense, but in the higher sense of generosity, forgiveness, kindness and sacrifice. "

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    The Gospa's message for NovemberNovember 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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