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THURSDAY      December 2, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 229

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TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 10:

Pope Paul VI

Beleaguered mild-mannered Pontiff who completed Vatican II, then was rejected by the world for his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae

    Today we begin the TOP TEN COUNTDOWN, bringing you the 10th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Pope Paul VI, the author of the encyclical on artificial birth control Humanae Vitae that was so widely rejected. This 262nd successor of Peter narrowly beat out Pope John XXIII by a few votes. He admired John and sought to carry out what his predecessor had started including Vatican II. But he also realized many mistakes were made in its implementation and on his deathbed acknowledged that "satan is now in the sanctuary." For more on the 10th selection, click on POPE PAUL VI

10.    Pope Paul VI

Appreciation of God's Gift of Religion

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    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 conclude today a two-parter on Religion and the End of Man how God in His Infinite Wisdom created man with a purpose so that man and woman could be happy in this world and even happier with Him in the next. For the sixty-second installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part two

Take five, stand back and relax

    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".

"Repose - true leisure - cannot be enjoyed without some recognition of the spiritual world, for the first purpose of repose is the contemplation of the good. Its goal is a true perspective one: the small incidents of everyday life in their relation to the larger goodness that surrounds us. Genesis tells us that after the creation of the world, 'God saw all that He had made, and found it very good' (Genesis 1: 31). Such contemplation of his work is natural to man, whenever he, too, is engaged in a creative task."

The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today

    Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

Events that happened this day in Church History

   On this date in 1830 Pope Pius VII, in order to avert war, arrived in Paris to crown Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France as a symbol of peace, but the little general's disregard for protocol and shabby disrespect for the Sovereign Pontiff by placing the crown on his own head rather than allowing the Pope to do so gave a visible omen of what was to come for Bonaparte would invade Rome and capture the Pope. 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 2:

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.


"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven shall enter the kingdom of Heaven...Everyone therefore who hears these words and acts upon them, shall be likened to a wise man who built his house on rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it did not fall, because it was founded on rock."

Matthew 7: 21, 24-25

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