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WEDNESDAY      December 22, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 243

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Popes face multi-struggles with Saracens, Roman factions, and the Feudal System in expanding the Faith in the first half of the tenth century

    We continue 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 thirteen Sovereign Pontiffs from the first half of the tenth century when the Saracen threat and the warring Roman families detracted from the main purpose of the papacy. Still more Popes were murdered by jealous clans trying to push their own candidate onto the throne, but there were Popes who tried to rise above it all and focus on the universal Church, evangelizing to the far regions. For Installment thirty-one The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire - part three: "The Apostolic Line of Peter during the first half of the tenth century" in the BARQUE OF PETER

The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire   part three

The First Wednesday of the New Year: Installment Thirty-two: The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire part four: The Apostolic Line of Peter for the second part of the tenth century - the end of the first millennium.

Appreciation of the Bible and the Old Testament Books

    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 Sirach, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations and Baruch. For the seventy-sixth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

THE BIBLE: THE BOOKS OF SIRACH, ISAIAH, JEREMIAH, LAMENTATIONS, AND BARUCH

SIRACH

ISAIAH

JEREMIAH

LAMENTATIONS

BARUCH


Events Today in Church History

    On this date 1,598 years ago in 401 Pope Saint Innocent I was elected as the 40th successor of Peter. His pontificate would last sixteen years, culminating with his death on March 12, 417. It was this holy Pope who established the observance of the Roman rite which we still observe today. He was also able to convince the Roman Emperor Honorius to cease gladiatorial contests in the circuses and arenas of the Roman Empire because of the barbarism involved. Speaking of barbarism, it was during his papacy that Alaric and his vicious Goths sacked Rome. 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 22:


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

The DAILY WORD

"And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because he has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; because He Who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; and His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him.'"
Luke 1: 46-50


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December 22, 1999 volume 10, no. 243  DAILY CATHOLIC