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WEDNESDAY      September 30, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 191

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     Today is the Feast of Saint Jerome, Doctor of the Church who translated the Bible into Latin from Hebrew and Aramaic so all could understand with the famous Vulgate edition. Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of another great saint and Doctor of the Church Saint Therese of Lisieux as we continue this series of great feasts this week. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, and vignettes on these two inspiring saints, click on LITURGY

Wednesday, September 30, 1998

Feast of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Thursday, October 1, 1998

Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Religious and Doctor of the Church


      Today's Preface of the Mass honors Saint Jerome:

Today we proclaim You wise and wonderful because You have revealed Your loving design by making Your Word known. Through Your graces St. Jerome penetrated Your Divine Revelation so profoundly that from this treasure he could dispense the old and the new wisdom, thus prompting us by his example to seek constantly in the sacred pages Christ, Your Living Word.

      We continue with the Nine Day Novena to Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus with the eighth 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 believe as you did, in God's great love for me, so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day. Amen.

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      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II today met with five patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic churches, and urged them to participate actively in dialogue with the Orthodox churches.

      In greeting the patriarchs, the Holy Father cited the words of Pope Leo XIII, spoken at a meeting with the Eastern leaders in 1984: "It is to give an indisputable proof of our affection that we have called you to Rome, wishing to speak with you, wishing to highlight the prestige of your patriarchal authority." Pope John Paul said that he wished to "make those words his own," and he repeated that the patriarchs are "fathers and chiefs" of their churches. Thus he stressed "the solemnity and importance" of today's meeting.

      The Church leaders gathered with the Pope were Patriarchs Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir of Antioch (Maronite), Maximos V Hakim of Antioch (Melkite), Jean-Pierre Kasparian of Cilicia (Armenian), Stephanos II Ghattas of Alexandria (Coptic), and Raphael I Bidawid of Babylon (Chaldean).

      The Pope observed that the universal Church has shown a keener understanding of the Eastern churches in recent years; he cited the promulgation of the new Code of Canon Law for the Eastern churches in October 1990, and his own apostolic letter Orientale Lumen. In that letter the Pope emphasized the need to preserve and nurture the traditions and spirituality of the Eastern churches. Today he told the patriarchs that they must conserve their "specific liturgical, spiritual, theological, and canonical treasures" so that the Gospel can be offered to the Church and the world with an ever greater abundance."

      At the same time, the Pope did not shrink from discussion of the Petrine ministry, which remains a contentious subject with the Orthodox churches. He suggested-- again repeating the message of his apostolic letter-- the need to define the function of the papacy carefully, as a service of unity for the entire Church.

      The Eastern patriarchs, the Pope continued, are themselves signs of unity within the Church, acting as the heads of their respective synods. He also stressed the role that the Eastern Catholic churches can play in the effort to restore full communion with the Orthodox churches.


      NEW DELHI ( - Secular women's groups and activists joined over 3,000 Catholics in central India on Sunday in a rally to protest the rape of four nuns last week and to demand a special court for the trial of the culprits.

      "We are surprised that even four days after the incidents, the culprits have not been apprehended. We demand that the administration make every effort to arrest the culprits at the earliest opportunity and set up special courts to speed up the process," Bishop George Anathil of Indore said in a statement to federal officials.

      Bishop Anathil said that Catholics in remote areas "feel insecure after the latest incidents." The rape of four nuns and the looting of their convent was followed by an attack on another church. Gunmen knocked on the doors of a church in Jhabua Saturday night and the priest, fearing for life, bolted the doors. While the thugs broke one lock, the noise of passing vehicles made them run away before gaining entry.

      Following the Saturday night attack, the state government posted police at all twelve churches in the region. Digvijay Singh, the chief minister of the state, said that the attacks on Christians is not a "law and order problem." The minister said, "There is a conspiracy behind these attacks. It is not happening in my state alone. It's taking place in Uttar Pradesh, in Gujrath, and even Delhi." A Clarist convent near New Delhi was looted and the nuns attacked on Thursday. Another convent near Calcutta was robbed and the maid raped while the nuns attended Mass on Friday.


      VATICAN ( -- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, today celebrated Mass in memory of Popes Paul VI and John Paul I. In his homily he characterized them both as "the two popes of the Council."

      While the two pontiffs were very different in many ways, Cardinal Sodano said, they both presided over a Church "seized by the Spirit, with a new vigor for evangelization and dialogue with the contemporary world." They both strove for Christian unity, he said.

      Vatican Radio also devoted a part of its broadcast today to the memory of Pope John Paul I, who died 20 years ago, after only 33 days as Pontiff. Vatican Radio recalled the words Pope John Paul I spoke at his last public audience on September 27, 1978: "the love of God is a mysterious voyage." That night, John Paul I died of a heart attack.


      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II today encouraged the participants in a seminar on modern communications to use those high-tech tools for the purpose of evangelization.

      "The meeting between divine revelation and modern means of social communication, which must be conducted with respect for the truths contained in the Bible and the just use of modern techniques, can bear abundant good fruits," the Pope said. He said that the challenge is to push the mass media toward "more noble tasks," and to curb the "improper and often banal" use of the media.

      The conference, dedicated to exploration of better use of modern communications tools-- especially television and cinema-- "touches on a service of great human and spiritual value," the Pope said. These media "always deserved to be developed and perfected," he added.

      The Holy Father cited a fundamental principles which should guide that effort: "the absolutely transcendent dimension of the Word of God." The challenge here is to translate "one form of language into another," he said-- from the written word to the visual medium, which is "apparently more superficial, but in some respects more powerful and incisive than other forms of language."

      Pope John Paul also welcomed the renewed interest of filmmakers in the stories of the Old and New Testament, which has been evident in the recent production of several new Italian films on Biblical themes.

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"He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is safe."

Proverbs 28: 26

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