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TUESDAY      January 19, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 12

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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".

"Nothing so blocks happiness and peace in the soul as a pampered ego."

Events Today in Church History

      Today is the 299th anniversary of the death of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, the French nun who founded the Order of the Sisters of Notre Dame, a teaching order that has spread across Canada and the United States and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982. 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 19:


      Today is the Second Tuesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Second Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian, Martyrs. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, January 19, 1999

Wednesday, January 20, 1999

Feast of Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian, Martyrs

with a Catholic slant

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      VATICAN ( -- The annual week of prayer for Christian unity was at the top of the agenda when Pope John Paul II addresses his regular Sunday audience on January 17.

      After praying the Angelus with the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father reminded his listeners that every baptized Christian is called by God to contribute to "the mystery of communion which is the Church." That communion, he said, "will be manifest at the end of time, but is already present in our history."

      The week of prayer will be concluded on January 25 with a liturgical celebration in the Basilica of St. Paul-outside-the-Walls. Cardinal Edward Cassidy, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, will preside as the Pope's personal representative.

      In his Sunday talk, the Pope also mentioned that the day-- January 17-- was dedicated to Judeo-Christian dialogue in Italy. He prayed that the year 1999-- dedicated to God the Father, whose majesty is recognized by Jews and Christians alike-- could be "a great and happy occasion for inter-religious dialogue, especially with believers in the one true God."

      Also, during his address before the Angelus prayer, John Paul II recalled his coming trip to America this week. "I ask you to accompany me with your prayers during this important apostolic trip. It will give me the awaited opportunity to return as a pilgrim to visit the Virgin of Guadalupe, Patroness of Mexico and all America," he declared. The Holy Father recalled that he had visited Mexico twenty years ago, in the first apostolic pilgrimage of his pontificate and he trusted to Mary´s intercession the "new Evangelization of America, where the larger part of Catholics and Christians of the world live."


      VATICAN ( -- The chief foreign-policy official at the Vatican, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, has issued a new call for efforts to reintegrate Iraq into the international community.

      Speaking to a Vatican television (CTV) audience on January 16, exactly eight years after the beginning of an allied offensive against Iraq in the Persian Gulf war, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States said, "To isolate a country is never the best solution."

      Archbishop Tauran used the same logic to argue against continued international embargos on Cuba and Libya. Such isolation, he send, "lends itself to frustration and sometimes unreasonable reactions, and certainly not to mutual understanding."

      Saying explicitly that he was articulating the official policy of the Holy See, the archbishop said that in the case of Iraq, further military options should not be considered. "The power of right should prevail over the power of might," he said.

      In a recent visit to Spain, the Caledonian Patriarch of Babylon, his Beatitude Raphael I Bidawid, spoke on the difficult situation which Iraq is going through. This situation would be partly due to the economical sanctions applied to Iraq and maintained in the last years. Concerning the matter the Patriarch of about 600,000 of Chaldean rite Catholics in Iraq and Iran summoned the Western countries to put an end to the sanctions, warning on the necessity of a total condoning and not only a partial one. "With the condoning of the seizure of foods that the UN proposes, the whole country would become a field of refugees. Everything would stop: industry, agriculture, any activity, only in order to wait for the portion of food," he declared.

      In an interview published by the weekly publication of the Archdiocese of Madrid Alpha and Omega, the Patriarch manifested his hope that Pope John Paul II may visit Iraq. "He has promised to go to Iraq, though it will depend on the political situation of the region, and that his health may permit it also," he said. A couple of weeks ago, the Patriarch had confirmed the Popes desire to pilgrim to the lands of Iraq as soon as the conditions permit it, "to be able to carry out a spiritual pilgrimage through the route of Abraham before the Jubilee. And we are all praying so that it may happen," he added.

      Concerning the dramatic situation that this country is going through, Faiq Bourachi, responsible of the Office of Caritas International for Iraq in Amman (Jordan), pointed out that according to the government Iraq obtained help during the crisis only from the Catholic Church. This help was distributed between the whole population, Catholics as well as Muslims. The sanctions have caused the paralysis of a great part of the industry of the country, and at the moment a preoccupying lack of medicines exists. This situation is worsened by the lack of medical equipment, especially since some hospitals have been bombed during the military aggressions.


      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II will meet with US President Bill Clinton for a short private talk during his stopover in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 26. In Rome, journalists are speculating over the probable content of that conversation.

      President Clinton is scheduled to be on hand to greet the Pontiff when he arrives at Lambert air field in St. Louis after his visit to Mexico. Although it is probable that the US Senate will still be considering impeachment charges against the President, it is highly unlikely, for diplomatic reasons, that the Pope would address that topic directly.

      Instead, Vatican-watchers expect the Holy Father to speak with Clinton about the importance of religious liberty, pointing out that the American founding fathers were particularly eloquent on that topic. The Pope is also certain to discuss the need to establish a "culture of life" in the United States, and to oppose abortion, euthanasia, and genetic manipulation; he may also mention his opposition to the death penalty.

      The Pope may bring up one of his propositions for the observance of the Jubilee Year: the need to lighten the burden of debt owed by Third World nations to the wealthier countries. That theme was prominently mentioned in the discussions of the Synod for the Americas. While he is in Mexico the Pope will promulgate an apostolic exhortation summarizing the conclusions that Synod, and the question of debt will certainly be addressed in the document. So the topic may be attracting special attention as the Pope arrives in St. Louis.

      Finally, the Pope will probably speak to the President about US policy toward Iraq. The Holy See has been outspoken in criticizing US "aggression" against that country, and in calling for an end to the international embargo.


      ROME, 18 (NE) In view of the jubilee celebrations of the year 2000, San Giovanni Rotondo sanctuary, where the relics of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina remain, is getting prepared to receive the millions of faithful that will arrive to this important place of pilgrimage. The most important task that is being carried out in this place is the construction of a new basilica that will be able to receive about ten thousand people. The construction, that should be concluded towards the end of the year, has been carried out with the support of the faithful that pilgrim in great numbers to the sanctuary. Besides the construction of the new basilica, houses are being constructed to allow more people to pilgrim during the celebrations of the Great Jubilee.

      The great example of Christian life manifested throughout Father Pio's life attracts thousands of pilgrims every year to the Sanctuary of San Giovanni Rotondo. In view of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, a great amount of faithful are expected to pilgrim to this sanctuary in the region of Foggia, Italy. As announced some weeks ago, the Capuchin priest will be beatified by Pope John Paul II in May, 2 this year.

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 Our Lady of Guadalupe in honor of the Holy Father's visit there Thursday. This site originally was in Spanish but since has been updated to include English and provides an excellent source for the apparitions there in 1531 along with illustrations and overlays of the photos to better depict the images. The site is called INTERLUPE and is the official site of Monsignor Salazar's Center for Guadalupe Studies in Mexico City.

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January 19, 1999 volume 10, no. 12   DAILY CATHOLIC