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Events today in Church History
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LITURGY OF THE DAY
Today is the feast of Saint Peter Claver, Priest, Religious and Missionary while tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time with the Twenty-Third Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgy , meditations and story of Saint Peter Claver, click on LITURGY
Medjugorje Monthly Message for August 25th
Dear children! Today I invite you to come still closer to me through prayer. Little children, I am your mother, I love you and I desire that each of you be saved and thus be with me in Heaven. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray until your life becomes prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY"He who mocks the poor blasphemes his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished." Proverbs 17: 5
- Tenth installment of our on-going megaseries from the early chapters on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
- Part Two of CWN's Exclusive Interview with Sister Nirmala of the Missionaries of Charity.
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES focusing on September 10th
- LITURGY for Thursday and Friday in Ordinary Time.
- ...and much more in our 177th issue for 1998!
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One on one with Sister Nirmala as the successor to Mother Teresa speaks on a myriad of subjects|
We present a special two part interview taken exclusively by Catholic World News in August in anticipation of the one-year anniversary of Mother Teresa's death on September 5th. The one on one interview was conducted by Rodolfo Bermejo for CWN in Calcutta. Tomorrow we will bring you the second part. Because of this special two-part interview we will return next week with our Mid-week Humor section on Wednesday and tomorrow we will forego "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." which will resume Monday on a daily basis from now on. For the first part of the interview with Sister Nirmala, click on QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH SISTER NIRMALA.
Pope Pius IX's Landmark Dogma that truly marked the Age of Marian Apparitions: the Immaculate ConceptionPRAYER & DEVOTIONS
The Nine Day Novena for Life sponsored by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops continues with Day Three. The Novena stretches from the Vigil of the feast of the Birth of Mary to September 15 - the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is appropriate that these liturgical feasts fall during the same time Congress will once again consider the important legislation impacting the lives of unborn children in trying to rescind Clinton's veto of the ban on partial-birth abortion. Below is the daily prayer for the Novena for Life and click on NOVENA FOR LIFE:
Today we bring you the story of the landmark dogma proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854. It was of course the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the Blessed Virgin Mary confirmed this four years later at Lourdes. It was indeed a highlight of the nineteenth century that, in actuality, signaled the launch of the Age of Marian Apparitions that are coming to a close as we near the next millennium. For the fifteenth installment, on The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.
God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (Glory Be).
Holy Mother of God, hear the prayers of the Church for all mothers, especially those wearied by life and overcome by the suffering they bear for their children. (Hail Mary).
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, intercede for them from your place in Heaven, that the mercy of your Divine Son might lighten their burden and give them strength. (Hail Mary, Glory Be).
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Let the Beatification process begin: First Miracle officially attributed to Mother Teresa's intercession!
Italian Bishops have medical proof that a member of Mother Teresa's order - the Missionaries of Charity - was miraculously healed and the nun gives credit to Mother Teresa's intercession. Another sister of the convent went to Mother's casket to pray for seventy-one year-old Sister Rita and while there touched Mother with a cotton ball which she brought back and placed on the wounds of the ailing Sister Rita. During the night Sister Rita claims she distinctly heard Mother's voice instructing her what to do. The Archbishop of Calcutta has all the documentation and is studying it before submitting it to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. For more, click on Beatification cause
Speaking of Beatifications, some call for the controversial Inquisitor Torquemada to be called Blessed as Vatican prepares to open Inquisition on the Inquisition.
With all the controversy currently underway, most of it spurred on by Jewish factions that the Church is anti-semetic, the Vatican is getting ready to launch a special panel to study the Inquisition in analyzing Church history in preparation for Jubilee 2000. As the Inquisition comes to the fore for the first time in a century, there are those who cry that Spanish inquisitors Father Jerome Savonarola and the more famous - or infamous as the case may be - Grand Inquisitor Cardinal Thomas de Torquemada - both Dominicans - should be beatified. The whole process of researching the causes and effects, pros and cons of the Inquisition was called for by Pope John Paul II in clarifying Church history. One thing is certain, the Inquisition has been villified by many who do not understand the intent of the official Tribunal originally formed by Pope Gregory IX in 1231 as a holy safeguard to assure fidelity to the Church and guard against heresy. For more, click on Inquisition
Holy Father zeroes in on Italy's problems, advises all to have their lamps lit as he calls for daily prayers for this Catholic country focused around symbolic lamp at Loretto
Pope John Paul II, himself the most Marian Pope in the two millennium reign of Supreme Pontiffs, took the occasion of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary to release the announcement that on August 6th a special lamp was lit at the Shrine of Loretto near the Adriatic Sea which signifies the new spirit of Italy fostered by the Italian bishops in which Catholics throughout the country are entreated to pray daily to Mary for intercession for that country, once so solidly Catholic and now giving way to modernism, materialisim and immorality. The Holy Father likened the sanctuary lamp at Loretto to Jesus' parable of the ten virgins and the lamps - for we know not the hour. For more, click on Italy.
Investigation of Bishop's April death grows more bizarre as judge orders exhumation of body to check for bite marks
Just when you thought the on-going investigation of human rights activist Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera's April 26th bludgeoning couldn't turn any more bizarre, a Guatamala judge has ordered that his body be dug up to check if he was bitten by a dog owned by the latest suspect - a priest who lived in the rectory. Guatamalan Bishops and Catholics feel it is merely a witch-hunt while the real culprits, the government operatives who sought to silence the bishop's human rights campaign, are being ignored For more, click on Gumming it up in Guatamala.
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