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THURSDAY      October 14, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 196

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Appreciation of the Foundation of the Church

    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the great treasuries of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We return today to the Cornerstone which is Jesus Christ and the founding of His Church through His Foundation of the Church, the Ninth Article of the Apostles' Creed. For the thirty-second installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part one


    Today is the Twenty-eighth Thursday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of the martyred Pontiff Pope Saint Calixtus I while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin, Religious and Doctor of the Church who did so much for the Lord in reforming the Carmelites. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, October 14, 1999

Feast of Pope Saint Callistus I, Martyr

Friday, October 15, 1999

Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin, Religious and Doctor of the Church


    For the Feast of Pope Saint Calixtus I we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating his martyrdom:

God of Mercy, hear the prayers of Your people that we may be helped by St. Callistus, whose martyrdom we celebrate with joy.

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant



    VATICAN ( -- Two of the three children to whom the Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima in 1917 will be beatified on April 9, 2000.

    Bishop Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva of Leiria-Fatima, Portugal, made that announcement on October 13, the anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima and the famous "miracle of the sun." Francois and Jacinta Marto, who died in 1919 and 1920, respectively, will be beatified in Rome rather than at the Fatima shrine, the bishop announced. Vatican sources indicated that although Pope John Paul II had expressed his willingness to travel to Fatima for the ceremony, his busy schedule for the Jubilee Year made it difficult to arrange another trip.


John Paul II's General Audience with 16,000 Pilgrims

    VATICAN CITY, OCT 13 (ZENIT).- During the general audience this morning in St. Peter's Square, which brought together 16,000 pilgrims from 18 European countries and other areas of the world, including Japan and Indonesia (the latter represented by a national Charismatic movement), John Paul II focused on the theological virtue of charity, and on the fundamental commandment to love God and one's neighbor.

    "At the root of this command to love God in a total way we find the love which God Himself bears for humanity," the Pope said, quoting the Bible several times. "He awaits a true and proper response of love from the people he loves with a preferential love. He is a jealous God, who cannot tolerate idolatry, to which his people are continually tempted. Hence the commandment: 'You shall have no other gods before me.' "

    Referring to the Old Testament, John Paul II highlighted two essential characteristics of this love: "The first is that man would never be worthy of this love, if God did not give him the strength, through 'circumcision of the heart,' to rid the heart of every attachment to sin. The other characteristic is that, far from being mere feeling, this love is a concrete 'walking in the ways' of God, and observing 'his commandments, decrees and ordinances.' "

    In the teaching and person of Jesus, the ancient Biblical precept comes into its fullness, united to love of neighbor. "From now on, to love God with all my heart, all my soul and all my strength means to love this God who is revealed in Christ, and to love him with Christ's love, infused in us 'through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us,' " continued the Holy Father.

    Christian charity comes from this source of love, who is Jesus, and the capacity to love the way God loves is given to each Christian as the fruit of the Paschal mystery of death and resurrection. "In the strength of the Holy Spirit, love inspires the moral action of the Christian, and directs and reinforces all the other virtues, which build in us the structure of the new man." Christians, therefore, are those always called to love.

    At the end of the catechesis, John Paul II mentioned the Virgin of Fatima, to whom he is especially devoted, because it is the anniversary of the last apparition in the little Portuguese town. ZE99101307


Archbishop Foley Explains Synod Proposals

    VATICAN CITY, OCT 13 (ZENIT).- Speaking to Vatican Radio, Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, pointed out that the media has been a recurring topic in the present Synod of Bishops for Europe, which is being held in the Vatican from October 1-23.

    Archbishop Foley said that one of the most welcomed proposals was the creation of "a Continental television network for the Catholic public." This idea has already been implemented on a smaller scale by the Church in Italy with the establishment of the "Sat 2000" network.

    The possibility of a Europe-wide television network was mentioned by French Bishop Bellino Ghirard of Rodez during his address. "I propose the examination, with determination, of a project for a Catholic television on a European dimension: a type of permanent Eurovision to sustain the building of Europe, with respect for its founding values."

    Bishop José Sánchez, who is responsible for the Spanish Episcopal Commission for Social Communication said that the "Church in Europe must unite efforts and exchange experience regarding the organization of joint services in this important field, especially in television and the Internet"

    However, "as a Church, we are afraid of the media," Bishop Crispin Hollis said. Hollis is Bishop of Portsmouth, England, and president of the Commission for Social Communications of the European Episcopate. "We belong to a people which has become progressively secularized by a culture that is largely media-controlled and yet we often neglect those very media which could help us to evangelize our culture more widely and more effectively. The media challenge us but they do not have to be a threat."

    Cardinal Józef Glemp, president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, said that "as Christians, we are not present in a sufficient way in the mass media. Perhaps we are lacking the courage to introduce ourselves in cultural areas and to look for trustworthy friends there."

    Auxiliary Bishop Adam Lepa of Lodz, Poland, added: "Catholic media must become a place of evangelization and not only a means for evangelization (among other things, to witness faith). Journalists in the Catholic media should be persuaded themselves that action upon public opinion concerning things of the Church, doctrine, mission, and its true image in society, is the most important means of evangelization." ZE99101301


    WASHINGTON, DC ( - Pro-life groups celebrated the symbolic birth of Baby 6 Billion on Tuesday, the date selected by the United Nations to represent the moment when the world's population reached 6 billion.

    The Population Research Institute said in a statement that, rather marking the event, known as D6B, as a warning of impending catastrophe, humanity should rejoice at the news. "We ... celebrate the birth of Baby Six Billion. This little girl (or boy) has been born into a world that is more prosperous than our forbearers a few centuries ago could have imagined," said PRI's president Steve Mosher. "He (or she) will lead a longer and healthier life than even royalty once enjoyed."

    Mosher said in a press conference that the time had come for an end to international population control measures. By the year 2100, he said, world population will have stabilized around 7-8 billion people, but per capita income will have increased six-fold to around $30,000.

    Mary Ann Kreitzer, head of the women's group Les Femmes des Verite, also spoke at the conference, quoting Mother Teresa in saying that "while each child has a mouth, he or she also has two hands .... These children are the doctors, inventors, and producers of the future."

    UN and other international leaders have warned of the effect of increasing population. World population growth will result in "increasing pressure on the planet due to wasteful and unbalanced consumption patterns and growing numbers of people, raising demand for food and water [while] global warming [will] result in possible changes such as sea level rise [and] increased storms and floods [that] could affect billions of people," said Dr. Nafis Sadik, head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), recently.

    Mosher disputed those claims, saying that "they never show you the population charts past 2040, when population growth begins a long decline .... Malthus was wrong in the 19th century, Ehrlich was wrong in the 1970s about The Population Bomb, and these people are wrong about the harmful effects of people."

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