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TUESDAY      October 19, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 199

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Mother Angelica: Is she the reincarnation of Saint Teresa of Avila?

    In today's editorial, we equate the similarities and mission of the great Saint Teresa of Avila with Mother Angelica, foundress of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, EWTN and the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. We show how these two feisty women parallel history and their involvement in the Church as knowledgable, persistent nuns who were not afraid to take on the hierarchy when the latter does not convey the true tenets of the Church. The likenesses are amazing as you'll see. For the editorial, A modern day Saint Teresa: Mother Angelica see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

A modern day Saint Teresa: Mother Angelica

Michael Cain, editor

Events Today in Church History

    On this date 437 years ago Saint Peter of Alcantara died. He is renowned not just because he was a great mystic, hermit and religious founder, but also because he was the confessor and spiritual director to Saint Teresa of Avila who was inspired in her life and writings by this holy priest. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 19:

Appreciation of the Mission and 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 focus today on the third part of our segment on the Foundation and Mission of the Church as charged by Jesus Christ. For the thirty-fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part three

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant



    BAGHDAD ( - The papal nuncio to Iraq met with the country's foreign minister on Saturday to discuss the upcoming papal trip in December, according to reports from the Vatican's embassy in Baghdad on Sunday.

    Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto and Foreign Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf met to discuss the visit despite recent concerns regarding various aspects of the visit by Pope John Paul II to the birthplace of the biblical patriarch Abraham at Ur. Iraqi dissidents and the US and British governments have expressed concern that the repressive regime of the President Saddam Hussein would use the visit for propaganda purposes.

    Elements of the Iraqi government have also publicly demanded that the Holy Father make political statements in opposition to UN economic sanctions during the trip which has been characterized by the Vatican as a spiritual pilgrimage. The Pope has often spoken out against the effects of the embargo -- imposed for Baghdad's 1990 invasion of Kuwait -- on the weakest sectors of Iraqi society.

    Earlier this month, Vatican sources had said the visit might not take place in early December because there were serious stumbling blocks.

    According to media reports, Sahaf told Archbishop Lazzarotto that Iraq would happily receive the usual advance planning team from the Vatican and discuss details of the papal trip, they said, but added that no schedule had been set up so far.


    VATICAN ( -- An unusually large number of pilgrims assembled in St. Peter's Square for the usual papal audience on Sunday, October 17. Many of these pilgrims had come from Poland to give Pope John Paul II their greetings as he celebrated the 21 anniversary of his election to the pontificate.

    The Holy Father centered his comments on the World Day for the Missions, which will be observed on October 24. He called upon the faithful to support missionary workers with their prayers, pointing out that many priests, religious, and lay workers are "bear witness to Christ, often amid great difficulties and even sometimes paying for their fidelity with their blood." He said that all Christians should be "missionaries in their own spheres of life."

    "It is in this spirit that I try to exercise the apostolic ministry that Providence confided to me on October 16, 1978," the Pope said. He thanked the many people who had "accompanied me in prayer" during his years on Peter's throne, and asked them to continue that support.


Hindu Fundamentalists Plan Protest March During Papal Visit

    NEW DELHI, OCT 17 (ZENIT).- Archbishop Alan de Lastic of New Delhi, replied to the attacks of Hindu fundamentalist groups -- which have been escalating given the imminence of the papal visit, and requested the Indian government to insure that "nothing will ruin the country's good name" during the visit.

    "Some Hindu leaders have chosen this occasion to launch deceitful and systematic propaganda of half truths, lies and misinformation," the Archbishop said. He denied that the missionaries obtain "forced conversions" from Hindus -- the most frequent accusation made by the fundamentalists against the Church, and said that the Human Rights Commission, which has investigated the accusations, "has not found a single case of forced conversion."

    In regard to the RSS, the most powerful fundamentalist organization in India, and its request that the Pope refrain from stating that Christianity is the only road to salvation, Archbishop De Lastic said that such a demand "violates religious liberty." "The Pope proposes what he believes -- he does not impose it." The fundamentalist organizations have also asked the Pope to request "forgiveness" for the atrocities committed in the south of India by the Inquisition, active in Goa in the 16th century. "How far back must we go in history? the Archbishop asked. "We pray every day for forgiveness of our sins... What more do you want?"

    Referring to the protest march organized by the fundamentalists of the World Council of Hindus, Archbishop De Lastic said that India "is a democratic country and anyone can march according to what he believes." Speaking about the schedule of the Pope's visit, the Archbishop said that he will be received with the honors of a head of State, and will have a meeting with President Kocheril Rahman Narayanan and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

    In addition, John Paul II will visit and pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial and will formally close the Synod of Bishops for Asia. The Pope will also celebrate Mass in the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and meet with representatives of other religions. ZE99101703


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