Monday thru Friday on the
CATHOLIC-INTERNET NETWORK at

http://www.catholic-internet.org

See why so many consider the
Daily CATHOLIC as the
"USA Today for CATHOLICS!"
e-mail: DailyCatholic@catholic-internet.org

TUESDAY             June 30, 1998             SECTION TWO              vol 9, no. 126

To print out entire text of Today's issue, print this section as well as SECTION ONE


LITURGY FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

     Today is the Thirteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the First Martyrs of Rome and tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Blessed Padre Junipero Serra. For the readings, liturgy and meditations for both days, including the story of these martyrs and Fr. Serra, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, June 30, 1998

FEAST OF THE FIRST MARTYRS OF THE ROMAN CHURCH

Wednesday, July 1, 1998

FEAST OF BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA


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 30:


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service

HEADLINES:

POPE DELIGHTED WITH CATHOLIC-LUTHERAN ACCORD BUT HIS MEETING WITH PATRIARCH UNLIKELY, VATICAN ENVOY SAY

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope John Paul II proclaimed his delight with the new Catholic-Lutheran accord on the nature of justification.

      "We can rejoice," the Pope said, "at an important ecumenical achievement." He observed that the new statement, to be signed jointly by the Holy See and the World Lutheran Federation, is the result of a dialogue which began soon after Vatican II.

      While the joint declaration does not resolve all disagreements, the Pope continued, it does "express a consensus on the fundamental truths" of the doctrine of justification.

      The Pope said that the new accord is "a gift of the Holy Spirit," and voiced his hope that it would prompt a new impetus toward Christian unity.

      Meanwhile in Moscow it was announced that Pope John Paul II and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Aleksey II are unlikely to hold an historic meeting soon, according to Vatican Foreign Minister Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran after meeting with the Patriarch on Sunday.

      "A meeting will not take place in the near future as there still remain certain circumstances preventing it," the archbishop said. He added that the possibility of such a meeting had not even been discussed. "Certain progress has emerged in relations between the two churches. The meeting is very timely and the development of dialogue will do good for both churches."

      A key point preventing the meeting or a papal visit to Russia or Ukraine is the demand by Ukrainian Catholics that property seized by the Soviets under Communist rule be returned. "To make the meeting possible (between the Pope and Aleksey) one should find real means to improve the situation in western Ukraine," said a senior Russian Orthodox Church official. "The negotiation process, which is not very easy, has so far not produced the desired results."


PORTUGAL ABORTION VOTE FAILS FROM LOW TURNOUT

      LISBON (CWNews.com) - A planned vote to legalize abortion in Portugal failed on Sunday because most of this Catholic country's voters stayed away from the polls in record numbers.

      Just 32 percent of registered voters turned out, and of those who voted 51 percent favored keeping abortion illegal. The National Electoral Commission said the turnout was the lowest in any national referendum since 1974. Because of the low response, the results of the referendum are not legally binding on parliament.

      Portugese law currently allows abortion only for rape or specific medical reasons until the 12th week of pregnancy, but the parliament passed a law in February legalizing the procedure on demand. That law was blocked when critics forced a public referendum to either ratify or overturn the legislation. Members of parliament must now decide whether to enact the new law without the ratification of a referendum.


ONE KILLED IN EAST TIMOR PROTEST SHOOTING

      DILI, East Timor (CWNews.com) - One Timorese protester was killed on Monday as Indonesian soldiers opened fire on a demonstration demanding independence for the mainly Catholic territory.

      The incident occurred outside the cathedral in Bacau just after three European ambassadors arrived there for a meeting with Bishop Basilio dos Nasciemento of Bacau. The ambassadors to Indonesia from Britain, Austria and the Netherlands are on a trip to East Timor to review political developments in the troubled former Portuguese territory.

      A spokesman for the bishop said one person was killed and five others were injured when the troops tried to disperse the large crowd with bullets and tear gas. Earlier on Monday, Jakarta-appointed East Timor governor Abilio Soares said authorities would get tough on protests, which he said had led to anarchy in the enclave. Street protests have become frequent in Dili since the Indonesian government announced earlier this month that it was willing to give East Timor special status if Indonesian sovereignty over the region was recognized by Portugal and the United Nations. Many Timorese instead want a referendum to decide the future of the territory.

      The shooting comes less than a week after Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili met with Indonesian President H.J. Habibie to discuss an increase in freedoms for East Timor. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, invaded the former Portugese colony in 1975 and annexed it the following year in a move not recognized by the United Nations.


NEW SWISS GUARDS QUIETLY INSTALLED

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The Swiss Guard received 37 new recruits for service on Sunday, June 28.

      The new members of the Swiss Guard were sworn in quietly this year, after the annual public ceremony was postponed because of the shooting of their commandant. Instead they attended a Mass at the Vatican, followed by a buffet for friends and families.

      The number of new members was slightly down from the 40 originally anticipated. However, the Swiss Guard explained that 3 recruits had dropped out for reasons of health or family difficulties; the attrition had nothing to do with the recent shootings, officials said.

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.

June 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today I desire to thank you for living my messages. I bless you all with my motherly blessing and I bring you all before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

June is the month of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. For the final day of 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


To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.



Click here to return to SECTION ONE or click here to return to the graphics front page of this issue.


June 30, 1998 volume 9, no. 126   DAILY CATHOLIC