August 23, 1999

August 23, 1999

vol. 10, no. 158


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Events Today in Church History

      His Holiness Blessed Pope Gregory X might never have become the Sovereign Pontiff had not another fellow monk and saint - Saint Philip Benizi who was the conclave's favorite to succeed Pope Clement IV. But, feeling totally unworthy St. Philip hid so they could not summon him. They instead elected the monk known simply as Hildebrand who would become a great Pope, thanks in part to St. Philip Benizi's role. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


  • Number 78 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

  • 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

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on August 24th.

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of the Apostle Saint Bartholomew on Tuesday and Ordinary Time on Wednesday plus the Feasts of Saint Louis of France and Saint Joseph Calasanz

  • More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • And more in our 159th issue for 1999!

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


Frank Duff

The Founder of the Legion of Mary

     Today we bring you the 79th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters selected Frank Duff, the Dublin-born founder of the world-wide Legion of Mary that has grown tremendously in less than eight decades. From small seeds in an upper-room in the poorest section of Dublin an international organization has sprouted that has reached to Heaven many times over in dedication to God through the Spiritual Works of Mercy and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. For more on the 79th selection, click on FRANK DUFF

Cardinal John J. O'Connor leads not only nearly half of New York City's population, but all America as well in remaining faithful to Rome

      Our eighty-eighth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor, the Archbishop of New York City, shepherding one of the nation's largest archdioceses, and the chief spokesman for the American contingent of the College of Cardinals. He continues the long line of illustrious cardinals who have molded the moral fiber of this country. A year after succeeding the deceased Cardinal Terence Cook he was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal O'Connor, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

The reality of Heaven, hell and Purgatory is not a myth or a "place" but the ultimate state of our souls!

     The media has had a field day trying to decipher the Holy Father's catechesis over the past month regarding his short treatises on Heaven, hell and Purgatory which he talked about during his Wednesday Papal Audiences. But what Pope John Paul II said is nothing new but rather the solid Roman Catholic doctrine right down the line. Guess what folks, the media and the world are just realizing it is not all just a myth but rather a very realistic and certain eventuality for every single soul. Hopefully the Holy Father's words will get the entire world to begin examining their priorities before they face the reality of Heaven and Purgatory or hell head-on. For the Pope's brief catechesis on all three, 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-eight 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


      Today is the Twenty-first Monday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin while tomorrow is the Feast of the Apostle Saint Bartholomew. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.


     In honor of the Feast of Saint Rose of Lima we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass in her honor:

God our Father, for love of You Saint Rose gave up everything to devote herself to a life of penance. By the help of her prayers may we imitate her selfless way of life on earth and enjoy the fullness of Your blessings in Heaven.


Overloaded with useless data!

      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 is a world of difference between a mind that has in it ten thousand bits of uncorrelated information, and a mind that is like an organism in which one fact or truth is functionally related to every other truth, as the heart is related to the legs and arms."

Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!

     With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This 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 is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

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    Pope emphasizes importance of being a servant, calls on the world to respond to needs of people in Turkey and Angola during his Sunday Audience

         Using Sunday's Gospel of Saint Matthew whereupon Jesus establishes His Holy Church by choosing Saint Peter, the Holy Father, successor of Peter, reminded all that he is the "servant of servants" and that the heart of Christianity is "to serve." He made his remarks during his Sunday Audience at Castelgondolfo, imploring the faithful to exemplify this servitude and be servants especially in coming to the aid of the beleaguered people of Turkey in the aftermath of the terrible quakes and Angola where fratricide has blotted out human dignity and lives. For more, click on Pope's Sunday Audience.

    The silence is deafening in Colombia as kidnappers of Bishop have not come forward, Church gravely concerned with that and other kidnappings

          The situation in Colombia has grown increasingly worse in recent weeks as the stalemate continues between Colombian government officials, the Church and the ELN kidnappers who claim they didn't kidnap Bishop Jose Quintero of Timu over a week ago. That deed, they say, was carried out by the ELP, another leftist guerrilla group. The frustrating part is that the government is doing little to even acknowledge he is being held hostage. The Church is fed up with the stalemate and promises of release that have yet to materialize and has demanded all hostages be freed for the sake of humanity. For more, click on Confusion in Colombia .

    Pope's treatise on Heaven, Purgatory, hell and satan sparks dialogue in the media

          You can't buy the kind of publicity Pope John Paul II is creating with the catechetical talks he has been giving for the last month during his Wednesday Papal Audiences. These catecheses on Heaven, Purgatory, hell and satan have generated numerous discussions among the media and that is one of the intentions of the Holy Father in waking the world to the needs of the new millennium. These talks are also a preview of his upcoming encyclical he will release later this year on the end times. For more, click on Publicity for God.

    Vatican ignores US intimidation tactics, announces the Jubilee Journey will begin in Iraq later this year

          Despite vehement persuasion and cajoling by the Clinton administration, the Holy See is undeterred in proceeding with plans to begin the Jubilee Journey this fall in Iraq at Ur in Chaldea where the father Abraham was born. The Jubilee Journey will start with Old Testament sites and move on to New Testament places in the Holy Land where the Pope is planning to travel next year during Jubilee 2000. The United States, at war with Iraq and Saddam Hussein for a decade, have expressed concerns that the Papal Visit will strengthen Hussein's position with the people who have been impoverished largely due to the American-enforced embargo since the Gulf War. For more, click on Jubilee Journey

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"Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you traverse sea and land to make one convert; and when he has become one, you make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves."

Matthew 23: 15
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 130 and counting, hoping and praying...

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