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Holy Father will beatify Fatima seers at Fatima on Feast of Fatima in May
The Vatican announced that the Holy Father will add Fatima to his Papal Intinerary in 2000 and that he will go in May to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to beatify Fatima seers Francisco and his sister Jacinto Sarto who both died of illnesses shortly after the apparitions ceased. Only Sister Lucia is still alive and is expected to be invited to this august occasion that will take place at Fatima during his two day stay in Portugal. The two Sarto children will be the youngest non-martyrs ever to be beatified. For more, click on Fatima on Pope's itinerary
Controversy swirls over whether Israel will backtrack on mosque offer as Vatican continues to question decision
The government of Israel has backed themselves into a corner and now they're doing the two-step trying to rationalize the decision to grant a mosque immediately next to the Church of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. As more facts filter out, we discover that it was not only an ill-advised move but greatly criticized within Ehud Barak's own cabinet. Now if they would just set Aharon Lopez, ambassador to the Vatican, straight so he won't trip over his words that the Holy See is picking apart. For more, also see our editorial today to the right. For more, click on Israel is caught in a pickle
Holy Father Y2K ready with expose of millenarianist fears in soothing flock to not worry
The Holy Father took on the millenarianists on the First Sunday of Advent, also addressing Y2K which has been on the world's mind and assured all we have nothing to worry about if we are prepared in our hearts and the Advent of the Great Jubilee provides the perfect preparation spiritually for all of us. He exposed as error the millennium heresy that Christ will reign for 1000 years and pointed out that Y2K is the brainchild of new ageism that tries to mix metaphors and theology into a metaphysical mix of fear mongering that has alarmed the world unduly. Computer-wise he assured all the Vatican is prepared...is definitely "Y2K ready!" For more, click on Holy Father on Y2K and the millennium .
Martyrdom, Mayhem, and Madness mark weekend around the world
While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving weekend, mourners in East Timor and the Congo were burying their dead, in Sri Lanka Catholic officials were scrambling to take care of 10,000 refugees, and in London a madman ran au naturel into a Catholic church, wielding a sword and interrupting the Mass just before the Gospel wounding eleven in the congregation before being apprehended. In East Timor the body of three priests were uncovered. They had been killed in September by pro-Indonesian militants during the month-long seige that laid waste to this Catholic country on the far end of the Indonesian archipelago. In the Congo, a priest was shot to death by the same group responsible for the genocide of 800,000 in Rwanda in 1994, and in Sri Lanka tens of thousands sought refuge at a shrine devastated by the civil war and the monsoon threats. For more, click on Will there be a thaw.
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The 11th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
The sixty-second installment in our daily series on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.
The twenty-ninth installment of our weekly abridged series on the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
Biography on Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the 129th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 1st.
More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for the First Wednesday and Thursday of Advent.
...and more in our 228th issue for 1999!
TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Scott and Kimberly Hahn
Former Presbyterians on fire for the Faith through apologetics in evangelizing to Catholics and non-Catholics that the Roman Catholic Church is truly Rome Sweet Home
Today we bring you the 12th persons selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose, as the highest lay honor on the list, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, the married couple who converted to Catholicism in 1986 and 1990 respectively, and have been on fire ever since for the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, writing numerous material including their best selling "Rome Sweet Home," documenting their journey to Catholicism. Scott's been compared to the Apostle Paul for, like him, Scott turned hatred into a deep love for the Church. Kimberly has also embraced Rome fully, becoming an expert exponent for Catholic home schooling. For more on the 12th selection, click on SCOTT AND KIMBERLY HAHN
The Players in the Holy Father's historic "Jubilee Journey"
In today's editorial, we begin a multiple part commentary on the whole mess over the Holy Land that hinders the way for the Holy Father to complete his historic "Jubilee Journey" next year, retracing the roots of our Christian heritage. We point out how the Pope wants to keep this a spiritual journey, from Iraq to Egypt to Nazareth to Jerusalem he is averting any political significance to his pilgrimage. But it is politics, not religion that is holding everything hostage. For the editorial, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do" see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Appreciation of Life Everlasting: Heaven
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 today a short two-parter on the Heaven and the rewards inherent to those who are faithful for the Prize is undescribable and forever, the reward of everlasting life. There is nothing else that can compare and nothing else we should strive for save this Goal. For the sixty-first installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Today is the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle while tomorrow is the First Wednesday of Advent. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profiles on St. Andrew, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Events Today in Church History
On this date 169 years ago in 1830 Pope Pius VIII, the 253rd successor of Peter died after a one and a half year pontificate. It was Pius VIII who began the Vatican Postal Service and strengthened missionary activity around the world. He helped the Armenian people in his negotiations with the Sultan, something Pope John Paul II credited during his Papal Visit to Armenia this year. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
SIMPLY SHEEN:True leisure is not lazy
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".
"Never before have men possessed so many time saving devices. Never before have they had so little time for leisure or repose. Yet few of them are aware of this: advertising has created in modern minds the false notion that leisure and not-working are the same - that the more we are surrounded by bolts and wheels, switches and gadgets, the more time we have conquered for our own."
The DAILY WORD
"And He said to them, 'Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' "
Matthew 4: 19
Retroactive articles on Church history available 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.
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.