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Pope and Bishop Belo huddle over lunch at Castel Gondolfo as the Holy Father learns firsthand the details of the terrible tragedy in East Timor
As expected, East Timor's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo traveled from Rome to Castel Gondolfo today to discuss the grave situation in East Timor with the Holy Father over lunch. The news from the international community has been more encouraging with Indonesian President B.J. Habibie admitting he's lost control and allowing UN troops in, but precious time has still been lost at a time when it's a matter of life and death - the death of thousands of innocent Catholics. For more, click on East Timor Summit at Castel Gondolfo
Bishop of Baucau and UN ambassadors confirm what was suspected, East Timor in ruins and tens of thousands feared dead or starving in the mountains
Bishop Basilio do Nascimento of Baucau, himself bearing deep wounds from a machete cut that he miraculously escaped from further harm, met with five UN ambassadors and confirmed to them that it will take a long, long time to rebuild. Shocking accounts of mass mountains of bodies piled high by pro-Indonesian militia spiraling out of control with the Indonesian army either looking the other way or assisting the marauders have been documented by various eye witnesses, making this one of the most gruesome mass genocides since Auschwitz. From all reports, it is even worse in East Timor than it ever was in Kosovo or parts of Africa where turmoil has tormented so many. For more, click on East Timor in ruins.
The Church on trial in Rwanda framed Archbishop Misago asserts
"I'm innocent, but through me, the Rwandan government is targeting the Catholic Church" asserted Archbishop Augustin Misago, prelate of Rwanda who is on trial for genocide charges by the Rwandan government who is doing all it can to discredit the Church to stop the phenomenal spread of Catholicism in Africa's most Catholic country. Like in East Timor, Rwanda fears the power and influence of the Church and feels if they can discredit the Church, then the people will abandon her in droves. They're guessing wrong. Just look at history. For more, click on Kangaroo Court in Kigali .
Cardinal John O'Connor in great spirits during first public appearance since surgery for a brain tumor
With one-liners that rivaled Henny Youngman, the Archbishop of New York Cardinal John O'Connor quipped with the congregation at St. Patrick's Cathedral for a special anniversary Mass commemorating Catholic Workers who had died. It was more like a wake than a funeral, for the Cardinal joked about how his illness prompted the increase in flowers purchased in the city to be sent to him. He also revealed that the Pope had written him and he wrote back, enclosing various articles that included speculation on various successors to the Archbishop. Our pick: Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Conv. who is definitely cardinal material. For more, click on Cardinal O'Connor.
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- The 62nd selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- The eleventh installment in our new feature on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
- Installment eighteen in our on-going series THE 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 15th.
- Biography on another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and the Feast of the martyrs Pope Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian, bishops.
- ...and much more in our 175th issue for 1999!
Forgiveness begins through the cross and ends in the heart
In today's editorial, we refer to the scriptural readings from the past two Sundays and how well they tie in with the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross today and tomorrow's commemoration of Our Lady of Sorrows. They also are very, very applicable to the situation in the Church and the world today and we must all imitate Jesus and obey His Vicar on earth who asks all to forgive and seek forgiveness in preparation for cleansing ourselves as we enter the new millennium which begins in just over one hundred days. For the editorial, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do", click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Retroactive articles on Church history 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.
The mirror will always reflect the truth!
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".
"Everyone boasts that he loves to knock at the door of truth, but the sad fact is that if the door opened, many would die of the shock. They much prefer to hear the sound of their knuckles on the portals, rather than to accept responsibilities which truth implies. We do not even want to hear truth about ourselves."
Today is the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross while tomorrow is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these two memorable feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Events that happened this day in Church History
Today is the death of two Popes, one Pope Stephen V 1,108 years ago and the other Pope Hadrian VI, the 218th in the line of Peter who died in 1523 at the height of the Protestant reformation. The former felt unworthy of being Supreme Pontiff, but the people insisted, breaking down his doors where he knelt in prayer and carrying him to the Lateran where he was crowned the 110th successor of Peter. The latter was thrust into the fray from the Netherlands and only served a little over a year. This Dutch Pontiff was the last non-Italian Pope until Pope John Paul II was elected on October 16, 1978. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
For the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, we bring you a simple ejaculation that says it all:
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
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