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TUESDAY             August 4, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 151

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Events Today in Church History

     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on TIME CAPSULES: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 4:


LITURGY

FOR
TUESDAY
AND
WEDNESDAY

     Today is the feast of Saint John Baptist Marie Vianney, Cure of Ars, while tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Dedication of the Cathedral of Saint Mary's Major in Rome. For the readings, liturgy and meditations for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, August 4, 1998

SAINT JOHN MARIE BAPTIST VIANNEY, CURE OF ARS

Wednesday, August 5, 1998

DEDICATION OF BASILICA OF SAINT MARY MAJOR IN ROME


PRAYER & DEVOTIONS

     Below is the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Saint John Baptist Marie Vianney, Cure of Ars:

Father of mercy, You made Saint John Vianney outstanding in his priestly zeal and concern for Your people. By his example and prayers, enable us to win our brothers and sisters to the love of Christ and come with them to eternal glory.


WORLDWIDE
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service

HEADLINES:

NEW SWISS GUARD COMMANDER TAKES UP POST

      VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com) - The new commander of the Vatican's Swiss Guard took up his post on Saturday, three months after his predecessor was murdered by a junior guardsman and shocked the world by the violent act.

      With little fanfare and ceremony, Col. Pius Segmueller, 46, took command of the 100-soldier unit from interim commander Col. Ronald Buchs, who had already returned home to Switzerland earlier in the week. Segmueller was commander of the Swiss Army's Hospital Regiment 12 until his selection for the Vatican post.

      Col. Alois Estermann and his wife were killed on May 4 by Corporal Cedric Tornay, who then killed himself, apparently after he had been snubbed for an award and been given a reprimand.


POPE MOURNS ANOTHER MISSIONARY KILLED

      CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II said on Sunday that the sixth Catholic member of a religious order in a week was killed on Friday, referring to Sister Valeus Mukanoheli of the Congregation of Benebikira in Rwanda.

      The nun was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in front of her mission in northwestern Rwanda. The murder occurred the same day as an attack by Hutu rebels on a nearby Hutu town which killed at least 100 people. Government soldiers had captured one of the rebels and was pursuing others. Officials did not know if the attacks were related. Thousands of people have been killed since 1996 when former Hutu soldiers returned from exile after the 1994 Hutu-organized genocide of more than 500,000 Tutsis and Hutus.

      The Holy Father announced the slaying to a congregation gathered at his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo on Sunday. "I have to mention that to those members of the holy orders killed in the past few days, we must add the name of Sister Valeus Mukanoheli ... tragically killed in Rwanda last Friday," he said. "While we pray for the soul of our sister, we continue to faithfully implore the Lord for peace in Africa and in the whole world."

      Three nuns of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity were killed in Yemen last Monday, a Jesuit missionary was murdered in the Congo the same day, and a Franciscan nun was killed in South Africa the previous Saturday or Sunday.


FLORENCE CARDINAL BLASTS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAW

      FLORENCE, Italy (CWNews.com) - Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli of Florence on Friday criticized a decision by Florence's city council to allow homosexuals and lesbians to register their relationships as common law marriages.

      Cardinal Piovanelli wrote in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the new rule "is against the teachings of the Church," and don't "correspond to our society's or to traditional Christianity's concept of family." Pisa was the first Italian city to make the allowance on July 9 and was followed by Voghera.

      While the marriage is only symbolic and offers no legal recognition, opponents and supporters see the changes as one step on a slippery slope. "The registry -- to my way of seeing -- doesn't alleviate the suffering and the possible marginalization of those who might be, and often are, the victims of homosexuality," the cardinal wrote.


ISRAEL DEMANDS REMOVAL OF CROSSES FROM AUSCHWITZ

      JERUSALEM (CWNews.com) - Officials of Israel's national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust sent a demand on Monday to the Polish government to remove crosses placed at the Auschwitz concentration camp by Catholic groups who object to the removal of Christian symbols from the site.

      The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial issued a statement demanding the removal of 50 crosses placed at the site, calling it a "provocative act." The crosses were erected last week by a Catholic workers' group. The memorial said the crosses violate an international agreement that no religious, ideological, or political symbols would be erected at the former Nazi death camps where 1.5 million people were murdered, most of them Jews, but also including Polish Catholics, Russians, and Gypsies.

      "It was agreed that a tombstone would not be erected on the site and that only a museum for educational purposes would be allowed to remain there," the statement said. "The placing of the crosses, after special efforts have been made to reduce tensions, may aggravate the situation and prevent further dialogue between the sides about the future of the site."

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July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today, little children, I invite you, through prayer, to be with Jesus, so that through a personal experience of prayer you may be able to discover the beauty of God's creatures. You cannot speak or witness about prayer, if you do not pray. That is why, little children, in the silence of the heart, remain with Jesus, so that He may change and transform you with His love. This, little children, is a time of grace for you. Make good use of it for your personal conversion, because when you have God, you have everything. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

PROVERB OF THE DAY

"The nether world and the abyss are never satisfied; so too the eyes of men. "

Proverbs 27: 20


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