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East Timorese choose independence by a 78% margin, now await UN enforcement
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan released the results Saturday of the independence referendum East Timor citizens voted on last Monday. The result was an overwhelming endorsement for freedom from Indonesia by 78.5% for to 21.5% against. This is truly astounding considering the on-going threats and intimidation by pro-Indonesian forces throughout the island which continue to inflict fear. Now East Timor is hopeful the UN will move in and enforce the referendum, removing the militant segment so East Timor can get on with living as a free country after nearly 25 years of repression and violence in which a fourth of the population have been murdered. For more, click on East Timor Independence
Pope's September Prayer intentions focus on media and missionary efforts in evangelizing the Word to millions of refugees
The Holy Father announced on Friday that the Prayer intentions for September center around the media's responsibility to promote human dignity and the culture of life and that all take the "Bread of the Word of God" to millions of refugees around the world, especially in Africa where so many have been misplaced and persecuted. The second is part of the Apostolate of Prayer which the Pope chooses each month submitted by Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples. The first is the general intention presented by the Apostolate of Prayer pious union promoted by the Society of Jesus. For more, click on September intentions.
Tensions between Hindus and Catholics in India erupt with murder of priest
Just in the days of the Apostles to the times of Saint Francis Xavier evangelizing has its price of martyrdom. So also today for it has been reported that Hindu fundamentalists murdered Father Arun Das Thursday morning in the village
of Jamudhi, in the middle of the Similipal forest in Eastern India. Hindus tried to justify the attack by saying too many of their people are being proselytized by Catholic missionaries. Despite their feeble rationalization Indian police arrested two men Friday, accusing them of the murder of the priest. Hindus nationwide are mounting an assault against Christians on the eve of a month-long vote to see what party will rule India. For more, click on Martyred priest .
Fox Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch now trying to buy out the Church in LA with ten million donation for new Cathedral
It would seem if multi-billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch were really sincere in helping the Church it wouldn't be in the ten million dollar gift he gave to Cardinal Roger Mahony Friday but rather in cleaning up his media conglomerate and adhere more to what the Holy Father asks in promoting human dignity and the Sanctity of Life by eliminating all the violence and sex so prevalent on FOX and his other media holdings. The ten million was given to help finance the cardinal's personal monument of the new LA Cathedral for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles - an edifice that, from architectural specs, looks to be as sterile as can be, devoid of the spiritual ambiance associated with a Catholic cathedral. Many question if this isn't Murdoch's payout for the cardinal's influence in awarding Murdoch the coveted papal award. Eyebrows have also been raised regarding Murdoch's intentions to promote the cathedral for "ecumenical, interfaith and cultural endeavors." Why do so many forget that the new cathedral should be, first and foremost, God's House where Jesus Christ resides in the Most Blessed Sacrament. How about using some of that money for 24-hour security in order to keep the doors open in providing the people Perpetual Adoration? For more, click on Murdoch and Mahony .
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Today is the Twenty-third Monday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Twenty-third Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
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- The 68th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- The fifth 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
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 7th.
- Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-third Tuesday in Ordinary Time and Wedesday's Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- ...and much more in our 169th issue for 1999!
The Clarion to conquer the enemy with love and truth! |
In his column today, Pat Ludwa talks about the current war being waged, not in the theatre of Asia, Africa and Central America so much as in the trenches between the pews where dissident groups taunt and bait orthodox Catholics. Pat reminds us it would be easy to fall into the trap of retaliating with the weapons of hate, but he shows where this was not Christ's way and should not be our way. We are to win our enemy over with love, not hate and violence. It is easy to be a dissident, much harder to be loyal and toe the line. It is easy to lash out at others, much harder to hold our tongue and open our heart. For Pat's column Spiritual Warfare, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
The DAILY WORD
"And having looked around upon them all, He said to the man, 'Stretch forth thy hand.' And he stretched it forth and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury, and began to discuss among themselves what they should do to Jesus." |
Luke 6: 10-11
Appreciation of Apostolic succession
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 today with the essence of the Church - the four marks of the Church - One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic; today exploring the fourth mark: Apostolic. For the fourth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Memo to the Bishops of America:Have you fully replied to the Holy Father's request to provide the Latin Mass?
In conjunction with our abridged series on the Church THE 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER and the installment this weekend and the upcoming one Wednesday on the Gregorian influence on the Mass and the solid establishment of the Latin Mass, we bring you Pope John Paul II's eleven year-old landmark Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei in which he requested the Bishops cooperate and provide the Tridentine Mass for those who preferred the traditional. Since so few of the bishops have truly responded in kind, but choose to "wait it out" until all the old traditionalists die out, we resurrect this Motu Proprio issued on July 2, 1988 in response to the Schism in the Church caused by the ordinations by Archbishop Marcel LeFebvre which incurred excommunication. For the Pope's short but meaningful Apostolic Letter, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Retired Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints Cardinal Pietro Palazzini helped promote a record number of saints
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our ninety-fourth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 87 year-old Cardinal Pietro Palazzini of Italy, the Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints during most of the eighties. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI during the Consistory of March 5, 1973. For more on Cardinal Pietro Palazzini, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Passing the buck to hide the truth!
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".
"The great appeal of so many modern political philosophies is that they make all the evils of the world economic, and thus dispense its victims from the need of moral betterment."
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Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date 85 years ago in 1914 at the outset of World War I, Cardinal Francis Della Chiesa was chosen to succeed the popular and holy Pope Saint Pius X as the 258th successor of Peter. He would choose the name Pope Benedict XV and his pontificate would last eight years, dying on January 22, 1922 sorrowed by the devastation visited upon Europe. He would issue twelve encyclicals and canonize three saints, including Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque who received the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Joan of Arc the liberator Maid of Orleans who had been burned at the stake as a heretic. Her canonization in 1920 totally absolved her and elevated her to the highest honor in the Church she loved. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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