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TUESDAY      March 9, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 47

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Events Today in Church History

      Today is the anniversary of two young saints, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga a Jesuit seminarian who was born on this date in 1568 and Saint Dominic Savio, a protege of Saint John Bosco who died some three centuries later on this date at only 15 years-old. They say the young die young and with these two saints, that was true but their ideals and what they left will never die. For other pertinent events that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 9:

"I solemnly tell you that you must know and live your faith."

      This is what the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds all her children in Message #426 in late October of 1993. Our Lady entreats all her little ones to return to her Divine Son Jesus and form Eucharistic refuges - in communities, in parishes, in homes where God is first and foremost. She prefaces this in her 425th Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart two days earlier by imploring all to rely on her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit and immerse ourselves in the truths of Sacred Scripture so that we will truly discern what is to come and can prepare spiritually as God deigns. For Message #425 and #426, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 425 and 426

Message Four Hundred-twenty-five, October 25, 1993

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

Message Four Hundred-twenty-six, October 27, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)

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      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II presided at the beatification of ten people on Sunday, March 7.

      Those beatified included eight martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Blessed Vincent Soler and his 7 companions-- all Augustinian monks-- died in Motril, near Grenada, in 1936, along with Blessed Manuel Martin Sierra, a diocesan priest. Pope John Paul II referred to them as "simple men of peace, far removed from all political debate, who had worked for the faith in missionary territories-- in the Philippines, Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela- - and who were engaged in social and educational work in Spain." He asked their intercession for "those who work for reconciliation in the world of today."

      The Pope also pronounced the beatification of Nicolas Barre, a French monk of the 17th century and founder of Parisian schools which now serve thousands of young people. Some 7,000 students from those schools were present at the beatification ceremony, to hear the Pope praise Blessed Nicolas Barre as a model educator, who worked at a time when many people lived in "religious ignorance," and who fought valiantly against the corrupting tendencies of secular thought in his day.

      Blessed Anna Schaffer, a Bavarian lay woman born in 1882, suffered crippling injuries in an accident that occurred when she was 19. Confined to her bed for most of her remaining years, she entered into an intense life of mystical prayers, identifying her own suffering with that of Jesus on the Cross. Her fame spread along with reports that she had been marked with the stigmata: the wounds of the Passion. Soon after her death in 1925, her tomb became a popular site for pilgrimages.

      As Pope John Paul presided at the beatification ceremonies, the concelebrants included Cardinals Jean-Marie Lustiger of Paris and Friedrich Wetter of Munich, as well as Archbishop Antonio Canizares Llovera of Grenada.

      Pope John Paul has now presided at 819 beatifications, in 114 separate ceremonies, of which 47 have taken place at the Vatican. He has also led 35 canonization ceremonies, proclaiming a total of 280 new saints.


      WASHINGTON, DC ( - Cardinal John O'Connor of New York called on Catholics to place life issues in the forefront of social issues in a speech at Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law.

      The cardinal opened a national conference on the culture of life by stressing the importance of the Gospel of Life over other issues. "This is a demon .... This has to be diabolic, what's happening in our country, the culture of death," he said. He also said he accepted the epithets which opponents hurl at him. "Call me a right-wing fundamentalist. Call me a religious nut. This changes nothing. To claim the right to kill the innocent is to claim the right to be God," the cardinal said.

      Cardinal O'Connor urged pro-lifers to persevere -- "despite legal setbacks" -- in their struggle against the culture of death by promoting "nonviolence, adoptions, and street marches while denouncing attacks on abortionists."

      Church News from Noticias Eclesias also reported that the Archbishop of New York said that "in our society, law has become the great teacher. What we do as gods is change our laws to fit our determination of good and evil".


      VATICAN CITY, 8 (NE) University students from diverse places of the world participated, with live connections from Buenos Aires, New York, Czestochowa and Santiago of Compostela, of the Rosary presided by Pope John Paul II last Saturday. Upon concluding the Marian prayer, the Holy Father commenced the pilgrimage of the cross of the World Youth Days through different academic centers in Rome.

      "On this afternoon I am proud to present to you the beginning of the pilgrimage of the university youth Cross", the Pope said, greeting in different languages the youth of diverse parts of the world "connected with us through Vatican Radio".

      In his message, the Holy Father summoned the gift of reconciliation in favor of university youth. "We have meditated on the mystery of God our Father, of whom Mary is the first witness, and we have summoned for the university students of the whole world the gift of reconciliation and of mercy", he said. He also asked youth to "recognize in the cross the most eloquent sign of the mercy of the Lord, capable of provoking in every academic community a renovated impulse toward He who is the foundation and certainty of every itinerary of intellectual search".


      JAKARTA ( - A mainly Muslim mob attacked an ethnic Chinese neighborhood in West Java on Sunday in anger over reports that Catholic services were being held there.

      The riot broke out in Bandung, the West Java capital, when about 500 people started attacking homes and a shop in the Chinese neighborhood. Witnesses said the mob was angry over the use of the residential complex as a place of Christian worship.

      Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world, while most of the small, ethnic Chinese minority is Catholic. Religious and ethnic tensions in Indonesia have exploded in recent months with more than 200 people killed in the Spice Islands city of Ambon since December. At least four people were killed and 11 severely wounded in new clashes in Ambon, where there is a large Catholic population, on Monday. On Sunday, more than 100,000 Muslims marched through Jakarta to protest the military's failure to stop the Ambon violence and promising a holy war.

      From Christchurch, New Zealand, Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili, East Timor said on Monday he completely supported the call by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for an international presence in his country. He said he also shared her concerns regarding the arming by the Indonesian military of pro-Indonesia East Timorese.

      "The future prosperity of East Timor depends so much on a peaceful resolution to this conflict," the bishop said. "It is vital that all sides surrender their guns so that we can begin the process of dialogue." Bishop Belo, who was at the end of a three-week visit to Australia and New Zealand, said he was very encouraged by offers of support he had received from both the Australian and New Zealand governments.

      "It is reassuring to hear that the governments of New Zealand, Australia, and the United States have given their support to an international presence in East Timor," he said. "We must do everything we can to avoid further bloodshed."

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      This comes up today in light of the Holy Father beatifying ten more persons on Sunday. The word beatification comes from the Latin beatificatio meaning the "state of being blessed" and the root beatus which means "happy." It is the second and next-to-last step in the process of canonization. It signals that the faithful can now venerate this person because of his or her new status and be positive that person is in Heaven as covered in Canon Law, Article 1187. Beatification ceremonies consist of the Pope reading a decree of beatification for the person and unveiling their picture above the Chair of Peter at the Vatican while the choir sings the Te Deum. The process is no less than a one-year period where the Congregation for the Causes of Saints appoints committees and persons to examine the life, virtues, writings, relationships and aura of holiness of the person being scrutinized. Once it is determined without a shadow of doubt that the person is worthy of being called "blessed" the door is opened for that person's beatification. However there is still another step to go before the beatified person is recognized by the universal Church and that is sainthood through canonization in which the scrutiny is much stiffer and the time of examination usually quite lengthy. At least two confirmed supernatural miracles attributed to the intercession of that candidate are necessary for being elected to sainthood. In the matter of martyrdom this is not always necessary. For a detailed history on the beatification and canonization process, we refer you to the excellent reference of the Catholic Encyclopediae at New Advent Catholic Supersite (sources: Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Doubleday; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).


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