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WEDNESDAY

May 20, 1998             SECTION ONE              vol 9, no. 98

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No feature or editorial today. Editor's caught a virus!

     They say you can't keep a good man down, but some sort of virus is suring trying it's hardest. With the editor fighting a fever, we've abbreviated today's and tomorrow's Holy Day issue, bringing you everything but the feature series and the editorials. Since this editor doesn't have a lap-top it's tough to lug the tower and monitor into the bedroom and I'm under doctor's orders to stay in bed, but the show must go on so we're bringing you an abbreviated edition for the next few days. Please be patient and thank you for your understanding. And now, on with the show..

Speaking of sicknesses: What about the terrible Famine in the USA?

     In his column today, Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. addresses the terrible famine mentioned above which isn't about food, but about our the growing famine of faith in the Word of God and he expresses great alarm that this is weakening the circulatory system of America as he continues his work on Faith. For his fortieth installment, The Prayer of Faith, click on Keys to Living God's Will

Fortieth Installment: The Prayer of Faith


Time to switch long distance companies?

     That might be a possibility in the humorous bit in today's mid-week humor page which we resurrect after a few week hiatus and in lieu of our regular mega series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS today. For a chuckle or two, click on A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN

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

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World
News Service

HEADLINES:

HISTORIAN EXPECTS BEATIFICATION OF POPE PIUS XII

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Father Pierre Blet, SJ, the French historian who is the leading living expert on the actions of the Church during World War II, believes that Pope Pius XII will eventually be beatified. The Jesuit scholar told the Italian monthly 30 Days that he believes the cause of Pius XII has been delayed for "diplomatic reasons."

      Father Blet is one of four Jesuit historians who, at the request of Pope Paul VI, thoroughly examined and summarized the contents of the secret Vatican archives relating to World War II. The four-man team-- of which Father Blet is the only survivor-- produced a 12- volume summary of those documents.

      After the recent publication of a new Vatican document on the Holocaust, and subsequent angry reactions by some Jewish leaders, Father Blet published an essay defending the actions of Pope Pius XII, and accusing that pope's critics of calumny.


RED ARMY CHORUS TO SING FOR POPE

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In a gesture with remarkable historic and ecumenical implications, the Red Army chorus will sing the Lord's Prayer, in honor of Pope John Paul II, in a public performance on Ascension Thursday. The event will be broadcast, live from Moscow's Red Square, by the Italian television network RAI.

      The performance by the Red Army chorus will be part of a larger program prepared by RAI, in collaboration with the Vatican committee preparing for the Jubilee. The program will highlight several cities around the world which have played a historic role in the development of Christianity, including Moscow along with Canterbury, Istanbul (Constantinople), and Beirut.

      It is remarkable that the Red Army, once devoted to the spread of an atheist ideology, would participate in a program devoted to Christianity. It may be equally remarkable that the Russian group would dedicate their performance to Pope John Paul II, at a time when ecumenical relations between the Holy Father and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II of Moscow have been notably cool. Since the cancellation of a planned June 1997 meeting with the Pope, the Patriarch-- who wields great political influence in Russia-- has repeatedly insisted that no such meeting can take place as long as the Catholic Church continues to engage in "proselytism" in "traditionally Orthodox" regions such as Russia and Ukraine.


ROMANIA PRESIDENT APPEALS FOR PEACE BETWEEN ORTHODOX, CATHOLICS

      BLAJ, Romania (CWNews.com) - Romanian President Emil Constantinescu on Sunday called for the Romanian Orthodox Church and Eastern-rite Catholics to settle their differences to help the country build a future in the post-Communist era.

      Constantinescu spoke at a Catholic church, one of the few returned to Catholics after the Communist-era ban on the faith was lifted in 1990 when the Communist government fell. Most churches and property belonging to the 300,000-strong minority were turned over to the Romanian Orthodox Church and attempts to settle property disputes have resulted in riots and violent confrontations. The president did not publicly support the Catholic demand for a mass restitution of churches seized in the 1940s.

      "I want to pay tribute to Orthodox and Greek Catholic clergy who have understood the importance of the unity of our people," Constantinescu said. "At the end of this century we are at peace with our neighbours and we have good understanding with minorities. Romania can serve as an example of stability in an area with many conflicts." Many Catholics reacted angrily to the call for end to the dispute, with many in the crowd chanting "We want our church back."

      Fistfights erupted earlier this year in a disputed church in the Transylvanian church of Cluj when Orthodox parishioners resisted a court order to return it to Catholics.


NEW CALL TO END EMBARGO AS IRAQI MINISTER VISITS

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II today met with Iraqi vice-premier Tarek Aziz, who is traveling through Europe seeking support for his plea to end the international embargo on his country.

      After meeting with the Holy Father, Aziz also huddled with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, and the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran.

      After the visit by the Iraqi official, the Holy See repeated its call for an end to the embargo. Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls spoke of the "negative consequences" of the embargo, and the toll it has taken on the poor of Iraq.

      During the special Synod of Bishops for Asia, which concluded at the Vatican last week, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Raphael I of Baghdad asked that the final statement of the bishops' synod incorporate an explicit call for an end to the embargo. That request won approval from the assembled bishops, and the statement was included.

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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 May 20:


LITURGY FOR WEDNESDAY IN THE SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER AND PREPARATION FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION

     Today is the Sixth Wednesday of Easter and the Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena. For the liturgy, readings, and meditations and story of this Franciscan Bishop and Missionary, as well as tomorrow's Solemnity of the ASCENSION OF OUR LORD INTO HEAVEN, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Wednesday, May 20, 1998

SAINT BERNARDINE OF SIENA, PRIEST, RELIGIOUS AND MISSIONARY

THURSDAY, May 21, 1998

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD INTO HEAVEN

     For some strange reason, in the dioceses and Archdioceses in the West (Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Hawaii) the Solemnity of the Ascension is not celebrated on this day but transfered to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. In its place they celebrate Thursday in the Sixth Week of Easter or the Feast of Saint Eugene De Mazenod, Bishop and Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Today's prayer commemorates Saint Bernardine of Siena as reflected in the Opening Prayer of the Mass:

Father, You gave Saint Bernardine a special love for the Holy Name of Jesus. By the help of his prayers, may we always be alive with the spirit of Your love.


PROVERB OF THE DAY

"There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, against the Lord."

Proverbs 21: 30

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