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Events today in Church History
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today tradition considers the day that the beloved disciple Saint John the Apostle, the only one not to die of martyrdom, was spared just that when miraculously he emerged unscathed from a vat of boiling oil. Therefore, we offer this special prayer in honor of that occasion, taken from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood booklet, "My Daily Prayer."
O God, Who sees that evils disturb us on every side, grant, we beseech Thee, that the glorious intercession of Blessed John, Thine Apostle and Evangelist, may ever protect us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. 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"Those who love Me I also love, and those who seek Me find Me." Proverbs 8: 17
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- More on the Church today and the Vision to St. John Bosco in the sixty-eighth installment of the on-going megaseries feature WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Messages 146 and 147 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- A pertinent and timely editorial in the Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME focusing on May 7th
- Liturgy for Thursday and Friday
- ...and much more in our eighty-ninth issue for 1998!
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Making sense out of senselessness
For the first time in 150 years since the Vatican prime minister had been murdered inside the Vatican in 1848 during the early papal reign of Pope Pius IX amidst political intrigue, shots rang out once again to fatally take the lives of not one, but three lives. The culprit was one of the Holy Father's trusted elite members of the Swiss Guard and his murder-suicide that also claimed the life of the Pope's personal choice for Commander - Colonel Alois Estermann and his wife in their Vatican apartment. If this can happen in the Vatican, how safe is Pope John Paul II? Only as safe as we determine through our prayers. For today's commentary, He wants you. Enlist Now in God's elite Secret Service! click on the Wednesday CATHOLIC PewPOINT
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43 year-old Commander-to-be of the 100-member Swiss Guard felled by felllow Swiss corporal's bullets
Evidently it was an angry reaction to the fact he would not be cited for meritorious duty or any honors in the impending installation ceremony of the Swiss Guard that triggered a satanic reaction in 23 year-old Cedric Tornay who apparently fired two bullets into his superior Alois Estermann and then the latter's wife before turning the gun on himself. All three were found dead on the floor of Esterman's residence inside Vatican City. For more, click on Murder in the Vatican
Holy Father mourns victims of Vatican murders, consoles Swiss Guards
Pope John Paul II expressed his deepest regrets yesterday at the shocking and senseless murders of three he knew and trusted. Knowing the Holy Father he was most probably more distraught over the turn Cedric Tornay took in committing the murders then for his cherished Colonel who he had just appointed to head up the elite 100-man Swiss Guard. A special installation had been planned for today to commemorate the memory of nearly 150 who fell in battle protecting Pope Clement VII against the Lutherans and Charles V in 1527. The Pope's personal choice Alois Estermann was scheduled to be installed as Commander today, but the ceremonies have been postponed indefinitely for obvious reasons. For more, click on Papal condolences.
Exclusive interview with CWN is Swiss Guard's final comments to the public
The Catholic World News obtained an exclusive interview in French and translated it into English. It was conducted with Alois Estermann the forty-three year-old heir apparent to lead the 100-man Swiss Guard, the elite garrison vowed to protect the Pope. The interview was granted after word got out that he had been selected as the next Commander of the Swiss Guard even though he was a non-nobleman, in contrast to most who have served in this post. For the exclusive interview and an insight into the man who was slain on Monday, click on Exclusive interview to read more.
Cardinal Jaime Sin issues warning to Filipino parishioners to be wary of fraud in upcoming national election
Fearing voter fraud at the polls next week when the Philippines elects a new president, the country's spiritual leader Cardinal Jaimie Sin issued a letter to be read from the pulpit of every parish this coming Sunday which begs the people to elect a man worthy of the high office who will keep the value of life in the highest priority. He warns of military intervention and voter fraud, possible by both parties. He is no stranger to this, having lead a bloodless coup to help oust Marcos from office in 1986. For more, click on Cardinal's warning to read more.
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The Fruits of Conversion continue for a Priest through Garabandal
In our sixty-sixth installment of our megaseries on Blessed Mary's appearances in modern times, we continue our treatise on Garabandal with a special testimony on the fruits of this apparition by a priest who admittedly was promoting the liberal cause but the soft-sell of Garabandal converted him to an appreciation for the orthodox and traditional viewpoint of Holy Mother Church. Through Garabandal he saw the error of his ways. For part thirteen - GARABANDAL: For whom the Bells Toll! Testimony to the Fruits of Garabandal part one, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
"Your Promises are My Hope"
In his column today, Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. brings home the point that we must have faith in Jesus first, then in prayer and faith, not vice versa. Jesus is the key that opens the door of prayer and faith. He emphasizes this as he continues his take on "Vertical Growth: Our Cooperation" with part six. For his thirty-eighth installment of "Faith: Key to the Heart of God," click on Keys to Living God's Will
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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