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MONDAY      June 28, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 124

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One week left to vote for the Century's top 100 Catholics

      Readers only have one week 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

TOP 50 vote-getters of the TOP 100 in ranking as of June 25
(over 16,500 votes cast to date)

number of votes cast are listed after each person's name

This retro summer we present each Monday the best of Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW

      This summer on Monday's we will present the opportunity to review any of Pat Ludwa's thirty-two columns for this year. Original ones will run in Thursday's issues, but in Monday's issues we bring you these archives. For Pat's past columns, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW ARCHIVES


Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider, O.F.M. has a special place in his heart for Brazil's national shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

      Our seventy-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider, O.F.M., the Archbishop of Aparecida, home of Brazil's famous national shrine of Aparecida. Because of this he has a special place in his heart for Our Lady of Aparecida. This son of German immigrants became a Franciscan priest on August 22, 1948 and was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI in the Consistory of May 24, 1976. For more on Cardinal Lorscheider, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

71.   Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider, O.F.M.

Message to the Americas:
The Fruit of Communion is Solidarity with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

      Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the eighteenth installment on Chapter Five: The Path to Solidarity - Solidarity, the Fruit of Communion , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

"Your world is in turmoil and it will not cease until you come into the Refuge of My Sacred Heart."

      Those powerful words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on December 11, three days after His Blessed Mother, on the Solemn Feast of her Immaculate Conception, called for all to prayer and sacrifice in order to expedite the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart. She calls for all to pray for the Holy Father who is in great danger but is protected by the Holy Trinity because he has not yet finished the mission asked by Heaven. Jesus, in His Message emphasizes that the turmoil we experience is our own doing and it can be mitigated if we but heed His Holy Will and seek His Mercy - the Refuge of His Most Sacred Heart. For Messages #573 and #574 from the Sacred Heart and His Blessed Mother, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 573 and 574

Message Five-Hundred-seventy-three, December 8, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception)

Message Five-Hundred-seventy-four, December 11, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(Third Sunday in Advent)

Events Today in Church History

      On this date 1,232 years ago Pope Saint Paul I, the 93rd successor of Peter passed on to his Heavenly reward. His ties to the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul stem from the fact he took Paul's name and that he discovered the tomb of Saint Petronella, thought to be the daughter of Saint Peter. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 28:

SIMPLY SHEEN: One sword slashes, another heals!

      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".

"There are two kinds of swords: one that swings outward, and the other, which is thrust inward. One is to harm the neighbor, such as the sword of Peter that hacked off the ear of the high priest's servant. It was this kind of sword the Divine Master bade be put back into its scabbard. The other kind of sword is the one that cuts out egotism and selfishness and greed."

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


"Amen, amen I say to thee, when thou wast young thou didst gird thyself and walk where thou wouldst. But when thou art old thou wilt stretch forth thy hands, and another will gird thee, and lead thee where thou wouldst not."

John 21: 18

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