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Pope commemorates ten year anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall by arriving in the former iron curtain country of Georgia
His Holiness John Paul II left the tension of India yesterday behind for a warmer reception in Georgia, a former province of the Soviet Union where Mikhail Gorbachev's former aide Eduoard Schevardnadze, now President of the Republic of Georgia welcomed the Holy Father along with the Orthodox Patriarch of Georgia Catholicos Ilia II. It was a meaningful day for the Pope who noted the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which crumbled the iron curtain throughout Russia and Eastern Europe including Georgia. It is his second trip to a predominantly Orthodox country following his historic journey to Rumania earlier this year. For more, click on Georgia on his mind
Holy Father tabs the third millennium as the time for evangelization of Asia with release of his Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Asia
On November 6th the Holy Father officially ended the year-long Asian Synod when he issued his traditional Apostolic Exhortation to signal the close of the Synod. In Ecclesia in Asia the Pope points to the fact that there is much work to do in this oldest of lands where the Faith is sorely lacking in many parts of the most populous lands in the world and the Church's faithful greatly persecuted. He marked the new millennium as the time when the emphasis would be placed on Asia. For more, click on Apostolic Exhortation
Catholic and Lutheran Church leaders earmark education of the meaning of the Doctrine of Justification to breakdown prejudices and misconceptions
Many believe the recent historic concordat signed at Augsburg a little over a week ago will end the Reformation mentality and signal the beginning of the Reconciliation and Reunion phase between Catholics and Lutherans at all levels - the clergy and laity. Meeting in Rome Friday Bishop Walter Kasper, secretary to Cardinal Edward Isdris Cassidy of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Bishop Ismail Noko, secretary general of
the World Lutheran Federation embraced and called for both faiths to educate their flocks as to the meaning and significance of this agreement to give a clear, understandable definition to the Doctrine of Justification so all will comprehend the impact of the agreement and shed the prejudices built up over centuries on both sides. For more, click on Reconciliation between Catholics and Lutherans .
Separate Catholic churches avert terrible tragedies, miraculously no lives are lost
On separate ends of the coast Sunday two Catholic churches avoided the loss of human lives miraculously. In Altamonte Springs, just north of Orlando a concrete roof gave in over a walkway collapsing with some caught underneath. Miraculously no one was killed, though several were hospitalized with bruises and broken limbs. Later that same night, in Stockton, California in the mid-northern part of the state suspicious circumstances pointed to arson and possible sabotage by radical Nazi groups for the swastika and other symbols were scrawled on the walls. Investigators are checking to make sure it did not come from the lit vigil candles in the church. For more, click on church casualties.
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The 24th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
The forty-eighth 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-six 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 10th.
Biography on another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for Wednesday's Feast of Pope Saint Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church and Thursday's Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop.
...and much more in our 213th issue for 1999!
Holy Father releases Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Asia from India to close Asian Synod|
Today, in place of the regular Tuesday editorial Catholic PewPoint, we bring you a special analysis of Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Asia which he released this weekend in New Delhi, India to officially close the Asian Synod of Bishops. In it he calls for a renewed effort of evangelization for Asia, among all the continents, is the most starved for Jesus Christ for the peoples do not know of the Lord and Savior and it is the responsibility of Catholics everywhere, especially in Asia, to "get the word out" so to speak. This special analysis was prepared by Father Bernardo Cervellera, the director of the Vatican's FIDES news agency For the analysis of the Pope's message in Ecclesia in Asia, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
The DAILY WORD
"Therefore, if thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there remembers that thy brother has anything against thee, leave thy gift before the altar and go first to be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Come to terms with thy opponent quickly while thou art with him on the way; lest thy opponent deliver thee to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and thou be cast into prison."|
Matthew 5: 23-25
Appreciation of the Existence of Purgatory
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 look today at that merciful gift from God - Purgatory - where we are able to be cleansed before looking upon the Beatific Vision forever. There have been many misconceptions about this intermediate "stopping off point" between earth and Heaven and we hope to convey what the Church teaches about Purgatory over the next several installments. For the forty-seventh installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date 158 years ago in 1841 Sister Catherine McCauley died. In 1831 she founded the Sisters of Mercy, still the largest English-speaking teaching order of nuns in the world. She was declared venerable by Pope John Paul II in 1990. She was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1778 and in 1818 inherited a fortune and spent it all on helping the poor and impoverished children. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Today is the Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran Basilica in Rome while tomorrow is the Feast of that great papal doctor of the Church, Pope Saint Leo the Great who saved Rome from the Huns in the fifth century. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
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.
Experience is the best lesson
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".
"It is part of our fallen nature to despise the trouble we do not understand. Not having the power to drive into the mystery, it seems to us a shallow thing. When the sufferers complain much, we are inclined to think that they are exaggerating or giving way to cowardly weakness, just as the rich are too often ready to regard the very poor as whining imposters. He who has never felt the pangs of conscience looks with contempt upon the penitent's tears."
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