11. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - 389
12. Father Joseph Fessio, S.J. - 381
13. Blessed Josemaria Escriva - 372
14. Scott Hahn - 336
15. Pope John XXIII - 305
16. Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap.-277
17. St. Edith Stein - 274
18. Cardinal John J. O'Connor - 255
19. Karl Keating - 241
20. Fr. Jozo Zovko, OFM - 210
21. Wayne Weibel - 203
22. Visionaries of Medjugorje - 194
23. Dorothy Day - 193
24. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz - 189
25. Fr. Michael Scanlon - 182
26. Pope Leo XIII - 172
27. Cardinal Francis George, OMI - 166
28. Visionaries of Fatima - 162
29. Ralph Martin - 159
30. Cyndi Cain - the Hidden Flower - 152
31. Pope Benedict XV - 144
32. Bud MacFarlane, Jr. - 137
33. Saint Maria Goretti - 135
34. Cardinal Francis Arinze - 129
35. Fr. Benedict Groeschel - 119
36. Cardinal James Francis Stafford - 109
37. Malachi Martin - 101
38. Joey Lomangino - 83
39. Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua - 81
40. Fr. Patrick Peyton - Rosary Priest - 56
41. John Leary - 54
42. Tom Monaghan - 53
43. Ida Perdemann - 44
44. Sister Nirmala - 42
45. Pope Pius XI - 39 -
46. Josyp Terelya 40
47. Fr. Frank Pavone - 29
48. Audrey Santo - 28
49. Blessed Andre Bessette - 27
50. Ron O'Brien - 26
A year after being named President of CELAM for a four year tenure in 1975, Paul VI elevated him to the cardinalate in the consistory of May 24, 1976 where he received the titular church of San Pietro in Montorio. He remained Archbishop of Fortaleza until July 12, 1995 when Pope John Paul II transferred him to the post of Archbishop of Aparecida, a position he still holds today at the age of 75, residing at Curia Metropolitana C.P. 05, Torre da Basilica 48 andar, 12570-000 Aparecida in the state of Sao Paolo, Brazil. He serves as a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
On this solemn feast of my Immaculate Conception, I obtain powerful graces for all who, in faith, so honor me and give to Almighty God all honor and glory.
Give to me your humble prayers, sacrifices, all your Masses, Communions and good works. I take them as a fragrant bouquet to obtain mercy for all of my children everywhere.
Dear children, I, your Heavenly Mother, do solemnly tell you that the time of great sorrow has already dawned, yet still you do not fully understand how to dwell peacefully in the Refuge of my Divine Son's Sacred Heart. Dear children, you must not speculate on God's Plans. You must not search Sacred Scripture merely seeking knowledge for the sake of knowing the future. God alone knows the future and He reveals only that which is for your good to know.
My Immaculate Heart sorrows when I see your curiosity. I hear your speculation and grieve, for when you do this you are not filled with Holy Spirit, and you draw away from God, the Source of all Light.
Therefore, I solemnly tell you to return to prayer from the heart, seeking Peace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, so that you persevere.
I also beseech you to pray very much for my beloved Pope John Paul II. He is besieged by his enemies; yet I protect him for his work is not yet accomplished.
Hear my words in faith. You look for signs - for warnings. But the time is not yet. When you hear the proclamation of the final dogma of my mission as Co-Redemptrix, Advocate and Mediatrix issued by my beloved Pope John Paul II, you will then be in the time of the Great Warning. I also tell you that you must not select this or that month, this or that feast day! Dear children, every day is holy to God, for He alone created night and day, and blesses the minutes and hours of the day and night. Those events you anticipate shall come, but they will come as a thief in the night when you least expect it. Only in humble obedience shall you heed my words given with all motherly affection.
On this feast I obtain for each of you a special blessing, that you may persevere.
I love you. I bless you. I am with you to prepare you. Pray very much and be ever watchful. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Your world is in turmoil and it will not cease until you come into the Refuge of My Sacred Heart.
Dear children, hear Me, for I Am Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Do not reject Me, but live as I lived, in total obedience to the Will of My Father.
How I long to pour out My Mercy upon you, O children of My Heart. You cry out with sighs and mourning for hope, but you do not find it. You are ever-restless, searching for true meaning, true hope.
If you would know Hope then humble yourselves and dwell in humility. Learn from Me, for I came among you as a helpless child and remained obedient in all things even unto death. In humble obedience you will experience My Peace, and through prayer you will understand the Truth and have Hope.
I love you. I bless you! Behold I come among you! Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!
Cardinal Sinibaldo Fieschi of Genoa becomes Pope Innocent IV, 180th successor of Peter. His election took place in Anagni, Italy afater a two year vacancy. He convened the 13th Ecumenical Council, instituted the Feast of the Visitation, and undertook the Fifth Crusade with Saint Louis IX, King of France.
Birth of Giampietro Carafa in Naples. He would go on to become the 223rd successor of Peter as Pope Paul IV and reopen the Council of Trent, bringing it to a successful conclusion.
Birth of Henry VIII who would go from being Defender of the Faith to Apostate, turning his back on Rome and putting into motion terrible persecution of Catholics throughout Britain.
Charles V is elected Holy Roman Emperor. He would be thrust into the middle of the Protestant revolt and be tossed to and fro as a political "football" by the Protestant princes of Germany, spurring retaliation by the Catholic League and the beginning of the all-out religious wars of the sixteenth century.
Protestants turn Kelso Abbey in England into a fiery inferno as the purge against Catholics and religious loyal to Rome intensifies.
Death of Blessed Madeleine Fontaine, a Sister of Charity nun who was framed by anti-Catholics who planted treasonous documents against France in her cell. She was wrongly accused and sentenced to die by the fate of the guillotine. Before she was beheaded she prophesied that the persecution would end eventually and the Catholic Faith would be restored to its glory with the reopening of the churches after the French Revolution.