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WEDNESDAY      September 29, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 185

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The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
part one: The Altar

    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 begin a short series on the "Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" beginning with the central focus for the sacrifice - the Altar. For Installment twenty The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass part one: The Altar, click on BARQUE OF PETER


Sacred Offices

Sarajevo's shepherd Cardinal Vinko Puljic has been the guiding light through the turmoil and tribulations in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Our one-hundred-fourth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 54 year-old Bosnian prelate Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo throughout this past decade - a decade of decimation and despair for many of his countrymen who have endured a war that plundered the lives of thousands of the faithful and destroyed hundreds of churches. Through it all Cardinal Puljic has been there for his flock. Ordained an archbishop by the Pope himself, he was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Vinko Puljic, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

104.   Cardinal Vinko Puljic

"Take up thy cross and follow Me."

    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".

"It is the trials imposed upon us by others, such as their injustices, their harsh words, their knife-in-the-back attitudes, and their peevishness, that gall us; yet these are counted as the daily crosses of the man who would be truly religious. Much of the weariness of the spiritual life is due to the constant necessity of bearing the shortcomings of others, along with the never-ending strife against our own base inclinations."

Events Today in Church History

    On this date 1,559 years ago in 440 A.D., Pope Saint Leo the Great was elected the 45th successor of Peter. While his 21-year pontificate is remembered for his defining the Dogma of the Incarnation and convening two ecumenical councils. what most associate Pope Leo I with is that he saved Rome from Attila the Hun through the grace and miracle of the Holy Spirit. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for September 29:

Feast of the Archangels - Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant



First World Congress of Delegates Involved in University Pastoral Care

    VATICAN CITY, SEP 27 (ZENIT).- On September 25, John Paul II gave renewed impulse to the Church's attention to the world of universities, when he held an audience for delegates involved in university pastoral care around the world.

    The meeting brought together 110 delegates from 53 Episcopal Conferences. Its specific objective was to organize activities for pastoral care in universities during the Jubilee of the year 2000. In this connection, two important events will take place during the Holy Year: the World Youth Day, which will, of course, include many university students; and the Jubilee of the University World, which will be held from September 4-10, 2000.

University's Vocation

    During his audience with delegates involved in pastoral care, John Paul II requested they rediscover the "original vocation" of universities, which at present runs the risk of being blurred by "diffuse and pragmatic tendencies."

    The topic of the Congress -- "The University in Favor of a New Humanism," is integrated "in the delicate point of intersection between the dynamics of learning and the Word of the Gospel." The Holy Father referred to it as a new dialogue, destined "to give abundant fruits," because -- as he himself said --, the Gospel "has an idea of the world and man that constantly emits cultural, humanistic and ethical values that can influence the whole vision of life and history."

    "Within this perspective, Vatican Council II stated that the Gospel has the force to renew life and culture continually, in order to purify and elevate these. Given the difficulties, there must be no discouragement in face of the insufficiency of one's own forces," the Pontiff cautioned.


    And there is no lack of difficulties. The Pope referred to the "new problems" stemming from "the profound changes witnessed in this last part of the millennium," such as the rupture in the relation "between faith and reason, between faith and culture and between faith and scientific progress."

    "Within the university context, the advent of new learning and new cultural currents is always linked, either directly or indirectly, to the important questions of man on the meaning of his own being and action, on the value of conscience, (and) on the interpretation of liberty," John Paul II said.

    Therefore, the "priority" for Catholic intellectuals must be the fostering of "a new vital synthesis between faith and culture."

At the Heart: Encounter with Christ

    "Every apostolic action in the university realm must promote youth's, professors' and all those in the academic world's, personal encounter with Christ," the Pope said. To achieve this objective, it is not wise to restrict the horizon "to the boundaries of the university campus," but rather "to encourage and coordinate the different realities in this field."

    Specifically, John Paul II hopes that in every university "there will be a chaplain, the authentic heart of university pastoral care," in order to "cultivate an open and frank dialogue with different aspects (in the) university."

    At the same time, the Pontiff hopes that initiatives will be launched "at the national level," and that "in collaboration with pastoral organisms of the Episcopal Conferences, the chaplains of each continent will coordinate and reinforce -- through united efforts, the wealth of the multiplicity of local initiatives." ZE99092702


Militias Kill Two Nuns, Two Deacons and One Seminarian

    BACAU, SEP 27 (ZENIT).- A group of religious was massacred in Bacau by militias supporting the annexation of East Timor to Indonesia. The killings took place on September 26 at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, while a pastoral team from the Bacau diocese was returning to the city, after visiting a refugee camp.

    According to the international news agency "Fides," the group included two deacons from Timor, about 30 years old, who were shortly to be ordained priests; a young theology student; two Canossian nuns: Sister Celeste de Carvalho from Timor, and Sister Erminia Cazzaniga from Italy. In addition to the religious, two orphan girls were killed, who were cared for by the Sisters, and a reporter from Timor, who worked for a Japanese newspaper.

    Rather than caused by direct hatred against the Church, the violence was committed for "reasons of criminality and desperation: the militiamen who are retreating, feel humiliated and desperate," "Fides" explained. The bodies of the victims were found by a diocesan priest in a reservoir, near the site of the massacre. Bishop Basilio do Nascimento of Baucau, will preside over the funerals tomorrow.

    The news has come as a shock, since in the past few days pastoral agents of the Baucau diocese had described the situation as "quite peaceful." Moreover, within the last few hours the local Church had succeeded in obtaining the return of religious to East Timor.

    Fr. Joseph Ageng Marawata, responsible for conducting negotiations with general Keki Syahnakri, chief of the Indonesian forces in Timor, had just reached an agreement that provided for the return to East Timor of all religious transferred to West Timor. The army had authorized the move of all the members of religious congregations who wished to go, and organized two flights between September 27 and 28.

    At the meeting, general Syahnakri expressed his sympathy to Fr. Marawata over the death of his fellow Jesuit, Fr. Karl Albrecht. The priest had said that those responsible for killing the religious were soldiers of the Indonesian army and not militiamen, as the eyewitnesses heard them speak in Indonesian and not in Tetun. ZE99092708


    VATICAN ( -- After months of repair work, the scaffolding that has hidden the facade of St. Peter's Basilica is finally disappearing.

    On September 30, the Vatican will formally unveil the renovated facade of the basilica, at a ceremony attended by the Italian president and members of the international diplomatic corps. Pope John Paul II-- having recently returned from his summer residence in Castel Gandalfo-- will bless the new facade, a choir will perform the Te Deum of Charpentier, and Eurovision will televise the event.

    The renovation process has produced a dramatic change in the appearance of the ancient building, and the enormous facade is now resplendent in bright white stone-- quite unlike the darkened stone that can now be found only on postcards and old pictures of St. Peter's.

    The Italian petroleum company ENI, which provided $5.4 million for the renovation process, has already issued a statement proclaiming its "satisfaction and pride" with the results. ENI began the process of restoring the white stone in March 1997, aiming to demonstrate that modern technology can solve environmental problems.

    In this case, the restoration provided an enormous challenge: the work subsidized by ENI entailed removing the cumulative effect of several centuries of dust, dirt, and chemical pollution on the stone that had originally been used to build St. Peter's early in the 17th century.

    The renovation process involved a careful inch-by-inch inspection of the blackened stone, the use of gentle chemicals, washing with jets of compressed water, and the "artificial whitening" of the stone through the use of a new chemical treatment.


    LONDON ( - The Catholic Women's League (CWL) of Britain on Monday launched a nationwide poster campaign to remind the country of the true meaning of the millennium celebrations.

    The three posters -- each bearing the words Christ, Millennium, 2000 -- were chosen from thousands of designs submitted by Catholic school children from all over Britain. They will be displayed in prominent spots throughout the country.

    CWL national president Anne Fox said that with the nation planning weeklong parties over Christmas and the New Year, the league thought their voice should be heard. "We just felt the Christian message was coming through," said Fox. "So we launched a national competition to design the posters."

    "We were most encouraged at the response and the ideas that came out. It is encouraging to see that our children really do think about the true meaning of the millennium," she said. "Of course, the newspapers only ever tell us about children who are in trouble. You never ever hear about the really decent kids." The three children who submitted the winning entries each received a cash prize sponsored by CWL and a computer for their schools.

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