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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Though we have already celebrated the feast of Pope Saint Pius V on April 30th, the actual day he died in 1572 was May 5th. Therefore, we offer this special prayer in honor of this saint today, taken from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood booklet, "My Daily Prayer."
O God, Who in order to crush the enemy of Thy Church and to restore divine worship, didst vouchsafe to call Blessed Pius to the Supreme Pontificate, grant that we may be defended by his protection, and may so adhere to Thy service that overcoming all the snares of the enemy, we may rejoice in perpetual peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
LITURGY FOR WEEKDAY IN EASTER
Today and tomorrow. as well as the rest of the week, are observed as a Weekdays in the Fourth Week of Easter. For the liturgy, readings, and meditations for today and tomorrow's Mass, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
PROVERB OF THE DAY"Toil not to gain wealth, cease to be concerned about it." Proverbs 23: 4
605 and counting,
hoping and praying...
- Chapter Sixty-seven of our on-going megaseries THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS on Garabandal: A Testimony to the Fruits of Garabandal - part two.
- Father John Hampsch's column on Vertical Faith and Our Cooperation
- A pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- More Humor for mid-week
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on May 6th
- Liturgy for Wednesday and Thursday
- ...and much more in our eighty-eighth issue for 1998!
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Viva CINCO DE MAYO!
The sounds of mariachis and castanets during Mass and the aroma of fresh tortillas wafting in from outside signals that this day is like no other to the faithful of Mexican descent for it is Cinco de Mayo - the day Mexico celebrates their independence from France. Or is it? In today's editorial we do some investigative reporting and illustrate one shouldn't always believe what one reads. Is it legend or fact? That we answer in today's commentary Viva Cinco de Mayo. Click on, today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Murder at the Vatican! New Swiss Guard Commander was found shot to death, along with his wife and another in his apartment at Vatican City yesterday, just hours after the Holy Father had appointed 44-year old Alois Estermann, a veteran of 18 years, to head up the elite corp. As soon as more news on his death and the possible arrest of a suspect, possibly a fellow Swiss soldier who was jealous, is available we will have it for you. For the story of this ultra loyal man's appointment and his background, click on Swiss Guard.
Diecisiente de Abril marks the end for the House of Hohenstaufen
Translated from Spanish that means the "seventeenth of April" and it signifies the year 1268 when Conradin, the last of the House of Hohenstaufen German kings who had confounded the Vatican for so many years, was beheaded by Charles of Angiou. With his death a new reign of terror would haunt the Holy See for years to come, but Pope Clement IV did not see it coming during his reign which we cover in our sixty-sixth installment today, entitled Pope Clement IV and the end of the Hohenstaufen Dynasty. Click on, THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
Prudence is Prime when it comes to Virtue
Our Lord conveys the importance of the Virtue of Prudence to His children as a vital virtue in the Cardinal Virtues which begin today in Lesson Meditation #84: THE CARDINAL VIRTUES: UPON WHICH ALL VIRTUES HINGE. These Lesson/Meditations to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart are among a series of 100 Meditative Lessons imparted to her in 1995. Click on THE HIDDEN WAY
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.
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Chinese Bishop refutes Communist government claims that keep him from attending Asian Synod in Rome
Ninety year-old Bishop Matthias Duan Yinmin strongly refuted communist claims that he and a fellow Bishop Joseph Xu Zhixuan have no allegiance to the Holy Father but rather the state-run Chinese Patriotic Church. Though they are members of the latter, it does not mean they are not loyal to Rome, but rather caught in the political web between mainland China and Taiwan. In a letter to the Vatican, read by Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte to the assembly, he expressed great regret that the two bishops were prevented from attending. For more, click on Chinese Bishops
National Media playing "What if" again over reports of replacing the Pope
Speculation once again comes to the fore this week with the release of a US NEWS & WORLD REPORT story about a successor to Pope John Paul II. Their choice, a figment of the imagination of liberals that, in reality does not exist among the college of cardinals eligible for the next conclave. In addition to their obsessive disorders, the reporters continue to spew rumors about the Pope's illnesses, offering a possibility of Parkinson and thereby throwing a scare into readers. But the Vatican is confident the Holy Father will be with us to usher the world into the third millennium. For more, click on Papal pablum.
Busy weekend finds the Holy Father looking prayerfully for a peace solution in the mideast as he ordains 30 new priests to carry on
Thirty new men became "priests forever according to the order of Melchisedech" in the Diocese of Rome with the Bishop of Rome - Pope John Paul II officiating. Later, at the noon Regina Coeli, the Holy Father expressed concern and hope that a peaceful solution can be attained in the mideast with the pending Israeli-Palestinian talks. For more, click on Busy Pope to read more.
Catholic Bashing reaches new lows on Mad TV and the Catholic League is mad!
And every Catholic should be mad too. The plethora of Catholic bashing reached a new low last week on Fox's "Mad TV", a parody and irreverant show where nothing is sacred and they proved that on April 25th with a very offensive skit about a licentious, lustful priest. It was in totally bad taste and only the Catholic League, headed by crusader William Donohue who demanded an immediate apology from FOX, but the prurient network was in no mood to back down, brushing it off as part of what they do. If you're not outraged, you should be! For more, click on Catholic Bashing to read more.
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