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Noted theologian Father Rene Laurentin equates trial of Rwandan Bishop Misago to a witch hunt
Anticipating the vote taken Monday in East Timor will be overwhelmingly pro-independence, the Indonesia Episcopal Conference issued a statement in which they call on the government of Indonesia, specifically the military, to honor the vox populi and back off from any intimidation or violence that has blighted this land. They call on all to respect the human dignity of each individual and their sovereign rights to live in peace. The UN-sponsored voting results in East Timor may take at least a week to be determined fully, but the longer it takes, Church authorities fear contamination of the votes. For more, click on Honor the vote.
Recently renowned theologian and the world's foremost Mariologist Father Rene Laurentin was interviewed by the Catholic FIDES news service. He expressed shock and dismay at the way the president of Rwanda is presuming Bishop Augustin Misago of Ginkongoro, Rwanda is guilty of genocide with no proof, only a deep-seated prejudice and hate for the Catholic Church. A concentrated effort is under way, according to Fr. Rene to totally discredit and destroy the Church in Rwanda through this trial by portraying the Church as evil. Our Lady foretold of this persecution when she appeared at Kibeho in the Bishop's diocese in the eighties. For more, click on Kangaroo Court
Indonesia Bishops Conference puts pressure on Jakarta to recognize Independence for East Timor
St. Peter's face-lift almost complete as scaffolding will completely disappear by the end of the month
Peeling away the centuries of corrosion, the facade of St. Peter's Basilica is taking on a new look as renovations wrap up and the scaffolding begins to come down in preparation for Jubilee 2000 revealing once again the majestic facade of this great Basilica as it is restored to its original lustre. This painstaking project, which has taken years as a labor of meticulous love by Vatican artisans, is nearly finished and all scaffolding should be removed by the end of this month. For more, click on Basilica Face-lift.
Students and players intent on keeping God on the gridiron this fall
In football terms a "Hail Mary" is a desperation long pass, but while high school gridiron players in Texas may be able to attempt it late in the game, they can't say it. ACLU and atheist interests have infiltrated the school system, outlawing prayer in school which also includes high school events which includes the only events in the fall - Texas high school football - in itself a religion in the lone star state. But students and players aren't sitting still, they are defying the law by standing up for God and expressing their own communication with God and school officials are befuddled. Texas Governor George W. Bush, who is for prayer in schools, has pledged to fight for legislation that will allow prayer before games. For more, click on God on the gridiron .
Quest for Reconciliation should be theme of Jubilee 2000 Pope tells Wednesday audience
With the millennium just four months away, the Holy Father highlighted the theme of the quest for reconciliation as paramount for all Christians during the first year of the new millenium in his regular weekly Wednesday papal audience at Paul VI hall where 8,000 pilgrims packed the airconditioned auditorium to hear and see the Sovereign Pontiff who will return to the Vatican after staying at his summer residence in Castel Gondolfo during the hot summer months. For more, click on Reconciliation theme.
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- The 70th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
- The third 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
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 3rd through the 5th.
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Antony Padiyara of India in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great on Friday and Saturday's Ordinary Time plus the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.
- ...and much more in our 167th issue for 1999!
Remembering Mother Teresa two years later |
In his column today, Pat Ludwa reminds us not to let the light flicker in our remembrance of Mother Teresa as we commemorate the second anniversary of her death this Sunday. He recalls how she became a light to so many, enlightening their hearts and souls as well as their bodies with nourishment that came from the heart - came from Christ Who Mother personified in her every deed. There was only one Power she bowed to and that Power empowered her to reach His children in the most touching way possible. Mother Teresa's total dedication has earned her a deserving rest in Heaven. But saints never rest so she will continue to intercede for all, especially the poor and downtrodden. For Pat's column Let us never forget Mother Teresa!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
The DAILY WORD
"But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, 'Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.' For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish they had made; and so were also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid; henceforth thou shalt catch men.'" |
Luke 5: 8-10
Appreciation of Holy as one of the Marks of the Church
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 essence of the Church - the four marks of the Church - One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic; today exploring the second mark: Holy. For the second installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today
Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
We reap what we sow!
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".
"Nothing so much encourages a merciful judgment of others as the Divine warning that as we judge others, so shall we be judged. As we show mercy, we shall receive mercy. We harvest what we sow. Most people demand of their neighbor much more than God demands of them."
Today is the Twenty-second Thursday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, the 64th successor of Peter For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette for Pope St. Gregory I, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date 807 years ago in 1192, England's noble King Richard the Lionhearted signed a peace treaty with the Saladin representing the Saracens, effectively ending the Third Crusade in a peaceful mode. Alas, it wouldn't last and several more crusades would follow, resulting in the deaths of countless people on both sides, including the slaughter of many innocent children sent into battle. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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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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