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Confirmation of three priests, 100 Catholics including ten nuns killed in East Timor; worst feared
Fearing that initial reports which confirmed the death of three priests and hundreds of Catholics at a church in the village of Suai. Following that news it was announced six nuns from Dili were killed and four more disappeared in Baucau where East Timor's spiritual leader Nobel Laureate Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo had fled before safely being taken to Darwin, Australia. Officials fear this is merely the tip of the icebergs and Catholic clergy and religious are the chief target of pro-Indonesia militia youth and Indonesian military troops who were sent to curb the paramilitary groups but instead have joined them. See our editorial today for more. For more on this article, click on East Timor martyrdoms
Pope pleads for mercy in East Timor, preaches on the Almighty Father of Mercies
With the terrible slayings in East Timor fresh in his heart, the Holy Father addressed 15,000 Wednesday in St. Peter's Square during his regular Papal Audience, asked the people to pray for East Timor and then spoke on forgiveness and mercy, the Father of Mercies - God the Father during this year of the Father. He implored all to both seek forgiveness and forgive all those we have offended in any way for if we have mercy on others, then God will have mercy for us. For more, click on Wednesday Audience.
Denver becomes the center of new millennium vocations with opening of new seminary dedicated to fostering holy priests
How far the Archdiocese of Denver has come. First it hosted World Youth Days and the Holy Father in August 1993, then its Archbishop Cardinal J. Francis Stafford was appointed to the prestigious position of Prefect of the Congregation for the Laity and then they received an even more dynamic prelate in orthodox Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. who has literally turned the See around and made it the pace setter for America. Now they have just opened the first Pontifical Seminary west of the Mississippi with a who's who list of Roman bishops in attendance at dedication ceremonies. For more, click on New seminary dedicated in Denver.
Skeptical reporters who questioned Sister Nirmala, who succeeded Mother Teresa as Mother General of the Missionaries of Charity two and a half years ago, about whether the Order would survive after Mother's death need only look at the latest statistics that show the Order growing continuously having added over 25 more houses in the world, bringing the total to 640 sites in 183 countries, all confirming that if it is from God, nothing can stop it. For more, click on Growth of Order.
Fruits manifest themselves in Mother Teresa's Order with expansion to 183 total countries
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Time is of the essence in saving East Timor from total annihilation|
In this weekend's editorial, we chastize the United States for washing its hands of the innocent blood being spilled in East Timor. The pious platitudes of protecting and upholding human rights all over the world is hollow for the echoes of Kosovo and ethnic cleansing ring loud in the ears and hearts of those who pray for the innocent Catholic victims in East Timor. Why is the world waiting as the killing continues? It's all about politics and money, not about the Sanctity of Life. The Holy Father's voice is like one crying in the wilderness. For the editorial, The infidel must be stopped now!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Mary shows why we can't afford to not suffer for her Divine Son Jesus
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto looks toward next week and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Wednesday. Sister examines the concept of suffering as Our Lady did and refutes the Old Testament concept of why one suffers, enlightening the reader as to why we must suffer, no matter what those crosses may be, and that by carrying our cross willingly we share in both the suffering of Our Lady and her Divine Son Jesus and reap the merits of that suffering if we offer all our sorrows to God for His honor and glory. If we don't, then we've wasted our suffering and that's the saddest part. For her column this weekend, Our Lady had troubles, too, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
This weekend we observe the Twenty-third Friday and Saturday in Ordinary Time plus the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The only variance from Ordinary Time is Saturday's observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignette for Saturday, click on LITURGY
Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, O.F.M., safely steering his flock through the landmines of communism as Archbishop of Budapest
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our ninety-sixth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 72 year-old Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, O.F.M. of Hungary, the Archbishop of Budapest since 1987. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, O.F.M., click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are available!
With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS
Appreciation of the Powers of the Sovereign Pontiff
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 continue with the Vicar of Christ and today deal with the powers bestowed on him by Jesus Christ and the powers gained over the centuries and passed down through tradition. For the third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
You can't take it with you!
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".
"The full economic life is no barrier to a break with the tradition of home, country and religion. Sometimes the abundance of the material leads men to believe that happiness is to be found without, rather than within."
Weekend Events in Church History
On Friday in 1622 Shogun warriors killed 205 Japanese and European martyrs, including Blessed Father Sebastian Kimura and Blessed Lucy de Freitas, because they refused to abandon their faith. Then, as now in East Timor and the Sudan, Catholics are dying for the faith because they answer to a Higher Power. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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The DAILY WORD
Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Twenty-third Saturday of Ordinary Time:|
"For there is no good tree that bears bad fruit, nor is there a bad tree that bears good fruit. For every tree is known by its fruit. For from thorns men do not gather figs, neither from a bramble do they harvest grapes. The good man from the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and the evil man from the evil treasure brings forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts upon them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon rock. And when a flood came, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it; because it was founded on rock."
Luke 6: 43-48
August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of
thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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