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TUESDAY      October 26, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 204

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Appreciation of the Infallibility of the Church

    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 complete our short series on the issue of Infallibility and what it means in respect to doctrine and faith and morals for the Church cannot teach error because it was founded by the Son of God Himself. For the fortieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part four

Events Today in Church History

    On this date 49 years ago a frail little nun left her Order of the Sisters of Loretto to begin a new religious order of nuns - sisters dedicated to caring for the poor in the most desolate slums with no regard to creed, color, race or caste system. They would be called the Missionaries of Charity and this nun was of course Mother Teresa who established her order on this date in 1950 in Calcutta, India. 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 26:

Only by walking in another's shoes...

      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".

"The professor of moral theology and of canon law will generally be found to be less sympathetic to human weakness than the priest or minister or rabbi who works in the slums, or with delinquents, and certainly less merciful than one who is truly saintly, for he above all knows how weak he is."

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.

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant



    VATICAN ( -- At his Angelus audience on Sunday, October 24, Pope John Paul II encouraged all Christians to be "courageous missionaries of the Gospel."

    In observance of World Mission Sunday, the Pontiff said that all Christians are called to promulgate the message of Christ. He said that the "new evangelization" of the world-- and particularly the European nations, where Christianity once dominated the culture-- is a top priority for the new millennium.

    At the close of his audience, the Holy Father paid tribute to the negotiators who are seeking a path to peace in Colombia. Noting that a peace demonstration was being held in the South American country that same day, he called for a renewed effort to break the stalemate in protracted negotiations between the government and guerrilla forces.


Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Received at Vatican

    VATICAN CITY, OCT 25 (ZENIT).- This morning, John Paul II received Igor Sergheevic Ivanov, the Russian Federation's Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was accompanied by his wife and an official entourage.

    After his meeting with the Holy Father, the Russian Minister had an interview with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State.

    The Vatican disclosed that, in the course of the conversations, topics of current international importance were addressed, especially the present situation experienced by the Russian Federation.

    In this connection, the Holy Father expressed the hope that "a speedy political solution will be found to the conflict in Chechnya."

    Attention was also given to matters of Church-State relations in Russia, especially to issues relating to the application of the law of religious liberty, and improvement of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the Russian Federation. As is well-known, following the approval of the law on religious liberty, some Catholic institutions experienced serious difficulties, because Catholicism was not given the status of a traditional Russian religion. ZE99102505


John Paul II Receives Paris Seminarians

    VATICAN CITY, OCT 25 (ZENIT).- How must the priest of the 21st century be prepared? John Paul II responded to this question late this morning when he received professors and seminarians of the Archdiocese of Paris, led by their Archbishop, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, whom the Pope congratulated on the 20th anniversary of his episcopacy, which he will celebrate in a few days time.

    During the meeting, the Pontiff expressed satisfaction with the special attention given by the diocese of the French capital to the formation of priests. And it is precisely in the seminary, that the future of priests is defined, as well as that of the Church herself.

    In recalling that the seminary is a kind of training ground for priestly life, the Holy Father stressed that "the elements acquired during the period of formation -- a time of discernment for the Church, is for each priest like the map of his own priestly life."

    The Pope explained that permanent formation "disposes" seminarians "for the mission." "All that you have begun to practice with regularity, must remain in you like a rule of life during your whole life." In this context, he mentioned the meeting with the Lord in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, confident love for the Church, liturgical and personal prayer, the 'lectio divina,' fraternal life, which is like the soul of the presbytery, and concern for the people of God, especially the poor."

    Addressing the Parisian professors and seminarians, John Paul II reminded them that they "are called to scrutinize the Christian mystery in order to understand the faith. It is not a simple 'knowing,' but a journey as believers, allowing oneself to be molded and unified through the Creed for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel in terms adapted to our time." He also recalled that "the study of Scripture, read in the tradition, must be the soul of your lives."

    Moreover, in response to the present crisis of meaning that man is experiencing, the Pope reminded the seminarians that theology must presuppose and imply "a philosophy of man, of the world and -- more radically, of being, based on objective truth."

    The Pope's last piece of advice was perhaps the most personal. The seminarian's formation will only be able to forge the priest of tomorrow if it is impregnated with love for the Church. "Love the Church as Christ loved her, giving Himself up for her! Proclaim the mystery of the cross at all times with your life, through preaching and the gift of the sacraments."

    The Holy Father concluded that in this way "you will be genuine pastors and servers of your brothers, ready to respond to the demands of the announcement of salvation, in the respect and obedience owed to your Bishop." ZE99102504


    ROME ( - The city of Rome's electricity, gas, and water utility hit the Vatican with a 44 billion lire ($24 million) utility bill on Saturday, but the Vatican said it does not owe anything.

    The recently privatized ACEA utility detailed the charges in its annual report to shareholders. The Vatican has said that the Lateran Treaty, which set up the Vatican city-state while stripping the See of most of its lands, exonerates it from sewage and water charges.

    ACEA chief executive office Paolo Cuccia said the foreign ministry had taken up the matter and further negotiations were due to start shortly. The city of Rome will be liable for the charges if the Holy See does not pay.

    Meanwhile more buried frescoes from the Roman Empire have been discovered in the excavations for a parking garage being built for Rome's Jubilee Year celebrations, causing a potential delay.

    Archeology officials in Rome confirmed on Friday that the excavation uncovered a first-century villa with walls covered in frescoes of birds and mythological creatures. The discovery of a similar room in August caused more than a month's construction delay.

    The parking garage is being built to house buses for the more than 20 million pilgrims expected to visit Rome next year for the Jubilee 2000 celebrations. The Italian department of the UNESCO cultural agency, which wrote to Rome's mayor and Italy's Culture Ministry about the frescoes, said the find must be safeguarded. A decision on the fate of the parking garage and the frescoes is expected later this month.

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