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November 24-28, 1999
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November 24-28, 1999   WEDNESDAY through SUNDAY   vol. 10, no. 223-225
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The Week in Church History

Liturgy for the Weekend


Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
The Pope's personal architect of an orthodox blueprint that will solidify the foundations of the Church well into the new millennium
Cardinal Joseph RatzingerPrefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith    This weekend we bring you the 14th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the long-standing Prefect of the key Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This 72 year-old prelate has been with the Holy Father longer than any other Curial head and his longevity and like-mindedness has brought stability to the Holy See emanating to four corners of the earth. For more on the 14th selection, click on CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER
The Gospa's message for NovemberNovember 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. In this time of grace, may the cross be a sign-post of love and unity for you through which true peace comes. That is why, little children, pray especially at this time that little Jesus, the Creator of peace, may be born in your hearts. Only through prayer will you become my apostles of peace in this world without peace. That is why, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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Pope sends message with Cardinal Cassidy to Russian Orthodox Patriarch seeking unity between East and West
     In an effort to open communication with the Russian Orthodox Church, the Holy Father sent a papal message to the Patriarch of Moscow hand-carried there by Cardinal Edward Isdris Cassidy, prefect of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The cardinal heads a Vatican delegation in Russia for an international conference of religious leaders. For more, click on Seeking to heal the rift

German bishops toe the line, declare they will abandon controversial abortion certificates on orders from Rome
    The results of John Paul II's stern talks last weekend paid dividends Tuesday when the German Episcopal Conference announced they will no longer issue the controversial abortion certificates at the consultation centers for pregnant women in Germany. They will phase out their participation in 2000 and introduce a new program for pregnant women that will uphold the Sanctity of Life. No word on the repercussions from the German government, but the bishops have said it is a fait accomplis and there's no turning back. They are committed to obeying the Holy Father's mandate. For more, click on German bishops comply.

Bishop Joseph Galante to replace the retiring Bishop Charles Grahmann in Dallas
Retiring Bishop Charles Grahmann     With the pending retirement in the Diocese of Dallas of Bishop Charles V. Grahmann, the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Joseph Galante of the Beaumont Diocese as Coadjutor Bishop of Dallas. Bishop Galante comes from the same roots as Cardinal John O'Connor - Philadelphia and should bring an orthodox approach and a special affinity for religious life to the troubled Dallas see that has been under seige by the media spotlight over the Rudy Kos scandal. Bishop Galante was assistant Vicar and then Vicar for Religious in Philadelphia for 15 years from 1972 to 1987. He served in Rome as Undersecretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life from 1987 to December 11, 1992 when he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio. He had been Bishop of Beaumont, Texas since 1994. For more, click on New Bishop for Big "D".

Pope adds former Soviet Republic of Kazakstan to busy Jubilee itinerary
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    First the Ukraine, then Romania, then Georgia. Now word has come down that the president of Kazakstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has extended an invitation to the Holy Father to visit his country in 2000 and has also confirmed that the Pope has accepted. No dates as yet, but one thing is for sure: Next year will be a busy year for the Pope. For more, click on Pope heading for Kazakstan in 2000.

East Timorese refugees may finally return to their homeland
   Some 200,000 homeless East Timorese who were forced to flee their land during the terrible slaughter of hundreds of thousands in April and May this year will be allowed to return and rebuild in an agreement between Indonesia and the UN. For more, click on Return to East Timor

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Weekend Events in Church History
    There are a plethora of events that occurred in Church History over these five days. For these events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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Forget the turkey, our symbol of Thanksgiving should be the Holy Eucharist!
    In this weekend's editorial, we trace the true meaning of Thanksgiving and it dates well before the pilgrims, all the way back to the Last Supper! We also ask why we can't celebrate the advent of the new millennium by spending the evening with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Surely there are enough out there to watch one hour with Him. For the commentary, The real reason for Thanksgiving! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Getting to the heart of why we give thanks
A happy heart
   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto takes a respite from her continuing story of "Kathy's Rosary Story" to focus on the blessings of Thanksgiving. She reminds us that we should be grateful to God for whatever He has chosen to bestow on us. No matter our lot in life, gratitude begets gratitude and we should express that gratitude whether it is in suffering for Him to merit graces for ourselves and others, or missions He has charged us with. Sister shows how this gratitude is synonymous with happiness - happiness of the heart For her column this weekend, A happy heart is a grateful heart, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

First Sunday of Advent HEIGHT=   This weekend we celebrate on Wednesday the Feast of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his martyred companions of Vietnam, with Thursday's special Thanksgiving Mass in the US and Ordinary Time everywhere else for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, shared with the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday to finish off the Liturgical Year. We begin the new year with the First Sunday of Advent. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on THANKSGIVING WEEKEND LITURGY

Cardinal Jamie Sin - photo from Inside the VaticanFor 25 years Cardinal Jamie L. Sin has brought stability, longevity and orthodoxy to the Philippines as Archbishop of Manila
The Philippines     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our 127th red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 71 year-old Archbishop of Manila who was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI during the Consistory of May 24, 1976. For more on Cardinal Jamie L. Sin, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Who wants to be a millionaire when you can have it all through the vow of poverty?
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
   They say a picture is worth 1000 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".

"The second way of preserving ourselves from an unseemly greed is the heroic way...the way of complete detachment from wealth, as practiced by St. Francis of Assisi and all those who take the vows of poverty. There is a paradox in such a renunciation, for the man who has given up even the hope of 'security' is the richest man in the world; he is the most secure of all of us, for he wants nothing...and that is a boast no millionaire can make."

If we are thankful, we have no need of pride. Let us give thanks for the
Pat Ludwa's View from the Pew     In his column today, Pat Ludwa questions all the rhetoric of "pride" that permeates our culture and masquerades the fact that if we are proud, then we are left to our own miserable selves. But if we are humble, and credit all that we have and are to God, then we are truly giving back to our Creator all that He has given us and we gain so much more. As Pat wisely puts it, "If we have pride, we have no reason to be thankful. If we are thankful, we have no need of pride." For Pat's column Pride or Thanksgiving?, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

Appreciation of avoiding the torments of hell
       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. While no one appreciates hell, we should appreciate the knowledge in order to avoid the everlasting fires of damnation. For the fifty-ninth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

The Popes deal with IconoclasmFive Vicars of Christ guide the Church through the second half of the eighth century ushering in the the Holy Roman Empire
    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 five Sovereign Pontiffs during second half of the eighth century that included the 7th Ecumenical Council which condemned Iconoclasm and Pope Saint Leo III who crowned Charlemagne and ushered in the Holy Roman Empire. For Installment twenty-eight The Agony and ecstasy of the Church after Pope Gregory the Great - part five: "The Apostolic Line of Peter during the second half of the eighth century" in the BARQUE OF PETER

"The World is Not Enough" is enough to Bond and top the headless horsemen
Top Ten Films
for the third week of November

World is Not Enough's star Pierce Brosnan as James Bond     Ichabod Crane tried but his vehicle "Sleepy Hollow" couldn't master the media blitz of the 19th James Bond flick, the longest running sequel with the latest shoot-em up, "The World is Not Enough". It could be the last hurrah for most on the top ten list with a rash of movies ready for release this weekend including Arnold Schwarzenneger's supernatural thriller "End of Days" and "Toy Story 2". As for the Top Ten reviews for the third week of November prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS

1999 is dedicated to God the Father

counting, hoping and praying...
Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the First Sunday of Advent:
"Watch, therefore, for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or early in the morning; lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all, 'Watch.'"
Mark 13: 35-37
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