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TUESDAY      September 29, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 190

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      Today is the Feast of the Archangels Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael while tomorrow, the last day in September, is the feast of that noted Doctor of the Church Saint Jerome. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of these saints for both days, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, September 29, 1998


Wednesday, September 30, 1998

Feast of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church


      Today's prayer honors Saint Michael, the most famous of the archangels and the prayer is the one composed by Pope Leo XIII which was recited after every Holy Mass until Vatican II eliminated this vital prayer:

     Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

     We continue with the Nine Day Novena to Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus with the seventh day by clicking on NOVENA

Novena to the Little Flower

To be prayed nine days in a row

O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the Heavenly Gardens and send it to me as a message of love.
O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands...
(Here mention specific requests)
St. Therese, help me to always beleive as you did, in God's great love for me, so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day. Amen.

Events Today in Church History

     For events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES: TIME CAPSULES

Historical Events in Church Annals for September 29:

Feast of the Archangels - Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael

with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service



      ZAGREB ( - Croatia's president on Sunday rebuffed attempts by international groups to block this week's beatification of a wartime cardinal, defending his support of the Nazi-backed Croatian World War II government.

      Croatian President Franjo Tudjman told the Catholic magazine Mi in an article published on Sunday that Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac did not support the Croatian government's fascist tactics. "Stepinac supported the right of the Croatian people to have their own state," Tudjman said. "But he decisively opposed ... fascist methods."

      While the cardinal initially backed the government of Ante Pavelic, by 1942 he was denouncing its genocidal policies and repression of freedoms. His own journals, and current studies, detail his efforts to save the lives of Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies targeted by the government.

      The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Paris last week called on Pope John Paul II to delay his planned beatification of the cardinal, scheduled for this weekend, until now-closed Vatican archives can be examined by a third-party. The Vatican has in the past refused to open its secret archives, saying they contain details of private, sacramental matters. Some Serbs and Jews continue to view Cardinal Stepinac as a war criminal, and after the war he was tried by Yugoslavia's Communist government and sentenced to jail. He died under house arrest in 1962.


      NEW DELHI, India ( - Armed thugs entered a convent near New Delhi and beat the nuns living there, one day after four nuns were raped by a gang in central India, the Press Trust of India reported on Saturday.

      The gang beat the nuns and desecrated the chapel in convent belong to the Clarist order on Thursday. The approximately 30 nuns in the convent were terrorized for about three hours, but none were raped, the report said.

      On Wednesday, about 20 armed men broke into a convent in a village in central India, dragged four nuns to farm fields nearby and raped them. The attack elicited outraged protests from the country's Catholics, demanding increased police protection for Catholic institutions and new government policies denouncing such attacks.


      ASSISI, Italy ( - Italian Catholics gathered at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of an earthquake that damaged the church and to memorialize the four victims who died when part of the ceiling collapsed.

      Archbishop Giovanni Battista Re celebrated a Mass for 1,500 people in the square outside the basilica. On September 26, 1997, earthquakes in central Italy killed 10 people and left thousands homeless, while also damaging historically significant buildings and artwork. "The truly difficult wounds to heal are those that the earthquake has left inside those who experienced it," the archbishop said.

      One of the quakes on that caused part of the 13th-century ceiling to collapse, killing two engineers, a friar, and a brother preparing to take his final vows.


      UNITED NATIONS ( - Three major United Nations organizations announced last week that they had formed a new Coordinating Committee on Health (CCH) which will include a strong focus on population control measures, including abortion and contraception.

      The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) invited the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to become a full partner in the three-agency CCH. The newly-formed committee then announced its agenda which included "adolescent health" and "safe motherhood" with references in relating the topic to "reproductive health" which includes abortion and contraception. UNFPA director Dr. Nafis Sadik said CCH placed reproductive health as "an essential component of any minimum package of health services."

      The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, which actively monitors and lobbies at the UN, reported that UNICEF already supports population control policies as evidenced by its 1998 annual report. The "Progress of Nations" report alleges that "at least 10% of girls aged 15 to 19 have an unmet need for family planning services," according to data obtained from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm for the US Planned Parenthood Federation.

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"A single reprimand does more for a man of intelligence than a hundred lashes for a fool."

Proverbs 17: 10

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