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August 6, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 153
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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
Historical Events in Church Annals for August 6:
Feast of the Transfiguration
Death of Pope Saint Sixtus II, 24th successor of Peter who died of martyrdom at the hands of the Roman Emperor Valerian. During his one year pontificate he effected the translation of the mortal remains of Satint Peter and Saint Paul and introduced the Latin exclamation "Deo Gratias." Though he died on this day, his feast day is celebrated the next day.
Death of Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominicans. Born in Calaruega, Spain, it was Dominic to whom the Blessed Mother bestowed the Rosary. He dedicated his life and order to fighting the heresy of Albigensianism. Canonized in 1234 by Pope Gregory IX. Though he also died on this day, his feast day is celebrated the day after next on August 8th.
Death of Pope Calixtus III, 209th successor of Peter. Born in Jativa, Spain, his three year papacy is known for ordering the universal ringing of the bells for the Angelus at noon every day and for instituting the feast of the Transfiguration which we celebrate today. He also brought about the growth of the faith to Scandinavia.
Pope John Paul II releases his tenth encyclical on the fundamental questions on the Church's moral teachings called Veritatis Splendor - "The Splendor of Truth.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
For second week in a row Holy Father mourns murder of another religious
Commuting by helicopter from his summer residence outside of Rome, the Pope returned to the Vatican for his weekly Wednesday audience yesterday continuing his treatise on the Holy Spirit and, for the second week in a row, publicly lamenting the loss of another religious - this a priest from Haiti who was shot to death Monday. For more, click on Weekly Audience.
POPE PRAYS FOR SLAIN HAITI PRIEST
VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II on Wednesday
prayed for a Haitian priest shot dead on Monday as the
latest in a series of violence in the poor island nation.
"Faced with a new, awful episode of violence, I urge you to
pray for God to welcome our brother into his kingdom and
support the dear nation of Haiti and all of humanity in the
quest for respect of every human life," he said. Father Jean
Pierre Louis, 50, was shot twice in broad daylight as he
left his car in the business district in Port-au-Prince on
Monday. He died a few minutes after he was taken to
Knights pledge their loyalty to the Pope at Annual Convention
The Knights of Columbus, the largest fraternal organization in the Catholic Church and one of the last great loyal bastions of the Church pledged their loyalty to the Holy Father and joined with him in opposing same-sex unions, assisted suicide and, of course, abortion. The gathering of 2000 delegates from councils mainly in North America as well as the Philippines and other areas are headed by Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant who read the Pope's special message to them. For more, click on Knights of Columbus.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS TAKE STAND ON ISSUES
CINCINNATI (CWNews.com) - The Knights of Columbus opened
their 116th annual convention on Tuesday by stating their
opposition to same-sex marriages, assisted suicide, and
abortion, and declaring their fidelity to the Church, the
papacy, and magisterium.
The meeting, which runs until Thursday, gathers about 2,000
men representing local councils from around the world. Pope
John Paul II sent a greeting to Knights, urging them to
become even better examples of Christian hope and joy in
their families, workplaces, and society as a whole.
The Knights of Columbus are the largest Catholic fraternal
organization in the world with 1.6 million members. It was
founded in 1882 as an aid society for widows and orphans
and now donates approximately $110 million to charities and
volunteers 50 million hours of service. More than 70
cardinals, archbishops, and bishops from the United States,
Canada, and the Vatican curia attended Tuesday's opening
Mass which was celebrated by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of
Mayor asserts that Rome will be ready for Jubilee 2000
The scaffolding that covers so many monuments and ancient edifices, the bulldozers and cranes that crowd the city would indicate Rome will never be ready on time for the planned year-long celebration of the year 2000 when Rome will become a focal point, but the mayor of the eternal city Francesco Rutelli has assured the citizens that the city will be ready on time and be equipped sufficiently to handle the massive influx of tourists that will flood the city in 2000. For more, click on Jubilee in Rome .
ROME MAYOR ASSURES ROMANS ON YEAR 2000 PREPARATIONS
ROME (CWNews.com) - The mayor of Rome on Tuesday assured
all Romans that the city will be prepared for the expected
influx of millions of visitors during Jubilee Year, 2000.
"There will be no apocalypse," Francesco Rutelli said. The
mayor's comment came as officials presented a report on
trends in tourism for 2000. The report says about 40
percent more visitors than normal, about 26 million people,
can be expected during that year. Rutelli said the city can
cope with the influx and is mainly concerned with people
who will show up without booking hotels in advance.
The city has already started many massive construction
projects in anticipation, although several have been
cancelled due to insufficient funding or time, including a
proposed new subway line to St. Peter's Square.
House Panel passes pro-life bill to limit assisted suicide by doctors
Members of a House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that will greatly prohibit medical doctors from assisting patients with suicide. The measure, which upholds the culture of life, was sponsored by Republican congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois. The measure, immediately attacked by Democrats on the grounds doctors would be handcuffed in prescribing proper prescriptions, will be applicable to all states except for Oregon - the only state where assisted suicide is legal - for now. It could spur a mass exodus of suicide assisted physicians from their own states in order to set up shop in the beaver state. For more, click on Assisted Suicide Ban.
HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - A House panel on Tuesday
approved a bill that would limit doctors' opportunity to
commit assisted suicide, even in places where it is legal
such as Oregon.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill sponsored
by committee chairman Henry Hyde, R-Illinois, which
prohibits the dispensing or distribution of federally
regulated drugs for the purpose of assisting suicide.
Violators could lose their license to prescribe federally
regulated drugs and could face criminal prosecution.
"I am concerned about old people who don't want to be a
burden on their families," said Hyde before sending the
bill for a vote by the full House. Democrat opponents
argued that the bill will discourage doctors from
prescribing adequate medication. Even if the bill is signed
into law, the Justice Department has already said it would
not pursue doctors who commit assisted suicide where it is
legal, including Oregon which is the only state where the
practice is allowed.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"Like a thorn stick brandished by the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools."
Proverbs 26: 9
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