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May 18, 1998             SECTION ONE              vol 9, no. 96

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TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE HOLY FATHER'S 78th BIRTHDAY WITH A SPECIAL SALUTE TO OUR GREAT PONTIFF!

     We are living in a very special time as Jesus has told us through Scripture and through His very Own Blessed Mother to whom our 264th Supreme Pontiff has dedicated his papacy. For these special times we have been gifted from God a special Pope - our beloved Pope John Paul II who today celebrates his 78th Birthday. Having been elected as one of the youngest pontiffs in modern times in October, 1978 he has wisely led the Church through these perilous times as he steers the Barque of Peter ever closer to the Twin pillars envisioned by Saint John Bosco. We are on the brink of the great Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as she promised at Fatima which is intricately linked with this great Pope. Today we celebrate his birthday with a special salute, a recounting of his great life from the his earliest years through his priestly life to years as bishop and cardinal to the papal years. For this special "Life of John Paul the Great," click on CELEBRATING JOHN PAUL II's BIRTHDAY

INTRODUCTION

Your Holiness, this is your life!

THE EARLY YEARS OF FORMATION

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Prayers and Blessings for a very Happy Birthday
to our beloved John Paul II the Great!



April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Today's prayer is in honor of Pope Saint John I, and is taken from the Opening Prayer of the Mass

God, our Father, rewarder of all who believe, hear our prayers as we celebrate the martyrdom of Pope John. Help us to follow him in loyalty and faith.


PROVERB OF THE DAY

"He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy glorifies him."

Proverbs 14: 31


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May 18, 1998 volume 9, no. 96   DAILY CATHOLIC