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July 27, 1999
Seventeenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time


TUESDAY     vol. 10, no. 139      July 27, 1999

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Father John Corapi, S.O.L.T:
A modern-day Saint Augustine
Father John Corapi, SOLT    Today we bring you the 98th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters selected Father John A. Corapi, S.O.L.T., a man who had achieved all the world could offer at a relatively young age and lost it. But he found something more priceless - his Faith, being resurrected from the depths of despair by the grace of God and ordained a priest by Pope John Paul II on May 26, 1991. His story is an inspiration to people everywhere and his ministry is to tell that story in order to help others and touch souls wherever he preaches. For more on the 98th selection, click on FATHER JOHN CORAPI, S.O.L.T.

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This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow


CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

    Today is the Seventeenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow being the Seventeenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Events in Church History
Pope St. Celestine I Pope Nicholas II
    Today is the anniversary of the death of two Popes 629 years apart. The first was Pope Saint Celestine I, the 43rd successor of Peter who dispatched Saint Patrick to Ireland and convened the Third Ecumenical Council which condemned Nestorianism. The second was Pope Nicholas II, the 155th in the line of Peter who decreed that the Sacred Conclave should consist only of cardinal-bishops and cardinal-priests. It remains the same today except cardinal-deacons are also eligible. Those over 80 however are not eligible to participate in the Conclave. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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

Year of God the Father
157 and counting,
hoping and praying...


  • Biography on another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on July 28th.

  • More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Seventeenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and Thursday's Feast of Saint Martha, Disciple of the Lord.

  • ...and more in our 140th issue for 1999!

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Noises Off!
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen     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".

"The love of noise and excitement in modern civilization is due in part to the fact that people are unhappy on the inside. Noise exteriorizes them, distracts them, and makes them forget their worries at least for the moment. There is an unmistakable connection between an empty life and a hectic pace. To make progress the world must have action, but it must also know why it is acting and that requires thought, contemplation, and silence."


  • Pope comes to the aid of the elderly; sends telegram to Morocco and Cardinal Cassidy

  • Next step of Mother Teresa's cause gets under way in Calcutta

  • Scandal and shock rock Santa Rosa Diocese, questions abound

  • Two nuns arrested in their convent after shooting of burglar

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

  • The Holy SeeRetroactive articles on Church history available from 1150 to 1515 A.D. for summer review
        This summer we present a review of the period from the time of Charlemagne and Pope Saint Stephen IV, the 97th successor of Peter in the early ninth century to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 25 through 106. We will resume our original series in September with installment 107 on Pope Hadrian VI. To read any of the eighty-one installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

    Catholic PewPoint helps put things in perspective and clear up the tunnels of confusion!
        This summer we present all the editorials to date from 1999 for you to review. Take a ride on the twists and turns of humanity in past installments of Catholic PewPoint. In this wild ride of life, through the tunnels of doubt we need to cling to the rails of hope and trust that God will guide us safely over the whirls and swirls, dips and blips, highs and lows that affect us daily in this rollercoaster called life. These commentaries help keep things on a more even keel, slowing the turns so that all can better navigate the dangerous curves and stay on track in heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel. During the summer we will present this archive feature on Tuesdays and a new commentary every Friday. To read any of the forty-six installments presently available for 1999, click on and strap in for the Archives of CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

    "You are afraid to examine yourself because to truly love Me would mean detachment." Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus
        Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on March 30, 1995 in which Jesus laments how so many who count on the world and pleasing others are always let down because they placed so much on man and not enough on God's Divine Providence. He warns that the lukewarm have not embraced the necessary concept of suffering with and for Him. In essence, no pain, no gain! His Blessed Mother also treats this same topic, pointing to her Medjugorje Message as a warning against being influenced by the world, the flesh and the devil through television. She cautions us not to let down our guard, even in the minutest of sins, entreating us all to return to her Divine Son with our whole heart and soul. These messages are a good example of how Father John Corapi, S.O.L.T. turned his life around by trusting in the Mercy of God and responding by living and preaching the Gospel as is explained in his story today. For Messages #603 and #604 from Mary and Jesus, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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      Pope laments treatment of the elderly especially during this "International Year of the Elderly"
         Speaking during the first Sunday Angelus audience at his summer residence at Castelgondolfo, the Holy Father spoke out strongly in defense of the elderly citing Saint Joachim and Saint Anne as excellent role models for senior citizens and called for more compassion for those who have "paid their dues" who can contribute so much wisdom to the generations. He also sent a telegram of condolence to Morrocco, lamenting the death of King Hassan II and sent a congratulatory note to Cardinal Isdris Cassidy, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity on the occasion of his 50th anniversary as a priest. For more, click on Pope speaks out.

      Next phase of Mother Teresa's cause gets under way in Calcutta
          An open inquiry into the life of Mother Teresa was officially kicked off yesterday at the local level by Calcutta's Archbishop Henry D'Sousa in the next step in the process for beatification which is expected to take a year, with the prelate and Canadian Father Brian Kolodiejchuk interviewing hundreds in taking testimonies favorable to Mother's cause. For more, click on Mother Teresa.

      Scandal rocks Santa Rosa Diocese after bishop abrubtly resigns and credentials of priest called into question
          These are the kind of stories we don't like to report, but we cannot bury the news and therefore sadly bring you the fact that Bishop Patrick Ziemann abrubtly resigned last Wednesday when the scandal broke after accusations that he had coerced a young priest he had ordained into sex in a black mail scheme. Now the question arises if the priest in question, Father Jorge Hume Salas was properly prepared for the priesthood and validly ordained For more, click on Scandal.

      Two nuns held for shooting intruding thief in their convent in Colombia
          While the brutal murder of a bishop still remains unsolved, Colombian authorities were quick to arrest two nuns who shot and killed a thief who had forcefully entered their convent this past Sunday night. In the darkness they felt threatened and fired to warn the burglar but hit him unintentionally killing the intruder, yet officials are accusing the nuns not of acting in self-defense or defending their turf which contains valuable paintings and Church treasures, but of willfully killing a man. Never mind that the man was tresspassing and had been warned! It seems like another example of strained relations between the clergy and the government in Colombia. For more, click on sisters at arms

    For more headlines and articles, we suggest Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and ZENIT International News AgencyCWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

    July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
    The Gospa's message for July    Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you all to prayer with the heart. I call all of you, little children, to give thanks to God here with me for the graces which He gives to you through me. I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus' and your heart to become one heart of love and peace. That is why, little children, pray and rejoice over everything that God does here, despite that satan provokes quarrels and unrest. I am with you and I lead you all on the way of love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
          "The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all scandals and those who work iniquity, and cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth."
    Matthew 13: 41-42

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