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October 22-24, 1999
Feast of Saint John of Capistrano, priest and missionary on Saturday

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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October 22-24, 1999   FRI-SAT-SUN   vol. 10, no. 202
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The Week in Church History

Liturgy for the Weekend




Cardinal Francis Arinze
A product of the fruits of the missions, he has been the catalyst for fostering understanding among people of all faiths as one of the most respected members of the College of Cardinals
Cardinal Francis ArinzeNigeriaBringing together souls of other faiths as President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue    Today we bring you the 35th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Cardinal Francis Arinze, the Nigerian prelate who has made so many inroads with people of all faiths as the President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and one of the most influential members of the College of Cardinals. It is appropriate his selection falls on World Mission Sunday for he is a product of the missions and has shown the fruits of the missionaries through his commitment to the Church. He was one of the leading promoters for the beatification of his countryman Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi who the Holy Father beatified in Cardinal Arinze's home diocese two years ago. For more on the 35th selection, click on CARDINAL FRANCIS ARINZE

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Chaldean Patriarch visits Rome while Nuncio huddles with Iraq officials and Cardinal Silvestrini reaffirms Papal trip to Iraq will take place but gives no date
     As Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Bidawid met with high Vatican officials in Rome, the Pro-Nuncio met with Iraq officials. Since Bidawid is on good terms with the Saddam Hussein regime he is the key to paving the way for the Holy Father to begin his historic "Jubilee Journey" hopefully in December, but Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, Prefect for the Congregation for Oriental Churches, while upbeat would not divulge a date. For more, click on Ironing out problems for Iraq Papal Visit

Indonesia agrees to back off, will finally recognize East Timor independence
East Timor Catholics have paid for freedom with blood
Finally East Timor's sovereignty is recognized     Sadly, the Indonesian parliament acknowledged the vote for independence by East Timor six weeks late. Had they acted sooner hundreds of thousands lives would be spared. Realizing world opinion was against them and that East Timor could be more of a headache than anything, especially now that it has been gutted, Indonesia's highest legislative body officially repealed their annexation of East Timor. It was something the Vatican has insisted on for over two decades. Better late than never but what price freedom when hundreds of thousands of East Timor Catholics are homeless, many starving and many already dead with churches destroyed. Major guilt and reconstruction must be shared by all who did not recognize East Timor's sovereignty. For more, click on East Timor independence finally recognized.

Senate digs in to investigate infanticide in the abortion mills, vows to eventually pass partial birth abortion ban that Clinton can't veto
    Discovering they have just found the tip of the iceberg, pro-life senators are intent on getting to the bottom of a grisly discovery that abortion mills may have sold fetuses for profit and increased late term abortions in order to provide more fetuses. Pro-life politicians are confident that sometime soon, once the evidence has been revealed, they will be able to garner enough votes that pro-abort Bill Clinton will not be able to veto the partial birth abortion ban. In the first vote taken yesterday it passed 63-40, but fell four short of overriding the veto. But pro-life senators are not daunted and will continue, lobbying those 40 to realize what they were voting for. For more, click on Partial birth abortion ban.

London "Catholic" school openly admits promoting contraceptives, leaves many wondering how many other schools are promoting the same culture of death curriculum
Planned Parenthood lauds Catholic school in England     The announcement that a group associated with Planned Parenthood is going to award a cash prize to a Catholic school in England for their sex education classes raises red flags to parents everywhere to check out their own Catholic schools to make sure the same type of culture of death curriculum is not being taught in their schools to their children. There have been many horror stories from parents who have discovered some courses taught in Catholic schools are not in accord with Church teaching on sexuality and chastity. For more, click on Aberration in the classrooms.
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The anchor of salvation is up to all of us
The anchor of God stands as a solid reflection of the mission of the missions throughout history
    In this weekend's editorial, we commemorate WORLD MISSION SUNDAY by recommitting our efforts to the Church's call to be missionaries wherever we are. For, as the Pope asserts, it is our duty as Catholics to be missionaries ourselves - not in the foreign missions, but by dropping the anchor of salvation in our very own backyard where there is an even greater need to replant the Faith in so many who have either fallen away, or are lukewarm to the Faith. For the commentary, For the Faith to further flourish we all need to bloom where we are planted! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

The Power of the Rosary through the Message of Medjugorje
Fruits of Medjugorje
   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto begins to relate a story from a friend who experienced conversion through God's providence and His Blessed Mother's secret weapon - the Rosary. It all began in Medjugorje after her dear friend Kathy, like so many other millions, had read about the "Miracle of Medjugorje" from Wayne Weible and heard the call of Our Lady to come to her special Oasis of Peace in then Yugoslavia back in 1988. Sister writes from Kathy's point of view in sharing how Kathy's heart was moved to pray with the heart for that is truly the crux in getting to the heart of the matter as Sister Lucy shows in the first of a multiple part For her column this weekend, Kathy's Rosary Story part one, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

   This weekend is mostly devoted to Ordinary Time shared on Saturday by the Feast of Saint John of Capistrano, priest and religious missionary as well as the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Sunday is not only the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time but also WORLD MISSION SUNDAY. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the Saturday feasts, click on LITURGY

Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales - photo from Inside the VaticanRio de Janeiro's long-time Archbishop Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales is considered by many the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen of Brazil
Brazil     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-fourteenth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is 79 year-old Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales of Brazil, the longtime Archbishop of Brazil's largest see Rio de Janeiro. His evangelization work and use of modern technology to reach the masses and the illiterate is legendary in this vast country of contrasts. He is one of the few left in the Sacred Conclave who was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI. That occurred during the Consistory of April 28, 1969 when he became one of the youngest cardinals. For more on Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Weekend Events in Church History
Pope John Paul II officially installed on October 22, 1978   Beginning of Totus Tuus
    Friday represents the twenty-first anniversary of when Cardinal Karol Wojtyla officially was installed as the 264th successor of Peter in formal ceremonies at St. Peter's Basilica six days after he had been selected as the successor of Pope John Paul I whose pontificate only lasted 33 days. John Paul II thus became the first non-Italian Sovereign Pontiff since Pope Hadrian VI, the Dutch Pope who ruled one year from 1522 to 1523. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Appreciation of Infallibility
       This weekend 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 bring you this weekend the second part on the Infallibility of the Church. For the thirty-third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

The joy of being a missionary
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    They say a picture is worth 1000 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 interesting to note the difference between missionaries and spoiled modern youths who have had everything. The fisrst have often been through every conceivable kind of trial - poverty, hunger, deprivation, sometimes even prison, torture, and death - and yet they are the happiest persons who ever lived."

Could The Omega Code signal a new code of quality in films?
Top Ten Films
for the third week of October

Christian film is number ten at the Box Office - photo from Providence    This week we are turning the top ten topsy turvy for the film that finished number one this week "Fight Club" is not worth the attention while a sleeper finished number ten and could really take the movie industry by storm since it finished tenth while only being showed in 304 theatres nationwide. When it goes into wider release many expect "The Omega Code", a fictional film about Scriptural prophesy and the end times to rise quickly in the rankings. For the Top Ten reviews for the second week of October prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS

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70 - 69 - 68 days
and counting and hoping and praying...

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Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on World Mission Sunday - the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
Matthew 22: 37-40
September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
The Gospa's message for September    Dear children! Today again I call you to become carriers of my peace. In a special way, now when it is being said that God is far away, He has truly never been nearer to you. I call you to renew prayer in your families by reading the Sacred Scripture and to experience joy in meeting with God Who infinitely loves His creatures. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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