Two years later, with the cooperation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Bishop Law invited the Vietnamese Order of the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix to establish a central seminary in America at Our Lady of the Ozarks in Carthage, Missouri. The Oblates, through the direction of Father Edwin Goetz, OMI and the Central Provincial Father William Coovert, OMI, gave their thirty-acre property on the south side of Carthage to the Vietnamese priests who had fled persecution in their country. Under Bishop Law's guidance, they firmly established themselves in the old Civil War town east of Joplin. In fact, Bishop Law ordained twelve of the seminarians over the years and provided assistance for the Congregation to establish Marian Days around the Solemnity of the Assumption every summer when tens of thousands Vietnamese from all over the US would migrate to Carthage and camp out for a special three day celebration of Our Lady and to acknowledge the founder of the Order. He also approved of a Christmas light extravaganza each year that has become a regular tourist attraction in southwest Missouri.
The people in the foothill of the Ozarks were despondent when he left Springfield-Cape-Girardeau but happy for him for Pope John Paul II elevated him to Archbishop of Boston on January 11, 1984 and a year later bestowed the honor of the cardinalate on him in his Consistory of May 25, 1985. Cardinal Law received his red-hat and the titular church of St. Susanna as a cardinal priest. He has remained very active in the NCCB and the Roman Curia where he holds membership in the Congregation of the Oriental Churches, the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and the Congregation for Catholic Education plus the Pontifical Council for Culture. He resides at 2101 Commonwealth Avenue, in Brighton, Massachusetts just outside of Boston proper. Now sixty-eight, he is not one of those Americans who would be considered as papal material because of his age and limited experience internationally, but he has been a strong pro-life force in the United States.
Death of Saint Elizabeth of Schonau, Benedictine abbess who experienced ecstacies, visions, and messages of prophecy. She also suffered greatly from bruises received in confrontations with the devil throughout her life.
Pope Pius II becomes the first pope to lead a crusade, but his own personal crusade against Islam and the Koran never materializes as he died two months later, thus ending the last possible chance of an organized crusade. Since it never occurred, it is not included in the list of crusades.
Pope Pius IX released his encyclical Qui nuper on Pontifical States.
Crusaders capture the city of Nicea from the infidels during the First Crusade, called by Pope Urban II.
Death of Saint Juliana Falconieri, virgin and foundress of the Servite nuns who died in Firenze at the age of 71 and was canonized by Pope Clement XII in 1731.
Death of Saint Emily de Vialar, daughter of a baron who was left a fortune by her grandmother and used it to purchase and build several facilities to help the poor and sick, founding the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition in 1832. But politicis came into play with Bishop Dupuch of Algiers which closed the houses there, as well as seizing the motherhouse in Toulouse. No matter her struggles, she accepted all as God's Will, always claiming that she had plenty of trials, but that God was always there for her. Despite her struggles there were 40 houses operating when she died. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1951.
Death of Saint Adalbert of Magdeburg, bishop and Benedictine who was sent to Russia by Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great and became known as the great missionary to the Slavs.
Queen Isabella, on the strong advice of Christopher Columbus and his findings, condemns the enslavement of the Indians discovered in the New World. Sadly, many avaricious men discarded her order and mistreated the "savages" for their own purposes.
Lord George Calvert Baltimore receives the Charter to found the colony of Maryland, named after the Blessed Mother and open to all faiths, but especially a refuge for persecuted Catholics. To this day Baltimore remains a Catholic stronghold on the eastern seaboard.
Patriarch Pavle appealed to both Serbs and Montenegrins in Kosovo not to abandon their heritage, history, and holy sites in Kosovo, adding that he would himself move to the Pec Patriarchate in western Kosovo, the chief see of the church since 1253. The patriarch said he would seek assurances from the Yugoslav government and NATO peacekeepers that the Serbs would be safe.
"I will plead with all responsible organs of our state and the highest representatives of the international forces in Kosovo for your lives and property, for your protection and safety," he said. He added that these assurances would be sought for everyone in Kosovo, regardless of religion or ethnic background.
Church sources in Pristina, the Kosovo capital, are reported by the Belgrade media to have said that the Monastery of Sveta Trojica (The Holy Trinity) at the village of Musutiste has been burnt down and 13 Orthodox churches in Kosovo were abandoned in the face of violence by the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army.
Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino of Cali said on Wednesday that he had been informed that the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels had demanded ransoms from some of the families of their victims. Most of the captives have been released, but at least 20 from the church remain in custody. "They want to make money at the expense of the pain and suffering of the hostages," said the archbishop.
Although some relatives have admitted privately that ransoms have been demanded, none were willing to say it publicly. "We who were freed think that those who remain captive are going to have to pay ransoms -- although the guerrillas never told us as much," said freed hostage Rafael Posada, adding that those still held were "people of means."
Different chapels along the state have also been damaged. The temple of "La Santisima" has been practically deprived from its entire facade, and "San Andres Cholula's" dome fell completely. Also the temples of "San Roque," "San Mateo Cuanala" and "Las Casas Coloradas" have suffered considerable damages in their structure.
After knowing about the earthquake that affected the south of Mexico, Pope John Paul II, through Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, manifested his grief and his solidarity with the victims. The message, that was asked to be transmitted to the affected places, invited institutions and people of good will to lend effective help with charity and spirit of Christian solidarity to those affected by the earthquake
Of the approximate $111 million, $90 million was raised by state councils and local units which donated directly to charitable causes of their own choosing, including church and community projects and youth programs. The remaining $21 million was given by the Supreme Council and Knights of Columbus designated funds.
Assistance to church organizations, such as parishes, schools, religious education programs, seminaries/seminarians, vocations, promotional efforts and miscellaneous church projects, totaled $33.3 million in 1998 and $289 million in aggregate over the past ten years, the group said.
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