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East Timor under Martial Law as Bishop Belo safely reaches Australian shores, pleads for the world to save his country
The situation in East Timor has turned very, very grave; so much so that the country's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo had to flee his beloved homeland to Australia as the island was put under Martial Law as the killings by pro-Indonesian military troops and militia youth intensified to the point where they were going berserk with bullets, torches and machetes, firing at, burning and slashing at anything that moves. While Indonesian president B.J. Habibie remains strangely silent, Bishop Belo, who will meet with the Holy Father later this week in Rome, has called on the world to save his people before it is too late. For more, click on East Timor terror .
What is the Clinton Administration trying to hide by their opposition to the Holy Father going to Iraq?
That is the question the Jordan Times posed and proceeded to answer last week in lambasting the United States for trying to cover up the devastation the Iraqi people have endured due to the US-imposed sanctions that are not hurting Saddam Hussein but rather the innocent people of Iraq. While the Holy See has said the Pope's visit will in no way endorse Hussein or condone his politics, many believe the US protests too much. Even Hussein is willing to cooperate, having ordered facilities in Ur to be upgraded in preparation for the beginning of John Paul II's historic "Jubilee Journey." For more, click on US coverup?.
Colombian rebels agree to release bishop, appeal to Pope to probe human rights issue
A breakthrough has occurred in the stalemate situation that has kept Bishop Jose de Jesus Quintero a hostage of the EPL - the People's Liberation Army. Evidently the Bishop has been able to convince them the Church can help in their fight for human rights, a century-long problem in Central and South America. They sought forgiveness over a Colombia radio station from the Holy Father for their actions, pleading with him to help establish a "Truth Commission" to probe human rights violations with the bishops all in agreement as to its necessity. They do not want the same fate to befall Quintero as did Bishop Juan Gerardi and Archbishop Oscar Romero, both human rights champions. The Bishop is expected to be released immediately. For more, click on Bishop's release
Despite Greek Orthodox snub, Greek government opens door for Papal Visit to continue his Jubilee Odyssey from the Old Testament to the New Covenant
Just days after the Greek Orthodox Church rejected any possibility of the Holy Father vising their shores until he apologizes for "trying to take over and encouraging the puppet Eastern Churches in union with Rome to turn their back on the Greek Church," they will not accept him, the Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis announced the Pope would indeed be welcome to come to Athens and trace the footsteps of the Apostle Paul as another leg of his historic "Jubilee Journey" in 2000. For more, click on Greek Odyssey.
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- 66th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
- The seventh 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
- Retro issues of our on-going series in our feature series on the Church today with the Archives of WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 9th.
- DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Peter Claver, priest and missionary and the Twenty-third Friday in Ordinary Time.
- Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- ...and more in our 171st issue for 1999!
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Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today is the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an event that, by historical estimates, occurred on this date in 13 B.C. which would make this the 2012th anniversary of her birth. Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Peter Claver, religious priest and missionary. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on Our Lady and St. Peter Claver, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"Now the origin of Christ was in this wise. When Mary His mother had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit."|
Matthew 1: 18
Appreciating the Blessed Virgin Mary
We continue our new daily series in uncovering the great treasuries of the Church contained in her Deposit of Faith. Today, in honor of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we feature the Mother of God who God considered one of His greatest treasures. For the sixth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The Gregorian gift to the Church: The Plan of the Mass Liturgy of the Eucharist
In honor of last Friday's feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great we continue the 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 bring you the the second part of the brilliant plan bequeathed by Pope Gregory I to the Church in the latter part of the sixth century that has been perpetuated up to today with only a few changes in the ritual, not not the meaning and essence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For Installment seventeen The Gregorian Plan of the Mass: The Liturgy of the Eucharist part one, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Cardinal Salvatore Pappalardo, now the retired Archbishop of Palermo, was once papal nuncio to East Timor and Indonesia
Our ninety-fifth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 81 year-old Cardinal Salvatore Pappalardo, the Archbishop emeritus of Palermo in Sicily who in the late sixties served as the Pro-Nuncio to Indonesia which included the Portuguese territory of East Timor, in turmoil today. He was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope Paul VI's Consistory of March 4, 1973. For more on Cardinal Salvatore Pappalardo, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Coming to your senses begins within
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 prodigal son, after suffering from a famine in a foreign country, was restored to a sense of values when 'he came to himself.' That reality broke in upon him; he saw that nothing outside, but something inside himself was the root of all his troubles."
Events in Church History
This date stands out as one of the more popular days for releasing encyclicals with Pope Leo XIII issuing four on this date during his 25 year pontificate and Pope Pius XII publishing three encyclical proclamations on September 8 over the nineteen years of his papacy. Pope Saint Pius X and Pope Pius XI released one each on this day that honors the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The subject of four of the nine total encyclicals was the Blessed Mother. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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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