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TUESDAY      October 6, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 195

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Victory at Sea for the Holy See!

      In today's editorial we go back to that great Battle of Lepanto where the undermanned Christian fleet overcame insurmountable odds to throttle the Islam threat, preventing the Turks from spreading Mohammedism throughout Europe. This was effected through the intercession of the Blessed Mother via the Holy Rosary which Pope Saint Pius V had called the faithful to pray. He declared tomorrow the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Victory and victory is what we can achieve if we continue to use this weapon faithfully. For today's commentary, entitled No victory is possible without a price and the price of victory is only possible through prayer - especially the Rosary! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

No victory is possible without a price and the price of victory is only possible through prayer - especially the Rosary!

Michael Cain, editor

Rome's Bishop takes rook and pawn as French King moves to checkmate

      Throughout history not all Popes were the holy, sincere and dedicated pontiffs we have today. Such was the ambitious and obstinate Pope Benedict VIII who would stop at nothing to defeat his enemies even at the expense of the Church. But he was not the only treacherous one for the king of France Philip IV was just as crafty and deceitful as the Church was thrown into turmoil at the turn of the fourteenth century. For the seventy-fifth installment titled Pope Benedict VIII: Turning the Church into a chess match, click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

Pope Benedict VIII: Turning the Church into a chess match

Installment Seventy-Five


      Today, the Twenty-seventh Tuesday in Ordinary Time is also the Feast of Saint Bruno, priest and hermit, and Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, virgin and religious founder, while tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of these saints and the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, October 6, 1998

Feast of Saint Bruno, Priest, Hermit and Religious Founder

Feast of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Virgin and Religious Founder

Wednesday, October 7, 1998


     As a result of the miraculous victory of the Christians over the superior Turk fleet in the landmark Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571 produced through Our Lady's intercession from the reverently praying her Holy Rosary, Pope Pius V proclaimed the date as the feast of Our Lady of Victory. The Rosary had been promulgated since Saint Dominic was given the Rosary in a vision in the early 14th Century. A century and a half later Pius V, a Dominican, realized intuitively that this was a manifestation of the power of the Rosary and declared it a great feast. His successor Pope Gregory XIII in 1573 made it obligatory for Rome and for the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. Pope Clement XI established the feast in the Roman Calendar earmarking it for the first Sunday in October as the Dominicans had been celebrating it. In 1960, Pope John XXIII officially proclaimed October 7 as the set day and changed the name from to Our Lady of the Rosary which it has remained as to this day. Over the past two centuries the Rosary has been emphasized in the Mother of God's many, many apparitions - especially at Fatima and Medjugorje where Mary has stressed the vital importance of praying her Holy Rosary for Peace. She reiterates how it is the most powerful weapon we have, that each bead is a rose forming a beautiful bouquet she presents to God on our behalf and that each bead becomes a firm link in the chain that will bind satan forever. Outside of the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary is the most important devotion we have in Holy Mother Church.

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October 6, 1998 volume 9, no. 195   DAILY CATHOLIC