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Senseless violence erupts in East Timor as militant Muslim troops vow revenge for independence vote, attack Bishop's quarters
Despite the passage for independence in East Timor from an overwhelming majority vote, East Timorese are not free. This fact was bitterly brought into focus over the weekend when Muslim youth, enlisted by Indonesia military, burned villages and killed hundreds, decapitating many innocent citizens. Nobel Laureate prelate Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo was also assaulted, his residence and office burned, but he escaped harm, calling for all parties to lay down the sword and seek forgiveness so all can live in peace as he once again appealed to Indonesian President B.J. Habibie and the U.N. for protection for his people. For more, click on East Timor violence
Pope rejoices at Holy Land peace accord in meeting with Arafat, condemns terror in East Timor
On Sunday at Castel Gondolfo the Holy Father received Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat fresh from his signing the peace accord with Israel that could very well clear the way for the Pope to make his "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land next year as planned. It was the seventh time Arafat has met with Pope John Paul II. Meanwhile, the joy of this meeting was tempered by the increasingly troublesome news from East Timor which greatly depressed His Holiness. He asked all to pray for East Timor during his Sunday Angeles. For more, click on Pope's activities.
Cardinal O'Connor recuperating after brain tumor surgery
After a ten-day stay in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City, doctors gave the green light for Cardinal John O'Connor Archbishop of New York City to return to his residence to recuperate. After extensive tests they discovered a tumor on the surface of the prelate's brain and performed surgery to have it removed. All signs are that it was a success and all reports are that there are no further complications and the cardinal, in great spirits, will be able to resume his duties soon. He is scheduled to resign in January next year after the Holy Father had personally asked him to stay on until then. For more, click on Cardinal O'Connor .
Pope commemorates second anniversary of Mother Teresa's death
As thousands processioned past the tomb of Mother Teresa in Calcutta, in Rome the Holy Father made a special point to honor this "saint of the gutters" and founder of the Missionaries of Charity during his public Papal Audience on Sunday at Castel Gondolfo. Simultaneously an anniversary Mass was being held in St. Peter's with many from her Order in attendance at St. Peter's Basilica. Speaking of the Basilica, the Holy See announced that the "Archeologist of St. Peter's" Margherita Guarducci,the person who discovered the Tomb of Saint Peter in 1965, had died at the age of 97. For more, click on Mother Teresa .
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- The 67th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- The sixth 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
- Installment seventeen in our on-going series THE 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 8th.
- Biography on another Prince of the Church in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- 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 170th issue for 1999!
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. Having completed the Four Marks of the Church, we begin today examining the structure of the Hierarchy of the Church starting with the First Bishops - the Apostles - the group of unlikely men Jesus personally appointed (cf. Luke 6: 12-16) to continue the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church He founded in fulfillment of His promise for the New Covenant. For the fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The DAILY WORD
"Now it came to pass in those days, that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when day broke, He summoned His disciples; and from these He chose twelve (whom He also named Apostles): Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alpheus, and Simon called the Zealot; Jude the brother of James and Judas Iscariot, who turned traitor." |
Luke 6: 12-16
Our Lady of many titles can add another as we celebrate her 2013th birthday tomorrow!
In today's editorial, we commemorate the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary tomorrow and the fact that Our Lady would be, by historical estimates, 2013 years-old. That exceeds two millenniums! We take stock of the world today and why her messages, her example and influence are so vital when we stand on the brink of the new millennium, one that the Mother of God has foretold would be a special time in which we will realize the fullness of her Eucharist Son Jesus. But she can't do it alone and neither can her Divine Son. They need our fiat just as she gave her fiat at the Annunciation when she was a mere child of thirteen. For the editorial, Mother of the Third Millennium, pray for us!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Today is the Twenty-third Tuesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vigette of Our Lady, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Retroactive articles on Church history from 33 to 1515 A.D. for review
To allow all readers to catch up on our popular on-going series, we present a review of the period from the time of Christ when He founded the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 1 through 106. Until we are back to full strength we will continue the archives, giving readers the opportunity to catch up To read any of the 105 installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Men cannot hide their head in the sand!
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".
"Those ages which have an inordinate interst in the reformation of society are often those who are most heedless of the reformation of the individual. That group of educators who say that evil is nonexistent and that there are only complexes are like those who say that there are no diseases in the body, but only imagination."
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this day 704 years ago in 1295, legend has it that the angels carried the Holy House of Loreto, the purported home of the Holy Family to the east coast of the Adriatic in Loreto, Italy where it was set down and venerated as the house that Jesus, Mary, and Saint Joseph lived in. It is believed the Heavenly winged ones first transported the home from Nazareth in Palestine in 1291 during the pontificate of Pope Nicholas IV and placed it in Tersato in Illyria. Then in 1294 they again mystically carried it to the woods near Recanati for a year before finally placing it in its current location in Loreto. Many miracles have been attributed to this house natives call "Santa Casa di Loreto." For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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