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MONDAY      May 24, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 100

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Preliminary Rankings of the Century's Top 50 Catholics to date

      Today we reveal the rankings for the Top 50 Catholics to date and list 110 others on the ballot, providing you still time to vote for the person or persons you feel were the most influential Catholics in this century. We have had over 10,000 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 we will keep you abreast periodically of the standings as we draw nearer to featuring the countdown. For the list of nominated candidates and standings to date, click on TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

TOP 50 in ranking as of May 22
(over 10,000 votes cast to date)


Message to the Americas:
The Path to Communion is the road to unity if led by loyal priests

      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 twelfth installment on Chapter Four: The Path to Communion - The priesthood as a sign of unity, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America

Installment Thirteen of ECCLESIA IN AMERICA: CHAPTER FOUR: THE PATH TO COMMUNION

The priesthood as a sign of unity


A lifetime diplomat and curia member, Cardinal Antonio Innocenti is now retired after a half century of service to his Church

      Our fifty-seventh red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 84 year-old year-old Italian-born Cardinal Antonio Innocenti former head of various Pontifical Congregations and Commissions. He was elevated to the cardinalate on May 25, 1985 during the third Consistory held by Pope John Paul II and was transfered to cardinal priest on January 29, 1996. For more on Cardinal Innocenti, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

57.   Cardinal Antonio Innocenti


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

      Because of the proximity of Pentecost Sunday, we present a special prayer to the Holy Spirit from the Treasury of Novenas:

Grant, we beg of You, Almighty God, that we may so please Your Holy Spirit by our earnest prayers, that we may, by His grace, be freed from all temptations and merit to receive the forgiveness of sins. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


SIMPLY SHEEN: Maybe the good ol' days weren't

      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".

"Although a great deal of nonsense has been written about the interior life of men in our day, it is still true that the twentieth century is closer to God than the nineteenth century was. We are living on the eve of one of the great spiritual revivlas of human history."


"Your remembrance of Me is no longer a commitment of all your being, but lukewarm words are swords which pierce and tear at My most tender Sacred and Merciful Heart, the very Font of Divine Mercy."

      Those powerful words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguouri on August 1, 1994 in which He pulls no punches as to the malaise of the world and why the Father's Justice is inevitable. But there is still time if we return to Him as repentant prodigal sons and daughters and heed all His Blessed Mother has imparted for it is Christ Who sent her to help us. It the previous Message #524 Our Lady addresses this and urges all to return to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist and to be obedient to her Divine Son's Vicar on earth - her beloved Pope John Paul II who has dedicated his pontificate to Mary. For Messages #523 and #524 from the Blessed Virgin and her Divine Son, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 523 and 524

Message Five-Hundred-twenty-three, July 28, 1994

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

Message Five-Hundred-twenty-four, August 1, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguouri)


April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Little children, be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By fasting and prayer, witness that you are mine and that you live my messages. Pray and seek! I am praying and interceding for you before God that you convert; that your life and behavior always be Christian. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

THE DAILY WORD

"One thing is lacking to thee; go, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven: and come, follow Me."

Mark 10: 17-27


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