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Christian churches close en masse for two days to protest mosque proposal
To protest the construction of a mosque immediately next to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, churches throughout the Holy Land closed their doors as promised Monday for two days. The whole controversy comes over a parcel of land that Christians wanted to convert into a plaza to accommodate the throng of pilgrims expected to flock to this famous landmark during the Jubilee Year. They accuse the Muslims of purposely concocting the construction immediacy to spite the Christians. The dispute also threatens to curtail plans for the Holy Father to include Nazareth on his historic "Jubilee Journey" the latter part of March next year. It would be a shame and only fuel further resentment if he had to bypass this most important leg of the journey. For more, click on Holy Land closings
Holy Father continues stern, fatherly tone with third wave of German Bishops during ad limina visits to Rome
Pope John Paul II laid down the law in a no-holds-barred address to the German bishops in bringing the German Church into line with Rome regardless of the dissidence fomenting that country which has permeated into the bishops' sees. He also reiterated the necessity to look for alternatives to the German Counseling Centers so that the Sanctity of Life can be upheld and mothers-to-be will be provided for. He left no room for compromise. For more, click on Pope lays down the law
Bishop being assaulted by "an avalanche of lies in a desert of facts" in Rwanda genocide trial, while many slaughtered at church in Sri Lanka
A concentrated campaign to denigrate and implicate the Church in the genocide in Rwanda has thrown a new twist into the whole mess in Rwanda and brings into question the motives of those who have accused Bishop Augustin Misago of genocide in what is clearly to all but the Rwandan government, a frame job. Rome has protested vehemently over the treatment and false accusations and wants the bishop released immediately. For more, click on Rwanda cover-up campaign .
Could there be a thaw in the cool relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and Rome?
News that Vatican representatives will travel to Moscow this week to meet with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church revives hopes that possibly some day the Patriarch will invite the Holy Father to visit Moscow. Heading the Holy See delegation is Cardinal Edward Isdris Cassidy For more, click on Will there be a thaw.
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Special Issue for
The 14th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
The fifty-ninth installment in our new feature on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Installment twenty-eight in our on-going series THE 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 24th through the 28th.
Biography on another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for Wednesday through Sunday including the final days of Ordinary Time and the First Sunday of Advent and a new liturgical year.
...and much more in our Special Thanksgiving/Advent issue!
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Today is the Thirty-fourth and final Wednesday in Ordinary Time plus the triple feast of Pope Saint Clement, Martyr; Saint Columban, Abbot and Missionary; and Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, a 20th century martyred priest of Mexico who was the 67th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY in September. Tomorrow we commemorate the martyrdom of the Vietnamese priest Saint Andrew Dung-Luc and his companion martyrs of Vietnam. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"Take care not to be led astray. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and, 'The time is at hand.' Do not, therefore, go after them. But when you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; these things must first come to pass, but the end will not be at once."|
Luke 21: 8-9
Appreciation of the Last Judgment
"We believe...in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting"
(7th and 12th Articles of the Apostles' Creed).
Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We complete today a short two-parter on the Last or General Judgment when the Almighty Judge Jesus Christ will mete out His Mercy and Justice for the final time and our bodies will be reunited with our souls either in Heavenly bliss or eternal damnation. The choice of where we spend eternity is totally up to us. For the fifty-eighth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date 299 years ago Cardinal Francisco Albani was chosen to succeed Pope Innocent XII as the 243rd successor of Peter. He chose the name Pope Clement XI and ruled for 21 years, ushering in the Jubilee Year 1700 in a mild manner compared to how Pope John Paul II will usher in Jubilee Year 2000. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today in our series Where is Holy Mother Church heading as we near the millennium?
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?
Retroactive articles on Church history from 33 to 1515 A.D. for review
To allow all readers to catch up on our popular on-going series, we present a review of the period from the time of Christ when He founded the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 1 through 106. Until we are back to full strength we will continue the archives, giving readers the opportunity to catch up To read any of the 105 installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Give in order to receive
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".
"Since every increase in quantity among the things we love brings a decrease in the quality of love, there are two ways by which we may hope to keep pure love. One is to give away in proportion as we receive; this habit reminds us that we are merely trustees of God's riches, not their rightful owners. Yet few people risk doing this: they are afraid to touch their 'capital,' and every cent they add to it becomes part of the sacred pile which must not be disturbed. They become identified with what they love; if it is wealth, they cannot bear to part with any portion of its accumulated burden."
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