April 17-19, 1998
Pope John Paul II is responsible for Divine Mercy Sunday - graphic from the Institute of Divine Mercy site
Divine Mercy Weekend Issue

April 17-19, 1998
vol. 9, no. 75

For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion
Have Mercy on us, and on the whole world!
Divine Mercy Sunday - graphic from Institute of Divine Mercy site
      This is a special weekend for those devoted to the devotions of Divine Mercy for it is the unofficial feast of Divine Mercy Sunday as promoted by Pope John Paul II who has been very close to the Divine Mercy scene all his life from growing up in Poland at the same time as Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska who received the devotion and a diary on Divine Mercy ("Divine Mercy in my soul") from Our Lord. This issue is dedicated to Divine Mercy with a special background on the devotion and on Blessed Faustina. Click on DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY.

National Shrine of Divine Mercy at Stockbridge, MA - taken from Marians' website Institute of Divine Mercy contemplatives - graphic from Institute of Divine Mercy website
For the Sake of Divine Mercy
     We permanently move our weekly SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK to the weekend with this issue, reviewing two superb sites dedicated to the devotion of Divine Mercy. They are the Marians of the Immaculate Conception web site which is the official National Shrine of Divine Mercy, and the contemplative, cloistered Institute of Divine Mercy dedicated to fulfilling the prophesy imparted to Blessed Faustina in calling Divine Mercy down upon the world through a life of prayer and sacrifice. Golden Chalice Award These are the two sites we review this weekend and award the "Golden Chalice Award" to, a departure from our normal procedure of reviewing just one site, but because of the occasion both are worthy recipients. Click on SIGNIFICANT SITES OF THE WEEK

The Power Source is the Current of Divine Mercy
     In this weekend's editorial we go to the power source, to that which fuels our faith and lights our way in a world of darkness. Divine Mercy is that source and we tap in to it with our commentary Divine Mercy is the backup generator in a blacked-out world! Click here for this weekend's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Is Jesus the "Great Pretender?"
Sister Mary Lucy Astuto     We ask that in a reverent manner for that is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto focuses on the time immediately after Christ's Resurrection through that evening on the Road to Emmaus. She points out that Jesus, Who knew all, went along with the finite nature of those He was with, pretending not to be the Son of God until the time was expedient. For her column, JESUS PRETENDED, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Divine Mercy WeekendThis weekend, even though we are in Easter time and the liturgy is geared for Paschaltide, we celebrate on Sunday DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY. For the liturgy, meditations and readings for Friday, Saturday, and Monday, click on LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.

Today in Church history
Events this weekend in Church History
     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
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IraqPope was key to UN's success in Iraq
    Pope lauded for playing pivotal role in Iraq, but frustrated over Mideast stalemate
          As we reported in these pages last month, the UN and Secretary-General Kofi Annan could not have pulled off the agreement with Saddam Hussein if it hadn't been for Pope John Paul II's tireless persistence towards peace and his timely intervention. He would like to do the same in the mideast but the problem is there are too many factions whose resentments run deep. This greatly troubles the supreme pontiff who has been the heads-above-all leaders in striving for peace throughout the world. For more, click on Peace efforts

Croatian Church vandalizedin Bosnian town of Vukovaran attack by Serbian extremists
    Franciscan Croatian monastery target of abuse by Serbian extremists in Bosnia       Anti-Catholic extremists from Serbia stole into Vukovar, Bosnia and desecrated the Franciscan monastery church of Saints Philip and Jacob, plastering the walls with hate grafitti. Few were surprised the Serbs chose this church and village for it represents the one area where the Croats held despite heavy damage by the Serbs. It was a setback in the hopeful reconstruction of a country ravaged by civil war. For more, click on Serb Attack.

Underground Catholic Church being persecuted in ChinaChina lies exposed with arrests of priests
Persecutions continue in China despite their denials
    Persecutions of Catholics continue in China despite government denials
          Less than a month since a United States delegation of clergy toured China to determine if there was any religious persecution, China has taken off the mask and revealed themselves for the monster they are, detaining two Catholic priests from the underground Roman Catholic Church there. It is a direct contradiction to China's announced intent to resolve religious and civil rights which has come into serious question. For more, click on China persecution to read more.

Poll predicts victory for the peace agreementwith both moderate Catholics and Protestants favorable to end the violence
    Poll predicts victory for peace agreement in Ireland on May 22
         With the vote on the recently ironed-out peace accord for Northern Ireland just over a month away, a poll released late this week shows a majority seventy-three percent in Northern Ireland and sixty-one percent of the Irish Republic indicate they will vote "yes" to the agreement hammered out at the eleventh hour last week. Despite opposition from extremist factions on both sides, authors and participants of the peace accord voiced optimism. For more, click on Poll for peace to read more.

Catholic World News ServiceFor more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page. CWN is not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

Featured is the Eighth and Ninth Days of the NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY.
Jesus, I trust in You.      We complete the Novena of Divine Mercy with the Eighth and Ninth Days before DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY this weekend. This Novena was imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy."

For the eighth day of the Novena and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, click onDIVINE MERCY NOVENA

For the ninth day of the Novena and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, click onDIVINE MERCY NOVENA

Monthly Message for
March 25th
Mt. Krizivec
   Dear children! Also today I call you to fasting and renunciation. Little children, renounce that which hinders you from being closer to Jesus. In a special way I call you: Pray, because only through prayer will you be able to overcome your will and discover the will of God even in the smallest things. By your daily life, little children, you will become an example and witness that you live for Jesus or against Him and His will. Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love. By loving, little children, it will be recognized that you are mine. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

"He who conceals his sins prospers not, but he who confesses and forsakes them obtains mercy."
Proverbs 28: 13

623 - 622 - 621 and counting,
hoping and praying...

  • The third and final part of the Vatican Statement: "We Remember. A Reflection on the Shoah" in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • Father Stephen Valenta's column

  • April 20th in Church History in the new addition: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

  • Liturgy of the Day

  • ...and much more in our seventy-sixth issue for 1998!

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