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WEDNESDAY     November 10, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 213

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Number 24:

Pope Leo XIII

He brought the Church into the turbulent 20th Century, warning the world of the escalating class struggle and the greater struggle ahead in the battle with satan for souls

    Today we bring you the 24th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Pope Leo XIII, the 256th Sovereign Pontiff who reigned from 1978 to 1903. He truly deserves to be higher, but 24th is where he finished in the final tally. We suspect he didn't finish higher because many associate him with the 19th rather than the 20th century. What is fitting is that he is honored today on the feast of his namesake Pope Saint Leo the Great. The parallels between Leo XIII and Pope John Paul II are more than coincidental as you'll see in today's profile. For more, click on POPE LEO XIII

24.    Pope Leo XIII

Schism seaps into Rome during second half of the seventh century

    We continue with our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we feature the Sovereign Pontiffs from the second half of the seventh century covering ten Popes from Pope Saint Eugene I in 654 to Pope Saint Sergius I who died in 701. For Installment twenty-six The Agony and ecstasy of the Church after Pope Gregory the Great - part three: "The Apostolic Line of Peter during the second half of the seventh century" in the BARQUE OF PETER

Installment Twenty-six

The Agony and ecstasy of the Church after Pope Gregory the Great - Part Three

The Apostolic Line of Peter during the second half of the seventh century

Next Wednesday: Installment Twenty-seven: Agony and Ecstasy of the Church after Gregory the Great part four: The Apostolic Line of Peter for the first part of the eighth century

Events Today in Church History

    On this date 450 years ago in 1549 Pope Paul III, 220th in the line of Peter, passed away after a successful fifteen year pontificate. It was Paul, a promoter of the arts, who promoted Michelangelo as honorary architect for life at St. Peter's and who gave papal approbation to the Jesuits and convened the landmark Council of Trent - the 19th Ecumenical Council, opening it in the remote village of Trent in Northern Italy in 1545. 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 November 10:

Console can have more merit than counsel

    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".

"When one is looking for counsel, it is always well to seek out those who themselves have suffered. There is much more wisdom resulting from patient bearing of suffering than there is from books. No sinner is ever consoled by having a moral theology flung at his head. Perhaps the reason why Peter and not John was chosen as the Head of the Church was because he fell and, therefore, understood human weakness."

October 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Do not forget: this is a time of grace; that is why, pray, pray, pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"But Jesus answered and said, 'Were not the ten made clean? But where are the nine? Has no one been found to return and give glory to God except this foreigner?' And He said to him, 'Arise, go thy way, for thy faith has saved thee.'"

Luke 17: 17-19

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November 10, 1999 volume 10, no. 213  DAILY CATHOLIC