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FRI-SAT-SUN through FRI-SAT-SUN      August 13-22, 1999      SECTION FIVE       vol 10, no. 152-157

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82.   Thomas Merton:   Trappist who scaled the mountain of hope to flee the traps of temptation

    The 82nd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY is Thomas Merton, the famous Trappist monk from the Abbey of Gethsemani in Bardstown, Kentucky who became world renowned for his writings, particularly his best-selling "The Seven Storey Mountain" which chronicled his life and struggles in reaching his position as a monk. In later life he delved into eastern mysticism in an attempt to meld European Christianity with the contemplative, meditative heights reached through Zen. Though controversial, he has many followers who still swear by his writings nearly forty years after his untimely death in Bangkok.

82.    Thomas Merton

81.   Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran:    The quiet Frenchman whose accomplishments speak volumes as the Pope's chief diplomat

    The 81st person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY is Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the French prelate who has quietly risen to the third most powerful position in the Vatican as the Secretary for Relations with States. He has circled the globe, representing the Holy See in dealing with kings and queens, presidents and premiers, chiefs and emperors, rebels and despots in every trouble spot in the world, always upholding the Sanctity of Life and the dignity of the human being. What makes him even more interesting is his youthful age and the possibility he is being groomed for a higher office in the future.

81.    Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran

80.   Dana Scallon:   A powerful political voice for Catholicism through song and commitment

    The 80th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY is Rosemary "Dana" Brown Scallon, devoted wife and mother of four, who in mid-life put a successful singing career on hold while running for president of Ireland in an attempt to restore true Catholic values to her beloved emerald isle. She is internationally known for her chart-busting music as well as her dynamic programs on EWTN and for the special, very popular songs specifically composed for the Pope which she has performed during four different papal visits. At only 48, she was recently elected to represent Ireland in the European Elections.

80.    Dana Scallon

   Number 79 will be revealed when we resume our regular issues on Monday, August 23, 1999 with vol. 10, no. 158.

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August 13-22, 1999 volume 10, no. 152-157   DAILY CATHOLIC