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WEDNESDAY      February 10, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 28

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Barcelona's Cardinal exemplifies the beatitudes to his flock

      Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our seventeenth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 73 year-old Cardinal Ricardo Maria Gordo Carles who is currently the Archbishop of Barcelona and is much beloved by the people of Spain. He is a crusader for the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden. For more on this red-hat appointed by Pope John Paul II back in his Consistory of November 26, 1994, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

17.   Cardinal Ricardo Maria Gordo Carles

Events Today in Church History

      On this date sixty years ago Pope Pius XI passed on to his eternal reward. It was this 259th successor of Peter who signed the Concordat with Italy's Benito Mussolini assuring Vatican City of its sovereignty. He also is the founder of Vatican Radio, which has been powerful force for the Faith throughout Europe for over half a century. His pontificate lasted seventeen years. 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 February 10:


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Vatican Radio

      In today's Time Capsules we feature the death of Pope Pius XI who established it in 1931 in the ninth year of his pontificate. It was designed by the famous Guglielmo Marconi, the same Italian who invented the first trans-Atlantic transmission in 1901 and developed radio as a means of communication, personally overseeing the Vatican Radio station until his death in 1937. Pius declared that the purpose for inaugurating Vatican Radio was " that the voice of the Supreme Pastor may be heard throughout the world by means of the ether waves, for the glory of Christ and the salvation of souls." Today Vatican Radio operates on a frequency of 6095, 7305, 9600 kilohertz and can be accessed via satellite on INTELSAT 325.5 degrees EAst (Atlantic) at 3097.75 Mhz - LCHP polarization. For further information you can check or Vatican Radio broadcasts in 27 different languages as the communication voice for the Holy See throughout the world, conveying all Rome needs to impart globally. With the advent of the internet, Vatican Radio has taken a backseat to this more advanced form of instant communications . Nevertheless they continue to air 400 hours a week. The staff consists of 445 broadcasters and technicians, including 30 Jesuit priests. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor)

The poor we will have with us always, so let's help them!

      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".

"Egotism makes the self the center; altruism and charity make the neighbor the center. Only on the principle of giving can the inequalities of the human race be adjusted, can the strong help the weak, and social peace reign among men."

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      VATICAN, 9 (NE) The President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Patrick Foley, manifested that in view of the "clutter" of information and the amount of distraction "that it is difficult to focus on what is meaningful," being "selective is of the utmost importance regarding the media today, not only for audiences but also for media workers." In an interview published by the Vatican agency Fides, Archbishop Foley responded to a series of queries under the light of Pope John Paul II's recent Message for the 33rd World Communications Day, which has as its theme: "Mass media: a friendly companion for those in search of the Father".

      The Vatican Archbishop also pointed out the imperious need of urging people to ask themselves questions such as: "Which programs to watch, why is news broadcast in certain ways, what is behind the drama of a film and play?" Archbishop added that, "in this way we will advance towards making the media a 'a friendly companion' on man's journey to eternal life."

      Also, in view of the question on "How can the media communicate hope, even in tragic situations?", Archbishop Foley pointed out that "Christians are people of the resurrection" and with the Lord Jesus "we can help people see tragedy and pain in a new light."


      KIEV, Ukraine ( - The chairman of Ukraine's religious affairs committee said on Monday that he expects Pope John Paul II to visit the country in late 1999. Depending on the timing of a proposed visit to Romania, the trip could be the Holy Father's first visit to a predominantly Orthodox country.

      Viktor Bondarenko, chairman of the State Committee for Religious Affairs, told reporters that the Holy Father is expected to visit the country in either November or December, after presidential elections. He said the visit would probably not take place any later because the Holy Father will remain in the Vatican for celebrations of the Jubilee Year in 2000.

      Ukraine is home to millions of Eastern-rite Catholics, although the Orthodox churches hold a majority in the country. As in Romania, Catholics and Orthodox in the former Communist country have suffered conflicts over the status of properties confiscated by the former Communist regime from the outlawed Catholic Church and given to the Orthodox Church.

      In a related story, the Vatican press office cautioned against premature speculation about a possible trip by Pope John Paul II to Romania later this year.

      "We have not yet received any written invitation from the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate," the Vatican statement read.

      For the moment, then, no definite plans for a papal visit have been made, and no dates have been set-- although more and more factors suggest that such a historic trip is likely to occur, probably before June 1999.

      Pope John Paul II has indicated his desire that any papal visit should serve to improve relations between Catholics--especially those of the Byzantine-rite Romanian Catholic Church--and the Orthodox who constitute the majority of Romania's people. Thus the Vatican has given unusually high importance to the views of the Orthodox leadership, and awaits a formal invitation from the Patriarchate.

      Pending an announcement about Romania, the only papal voyage for which plans have now been confirmed is a visit to Poland. Although the dates for that trip have not been confirmed, it is generally believed that John Paul will visit his homeland in June. The Polish episcopal conference has suggested the dates June 5-17, and Vatican sources expect that to work on that schedule. The Vatican usually releases the schedule for a papal trip just two months before it occurs.


      VATICAN ( -- "Theologians who teach in Catholic universities need a measure of humility, and in particular the great patience to remain faithful to what the magisterium of the Church recognizes as assuredly true." With those words, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger left Rome, heading for a meeting in San Francisco with representatives of the bishops' conferences of North America and Oceania.

      In San Francisco, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will lead a discussion of certain controversial aspects of Catholic doctrine. He will be accompanied by Bishop Tarcisio Bertone, the secretary of the Congregation, and by three members of the Congregation's staff. Also participating in the discussions will be members of the doctrinal committees from the episcopal conferences of North America and Oceania.

      (Vatican sources explained that the bishops of Oceania had joined in the meeting with North American bishops because the membership of their own episcopal conferences is not large enough to warrant a separate meeting, and in San Francisco they will be able to conduct their discussions in English.)

      The San Francisco meeting is designed to stimulate cooperation among the bishops, and to formulate better responses to challenges on controversial topics. The specific items on the agenda for the meeting, which will take place February 9-12, include homosexuality, feminism, and the role of theologians at Catholic universities.

      In remarks to reporters in Rome before his departure, Cardinal Ratzinger mentioned the importance of implementing the motu proprio Ad Tuendam Fidem, which was promulgated in June 1998. That document inserted two new requirements into the Code of Canon Law, mandating that theologians teaching on Catholic faculties must make an oath of fidelity to the teachings of the Church.


      PEORIA, 9 (NE) Bishop John Myers of Peoria expressed this week the importance of putting into practice the teachings the Holy Father has given during his last pastoral visit to America. The bishop considered the Pope's pilgrimage to the United States as "a big thrust as we move toward the millennium."

      Bishop Myers encouraged Catholics of the diocese to fan the "spark of renovation" contained in the Pope's message, by becoming familiar with it and putting it into practice. "The example the Holy Father gave us can only help us as we try to live more fully in Christ," he said. The Bishop of Peoria highlighted as well the great message of evangelization that the appearance alone of Pope John Paul II delivered during his visit.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.


      In a follow-up to today's news article, we highly recommend the Pastoral Letters of Bishop John Myers, the loyal and orthodox prelate of Peoria, Illinois who, along with Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. and Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz represent the welcome new wave of loyal, conservative shepherds in the United States. The site can be found at BISHOP JOHN MYER'S PASTORAL LETTERS and hopefully his latest Pastoral Letter will be available.

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February 10, 1999 volume 10, no. 28   DAILY CATHOLIC