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THURSDAY     November 11, 1999     SECTION TWO      vol 10, no. 214

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    Today is the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop of the late fourth century. Tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of Saint Josaphat, bishop and religious who was martyred in Russia in the seventeenth century. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, November 11, 1998

Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop

Friday, November 12, 1998

Feast of Saint Josaphat, Bishop, Religious and Martyr

Events that happened this day in Church History

   Today is the 582nd anniversary of the election of Pope Martin V as the 206th successor of Peter. The selection of Cardinal Oddo Colonna also ended the Great Schism by way of the Council of Constance which deposed two antipopes and accepted the resignation of Pope Gregroy XII. His fourteen year pontificate from November 11, 1417 to February 20, 1431 signaled the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy. He opened the "Holy Door" at the Lateran for the first time ever in the second millennium and Pope John Paul II will open the "Holy Door" at St. Peter's for the last time in the second millennium on Christmas Eve this year. 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 11:

Feast of Saint Martin of Tours


The graces of sympathy

    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".

"Suffering may be sent to us because we have been too narrow and selfish in our view of it, and also to prepare us for our work in helping others in trouble. The widow can sympathize with the widow; the poor show most kindness to the poor. The experience of the prostration of a great illness enables a person to understand and help sick people. Sorrow can thus become a talent to be used for the good of others by being invested in sympathy."

Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!

   With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today

    Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant



    VATICAN ( -- The regular Wednesday public audience by Pope John Paul II was cancelled on November 10, in order to allow the Pontiff extra time to recover his energy after his trip to India and Georgia. But the Holy Father did appear on his balcony to greet pilgrims later in the day, disproving new rumors that he was in precarious health.

    Speaking softly, the Pope said that he was grateful to the government authorities in India and Georgia who had made his trip possible, and offered special thanks to the Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II for his "cordiality." He promised a thorough report on his "interesting trip" at his next weekly audience.

    The Pope's quick public appearance appeared to be a response to reports circulated in the Italian press, suggesting that the Holy Father's health had taken a dramatic turn for the worse during his trip November 5- 8. After the Pope was observed to be shivering noticeably for several hours after being briefly exposed to a cold rain in Tbilisi, Georgia, Italian journalists reported that he seemed "tired, weak, and in pain." But Vatican officials-- while acknowledging that the Pope's physical strength is diminishing-- insisted that he remains energetic and intellectually alert, and that the attacks of shivering were a response to fatigue and the sharp change in climate between India and Georgia.


    VATICAN ( -- Following up on the signing of a historic joint document on justification, Catholics and Lutherans will join in the celebration of Vespers in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday, November 13, with Pope John Paul II presiding along with Lutheran primates from Sweden and Finland.

    For the occasion-- with the king and queen of Sweden also on hand-- Pope John Paul will unveil a new statue of St. Brigitte of Sweden, whom he recently proclaimed as co-patron of the European continent. The statue will be placed in an alcove inside St. Peter's Basilica.

    The ecumenical prayer service will be preceded by a seminar in which Catholic and Lutheran scholars will offer their thoughts on the topic: St. Brigitte and the Holy Year. Cardinal Edward Cassidy, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, and Lutheran Archbishop John Vikstrom of Finland will be among the contributors.


    ROME, NOV 9 (ZENIT).- Mother Teresa's beatification process is advancing at great speed, following the opening of the cause, which took place thanks to the Pope's decision to make an exception to the existing norm of waiting at least 5 years before beginning a cause for beatification. At present, a commission of experts is studying four alleged miracles attributed to Mother Teresa's intercession. In addition, the Vice-Postulator of the cause is hearing the testimony of more than 100 persons who knew Mother Teresa, and who are cooperating in the reconstruction of her life.

    "The ten passports that we have found belonging to Mother Teresa serve as a precious guide for the final steps towards her beatification cause," Fr. Biran Qolodiejhuq explained. After India, the countries the founder of the Missionaries of Charity visited most often were the United States and Italy.

    In so far as the miracles are concerned, the priest clarified that the diocesan committee established by the Bishop of Calcutta is receiving reports of miracles from all over the world. In particular, special attention is being given to four cases, which in the first instance appear to be especially convincing, and which will be subjected to examination by medical and scientific commissions. ZE99110810


    WASHINGTON, DC ( - The US House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution on Tuesday calling for an investigation into whether companies are trafficking in baby parts for medical research obtained through abortion.

    The resolution, which passed by a voice vote, referred to recent media reports that abortion clinics and third-party supply companies were selling the remains of aborted unborn children, including "$50 for eyes, $150 for lungs and hearts and $999 for an eight-week brain." The resolution's sponsor, Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, said: "Unfortunately, entrepreneurs appear to have found a profitable niche within the abortion industry and have begun to traffic in the body parts of aborted babies."

    In 1993, Congress lifted a ban on federally funded research using fetal tissue, but made it a felony to purchase or sell that tissue for a profit. Pro-life groups have said that the companies trafficking in these body parts prefer the controversial partial-birth abortion method because it keeps most of the body intact and procures children near full-term.

    The resolution's sponsors said they hope the investigation will be followed by further action by Congress next year.

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November 11, 1999 volume 10, no. 214  DAILY CATHOLIC