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June 18, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 118
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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 18:
Pope Adrian IV or Hadrian IV, the only English Pope in the history of the pontiffs, crowns Frederick I Barbarossa as Holy Roman Emperor after the German king repented for refusing to hold the bridle of the Pope's mule, a tradition that Frederick broke and Adrian had retaliated by refusing him the kiss of peace at Mass. Though the Pope coronated Frederick, any benevolence between the two soon dissipated and for over a century there would be distrust and intrigue between the German kings and the Holy See.
Death of Saint Elizabeth of Schonau, Benedictine abbess who experienced ecstacies, visions, and messages of prophecy. She also suffered greatly from bruises received in confrontations with the devil throughout her life.
Pope Pius II becomes the first pope to lead a crusade, but his own personal crusade against Islam and the Koran never materializes as he died two months later, thus ending the last possible chance of an organized crusade. Since it never occurred, it is not included in the list of crusades.
Pope Pius IX released his encyclical Qui nuper on Pontifical States.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Saint Peter's Tomb getting face lift for Jubilee 2000
The celebrated Tomb of Saint Peter, Apostle and first Pope - the "Petrus" or "rock" upon which Christ built His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church - will be a major focal point during the Jubilee 2000 celebration thanks to a restoration process being undertaken to make the tomb, which sits directly in front in the crypt deep below the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica, more accessible and easier to see for the millions of pilgrims expected to pass by it. For more, click on Saint Peter's Tomb.
RESTORATION PLANNED FOR ST. PETER'S TOMB
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- A thorough restoration of the tomb of St. Peter,
underneath the altar of St. Peter's basilica, is scheduled to be completed by
Christmas of 1999. The project has been sponsored by Italy's national
electrical utility, ENEL (Ente Nazionale d'Energia Elettrica).
At a press conference in Rome today, Cardinal Virgilio Noe, whose
responsibilities include the buildings of the Holy See, and Franco Tatto of
ENEL explained the process of restoration. The goal of the project is to allow
better access to the tomb of St. Peter, while at the same time preserving and
beautifying the site.
The first step in the process is to arrest the natural process of decay in the
surrounding rock, and installing climate controls to slow that process in the
future. The tomb will be illuminated, but the lighting must also be carefully
planned to avoid causing any damage.
When the Holy Father visits Austria in a few days, will the hills be alive with the sound of music or dissension?
Many officials are holding their breath in anticipation of the Holy Father's visit this weekend to Austria for the beatification of three Austrians. But they are not apprehensive about the ceremonies but more the reactions of the people who are divided in their obedience to the Church and the fallout of the former cardinal of Vienna whom the Pope replaced with Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn. For more, click on Austrian visit.
"DELICATE" PAPAL TRIP TO AUSTRIA
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II hopes that his upcoming visit
to Austria will help to promote "the unity of the Church in truth and love" in
Along with his usual catechetical talk, the Pope today addressed his weekly
public audience in German, speaking about the trip to Austria which he will
make this weekend. Vatican Radio has acknowledged that he will encounter
a "delicate" situation within the Church there, because of widespread dissent
over Church teachings and because of the revelations about child abuse by
the former archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer. The Pope
said that he and the Austrian bishops should "work together to overcome the
difficulties." And he said that the suffering which the Church has undergone
could be a means of spiritual growth.
Finally, the Pope mentioned the most unmistakably positive aspect of his
trip: the beatification of three Austrians, Fathers Anton Maria Schwartz and
Jacob Kern, and Sister Restituta Kafka. Those beatifications, the Pope said,
were "a sign of the liveliness of the Church in Austria."
Croatia on agenda for Pope in October
The Vatican announced on Wednesday that the Pope will be traveling to Split in Croatia for the occasion of the city's 1,700th anniversary. He will also beatify Cardinal Alojzije Stepanic, who was imprisoned in communist labor camps. With his announced visit, the speculation arises once more whether the Holy Father will make a helicopter side-trip south to Our Lady's shrine in Medjugorje where he has expressed interest in visiting. For more, click on Croatian Pastoral Visit.
PAPAL VISIT TO CROATIA SET FOR OCTOBER
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II will make a pastoral visit to
Croatia in October, highlighted by the beatification of Cardinal Alojzije
Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican Secretary for Relations with
States, today made the announcement that the Pope would visit Croatia on
October 2 - 5. On October 3, he will preside at the beatification ceremonies
for Cardinal Stepanic in the Marian sanctuary of Marija Bistrica. That date
marks the anniversary of the day in 1946 when Cardinal Stepanic was
sentenced to the labor camps by the Communist regime. On the following day
the Holy Father will visit Split for the 1,700th anniversary of that city's
Archbishop Tauran told Croatians that Pope's visit was designed "to
strengthen you to continue to live the Christian life with confidence on
Croatian soil, without worrying about the future." Archbishop Ante Juric of
Split, in a pastoral message to the people of that archdiocese, said that the
papal visit would be "a great gift and grace for us all" and predicted "great
Knights of Columbus remain strong bastion of Church and top all organizations in donations
The Knights of Columbus fraternal order, long considered the last great bastion in the Roman Catholic Church, have topped all other organizations internationally for donations to the Church and her causes. Supreme Commander Virgil Dechant announced that the Knights collected over 107 million dollars in 1997, bringing the total to well over 800 million dollars given away to charities for the Church over the past ten years. Dechant's report also revealed that KC members contributed over 50 million man-hours in time. For more, click on KC generosity.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNOUNCE RECORD CONTRIBUTIONS
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (CWNews.com) - The Knights of
Columbus fraternal order announced on Tuesday that it had
donated a record $107.1 million to charity in 1997 and
volunteered more than 50 million hours of service to their
communities and parishes.
The 117-year-old Catholic brotherhood, which funds much of
its charitable efforts through investing of insurance
premiums for members, said more than $88 million was
donated to the Catholic Church and charitable causes
directly by state and local councils last year, while the
remaining $18.9 million was distributed directly by the
Supreme Council of the Knights.
Over the past ten years, the Knights have donated more than
$274 million to the Catholic Church through parishes,
schools, religious education programs, seminaries, and
other projects. Other community and youth charities,
including the Special Olympics, have received more than
$545 million during the same time frame.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"The memory of the just will be blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot. "
Proverbs 10: 7
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