April 23-25, 1999

April 23-25, 1999

vol. 10, no. 80


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      This weekend we observe the Fourth Sunday of Easter, after celebrating Easter Weekdays and the Feasts of Saint George, Martyr and Saint Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr on Friday, and the Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr on Saturday. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.


      In honor of World Day of Prayer for Vocations, we present the following prayer:

Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd. You know each of us and You call us by name to serve You in faith. Help us respond generously to Your voice. Give courage and guidance to those You call to the priesthood and the diaconate, to relgious life and lay ministry, so they may respond wholeheartedly and serve devotedly. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Events this weekend in Church History

      This weekend we observe the birth of two saints: Saint Louis IX in 1214 who would go on to become the great and holy King of France and Saint Vincent de Paul who was born on April 24, 1576 and would go on to become a priest and found the Vincentians. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

"For every drop of Divine Mercy that is poured out and humbly received, the chastisements will be mitigated and the Justice shall come swiftly, allowing My Mother's Immaculate Heart to triumph sooner."

      Those words above come from Our Lord on the Feast of the Ascension on May 12, 1994 in which Jesus imparted a number of things to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #492. He asks us all to be humble, little obedient children and calls on all to uphold His teachings through His Church. His words are prefaced in Message #491 with a special interior vision the Hidden Flower received in Puerto Rico for the people there in which a great storm will come but the island, especially the center of the island, will be spared. For Messages 491 and 492, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

252 - 251 - 250
and counting, hoping and praying...

with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News and ZENIT International News Agency

    NOTE: We are pleased to annouce the debut in this weekend issue of another excellent Catholic News Service - the ZENIT International News Agency out of Rome, assuring readers of the DAILY CATHOLIC that they will be receiving even more comprehensive, reliable and most up-to-date Catholic news sources available. We welcome ZENIT to the family of CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS and Noticias Eclesiales CHURCH NEWS, all excellent Roman Catholic sources totally obedient to the Magisterium of the Church.


CWN Vatican Update Headlines:

  • Pope meets Guatemalan President

  • Nobelists hear Pope's plea for peace

  • New reports of miracle through Padre Pio

  • Serve youth, Pope asks Quebec Bishops

CWN World News Briefs:

  • Columbian Priest ordered from amnesty area by rebels

  • Pro-Indonesian militias terrorize East Timor

  • Poland Senate allows Papal Cross at Auschwitz

  • Congress Passes Educational Bill giving new freedoms

  • Cells from aborted children said to stop Parkinson's disease

  • Pro-abortion protester arrested at New York demonstrations

  • Gary Bauer announces presidential run, points out moral ills

  • Doctors slam negligent death of partial-birth abortion survivor

Church News Headlines:

  • Holy Father sends message of solidarity to people in Colorado

  • Pope encourages process of reconciliation in Colombia

  • Weekly catechesis: Inter-religious dialogue shouldn't displace proclamation of the Gospel

  • Church in Spain aims to increase its presence in TV

  • Religious art museum reopened in Cuba

ZENIT International News Daily Dossier:

  • Pope Calls on Canadian Church to Support Youth

  • JPII Meets Nobel Peace Prize Winners

  • Papal Letter to Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow

  • Pope & World Meeting of Catholic Charitable Organizations

ZENIT International Daily Features:

  • Largest Crowd in History Expected for Padre Pio's Beatification

  • A Child's Prayer: "Lord, Turn Me Into A TV"

  • New Wave of Violence in Indonesia

  • Peace Agreement Signed in East Timor

  • Capuchins to Stay in Angola

  • Inter-Religious Congress on God the Father in Jerusalem

ZENIT International Reports on War in Kosovo:

  • Nobel Peace Prize Winners' Proposal for Peace in Kosovo

  • Kosovo Refugees Forced Into Prostitution By Organized Crime
For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and ZENIT International News Agency. These news services are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.


"I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly."

Luke 24: 25-26

To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.


     This weekend, with the announcement above of the addition of the excellent ZENIT International News Agency service, we feature their official ZENIT site where you can read all the latest news stories, special features, interviews, and dossiers out of Rome regarding Catholic events and issues globally with the focal point always emanating from the Vatican. In addition ZENIT provides a WEEKLY REPORT which capsulizes the week in review and an archive file bank dating back over a year.

A tribute to Sister Lucy's Mother

Lucia Astuto - May 14, 1907 - April 16, 1999

      In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shares with all her heart during those final minutes together with her earthly mother who passed away at the perfect time God chose to take her home - the anniversary of Saint Bernadette Soubirous. Sister relates that it was a beautiful way and time to go, quietly and peacefully and with all sins forgiven through the plenary indulgence. We can all only pray that this would also befall us someday. For Sister's column, God called Mama, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Mining the dank depths of the dark side

      In place of this weekend's editorial we bring you a special article dealing directly with the Denver disaster in which the author Ken Kraver speaks out about the dank depths of the dark side in what lies as the cause and effects of such an atrocity. For his commentary, That's it: Dungeons, Dragons and Devils! , click on ECCLESIAL ECHOES.

The notes are strained to the limit in the symphony of suffering a mother feels in the aftermath of a Rocky Mountain all-time low

      In this weekend's issue Cyndi Cain speaks from her heart on the terrible tragedy in Denver and shares a mother's emotions on what she feels and what to expect in the future, pointing to the causes and effects and clarifying the solution in true simplicity: Prayer. For her article, A few words for a gigantic wound, Click on SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

To Peter and John's joy, the tomb is empty

Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries

      In the second part of Chapter 11, "My Lord and my God!" we see how the Blessed Mother conveys to us the joy at Peter and John's discovery once they have entered into the crypt looking for their Lord and hoping with all their heart that the words of the Magdalen are indeed true. That they are as we see their joy at the empty tomb. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part two of Chapter 11, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"

It's been a rough ride for the Archbishop of Naples Cardinal Michele Giordano, but then peace has seldom been experienced in Naples over the years

     We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our forty-seventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Michele Giordano, Archbishop of Naples who received his red-hat in Pope John Paul II's Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Giordano, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

SIMPLY SHEEN: A win-win situation

     They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

"There are two ways of knowing how good God is. One is never to lose Him, the other is to lose Him and find Him again."

March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! I call you to prayer with the heart. In a special way, little children, I call you to pray for conversion of sinners, for those who pierce my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus with the sword of hatred and daily blasphemies. Let us pray, little children, for all those who do not desire to come to know the love of God, even though they are in the Church. Let us pray that they convert, so that the Church may resurrect in love. Only with love and prayer, little children, can you live this time which is given to you for conversion. Place God in the first place, then the risen Jesus will become your friend. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


  • Installment Nine of the Holy Father's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
  • A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
  • Biography on Cardinal Jozef Glemp in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
  • Messages 493 and 494 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
  • Part Three of Chapter Eleven of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
  • ...and much, much more in the 81st issue for 1999!
  • April 23-25, 1999       volume 10, no. 80

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