October 27, 1998
The Avignon Captivity becomes more entrenched with the papacy of John XXII
October 27, 1998
vol. 9, no. 210
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506th Anniversary of the founding of Cuba by Christopher Columbus for Spain and Holy Mother Church
Events today in Church History
      Today is the 506th anniversary of the day when Christopher Columbus first set foot on Cuban soil, declaring it for Spain and Holy Mother Church. The Faith has remained strong on this island ever since, even during the despot years of Fidel Castro and has shown signs of resurgence after Pope John Paul II's visit to the tiny island this past January. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Today is the Thirtieth Tuesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles.
Saint Simon the Zealot  Saint Jude Thaddeus
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"A man may conceal hatred under dissimulation, but his malice will be revealed in the assembly."
Proverbs 26: 26

The Hidden Way series now in book form
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430 and counting,
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Medjugorje Monthly Message for October 25th
The Gospa's message for October
    Dear children! Today I call you to come closer to my Immaculate Heart. I call you to renew in your families the fervor of the first days when I called you to fasting, prayer and conversion. Little children, you accepted my messages with open hearts, although you did not know what prayer was. Today, I call you to open yourselves completely to me so that I may transform you and lead you to the heart of my Son Jesus, so that He can fill you with His love. Only in this way, little children, will you find true peace - the peace that only God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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  • Part Four of The New Lourdes: Betania in the on-going series THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

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  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 29th.

  • Liturgy of the Day on Wednesday Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles and the Thirtieth Thursday in Ordinary Time.

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California Attorney General Dan Lungren, staunch pro-life candidate for Governor It's refreshing to find a candidate committed to the cause of Pro-life no matter the consequences
CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial       Just one more week of banal ads and rhetoric leading up to the elections on November 3rd and we've all had just about enough of the poppycock most of the politicos and spinmeisters are feeding us. It's enough to lose faith in mankind, but there are some out there who are "keepin' the faith" and in today's editorial we focus on one in particular - the Republican candidate for governor in California - Dan Lungren - a solid Catholic who is not ashamed of his faith and lives it both in his personal life and in his gubernatorial campaign, espousing pro-life in the face of a barrage of negative campaigning by pro-aborts. For today's commentary, entitled A goal that's worth achieving!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

The papal palaces at Avignon in Southern France
Revolt within the Franciscans further alienates Italy from France as Pope John XXII entrenches the Holy See at Avignon
Pope John XXII      With King Philip IV of France, the maker of Popes, dead, power returned to the papal office with the election of the elderly bishop of Avignon who surprised everyone by serving for 18 years and revamping the entire curia, cleaning up after all his predecessors and two years of vacancy in the papacy. Though he was no puppet Pope, and expressed interest in returning the Holy See to Rome, he relented when politics forced his hand and a new enemy surfaced in the new German emperor Louis of Bavaria who rallied dissident Franciscans to his cause. The result was the selection of Italian antipope Nicholas V which further cemented the true Pope in France. Thus he began plans for a permanent Papal Palace at Avignon. For the seventy-eighth installment titled Pope John XXII: Entrenching the Holy See at Avignon, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

I solemnly tell you that for each soul who willingly flies into the arms of God, satan snatches a thousand souls away by his trickery, deceit and poison.
Queen of Prophets      Those are the shocking words from Our Lady in the 252nd and prefaced in the 251st message from November of 1992 conveyed to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Mary points out that the priests and shepherds will be held accountable for their flocks and for each one that is lost they will have to account for why. That is why she urges all her priest-sons to heed her Divine Son Jesus, be obedient to His Vicar on earth Pope John Paul II and strive to live the Gospel, not just give it lip service without preparing the faithful through a compliment of prayer and education. For messages number 251 and 252, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

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    Despite religious persecution, Vietnamese bishops want government to extend formal invitation to Pope for a 1999 visit
    John Paul II's coat of arms dedicated to MaryVietnamese bishops urging government to extend formal invitation to Holy Father to visit      His Holiness John Paul II has been to many countries throughout his twenty-year pontificate, but never to Vietnam. Now the bishops there are praying and hoping that will change and are officially lobbying the Communist Vietnamese government to extend a formal invitation to the Holy Father to visit. They are well aware that little has changed regarding religious freedom in this Southeast Asian country torn apart by war and tribal conflict for centuries. The bishops have seen what the papal visit did in Cuba and are hopeful such a turnaround can have the same impact in Vietnam where there are millions of Catholics amidst a Buddhist culture. They are hoping the Pope can be present to officially celebrate the bicentennial of the apparitions of Our Lady of La Vang. For more, click on Viet hopes.

    Another priest murdered in South America; drug traffickers suspected of heinous crime
    Brazil in mourning for murdered priest who championed recovery of drug addicts      Persecution of priests world-wide continues with the latest news that a crusader for helping drug addicts has been brutally murdered by suspected drug traffickers in the slums outside Rio de Janeiro. Many believe he was slain gangland style because he dared to stand up to known drug traffickers and rescued many from their clutches at his parish church of Santo Antonio de Guarus in the diocese of Campos. The 39-year-old priest, Oto Campos Braga was discovered by police after being reported missing shortly after saying Holy Mass on Sunday. Police announced an investigation had begun to apprehend his killers and we can only hope the justice system there has more integrity than in Guatamala where another priest has been falsely accused of a murder committed by government soldiers. For more, click on Tragedy in Brazil.

    Role of Catholic Education takes center stage at Vatican as Pope encourages educators
          Speaking to sixty educators from around the world in Rome at the invitation of the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Holy Father addressed the assemby urging them to uphold the principals of Catholicity in all that is taught and to give it the highest priority in the face of cultural changes and pressure from special interest groups that tend to water down the truth. Truth, he told them, must be paramount and through a solid Catholic education that becomes evident despite the distractions of technology and mores that can hinder the student as well as the teacher today. For more, click on Catholic education.

    Pope receives new French Ambassador to the Holy See amidst rebellion within the ranks of modern France
    French Ambassador pledges loyalty to Holy See but people may not agree      A day after receiving the new Irish ambassador to the Holy See, the Holy Father received the new French Ambassador Jean Gueguinou. The Pope was cordial but firm in reminding the ambassador that despite the secularism of government in separation of Church and state, it was important to maintain a moral latitude that promoted the betterment of all peoples of France - a group who traditionally have opened their arms to all immigrants. The Pontiff expressed hope that this would continue while praying that the people will be loyal to Christ and His true faith despite any differences they might now have with the conservative policies of his pontificate. For more, click on New French Ambassador

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      Today's prayer is taken from the Entrance Prayer for Civil Authorities and since we are one week away from election day, we thought we would bring the following:

O Almighty and Eternal God, all power of governing and the rights of peoples are in Your hand. Look kindly upon those who rule us, so that the integrity of religion and the security of our country may always endure under Your protection. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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