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Today is the Thirteenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the First Martyrs of Rome while tomorrow is the Thirteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Blessed Padre Junipero Serra, Franciscan missionary and founder of 21 Spanish missions in California, beginning with the first in San Diego at Mission de Alcala. In fact, his feast day corresponds with the day he first arrived in San Diego in 1769. He established the site of the mission on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16 of the same year. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignetttes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today we honor the First Martyrs of Rome with the Preface of today's last Mass for June:
Father, You sanctified the Church of Rome with the blood of its martyrs. May we find strength from their courage and rejoice in their triumph.
Events in Church History
On this date last year His Holiness Pope John Paul II issued his Apostolic Letter Ad tuendam fidem aimed at dissident theologians mostly in higher education at Catholic institutions who have strayed from the true teaching of the Church in regards dogma and policy such as their stubbornness in pushing for women priests despite Rome's orders that there will be no discussion. This Apostolic Letter gave the Holy See teeth to carry out discipline against those who stray. They have been duly warned. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
184 and counting,
hoping and praying...
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
Retro issues of our on-going series in our feature series on the Church today with the Archives of WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on July 1st.
Messages 579 and 580 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
DAILY LITURGY for the Thirteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Blessed Padre Junipero Serra, Franciscan missionary and founder of the first missions in California plus the Thirteenth Friday in Ordinary Time leading into the Fourth of July weekend.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
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India's Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy has spent one third of his life in service to Rome's Curia in serving Holy Mother Church |
Today we feature our seventy-second red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 75 year-old Indian from Kalleri, India Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy who has served in numerous positions for various Curial posts from Secretary of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples to Prefect of Congregation for Oriental Churches.
For more on this Indian-born Prince of the Church who was elevated to the cardinalate in Pope John Paul II's Consistory of May 25, 1985, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Pope plans to retrace steps from Ur to Jerusalem for Jubilee
Armenian Catholicos loses battle with throat cancer, dies at age of 66
Planned Parenthood using Disney video to promote Culture of Death in Chile
Former judge in Guatamala says it's time for military to fess up to murder of human rights bishop
These stories and more: featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Readers only have five days left to vote for the Top 100 Catholics Today we reveal the rankings for the Top 100 Catholics, listing the top 50 in order of voting. You have one week to vote for the person or persons you feel were the most influential Catholics in this century. We have had over 16,000 votes cast to date and are most encouraged by this turnout. There are no specific rules. You may vote as often as you wish and in mid-July we will begin the countdown from 100 on down daily here in the DAILY CATHOLIC leading up to the top ten Catholics in December. For the list of the fifty receiving the most votes so far, click on TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
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Reviewing the first six hundred years of the Church as we set sail on the Barque of Peter from the time of Christ to Saint Gregory the Great
With the summer mode in vogue, we suspend this series until August, allowing the reader to catch up on past articles they may have missed in archives, including the Establishment of the Blessed Sacrament and the early struggles of the Church in this on-going abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. For the first fifteen installments, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Taking time to taste the
over the past year
With summer upon us we follow the summer schedule and bring you retro vignettes from the past year of humorous and moving Food for Thought Appeteasers that could bring a chuckle, a tear or both but definitely will make you stop and think. For past Appeteasers, click on Archives for FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
Wisdom is gained by suffering
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".
"Pius XII, just a short time before he died, told someone whom I know very well, 'You have suffered a great deal and it has been difficult.' The speaker said to him, 'But I would not be without it, for it has drawn me closer to God.' Pius XII answered, 'That is right. We get learning from books, but we get wisdom from suffering.'"
with a Catholic slant
"Do not look for love everlasting on earth, for it does not exist. I alone provide all, and I solemnly tell you that the Hour of the Triumph of My Mother's Immaculate Heart draws very near."
Those words come from Our Lord on His solemn birthday on Christmas Day in 1994 in which Jesus imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #578 that He and His Blessed Mother Mary, whom He has sent as a sign of His Divine Mercy, have said all they can. Christ reaffirms that not since He walked the earth in Galillee have there been so many signs and wonders, yet Our Lord laments that so few realize this or acknowledge the miracles and respond to what He asks so that His Mother's Immaculate Heart can triumph as He has promised. He asks, in His Message five days earlier on December 20th, to be obedient to His Holy Church and His Vicar on earth and asks then as well on Christmas Day to come humbly before Him and kneel at the manger offering ourselves as our present to Him. For Messages #577 and #578, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
NEWS & VIEWS
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Pope reveals at festivities for Saints Peter and Paul that he'll retrace history for Jubilee pilgrimage
The Holy Father, during papal festivities at St. Peter's yesterday for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul and the traditional day the papacy is honored, revealed that he has written a letter to be released today in which he lays out an itinerary that will take him first to the birthplace of Abraham and then on through the Old Testament to Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem. Those hearing it included a contingent of Orthodox representatives honoring him as well as 37 archbishops who received the traditional pallium. For more, click on Papal plans .
Leader of Armenian Church succumbs to throat cancer
Catholicos Karekin I, leader of the Armenian Church which had signed a reconciliation agreement last fall that effectively paves the way for reuniting the Armenian Church with Rome, died Tuesday in Yerevan. The Holy Father had wanted to visit him before his inevitable death but his own health in Poland precluded any possibilities. It could be a good omen that he died on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul for Armenians can associate that day with the day celebrated in the Western Church as a Papal Feast. He was 66 and had been Catholicos for four years. For more, click on Catholicos dies .
Disney video being used in South America by Planned Parenthood in promoting the Culture of Death through family favorite vehicle Donald Duck
The wholesome, family value reputation built by Walt Disney is corroding under Michael Eisner as word comes that Planned Parenthood has recirculated an atrocious, blatant contraception Disney animation promotion in Spanish in South America using Donald Duck to do the dirty work that demeans all that is sacred for the meaning of life. It was actually made in 1968 and shown for twenty years until it was pulled. Disney has denied involvement and asked for it to be shelved but the fact Disney made the video speaks volumes. For more, click on Disney's Death video.
"Cut the cover-up, let's get to the bottom of this," former judge rails at Guatamalan government over Bishop's murder last April
After fifteen months the murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera of Guatamala still remains a mystery and Church officials, human rights advocates and now a former judge want answers now! Up until now the government and military have been staging a cover-up framing another priest with no evidence while everything points to a conspiracy by the military to silence the Bishop after he had exposed the government for various violations and atrocities. For more, see Guatamala
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