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

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    Today is the Eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of three saints: Pope Saint Gregory VII, the 157th successor of Peter who was the holy monk Hildebrand and whose Dictatis Papae forever set in stone the universality of the Vicar of Rome; Saint Bede, priest, religious and missionary; and Saint Mary Magdalene de'Pazzi Italian virgin and religious. Tomorrow is the singular feast of Saint Philip Neri, priest and religious founder of the Oratorians and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in Forty Hour Adoration. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Tuesday, May 25, 1999




Wednesday, May 26, 1999


"I solemnly tell the world strife shall daily increase in every nation. Wars will increase and embroil many nations."

    Those words were spoken by the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Message #525 on August 3, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, in which Our Lord laments at how so many neglect prayer and opt for gossip and slander which murders the reputations of those God has placed in our paths to help us. It is the work of His adversary and in these days the evil one is more desperate than ever. Jesus asks us to take refuge in His Sacred Heart and if we seek out physical refuges to be rooted in our spiritual needs not material for these things are fleeting. If we persist, wars and chastisement will increase. He foretold this five years ago and when we look at the world today we can see a fulfillment of all He spoke of. His Blessed Mother follows His words on the same day, beseeching us to heed His words and to realize the urgency of her messages for time is very, very short. But that is not reason for doom or gloom, but rather for great hope to persevere to witness the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart as she promised at Fatima. For Messages #525 and #526, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 525 and 526

Message Five-Hundred-twenty-five, August 3, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred of Jesus)

Message Five-Hundred-twenty-six, August 3, 1994

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

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News and ZENIT International News Agency



Greets Participants in Padre Pio Peace Marathon

VATICAN CITY, MAY 23 (ZENIT).- On the day when a billion Catholics in the world celebrated the feast of Pentecost, John Paul II recalled the meeting organized last year for ecclesial movements, which turned out to be one of the most numerous events in Saint Peter's Square during the twenty years of his entire pontificate.

    In fact, the Pontiff said, "new ecclesial movements and new communities are a real gift of the Spirit to the Church at the end of the century, and one of the new signs stemming from Vatican Council II."

    "Last year's meeting produced extraordinary fruits," the Holy Father said. "Initiatives have multiplied, which nourish the movements' and communities' sense of communion to increase cooperation among them, as well as with local churches and parishes."

    The Pope announced that the Pontifical Council for the Laity has organized a Congress which will focus on the topic, 'Ecclesial Movements and New Communities and the Bishops' Pastoral Care.' The Pope believes that it is precisely from this collaboration between the new entities and the Church's hierarchy that the Christians' "missionary impulse" in "a secularized world," largely depends; it is based on "a radical experience of faith in Christ, an experience which is expressed in prayer, unity and proclamation" of the Good News.

    Before saying farewell to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter's Square on a bright Roman sunlit day, the Holy Father greeted the participants of the marathon "With Padre Pio, on the Paths to the Jubilee," organized by the "Peace Courier" association.

    After greeting the runners from various regions of Italy, as well as the mayors who participated in the marathon, John Paul II said that "Blessed Padre Pio was a real athlete of peace, tempered by prayer and penance, and led by the Holy Spirit. May his example and intercession be a stimulus and relief for all." ZE99052309


Crime Committed Six Years Ago Remains Unresolved

MEXICO CITY, MAY 23 (ZENIT).- May 24 marked the sixth anniversary of the murder of the Archbishop of Guadalajara (Mexico), Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo, which occurred in the airport of that city, when the Cardinal arrived to welcome the apostolic nuncio in Mexico, Archbishop Girolamo Prigione.

    In its latest edition, 'Nuevo Criterio,' a publication of the archdiocese of Mexico, devoted a great deal of space to the petition of millions of Catholics for clarification of the murder.

    The article points out that in the past the Attorney General's Office tried to put an end to the case and close the investigations. But Cardinal Juan Sandoval's tenacity, and Attorney Jorge Madrazo's willingness have made the consideration of evidence which previously was disregarded or rejected possible.

    'Nuevo Critero' disclosed that the parallel investigation carried out by a special commission of the Congress of Jalisco rejected the version of former Attorney Jorge Carpio, which stated that Cardinal Posadas was the victim of an accident, when the car he was traveling in arrived at the airport during a shoot-out between drug traffickers.

    The publication stresses that according to the testimony of witnesses and the first version of experts, the Cardinal did not lose his life in a crossfire but was directly targeted in his car.

    Cardinal Juan Sandoval, the murdered Cardinal's successor, has warned that "there is a risk of rupture" in the Inter-Institutional Commission (which is composed of officials of the Attorney General's Office, the Church, and the Jalisco government), charged with clarifying the death of Cardinal Posadas, to the point that it has been suggested that every person could present "his final report, his version of the facts, and the Mexican people could then judge, even if there is no justice."

    Cardinal Sandoval revealed that the investigation of the crime was trapped in two theses: the official one: a crime due to confusion; and the Church's: a pre-meditated, direct murder. Each of these two versions are strongly defended by different members of the Inter-Institutional Commission, the Archbishop of Guadalajara stated.

    According to the Archbishop of Guadalajara, there is enough data to determine that the murder was premeditated and "direct." But the Attorney General's Office "under no circumstances, abandons the thesis of a crime due to confusion."

    Given the above, the Archbishop believes there will be no surprises in the results given in the report which could be presented tomorrow by the Inter-Institutional Commission, made up of the Assistant Attorney General, Jose Ramos; the Secretary General of the Jalisco government, Fernando Guzman; Bishops Luis Reynoso and Jose Fernandez; and Cardinal Juan Sandoval.

    "There is progress, the course of the investigation is about 90% complete, but there are no conclusions, the evaluation of the case is in the remaining 10%, and this is because each part defends its thesis," the Cardinal said.

    The Cardinal told the newspaper 'El Universo,' that new investigation leads have opened, and material has been recovered, including videos, statements, photographs and documents, which were not known of before, and "were found there, in the basement of the PGR (Dept. of Justice)."

    The Cardinal added that since the Commission in charge of the case was created, 70 new declarations have been added to the investigation, but important testimony still remains to be seen, such as that of former apostolic nuncio Archbishop Prigione, who has expressed his willingness to help solve the case. ZE9905231


BAGHDAD ( - The Catholic Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq, Rafael I Bidawid, said on Friday that Pope John Paul II is set on making a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Abraham this year despite political, logistical, and military hurdles to overcome.

    The patriarch said he expects the United Nations to suspend a ban on direct air travel to Iraq to allow the Holy Father to visit Iraq at an unspecified date later this year. "He told me his dream was to make that trip, to see Abraham's journey repeated, and I think he is determined to do it," said Patriarch Rafael. "He has long called for unity and Abraham is the father of all believers," including Muslims, Christians, and Jews, he said.

    Under current UN sanctions against Iraq -- for its 1990 invasion of its neighbor Kuwait and its efforts to create weapons of mass destruction -- direct air travel to Iraq is forbidden and travelers must fly into Amman, Jordan, and make a grueling 12-hour drive to Baghdad. The Pontiff has been a frequent critic of the sanctions for their deleterious effects on the population of Iraq, especially children. The patriarch also said the US and British militaries should suspend attacks -- which have been occurring almost daily since December -- on Iraqi military facilities in the northern and southern no-fly zones during the papal visit.


MIAMI, 24 (NE) More than one thousand people gathered at San Jose de Las Lajas, a Cuban town located 30 miles from Havana, to receive the "Cross of Reconciliation". The pilgrimage began with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana.

    Early in the morning, people from several bordering towns gathered at the town's square, which was filled with the presence of youth with Christ 's image stamped on their shirts, and by children that carried small crucifixes in their hands. The "Cross of Reconciliation" will remain in San Jose until today morning.

    This cross, three meters high and one meter wide, will travel through 191 different places in the Archdiocese of Havana as part of a preparation program in order to receive the 2000 celebration of the birth of the Savior with converted hearts. Similar pilgrimages are being carried out in the dioceses of Pinar del Rio and CamagŁey.

    To the east in Santo Domingo, in view of recent acts of violence registered in the Dominican Republic, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez requested people to "do all that one is able to in order to prevent this true calamity that we are living".

    Upon presiding the Mass of closure of the V Catholic Fair of Communications in the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop of Santo Domingo affirmed that "we are going to make a silent campaign, that is much more effective than all the screaming. An intense, constant campaign of prayer, so that all those hearts that are volcanoes that aim to kill, may be pacified and depose those attitudes".

    The Cardinal also pointed out the important role that mass media play in promoting a culture of peace. Regarding this he pointed out the necessity of looking at the new millennium with hope, trusting that in mass media there will be people willing to work so that the "promise prevail over the menace, the true communication over alienation". "In that way it will assure a world in which the Church and the media may work together for the common good of humanity", he affirmed.


    Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the Holy Father's visit to the Shroud of Turin. Today we present the site on the Shroud which also includes the talk given by His Holiness on that occasion. The site is THE OFFICIAL SITE FOR THE SHROUD OF TURIN and contains all you wanted to know about the Shroud as well as letters from the Archbishop of Turin and plans for its next exposition during Jubilee 2000.

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