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FRI-SAT-SUN      December 3-5, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 230

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Number 9

Pope Pius XII

The last of the Tridentine Popes, Pius' nineteen-year pontificate was fraught with sorrow for souls at war the world over. He sought to elevate their spirits with the Dogma of the Assumption

   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

9.    Pope Pius XII

From 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

130.   Cardinal James Francis Stafford

November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

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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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December 3-5, 1999 volume 10, no. 230  DAILY CATHOLIC