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The 94th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Twenty-third Installment of Pope John Paul II's most recent Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Biography on Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez in our listing the COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Messages 612 and 613 of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Events that happened today in Church History in MILLENNIUM MILESTONES
Archives of Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
Today's liturgy for the Eighteenth Monday in Ordinary Time and the Feasts of Saint Eusebius of VercellI and Saint Peter Julian Eymard and tomorrow's liturgy of the Eighteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time.
CWN Catholic News Stories for today
Medjugorje Monthly Message and More
Countdown to the Jubilee
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Events Today in Church History
On this date 57 years ago, Saint Edith Stein, also known as Sister Theresa Bernadetta of Jesus died in the horrendous gas showers of the notorious Auschwitz death camp. She was born a Jew and converted to Catholicism and became a nun, giving her life for others at the hands of the Nazis. Pope John Paul II canonized her on October 11th last year at St. Peter's in Rome. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Number 93 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
July 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you all to prayer with the heart. I call all of you, little children, to give thanks to God here with me for the graces which He gives to you through me. I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus' and your heart to become one heart of love and peace. That is why, little children, pray and rejoice over everything that God does here, despite that satan provokes quarrels and unrest. I am with you and I lead you all on the way of love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Earlier installments of our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
1999 installments of the series of editorials CATHOLIC PewPOINTS
Messages 614 and 615 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on August 3rd.
DAILY LITURGY for the Eighteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and Wednesday's Feast of the Cure d'Ars Saint John Marie Vianney
More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
And more in our 144th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY
Hollywood's role model for priests
The voters selected Pat O'Brien, the consummate Irish-Catholic who was considered America's favorite Irishman throughout 50 years of filmdom in which he appeared in 110 movies. He is famous for his portrayal of priests, holding up the ideal of the priesthood and the values of the Church. From birth in 1899 to his death in 1983 he always exemplified the Catholic ideals. For more on the 94th selection, click on PAT O'BRIEN
Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, Chile's newest red-hat, heads the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Our eighty-second red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, who was called to the Holy See in 1986 by Pope John Paul II and appointed the Pro-Prefect of the same Congregation before becoming the head man after this former Archbishop of Valparaiso, Chile was elevated to the cardinalate during the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. For more on Cardinal Medina Estevez, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Message to the Americas: The catechism is a vital part of the evangelizing effort
Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January 1999. Because of its significance for all Americans, we bring you this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the twenty-third installment on Chapter Six: The Mission of the Church in America Today: The New Evangelization - The Importance of Catechesis , click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
This retro summer we present each Monday the best of Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW
This summer on Monday's we will present the opportunity to review any of Pat Ludwa's thirty-two columns for this year. Original ones will run in Thursday's issues, but in Monday's issues we bring you these archives. For Pat's past columns, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW ARCHIVES
"It shall not be sufficient in the time of darkness and Justice if you come, only on this Holy Easter day, and never reflect upon Me, seek Me nor give your life to Me the rest of the days!"
Those words from Our Lord were imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1995 in which Jesus commends those who have converted their hearts and been loyal to fasting and praying during Lent. Conversely He warns those who are lukewarm to call upon His Mercy now, to pray the Novena and realize that without Him they are lost. Jesus speaks of how we still can not see Him present in the Blessed Sacrament for now, but that our belief will be rewarded. His Blessed Mother follows up her Divine Son's words four days later on April 20th by reminding all of the Merciful Font of Mercy that is available to all if we only ask for His Divine Mercy. She cautions all not to wait for the cup is now overflowing and Divine Justice is near. For Messages #612 and #613 from Our Lord and Our Lady, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Finally the long-awaited book "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." is NOW available!
The much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary over five years is finally here! You can finally acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages. To find out how, click on Book
Today is the Eighteenth Monday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop and Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Priest and Religious Fouder while tomorrow is the Eighteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of the Feast of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass in their honor:
Lord God, St. Eusebius affirmed the Divinity of Your Son. By keeping the Faith he taught, may we come to share the eternal life of Christ.
SIMPLY SHEEN: Leveling out through inner peace
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".
"The conditions of a happy life is to so live that the trials and vicissitudes of life do not impose their moods on us. Rather, we become so rooted in peace and inner joy that we communicate them not only to our surroundings, but also to others."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
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New Document found in Israel solidifies Pope Pius XII's innocence in respect to the Holocaust
We have to wonder how the radical Jews who are trying to crucify Pope Pius XII and falsely blaming him for allowing countless Jews to die in the Holocaust will react to the news at a document has been uncovered in Israel written by Jewish leaders immediately after the war in which they extoll Pius XII's role in helping the Jews and even made generous contributions to the Church in gratitude. For more, click on Proof for Pius XII.
Archbishop of Cali officially excommunicates kidnappers in Colombia for the sacriligeous nature of their crime in May
Despite promises direct to the Vatican that the National Liberation Army would release all the victims they kidnapped, specifically right from church during Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost, they have not cooperated. Thus, Archbishop Isaias Duarte had no choice but to formally decree the excommunication of the entire group and called for them to come to their senses. For more, click on Excommunication.
Jubilee 2000 to kick off with a special Jubilee Celebration for the children on January 2nd
In the spirit of Jesus' words "Suffer the little children to come to Me," the Holy Father will host a special Jubilee Celebration on the day after New Year's especially for children. It will be the first major event of the new millennium. For more, click on Calling all children .
Father Malachi Martin, author of best-selling novels, died of a stroke last Tuesday at the age of 78
Father Malachi Martin, the man who took on the Jesuit Company and eventually resigned from the Society of Jesus to write sensational novels about the Vatican and its inner workings, died of a stroke last Tuesday in New York. He was 78. He had written numerous best-sellers, but in recent years remained incognito both to avoid the controversial limelight and to devote full time to his first love - writing. He suffered a stroke a few years ago and it had slowed him down considerably. For more, click on Fr. Malachi Martin
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