August 24, 1999

August 24, 1999

vol. 10, no. 159


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Events Today in Church History

     On this date 692 years ago French-born Pope Clement V, the 195th successor of Peter who would be influenced by King Philip IV into fixing the Holy See at Avignon, began his association with this wily French monarch by issuing a letter to Philip the Fair in which the Pope outlined the growing danger of the Knights Templar who had gone out of control through greed. The king would curtail their activities three months later and abolish them in 1312 for malpractices. The teaming of Clement and Philip consolidated France's influence on the Church and caused the Templars to go underground, only to eventually emerge as the part of the Masonic Lodge and the growth of Free Masonry. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


  • The 77th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

  • A review of this year's FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS

  • Biography on Cardinal Silvio Oddi, the 89th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on August 25th.

  • More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time and Wednesday's Feasts of Saint Louis of France and Saint Joseph Calasanz and the Twenty-first Thursday in Ordinary Time.

  • ...and more in our 160th issue for 1999!

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


Bishop Carlos Belo

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate carries the torch of truth for East Timor

     The voters chose as the 78th TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY one of the modern crusaders for freedom - Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, the 51 year-old recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize and shepherd for all of East Timor as Bishop of Dili. All his life he has sought a peaceful settlement to the tragic conditions in East Timor which was unfavorably and suddenly annexed by Muslim Indonesia in the mid-seventies. For more on the 78th selection, click on BISHOP CARLOS BELO

Catholic PewPoint helps put things in perspective and clear up the tunnels of confusion!

      This summer we present all the editorials to date from 1999 for you to review. Take a ride on the twists and turns of humanity in past installments of Catholic PewPoint. In this wild ride of life, through the tunnels of doubt we need to cling to the rails of hope and trust that God will guide us safely over the whirls and swirls, dips and blips, highs and lows that affect us daily in this rollercoaster called life. These commentaries help keep things on a more even keel, slowing the turns so that all can better navigate the dangerous curves and stay on track in heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel. During the summer we will present this archive feature on Tuesdays and a new commentary every Friday. To read any of the fifty installments presently available for 1999, click on the Archives of CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Retroactive articles on Church history available from 33 to 1515 A.D. for summer review

      This summer we present a review of the period from the time of Christ when He founded the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 1 through 106. We will resume our original series in September with installment 107 on Pope Hadrian VI. To read any of the 105 installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

Don't waste words or make words waste for the soul<

      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 wisest of men reads out of a philosophy of life, as he eats out of a philosophy of health. Mental garbage is as scrupulously avoided by the eyes in reading, as another kind of garbage is avoided by the lips."


     Today is the Feast of the Apostle Saint Bartholomew while tomorrow we observe Ordinary Time and celebrate the Feasts of Saint Louis of France and Saint Joseph Calasanz, priest, religious founder and educator. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.


    In honor of the Feast of Saint Bartholomew we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass in his honor:

Lord, sustain within us the faith which made Saint Bartholomew ever loyal to Christ. Let Your Church be the sign of salvation for all nations of the world.

with a Catholic slant

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    Church's interest in East Timor's Independence is not temporal Bishop Belo affirms

          Bishop Carlos Belo, who we feature in today's TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY, has reassured officials and the media that the Church has no intention of seizing power after the elections in which East Timorese people, the majority of who are Catholic, go to the polls next Sunday in casting their vote for independence. The Bishop, a Nobel Prize Laureate, has long been an outspoken advocate for nonviolent settlements in all issues and is seeking a peaceful end to the current violence spurred on by military and political factions. For more, click on East Timor Independence.

    Belgium celebrates 50th Anniversary of Banneux Apparitions Approval with special letter from Pope

          On the occasion Sunday of the 50th Anniversary of the Aprroval of the Apparitions at Banneux in Belgium by the Bishop of Liege, the Holy Father sent a letter to the current Bishop of the Diocese of Liege along with the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops Cardinal Jan Schotte who celebrated the anniversary Mass commemorating the golden jubilee of approval of the apparitions that occurred in 1933 to the visionary Mariette. The Blessed Virgin Mary was proclaimed Patroness of the Poor in 1942 by the Holy See and seven years later the apparitions were given full approval at the local level worthy of belief. For more, click on Banneux .

    Mexican Bishops united behind Pope on episcopal succession

          Showing solidarity behind the Pope and, with the Papal Nuncio present, the Mexican Bishops announced that only the Pope has the authority to appoint and demote bishops. The formal reaffirmation was necessary in light of the fact that the bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas has taken it upon himself to determine who is qualified or not qualified to be a bishop in direct disobedience to Rome. The said bishop is also known to embrace liberation theology which the Pope has condemned. For more, click on Mexico.

    Rome assured by International Court that Seal of Confession will be honored

          Fears of the seal of Confession not being honored by the new International Criminal Court, largely spawned by Canada's proposal for such, have been alleviated with the announcement that the Preparatory Committee for the International Criminal Court will not consider Canada's rash suggestions, honoring the time-honored tradition of the sacramental nature of the seal of the confessional in the Roman Catholic Church. The innovation of the Court is to eradicate genocide, ethnic cleansing and other serious crimes against humanity. For more, click on International Court

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 the features, dossiers and Daily Dispatches at ZENIT International News Agency. CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

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


"Answering, Jesus said to him, 'Because I said to thee that I saw thee under the fig tree, thou dost believe. Greater things than these shalt thou see.' And He said to him, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, you shall see Heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.'"

John 1: 50-51
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 129 and counting, hoping and praying...

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