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TUESDAY      September 14, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 174

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    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.

Tuesday, September 14, 1999


Wednesday, September 15, 1999



   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.

SIMPLY SHEEN: 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."

Events Today 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

Historical Events in Church Annals for September 14:

Feast of The Holy Cross

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 ( -- Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, the apostolic administrator of Dili in East Timor, visited with Pope John Paul II over luncheon on September 13, to brief him on the eroding Timorese situation.

    Bishop Belo--who won the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on behalf of the Timorese people--arrived in Italy on September 13 after having been driven out of his home in Dili by marauding paramilitary groups. He traveled immediately to the papal summer residence in Castel Gandalfo for his meeting with the Pontiff.

    During his trip to Rome, the Salesian bishop told reporters that he was "anguished" by the situation in his have land, had been unable to sleep, and was anxious to return to his people.

    Bishop Belo's immediate plans are uncertain. There was some speculation that he might hold a press conference in Rome on Tuesday, September 14.


Bishop of Baucau Says "It Will Take Years to Return to Normal" as President Habibie agrees "Too Many People Have Died"

    ROME, SEP 12 (ZENIT).- Five U.N. ambassadors visited East Timor and witnessed the atrocities committed in this small Asian country by pro-Indonesia militias. They met with Bishop Basilio do Nascimento of Baucau who was wounded by a machete. "It will take years before we return to normal," the Bishop said.

    The "Sidney Morning Herald" reported the account of Isa Bradridge. She saw "thousands of bodies" piled in a large space at the headquarters of the Dili police. The estimates of victims made by humanitarian organizations vary between 60,000 and 70,000 persons.

    A river of people are fleeing the country. Two to three thousand persons cross the border to West Timor every hour. According to the Red Cross, some 65,000 have left the country. Many observers agree that no matter what measures are taken, it is too late. Indonesia has achieved its objective of striking the core of East Timor's society -- the Catholic Church. The Bishop of Bacau was very blunt: it will take years to reconstruct the country.

    Last June, before he was killed in Suai, Fr. Barreto, director of Caritas, said: "It is Christ's doctrine to love others as we love ourselves, and also to forgive our enemy." Fr. Barreto spoke during a television interview on "Sat 2000," the Italian Bishops' T.V. channel, and he emphasized that the Catholic community would respond to the challenge of the Unionist militiamen with the testimony of the Gospel.

    Fr. Barreto came to Rome to attend a meeting of Caritas International. At that time he said that for "East Timor reconciliation is the confrontation of two sides: two groups within one people. One group that desires autonomy and the other -- the majority of the population, which desires independence."

    Already at that time, Fr. Barreto had no hesitation in denouncing the plan of violence initiated by Jakarta. "In the presence of the U.N., the Indonesian military do everything possible to intimidate the people of Timor, so that the final solution is favorable to Indonesia. They use threats, killings and give arms to the people. But the two Bishops multiply their efforts to reconcile the people, enabling them to forgive one another, and to begin a new life." ZE99091205

    Meanwhile, in Jakarta Indonesian president Yusuf Habibie announced yesterday that the Jakarta government accepts the immediate deployment of an international force in East Timor, under the command of the United Nations, "for the purpose of reestablishing peace in the territory, protecting the population, and guaranteeing the referendum's results" that opened the way to independence. Habibie defended the role of the Indonesian Army in spite of the "difficulties of a complex situation," and he specified that Ali Alatas, the Foreign Minister, would arrive in New York today to attend to "details of the operation" at the U.N.

    Surrounded by the majority of his cabinet, Habibie explained that, "Too many people have died, and lost their homes and security. We cannot delay any longer and must put an end to this suffering immediately."

    Shortly after the presidential message, Xanana Gusmao, leader of Timor's resistance, who sought refuge in the British Embassy in Jakarta, expressed "surprise" over this much desired decision, which he welcomed with "satisfaction, but much caution." He took advantage of the occasion to launch a general warning: "There is no time to lose, it is imperative that the international community begin immediately a program of humanitarian aid to save the population, which is in a desperate state." On the verge of tears, Xanana addressed his people and expressed his admiration for their "resistance, determination and infinite courage." He asked them to keep up their "unlimited faith in the future of our newborn nation."

    International observers estimate that, since the overwhelming victory of those favoring independence (78.5%) in the referendum on self-determination held on August 30, more than 200,000 persons have been deported to camps in the western part of Timor, and more than 100,000 have fled to the mountains. In addition, hundreds of people are on the verge of "dehydration." ZE99091303


    KIGALI, Rwanda ( - Rwandan Archbishop Augustin Misago, on trial in his country for genocide and crimes against humanity in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority, told Associated Press news agency this week that his trial is an attempt to discredit the Catholic Church.

    In a jailhouse interview, the archbishop rejected charges that he sent 82 children to their deaths at the hands of militias, and said he is a scapegoat for the current regime's revenge on the Church for its alleged silence during the genocide of up to 1 million people. "I'm innocent," he said. "But through me, the Rwandan government is targeting the Catholic Church."

    When the archbishop's trial begins with a major phase on Tuesday including preliminary defense motions, the Church's actions are expected to be a focus of the prosecution. The Rwandan government appeared to welcome such scrutiny as it waited for contrition from the Church for what it believes to be her failure to stop the killing.

    The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, has described that case against Archbishop Misago as a government campaign to hold the Catholic Church solely responsible for the genocide. Rwanda was Africa's most Catholic country with more than 62 percent of the country's pre-genocide population of 7.8 million belonging to the Church, which wielded enormous influence in the country.


    NEW YORK, SEP 13, 1999 (ZENIT).- During the special mass celebrated every year in St. Patrick's Cathedral to commemorate Catholic workers on Labor Day weekend, Card. John O'Connor greeted the overflowing crowd of worshippers with a typical New York mixture of humor and seriousness. It was his first public event since having a small tumor on the brain removed during a 10-day stay at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

    "They came in great numbers -- nurses, physicians, various attendants -- after these days of examination, and their faces were wreathed with smiles," he recalled. "They said, 'We have good news for you.' What's that? 'Nothing wrong with you but your head.' I said a lot of New Yorkers have known that for a long time."

    In a more serious tone he told of how he learned to exercise the virtue of trust by confiding in his doctors and putting himself in the hands of God. "I said to myself: 'They have given me their trust. Now they need mine. It's only as I trust God and I trust them that this will be all right.'"

    The Cardinal thanked everyone who had sent him cards and flowers, or prayed for his recovery. "I am told we are making a lot of money for the Archdiocese selling flowers," he joked.

    He revealed that he had received "a beautiful letter" from Pope John Paul II and remarked lightheartedly that he had sent the Pope recent newspaper clippings which list names of his potential successors. "He hasn't yet told me I'll be succeeded, if or when," O'Connor said. "But I'll pass on to him these names."

    Thanking all those present who had come to wish him well he concluded: "This has been a truly marvelous funeral. I've enjoyed every bit of it." ZE99091324

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