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MONDAY      July 19, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 133

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Four Days until we debut the countdown of the Top 100 Catholics of the 20th Century

      Readers can see the fruits of their voting efforts beginning this Friday when we debut our countdown with vignettes on the person chosen, beginning with number 100, then number 99 next Monday and so on daily leading up to the top ten Catholics who will be revealed in December. By the way, each of the top ten received at least 500 votes, with the top five receiving over a thousand. We had well over 23,000 total votes with nearly 730 different persons nominated.

Cardinal Roger Mahony, long a crusader for the Hispanic cause, is no stranger to controversy as Archbishop of Los Angeles

      Our seventy-sixth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the Archbishop of the sprawling Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As one of the youngest cardinals he is held up as the hope of the liberal establishment in the Church. Born in Hollywood, he became a Diocesan priest in Fresno on May 1, 1962 and Archbishop of Los Angeles on September 5, 1985. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of June 28, 1991. For more on Cardinal Mahony, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION 76.   Cardinal Roger M. Mahony

Message to the Americas:
The New World was forged by evangelization commissioned by Christ

     Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the twenty-first installment on Chapter Six: The Mission of the Church in America Today: The New Evangelization - Sent by Christ , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America


"As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you"
John 20: 21

This retro summer we present each Monday the best of Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW

      This summer on Monday's we will present the opportunity to review any of Pat Ludwa's thirty-two columns for this year. Original ones will run in Thursday's issues, but in Monday's issues we bring you these archives. For Pat's past columns, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW ARCHIVES

"Join your prayers to mine, that in my intercession God may grant each of you full conversion of heart so you may be in the Refuge of His Most Sacred and Sorrowful Heart."

      Those words from Our Lady were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on February 16, 1995 in which the Blessed Mother calls for all to prayer and sacrifice in order to prepare properly during Lent as well as to expedite the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. She calls for all to return to her Divine Son Jesus Who prefaces His Mother's words four days earlier in Message #591 by calling His children to return all reverence to Him. For Messages #591 and #592 from Mary and Jesus, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 591 and 592

Message Five-Hundred-ninety-one, February 12, 1995

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Message Five-Hundred-ninety-two, February 16, 1995

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Finally the long-awaited book "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." is NOW available!

      The much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary over five years is finally here! You can finally acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages. To find out how, click on Book

June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today I thank you for living and witnessing my messages with your life. Little children, be strong and pray so that prayer may give you strength and joy. Only in this way will each of you be mine and I will lead you on the way of salvation. Little children, pray and with your life witness my presence here. May each day be a joyful witness for you of God's love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"For even as Jonas was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

Matthew 12: 40

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