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FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY     vol. 10, no. 20      January 29-31, 1999

January 29-31, 1999
For all the articles during the Holy Father's visit this past week, click on Papal Visit.
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This Weekend in Church History

Liturgy for this Weekend

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

1999 is dedicated to God the Father
336 - 335 - 334
and counting and hoping and praying...

Liturgy of Ordinary Time
   Because of his feast falling on the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Feast of Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, is not celebrated this year but it doesn't mean we can't remember him and his accomplishments. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are liturgies of Ordinary Time with Saturday being shared by the observation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on this latter feast and St. John Bosco, click on LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.


  • Installment Sixteen of the Holy Father's encyclical Fides et Ratio in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • Biography on Philadelphia's Cardinal Anthony Bevilaqua in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Messages 373 and 374 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 1st.

  • Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily Dose of Ecclesial facts in CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Fourth Monday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the PRESENTATION OF THE LORD on Tuesday.

  • ...and much more in our 21st issue for 1999!

    Medjugorje Monthly Message for JANUARY 25th
    The Gospa's message for January     Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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  • The Holy Father touched hearts and souls during his papal trip to the Americas The Pope has a track record for results - instant results as he proved in St. Louis where there is a perpetual presence of Cardinals!
       In this weekend's editorial we reminisce about the fruits of this past week when Pope John Paul II touched the hearts and souls of millions throughout North, South and Central America in his "Farewell Tour" to Mexico and St. Louis. We say farewell for it is highly unlikely he will travel too much longer as the grueling schedule, jet lag, an increasing sign of Parkinson's affliction and his age take their toll of this holy pontiff who has always thrived on being active. Despite his jocular pledge to return to St. Louis to play hockey after being presented a monagramed Blues jersey and hockey stick, his hits and checks won't come on the ice but rather in furthering the doctrines through his sage and inspired documents as he prepares the Church and the world for Jubilee 2000. He can take solace in the fact someone else could live to see the millennium - the man who was to face death row. Thanks to the Pope's gentle but firm prodding and conviction of the Sanctity of Life, now another life will be saved. For this weekend's commentary Birds of a feather flock together for the sake of the flock! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

    Little Audrey SantoA victim soul is being victimized by the media and we're the victims!

       In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto clarifies some of the misconceptions perpetrated by the media regarding victim soul Audrey Santo from Worcester, Massachusetts. Not only have the fifth estate misconstrued Audrey's situation but they have also misrepresented the Diocese's position on it which Sister clears up in taking the press to task for getting the facts straight. For Sister's column, The Truth about Little Audrey , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    Cardinal Corrado Bafile - photo from Inside the VaticanAn Italian Cardinal who spans the lifetime of 8 Popes     We continue with this new series that debuted three weeks ago, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our twelfth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the retired Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes for Saints - Cardinal Corrado Bafile who will turn 96 on the fourth of July. For more on Cardinal Bafile, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    "I solemnly tell you that this decade shall not pass away before only a few of My faithful ones preserve Me in the Blessed Sacrament - My Sacrament of Love."
    Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of MarySacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus

       Those alarming words from Our Lord are a plea for His children to return to Him and give Him all reverence in the Blessed Sacrament. He alerts us that the Great Warning is coming soon. Note, He imparted this 372nd message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on July 9th, 1993. That was six years ago and we have less than a year before this decade passes. His Blessed Mother Mary prefaces her Divine Son's words in her message the day before, "The time of Great Justice shall come when you least expect it!" Both messages are packed with hope, but also sincere warnings of what is to come if God's children do not right their ways and return to Him. For the messages 371 and 372, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    Feast of Saint John Bosco     This weekend's prayers are taken from the Opening Prayers for the Mass honoring Saint John Bosco whose feast Sunday is superseded by the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

    Lord, You called John Bosco to be a teacher and father to the young. Fill us with love like his: may we give ourselves completely to Your service and to the salvation of mankind.

    Events this weekend in Church History

    Pope Saint Sylvester I   Sunday is the 1, 685th anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Sylvester I, the first Supreme Pontiff to benefit from the Edict of Milan in which Constantine the Great granted freedom to Christians and made Christianity the state religion. During this time the emperor was of greater importance than the Popes and Sylvester was overshadowed by Constantine, but he did exert his ecclesiastical powers by forging through the Creed at the Council of Nicaea - the first ecumenical council - even though he never attended in person, preferring to remain in Rome both because of the distance and to avoid being considered just "another bishop" rather than the exalted Bishop of the Universal Church. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenLove means we have to go out of our way to love!

       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. Today we begin famous quotes from this late luminary who 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". On Fridays we bring you more than just a quote; we bring you a brief homily on a subject that is pertinent today. That subject today ties in with what the Holy Father is asking in extending love to our neighbors out of pure intentions and not ego or selfishness. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.

    • Holy Father's plea carries clout with Missouri Governor

    • Two priests who were feared missing in the Congo are found

    • We remember the Shoah - Catholics and Jews observe Auschwitz anniversary

    • Oldest Catholic church in Indonesia burned down as Bishop Belo expresses hope for Independence

    These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.

    Worldwide Catholic News
    with a Catholic slant provided by
    Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

    Governor responds to Pope's passionate plea, commutes stay of execution of Darrell Mease

    Missouri Governor Mel CarnahanConvicted killer Darrell Mease
        The Holy Father's words "Have mercy on Mr. Mease" moved Missouri's Governor Mel Carnahan like few have ever been moved, prompting him to pull a 180 and commute the death sentence of convicted killer Darrell Mease out of respect for the Pope and what he stands for. For more, click on New life

    Two priests thought to be missing in the Congo are discovered safe
    Priests found safe in the Congo     Though it probably didn't have the impact of "Mr. Livingston, I presume" fame, it was finally some good news! After being forced to flee along with many of the village in the face of fierce fighting between the rebels and government troops in the Congo Republic, everyone expected the worst when two European missionary priests were reported missing, but they showed up safe and sound in the village of Pointe Noire sixty miles from where they had fled. For more, click on Priests alive.

    Catholics and Jews commemorate 54th Anniversary of Auschwitz closure
    Archdiocese wins appeal, shuts down pornographer     Putting aside their differences over the cross controversy outside the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, Poland, Catholic Poles and Jewish survivors and relatives gathered together this past Wednesday to observe the evacuation of this terrible holocaust. Nearby, a Mass was said in memory of the millions of "martyrs" of both faiths including Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Saint Edith Stein who bridged both faiths. For more, click on Auschwitz anniversary.

    Nobel Peace Prize recipient Bishop Belo hails news of East Timor Independence possibility in face of violence and destruction of oldest church in his country
    Bishop hopes East Timor will be granted independence
        Bishop Carlos Belo, head of the see of Dili in East Timor and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize expressed hope that rumors about Indonesia seriously considering granting East Timor independence in order to "unload the problems" were true. But his remarks were tempered with caution, for he was greatly saddened at the news that the oldest church on the island, built by the Portuguese in 1780, was totally torched by Muslim rioters and murderers. For more, click on Independence?.

    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.

    "Amen I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of My brethren, you did it for Me."

    Matthew 25: 40

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    Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
    Ecumenical Councils
       Sunday we remember the election in 314 of Pope Saint Sylvester I, the Vicar of Christ when the First Ecumenical Council was convened. It was called the Council of Nicaea. An ecumenical council does not necessarily mean ecumenical in the sense of accepting all faiths, but rather as universal in inviting the world's bishops who are in union with Rome. This has been the case for the twenty-one ecumenical councils held. The most famous are the Council of Nicaea, the Second Council of Nicaea which condemned Iconoclasm, The Council of Trent which condemned Protestantism and set in motion the reforms of the Counter-reformation and the Second Vatican Council which issued the most documents. Vatican II lasted three years but Trent was the longest, lasting 18 years. (source: My Catholic Faith, My Mission House, Publishers; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).
        In honor of Sunday's Feast of Saint John Bosco, we feature this weekend the web site for the SALESIANS OF DON BOSCO which gives a complete overview of the Order founded by this Turin-born saint who has had so much impact on evangelization and reaching out to young men.

    January 29-31, 1999       volume 10, no. 20
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