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Pope tries to comfort faithful and survivors of devastating quake in Taiwan as the Church comes to the rescue
While Australian troops continue to secure the area of Dili to make it safe to bring in more supplies and allow East Timor's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Ximenes to return, the Bishop of Bacau Bishop Basilio do Nascimiento is doing all he can to be the go-between among the various military units in East Timor and trying to assure that those who have been exported to West Timor will be as safe as possible without further harassment, torture and execution. Seeing these atrocities first hand were several nuns including one Salesian Sister who gave an eyewitness interview. For more, click on Tales of terror.
In the immediate aftermath of the terrible gigantic temblor that shook Taiwan Tuesday, the Church has gone into instant action offering churches and school buildings to house the homeless and provide food and supplies to as many victims as possible. The Holy Father sent a sincere message of comfort and empathy to the Chinese people of Taiwan through Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi the Jesuit Prelate from the Diocese of Kaohsiung and president of the Chinese Bishops' Regional Conference in Taiwan. For more, click on Taiwan's terrible temblor .
Bishop of Bacau trying to negotiate between a rock and a hard place in reasoning with Indonesian Army, anti-independence militias and peacekeeper troops while nun recounts terrifying tales
Pope instructed German Bishops to break away from counseling to preserve the Church because of government's lack of cooperation while in Ireland pro-lifers marshall to stop abortion inroads
In Germany a newspaper has revealed that the Holy Father has ordered the German bishops to divest themselves from the counseling centers since there is no other way to get around the loopholes in German law which looked like the Church was a player in abortion counseling. Meanwhile in Ireland, pro-lifers are massing to nip abortion in the bud by calling for a referendum in which they are confident the Irish faithful will overwhelmingly vote it down and end any talk of killing unborn babies in the emerald isle. For more, click on Abortion
Process moving slowly, unlikely Pope Pius XII will be beatified next year
Despite all the negative publicity the media is trying to foster on Pope Pius XII lately, it has nothing to do with the delay in the beatification of the 260th successor of Peter. Already in the works for nineteen years, it is only another indication of how swamped the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints has been the past few years, and, according to the Vatican-appointed postulator for his cause, there is still much work to be done. The slurs against him have not hindered the process, but rather enhanced his chances of being beatified sooner because of the overwhelming proof refuting these charges. Yet, as they've always said, "Rome wasn't built in a day!" For more, click on Pope Pius XII beatification.
After honoring martyrs the past two days, we return to Ordinary Time for the rest of the week beginning today with the Twenty-fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow's observance of the Twenty-fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
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100 and counting,
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- 56th 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 seventeenth 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 23rd.
- DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-fifth Thursday and Friday in Ordinary Time.
- Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- ...and more in our 181st issue for 1999!
Appreciating the Sacred Tribunals
We continue our new daily series in uncovering the great treasuries of the Church contained in her Deposit of Faith. Today, continuing with the Roman Curia, we cover the three judicial offices that compose the Sacred Tribunal: Apostolic Penitentiary, Apostolic Signatura, and Sacred Roman Rota. For the sixteenth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The DAILY WORD
"And He said to them, 'Take nothing for your journey, neither staff, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and do not leave the place. And whoever does not receive you - go forth from that town, and shake off even the dust from your feet for a witness against them.'"
Luke 9: 3-5
The Gregorian gift to the Church: The Plan of the Mass Liturgy of the Eucharist part three
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 more 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 nineteen The Gregorian Plan of the Mass: The Liturgy of the Eucharist part three, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Even in his 80's Cardinal Luigi Poggi continues as Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church
Our one-hundred-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 82 year-old Italian Cardinal Luigi Poggi, former Apostolic Nuncio to Italy and expert negotiator with Eastern Europe governments, specifically Poland. Since 1992 he has labored with love in the dusky catacombed archives of the Vatican. He was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Luigi Poggi, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Getting it write!
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".
"Education is presently directed to help students answer the question: 'What can I do?' If a pencil were endowed with consciousness, it would not first ask itself: 'What can I do?' but rather: 'What am I?' 'What is my purpose? Once that was established, then the pencil would be prepared for writing. When our youth has discovered the Truth about life, two conclusions will follow: courage to be oneself, and humility to recognize our creatureliness; that being a product, a result, a creature of the Power that made us, we will seek with the help of that Power to be all that we can be - a human being worthy of the name - aye, more than a human being - a child of God!"
Events in Church History
On this date 1,469 years ago in 530 A.D., Pope Saint Benedict II was elected the 55th successor of Peter. Though his pontificate lasted only two years amid much strife from rival factions who posed an antipope to oppose him, he is best remembered as the Sovereign Pontiff who ordered that a monastery be build over the land once occupied by the famed temple of Apollo. That monastery? None other than the famed Monte Cassino which withstood the test of time until modern times when modern bombs demolished its exterior during World War II. 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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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