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MONDAY      January 4, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 1

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SIMPLY 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. Today we begin famous quotes from this late luminary who 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".

"The mind is like an hourglass through which ideas pass like sands, nothing remaining."


Like Swiss cheese, Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni gets better with age

     Today we also debut a new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our first red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 77 year-old Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni from Switzerland who was elevated to the conclave by Pope John Paul II in 1994. Since 1950 he has been a member of the Roman Curia. For more on Cardinal Agustoni, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni


SITE OF THE DAY

      Today we proudly present, in honor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the excellent site operated by the SETON HOME STUDY SCHOOL which we strongly recommend.

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS

with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

HEADLINES:

THE CHURCH CELEBRATES THE XXXII WORLD DAY OF PEACE ON JANUARY 1ST AFTER THE POPE THANKS GOD FOR THE BLESSINGS OF THE CHURCH IN 1998.

      VATICAN CITY, 1 (NE) Friday 1st of January of 1999, the Church celebrated the XXXII World Day of Peace. For this event Pope John Paul II gave a message exhorting to forge peace in the world, through the valuation of the transcendent dignity of man. Already in the first lines the papal message points out that "when the promotion of the person's dignity is the conducting principle that inspires us, when the pursuit of the commonweal is the predominant commitment, then it is when solid and lasting foundations are put for the construction of peace."

      In his message, the Pope added that "the dignity of the human person is a transcendent value, always recognized as such by those who sincerely search for the truth." He also stated that, on the contrary, when this dignity is not recognized and human rights are ignored or depreciated, "then the seeds of instability, rebellion and violence are planted." He reminded that the first of the human rights is the basic right to life and that "human life is sacred and inviolable from conception to its natural end." This implies a "positive option, an option for life." He stated clearly that the "direct and voluntary elimination of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral."

      The day before the Pope led the celebration of vespers and the traditional Te Deum chant with the occasion of the civil year's end. During the celebration, the Pope thanked God for all the blessings he has given the Church in these last 12 months and prayed for the most poor and needy, so that they can "look this new year with hope." He also reminded that the year of 1999, dedicated to the Celestial Father, is the third and last year of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000.

      He saluted the ecclesiastic authorities of the diocese of Rome as well as the city's civil authorities that were present in the ceremony and thanked God for all what He has done for the diocese. In his words he highlighted the labor of the "City Mission," specially in its evangelizing work with the Roman families. He also reminded that in a year the Church will celebrate a Holy Year, and manifested his wish for a "living Church, rich in religious fervor, a generous Church that is sensitive to the necessities of our brethren, specially the most poor and needy." Referring to the habitants of the Eternal City, he made vows so that the "city reaches the Jubilee deeply renewed in all the dimensions of social and spiritual life."


ARCHDIOCESE OF SAINT LOUIS CONTINUES ITS PREPARATION TO RECEIVE POPE JOHN PAUL II

      ST. LOUIS, 31 (NE) The Archdiocese of Saint Louis is going through an enthusiastic period of preparation for the visit of Pope John Paul II in January. Many lay and religious Catholics are working for the success of this encounter with the Vicar of Christ. Three communities of contemplative nuns are in charge of the elaboration of the 100,000 hosts that will be consecrated in the Eucharistic celebration at the Trans World Dome of San Luis. "We always pray for the priests and the people that will use the hosts we prepare. These will be for the mass with the Holy Father, and that makes them more special," said Sister Mary Leo Hoffman, abbess of the Monastery of Saint Clare. The sisters of her community, will make 20,000 hosts for the Mass on January 27th. The remaining 80,000 hosts will be produced in other monasteries in Florissant and Ellisville.

      Another sign of the concern of the Catholics in Saint Louis for the reception of the Pope is the initiative to plant a great quantity of trees in the places where the Holy Father will pass, and also in other places of the city. Archbishop Rigali, of Saint Louis, knows the Pope's predilection for the landscapes of Poland's forests and mountains. "We cannot bring the mountains, but we can have the trees," said the Archbishop of Saint Louis. More than 800 trees have already been planted in the Archdiocese, number that is expected to increase during January.

      The music is also being carefully prepared. Songs from different composers have been selected for the central celebration in the Trans World Dome, as well as for the other meetings and events. A Compact Disc with the most important songs may be edited before the arrival of the Pope John Paul II. "It's kind of St. Louis' gift," said John Romeri, archdiocesan coordinator of music. "These pieces will be a reminder of the specialness and the holiness of this event."


PRIEST, NUNS HURT IN ATTACK ON INDIAN CHURCH

      AHMEDABAD, India (CWNews.com) - Hindu extremist attacks on Christians in India continued on Wednesday, December 30th as four nuns and two priests were injured when a mob burned down a Catholic church in western Gujarat state.

      District officials said a mob attacked the church on late Wednesday, the tenth such attack on Christians since Christmas Day by groups which Christians believe are connected to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) or World Hindu Council, although no group has claimed responsibility. "Six people were inside lying injured. We took them to the hospital," said senior district official Bharat Joshi.

      In New Delhi, a spokesman for the US embassy said the ambassador had met Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani to discuss the matter. A British government official had also spoken to the Indian government about the matter, a spokesman said, although neither spokesman said any concerted efforts had yet been made by Western envoys. The Asian Age newspaper quoted a Vatican embassy official as saying that Pope John Paul was "very concerned" about the violence, but was taking a wait-and-see stance.


ARCHBISHOP OF BARCELONA REQUESTS RECIPROCITY TO THE ISLAM IN THEIR RELATIONS WITH THE CHURCH

      BARCELONA, 31 (NE) Cardinal Ricard Marķa Carles, Archbishop of Barcelona, recently denounced the lack of reciprocity in the relations of the Church and the Islam. The declaration was motivated by a petition that a group of the Muslim community made to the Catalan authorities so that they would receive a geographically well-centered property in Barcelona with the purpose of building a mosque. Due to this situation the Archbishop of Barcelona pointed out that "it would be elementary that for each mosque opened in Spain, France or Germany they allow to open a church in the Muslim nations, where it is absolutely forbidden. The situation is not balanced and should be reciprocal", said the Spanish Cardinal.

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.

TWELVE DAYS OFCHRISTMAS

    For Day Eleven of the song that was actually a secret Catechism for persecuted Catholics, click on TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
      Actually, the Twelve Days of Christmas were a secret "catechism" sung by Roman Catholics after the Reformation in countries such as England where they were not allowed to practice their faith. Thus, to communicate with fellow Catholics and truly celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ as the Savior in the Catholic tradition without fear of reprisal, they formed this "carol" which represented "religious reality" in symbols. This was also used often during the French Revolution.

      The "True Love" is God the Father. The Partridge in a pear tree is the Holy Trinity - in particular the Holy Spirit (the Dove) and Jesus Christ Who is known as the "Second Adam". We all know that the fall of man derived around an apple tree. A pear tree ties into this analogy and elevates the redemption.

      In each issue we describe each day of Christmas and the hidden Catholic meaning to the song. Many do not realize that the Twelve Days of Christmas are after Christmas - not before, and cover the time between Christmas Day and the Feast of Epiphany which had traditionally been celebrated on January 6th.

DECEMBER 25:
"On the first day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, a Partridge in a pear tree."

DECEMBER 26:
"On the second day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, two turtledoves."

DECEMBER 27:
"On the third day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, three French hens."

DECEMBER 28:
"On the fourth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, four calling birds."

DECEMBER 29:
"On the fifth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, five Golden Rings."

DECEMBER 30:
"On the sixth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, six geese a-laying."

DECEMBER 31:
"On the seventh day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, seven swans a-swimming."

JANUARY 1:
"On the eighth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, eight maids a-milking."

JANUARY 2:
"On the ninth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, nine ladies dancing."

JANUARY 3:
"On the tenth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, ten lords a-leaping."

JANUARY 4:
"On the eleventh day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, eleven pipers piping."


WORD OF THE DAY

"Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the priests. And all of you practice humility towards one another; for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

1 Peter 5: 5


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