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June 16, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 116
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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 June 16:
Death of Saint Lutgardis, a French religious who is considered one of the leading mystics of the thirteenth century. As a young girl she had a vision of Christ, prompting her to become a Benedictine and devote her life to God as a victim soul. She experienced with numerous ecstacies, levitating often and dripped blood when praying on the Passion of Jesus. She accepted her cross of total blindness during her last eleven years of her life. She died in escstacy at her Cistercian convent in Aywieres, France.
The twenty-five year judgment of heresy against Saint Joan of Arc is rescinded by Pope Calixtus III.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Run of Shroud Exhibit termed a tremendous success
This past weekend they officially closed the doors on pilgrims to the Shroud of Turin in Italy after a three month run which realized over two million visitors including Pope John Paul II in late May. Exceeding all expectations the expectation is that it will next go on exhibit during the Jubilee year. For more, click on Shroud
EXPOSITION OF SHROUD ENDS AFTER 2 MILLION VISIT
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The public exposition of the Shroud of
Turin was concluded on June 14, after more than 2 million pilgrims
had seen the fabric, which is widely believed to be the burial cloth of
Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini of Turin presided at the Eucharistic
liturgy which closed the public exposition, begun in April. The
Shroud will again be available for public veneration from August
through October of 2000.
Among the most notable individuals to visit the public exposition in
recent weeks were Pope John Paul, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and
Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. Vatican Radio reported that a
large group of Muslim pilgrims traveled from Turkey for the
Pros and cons of International Court: Bring international war crime to justice, but justice could be blind if culture of death advocates get their way!
Both hopes and fears accompany the international U.N. conference opening this week in Rome a stone's throw from the Pope who is not officially involved in this conference that is to determine set regulations and enforcement to bring international crimes, especially war crimes to justice. Meanwhile a half world away, conservative Senate Republicans are concerned that a pro-abort UN bloc could pass legislation that would make it a crime to protest for the cause of pro-life. For more, click on International Court.
PAPAL SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL COURT AS SENATE VOICES ALARM THAT PRO-LIFERS COULD BE INCLUDED AS CRIMINALS
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has greeted the
opening of an international conference, held in Rome, dedicated to
the creation of a permanent international court.
The court is intended to judges the perpetrators of war crimes and
other crimes against humanity. Speaking on Sunday, June 14, at the
close of his weekly Angelus audience, the Holy Father voiced the
hope that such a tribunal would mark "a historic moment in the
mutual comprehension among peoples" of the world.
The Pope also said that the Holy See would be an active participant
in the conference setting the stage for an international court. Some
critics have said that such a court could eventually become involved
in the politics of individual nations, enforcing the declared policies of
the United Nations-- including those UN statements which call for
legalized abortion on demand. The Pope seemed to be taking such
criticisms into account when he said that any international court
must ensure that "all fundamental and inalienable human rights are
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. Senate Republicans announced
on Saturday that they plan to oppose the planned United
Nations International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it could
undermine the US legal system.
Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Missouri, said the ICC could
effectively nullify the Bill of Rights protections,
including freedom of speech and freedom from unwarranted
search and seizure. "We cannot abandon those rights to an
international criminal court," Ashcroft said at a news
Pro-life groups warned that in the current pro-abortion
climate of the UN, vocal opposition to abortion could be
declared a crime. "Within the proposed ICC criminal
statutes there exists language that could make pro-life
advocates war criminals simply for working on behalf of the
unborn child," said Austin Ruse, director of the Catholic
Family & Human Rights Institute.
A UN conference opened in Rome on Monday to discuss the
creation of the court. The Clinton administration is in
favor of the court, but wants it to focus on specific war
crimes. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese said the ICC
could initiate investigations and prosecutions of cases in
the United States or involving US military operations
overseas. The US and France support a plan to give the UN
Security Council veto power over all International Criminal
Pope John Paul said in his Sunday Angelus message that he
will pray for the success of the conference in bringing
justice to bear on serious crimes against humanity. "I hope
that the work of this important conference will be inspired
by the desire to appropriately safeguard basic and
inalienable human rights," he said.
Way could be cleared for Pope to visit birthplace of Abraham during Jubilee Year
Through the efforts of Cardinal Roger Etchevarry, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the groundwork has been laid for the Holy Father to make a personal pilgrimage to Iraq and more specifically the places where the great Patriarch Abraham once walked. To help ease the tension in this mid-east hot-spot, the Cardinal again called for an immediate end to the embargo enforced by the United Nations and the U.S. For more, click on Pope to go to Iraq.
IRAQ EMBARGO SCORED, PAPAL VISIT SUGGESTED
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, concluding a
trip to Iraq, again criticized in international embargo on that country,
and announced the Pope John Paul II hopes to make a personal
pilgrimage to the "birthplace of Abraham" before the Jubilee Year
At the conclusion of an international symposium of Christian
churches, held in Baghdad to discuss how the Church contributes to
world peace, Cardinal Etchegaray-- the president of the Pontifical
Council for Justice and Peace-- said that the international embargo on
Iraq has had "perverse and uncontrollable effects" on the culture of
that land, causing a general decline in both welfare and morale.
The cardinal cited figures put forward by UNICEF, indicating that
over 16 percent of the children in Iraq now suffer from malnutrition,
and in nearly half of those cases the problem is acute. The papal
nuncio in Iraq, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, has referred to "a
land in despair."
As for the possible papal trip, Cardinal Etchegaray reported that he
himself had made a personal pilgrimage to Ur, the birthplace of
Abraham, to ask God's blessings on the people of that region. He
added that the Holy Father hopes to make the same sort of
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid suggested that the
Pope might wish to visit in February or October 1999, "to avoid the
head." He added that the Pope would be welcome, even if the
embargo continues, and that a papal visit might help bring an easing
of the international sanctions.
South Africa's Nelson Mandela meets with Holy Father today at Vatican
Nelson Mandela, the beleagured, crusading leader of South Africa begins a two day visit to Rome today. On tap is a personal private audience with Pope John Paul II. No topics were released that the two would discuss but it is expected the president will be a bit apologetic for the brouha that erupted in his country when Bill Clinton and his wife received Holy Communion when they knew it was wrong. Though jurisdiction does not rest with Mandela, but rather the Diocese of South Africa and the Bishops Conference there. For more, click on Mandela.
SOUTH AFRICA'S MANDELA TO SEE POPE
JOHANNESBURG (CWNews.com) - South African President Nelson
Mandela will meet with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican
this week during his visit to Italy, South Africa's foreign
ministry announced on Sunday.
"President Mandela will be paying an official visit to
Italy from 16 to 18 June," it said in a statement. "While
visiting Italy, he will use the opportunity to pay an
official visit to the Vatican where he will be received by
His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, for a Pontifical Audience."
Mandela will also meet with Italy's President Oscar Luigi
Scalfaro and Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Italy is South
Africa's fifth largest trading partner.
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts with these feasts the end of this week. For the Consecration to the Two Hearts click on Consecration
CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Jesus, we know that You are merciful and that You have offered Your Heart
for us. It is crowned with thorns and with our sins. We know that You
implore us constantly so that we do not go astray. Jesus, remember us when
we are in sin. By means of your Heart make all men love one another. Make
hate disappear from amongst men. Show us Your love. We all love You and
want You to protect us with Your Shepherd's Heart and free us from every
sin. Jesus, enter into every heart! Be patient and never desist. We are
still closed because we have not understood Your Love. Knock continuously,
O Good Jesus, make us open our hearts to You at least in the moment we
remember Your Passion suffered for us. Amen.
(Dictated by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilij on November 18, 1983)
CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULTE HEART OF MARY
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, ardent with goodness, show Your Love towards
us. May the flame of Your Heart, O Mary, descend on all mankind. We love
You so. Impress true love in our hearts so that we have a continuous
desire for You. O Mary, humble and meek of heart, remember us when we are
in sin. You know that all men sin. Give us, by means of Your Immaculate
Heart, spiritual health. Let us always see the goodness of Your maternal
Heart and may we all be converted by means of the flame of Your Heart Amen.
(Dictated by Our Lady to Jelena Vasilij on November 28, 1983)
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