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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
250,000 Slovenians turn out to greet Holy Father in Maribor on Sunday
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
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-lifers tweak UN's conscience as Cardinal O'Connor seeks to clear Catholic and Jewish consciences with letter
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.
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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!
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
The DAILY WORD
"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
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.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
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.
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Good 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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