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WEDNESDAY      October 6, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 190

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Appreciating Priests

    We continue our new daily series in uncovering the great treasuries of the Church contained in her Deposit of Faith. Today, we continue with the Hierarchy, featuring the first of several parts on priests and their role and their vital importance to the life of the Church. For the twenty-sixth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


"Thou art a priest forever"

Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini, now 93, served his Church well in the Vatican Diplomatic Corps

    Our one-hundred-seventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is nearly 94 year-old Italian prelate Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini, Korea's first Apostolic delegate who served diplomatic missions in France, England, Lebanon, and Chile as well as serving as special envoy to the Council of Europe. He was one of the oldest cardinals to receive his red hat at the age of 73 during Pope John Paul II's first Consistory of June 30, 1979. For more on Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

107.   Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini


   Today we commemorate the Twenty-seventh Wednesday in Ordinary Time along with the Feast of Saint Bruno, priest, hermit and religious founder plus the Feast of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin and religious founder. Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, first instituted as Our Lady of Victory by Pope Saint Pius V in 1571. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, October 6, 1999

Feast of Saint Bruno, Priest, Hermit and Religious Founder

Feast of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Virgin and Religious Founder

Thursday, October 7, 1999


     As a result of the miraculous victory of the Christians over the superior Turk fleet in the landmark Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571 produced through Our Lady's intercession from the reverently praying her Holy Rosary, Pope Pius V proclaimed the date as the feast of Our Lady of Victory. The Rosary had been promulgated since Saint Dominic was given the Rosary in a vision in the early 14th Century. A century and a half later Pius V, a Dominican, realized intuitively that this was a manifestation of the power of the Rosary and declared it a great feast. His successor Pope Gregory XIII in 1573 made it obligatory for Rome and for the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. Pope Clement XI established the feast in the Roman Calendar earmarking it for the first Sunday in October as the Dominicans had been celebrating it. In 1960, Pope John XXIII officially proclaimed October 7 as the set day and changed the name from to Our Lady of the Rosary which it has remained as to this day. Over the past two centuries the Rosary has been emphasized in the Mother of God's many, many apparitions - especially at Fatima and Medjugorje where Mary has stressed the vital importance of praying her Holy Rosary for Peace. She reiterates how it is the most powerful weapon we have, that each bead is a rose forming a beautiful bouquet she presents to God on our behalf and that each bead becomes a firm link in the chain that will bind satan forever. Outside of the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary is the most important devotion we have in Holy Mother Church.


    Since we brought you the prayer honoring Saint Bruno yesterday, today we bring you the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher:

Lord, You enkindled in the heart of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher the flame of ardent charity and a great desire to collaborate, as a teacher, in the mission of the Church. Grant us that same active love so that, responding to the needs of the world today, we may lead our brothers and sisters to eternal life.

with a Catholic slant



"Time" Magazine Polls Personalities

    ROME, OCT 5 (ZENIT).- "Time" magazine's survey of those considered the 100 most influential personalities of the 20th century will end in December, when the "Person of the Century" will be named. In order to help the editors in the selection, "Time" has asked an outstanding group of personalities to give their choice. Spanish tenor Placido Domingo proposed Pope John Paul II.

    "As the first non-Italian Pope (in many years), John Paul II is very different from the Popes who preceded him. The son of laborers, he is a poet and dramatist who fought the Nazis during the Second World War and Communism when he was Bishop of Krakow. He has shown tremendous energy and great facility to analyze the Catholic Church, both in the political and social dimensions," the Spanish tenor said.

    "He has had enormous influence since 1978, visiting half the world and being seen by millions. I believe his visit to Cuba will turn out to be especially significant. He has tried to give the Church simplicity and to open her to the people. With just a look or a few words he expresses truth, hope and love to the weak and poor. He has suffered much in the 21 years of his pontificate, and this has left him with emotional and physical scars that make his presence especially moving," Domingo commented.

    "Because he has lived and suffered through so much, he can understand and sympathize with the weakness and pain of others. I remember what was said at the time of his election: 'This will spell the end of Communism.' " Placido Domingo concluded. ZE99100507


    DILI, East Timor ( - Thousands of East Timorese came out of hiding the mountainous countryside on Tuesday to seek food being handed out by international peacekeepers.

    Hundreds of thousands of people took to hiding in the forests last month after anti-independence militias, aided by Indonesian military and police, began a rampage following a vote for independence in the territory. Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world, invaded mainly Catholic East Timor in 1975 and annexed it the following year in a move not recognized by the United Nations. In August, the region held a Jakarta-proposed referendum to allow Timorese to choose either autonomy within Indonesia or full independence.

    The thousands of refugees lined up outside the torched home of Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili to receive the largest food aid since the peacekeepers arrived 15 days ago. Organizers distributed 13,000 110-pound bags of rice to families -- enough to feed 60,000 people for a month.

    The United Nations also planned to start bringing back hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring West Timor where they had been forced to flee at the height of the violence. Australian Maj. Gen. Peter Cosgrove, the head of the international peacekeeping force also announced he had written to Indonesian commanders to demand that four of their officers be returned to Dili as part of the investigation into the slaying of a Dutch journalist.


    NEW YORK ( - Hundreds of Catholics protested a new film starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that attacks Jesus and the Catholic Church at the New York Film Festival on Monday.

    The movie "Dogma" features Alanis Morrisette as God, Chris Rock as a "wisecracking 13th apostle," Damon and Affleck as fallen angels trying to get back into Heaven on a technicality, and Linda Fiorentino as a descendant of Jesus who works at an abortion clinic.

    The film was originally owned by controversial Miramax Films, but when the Walt Disney Co., which holds exclusive distribution rights for Miramax, told the company it would not distribute it, Miramax's owners Bob and Harvey Weinstein bought it, paid for its production, and found an independent distributor.

    The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, which joined the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and others at Monday's rally, said in fliers that "Dogma," "mocks everything we hold sacred -- God, the Church, the Mass, and Mary's virginity. It condones what we condemn -- murder, obscenity, violence, profanity, drugs, drunkenness, and rebellion!"


    ST. LOUIS, 5 (NE) The Archdiocese of St. Louis was home last week to the 1999 National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, which gathered from September 24-30 more than 200 vocation directors from all over the United States. The event focused on the challenges of attracting vocations in the new millennium, offering several reflections on priestly identity.

    Fidelity to the ministry to which priests have been consecrated was one of the main themes stressed during the National Conference. "Priests will be evangelizers for a new age by doing what they were consecrated to do - by being what they were consecrated to be," said during the conference Father Mark O'Keefe, the St. Louis Review reported.

    "The challenge for priests of today and tomorrow," stated Father O'Keefe, who is president-rector of St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana, "is to be faithful and effective agents of the new evangelization."

    Approximately 97 percent of all U.S. dioceses were represented at the conference, during which the centrality of sacramental life in priests was also stressed. Priests, it was said, "should frequently receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and make it readily available to all," devoting as well themselves "to the Eucharist for the sake of fulfilling their own vocation and call to holiness."

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