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September 21, 1999
Saint MatthewFeast of the Apostle and Evangelist SAINT MATTHEW
TUESDAY     vol. 10, no. 179      September 21, 1999
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This Day in Church History

Liturgy for today and tomorrow

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium


Malcolm Muggeridge
He gave the world "Something Beautiful for God" by introducing the world to Mother Teresa and receiving something truly beautiful in return: Catholicism
Malcolm Muggeridge Mother Teresa was introduced to the world by Malcolm Muggeridge Flag of England   Today we bring you the 58th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Malcolm Muggeridge, the British iconoclast who was one of England's leading modern satirists who discovered the truth through a frail, little Albanian nun in 1968 and found true peace in 1982 when he and his wife converted to Catholicism as the result of Mother Teresa's prayers and example that touched him deeper than anything in his life. Known as the "consummate curmudgeon," he was humble enough to admit God had the answers. For more on the 58th selection, click on MALCOLM MUGGERIDGE

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Australia to the rescue. Church officials hope and pray it is not to late to help the people of East Timor as troops arrive in Dili
   Australian military battalions acting as peacekeepers, having secured the airport and seaport of Dili, began unloading badly needed food supplies for the ravished people of East Timor after weeks of terror. This is just the first wave of help as more are promised after the UN and Indonesia finally ironed out differences and expedited the movement of rescue efforts with Australians at the ready in Darwin, Australia 200 miles from East Timor. Many hope those hiding in fear and trepidation from the pro-Jakarta militia youth, especially in the mountains, will be protected and taken care of as the world begins to tally the catastrophes first hand. East Timor's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo hopes to return to his flock sometime this week. For more, click on East Timor rescue

Bishop Anton Martin Slomsek of Slovenia was beatified by the Pope SundayHoly Father greeted by throngs of Slovenian faithful
250,000 Slovenians turn out to greet Holy Father in Maribor on Sunday
Flag of Slovenia     Hundreds of thousands turned out to greet and cheer on His Holiness Pope John Paul II during his whirlwind one-day trip to Maribor, the capital city of Slovenia, his second visit there. His purpose was to beatify Bishop Anton Martin Slomsek a native son of Slovenia who inspired so many. The Holy Father did so in Betnava Square at an outdoor Mass concelebrated by sixty bishops representing all of the Oriental Churches in union with Rome and the Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano who accompanied the Pope on this one-day visit, his 88th trip outside Italy during his twenty year-plus pontificate. For more, click on Slovenia Papal Visit.

Rebels finally release kidnapped bishop, hope to negotiate from strength and trust
Flag of ColombiaColombia    After being held hostage for five weeks, Bishop Jose de Jesus Quintero of the See of Tibu was finally released by the smaller People's Liberation Army in Colombia. He had been kidnapped on the Solemnity of the Assumption by the small group of rebels who were hopeful they could negotiate from strength, but it failed as Bishop Quintero confirmed because force never is the answer for anything. While he was treated well, he was treated with disrespect for his office and advised he could be snatched again if he remained in his Diocese. That didn't scare off the Bishop who assured all he would remain their shepherd and always loyal to the Church of Rome. It was the second time he had been kidnapped. For more, click on Bishop freed in Colombia .

Pro life groups tweak UN's consciencePro-lifers tweak UN's conscience as Cardinal O'Connor seeks to clear Catholic and Jewish consciences with letter
Cardinal John O'Connor reaches out to Jewish brethren    While pro-life groups massed as a coalition to tweak the conscience of UN delegates at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to bring attention to the value of the Sanctity of Life and the grave consequences of the culture of death, the New York Times was publishing an open letter to Jews written by Cardinal John O'Connor in which, in honor of Yom Kippur and the tradition of atonement, asked forgiveness on behalf of all Catholics for any atrocities committed or actions omitted over the past millennium. The gesture was in keeping with the Pope's request to forgive and ask forgiveness of our neighbors as part of a cleansing process in preparation for the Jubilee Year 2000 and a clean slate for all. His letter was well received in the aftermath of much tension between Catholics and Jews over the cross controversy at Auschwitz and malignment of Pope Pius XII. For more, click on New York. For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and the Dossiers, features and Daily Dispatches from ZENIT International News Agency CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC, but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

Year of God the Father

101 and counting,
hoping and praying...


  • The 57th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

  • The sixteenth 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 nineteen 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 22nd.

  • Biography on another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-fifth Wednesday and Twenty-fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time.

  • ...and much more in our 180th issue for 1999!
  • The people of East Timor need both our prayers, love and donations
    It's a generous balance of love and love- offerings that will help East Timor regroup
        In today's editorial, we make note that as of tomorrow there are only 100 days left in this millennium, time enough to prepare and time enough to reach out to others in prayer and love offerings, to heed the Gospel message today that we, like Jesus, are to tend to the sick - most notably our Catholic brothers and sisters in the vanquished island of East Timor where half the population has been displaced or murdered. We call upon the Bishops in America to spearhead a campaign to aid the oppressed half way around the world, all part of the universal Church. For the editorial, With 100 days left, let's live our faith to the fullest and give until it hurts! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

        "Now as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting in the tax-collector's place, and said to him, 'Follow Me.' And he arose and followed him...'It is not the healthy who need a physician, but they who are sick. But go, and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I have come to call sinners, not the just.'"

    Matthew 9: 9, 12-13

    Appreciation of the Sacred Congregations
           Today 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 Roman Curia, treating today the last three Sacred Congregations. For the fifteenth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened this day in Church History
    Pope Benedict XV     On this date 78 years ago Pope Benedict XV whose pontificate spanned World War I and the Russian Revolution, reached out with love and compassion to the people of Russia who were being suppressed by the iron fist of Nicolai Lenin after the Kronstadt rising was crushed and Lenin clamped down on state control of the economy. Just like the dire situations in East Timor, Rwanda and the Sudan today, back in 1921 the 258th successor of Peter generously donated one million lira to feed the starving people of Russia, especially in the Ukraine as the iron curtain began to take shape. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

        Today is the Feast of the Apostle and Evangelist SAINT MATTHEW while tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time with the Twenty-fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on St. Matthew, click on DAILY LITURGY.

       For the Feast of Saint Matthew, we bring you Preface for the Mass in his honor:

    In sending Your only-begotten Son You have manifested Your love for mankind and You have mercifully invited sinners to be seated at the banquet of the kingdom. Matthew, happy to welcome the Master into his home, generously accepted and, renewed by this encounter with grace, became a herald of Your marvels.

    The Holy SeeRetroactive 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.

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenGood intentions alone won't get us into 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".

    "If we are wrong in the purpose of life, we are wrong on everything. The soul is dyed with the color its beliefs. A popular bromide is to say: 'If I do my best, it will be all right.' The Income Tax Bureau will not accept that philosophy. To 'have done our best' will not console us much if we still miss a train or fail a bar examination. The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

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    August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
    The Gospa's message for August    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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