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MONDAY      October 19, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 204

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LITURGY OF THE DAY

     Today is the feast of Saint Isaac Jogues, Jesuit priest, and Saint John de Brebeuf and the other North American Martyrs while tomorrow, besides being the Twenty-ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time, it is also the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, priest and religious founder. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Monday, October 19, 1998

Feast of Saint Isaac Jogues, SJ and Saint John de Brebeuf and their companion North American Martyrs

Tuesday, October 20, 1998

Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest and Religious Founder


PRAYERS & DEVOTION


Events Today in Church History

      For pertinent people and events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today. Click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 19:


WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

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HEADLINES:

VATICAN CELEBRATION OF POPE'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY THAT HAVE BEEN BUSY, PRODUCTIVE YEARS

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- With 20,000 cheering pilgrims from Poland on hand for the occasion, Pope John Paul II Friday celebrated the 20th anniversary of his election to the papacy. He said that he saw his mission as one of leading the Church in "councilor renewal," and pursuing "evangelization without frontiers."

      The Holy Father joined the congregation in St. Peter's Square after a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw. He commented that he would always feel "special ties" to the people of his homeland.

      After the Mass, the Pope made a long trip around St. Peter's Square in the open "popemobile," accompanied by his personal secretary, Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz. After receiving a long, loud ovation, he offered some of his own thoughts on the anniversary.

      Recalling the date 20 years ago when he was approached in the Sistine Chapel and asked whether he would accept election, Pope John Paul said, "The ways of divine providence are mysterious." Then he repeated his answer to that question: "In obedience of faith before Christ my Lord, abandoning myself to the Mother of Christ and of the Church, conscious of the great difficulties, I accept." Hearing those words, the crowd in St. Peter's Square again erupted in applause.

      The Pope reflected with wonder that he had been called as Peter's successor, "from the tomb of St.. Stanislaw to the tomb of St. Peter." He remember how during that 1978 conclave, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski approached him and sought his assurance that, if he were chosen, he would accept the papacy. He insisted that he could not have become Pontiff is his episcopal career had not been buoyed by the "heroic faith" of Cardinal Wyszynski; he also gave credit to Our Lady of Chestochowa. John Paul gave thanks for "the prayer and sacrifices of all the People of God" for him during his pontificate. He mentioned especially the prayers offered on his behalf after the assassination attempt of May 13, 1981.

      Turning his gaze to the future, the Pope spoke about the need to prepare for the Jubilee Year. He recalled how at the outset of his papacy he had cried, "Open the doors to Christ!" Repeatedly that message, he insisted, "The time of the new evangelization has arrived."

      As the Vatican celebrated the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul's election, some hard statistics may help to place his pontificate in a historical perspective.

• As of October 16, John Paul has been Pontiff for 7,306 days. His reign is the longest of any Pope elected in the 20th century, and he ranks 13th among all of the 263 successors to St. Peter. (Pope Pius IX had the longest tenure: 32 years, from 1846 to 1878.) Assuming that he leads the Church into the 21st century, at the beginning of the Jubilee Year he will rank 9th in papal longevity.

• John Paul has made 84 apostolic voyages, visiting 117 different countries. He has made 134 shorter trips inside Italy, reaching 269 different towns. And he has carried out apostolic visits to 274 of the 328 parishes in the Rome diocese.During these trips the Pope has delivered 2,194 official public addresses. His busiest speaking tour was his 1979 trip to Ireland and the United States, when he gave 76 public talks in the course of 9 days.

His combined travel has taken him on trips covering over 1,000,000 miles altogether-- roughly 26 times the circumference of the globe, or more than twice the distance from earth to the moon.

• John Paul has presided at the canonization of 280 new saints-- 246 martyrs and 34 confessors-- in 35 different ceremonies. He has beatified 805 people, in 112 ceremonies.

• He has written 13 encyclicals, 10 apostolic exhortations, 10 apostolic constitutions, 37 apostolic letters, and 19 motu proprios.

• He has held 7 consistories, and elevated 157 men to the college of cardinals. Of the 157 cardinals living today, 128 received their red hats from John Paul. Of the 115 eligible to vote in a papal conclave, 101 were elevated by this Pontiff.

• He has presided over 12 assemblies (including general, particular, and extraordinary sessions) of the Synod of Bishops; 877 weekly catechetical audiences (with an estimated attendance of nearly 14 million altogether); 584 official visits with heads of state and another 82 with prime ministers.

The encyclicals of Pope John Paul II to date are:


NORTHERN IRELAND LEADERS WIN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

      OSLO (CWNews.com) - The Nobel Committee announced on Friday that rival sectarian leaders in Northern Ireland were the winners of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to bring peace the violence-torn region.

      John Hume, 61, of the predominantly Catholic Social Democrat party, and David Trimble, 54, of the Protestant Ulster Unionist party, were credited for bringing about the Good Friday accords signed in April that ended three decades of fighting between republicans and loyalists. The prize will be presented in Oslo on December 10.

      Hume said the award was a sign of international support for the peace process. "I see this award as a very powerful endorsement of the peace process ... because it underlines massive international goodwill towards it." Trimble added that much work remains to be done. "We cannot say with absolute certainty in Northern Ireland today that there is real peace," he said. "I hope we can actually bring about fairly soon a situation in Northern Ireland where everybody, even those who, at the moment, are skeptical of the process, can feel safe and confident."


US BISHOPS URGE PROMOTION OF WOMEN IN CHURCH BUT WITHIN LIMITS OF CANON LAW

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The National Conference of Catholic Bishops' issued a statement on Wednesday calling for the promotion of women in the Church, except in roles forbidden to them in canon law.

      The Committee on Women in Society and in the Church called on Catholic leaders to appoint women to leadership positions, promote collaboration between men and women in the Church, and express appreciation for the gifts of Catholic women. The statement, entitled "From Words to Deeds: Continuing Reflection on the Role of Women in the Church," was approved by the US bishops' administrative committee in September.

      The committee gave specific recommendations for collaboration, calling it a necessary step. "For the Church, collaboration is not an option; it is the way that mature Christians express their unity in Christ and workwoman who had been hired as an associate pastor at her inner-city Catholic parish was fired on Thursday by interim parish administrators filling in after the previous pastor was removed.

      The former pastor, Father James Callan, was pastor at Corpus Christi Church for 22 years. Bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester reassigned Father Callan to another parish in the diocese last month for conducting same-sex weddings, distributing Communion to non-Catholics, and allowing Mary Ramerman, 43, a mother of three, to concelebrate Masses. "My heart's broken," said Ramerman, who served as associate pastor for 12 years. "I also feel angry with the Church that it can't stand up for what it believes in."

      Father Callan had said his removal was ordered by senior Vatican officials, but Bishop Clark said it was his own decision to remove the priest from his post for violating "definitive Church teachings."

      together to accomplish His mission in the world." The committee chairman, Auxiliary Bishop John Dunne of Rockville Centre, New York, called the statement significant. "Words to Deeds is being offered to the Church in the United States, both to foster and encourage the place of women in leadership," Bishop Dunne said. "Words to Deeds both challenges and points the way for all church personnel to embrace the gifts of women, in a collaborative manner, for building up the body of Christ and bringing it to full stature."

      One woman who won't be promoted anytime soon is a woman who had been hired as an associate pastor at her inner-city Catholic parish in Rochester, New York was fired on Thursday by interim parish administrators filling in after the previous pastor was removed.

      The former pastor, Father James Callan, was pastor at Corpus Christi Church for 22 years. Bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester reassigned Father Callan to another parish in the diocese last month for conducting same-sex weddings, distributing Communion to non-Catholics, and allowing Mary Ramerman, 43, a mother of three, to concelebrate Masses. "My heart's broken," said Ramerman, who served as associate pastor for 12 years. "I also feel angry with the Church that it can't stand up for what it believes in."

      Father Callan had said his removal was ordered by senior Vatican officials, but Bishop Clark said it was his own decision to remove the priest from his post for violating "definitive Church teachings."


PRIESTHOOD ORDAINED BY GOD, NOT MAN POPE ASSERTS DAY AFTER HE SEEKS "HUMANIZATION" OF MEDICAL SCIENCE

      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Receiving the participants in a plenary assembly of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, Pope John Paul II today affirmed that the structure of the Church transcends the "democratic" nor "autocratic" models, and that the priest has an "irreplaceable character" and a specific mission.

      A priest is called by God, the Pope said, and received a particular mission. He cautioned against popular campaigns that seek to change the nature of the Church, as designed by God to be an "ordained hierarchy." And he reiterated that while every member of the Church has the same dignity, each has a different vocational role.

      Since a priest is chosen by God-- in much the same way that Christ chose his apostles-- no earthly authority can change his sacerdotal mission. Nor can humans change the "extent and exercise" of his priestly authority.

      Finally, the Pope reminded his audience that the effectiveness of a priest's ministry depends not only "his science or competence"-- although proper study and formation are necessary-- but on his "sacred ministry" and faithfulness to God's call.

      The day before he spoke to a congress of Italian physicians at the Vatican. Pope John Paul II called for the "humanization of medicine," saying that goal must be the "constant concern of every doctor and every surgeon."

      The Pontiff urged the doctors to be mindful of the human dignity proper to every patient, and to be conscious of "his physical, psychological, and spiritual health." Advances in medical science, he cautioned, should never lead to a decrease in concern for the dignity of the patient. For a proper understanding of the relationship between science and faith, he urged the doctors to read his new encyclical Fides et Ratio.

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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

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the decision of the Lord that endures."

Proverbs 19: 21


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