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Time running out on East Timor as Vatican demands UN intervene to stop the killing while another church is torched and hundreds massacred
The Vatican is frustrated at the lack of help for Catholics in East Timor who are being slaughtered left and right by pro-Indonesian military and self-appointed militia youth. Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, who had to flee his homeland to the safe shores of Australia has made many impassioned pleas to the world to help in the aftermath of the slaughters including the most recent - a Catholic church that was burned to the ground and over 100 Catholics massacred. For more, click on Turmoil in East Timor
Pope will visit former U.S.S.R. Republic of Georgia this November on return from India
Though the Holy See has not made it official yet, the Russian Tass Agency announced the Holy Father will include Georgia on his papal itinerary to Asia this fall. The tentative date is Monday, November 8, when he will land in Tbilisi, Georgia - a republic of the former Soviet Union located on the Black Sea with Russia to the north, Turkey and Armenia to the south. Catholicism was brought to Georgia by Saint Nino and Saint Christiana in the early centuries. Only two percent of the total population today is Catholic and they will be greatly buoyed by the Pope's visit. There are only 30 total parishes in the country, but the Pope feels he needs to let them know he has not forgotten the Latin-rite Catholics of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. For more, click on Georgia Papal Visit.
Archbishop of Calcutta assures all local process of Mother Teresa's beatification process will be completed by November
Doing all he can to expedite the process for Mother Teresa's beatification in 2000, Calcutta's Archbishop Henry D'Souza, in a brief interview with FIDES news agency, assured all that the Diocesan stage will be completed by November. While not revealing the content of many interviews, he did say that the fruits of Mother's life-work are overwhelming wherever he goes and whoever he speaks to. While he would like her beatification to take place during the Jubilee Year he realizes it is out of his hands and in the hands of Rome and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints who present the findings to the Pope. For more, click on Mother Teresa's cause.
Hong Kong prelate greatly concerned with repercussions of Papal visit snub by China
Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun of Hong Kong is greatly concerned for Catholics in China in the aftermath of the Red Chinese government's rejection of the Holy Father visiting Hong Kong during his Asian leg of his trip this fall which will take him to India and Georgia so far. The bishop was not surprised by the snub, but fears Chinese authorities will retaliate against Catholics in Hong Kong, long a safe-haven because of English rule. For more, click on Storm warnings in Hong Kong.
Efforts underway to save Peace Accord in Northern Ireland and prevent more violence
It's back to the drawing board for those trying to salvage the brittle peace accord in Northern Ireland signed last year on Good Friday. This especially holds true for the chief architect, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell who is striving to get all parties to agree that peace far outweighs the alternatives of violence and death. The biggest stumbling block is the Protestant's insistence on the disarming and disolution of the IRA and Sinn Fein. For more, click on Northern Ireland.
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113 and counting,
hoping and praying...
The 65th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
The ninth installment on the Marks of the Church 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 10th through the 12th.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Laszlo Paskai of Hungary in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-third Friday and and Saturday in Ordinary Time plus the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.
...and much more in our 172nd issue for 1999!
God has given us a brain to reason and the reason for faith is to have faith in God's reasons
In his column today, Pat Ludwa tackles the question of faith and reason, reasons why something may or may not be as it seems, and the faith to believe it really is what it is because of the authority behind that statement. This works in science and it also works in religion. Too often non-Catholics challenge Catholics with arguments from Sacred Scripture that may seem like they have a point and we're missing it, but when we look closer and put it all into context - for Catholic-baiters are experts at taking things out of context - we can see their argument is only an illusion for their reason is illogical simply because it lacks both faith and reason: "Reason for what we can see and understand, faith for what we cannot." For Pat's column Faith and reason, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
The DAILY WORD
"But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who calumniate you...Forgive, and you shall be forgiven; give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they pour into your lap. For what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you." |
Luke 6: 27-28, 37-38
Appreciation of the Bishop of Rome
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 with the Hierarchy - today referring to the successor of Saint Peter - the Pope - the Bishop of Rome. For the seventh installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
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?
Rebellion in remorse
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 an egotist begins to see that he is to blame for his condition, there is apt to be a moment which exasperates him into open rebellion; at this stage, the egotist is not immoral in action; he is anti-moral and anti-religious in his attitudes, words and thoughts."
Today is the Feast of Saint Peter Claver, religious, priest and missionary while tomorrow is the Twenty-third Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette for St. Peter Claver, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this date 1560 years ago in 439, Saint Isaac the Great passed on to his Heavenly reward. The holy monk Isaac was a bishop who founded the Armenian Church which returned to union with Rome through the efforts of Pope John Paul II and the late Patriarch Catholicos Karekin I in March this year. The Holy Father had wanted to visit Armenia this past summer but his health and the health of Karekin, who died in late June. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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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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