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April 8, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 70
HOLY WEEK On the Way to Calvary
Prophecies fulfilled and to be fulfilled
Our ninth segment on our treatment of the Apparitions at Garabandal begins treating the specific prophecies given to the visionaries in this mountain village in the Spanish mountains in the early to mid sixties, while the Second Vatican Council was going on in Rome. Two of the prophecies imparted dealt with a follow-up to Fatima in the "Third Secret" and further papal prophecies that are in concert with Lourdes, LaSalette and other apparitions this century. These are the prophecies we cover today. For the sixty-third installment of this on-going mega series, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
GARABANDAL: For whom the Bells Toll! - The Third Secret and the Papal Prophecies
The Third Secret!
This brings us to the correlation of Garabandal with the Third Secret of
Fatima. Though it has not been publicly revealed, the tableau of Maryís
messages give us a good indication that the third secret deals with the
coming apostasy in the Church and the end times and that John Paul II is
the last true pope before the era of peace. The reasoning here is based on
the following: First of all, Our Lady has told the visionaries that the
Warning and the Miracle will occur when the Church is in great turmoil and
priests, religious and the truly faithful are greatly persecuted. Mari Loli
has said, "It would look like the communists have taken over the world and
it would be very hard to practice the religion, for priests to say Mass or
for people to open the doors of the churches - Whoever practices [their
faith] will have to go into hiding."
Now consider what Our Lady said to Conchita regarding the popes, that
after Pope John XXIII, there would only be three more popes. Since him we
have had Paul VI, John Paul I, and now our holy pontiff John Paul II, the
last of the good popes. When you compare this prophecy to the prophecies
of Saint Malachi it all falls into place, and if there is another pope after
our present Holy Father, there is much conjecture and fear that he will be
an instrument of satan and a puppet of the antichrist who will rule from
the revived Roman Empire as foretold in the Apocalypse.
The Papal Prophecies
Besides Our Ladyís warning, we also have the caution of some great and
prophetic popes over the years. Pope Pius IX, well before Fatima, knew of
the bloody revolution that Communism would inflict and the godlessness that
would ensue for the infamous books of Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels were
published during his pontificate. This moved him to pronounce in 1846 a
condemnation of the theory, saying it was "absolutely contrary to the
natural law itself," and that this infamous doctrine, if adopted, would
"utterly destroy the rights, property, and possessions of all men, and even
society itself." It also prompted the Vicar to declare the Dogma of the
Immaculate Conception. He also prophesied that "a great sign would fill
the world with awe." This, as we can now see is the Warning and Miracle of
Garabandal. For his beliefs and faith he was greatly persecuted, being
treated as most prophets are - despised, ridiculed and slandered.
Pope Leo XIII warned of this Communistic threat - "the fatal plague which
insinuates itself into the very marrow of human society, only to bring
about its ruin." This wise pontiff also saw, in a vision, what satan had
planned for the coming century. Thatís the main reason he composed the
Prayer to St. Michael, whose feast we celebrate the end of this month.
Pope Saint Pius X prophesied in 1904 the First World War as well as the
struggle of the workers. He could envision even more clearly than Pope Pius IX
and Leo XIII what was to come, when he foretold: "I believe that we are
coming to the time when religion will be all but extinct from the earth."
To counteract this grave prophecy he re-emphasized the importance of the
The Apparitions of Fatima occurred during the reign of Pope Benedict XV,
but his successor Pope Piux XI faced the greatest challenge of Communism,
prompting him to issue the encyclical Divine Redemptoris in 1937 a few
years before the outbreak of World War II. This inspired encyclical
predicted that Communism was the greatest foe the Church had or would ever
It was widely recognized that the Communists and Masons infiltrated the
Church during the first part of this century and have risen to great power
within the ecclesiastical ranks. This is all in accordance with how the
great apostasy and schism will come about and how so much of our faith has
been watered down over the past thirty years. Our Lady zeroed in on this
in her June 18 message of 1965: "Many cardinals, many bishops and many
priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them."
Pope Pius XII also realized the great era to come and the fulfillment of
what Our Lady said at Fatima: "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will
triumph." Many can see, with the recent plethora of apparitions throughout
the world and the seriousness of the messages that Our Lady is forming her
own special army to fight through prayer in winning over Communists,
atheists, non-believers and a vast number of Moslems who have a special
allegiance for the daughter of Mohammed - Fatima. This was prophesied not
only by popes but great saints like Saint Louis Marie de Montfort and Saint
John Bosco who prophesied that the twentieth century would see "the
greatest triumph of Mary, greater even than that of Lepanto." Other saints
such as Saint Frances of Rome foresaw the Three Days of Darkness and
candidate-for-canonization Blessed Marie Taigi confirmed this. Blessed
Faustina Kowalska affirmed that only by trusting in Jesusí Divine Mercy,
and by giving His Own Mother to intercede for us, and giving us Himself in
the Holy Eucharist will we be able to sustain what lies ahead.
Our own present Holy Father is probably the greatest prophet of recent
pontiffs. He has sadly conveyed continuously that "the sense of sin is
becoming weaker and weaker in modern man, which makes real repentance very
unlikely." A few years ago he issued a most profound, eschatological
prophecy concerning the World Population Congress in Cairo: "If
the inclusion of abortion as well a means of population control passes,
civilization will end as we know it." Prayerfully, his influence stopped Cairo, but will it be enough
with the inroads the culture of death has been making over the last decade? Only prayer and time will tell.
NEXT INSTALLMENT: Part Ten - Garabandal: For whom the Bells Toll! The Eucharist, the Sanctity of Marriage, and the Fruits continue to multiply
Our Cooperation helps fulfill Prophecy
In his column today, Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. points out that it is through our cooperation with the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit which helps fulfill the prophecies of both Public and Private Revelation. He emphasizes that only by focusing on Christ, turning upward to Heaven first, that we can turn horizontally to our fellow man in helping others focus on God. Fr. John explains this in his thirty-third installment of his series "Faith: Key to the Heart of God." Click on KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL
Thirty-Third Installment: Vertical Growth: Our Cooperation part two
A second way to build faith is by allowing God to make His presence felt
through the charismatic gifts, especially prophecy. How many persons
really open themselves to hear the gift of prophecy operating? In I
Corinthians 14:22, Paul says prophecy (not necessarily futuristic events)
is what Christians need. Unbelievers arenít'í ready for it; their faith
isnít'í deep enough. He says an unsaved person or one without the
charismatic gifts upon hearing tongues is likely to think the
tongues-speaker is crazy (I Corinthians 14:23). But on the other hand, he
says, if you exercise prophecy (a gift higher than the gift of tongues) and
that same unspiritual person comes into the prayer assembly, the prophecies
(messages from God) will convince him of the fact that he is a sinner and
his conscience will be pricked." "As he listens, his secret thoughts will
be laid bare and he will fall down on his knees and worship God and declare
that God is really there among you." This, then, is another way that God
projects His presence to stimulate faith - through the charismatic gift of
prophecy, authentically used.
As God speaks to us through Scripture as a form of public revelation, He
speaks to us also through prophecy as a form of private revelation (and, of
course, the gift of discernment is to be used to determine the authenticity
of each prophecy). Our faith is thus stimulated by public (scriptural)
revelation and well-discerned private (prophetic) revelation.
I remember hearing a very "high-octane" prophecy from a person who was
clearly a genuine prophetónot just a person with a gift of prophecy, but
with a well-developed ministry of prophecy. With over a thousand people
present at this charismatic Mass, this fellow stood and spoke a couple of
simple sentences of prophecy of God, and spoke a couple of simple sentences
of prophecy of God, referring to His love for us. It was incredibly
powerful and left a perceptible impact on everyone thereóprobably more
effective than a hundred sermons in its power of conviction. Iím sure
everyone there was given a surge of faith that had long-lasting effects.
Today, years later, people still speak about that short prophecy. Faith,
especially faith in Godís love for us (I John 4:16 and Romans 5:5) can be
enormously expanded through prophecy (I Corinthians 14:24 and 25).
Next Installment: Vertical Growth:Our Cooperation - part three
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"Sometimes a way seems right to a man, but the end of it leads to death!"
Proverbs 14: 12
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the seventh of the Seven Last Words of Christ that we have brought you in these issues leading up to the Easter Triduum
"Father, into Thy Hands I commend My Spirit." (Luke 23: 46) Jesus, help me, that I might be obedient until the final moment, entrusting my soul to Your care with perfect confidence and love.
For more devotions of Holy Week, click on WAY OF THE CROSS
Medjugorje Monthly Message for March 25th
Dear children! Also today I call you to fasting and renunciation. Little children, renounce that which hinders you from being closer to Jesus. In a special way I call you: Pray, because only through prayer will you be able to overcome your will and discover the will of God even in the smallest things. By your daily life, little children, you will become an example and witness that you live for Jesus or against Him and His will. Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love. By loving, little children, it will be recognized that you are mine. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
Events today in Church History
For events throughout the centuries that are
memorable in Church history, click on ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
Historical Events in Church Annals for April 8:
Death of John II, the King of France in England. He was known as "the Good."
The first conclave at the Vatican since 1303, due to the Avignon exile, the College of Cardinals elect the Archbishop of Bari, Cardinal Bartolomeo Prignano as Pope Urban VI, the two hundred second successor of Peter.
Spanish born Cardinal Alfonso de Borgia is elected the two hundred-ninth in the line of supreme pontiffs and takes the name Pope Callixtus III. It was Callixtus who instituted the Feast of the Transfiguration.
Pope Paul III decrees the Apocrypha or body of writings on religious matters outside the canon of Scriputre which are accepted by Holy Mother Church as the basis for many of the documents at the Council of Trent.
Birth of Philip IV, the future King of Spain, to the acting head of Spain King Philip III during the earliest days of Pope Leo XI's papacy.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Clinton staff goes on offensive, questions Cardinal O'Connor
There is an axiom that goes "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread" and Bill Clinton and his staff are playing the proverbial fool by attacking angels in the action of questioning the doctrinal knowledge of Cardinal John O'Connor - a true American giant in the eyes of the Church, but an enemy to those who persist in violating the Cardinal Virtues. The Cardinal evidently evoked their anger and revenge tactics when O'Connor declared in no uncertain terms that what the Clintons did in receiving Holy Communion on March 29th was totally wrong. For the rest of the story, click on Clinton
CLINTON SAYS NO REGRETS AT RECEIVING COMMUNION
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - A spokesman for President
Bill Clinton said on Monday that the president has no
regrets about receiving Communion at a Catholic church in
South Africa last week, despite violating Catholic doctrines.
Spokesman Mike McCurry said the White House was assured by
the pastor of Regina Mundi Church in Soweto that baptized
Christians could receive the Eucharist. Father Mohlomi
Makobane, has said he gave Communion to Clinton because he
did not want to risk embarrassing him by declining to do
so. The White House insisted that a program distributed at
the Mass said: "Father Makobane has stated that due to
recent rulings from the South African Conference of
Bishops, non-Catholics may take Catholic Communion. He has
invited all non-Catholics present that wish to receive
Communion may do so."
South Africa's bishops said Father Makobane ignored
guidelines for non-Catholics receiving Communion, and
should have at least asked his local bishop for guidance.
"The local bishop had not been asked, as required by Church
practice, whether in his opinion it would have been
appropriate under the circumstances, to administer Holy
Communion to the presidential couple," the bishops said in
a statement this week.
Cardinal John O'Connor of New York responded to numerous
inquiries from the faithful of his archdiocese in his
homily on Sunday that it was wrong for President Clinton, a
Southern Baptist, and his wife Hillary, a Methodist, to
receive Communion. The White House said the cardinal's
comments appear to be a matter of misapplication of
doctrine. "Cardinal O'Connor may not be familiar with the
doctrinal attitude towards the Holy Eucharist that the
conference of bishops in South Africa brings to that
question," McCurry said.
Pius XII's personal confessor verifies the Pope's intentions toward the Nazis
In yet another strong defense of the beleagered pontiff of World War II, Cardinal Paolo Dezza, who served as Pius' personal confessor and is now one of the oldest Princes of the Church at ninety-six, confirmed yesterday what others have corroborated about Pius' true feelings for the Jews and against the Nazis and his great fears of retaliation by the Third Reich if he spoke out too strongly. This tormented the Holy Father greatly Dezza asserted. For the rest of the story, click on Pius XII to read more.
POPE PIUS XII KNEW OF NAZI ATROCITIES, CONFESSOR SAYS
ROME (CWNews.com) - The personal confessor of Pope Pius XII
told an Italian Catholic magazine that the wartime pope knew
of the Nazi atrocities against Jews and other groups, but
refrained from speaking out for fear of retribution against
Cardinal Paolo Dezza, 96, said in Monday's edition that the
Holy Father had decided to denounce the Nazis, but was
discouraged from doing so by German clergy and Vatican
officials. "Pius XII was ready to publicly condemn Hitler's
aggression. But he showed me letters he received from German
cardinals and priests that warned him that the Third Reich
would meet his protests with harsh reprisals against
Catholics as well as Jews," he said.
The cardinal said the decision tormented the Pontiff who
felt powerless even as the spiritual leader of hundreds of
millions of Catholics. The interview was released three
weeks after a Vatican document on the Holocaust met with a
cool reception from some Jewish leaders who wanted a
condemnation of Pope Pius' decision not to speak out
against the Nazis.
French Bishops call on Government to help the poor and aliens
Urging mercy towards those who cannot afford to return to their own country, the French Bishops have issued a letter "I Have Seen Poverty Among My People" in an effort to persuade the French Government to be merciful towards illegal aliens and not dispel them without just cause for it is the Church's duty to shelter them as Christ has asked. Though the French regime is a socialist structure, they have promised to consider the bishops' request. For the rest of the story, click on France to read more.
BISHOPS ASK FRANCE TO ALLOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO STAY
PARIS (CWNews.com) - France's Catholic bishops on Tuesday
called on the government to allow undocumented, illegal
immigrants currently living in France to live there
legally, and then defended the Church's right to provide
refuge to illegal aliens who are afraid they will be
The bishops' letter, entitled "I Have Seen Poverty Among My
People," urged the government to grant permission to may
more illegal immigrants, especially single people who are
less likely to receive permission than families. The letter
did not ask for blanket amnesty, but called for a
case-by-case look at application to determine the neediest.
The document also defended the right of churches to shelter
illegal immigrants and called on followers to think about
ways to help undocumented immigrants. In recent years,
Paris churches have been repeatedly occupied by illegal
immigrants demanding residency, often with the permission
of the pastor, and were subsequently evicted by police. The
Socialist government has ruled out a "papers for all"
policy, but has offered to reconsider immigrants on an
Could it be Hans Kung wants to return to the fold?
That is the buzz from the Vatican when they revealed yesterday that the famous liberal German theologian Hans Kung, long a dissident and outspoken critic of John Paul II has made overtures to the Holy See that, now in his autumn years at the age of seventy, wishes to meet with the Holy Father in a possible reconciliation with the Pope and Holy Mother Church. He wouldn't however go so far as to say he would totally repent, only that he hoped for a meeting to discuss their differences. For the rest of this story, click on Hans Kung to read more.
HANS KUNG SEEKS "CONCILIATION" WITH POPE
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Hans Kung, the famed dissident
theologian, has indicated that he would no longer defend some of his
past criticisms of Pope John Paul II, and that he is hoping for a
"conciliation" with the Holy Father.
Speaking to a German radio audience, Kung expressed pleasure that
on his 70th birthday (March 19), he had received greetings from
Archbishop Karl Lehmann, the head of the German bishops'
conference, and from the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo
The theologian said that some of his criticisms of the Pope "may have
seemed harsh," although he added that he did not think they were
"unjust" or even "incorrect." He insisted that he only wanted to
convey his message accurately. Kung said that he would like to meet
with the Pope and said that he had learned from the Holy Father's
teachings on peace, ethics, and world religions.
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