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TUESDAY      January 12, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 7

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      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".

"There are no juvenile delinquents; there are only delinquent parents for the duty of parents to children is to rule while avoiding exasperating severity on the one hand and excessive indulgences on the other."

Events Today in Church History

      A plethora of little-known saints died on this day throughout the past two millenniums in Church annals. For all the pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 12:


     Today is the First Tuesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the First Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Hilary, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, January 12, 1999

Wednesday, January 13, 1999

Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church


     Today's Prayer is taken from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and which we pray daily at Mass:

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

with a Catholic slant

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and Noticias Eclesiales Church News



      LIMA ( - Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani, who became world-famous as a mediator during the 1996 hostage crisis sparked when Marxist rebels seized the Japanese embassy, was appointed on Saturday as the new Archbishop of Lima, following the resignation of Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora.

      In July 1988, the new Archbishop of Lima was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Ayacucho, at that time the stronghold of the bloody Maoist "Shining Path" rebels. At Ayacucho, Archbishop Cipriani displayed both a strong stand against violence which earned him several life threats and a pastoral and social stance in favor of displaced peasants and the poor. In late 1996, after MRTA rebels stormed into the Japanese embassy, the group's leader Nestor Cerpa requested the mediation of a representative from the Catholic Church and Archbishop Cipriani was accepted by both sides.

      As mediator, the Archbishop unleashed a consuming effort to achieve an agreement that would avoid a violent end. However 126 days later, despite his efforts, President Alberto Fujimori launched a military assault on the embassy that ended with the death of one hostage and all MRTA members and the safe release of the remaining hostages.

      Noticias Eclesias reported that in what can be considered as his first declaration after his appointment to the position of Archbishop of Lima, Monsignor Juan Luis Cipriani, yesterday, highlighted some of the main areas to which he will be dedicating special attention in the prime archdiocese. Pointing out the necessity to "continue the great effort of reconciliation that has begun in the country," Monsignor Cipriani affirmed the importance of increasing the number of vocations to the priesthood. "Lima is such a big and numerous city that it needs of abundant and select vocations," pointed out the elected Archbishop. "I believe that is one of the tasks to which I will dedicate more efforts," he added.

      He also manifested great concern for the families, "that are the basic cell of society and that today are wounded and disoriented. The family requires a very big effort of the Church in order to confirm them in their trust and hope, and in that great task of bringing children, of educating children and of forming men for our Peruvian society," he pointed out. The youth is also among the main challenges, he said, manifesting a special concern and hope in his pastoral works with the youth of Lima.

      Monsignor Juan Luis Cipriani will follow Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora in the position, who was named Archbishop of Lima by the Holy Father in 1990. On Saturday the news of the new appointment was made public in Rome, after the Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Cardinal Vargas after having reached the age limit, according to what is specified by the Code of Canon Law. The Prelate of Lima wished for success in the tasks of the new Archbishop. Manifesting his desire of a personal meeting, Cardinal Vargas affirmed that "one of the things that I am going to say to him is that he can count on me for whatever he wishes, that I can continue working, I can be just another auxiliary." He also, recommended Archbishop Cipriani "to be always aware of what God may inspire in you in order to do what is good."


      BOGOTA ( - At least 80 people were killed in three days of violence over the weekend in northern Colombia, including 20 people slaughtered as they attended a baptism.

      The police chief of Magdalena province, Col. Octavio Grajales, quoted Father Giovanni San Juan of Playon de Orozco village as saying most of the victims had been attending a baptism at the local church when they were selectively dragged outside by the gunmen and shot to death. The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) paramilitary group was blamed for the deaths. Fourteen people were killed in San Pablo in Bolivar province, some of them women. All were dragged from their homes before dawn and shot execution-style in the street.

      The AUC had declared an 18-day ceasefire over the Christmas and New Years holidays, but it ended at midnight last Wednesday and the anti-Communist paramilitaries began their killing spree with 48 deaths on Thursday and Friday. The attacks appeared to be revenge for an attack by the Marxist Armed Force of Colombia (FARC) rebels who killed 30 people in a raid on a paramilitary stronghold on December 27.


      ST. LOUIS ( - A federal judge on Friday ordered an online pornographer to remove a web site -- featuring news coverage of Pope John Paul's upcoming visit to St. Louis and the so-called history of sexual abuse in the Church -- after the Archdiocese of St. Louis filed a lawsuit.

      The archdiocese said the site operated by Seth Warshavsky and his Internet Entertainment Group confused Internet users seeking information on the Holy Father's January 26-27 visit to St. Louis and infringed on the archdiocese's trademark. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday to determine whether the order should be made permanent. IEG said the company plans to fight the restraining order.

      While the site featured information on the Holy Father's visit, his life, and his writings, it also included alleged details of illicit sex in the Church as well as advertisements for IEG's pornographic web sites. The site did include a message advising parental discretion and noting that it is not affiliated with the Catholic Church or the archdiocese, although a new "papal visit" page on IEG's primary site no longer includes such information.


      JERUSALEM ( - The president of Poland, touring the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Sunday, said he hopes a new law will solve a dispute over crosses placed by grassroots Catholic groups near the Auschwitz death camp.

      President Aleksander Kwasniewski said the Polish parliament will consider a law to preserve the Nazi-era concentration camps as memorials and empower authorities to intervene if any controversy regarding the sites appears. Catholic Poles began placing hundreds of crosses in a field near the Auschwitz camp after rumors circulated that a large cross erected at the site where Pope John Paul II prayed in 1979 would be removed. Jewish groups have protested the placement of any religious symbol near the camps as an affront to the nearly 1 million Jews killed there.

      Kwasniewski also said he hopes a dispute over a former Carmelite convent near the site will also be soon resolved. He did not promise explicitly that the convent -- now converted into a church -- would be closed, but he said "Poland feels responsible that the memory of the Holocaust victims be properly protected." The country's bishops have said they believe all of the crosses except for the large papal cross should be removed and that the church should be allowed to remain.

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 we feature a site dedicated to enticing fallen-away Catholics and non-practicing Catholics back into the true fold at RETURNING HOME operated by Rick Ricciardi, a dedicated lay apostle.

December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"Hearken therefore, my children, to your father. Serve the Lord in truth, and seek to do the things that please Him; and command your children that they do justice and almsdeeds, and that they be mindful of God, and bless Him at all times in truth, and with all their power."

Tobias 14: 10-11

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