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WEDNESDAY      January 27, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 18

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SIMPLY SHEEN: Miles to go before we sleep

      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".

"Man cannot be happy if he is satiated; our zest comes from the fact that there are doors not yet opened, veils not yet lifted, notes that have not been struck."


      Today is the Feast of Saint Angela Merici, virgin, religious educator and foundress while tomorrow we celebrate one of the great saints of the Church, the Angelic Doctor of the Church and Dominican priest extraordinaire Saint Thomas Aquinas. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Wednesday, January 27, 1999

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

Thursday, January 28, 1999

Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Dominican Priest and Angelic Doctor of the Church


     Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint Angela Merici:

Lord, may Saint Angela commend us to Your mercy; may her charity and wisdom help us to be faithful to Your teaching and to follow it in our lives.

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      BOGOTA ( - As many as 2,000 people may have been killed in an earthquake in the Colombian mountain city of Armenia on Monday, according to rescue officials on Tuesday.

      An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck the coffee-growing region at 1:19 pm on Monday and was felt across the country, including the capital Bogota. It was the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Colombia. By Tuesday morning, government officials had confirmed 479 dead and 1,758 injured in five provinces, while more bodies were being pulled from the wreckage every minute.

      "We have not recovered many bodies yet, only about 300," said Capt. Ciro Antonio Guiza, deputy fire chief of Armenia, a city of about 200,000. "The calculation of the total dead could be about 2,000 dead (in Armenia)," he added. Rescue workers were also faced with a growing shortage of space to put bodies, in addition to dealing with no electricity or potable water. "It's a complete catastrophe and we will take years to rebuild the city (of Armenia). We're finding more bodies every minute," stated Gov. Henry Gomez said.


      MEXICO CITY ( - The Latin American Episcopal Conference will meet in Havana on February 14-16, along with bishops from North America, to consider Pope John Paul II's call for greater unity in the Americas, Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana said on Monday.

      The Holy Father issued an apostolic exhortation in Mexico City on Saturday which following a synod of bishops from the Americas in 1997, calling for a greater unity among bishops from North and South America in addressing common problems. Cardinal Ortega also told reporters that the meeting in Havana was made possible by the Holy Father's historic visit to Communist Cuba last January.

      "For some observers, the fruit (of the Holy Father's visit to Cuba) may be modest," Cardinal Ortega said. "For the Church that lives in Cuba, the fruits have been very significant."


      QUITO ( - A Salesian priest was killed in Ecuador on Sunday, January 25-- apparently as he came to the aid of a family being attacked by young criminals.

      Father Favio Rojas was fatally wounded by gunfire on a bus, after leaving confirmation ceremonies in the parish church of San Francisco de Guayaquil. Witnesses said that the 41-year-old priest, a native of Colombia, was killed when he tried to stop the mugging of a woman and two young children.

      Msgr. Arturo Vazquez, the Salesian superior of the slain priest, mourned the loss of a faithful pastoral worker, who had been particularly active among the poor of Ecuador. He noted that the killers must certainly have known that their victim was a priest, since at the time of the assault Father Rojas he was wearing his clerical clothes, "and even a very visible cross."


      BRAZZAVILLE ( - The Congolese Bishops' Conference on Monday issued a statement rejecting suggestions that Catholic priests had instigated rebel forces to infiltrate Brazzaville, igniting a battle with Congo government troops.

      Militia groups loyal to ousted Prime Minister Bernard Kolelas have been engaged in fighting with government troops loyal to President Denis Sassou that has forced 50,000 people to flee their homes, seeking refuge at more than 15 churches in the region since December. Last week, state television broadcast statements by a captured militiaman that priests at a seminary where he was taken prisoner were aware of their presence.

      The bishops rejected the claim, saying the suggestion endangers the lives of priests and refugees seeking safety in churches. "The Catholic Church is never party to any act aiming to destabilize the public institutions," the statement said.

      Meanwhile in Telaga Kodok, Indonesia a Catholic priest in Indonesia's Maluku province said on Tuesday that a Muslim mob had killed 40 Christians, but local police denied the report. The province was rocked by violence last week with an official death toll of 56, not including the latest figures.

      Father Stefan Sabong cited witnesses who told him hundreds of Muslim gang members attacked residents of Telaga Kodok with knives and burned a church and other buildings last week. "Most of the houses were set on fire and everybody fled with only the clothes on their backs," Father Sabong said. "The residents said they won't stay again in their homes near here since everything has been demolished," Sabong said.

      Col. Karyono S., the regional police chief, denied the report. "It's impossible the number of Christians killed is that high," he said. Independent human rights groups said the death toll could be over 100 in the region once known as the Spice Islands. Christian and Muslim extremists have traded violent attacks since last year in mainly Muslim Indonesia in an unrest partially ignited by a worsening economic crisis. Many Indonesians believe the Christian minority unfairly holds the majority of the country's wealth.

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      In honor of tomorrow's great Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas we present the famous university named after the Angelic Doctor of the Church. The site is THE ANGELICUM, official site of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. It traces its origins to the medieval studium of the Dominican Order in the eternal city. Not all pages are in English as of this time, but enough to give one a good scope of the impact this institute has played on forming great men in the Church in the mold of St. Thomas.

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January 27, 1999 volume 10, no. 18   DAILY CATHOLIC