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June 3, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 107
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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 3:
Death of Saint Clotilda, daughter of King Chilperic of Burgundy. Royalty ran in her family as she married King Clovis, king of the Franks whom she converted to Catholicism. After Clovis' death, Clotilda raised their three sons and then retired to an active convent where she served the poor and needy before dying of old age.
Death of Saint Kevin, the seventh century hermit who founded monasteries in Ireland and traveled to Rome to bring back many precious relics for the monasteries. A close friend of Saint Kieran from Clonmacnois, St. Kevin was believed to have performed many miracles and lived to the ripe old age of 120.
On this day Stephen of Blois and his army of crusaders reached Nicea, capturing Antioch on their way to also regaining Jerusalem and Tripoli. The quick victories would come back to haunt the Crusades for Europe came down with a bad case of overconfidence because of the ease in which they had marched through the Turks and Moslems. Over the next 200 years and eight crusades later they would realize how much they had overestimated the strength and resolve of the infidels. This lack of foresight would carry over to many of the succeeding crusades including the ill-fated so-called "Children's Crusade" where thousands of innocents were slaughtered. After two centuries of fighting the Crusades were declared a failure since the Arabs still held the Holy Land.
Death of Saint Morand who is regarded as the patron saint of wine growers since he is said to have fasted only on grapes during Lent. He studied under Saint Hugh at Cluny and became a monk in the Cluniac monasteries, being known for his great holiness and purported miraculous healings.
The famous French theologian Pere Peter Abelard was excommunicated for heresy on this day for his writings. Twenty years later he would return to the Church and be reconciled with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Father Abelard retired to a monastery as a monk and died in 1142 in the good graces of the Church.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Pope announces new Swiss Guard Commandant
The Holy Father, after a 30 day hiatus out of respect for the fallen Swiss Guard Alois Estermann who had been the Pope's first pick for Commandant, announced yesterday the appointment of forty-six year-old Pius Segmuller from Lucerne, Switzerland as the permanent Commandant. He will be inducted during private ceremonies where forty other men will be inducted into the Swiss Guard ranks on June 20 along with the Pontiff's personal choice for deputy to assist Segmuller. For more, click on Swiss Guard
NEW LEADER APPOINTED FOR SWISS GUARD
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has named Pius
Segmuller to become the new commandant of the Swiss Guard,
replacing Alois Estermann, who was murdered on the day of his
As the Swiss Guard attempts a return to normal patterns, 40 new
members will be sworn into the service at a private ceremony on
June 28. The swearing-in ceremony, ordinarily a public event, was
postponed this year because of the deaths of Colonel Estermann, his
wife, and the subordinate who apparently killed them.
Pius Segmuller, 46, was born in the canton of Lucerne. He is married,
with two children. As his deputy, the Pope has designated Elmar
Theodor Mader, 34.
The acting commandant of the Swiss Guard, Roland Buchs-- who had
come out of retirement to fill his former position in the wake of the
killings-- issued a statement commending the new leader and
promising that the Swiss Guard would enter the 21st century with
new strength and unchanging loyalty to the Holy See.
Fruits of Holy Father's visit to Cuba begininng to blossom!
Miami's Archbishop John Favalora confirmed late last week that, since the Holy Father's trip to Cuba, people are flocking back to the Church in droves and that relations are much improved between Catholic Church leaders and the communist government. The archbishop made his comments after returning from a pastoral visit to the island and helping coordinate the huge shipment of medical supplies approved by the United States Government. In that same vein, the Cuban Bishops issued a Pentecostal pastoral letter calling for greater freedom for Catholics and calling for an end to the Embargo placed on Cuba by American politicos over the past three decades. For more, click on Cuban fruits.
CUBAN BISHOPS DECRY CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM, EMBARGO
AND MIAMI ARCHBISHOP SAYS CUBANS RETURNING TO CHURCH
MIAMI (CWNews.com) - The Archbishop of Miami said on Friday
that Cubans are flocking back to the Church following Pope
John Paul II's historic visit to the Communist country in
"The bishops tell me that every Sunday they are noting more
and more people coming back to church," Archbishop John
Favalora said after returning from a pastoral visit to
Cuba. He said the papal visit filled Cubans with optimism
and enthusiasm, and continuing good relations between the
Church and the officially atheist government increases that
enthusiasm. "From what I could tell there was a very cordial
relationship between church and state which continues to
build," he said.
"The Church already has a great deal of space and it is
growing," he added. "It is preaching the gospel, spreading
the message, and helping the people. I got no impression
from anyone there was any intimidation not to go to
church." Archbishop Favalora visited Cuba last week to show
support for the Church in that country. A charter plane
loaded with medical supplies was also expected to fly from
Fort Lauderdale to Havana on Tuesday after being held up by
various delays, said Bishop Thomas Wenski, head of Miami's
On the subject of Cuba, in a new pastoral letter, the bishops of
Cuba strongly uphold Catholic social doctrine as an alternative to
both capitalism and collectivism. The bishops also call for an end to
the isolation imposed upon their country by the US embargo.
On the eve of a trip to Rome, during which they visit with Pope John
Paul to discuss the progress that has been made in Cuba since his
January visit there, the bishops released a pastoral letter, dated on
Pentecost Sunday. The letter emphasizes that Catholic social teaching
is different from both collectivism (which the bishops classify as
"virtually obsolete") and "neo-liberal capitalism." In contrast to the
ideologies of "domination of some by others" the bishops propose a
social and economic system built on solidarity.
The bishops also echo the Pope's call for the world to open itself to
Cuba, ending the embargo which has been imposed by the United
States. That embargo is "ethically unacceptable," the bishops say.
Has the mouse met his match?
We shall all see soon for Operation Rescue officially began demonstrating in Orlando, Florida home of Disney World yesterday. With carefully planned addendums the protesters stationed themselves outside a few targeted abortuaries as well as in the political boardroom of City Council in an effort to sway the powers that be of the error of their ways in promoting Gay Pride in Orlando. It will all come to a head late this week when pro-life advocates switch their focus directly on Mickey Mouse's domain - Disney World where a massive contingent of gays and lesbians are expected to descend for Gay Days at the amusement park. For more, click on No to gay way of life.
OPERATION RESCUE BEGINS FLORIDA DEMONSTRATIONS
ORLANDO, Florida (CWNews.com) - The pro-life group
Operation Rescue began planned protests in Orlando on
Monday, holding demonstrations at an abortion clinic, a
national bookstores chain that sells pornography, and Walt
Disney World which will host a homosexual event at the
resort this weekend.
More than 100 advocates gathered outside the EPOC clinic,
singing, praying, and chanting, in apparent violation of a
court order banning singing, whistling, and chanting within
earshot of the clinic. The injunction, obtained by the city
of Orlando against Operation Rescue last week, also allows
police to search backpacks and purses of anyone within
1,000 feet of a clinic and requires pro-life and
pro-abortion protesters to keep at least 10 feet apart.
While no one was arrested for violating the order, five
people were arrested in a civil disobedience protest when
they blocked the street next to the clinic.
Pro-life advocates also attended a city council meeting on
Monday to protest a plan to fly rainbow-colored flags
around the city to commemorate June as Gay Pride month. The
week of protests will include a demonstration at a Barnes &
Nobles Booksellers store and then culminate with a protest
at Walt Disney World which is the site of annual Gay Days
celebration this weekend.
Who says clout doesn't count?
They say the "squeaky wheel gets the grease." The Church proved this with a concerted campaign to derail the Peruvian government's underground campaign to sterilize thousands of women in an attempt to control population. Church officials in Peru and influential human rights groups not only protested, but blew the whistle on the secret campaign and was able to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the dangers of the irreversible procedures and potential health risks. The people rebelled and brought the government program to its knees. For more, click on exposing Peru's lies.
STERILIZATION CAMPAIGN COLLAPSES AFTER CHURCH PRESSURE
LIMA (CWNews.com) - A secret program of forced
sterilizations for poor women has collapsed after the
Church and several human rights groups publicly denounced
it, said sources at Peru's Ministry of Health on Monday.
"Sterilizations have decreased in 68%" as a consequence of
"a dramatic lack of confidence both in the method and in
health agents," the sources said. The report also said that
other artificial methods, with the exception of condoms,
have experienced the same fall in popularity.
Jorge Parra, director of the Reproductive Health and
Planned Parenthood program, said, "Obviously, we will not
reach our annual goal to perform 78,000 tubal ligations and
22,000 vasectomies throughout the country, and we also had
to suspend our sterilization festivals." Parra blamed the
Catholic Church for employing "a subtle guerrilla war
against the program."
Last December, Catholic bishops, pro-life groups, and
congressmen started a campaign to stop forced
sterilizations in the poorest regions of the country.
Despite the partial failure of the birth control program,
criticism of the plan continued. The People's Defense
Center -- an arm of the Peruvian judicial system -- is
currently looking into 56 cases of forced sterilizations
among young women, the majority of them 18-year-old, to see
if any laws had been broken or their civil rights violated.
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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
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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