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New Missal among new liturgical texts soon to be introduced by the Vatican
The Holy See has acknowledged that within the next few weeks they will release a new edition of the Roman Missal as well as various other new liturgical texts such as an updated Breviary and Martyrology plus a Latin Lectionary that will not contain any of the aberrations of the New American Bible but remain true to the Latin Vulgate. The new missal will reflect all the changes and additions of saints and feasts created by Pope John Paul II since this is the first such liturgical work during his pontificate. For more, click on New liturgical texts.
Overwhelming turnout at the polls bodes well for East Timor's Independence
If ABC, CBS, CNN or NBC took an exit poll in Catholic East Timor yesterday they would have declared the referendum for Independence a resounding success, but officially, because of lesser technology in Indonesia, the results probably won't be known for a week or so. Nevertheless, the overwhelming flood of East Timorese voters, from some accounts 95% of the population, that turned out to vote on whether East Timor remains under Indonesia rule in Jakarta or launches out on its own as a free, independent country speaks volumes that the latter will be the result. Indonesia's president B.J. Habibie has pledged to honor the UN-sponsored vote, but anti-independence military factions have pledged to continue harassing East Timor and there were several accounts of intimidation by soldiers toward many citizens in remote areas of the island. For more, click on East Timor independence.
Holy Land braces for record influx of pilgrims in 2000
Though most of Israel and Palestine is not Catholic, thanks to Saint Francis, his Order is in charge of numerous landmark sites in the Holy Land and because of that, will enable millions of pilgrims to visit these sacred sites unhampered by political pressure for the Franciscans are "custodians of the Holy Land." The Friars, some 300 strong from 37 different nations, have also managed to build new facilities for Jubilee 2000 including a 6,000-seat auditorium in Bethlehem so there will be room at the "in place" for informing large crowds on the various sites available to visit so all may have the extreme privilege of walking in the footsteps of Our Lord. For more, click on Holy Land
Inner city Catholic schools could make a comeback if Indianapolis experiment proves fruitful
In the spirit of Saint Dom Bosco, the shepherd of the Indianapolis Archdiocese Archbishop Daniel Buechlein is taking education back to the streets - the urban streets of the city by reopening a parish school in the inner city, the first in forty years when the nuns ruled the roost and discipline was respected. How it fares in the dangerous ghetto area of Indiana's state capitol will be the litmus test on whether other bishops follow Buechlein's courageous move and begin refurbishing parish schools that had been closed in over the past few decades. For more, click on Inner city Catholic schools.
121 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- 71st 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 second installment on the Marks of the Church 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 2nd.
- DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-second Thursday in Ordinary Time and Friday's Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church
- Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- ...and more in our 166th issue for 1999!
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Born in Santiago in Chile, Cardinal Carlos Oviedo Cavada realized his dream to be the shepherd of his people as Archbishop of Santiago|
Our ninety-second red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 72 year-old Cardinal Carlos Oviedo Cavada, O.de.M., the Archbishop emeritus of Santiago, Chile who, because of declining health, was forced to resign his post last year after serving faithfully as head of Chile's largest See and prior to that the second largest See in his homeland. He was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Carlos Oviedo Cavada, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
The DAILY WORD
"Now when it was day, He went out and departed into a desert place. And the crowds were seeking after Him, and they came to Him, and tried to detain Him, that He might not depart from them. But He said to them, 'To the other towns also I must proclaim the Kingdom of God, for this is why I have been sent.' And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee." Luke 4: 42-44
Appreciating the Marks of the Church: ONE
Today we launch a new series which will run daily. It also replaces, on Wednesdays, FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS since that proved to be less than popular with readers. Therefore we will suspend that feature for now. This new series will uncover the great treasuries of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We begin with the essence of the Church - the four marks of the Church. Today: One. For the first installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Reviewing the first six hundred years of the Church as we set sail on the Barque of Peter from the time of Christ to Saint Gregory the Great
Until we are back to full strength and can devote more quality time to this series we are temporarily in a holding pattern, allowing the reader to catch up on past articles they may have missed in archives, including the Establishment of the Blessed Sacrament and the early struggles of the Church in this on-going abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. For the first fifteen installments, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Who knows who you might meet in Heaven!?!
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".
"The separation of people into sheep and goats will take place only at the last day. Until then we are forbidden to make any classification. It is very likely that there will be many surprises in Heaven. Many people will be there that we never expected to find, and many will not be there whom we expected to see; and finally, we probably will be most surprised to find ourselves there."
Today is the Twenty-second Wednesday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow being the Twenty-second Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Events in Church History
On this date in 1271 a holy priest who was Archdeacon Tedaldo Visconti was elected the 184th successor of Peter becoming Pope Gregory X who would go on to be beatified. He also had friends in high places, specifically the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican, and the Franciscan Saint Bonaventura, both esteemed Doctors of the Church. It took three years for him to be elected because of disagreements at the conclave in Viterbo. The people became so impatient that no Pope had been elected, they removed the roof of the conclave and put the cardinals on bread and water until they could come to a decision. Needless to say they did and they chose well. Blessed Gregory convened the 14th Ecumenical Council. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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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Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are available!
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