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TUESDAY      May 25, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 101

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A long time ago, far far away...the Duel of the Fates!

      With all the hype and emphasis on the new Star Wars "Episode One" we present a special "virtual interview" with Pope John Paul II and George Lucas with middle man Bill Moyers as concepted by ZENIT in a special series that we call "Duel of the Fates" the working title for Episode Two. For today's unique twist on a virtual interview between the media mogul and the Vicar of Christ, click on ECCLESIAL ECHOES.


Tomorrow: The Mystery Man behind the Myth of Star Wars

Pope Julius II finishes what his uncle Pope Sixtus IV began: the Sistine Chapel thanks to the Renaissance master Michelangelo

      The pontificate of Pope Pius III was all too short and upon his death the cardinals turned down anymore Borgia influence by electing a bitter enemy of the Borgia clan - Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere who would become Pope Julius II and become a militant Pope like few others before him, taking the reins to lead his papal troops into battle in retaking the Papal States surrendered during the papacy of Alexander VI. He was so intent on eliminating any vestige of the Borgias that thousands died for the cause. Yet Julius II was also dedicated to building a Holy See in structure that would rival none, commissioning Michelangelo and Raphael to complete the Sistine Chapel and Bramante to begin the ambitious rebuilding of St. Peter's. But, in the same way Saint Francis of Assisi was told to "rebuild My Church," Julius missed the boat or should we say "barque of Peter" and neglected the spiritual needs of the faithful allowing Protestantism to slither into sanctuaries and the inner sanctums of homes across the continent. There was truly a price to pay for this and it would be paid in blood and regret over the next fifty years. For the one-hundred-fourth installment titled Pope Julius II: , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Installment One-Hundred-four

Pope Julius II: the militant Renaissance Pope whose obsession was to bury the Borgias

Next issue: Pope Leo X: no match for the world, the flesh and the devil


      In honor of the feast of Pope Saint Gregory VII we present a special prayer taken from My Daily Prayer published by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood:

O God, the Strength of all who put their trust in Thee, Who didst strengthen Blessed Gregory, Thy Confessor and Pontiff, with the virtue of constancy, that he might defend the liberty of Thy Church, grant us, by his example and intercession, courageously to overcome all that is against us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

SIMPLY SHEEN: God must cleanse the mold in order to fill it

      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".

"Souls are sometimes closest to God when they feel themselves farthest away from Him, at the point of despair. For an empty soul, the Divine can fill; a worried soul, the Infinite can pacify. A self-concerned, proud soul, however, is inaccessible to grace."

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1261 Pope Alexander IV passed on to his Heavenly reward. This Franciscan pontiff is best remembered for canonizing Saint Clare and affirming without a shadow of a doubt that Saint Francis of Assisi was gifted with the stigmata. 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 May 25:

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


"But many who are first now will be last, and many who are last now will be first."

Mark 10: 31

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May 25, 1999 volume 10, no. 101   DAILY CATHOLIC