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MONDAY      March 22, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 56

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Angola's Cardinal Alexandre do Nascimento is the shining light in a land torn by the darkness of war and insurrection.

      Our thirty-fourth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 74 year-old Cardinal Alexandre do Nascimento, the Archbishop of Luanda and Angola's first Cardinal in its history. He has experienced the lows of being held hostage for a month by Angolan rebels and the highs of the cardinalate during the Consistory of February 2, 1983. For more on Cardinal do Nascimento, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

34.   Cardinal Alexandre do Nascimento

Suffering with Him in reparation for those who mock Our Lord

Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries

     In Our Lady's meditation from Lesson 8 THE TRIAL BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN, she confides in us what she felt as her Divine Son underwent the most vial of trials and warns us to be prepared, and gives us pointers on how to prepare to fend off the ravages of satan in her words to her children. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent in helping us all prepare for His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. These lessons help us realize that we, too, must suffer with Mary and Jesus in reparation for the countless souls who mock Him. For part three, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 8:


part three Our Lady's Meditation


Events Today in Church History

     On this date in 1591 Pope Gregory XIV pronounced "All bets off" when he outlawed wagering on pontifical elections, lengths of a papacy and odds on who would be promoted to the cardinalate. This gambling frenzy had spiraled out of control among the curia and the Holy Father, three months after his election as the 229th successor of Peter, sought to put an end to the madness. 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 March 22:


      Today is the Fifth Monday of Lent with tomorrow continuing the Lenten Liturgy for the Fifth Tuesday of Lent as well as the Optional Feast of Saint Turibio de Mogrovejo, Bishop and Missionary. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and the vignette on St. Turibio, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Monday, March 22, 1999

Tuesday, March 23, 1999

Optional Feast of Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo, Bishop


      Below is the first of several increments of the Prayer for Spiritual Renewal during Lent from the Treasury of Novenas booklet:

God, Heavenly Father, look upon us and hear our prayer during this holy Season of Lent. By the good works You insipire, help us to discipline our bodies and to be renewed in the spirit.

      For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary

Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:


      Last week Pat Ludwa wrote about a priest who had been deposed in the Diocese of Rochester, New York. One is deposed for a very serious offense and the Vatican does not take it lightly. Deposition is the vindictive procedure under Canon Law 1335 and 1336 in which the Church suspends a cleric (priest) from the office he holds and he is deprived of all offices, dignities, and privileges of his position. He is forbidden to practice many particulars and benefices of his office yet he is not reduced to the lay state and therefore must continue to practice celibacy and recite the Breviary as dictated by the statutes of the priesthood. Most often he is not allowed to celebrate Mass and must abide by the restrictions placed upon him. There is a big difference between "Deposition" and what the Church refers to as the anniversary of the burial of a saint which is called "Day of Deposition." It also has nothing to do with a deposition in civil law. For more we refer you to The Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent Catholic Supersite. (source: Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).

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March 22, 1999 volume 10, no. 56   DAILY CATHOLIC