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TUESDAY      January 26, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 17

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SIMPLY SHEEN: Enjoy joy more than pleasures and happiness.

      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".

"Joy is not the same as pleasure or happiness. A wicked and evil man may have pleasure, while any ordinary mortal is capable of being happy. Pleasure generally comes from things, and always through the senses; happiness comes from humans through fellowship. Joy comes from loving God and neighbor."


      Today is the Feast of the early Bishops and Disciples Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, while tomorrow is the Third Wednesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Angela Merici, Virgin, Religious Educator and Foundress. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, January 26, 1999

Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, Bishops and Disciples of the early Church

Wednesday, January 27, 1999

Feast of Saint Angela Merici, Virgin, Religious Educator and Foundress


     Today's Prayer is taken from the Preface for the Mass honoring Saint Timothy and Saint Titus:

God, our Father, it is truly right and just to praise You, all-powerful and eternal God. Through the mystery of Your grace, which You have bestowed on us in Christ with infinite mercy, You have called and led us to the kingdom of freedom and of life. You have revealed to us the inscrutable design of Your wisdom in the gospel of salvation, of which Saint Timothy and Saint Titus were the preachers and teachers. Today we unite ourselves to Your blessed servants whom we honor today and the choirs of angels to sing the hymn of Your glory.

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NOTE: There are more news stories on the Holy Father's Visit to the Americas as well as Upholding the Sanctity of Life.



      MEXICO CITY ( -- On the eve of a public meeting between Pope John Paul II and US President Bill Clinton, the Holy See has newly condemned the American bombing of Iraq.

      After reports that American planes had loosed missiles against an Iraqi city on January 25, the Holy See issued a statement saying that the new attack "confirms again what the Holy Father has already said... that military measures do not resolve problems, but on the contrary aggravate them."

      The Holy Father is scheduled to meet President Clinton in St. Louis on Tuesday afternoon, January 26.


      ST. LOUIS, 25 (NE) While the last preparations are taken care of in order to receive the Holy Father in St. Louis, a great number of Catholics get ready through prayer for such an important encounter. This spiritual preparation is carried out by some at the Holy Family Log Church in Cahokia, oldest temple west of the Mississippi.

      In this temple one of the first three Masses was celebrated by the first evangelizers of these lands. Cradle of the Catholic tradition of this place, the Holy Family Log Church in Cahokia, which celebrates this year its 300th anniversary, will be a central place of pilgrimage during the Supreme Pontiff's visit. Awaiting for the Pope's arrival, a vigil of prayer was held on Saturday night and other liturgical activities will be carried out on the following days as well.

      This same spirit of awaiting in prayer is lived at Saint Francis Xavier Church, where some 1000 Catholic students from area colleges and universities will carry out a vigil today, on the eve of Pope John Paul II's arrival.


      ROME ( - A nun being held hostage by rebels in Sierra Leone was shot and killed on Saturday, and a priest and another man were wounded as the rebels fled the capital of Freetown as peacekeeping troops advanced on them.

      The Rome-based MISNA news agency reported that the nun, the priest, and the third hostage were apparently singled out because they would slow their escape. Six more Catholic missionaries who were also being held by the rebels apparently remain in custody. Six Missionary of Charity nuns and five Xaverian Brothers were kidnapped by rebels on January 14 in order to put pressure on the government to release captured rebels leaders.

      The murdered nun was identified as Sister Aloysius Maria of the Indian state of Kerala. Father Girolamo Pistoni, 43, was in a Freetown hospital Saturday with a bullet wound to the chest, but it was not believed to be life-threatening. A third man, an Indian national, was shot in the mouth, but also survived. There was no word on his condition.

      Archbishop Joseph Ganda of Freetown, who had also been held captive by rebels, as well as four of the Xaverian Brothers escaped from the rebels last week. Freetown has been rocked by the running battle between the rebels and West African peacekeeping troops since the beginning of January, leaving more than 1,000 people dead.


      VATICAN ( -- Members of the international diplomatic corps in Guatemala have called upon President Alvaro Arzu to speed up the investigation into the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi.

      In their request to the president, the accredited diplomats said that an vigorous effort to "let the truth shine through" would eliminate suspicions and rumors in connection with the death of the bishop, who was found murdered in his home last year shortly after he released a report criticizing the country's military forces for human- rights violations.

      Speaking on behalf of the diplomats, the Vatican's nuncio in Guatemala, Archbishop Ramiro Moliner Ingles, said that "in a young democracy under the rule of law, it is much more serious to accuse and condemn an innocent man than to allow a guilty party to go free." To date, the only suspect being held in connection with the assassination is a priest who was living in the same rectory as Bishop Gerardi. Church officials have repeatedly affirmed their belief that the priest, Father Mario Orantes Najera, is innocent.

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January 26, 1999 volume 10, no. 17   DAILY CATHOLIC