Monday thru Friday at

See why so many consider the
Daily CATHOLIC as the
"USA Today for CATHOLICS!"


FRI-SAT-SUN      July 23-25, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 137

To print out entire text of Today's issue, print this section as well as SECTION TWO and SECTION THREE

Debut of the Top 100 Catholics! Ladies and Gentlemen, start your inquisitive engines!

     In this weekend's editorial, we share with the readers improvements made at the DAILY CATHOLIC and some background on the results of the much-anticipated debut of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY which we reveal today with the 100th choice to the right. Monday we will bring you the 99th choice, Tuesday the 98th choice and so on until we reach December and the Top Ten climaxing with the number one most influential Catholic of the century. For the commentary, Let the countdown begin!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Let the countdown begin!

Michael Cain, editor

A Homegrown Evangelist: Pittsburgh's Bishop Donald is ranked 100th on the list of the Top 100 Catholics of the Century

   Today we introduce the long-anticipated countdown with the 100th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters selected Bishop Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh who has enjoyed an excellent presence in the media via his teachings as author of the acclaimed catechetical series "The Teachings of Christ" that he shares with all. A native of Pittsburgh, Bishop Wuerl has returned home to guide over 800,000 in western Pennsylvania into the new millennium. For more on the 100th selection, click on BISHOP DONALD WUERL

100.    Bishop Donald W. Wuerl

If you think it's hot now, you can't cool off by allowing an ill wind to blow!

    In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, with tongue in cheek, reminisces about her high school days and tweaks our reality check not to complain too much about the hot weather during the summer for, in truth, we don't have a clue what "hot" really is and we doubt anyone would want to find out for Sister is referring to the scorching fires of hell where there is never relief. By submitting to the Will of God we have a built-in air-conditioner that kicks in and refreshes us with graces For her column this weekend, Hot enough for ya?? click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


Now Bishop emeritus of Mauritius, the Indian Ocean island's favorite son Cardinal Jean Margeot served his homeland well

     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our seventy-eighth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Jean Margeot , the retired Bishop of Port-Louis on the Isle of Mauritius east of Madagascar. Now 83, he in enjoying retirement in his native land. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II at the Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Margeot, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

78.   Cardinal Jean Margeot

Events this weekend in Church History

      Sunday we commemorate the death nineteen hundred and fifty-five years ago of the Apostle Saint James the Greater who died on July 25th, 44 A.D. It was James to whom the Blessed Mother made her first appearance to, being carried on a pillar by the angels to Zaragoza, Spain where James had gone to preach the Gospel. While we can make communications in milliseconds today, nearly two thousand years ago word took months to reach someone and thus Our Lady inaugurated instant communications by appearing to him requesting he return to Jerusalem for the Council. It was shortly after the Council of Jerusalem that he died. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 23:

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 24:

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 25:

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


Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

"So it will be at the end of the world. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from among the just, and will cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping, and the gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 13: 49-50

Click here to go to SECTION TWO or SECTION THREEor click here to return to the graphics front page of this issue.

July 23-25, 1999 volume 10, no. 137   DAILY CATHOLIC