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THURSDAY             June 11, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 113

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You can only "see" the signs of the times with the eyes of your soul.

     That is just part of what the Blessed Mother Mary imparts to her children in her 157th and 158th messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which we bring you today. Our Lady implores her children to gird ourselves with the armor of virtue to combat the deceit and wiles of the evil one for we are his main prey in his desperation to capture more souls. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages One Hundred Fifty-Seven and Fifty-Eight

Message One Hundred Fifty-Seven, February 26, 1992

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message One Hundred Fifty-Eight, February 29, 1992

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service

HEADLINES:

TWO DEAD, 30 INJURED IN GAS BLAST AT MONTREAL CATHOLIC SHELTER

      MONTREAL (CWNews.com) - Two women in their 60s, including a Catholic nun, were killed on Tuesday when a natural gas leak ignited in a Montreal homeless, and 30 more were injured.

      A third shelter worker was still missing in the rubble of the collapsed three-story building hours after the explosion. "Two people have died. We are still in shock," said Sister Nicole Fournier, one of the Grey Nuns who ran the shelter. The missing person is believed to be a nun in her 70s. Most of the injured had minor cuts and fractures, but five were in serious condition.

      Police said the powerful explosion, which occurred just after noon eastern time, was caused by a gas leak after a workman cut into a gas line. "We smelled gas and thought maybe we should leave, then it exploded," one shelter worker told reporters. "It went boom and that was it," said an elderly woman as she helped a shelter volunteer walk away from the scene. "It was like a building demolition. It came down vertically," said eyewitness Louis Fournier.


EAST TIMORESE, PORTUGAL REJECT SPECIAL STATUS PROMISE

      DILI, East Timor (CWNews.com) - Thousands of East Timorese protested in the streets of Dili on Tuesday, rejecting an offer by Indonesian President B.J. Habibie to give the island-territory an unspecified status and instead demanding the right to vote for full independence.

      Indonesia invaded mainly Catholic East Timor, a former Portugese colony, in 1975 and annexed it the following year in a move not recognized by the United Nations. Habibie, who succeeded longtime president Suharto last month after violent unrest, advanced the idea of a special status for the disputed region, similar to that enjoyed by other areas. But that status does not give any political independence to the areas, only recognition of culture and religion.

      More than 3,000 students and others rallied at the state-funded University of East Timor. "We want total independence. We want to be free," protester Licinio Branco said. East Timorese activists said Habibie's offer was not enough for them to end their long-running guerrilla war. "This is not a serious proposal, and I am stating unequivocally that we reject it," Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta said in a telephone interview from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

      Former colonial power Portugal also rejected the idea of special status as no real solution to the problem. "The declaration demonstrates the inflexibility of the Jakarta government and does not permit any progress in negotiations," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Horacio Cesar.


MIAMI CATHOLIC RELIEF FLIGHT TO HAVANA STILL ON HOLD

      MIAMI (CWNews.com) - A much-delayed relief flight to Havana sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami may finally get off the ground on Thursday, bringing medical supplies and other humanitarian aid to Communist Cuba.

      The trip would be the first direct flight of humanitarian aid from the US to Cuba since the Clinton administration suspended them in 1996 because of the shootdown of a civilian aircraft. The policy change is among the handful of significant relief gestures made by the US since Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in January and called for an end to the 36-year-old embargo of the country.

      The Catholic Charities flight was initially given approval by the US government in May, but bureaucratic red tape in both Washington and Havana have continually delayed the trip. The humanitarian aid includes $2 million worth of food and medical supplies, ranging from wheelchairs to syringes and surgical masks. It will be delivered directly to Caritas Cuba for delivery to a leper hospital and other facilities.

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

LITURGY OF THE DAY

     Today is the Feast of Saint Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr. For his biography and the liturgy, readings and meditations for today and tomorrow for the Tenth Friday in Ordinary Time, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Thursday, June 11, 1998

SAINT BARNABAS, APOSTLE

Friday, June 12, 1998


PRAYERS & DEVOTION

June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. For the Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration

CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

CONSECRATION PRAYER

CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULTE HEART OF MARY

CONSECRATION PRAYER

Today's Prayer taken from the Preface for the Mass honoring the Apostle Saint Barnabas:
The mysterious voice of Your Spirit selected Saint Barnabas from the Church of believers in Christ and associated him with Paul and the college of the apostles, commanding him to proclaim the truth of the gospel so that redemption and salvation would be preached to all peoples. All this, O Father, is a miracle of Your grace and a gift of Your love.

We also continue the Novena to the Body and Blood of Christ leading up to this Sunday's Feast of Corpus Christi. Click on PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Novena honoring the Body and Blood of Christ

(In preparation for the Feast of Corpus Christi]


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