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October 13, 1998
SECTION TWO vol 9, no. 200
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer in honor of the 81st anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima is the traditional Fatima Prayer said after every decade of the Rosary:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy Mercy.
Events Today in Church History
Today we commemorate the 81st anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima and the famous "Miracle of the Sun."For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Historical Events in Church Annals for October 13:
Death of Saint Faustus, Saint Januarius and Saint Martial, Christian martyrs who were subjected to terrible tortures and burned to death in Cordova, Spain under the persecution of Diocletian. They are referred to as "The Three Crowns of Cordova."
Birth of Saint Edward the Confessor, son of King Ethred III and his Norman wife Emma in Islip, England just after the turn of the second millennium. He would go on to become king of England and his piety would cause the citizenry to bestow the name "confessor" on this dedicated saint who died in London on January 5, 1066. He was canonized in Pope Alexander III in 1161.
Cardinal Alessandro Farnese is elected the 220th successor of Peter. He takes the name Pope Paul III and is coronated on Novermber 3rd. His pontificate would last 15 years and it was he who commissioned the master Michelangelo as the "lifetime architect" of St. Peter's Basilica. He created the climate of the "Counter Reformation" and gave official approval to the Society of Jesus as well as calling the 19th Ecumenical Council. He died on November 10, 1549.
Birth of Saint Francesco Caracciolo at Villa Santa Maria in Abruzzi, Italy under the secular name of Ascenio. He would go on to help found the Minor Clerks Regular as a missionary order dedicated to ministering to the sick in hospitals and prisons and die on June 1, 1608 at Agnone, Italy.
The Blessed Mother appears to visionaries Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta at the Cova in Fatima, Portugal for the final time. This was the occasion of the miracle of the sun where over 70,000 saw the sun spin toward them or as they refer to it - "the sun danced."
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Bridging the climate between Jew and Christian: a saint for all humanity.
Eleven years after beatifying Blessed Edith Stein the Jewish convert who became a Carmelite nun, Pope John Paul II proudly canonized her as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross proclaiming that the Church's newest saint should "serve to reinforce the bridge of understanding between Jews and Christians." Considered the "Saint of the Shoah," some Jewish factions took exception with the Holy Father's actions, demeaning her because she had "abandoned the faith she had embraced at birth" causing Catholics to think the "best [Jews] are those who have left Judaism." Nevertheless, it was a glorious ceremony honoring a holy woman who was not hampered by race or creed, but knew in her heart what was right. For more, click on Saint of the Shoah.
EDITH STEIN AS SAINT AND BRIDGE TO UNDERSTANDING
THOUGH SOME JEWS DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- As he pronounced the canonization of
Edith Stein, Pope John Paul II prayed "that her witness will serve to
reinforce the bridge of understanding between Jews and Christians."
He also asked "all men and women of good will" to join him in the
prayer that there could "never again" be an atrocity like the
Edith Stein, who died at Auschwitz on August 9, 1942, had been
beatified by Pope John Paul in May 1987. Last year a Vatican
investigation resulted in the official approval of a miracle attributed
to her intercession: the inexplicable healing of a young American girl
who had been accidentally poisoned.
Edith Stein was born into a Jewish family, and converted to
Catholicism after establishing herself as a formidable young
philosopher. She entered the Carmelite order, taking the name Sister
Theresa Benedicta of the Holy Cross. She was living in Holland when
the bishops of that country condemned Nazi racial policies, and in
retaliation the Nazi government rounded up Jewish-born Catholics
and took them into the extermination camps.
Pope John Paul said that the feast of St. Theresa Benedicta- Edith
Stein should be an occasion for Catholics to recall the Holocaust, "that
terrible plan to eliminate a people-- a plan which cost the lives of
millions of our Jewish brothers and sisters." Toward that end, the
Holy Father said:
"For the love of God and of man, once again, profoundly moved, I
raise my voice to cry, 'Never again let there be such a criminal
initiative, for any ethnic group, any people, any race, anywhere in
The Pope also dwelt at length on the philosophical work of Edith
Stein, emphasizing her contributions to the proper understanding of
human reason. Cautioning against the assumption that "truth is the
opinion held by the greatest number of people," he said that "truth
and love require one another." Edith Stein, he said, had taught: "Do
not accept anything as truth if it lacks love; and do not accept as love
anything which lacks truth."
Despite the celebration, some Jewish
groups protested the act as slap in their face and a
reversal in Jewish-Catholic relations.
The Holy Father called St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross,
nee Edith Stein, "an eminent daughter of Israel and a
faithful daughter of the Church." The saint was killed in
the Nazi death camp Auschwitz after Jewish converts to
Christianity were rounded up in the Netherlands. "In the
martyr, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, so many
differences meet and are resolved in peace," said the Pope.
Ephraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem
criticized the canonization. "[Stein] could in no way
symbolize the Jewish martyrs of the Holocaust because she
chose to leave Judaism," he said. The canonization "sends
the worst possible message to Catholics all over the world
-- that is, that the Jews that the Catholic Church likes
the best are those who have left Judaism."
Vatican will release newest encyclical Fides et Ratio - "Faith and Reason" on feast of St. Teresa of Avila
It is right and proper that the Holy See will release the Holy Father's latest encyclical on Faith and Reason - Fides et Ratio on the feast of the first woman Doctor of the Church Saint Teresa of Avila a great woman of faith and reason who did so much in reforming her own Carmelite Order. Thursday is also the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the pontificate of John Paul II, 264th successor of Peter who has rewritten the role of the Supreme Pontiff in the modern world, being more active than any Pope ever has, having touched the soil of nearly every country where most of his predecessors only dreamed of. For more, click on Fides et Ratio.
NEW ENCYCLICAL COMING THIS WEEK
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The Vatican today confirmed that Pope
John Paul's new encyclical, Fides et Ratio, will be formally
promulgated on Thursday, October 15-- the feast of St. Teresa of
Avila, and the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Holy Father's
The encyclical, which has already been translated from Latin into
seven languages (English, Italian, French, German, Spanish,
Portuguese, and Polish), will be presented to the press on that day by
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the prefect of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith. He will be joined in that presentation by
Archbishop Josef Miroslaw Zycinski of Lublin and Bishop Rino
Fisichella, a Rome auxiliary, and by Father Georges Cottier, the
theological of the papal household.
Hugh Finn is in God's hands now after three year coma
Former television news anchor Hugh Finn, a 44-year old Catholic who went into a coma after an automobile crash three years ago, ended his long struggle for life a week after his wife Michele was able to get a court order, proving to the authorities that it was his wish. She was backed by the Bishop of Louisville Bishop Thomas Kelly who agreed that he had suffered enough and to leave it in God's hands, though Father Daniel Gee from the Finn's parish in Manassa, Virginia felt otherwise and joined the governor of Virginia Jim Gilmore and other relatives of Finn's in trying to prevent the removal of the feeding tubes. For more, click on He's in God's hands now.
SEMI-COMATOSE VIRGINIA MAN STARVED TO DEATH
MANASSAS, Virginia (CWNews.com) - The semi-comatose man at
the center of a legal fight over his wife's decision to
have his feeding tubes removed died on Friday, eight days
after a court ordered those tubes removed.
Hugh Finn, 44, was in a semi-comatose state since an auto
accident in 1995, and his wife Michele argued that he had
not wanted to live if he ever ended up in such
circumstances. After doctors diagnosed Finn as being in a
"persistent vegetative state," the court ordered the
hospital to remove the tubes, despite pleas from Finn's
family and an intervention on their behalf by Virginia Gov.
Finn's family claimed that he sometimes answered questions
verbally, and he could blink his eyes to answer them. When
told he would no longer be able to receive Holy Communion
when the feeding stopped, he reportedly cried. A final
attempt to intervene on Finn's behalf was made on Thursday
by Virginia Delegate Robert Marshall, but a federal judge
ruled he had no legal standing in the case.
ACLU protests the opportunity for aborted fetuses to have proper burial
Disregarding the fact 54 aborted fetuses are human beings, the ACLU is attempting to block a Christian burial for the innocent ones who were found in boxes in an abandoned field last year, dumped there by an abortuary who had to close down. The ACLU's argument is over the red tape matter of separation of Church and state. As ridiculous as this sounds when it comes to the dignity of God's children, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has no shame or ethics as evident by their protest. The found fetuses showed clearer than ever the horrors of this American holocaust! For more, click on Abortion.
ABORTED CHILDREN TO RECEIVE CHRISTIAN BURIAL; ACLU OBJECTS
LOS ANGELES (CWNews.com) - A county coroner's office agreed
on Friday to release the remains of 54 aborted children
found in an empty field to pro-life groups for a Christian
burial, but a civil liberties group said that may violate
the separation of church and state.
San Bernadino County Coroner Brian McCormick released the
bodies to the pro-lifers who named each child, provided a
casket, and planned to hold memorial services over the
weekend at several area churches. The bodies were found in
cardboard boxes in a field last year. An investigation
traced them back to a now-closed Los Angeles abortion
clinic and a truck driver for the clinic was sentenced to
71 days in jail for the dumping.
The pro-life groups asked the coroner's office to release
the bodies to them at the conclusion of the investigation,
but the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern
California protested. "It is more than just the appearance
of the state sanctioning a particular religious belief,"
said associate director Elizabeth Schroeder. "Under
California law there is only one way to dispose of this
material ... that would be by incineration."
Schroeder cited a 1994 California appeals court decision
that ruled the Los Angeles County district attorney's
office violated the separation of church and state when it
proposed to bury 16,500 aborted children in religious
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September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today, I call you to become my witnesses by living
the faith of your fathers. Little children, you seek signs and
messages and do not see that, with every morning sunrise, God
calls you to convert and to return to the way of truth and salvation.
You speak much, little children, but you work little on your
conversion. That is why, convert and start to live my messages, not
with your words but with your life. In this way, little children, you
will have the strength to decide for the true conversion of the heart.
Thank you for having responded to my call
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"Man's steps are from the Lord; how, then, can a man understand His way?"
Proverbs 20: 24
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