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     This weekend we celebrate two saints in Ordinary Time - Saint John of Capistrano, priest, religious and missionary on Friday and Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop and religious founder on Saturday along with observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Sunday is the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the above feasts for this weekend, click on LITURGY

Friday, October 23, 1998

Feast of Saint John of Capistrano, Priest, Religious and Missionary

Saturday, October 24, 1998

Feast of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop and Religious Founder

Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday

SUNDAY, October 25, 1998

      First Reading: Sirach 35: 12-14, 16-18
      Psalms: Psalm 34: 2-3, 7, 17-19, 23
      Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18
      Gospel Reading: Luke 18: 9-14

Monday, October 26, 1998

      First Reading: Ephesians 4: 32; 5: 1-8
      Psalms: Psalm 1: 1-3, 6 and Ephesians 5: 1
      Gospel Reading: Luke 13: 10-17


      In honor of Saint John of Capistrano, we present the Opening Prayer from the Daily Mass for his feast on Friday:

Lord, You raised up St. John of Capistrano to give Your people comfort in their trials. May Your Church enjoy unending peace and be secure in Your protection.

     In honor of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, we present the Opening Prayer from the Daily Mass for his feast on Saturday:

Father, You endowed Anthony Claret with the strength of love and patience to preach the gospel to many nations. By the help of his prayers may we work generously for Your kingdom and gain our brothers and sisters for Christ.

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The great Guatamala cover-up continues as bishop's friend and priest charged; kangaroo court feared


      GUATEMALA CITY ( - A Guatemalan priest was formally charged in the murder of an auxiliary bishop in Guatemala City on Wednesday, after the judge in the case refused a motion to dismiss the charges.

      Judge Isaias Figueroa Medina ordered Father Mario Lionel Orantes Najera to remain in jail and await trial on charges of killing Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, the former head of the archdiocesan human rights office. Bishop Gerardi was found bludgeoned to death at his residence which he shared with Father Orantes in April, two days after releasing a report blaming the Guatemalan military for most of the deaths in the country's 36-year civil war.

      Church officials have said that there is not enough evidence to hold Father Orantes, especially since allegations that the priest's dog was involved have proved false, and that the prosecution have not been able to identify a possible motive.

      Monsignor Efrain Hernandez called Figueroa's decision "lamentable." Archbishop Victor Hugo Martinez criticized the investigation and accused prosecutors of ignoring "the hidden forces who were behind the crime," referring to pro-military groups which are blamed by human rights and Catholic groups.

Clinton has no one to blame but himself as he stubbornly upholds culture of death with yet another veto


      WASHINGTON, DC ( - President Bill Clinton vetoed a final bill sent to him by the 105th Congress, which adjourned on Wednesday. He said he could not agree to pay the $1 billion in back dues owed to the United Nations with the attached provision that bans the use of US funds for population control groups that promote abortion overseas.

      Congressional supporters of the provision decried Clinton's veto. "This member deeply regrets that the president of the United States has jeopardized America's foreign policy leadership by vetoing this legislation," Rep. Doug Bereuter, R-Nebraska, said after Clinton's veto message was read in the House. He add, "He apparently believes that US tax dollars should be used by foreign non-governmental organizations to lobby for abortion."

      The veto endangers the US vote in the UN's General Assembly next year according to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan who criticized the US for failing to pay its obligations. The US may narrowly avoid the loss of voting privileges because it paid about $347 million in funds appropriated in other bills. The US' Security Council seat is not endangered.

France coining the phrase "no Pope" on coins! Like the times of Philip IV, France reverts to opposing Pope


      VATICAN CITY ( - France's protests that the new currency of the European Union, the Euro, might bear an image of Pope John Paul II has occupied the attention of many Italian newspaper recently. A French newspaper reported Wednesday that Paris would not recognize any Euro coins stamped with the image of the Pope when the currency begins circulating in 2002.

      However, the controversy is poorly framed, according to sources at the Vatican, who said the problem is really an attempt by certain newspapers to draw attention to the "anti-pope" attitude of some French.

      The problem is not the image of the Pope, as such, said the source, but that, first, the image of a living person was used, whatever nation he may be from, and, secondly, that the Holy See did not officially enter into the Euro currency agreement. The Vatican and Italy still maintain an agreement in which the Italian government mints Italian liras for the Vatican, with the image of the Pope distinguishing Vatican City currency from that of Italy. The question is whether the Euro circulated by Italy will also bear the image of the Pope, a question which has not been decided by the Vatican or Italy.

      According to other sources, the question of the introduction of the Euro also arises for the European micro-states such as the Republic of San Marino and the Principality of Monaco, which remains, from the point of view of its financial influence, a "thorn" in the Euro. The Euro will be launched on January 1 in 11 of the EU nations, but will not replace national currencies for three more years.

      In recent days the Italian press has headlined the "anti-pope" attitude of the French. On Thursday, the Corriere della Serra newspaper wrote of the "Francesi impietosi" ("French without mercy"), in an article commenting on a survey published by French publications La Vie and La Monde, which said that 53% of the French want the Holy Father to resign. But the article also underlines that 55% of the French are with the Pope on the question of abortion and that 63% of them recognize the magnitude of this pontificate.

Beef over Hormel is canned for now; Luxembourg saved for another year!


      A homosexual will not become an ambassador this year. The U.S. Senate effectively killed the nomination of James C. Hormel to be ambassador to Luxembourg when the Republican leadership decided not to act on the nomination before adjourning for the year, The New York Times said. Hormel, 65, a San Francisco philanthropist, would have been the first openly gay U.S. ambassador. The action also allows the nominations of Kent M. Wiedemann to be ambassador to Cambodia and Diane E. Watson as ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia to die in the Senate.

      ...Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, the Senate majority leader, refused to allow a vote by the full Senate. Earlier this year he described homosexuals as sinners who, like alcoholics and kleptomaniacs, could overcome their lifestyle. Hormel's nomination was opposed by conservative organizations, including the Traditional Values Coalition, which provided senators with copies of sexually explicit material available in a gay-research center named for Hormel at the San Francisco Public Library. President Clinton will consider renominating Hormel next year, news reports said. This information comes from

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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


"The eyes of the Lord safeguard knowledge, but He defeats the projects of the faithless."

Proverbs 22: 11

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