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THURSDAY      September 30, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 186

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Events that happened this day in Church History

    On this day 102 years ago Saint Therese of the Child Jesus passed into Heaven as tuberculosis took her life at the age of 24. Even though her feast day is celebrated tomorrow, she died on October 1, 1897. One hundred years later Pope John Paul II would elevate her to the status of being only the third woman Doctor of the Church. 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 30:

Realizing those who cross us is a necessary cross!

    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".

"When other people begin to 'get on our nerves,' one must ask oneself if it is because they cross our moods or our wishes; in that case, it is self-will in us that adds to the weight of the cross. Then begins the task of accepting such people as a cross, and through our patience and forgiveness, putting love where we do not find it. "


    Today is the Feast of the distinguished Doctor of the Church Saint Jerome, who translated the Scriptures into the Vulgate Bible. Tomorrow we celebrate the first day of October with the Feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux also known as St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Little Flower who was named a Doctor of the Church two years ago by the Pope. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, September 30, 1999


Friday, October 1, 1999



   For the Feast of Saint Jerome we honor him with this special prayer from My Daily Prayer:

O God, Who, in Thy Blessed Confessor Jerome, didst vouchsafe to raise up in Thy Church a teacher eminent in the exposition of Holy Scripture; grant, we beseech Thee, that through his pleading merits we may be enabled, by Thy grace, to practice what he taught by word and by example.

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?

September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Today again I call you to become carriers of my peace. In a special way, now when it is being said that God is far away, He has truly never been nearer to you. I call you to renew prayer in your families by reading the Sacred Scripture and to experience joy in meeting with God Who infinitely loves His creatures. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant



    BERLIN ( - Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili, East Timor, called on Germany on Wednesday to support a proposed plan to rebuild the country following weeks of violence by anti-independence militias.

    Bishop Belo said the destruction, which he compared to the damage to Germany at the end of World War II, has devastated the territory's economy and infrastructure just as the people had decided to separate from Indonesia.

    Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world, invaded mainly Catholic East Timor in 1975 and annexed it the following year in a move not recognized by the United Nations. In August, the region held a Jakarta-proposed referendum to allow Timorese to choose either autonomy within Indonesia or full independence. After the pro-independence results were revealed, pro-Indonesia militias, armed and backed by Indonesia's military, went on a rampage, killing thousands and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee the former Portugese colony.

    The bishop left East Timor during the violence when militias burned his home and threatened his life. He has been traveling throughout Europe to raise awareness and support for humanitarian aid. On Wednesday, Bishop Belo met with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.


    ROME ( - About 30 Catholics were murdered in their local church in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, according to the Catholic missionary news agency MISNA on Tuesday.

    The agency said in a statement that a group of men in military uniforms shot at worshippers during Sunday Mass. "At the time of the attack, hundreds of people were gathered for their Sunday prayers," the agency said. "The death toll is around 30, all civilians ... and the majority of the people were Hutu," it added.

    The two central African ethnic groups, the Hutus and Tutsis, have been embroiled in fighting since 1993 in Burundi, leaving about 150,000 people dead. The civil war pits members of the Hutu majority against the mainly Tutsi army. MISNA said Sunday's killings were carried out by "military men, mostly of Ugandan nationality."

    Meanwhile, in Kigali, Rwanda the trial of a Catholic bishop accused of complicity in genocide was adjourned on Wednesday for a month to allow prosecution and defense teams time to prepare witnesses.

    Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro has been charged with five counts of genocide in the massacres of around 800,000 Tutsis and supporting Hutus by extremist Hutus in 1994. The trial began on September 14 but was adjourned for the third time on Wednesday after the bishop gave his initial testimony.

    Among specific charges Bishop Misago faces are that he participated in high-level government meetings at which the genocide was planned, and that he abandoned several Tutsi priests and nuns to their fate at the hands of Hutu militiamen. The bishop said he did all he could to protect the people and he could not save everyone from the killers. "I was not the Almighty to be everywhere to assist everyone in danger," he said on Wednesday.

    The Vatican has criticized the trial as part of a political attack on the Church, which was once the most influential non-governmental institution in Rwanda.


    VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II explained the proper understanding of indulgences during his public audience on Wednesday, September 29.

    Earlier in the month, the Vatican had published a new Manual of Indulgences, explaining how various forms of prayer, penance, and acts of charity could earn partial or even complete remission of the punishment for sins. The Holy Father explained that the "temporal pain" endured by souls in purgatory is a part of the "process of purification" for the sinner. In that process, the repentant sinner is prepared to receive "the fullness of love."

    Through the authority granted by Christ, the Pope continued, the Church has replaced that temporal pain with "concrete steps toward conversion" here on earth. Thus the process of earning indulgences cannot be a matter of "external gestures, done superficially," but must be "a process of interior growth toward actual detachment from sin."

    The Pope spoke to about 16,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. This was his first audience at the Vatican since returning to Rome, having ended his summer stay at Castel Gandalfo.

    Pope John Paul II renewed his call for peace in East Timor, as he closed his public audience. The Holy Father spoke of his "profound sorrow" over the news of killings that took place in Bacau, at the northeast corner of East Timor, on September 26. The massacres there-- occurring after the first arrival of international peacekeeping forces on the island-- took the lives of two missionary nuns. The Pontiff denounced these "massacres committed against unarmed civilians, against Christians, priests, and religious who have given their lives in service to everyone."

    The Pope again called for prayers "for all the victims of the tragedy in Timor," as well as "everyone who is working to help them, and to bring peace to the territory."


    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas ( - The Vatican has informed a Catholic hospital in Arkansas that it must stop allowing outside doctors to sterilize women in violation of the Church's teaching against artificial birth control.

    St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center did not allow sterilizations until it purchased Columbia Doctors Hospital several years ago. St. Vincent's ended abortions and sterilizations at the hospital, but resumed sterilizations last summer to qualify for some health insurance plans.

    On Tuesday, the hospital announced an end to the arrangement. "We went into this thing knowing there was a possibility that we would be asked to discontinue the agreement. That's what's happened," St. Vincent spokesman Scott Mosley said.

    Columbia Doctors asked Bishop Andrew McDonald of Little Rock to let doctors from the independent Arkansas Women's Health Center perform the procedure in the hospital. Bishop McDonald said the sterilization was "an evil in itself," but allowed it. Still, he asked the Vatican to review his approval.

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