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TUESDAY      March 2, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 42

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SIMPLY SHEEN: Begetting Blessings

      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".

"As the tree bears fruit and the hen hatches her eggs, so every mother, by the act of birth, is bound up with the life of all living things, and of her it may be rightly said, "Blessed is the fruit of thy womb."

"Is there no one to believe in My Divine Mercy?"

      This is what Our Lord laments in Message #415 conveyed to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in early October 1993 while she was enroute on pilgrimage to Betania where Our Lady is appearing and to Los Teques where the Eucharistic Miracle from Betania is preserved. His Blessed Mother followed up the words of her Divine Son the next day while the Hidden Flower prayed before the Shrine in Betania on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, beseeching all her little ones to seek God's Mercy before the Font runs dry and the Justice is meted out. For Message #415 and #416, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 415 and 416

Message Four Hundred-fifteen, October 6, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(enroute to Our Lady's Shrine in Betania in Venezuela)

Message Four Hundred-sixteen, October 7, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in Betania)


      Continuing the Responsory Prayers during Lent adapted from the Byzantine Rite:

      May we always remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To him be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen

      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

Events Today in Church History

      Today is the anniversary of the births of two giant stalwarts in the Church, both born in the nineteenth century - Pope Leo XIII in 1810 in Carpineto, Italy and Pope Pius XII in 1876 in Rome. Pius XII's 63rd birthday was very special for on that day he was chosen the 260th successor of Peter. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 2:

with a Catholic slant

provided by
Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News



      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II has set aside canonical rules in order to allow the immediate opening of the cause for the beatification of Mother Teresa.

      Under norms established in 1983, a "cause"-- the process that can lead to beatification and eventual canonization-- cannot begin until five years have lapsed from the death of the individual involved. But for the first time since the adoption of those rules, the Holy Father has used his authority to dispense with them, in the case of the nun whose work with "the poorest of the poor" made her a revered figure throughout the world.

      In an official statement released March 1, the Holy See announced that the process toward beatification for Mother Teresa had been opened "at the insistence of the Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry Sebastian D'Souza, and many other prelates." So the process for Mother Teresa's beatification has begun, with a diocesan inquiry in Calcutta.

      The announcement provoked some surprise in Rome, since the Pope had previously indicated that the cause of Mother Teresa would follow the usual pattern. During an interview with reporters on an airplane flight to Brazil in October 1997, just weeks after Mother Teresa's death, he had said that the cause could not begin until the year 2002, under the terms of the apostolic constitution Divinus Perfectionibus Magister, which he himself had promulgated on January 25, 1983.

      On the other hand, when he visited India as the Pope's personal representative at Mother Teresa's funeral, Cardinal Angelo Sodano said that the process toward beatification would probably move quickly. And Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had observed that "there are cases so clear that the ordinary procedure can be rapid." In the case of Mother Teresa, whose life was "so splendid in everyone's eyes," Cardinal Ratzinger said, "a long process will not be necessary."

      When would a beatification be likely? Ordinarily, a diocesan inquiry itself takes at least a year, and the Vatican-- whose Congregation for the Causes of Saints already has a long backlog of pending cases-- ordinarily takes another 10 years or more to investigate the candidate, issue a decree affirming that the individual lived a life of "heroic virtue," and then await the official recognition of a miracle attributed to the candidate's intercession. However, since the cause for Mother Teresa has already been speeded by an unprecedented papal intervention, it may be foolish to apply the ordinary rules to this case.


      BUCHAREST ( - Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile said on Friday that planning for a papal visit later this year was encountering resistance, mainly in the provincial areas.

      "There have been some problems apparently regarding the Pope's desire to visit Cluj and Bacau," Vasile told a meeting of his Christian Democrat Party, one of four in the centrist coalition. "I will see what can be done to settle this." Cluj and Bacau have large Catholic populations in this mainly Orthodox Christian country.

      Orthodox Patriarch Teoctist invited the Holy Father to visit the country earlier last month overcoming certain elements in the Romanian Orthodox Church who opposed a papal visit. Relations between Catholics and Orthodox have been strained since the fall of Communism early in the decade as Catholics demanded the return of properties stripped from the Church and given to the Orthodox by the Communists.

      The Romanian ambassador to the Vatican has said the papal visit will probably take place in May and be confined to the capital Bucharest. Vasile said the Holy Father had wanted to celebrate Masses in Cluj in Transylvania and in Bacau in Moldova.


      VATICAN ( -- In an address to the members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Pope John Paul II has lamented the "indifference" among the faithful, and the fact that many Christians, although there are "active in some manner within their ecclesial communities," still do not accept the doctrinal and moral teachings of the Church.

      The members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity are meeting in Rome this meeting, at the 18th plenary assembly of the body. The members of the Council-- most of them members of the Church hierarchy or founders of lay movements-- are discussing the theme: "The lay faithful, confessors of the faith in today's world."

      Pope John Paul insisted that the laity should bear witness to the faith "in word and in deeds." Although there are many signs of hope in the world, he observed, "unfortunately many Christians, forgetting the responsibilities of their Baptism, live in indifference, or succumb to compromise with the secularized world."

      The Holy Father followed up this thought in his words during his Sunday Angelus. Noticias Eclesias' Church News reported that the Pope affirmed yesterday that "Charity, in its double aspect of love toward God and toward ones brethren, is the synthesis of the spiritual and moral life of the faithful, and finds in God its source and end."

      The Holy Father said to the pilgrims gathered that this virtue, "the greatest of the Christian virtues," has to be lived with special intensity during the time of Lent and through out the whole year in preparation for the Great Jubilee.

      Pointing out "the areas in which the Church, along centuries, has testified, with its word and its works, the love of God," the Pope reminded that "today there are a widespread of situations in which the charity of God should be present through the works of Christians."


      GUATAMALA CITY, 1 (NE) With the participation of 15 countries the XII Catholic International Fair is being held these days in Guatemala. This year's event began February 27th and will continue until the 7th of March. An attendance of over 300.000 people is expected to the fair being organized by the Ministry of Catholic Events. Delegations from the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia, Chile among other countries are attending the event.

      This year's fair counts with different pavilions and exhibitions on religious art, Marian devotion, apostolate, as well as religious bazaars. Also, a room «of social work» has been mounted, offering health aid and food and clothes for free to assist the needed.

      CWN reports that the Guatemala's bishops' conference said in a pastoral letter last weekend that the recently released report on human rights violations during the civil war in Guatemala "should be taken as a occasion for creating conditions for peace and justice in the country.

      In the letter, entitled "Repent and Believe in the Gospel," the bishops said that "the grief of the victims, the violations against human dignity, and the loss of moral conscience in the murderers urge us to find the necessary ways to strengthen human rights, promote a culture of mutual respect, and favor peace and national reconciliation in Guatemala." They added, "This commitment for those who claim to be disciples of Jesus, springs from the faith and hope placed in the power of Christ's resurrection."

      The report on human rights violations, released by an international "Truth Commission" after almost two years of investigations, claimed that 80% of the violations were committed by the Guatemalan Army, while the rest were committed by the Marxist rebels. The report also claims that the CIA and the Cuban government were both involved in the Guatemalan civil war.

      The bishops' letter also encouraged Guatemalans to participate in the upcoming elections which will vote for the confirmation of the peace accords signed between the government and the Marxist rebels which put an end to the 30-year-long civil war.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales. Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.


"He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."

Matthew 23: 11-12


    Today we want to share a special site that you can use all the time. It is the MONKS OF ADORATION Site which features many devotional aids including a unique chapel webcam that you can put on your desktop while you are on the internet. Besides a live Rosary at five p.m. daily eastern time, you can make visit to this virtual web chapel 24 hours a day. It updates every minute and in the afternoon the Monstrance is exposed on the altar for you to spend a few minutes with Our Lord in adoration. We strongly recommend bookmarking this site.

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March 2, 1999 volume 10, no. 42   DAILY CATHOLIC