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TUESDAY     vol. 10, no. 27      February 9, 1999

February 9, 1999
Fifth Tuesday
in Ordinary Time

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This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

   Today is the Fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Scholastica,
St. Scholastica
Virgin and Religious Founder of the Benedictine Nuns. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Scholastica, click on DAILY LITURGY.

      Today we want to re-emphasize the importance of the Rosary and recommend the excellent, easy-to-use Rosary available at the Site operated by Catholics United for Life. You can pray the Rosary while you sit at your computer whether you pray the decades faithfully each day or are a first time participant in Our Lady's Prayer. Since it is a Java program it may take a short while to load but it's worth it. Just say a few prayers while you're waiting. To reach this, click on PERPETUAL WEB ROSARY

Medjugorje Monthly Message for JANUARY 25th
The Gospa's message for January
    Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

Events in Church History
Anniversary of death of Saint Miguel Cordero     On this date 89 years ago Francisco Febres Cordero Munoz, better known as Saint Miguel Cordero died in Spain. When he was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1984 he became the first saint born in Ecuador. Brother Miguel, a Christian Brother, was famed for writing Catholic textbooks that are still used today. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

"For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted."
Luke 14: 11

Year of God the Father
325 and counting,
hoping and praying...

  • Sixth part of the Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain in our on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

  • Biography on Cardinal Ricardo Maria Gordo Carles, the 17th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • February Favors flavoring FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 10th.

  • More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Another interesting fact of the Church laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Scholastica on Wednesday and Thursday's Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes plus the Fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time.

  • ...and much more in our 28th issue for 1999!

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King Hussein of JordanThe life and death of King Hussein: Lessons to be learned from ancient history
The volatile mideast remains on pins and needles     In today's editorial we remember King Hussein and his legacy and look back at the history of the mideast region to see how this peacemaker has kept the frail threads together in this land of the bible where it could become unraveled at any time, especially now that Hussein is gone, but not forgotten. We trace the origins of this man who was the direct opposite of his early ancestor - the founder of Islam for he exhibited the traits more of a Samaritan than a Saracen. With one Hussein dead, the delicate balance he provided could now be tipped where all hell could spill forth unless we pray and learn from history's lessons. For today's commentary entitled History has a way of repeating itself!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
  • Pope sends esteemed Cardinal to King Hussein's funeral

  • Notre Dame Trustees say no way to gay way in settling discrimination policies

  • After nine month investigation, Swiss Guard matter brought to a close with no changes.

  • Justice is truly blind if it lets a child rapist go free because the Judge quoted Christ!

These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.

The Council of Constance offers up Pope Gregory XII as the sacrificial lamb for the sake of saving the Church of the Lamb of God
Pope Gregory XII       It was hoped that when Pope Gregory XII was chosen to succeed the rascal Pope Innocent VII that the schism would finally come to an end, but there were trials and tribulations to come before this would become a reality at the end of his reign. First of all, rather than eliminating the antipope, another antipope was also elected making three men vying for the legitimate chair of Peter. What was a council to do? Due to political pressure and influence of the German kings, the Council of Constance was convened. In their 14th session and 361 years before America celebrated its independence, the Church celebrated its own freedom on the Fourth of July in 1415, thus effectively ending the Great Schism of the West, but not without consequences. For the ninety-second installment titled Pope Gregory XII: The beginning of the end of the schism , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

Daily Dose of
curious contents of the Church:
"Propaganda Fide"
      Today is the 378th anniversary of the election of Pope Gregory XV, the 234th successor of Peter who is best known for promulgating and perpetuating the missionary efforts of the Church through his official establishment of the Pontifical Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith or "Propaganda Fide". The evolution of this commission actually started with Saint Pius V as a commission of cardinals for the missions in the West and East Indies as well as Protestant territories throughout Europe. Pope Clement VIII tried to resuscitate it in 1599 but it did not last until Gregory, late in his pontificate, officially established it with his Apostolic Constitution Inscrutabili Divinae on June 22, 1622. Because it was toward the end of Gregory's papacy that it was decreed, credit is often given to his successor Pope Urban VII for its instrumentation, but in effect, Gregory XV was responsible. The Congregation was formed to support and promote missionary efforts throughout the world from the Vatican to the parish level through prayers, donations and labor. Today various departments are incorporated into this Pontifical Congregation. They include the Missionary Union of the Clergy and Religious; the Society for the Propagation of Faith - founded in Lyons, France in 1822 two hundred years after Gregory's proclamation; the Society of St. Peter the Apostle for Native Clergy, the Society of the Holy Childhood; and the International Center of Missionary Animation. These all come under the auspices of the the Curial Office renamed on June 28, 1988 Pope John Paul II as the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Today it is headed by Cardinal Josef Tomko as the Prefect and assisted by the Congregation's Secretary Bishop Marcello Zago, OMI, former Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a priestly order that personifies all the Congregation calls for in propagating the Faith. (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; The Official Catholic Directory 1998, P.J. Kennedy & Sons; Oxford Dictionary of Popes, J.N.D. Kelly, Oxford Press; The Roman Pontiffs, I Sommi Pontifici Romani; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday).

"Woe to all who, having heard My Word, reject It."
Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of MaryThe Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus      Our Savior Jesus Christ pulls no punches in warning His children of the impending doom for all those who refuse His Mercy, who turn their back on His teachings and His True Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. He offers His Mercy freely and yet laments that so few take advantage as He conveys in Message 386 on August 9, 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. He is saddened by America's embrace of the culture of death and runnaway immorality through abortion, euthanasia, adultery and homosexuality that cry out to God for vengeance. His Blessed Mother prefaces her Divine Son's words in Message 387 three days prior on the Feast of the Transfiguration by pleading with all her little ones to shed the shackles of the world and come aboard the ship of salvation as she helps guide the way as the "New Ark." For these two important Messages, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

The Hidden Way series now in book form
The Hidden Way      Though we have completed the 100 Lessons/Meditations of THE HIDDEN WAY previously carried on Tuesdays, you may now acquire your own copy of the just-released book THE HIDDEN WAY which contains all 100. To find out how, click on Book

In giving, it's the thought that counts!
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen      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".

"Giving is really a divinely appointed way of acknowledging the mercies of God. We have indeed nothing to offer anyway that we have not received, and yet He is pleased to accept our offerings as tokens of our gratitude."

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDE
with a Catholic slant provided by
Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News
    Pope sends his condolences and prayers to the people of Jordan
    Pope sends his condolences and prayers on death of King HusseinCardinal Silvestrini represents Pope at Hussein's funeral      Expressing his deep sympathy to the people of Jordan, the Holy Father eulogized King Hussein and sent the Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches to the late Jordan monarch's funeral yesterday. Considering Hussein's Muslim roots, the Pope might have dispatched Cardinal Francis Arinze as well since he is President of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims, but the immediate funeral the day after his death precluded the Pontiff from making this a reality. For more, click on King Hussein

    Rah, rah for ol' Notre Dame! University upholds Catholic traditions in refusing gay agenda
    Notre Dame Trustees reject gay proposals      Anyone fearing that the University of Notre Dame would follow the more liberal policies of other universities in relaxing the moral code by allowing a homosexual platform on campus need worry no more. By a unanimous vote the Trustees voted to reject including homosexuality in its discrimination policies, citing the fact that the gay lifestyle has nothing to do with race, creed or culture but is rather a way of life that is wrong in the eyes of God and His Church. They assured all that they would watch closely for any blatant discrimination that violates human rights and would endeavor to love the sinner always, but never the sin! For more, click on Notre Dame.

    Vatican closes the book on Swiss Guard murders
    After nine month investigation, matter is closed       Citing the fact that all leads and evidence have been exhausted and satisfied that the findings point to the fact that Cedric Tornay was the sole perpetrator in the murder of Swiss Guard commandant-elect Alois Estermann and his wife Gladys before killing himself last May, the Vatican finally closed the books on the investigation, laying the matter to rest in the Vatican Archives hoping to put this sad moment in Church history behind them. For more, click on Swiss Guard.

    From the sublime to the ridiculous. In this case Justice is truly blind though the Judge endeavored for all to see the Light
    This idea of separation of Church and State has gone too far       The news that a rapist may go free because an Ohio judge invoked God's law regarding scandal and hurting a little one is truly a travesty. This whole idea of separation of Church and State has gone too far as is evident when an Ohio appelate judge overturned the decision against a child-rapist rendered by Judge Melba Marsh because she quoted the words of Jesus in Luke 17: 2 which were more than applicable to the situation. But because she did so there is the possibility that the convicted rapist could go scot free! Is this justice? For more, click on blind justice.

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.

    Today, with King Hussein in the news, we bring you an interesting site from that part of the world. It is MIDDLE EAST ARAB AMERICAN ROMAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY website called Al-Bushra which is Arabic for "Good News." It is operated by Father Labib Kopti out of San Francisco and geared for keeping all informed about Middle East Catholics. He is from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and this site should open your eyes to the fruits of the Eastern Church in union with Rome, as well as what is truly happening in the regions known as the Holy Land today.

February 9, 1999       volume 10, no. 27
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