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Bishop Belo calls on German bishops to help rebuild his beloved East Timor
Comparing the vast damage in his homeland of East Timor to the damage done at the end of World War II in Germany, East Timor's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo made a plea to the German Bishops to help restore his country hoping they will empathize with him from their own experiences after the fall of the Third Reich. He is traveling throughout Europe trying to drum up physical and financial commitments to help for his people during these devastating times. For more, click on Bishop Belo reaches out for help
Violence breaks out again in Burundi, 30 Catholics murdered while just to the north in Rwanda Bishop Misago's trial suspended for a month
Just as the judge in Kigali, Rwanda suspended the trial of genocide charges trumped up against Bishop Augustin Misago for a month to round up witnesses in the complicated genocide trial of Hutu vs. Tutsi tribe, new violence broke out south in the capital city of Burundi with the same two tribes and the latest reports are that thirty Catholic civilians, belonging to the Hutus, were shot during Sunday Mass. Many others were injured in the civil war melee sparked by the militlary. For more, click on Murder in Burundi.
Holy Father clarifies Indulgences and calls for help in East Timor during Wednesday Papal Audience
In his first Wednesday Papal Audience after returning permanently to the Vatican after a few months in Castel Gondolfo, the Holy Father emphasized the real essence of indulgences, indicating it's not about racking up "points" so to speak through physical actions but rather a commitment of the heart where one is dedicated to attaining sanctity through "detachment from sin." He concluded his talk in petitioning for both prayer and physical help for the poor beleaguered people of East Timor. For more, click on Wednesday Papal Audience.
Holy See tells Bishop McDonald and administrators of St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock: Don't ever allow sterilization!
St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock has been told in no uncertain terms by the Vatican, and the bishop as well - Bishop Andrew McDonald, due to retire soon, that under no circumstances could the bishop allow sterilizations to ever take place in a Catholic hospital no matter who was performing the procedure. Though the bishop knew it was wrong, he still allowed it and appealed to the Holy See and that is what triggered the Vatican's quick answer in no uncertain terms. For more, click on Never sterilization!.
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Coming this weekend:
The 50th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH 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
Twenty-third installment of our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 1st through 3rd
DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus on Friday, the Feast of the Guardian Angels on Saturday, and the TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME before Monday's Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight one of the great Princes of the Church: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
...and much more in our 187th issue for 1999!
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
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown
Father Ken Roberts
Dynamic priest in the mold of Archbishop Sheen suffers suppression like Blessed Padre Pio
Today we bring you the 51st person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Ken Roberts, the inspirational English-American priest of 34 years who, at the age of 68, now must bide his time without the privilege of preaching or performing the sacraments. It is the heaviest of crosses he has had to carry throughout a life filled with crosses. But always, he remains obedient to the Church and knows that in God's time he will be exonerated and free to resume his priestly duties for the honor and glory of God just as Blessed Padre Pio survived his suppression in obedience. For more on the 51st selection, click on FATHER KEN ROBERTS
Is John Paul II a troubled Pope or is PBS trying to make trouble?
In his column today, Pat Ludwa refutes the one-sided two-and-a-half hour PBS special aired Tuesday night on Pope John Paul II titled Pope John Paul II: The Millennial Pope. The program was a travesty to every Catholic and could very well have been written and produced by a coalition from Planned Parenthood, the militant Jewish League in Los Angeles, Catholics for a Free Choice, Call To Action, and a liberal Jesuit dissident who cannot let go of liberation theology. It was so far left it reeked of propaganda against the Vicar of Christ, carefully couched in unsubstantiated accusations that left the viewer believing the lies. Rather than being an objective overview of the "Millennial Pope" it should have been called "Minimizing the Pope." That's truth in advertising which PBS failed badly just as they failed miserably in portraying the true essence of the man until the final fifteen minutes when they tried to justify all the bad-mouthing with the only truth of the program - the strong, undying faith of a humble and obedient man who is the shepherd for one billion people and considers himself the humble "servant of the servants." For Pat's column Slanted journalism!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Appreciation of Other Curia Agencies
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 Roman Curia, the governing body of the Church, beginning today a two-part series on Other Curia Agencies. For the twenty-second installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
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
SIMPLY SHEEN: 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.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
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?
The DAILY WORD
"The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest. Go. Behold, I send you forth as lambs in the midst of wolves."
Luke 10: 2-3