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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:
Death of Saint Tatiana, deaconess and martyr who died for her faith under the Roman emperor Severus.
Death of Saint Satyrus, Arabian-born martyr who died for his faith in Antioch after an idol had been destroyed when he made the sign of the cross over it.
Death of Saint Arcadius of Mauretania who offered himself in exchange for other Christians who had refused to worship Roman idols. He was brutally beaten and his legs and arms chopped off. Rather than crying out in pain he looked fondly on his severed limbs, "You are happy, my members. Now you really belong to God. You have all been sacrificed to Him" and then exclaimed to his persecutors just before he died, "Learn from my torments. Your gods are nothing. The only true God is the One for Whom I suffer and will die for. To die for Him is to live."
Death of Saint John of Ravenna, Bishop of Ravenna for 42 years who, before Pope Saint Leo the Great turned Atilla the Hun away from the gates of Rome, John had interceded with the "Scourge of God" to save the people of Ravenna.
Death of Saint Caesaria of Arles, French abbess of the Benedictine convent in Arles which was founded by her brother Saint Caesarius of Arles.
Death of Saint Victorian. This Italian-born Benedictine abbot migrated to France and then to the Pyranee region of Aragon where he founded the Monastery at Asan.
Death of Saint Probus of Verona, holy Benedictine Bishop of Verona, Italy.
Death of Saint Salvius of Amiens, bishop who was renowned for his miraculous healings and conversions and is remembered for founding the remains of Saint Firmin.
Death of Saint Biscop, Anglo-Saxon bishop who did much in evangelizing the faith in England and made numerous trips to Rome consulting with three Popes and several saints of his day. He died at Wearmouth, England on this date at around the age of 70.
Thirty-eight Irish monks are slaughtered in Iona, Ireland by pagan attackers.
Forty-two Benedictine monks are murdered at Ephesus by Iconoclast radicals retaliating against the those religious who continued to maintain icons and statues.
Death of Saint Martin of Leon, Augustinian priest who was a prolific writer on aesthetics and theology. He died at Saint Isidore abbey in Leon, Spain.
Death of four Jesuit missionary martyrs in in the village of Tonkin, Vietnam. Fathers Emmanuel d'Abreu, Bartholomew Alvarez, Vincent da Cunha and Blessed Joh Gaspard Cratz were all beheaded by a pagan court from a Vietnamese tribe.
Blessed Father Junipero Serra founds the mission of Santa Clara of Assisi in northern California.
Death of Saint Antony Mary Pucci, Servite Friar who devoted his life to parish work through his holy pastoral care for his parishioners, especially the sick and those afflicted with the plague. He worked closely with Pope Pius IX in advancing the curial office of the Propagation of the Faith and upgraded accommodations for nursing homes, especially for children. After his death many miracles at his tomb were documented and in 1962 Pope John XXIII canonized him.
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
First Reading: Hebrews 2: 5-12
Psalms: Psalm 147: 12, 15
Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 21-28
Wednesday, January 13, 1999
Wednesday January 13:
First Wednesday in Ordinary Time and
Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
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First Reading: Hebrews 2: 14-18
Psalms: Psalm 105: 1-4, 6-9
Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 29-39
Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Born in 315 in Poitiers, Gaul, Saint Hilary was a bishop who lived in the 4th Century in Aquitaine which is today Southwest France. Though he was raised a pagan, life's journey brought him to Christianity at middle age through reading Sacred Scripture. In 353 he became the bishop of his home town of Poitiers and fought hard to support the orthodox cause against the growing threat of Arianism prevalent among his peer bishops. The majority of Arian bishops succeeded in getting him expelled to Phrygia where he spent time in exile. He dedicated his life to stopping this Arian menace within the Church, becoming a thorn in the side to all heretics as he preached love, not hate for those ignorant of the true teachings of Holy Mother Church. For his dedication and contributions, he was called the "Athanasius of the West." While in exile he wrote his most famous treatises De Trinitate, De synodis, and Opus historicum. Finally, after a long battle against Arianism, he returned to the place of his birth Poitiers where he later died in 368 in total peace. We can learn from St. Hilary in that though we are soldiers for Christ, we also need to show compassion and love while never compromising our faith. Pope Pius IX declared St. Hilary a Doctor of the Church on January 13, 1851.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
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.
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
New Archbishop of Lima, renowned for ending long hostage crisis, accepts challenges ahead
More well-known for being the international mediator in the four and a half month hostage siege of Japanese embassy, Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani was formally appointed the new head of the sprawling archdiocese of Lima in Peru. He succeeds the retiring Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora. Speculation immediately began that Cipriani will soon be in line for a red-hat. Not one to be shy, Archbishop Cipriani addressed the people, pointing to the pastoral challenges ahead and saw great graces ahead for the people of Peru but not without hard, dedicated work on everyone's part. For more, click on Peru
PERU HOSTAGE CRISIS MEDIATOR APPOINTED NEW ARCHBISHOP OF LIMA
WHO POINTS OUT THE PASTORAL CHALLENGES AHEAD
LIMA (CWNews.com) - 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
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
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."
Senseless slaughters continue as Columbia becomes blood bath in wake of killings by soldiers
A week after the horrible killings of 500 in the Congo, word comes that 80 have been senselessly slaughtered by Columbian troops. The shock of it all is that 20 were dragged from a baptism in church and lined up and shot methodically as others watched helplessly. Women and children were also pulled from their beds and executed outside at dawn by these radical soldiers who hold nothing sacred. For more, click on Columbia calamnity.
MORE THAN 80 KILLED BY COLOMBIAN PARAMILITARIES IN MASSACRES
BOGOTA (CWNews.com) - At least 80 people were killed in
three days of violence over the weekend in northern
Colombia, including 20 people slaughtered as they attended
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 Archdioce successfully shuts down pornographer who wanted to promote papal visit
It took a lot of prayers and a court order but the Archdiocese of St. Louis finally won out over a sleezy pornographer who had the audacity to try and solicit an audience through the association of the Pope and pornography. Whether the restraining order will be permanent will be determined this week but it is a landmark victory for decency regarding the internet where porn is so prevalent. For more, click on Gateway to decency.
JUDGE RESTRAINS PORNOGRAPHER'S POPE WEB SITE
ST. LOUIS (CWNews.com) - 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
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.
Polish president promises solution to cross controversy at Auschwitz
During his trip to Jerusalem, the President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski assured Israeli authorities that his administration is close to passing legislation that will regulate and preserve memorial and holocaust sites from World War II. Such a law would remove the temporary crosses placed outside Auschwitz by zealous Catholics Israel has been adamant that all crosses be removed the Polish bishops have requested the commemorative cross planted to honor the Pope's visit remain. They also hope the former Carmelite convent, now a church, will be able to remain. For more, click on Auschwitz.
POLISH PRESIDENT MENDS FENCES WITH ISRAEL OVER CROSS CONTROVERSY
JERUSALEM (CWNews.com) - 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
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.
SITE OF THE DAY
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.
WORD OF THE DAY
"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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