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Because of the imminence and severity of the crisis in East Timor and the Vatican's intrinsical involvement, all the stories today are on East Timor.
Bishop Belo speaks out in special interview with FIDES news agency in Rome
Missionary priests and nuns, diocesan priests and others have either been forced to flee, missing or presumed dead as each day the Catholic population of East Timor dwindles to cataclysmic proportions. The Orders' General Houses have sought help and appealed to anyone who would listen. Those remaining are truly living the Gospel despite the persecution and impending danger, striving to shelter and protect as many as possible as the Indonesia Bishops call for help as well. In addition, the NCCB have petitioned the President and the United States government to provide whatever they can in protection without delay before all are wiped out. For more, click on Annihilation in East Timor.
The Nobel Laureate Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, head of the see of Dili and spiritual leader of East Timor where tens of thousands are being slaughtered or forced into exile daily, met yesterday with the FIDES news agency for a one-on-one interview with the beleaguered bishop. He is still in Rome, having met with the Holy Father for an extended period of time on Monday and is anxious to return to his flock in Dili as soon as it is safe to travel there again. For more, click on East Timor terror .
Indonesia militia trying to destroy everything before help arrives in East Timor, possibly by Sunday
The United Nations reported late yesterday that pro-Indonesian militia youth torched the UN compound after observers were forced to evacuate to Darwin, Australia. The worst is feared regarding the fate of those East Timorite Catholics who had taken refuge in the compound which from last reports was ablaze. Meanwhile East Timorese freedom fighters reached Portuguese officials by shortwave with the dire call for help, for they have no way of defending themselves and minutes are the difference between life and death. For more, click on UN compound torched.
Bishop Belo confirms the genocide plans were in the works before the elections last month
Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, in a press conference in Rome yesterday after his meeting with the Pope and his exclusive interview with FIDES, spoke to the world press and confirmed that plans to kill, burn, loot and other despicable crimes were in the planning stages well before the election. Pro-Indonesian forces realized the will of the people and no matter the vote, were determined to shut them down and stifle their efforts for freedom. The Church was the main target because of her backing of the freedom measure, her association with the poor and oppressed, and his own recognition globally in 1996 by the Nobel Peace Prize which embarrassed Indonesia for their sins were laid bare to the world. For more, click on Bishop Belo's press conference
Half of East Timor's Catholics wiped out since election, religious being executed at alarming rate by Muslim militia
Pope is the last bastion of hope as the only voice of reason
To show the impact of Pope John Paul II a liberal Italian publication is praising the conservative Sovereign Pontiff for his unyielding efforts to uphold the Sanctity of Life and the cause for humanity the world over when many are sitting back and taking a wait-and-see attitude. They label his efforts and foresight as the "Wojtyla Doctrine" for he is the lone voice crying in the wilderness warning the world of the atrocities before even the media becomes aware. They ask where the world would be without this wise and holy voice of reason who is not afraid to tweak consciences. For more, click on Voice crying in the wilderness.
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- 61st selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
- The twelfth 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
- Retro issues of our on-going series in our feature series on the Church today with the Archives of WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 16th.
- DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of the martyrs Pope Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian, bishops and the Twenty-fourth Friday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, bishop, religious and Doctor of the Church
- Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- ...and more in our 176th issue for 1999!
Our Lady of Sorrows
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, a commemoration of the trials and tribulations the prophet Simeon foretold that Blessed Mary would experience when a sword - seven of them - would pierce her Immaculate Heart because she was the Mother of the Savior. Tomorrow is the Feast of the martyrs Pope Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian, bishop. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, 'Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.'"|
Luke 2: 34-35
Appreciating the Sacred Conclave and Papal Elections
We continue our new daily series in uncovering the great treasuries of the Church contained in her Deposit of Faith. Today, continuing with the Hierarchy, we cover the process for Papal Elections in Secret Conclave by the eligible electors of the College of Cardinals.. For the eleventh installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The Gregorian gift to the Church: The Plan of the Mass Liturgy of the Eucharist
We continue with our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we bring you the the third part of the brilliant plan bequeathed by Pope Saint Gregory the Great to the Church in the latter part of the sixth century that has been perpetuated up to today with only a few changes in the ritual, not not the meaning and essence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For Installment eighteen The Gregorian Plan of the Mass: The Liturgy of the Eucharist part two, click on BARQUE OF PETER
As Archbishop of Hanoi Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung reaches out to all Vietnamese with no delineation between north and south
Our ninety-eighth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 80 year-old Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung, the Archbishop of Hanoi since 1994 who has endeavored to persuade the communist government to grant more leniency to the clergy and the Church in Southeast Asia. He was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
A whole lotta soul!
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". Events in Church History
On this date 48 years ago, Pope Pius XII issued his 24th encyclical Ingruentium malorum which was on the importance of the Holy Rosary and the recitation of this special prayer in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and released on her feast day of the Mother of Sorrows. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
"A corpse has chemical elements as well as a live body, but a corpse lacks unity which only the soul can supply. What the soul is to the body, that truth is to knowledge; what the architect and his plan are to a building, that truth is to an education."
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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