August 31, 1998
Holy Father's Apostolic Letter Apostolos Suos

August 31, 1998

vol. 9, no. 170


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Fr. Stephen Valenta's column Hearts to Heart Talk

This Day in Church History

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Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

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Medjugorje Monthly Message for August 25th
The Gospa's message for August
    Dear children! Today I invite you to come still closer to me through prayer. Little children, I am your mother, I love you and I desire that each of you be saved and thus be with me in Heaven. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray until your life becomes prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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     Today and tomorrow we celebrate the liturgy of Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

487 and counting,
hoping and praying...

  • Installment Fifteen: The Fourth Century: 350-430 The Augustinian Era influences the West in our retro summer of bringing you the early chapters of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on September 1st

  • LITURGY OF THE DAY for Tuesday and Wednesday in Ordinary Time.

  • ...and much more in our 171st issue, the first issue for September 1998!

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GIF images used with permission of EWTN Growing extent of Bishops' activities raises questions in the realm of theological and pastoral concerns by the Holy Father in his Apostolic Letter Apostolos Suos
     We continue our seven part segment on the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter to the Bishops of the world on Episcopal Conferences entitled APOSTOLOS SUOS. In his Motu Proprio, Pope John Paul II asserts in no uncertain terms that all bishops must be in union with Rome and their particular conferences and cannot go out on their own without full approval from the Holy See. He cites the way Jesus set up His Church and appointment of His apostles and lists policies established by the Church over the centuries. For the second part, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
When we imitate Mary in her humility, we disarm satan of his power to control us.
Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.      In his seventh and final part on The subtleties of satan in his weekly column, Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv. points out the vital role of the Woman clothed with the sun - the Blessed Virgin Mary and how, relying on her through prayer and exemplifying all she imparts by living her messages then we imitate Our Lady's virtues and can better fend off the evil one because we are doing what her Divine Son Jesus asks of each of His children. For Father's column, click on HEARTS TO HEART TALK
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    Vatican gets tough over Italian authorities' treatment in investigation of Cardinal of Naples
    Cardinal Michele Giordano      The Holy See took off the gloves this past Thursday when they ordered the Italian ambassador to the Vatican to answer some pointed questions. It was a fitting twist as the Vatican went on the offensive, putting Italian government officials on the hotseat for their outright violation of the concordat signed between Italy and the Vatican. For more, click on Vatican retaliates

    Justification for Founder of Opus Dei as Pope declares University of the Holy Cross a Pontifical University
         Fulfilling a vision Blessed Josemaria Escriva had regarding his university in Rome, the Holy Father officially made the University of the Holy Cross, run by the Opus Dei Society, the sixth Pontifical University in Rome. The new Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is truly an international institution comprising enrollment from 65 countries made up mostly of priests, nuns, lay leaders and seminarians. For more, click on Opus Dei fulfillment.

    Jews still not satisfied with Vatican response, will do all they can to blame Pius XII for Holocaust
    Pope Pius XII maligned by Jews     Why is it some Jewish leaders can't accept the truth? While many noted Jewish leaders have exalted the Holy See's document "We Remember. A Reflection on the Shoah," there are those radicals who won't accept it and, as most liberals are wont to do, preparing their own take on Pope Pius XII role during World War II without any definitive proof, only their prejudiced opinions. Isn't it about time we put this whole subject to rest? Evidently not for as they are proving in the current Auschwitz controversy with the crosses, liberal Jewish factions relish playing up their sufferings to the public. For more, click on Enough already!.

    Fatalities more than double in aftermath of more violence in the Congo
    For the last week or so Congo embroiled in fighting with rebels      Fatalities continued to mount in the Congo last week as rebel fighters resisted government orders to withdraw. Earlier 37 had been killed at a Catholic mission, claiming the lives of a priest and three nuns. Then word came that over 100 had been slaughtered. The latest figures indicate the total number at 207. In addition to the religious, numerous seminarians were also killed. For more, click on Congo.

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     While the feast of Saint Raymond Nonnatus is usurped by Ordinary Time in the new liturgy, it is nevertheless his feast day today and therefore we present this prayer in his honor:

O God, by Whose grace Blessed Raymond, Thy Confessor, wrought wonders in the redemption of Thy faithful people from the handle of wicked men; grant, we beseech Thee, by his intercession, that being loosed from the bondage of our sins, we may, with minds set free, do always what is pleasing unto Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

"By justice a king gives stability to the land; but he who imposes heavy taxes ruins it."
Proverbs 29: 4

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