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THURSDAY     November 4, 1999     SECTION TWO      vol 10, no. 209

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Appreciation of the Church's constant vigilance against Heresy and Schism in the second millennium

    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 conclude our two part feature on the Church's vigilance against Heresy and Schism, assuring all of Christ's promise that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16: 18). For the forty-fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part two


   Today is the Feast of the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo while tomorrow we commemorate the Thirty-first Friday in Ordinary Time and FIRST FRIDAY For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on this saint, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, November 4, 1998

Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

Friday, November 5, 1998

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 ( -- At his weekly public audience for November 3, Pope John Paul II repeated and reinforced his call for a reduction in the burden of international debt.

    "In the globalized economy, the problem of debt requires real solidarity, if we are not to arrive at a general catastrophe," the Holy Father said to the 12,000 people who had gathered for his weekly appearance in St. Peter's Square.

    In his talk-- a continuation of his series on the Jubilee-- the Pontiff said that the Christian understanding of the Jubilee should lead lenders to recognize the value of forgiving loans, and that concerted action to reduce debt should be seen in the context of "the common good and the universal destination the goods of the earth."

    The "fundamental principles of ethics" should also help creditors to understand that borrowers "should not be put under unbearable pressure" by the loans, the Pope continued. And since an economic collapse on the indebted nations would in turn put new burdens on the lenders, the Pope explained that "an important reduction-- if not total erasure-- of international debt" is now an economic as well as moral requirement; the alternative is "general catastrophe."

    The Jubilee, the Pope concluded, affords an ideal occasion for the remission of debts. Such a move, he said, would signal "a new way of looking at wealth in service to the common good."


    ROME ( - The Soviet Union's spy agency planned to kill Pope John Paul II and destabilize the Catholic Church, according to reports in Italian newspapers on Wednesday.

    The revelations come from a set of Czech documents sent to Italy's secret services and obtained by news media. A spokesman for a parliamentary committee that has seen the documents said the quotes in the newspapers sounded accurate.

    One of the quotes from the documents said: "There has been noted KGB activity to discredit the Catholic Church and the figure of the Pope with disinformation and provocation, not excluding his physical elimination." Pope John Paul II was instrumental in the overthrow of Communism in Poland during the 1980s, considered by many observers as the crack in the wall that led to the fall of Communism throughout Eastern Europe.

    The Czech documents also said the KGB had planted surveillance equipment in a statue in one of the rooms of the late Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, the former secretary of state.


    CALCUTTA, NOV 2 (ZENIT).- Is it necessary to carry out a diocesan process as a first step in a person's beatification? This is the issue being debated in India, occasioned by the endeavor to raise Mother Teresa of Calcutta to the glory of the altars.

    In face of the enthusiasm inspired by the figure of this deceased religious of Albanian origin, Jesuit Fr. Gaston Roberge, 64, director of the Communications Department of the St. Francis Xavier School in Calcutta, said he thinks "it is not necessary to initiate a diocesan process to proclaim a person a saint. It is the exercise of an absolute power of the Church. When we discover a person who is worthy of imitation, a communication from the Pope and the Bishops to the faithful would be sufficient."

    But, according to VID, the information service of the world's religious communities, Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity, postulator of Mother Teresa's cause, says that such procedures are necessary, because they allow "a morally certain judgment on the sanctity" of the person.

    For his part, Salesian Fr. Joseph Aymanathil has stated that a cause of canonization "is not an exercise of power." In fact, beginning from the diocesan level avoids imposition from the top. Thus, "the ecclesial authorities respond to a petition that comes from the Christian communities."

    Sister Nirmala Joshi, Mother Teresa's successor in the leadership of the Missionaries of Charity, did not wish to comment on this issue. ZE99110210


    VATICAN ( -- In a telegram addressed to the papal nuncio in India, Pope John Paul II has expressed his "profound sadness" at the news of a devastating storm in the eastern state of Orissa.

    The Pope's telegram-- signed in the Pontiff's name by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State-- assured the affected families of his prayers, and called for international help for the victims. An estimated 10,000 people have been killed by the storm, and as many as 1 million left homeless.

    To show their concern, the Catholic Church in India on Tuesday announced the cancellation of a dinner for the 200 bishops converging on New Delhi for the papal visit this week and has decided to contribute the money saved as a symbolic gesture to cyclone relief aid in eastern Orissa state.

    Conservative estimates put the death toll at 5,000 from the devastating cyclone that last week ravaged the coastal districts of Orissa on the Bay of Bengal, rendering millions homeless and without water, food, communication links, and electricity. This has forced the relief workers, led by the Indian army, to air drop food packets to marooned people.

    Besides appealing to international church charities to rush aid to boost the Church's relief work, Caritas India along with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Catholic Health Association of India have pooled their resources and launched massive relief work through the social action network of the Balasore and Cuttak-Bubhaneshwar dioceses in the region.

    Father Ivan Joseph, executive director Caritas India, said on Wednesday that Caritas India has already rushed assistance worth 15 million rupees (US$360,000) including blankets, medicines, and food items to the ravaged state. In addition, dozens of doctors from Catholic hospitals have also been dispatched for relief work.

    The Orissa government has even formally asked for Church help to dispose of decaying bodies scattered throughout the cyclone-hit region. Christian institutions in the state have been closed and even seminarians are being pressed into service to dispose of decaying bodies of both humans and animals, Father Joseph said.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and the features, dossiers and Daily Dispatches at ZENIT International News Agency. CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

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

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

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