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December 3-5, 1999
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December 3-5, 1999   FRI-SAT-SUN   vol. 10, no. 230
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Pope Pius XII
The last of the Tridentine Popes, Pius' nineteen-year pontificate was frought with sorrow for souls at war the world over. He sought to elevate their spirits with the Dogma of the Assumption
Pope Pius XIIPainting of 260th successor of PeterThe stately Pontiff who was the last of the Tridentine Popes    This weekend as we narrow down the TOP TEN CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY we bring you the 9th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Pope Pius XII, the 260th successor who has been much maligned unfairly in recent years because of the horrors and memories of World War II. The archives and eye-witness testimonies exonerate this stoic and mystic Pontiff whose pontificate was the 12th longest in the history of the Popes. His cause for beatification hangs on the thread of public opinion over his supposed silence of the atrocities against the Jews, but findings prove he was anything but silent in his care and action of his Jewish brethren. He declared the next-to-last Marian Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. For more on the 9th selection, click on POPE PIUS XII

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Holy Father focuses on family values and family structure during Wednesday Papal Audience
     With the weather getting cooler the Holy Father moved his regular Wednesday Papal Audiences back to Paul VI Hall where he focused on family, emphasizing the great crisis the family is placed in today with secular mores being what they are. The Pope called for nurturing love within the family that will emanate out to others from the "little domestic family." He also asserted the importance that families and society realize a child is not a "burden" but rather a total fulfillment of the love between husband and wife which transforms them into teachers as father and mother, becoming the principal guides to the child's path to Heaven. We will bring you the entire audience in Monday's issue under THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS. For more, click on Papal Audience

Highest Islam leader in Egypt urges fellow Muslims in Nazareth to build their mosque elsewhere in deference to their Christian brothers
    The pharoahs of Egypt weren't quite that understanding, but the Grand Mufti of Egypt is more than understanding. In fact, his comments Wednesday should cause the Muslim community to rethink building their mosque next to the venerated Church of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. He calls on his fellow Arab community to honor Christianity's claim to this site, urging all to live in harmony and not build a mosque where it would cause consternation for that would forever be on the soul and conscience of those who had fostered this. For more, click on Build the mosque elsewhere.

Secretary of Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace criticizes WTO, points out violence in Seattle is result of society's insistance to have a say and being shut out
    Bishop Diarmuid Martin, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is not surprised by the violent protests in the emerald city of Seattle for WTO operatives have consistently not listened to civil society and gone about business at the detriment of many throughout the world. Until they give a caring ear, the protests will undoubtedly continue and possibly intensify. For more, click on Violent Demonstrations.

Bishops' document on liturgy Domus Dei: Liberals hate it, conservatives welcome it
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will vote on at their annual conference in Washington D.C. and promulgate next Fall, if passed, a document on liturgy called Domus Dei which will bring churches and the liturgy more in line with traditional norms of architechture and the liturgy to replace the vague Environment and Art in Catholic Worship (EACW) that has confused so many in dioceses across America. The first draft has been completed and is decried by liberals who fear they are losing their grip. Good. Parishioners who have heard of the move back to more the more traditional approach have been most receptive. For more, click on New liturgical norms in the future.
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Will the Vicar of Christ's historic "Jubilee Journey" be all that it can be?

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    In today's editorial, we continue our commentary on the whole mess over the Holy Land that hinders the way for the Pope to complete his historic "Jubilee Journey" in retracing the roots of our Christian heritage. But history has a way of repeating itself as we conjecture on this scenario and whether the timing is in accord with Sacred Scripture. We present the players and the stage being laid out in a theater of suspense and intrigue in the new millennium. For the editorial, In God's time and only His Time! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Inspiration of the WordEverything falls into perspective when we place God in the right perspective
   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shows us simple preparations during Advent that include short prayer time and spiritual reading. If we must read, why not read things that will inspire rather than things that pollute such as all the secular trash out there that we're exposed to on a regular basis. We'd be much better off by picking up the Bible and reading a few passages and praying on it, or the writings on the saints no matter how short, or teachings of the Church or anything else spiritual that will edify and inspire us. She points out how everything falls into perspective when we place God in the right perspective. For her column this weekend, Good reading will aid prayer life, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Feast of Saint Francis Xavier   This weekend we celebrate on Friday the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, the Jesuit Missionary Priest who brought the Faith to the Far East and India. Saturday we commemorate the First Saturday of Advent and the Feast of Saint John of Damascus, Religious Priest and Doctor of the Church, and the following day the SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on WEEKEND LITURGY

Cardinal James Francis Stafford - photo from Inside the VaticanFrom the Rocky Mountain High to the Heights of the Roman Curia Cardinal James Francis Stafford was handpicked by the Pope as Prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Laity     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-thirtieth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 67 year-old American Prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Laity Cardinal James Francis Stafford whose expert handling of World Youth Day in 1983 in his archdiocese of Denver showed to the Pope and the world he would be an excellent choice in guiding the laity into the new millennium. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. For more on Cardinal James Francis Stafford, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Weekend Events in Church History
Pope Pius IV     Saturday is the 436th anniversary of the day when Pope Pius IV officially closed the landmark 19th Ecumenical Council in the Tridentine mountain village in the remote regions of northern Italy. Because of its location it was forever remembered as the Council of Trent. It had been opened on November 19, 1544 by Pope Paul III lasting 19 years in which it condemned Protestantism, enacted reforms and launched the Counter Reformation. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Appreciation of the Apostles' Creed
       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 feature today an installment on The Apostles' Creed, encompassing the beliefs and truths of our Catholic Faith, outlining the twelve articles of belief that every Catholic must profess in order to be a Roman Catholic in good standing. For the sixty-third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

No price tag can be put on God's gift of creativity
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
   They say a picture is worth 1000 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".

"Perhaps one reason why so many of our economic and political projects miscarry is because they are in the hands of men with eyes so tightly glued to what they are doing that they never stop to question whether it should be done at all. Merely keeping busy, merely getting paid can never satisfy man's need for creative work."

Millions give thanks for quality movie in "Toy Story 2" record first week take, proving all can be a kid again!
Toy Story 2 set all Thanksgiving records - photo from Disney
Top Ten Films for the final week of November
    Finally a movie you can take the whole family to and enjoy, without fear of violence, bad language or sexual situations except for a flirtatious Barbie Doll...that's Disney's "Toy Story 2" the sequel to the original "Toy Story" which proved immensely successful. But this second edition, originally planned for direct-to-video, promises to break more records after setting a Thanksgiving weekend record with a phenomenal $80.5 million take in theatres across the country, leaving the rest in the dust. As for the Top Ten reviews for the final week of November prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS

1999 is dedicated to God the Father
22 - 21 - 20 days
and counting and hoping and praying...

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November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
The Gospa's message for November    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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Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Second Sunday of Advent:
"The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaias the prophet, 'Behold, I send My messenger before thee, who shall prepare thy way, the voice of one crying in the desert, 'Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight His paths,' ' there came John in the desert, baptizing and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins."
Mark 1: 1-4
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