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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
LITURGY FOR WEEKDAY IN EASTER
The rest of the week is 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.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today is the day the Church used to celebrate the feast of Saint Stanislaus, the Polish Bishop and Martyr. In modern times April 11 is the new feast day for this Patron Saint of Poland. However, because April 11 fell on Holy Saturday this year, we bring you the prayer of St. Stanislaus today, taken from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood booklet, "My Daily Prayer."
O God, for Whose honor the glorious Bishop Stanislaus was slain by the swords of wicked men, grant, we beseech Thee, that all who implore his protection may obtain the wholesome fulfillment of their prayers. 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.
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"According to his good sense a man is praised, but one with a warped mind is despised."
Proverbs 12: 8
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
Do clothes make the man?
Not necessarily, but in the case of the vaunted Swiss Guard they truly enhance the image. And why not? They were designed by the greatest Renaissance master of them all: Michelangelo! Fashion can be so fleeting, just as today's values are also fleeting. With the Swiss Guard in the headlines this week due to the unfortunate triple murders this past Monday, it's time to put a good light on this loyal garrison who guard the Holy Father. For today's commentary, The Swiss Guard, an institution that has survived the test of time click on the Thursday CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Mobilizing the Laity for the troubled times
In our sixty-eighth installment of our megaseries on the Church today, we bring you not only the seeds of the Swiss Guard, but how God used a husband and father to convey where the Church was heading not only in the time of Saint Nicholas Von Flue's time, but in our times in which he was shown what would happen. For more, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Messages from Our Lord encourage us
In messages one hundred forty-six, forty-seven, and forty-eight, all conveyed to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas in 1992, Jesus imparts words of encouragement to all His children in three of the 632 messages imparted to the Hidden Flower from September 1990 through the feast of Corpus Christi, 1995. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Holy Father uses his Wednesday audience to console and encourage Swiss Guards and their families in mourning for their fallen comrade
On a day that should have been glorious with the formal installation of Colonel Alois Estermann as new Commander of the Swiss Guard and the induction of new recruits into this elite corps, the Holy Father dedicated his regular Wednesday audience to consoling the shocked members of the Palace Guard along with their families in attendance, while encouraging all to "keep the faith" and leave it to God to judge. For more, click on Wednesday audience
Cuban Cardinal takes off the gloves and lands a blow to Castro's pride
Cardinal Jaime Ortega
of Havana took off the gloves in an interview with the Havana Archdiocese magazine and took on Communist Dictator Fidel Castro, lambasting him in no uncertain terms and calling for him to wake up to Cuba's needs and to allow the Church to evangelize. He made it clear blame cannot be placed solely on the U.S. embargo but rather Castro's ideology where he has depended too much on the antiquated ideas of the former Soviet Union. For more, click on Cuba.
Award to Rabbi goes far in mending differences between Church and Jews
What the document out of the Vatican last month on the Shoah failed to do, an honor presented to a New York Rabbi quite possibly will: mend differences between Jewish interests and the Roman Catholic Church. The recipient of the coveted Papal Knighthood award, the first Jew ever chosen, is a close friend of Cardinal William Keeler and has worked tirelessly throughout his life with Keeler in helping their flocks understand the other faith. For more, click on Papal Knighthood to read more.
Asian Synod winding down as preparations get underway for submitting proposals to Pope
Just as the American, African, and other Synods have, so also the Asian Synod, still smarting from the Red China snub, have begun their final phase of the Synod in preparation for presenting recommendations to the Holy Father so he can assimilate everything and prepare for a final exhortation. Some are speculating the place for that exhortation could be Jerusalem in 2000. For more, click on Asian Synod to read more.
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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
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