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WEDNESDAY      May 26, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 102

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Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1232, Pope Gregory IX, the pontiff who canonized Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Dominic and Saint Anthony of Padua, dispatches the first Inquisition team to the city of Aragon in Spain, thus instituting the Holy Inquistion for the sake of preserving the faith against opposition and insurrection. 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 26:


      Today is the Feast of Saint Philip Neri, Priest and Religiou Founder of the Oratorians and Forty Hour Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament while tomorrow we commemorate both Weekday in Ordinary Time and the feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop and Missionary. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Bernardine, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, May 26, 1999


Thursday, May 27, 1999


"I solemnly tell you: Be humble and gentle of heart and you shall walk the path of Mercy!"

      Those words come from Our Lord on August 10, 1994 - the feast of Saint Lawrence in which Jesus imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #528 that the eyes of God's souls can be seen in the Font of Divine Mercy. He asks His children to come be with Him in the Blessed Sacrament and clothe ourselves in His Mercy and seek Refuge in His Sacred and Merciful Heart. If we do all He asks, we have no fear of whatever chastisements are to come. His Blessed Mother prefaces her Divine Son's words with Message #527 three days earlier imploring her children to be united and heed her messages that she is imparting on every continent during these trying times as she emphasizes through her Medjugorje Message reference. For Messages #527 and #528, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 527 and 528

Message Five-Hundred-twenty-seven, August 7, 1994

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

Message Five-Hundred-twenty-eight, August 10 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
(Feast of Saint Lawrence, Martyr)

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Catholics request Pontiff visit Moscow and Russia in 2000

      MOSCOW, MAY 25 (ZENIT).- The renewal of the Catholic Church in Russia after long years of Communist oppression gained strength with Sunday's ordination of three new priests. These were the first ordinations in 82 years at Mary, Queen of Apostles Seminary in Saint Petersburg, presently the only seminary in the country. Two more seminarians will be ordained next year,

      In 1991, Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Moscow, Apostolic Administrator of European Russia, had only three priests to serve a territory of four million square kilometers. Because of this, he opened a theological school for laymen to train pastoral agents who would help with the spiritual care of Catholics spread over Russia.

      In the first year of this work, five youths expressed an interest in the priesthood. The need for a seminary on Russian territory soon became evident. It was inaugurated in Moscow on September 1, 1993, with 12 youths who lived in very precarious conditions.

      In 1995 the seminary moved to its present location in St. Petersburg when the authorities returned the top floor of the historic seminary founded in 1877 and closed by Lenin in 1918. The rest of the building has not yet been returned; it is used by a bank and several businesses. Because of this, the library has not been reopened.

      Bishop Bernardo Antonini, rector of the seminary, told the Italian Newspaper "Avvenire" that the new vocations come from both atheist and Orthodox families. Very few are cradle Catholics. Some of them served in the war in Afghanistan. Others attended universities and took courses in scientific atheism.

      "Many are the heirs of the climate of terror, where silence was the rule of life. In order to survive, one could not express one's thoughts, not even to one's family, because even in the family there could be secret agents of the KGB."

      As a followup at the Vatican on Tuesday morning, John Paul II received Youri Mikhailovic Luzhkov, the mayor of Moscow, and his wife in private audience. In the meeting, there was a "useful personal exchange of information to achieve greater cooperation in the material and spiritual progress of the city of Moscow," according to the Vatican Press Office.

      At the end of his visit with the Holy Father, Luzhov met with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State.

      On the eve of John Paul II's visit to Rumania, from May 7-9, a group of Moscow Catholics (in total they number more than 30,000) wrote to Mayor Luzhkov, President Boris Yeltsin and Orthodox Patriarch Alexey II requesting they do everything possible so that the Holy Father can visit the Russian capital.

      In another letter, addressed directly to the Pontiff, the Moscow Council of the Laity invited the Pope "on behalf of all the Catholics of Russia" to visit the country. "God willing, we sincerely believe your visit to Russia is possible and we ardently pray it will take place."

      Mikhail Gorbachov invited John Paul II to visit Russia years ago, and during the February 1998 meeting between Yeltsin and the Pope, the Russian president renewed the invitation. The principal obstacle to a visit has been the Russian Patriarchate which, on several occasions, has complained about the expansion of Catholicism in Russia after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

      John Paul II's recent trip to Rumania began a new phase of dialogue with the Orthodox which, as the Holy See spokesman said, at the end of that historic visit, "has opened wide the doors of Moscow to the Pope."

      The Moscow lay Catholics invited the Pope to visit the "third Rome" during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. Igor Baranov, one of the 15 members of the Council promoting the initiative and the editor of the Catholic weekly "Swiet Evangelij" (Light of the Gospel), revealed that Moscow's mayor is very enthusiastic about the idea. He is "very interested in the possibility of a great historic event," during that year.

      Luzhov, "the little Tsar," who has changed the face of the Russian capital, is very popular among Muscovites. He has good relations with Yeltsin, criticizes reformers and is not at all sympathetic with the communists. He recently founded the party, "Fatherland," which will support him in his bid for the Kremlin, although to date he has not admitted this publicly. He has a penchant for important political-cultural celebrations, like the one held in the autumn of 1997, on the 850th anniversary of Moscow. ZE99052503 and ZE99052505


      LONDON ( - Cardinal Basil Hume of London, primate of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, was appointed on Tuesday by Queen Elizabeth to the prestigious Order of Merit.

      The order was founded in 1902 and is limited in membership to the king or queen and 24 others, appointed by the sovereign. "I would like to think that it is a recognition of the part played by her majesty's loyal Catholic subjects -- laity, clergy and bishops -- in the life of the nation," said Cardinal Hume, 76, who recently announced that he is in the advanced stages of cancer.


      WARSAW ( - The senior papal spokesman said on Tuesday that Pope John Paul II had asked for the rigorous schedule for his upcoming visit to Poland that takes him to 20 cities in 13 days -- June 5-17 -- in order to complete his tour of the country's 40 dioceses.

      Spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the Holy Father would stress unity and reconciliation among Christians during his trip while also celebrating the advent of the new millennium. Navarro-Valls said the journey would also summarize the Pope's whole pontificate "because of the very many dimensions it has."

      "The ecumenical dimension will be present, the national reconciliation and unity will be present and religious themes will be present," he said. "The trip and the meetings will cross beyond Poland's geographic dimension." The pilgrimage will be the Holy Father's eighth and longest to his homeland, and Navarro-Valls said the Pontiff had insisted on the lengthy and grueling visit despite his age and infirmities.


      WASHINGTON D.C., 25 (NE) The recent killings in Littleton, Colorado, underscore the urgency of addressing societal issues, including violence, that affect youth, the Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Subcommittee on Youth said recently. As the Office of Communications of the United States Bishop's Conference informed this week, the American bishops are trying to make a greater effort to reach out to young people.

      This work is to be partly done through the U.S. Bishops' Communities for Youth. This initiative, which was formally established last November to help youth across the nation, has had positive results as part of a pilot program in three American dioceses: Miami, Kansas City-St. Joseph and Phoenix.

      One of the priorities of this work is the integral help to young people, taking care of their health, their good personal relationships, and the development of their skills, helping youth acquire the values that oppose the culture of death and violence impregnated in society.

      For example, as part of the program, the Archdiocese of Miami is aiming to provide at least two new sites for after-school mentoring, tutoring, and opportunities in athletics, music and art, the Office of Communications informed. It is expected that these type of programs will help to prevent violence among youth.

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    To commemorate the occasion of the Holy Father releasing his letter for Mission Sunday in October with the theme that Missions help people to be and do more for God, we present a site dedicated to preaching the truths of the Gospel. The site is appropriately called GOSPEL TRUTH and maintained by John Zamboni in fulfillment of what Jesus asks in Mark 16: 15, "Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature."

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