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FRI-SAT-SUN      February 26-28, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 40

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February 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I am with you in a special way contemplating and living the passion of Jesus in my heart. Little children, open your hearts and give me everything that is in them: joys, sorrows and each, even the smallest, pain, that I may offer them to Jesus; so that with His immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of His resurrection. That is why, I now call you in a special way, little children, for your hearts to open to prayer, so that through prayer you may become friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

It's only fitting that the President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Care of Migrants and Itinerant People would be born on the feast of the caring Saint Francis of Assisi

     We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our twenty-fourth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Giovanni Cheli, the Italian President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. For more on Cardinal Cheli, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

24.   Cardinal Giovanni Cheli

      One of the oldest of the newest cardinals Cardinal Giovanni Cheli is President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, having resigned at eighty years-old last year. Born on the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi in Turin, Italy, he became a priest at age 24 in 1942. After some time in pastoral work in his diocese, he was summoned to Rome where he entered the Secretariat of State diplomatic corp. He was named Second Secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Guatamala in 1952, a post he held until 1955 when he was appointed First Secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Spain for the next seven years. In 1962 Pope John XXIII tabbed him as Councelor to the Nunciature in Rome until 1967 when Pope Paul VI named him to the Council for Public Affairs of the Church at the Vatican where he remained until 1973 when he was assigned to become Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations for the next thirteen years. On September 16, 1978 he was ordained a bishop and became titular Archbishop of Santa Giusta. In 1986 Pope John Paul II elevated him to the post of President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, a post he served faithfully for twelve years. He was named in the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998, receiving his red-hat as a cardinal-deacon and receiving the titular church of Saints Cosmas and Damian.

      Though he retired from active duty last year, he still maintains Curial membership in the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" and the Pontifical Commission for Interreligious Dialogue. Due to his age he is no longer eligible to vote in the Conclave and also would most likely not be considered as papal possibility were an election held.


     This weekend we observe the Lenten Liturgy Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.

Friday, February 26, 1999

Saturday, February 27, 1999

SUNDAY, February 28, 1999

Monday, March 1, 1999


     Continuing with the Responsory Prayers during Lent adapted from the Byzantine Rite, we present:

Let us cast off the works of darkness:
And put on the armor of light.

Events this weekend in Church History

     Saturday is the day we commemorate the birth of Constantine the Great that occurred around 280 A.D. when Saint Helena, who would go on to find the True Cross in Jerusalem, gave birth to Constantine while she was still a British princess. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for February 26:

Historical Events in Church Annals for February 27:

Historical Events in Church Annals for February 28:

"Let nothing of the world dissuade you from having absolute faith."

      Those words come from the Blessed Virgin Mary in her 412th Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of the Archangels in September, 1993 in which Our Lady reinforces her previous Message #411 two days earlier that we all need to be ready spiritually for the Warning which will come when we least expect it and is the great sign of God's Infinite Mercy before His Justice is delivered. She beseeches us to pray for the protection of the Holy Archangels, especially Saint Michael against the wiles of the evil one, imploring all to "pray, watch, wait and persevere" for "all shall come to pass." the need to trust in her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit in our constant struggle with the world, the flesh and the devil. For Messages #411 and 412, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Four Hundred-eleven and Four Hundred-twelve

Message Four Hundred-eleven, September 27, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul)

Message Four Hundred-twelve, September 29, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of the Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael)


Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

Roman Curia

    We hear the name "Roman Curia" bandied about a lot. But what does it mean? The word curia means "court" in Latin. The roman Curia, as the Catholic Almanac points out, is "the Church's network of central administrative agencies also called dicastries which serve the Vatican and local churches, with authority granted by the Pope." The original office of the Curia was the Apostolic Chancery which was set up in the 4th century in order to transmit documents. Special commissions of Cardinals and Bishops were gradually established into divisions during the second half of the 15th Century as an offshoot of the Council of Trent and the counter-reform measures. Pope Saint Pius X revamped the governing process in 1908. It wasn't until 1967 that Pope Paul VI, after a four year intensive study of each commission, reorganized the entire Curia, publishing a special Apostolic Constitution Regimini Ecclesiae Universae on August 18, 1967. All of his decrees went into effect March 1968. Twenty years later John Paul II further modified the Curia with his Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on June 28, 1988 that was implemented on March 1, 1989. Though there have been revisions of some offices since, the current Curia compose the Office of the Secretariat of State, nine governing agencies called Congregations, three judicial agencies called Tribunals, eleven promotional agencies termed Pontifical Councils, three Offices and five Curia Agencies which deal with matters within the Vatican, and twenty Commissions and Committees, many of which are attached to certain Curial agencies. All Curial positions are appointed by the Pope and they are subject to the Roman Pontiff and Canon Law 360 and 361. Basically the Curia is the Vatican's answer to Congress, except they perform much more efficiently!
(sources: Code of Canon Law, Chapter IV, The Roman Curia, c. 360 and 361; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; My Catholic Faith, Mission House; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

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February 26-28, 1999 volume 10, no. 40   DAILY CATHOLIC