August 30, 1999

August 30, 1999

vol. 10, no. 163


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Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1671 Saint Rose of Lima was canonized by Pope Clement X, the 239th successor of Peter, in Rome. Her inclusion among the saints made her the first saint so proclaimed from the new world. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


  • Number 73 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 31st.

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-second Tuesday in Ordinary Time and Wednesday's Twenty-second Wednesday in Ordinary Time

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

  • And more in our 164th issue for 1999!

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Cardinal Pio Laghi

American ties should help him as Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education

     Today we bring you the 74th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters selected Cardinal Pio Laghi, the Italian-born Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America. The voters who nominated this 77 year-old prelate are hopeful he can effectively bring back the Catholic education so prevalent over three decades ago at all levels. For more on the 74th selection, click on CARDINAL PIO LAGHI

Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga helped forge the Faith in Kenya during his 25 year-plus tenure as Archbishop of Nairobi

      Our ninety-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga, the Archbishop emeritus of Nairobi and current Military Ordinary of Kenya who was the son of a pagan tribal chief but passed up royalty to serve Holy Mother Church, first as a priest, then bishop and then a cardinal. He was ordained by Pope Pius XII and created a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in the Consistory of March 5, 1973. For more on Cardinal Otunga, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Preparing us spiritually for the great Jubilee Year 2000!

      Following up last week's Papal Catechesis conveyed during his Wednesday General Audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican in late July and early August, we pick up where we left off, bringing you the brief talks for his August 11th, August 18th and August 25th Papal Audiences which are all geared to preparing us spiritually for the Jubilee Year 2000. 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-second Monday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow being the Twenty-second Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.


Saints can empathize with our sinfulness!

      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".

"Perhaps no one understands us better than saints, not only because they correct their bad judgment of us through their own weakness, but also because they see us as souls precious in the sight of God."

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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    Cardinal O'Connor admitted to Manhattan Hospital for precautionary methods

          The Archbishop of New York Cardinal John O'Connor was hospitalized on Wednesday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in Manhattan, New York after complaining of weakness and dizziness. While officials state it is not serious, tests are being taken to be sure the cardinal is in good health and to diagnose the problems. The cardinal, in good spirits, is expected to retire soon since he is currently 79 years-old and has stayed on as chief shepherd of the nation's second largest see primarily because the Holy Father personally asked him to continue. For more, click on Cardinal O'Connor .

    Archbishop of Palermo commemorates first Jubilee Year and Pope Saint Celestine V's "Bull of Pardon"

          Before the Holy Father goes back to the roots of our Faith for the unusual Jubilee Journey, it's time to go back to the roots of how the Jubilee Years originated and where. For that a Vatican contingent was in Aquila, Italy Saturday to commemorate the inauguration of the Jubilee Year by Pope Saint Celestine V in 1294 when the saintly pontiff proposed a special year - Jubilee Year - for all to seek and give pardon. It was to occur every 50 years but increased to every 50 years in the fourteenth century by Pope Clement VI. The first "Holy Door" was opened in the Lateran by Pope Martin V in 1423. For more, click on Holy Door commemoration .

    Alternate anthropology bothers Pope in talk to Marriage and Family Group of Pontifical Institute named after him

          Decrying the fact that "alternate anthropology stands in opposition to the image of man and woman according to natural reason, and in particular, to the Christian image of man and woman," the Holy Father addressed an international group of members of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family. He warned that science has gone too far with cloning and other methods, as well as alternate lifestyles and amoral beliefs that diminish and insult the sacred institution of marriage and conjugal love as God intended. For more, click on John Paul II addresses Pontifical Institute members.

    Tragedy beneath the baldechino of St. Peter's Basilica as disgruntled man shoots himself, Security concerns raised

          A 63 year-old retired, disgruntled man from Bari ambled into St. Peter's on Thursday afternoon and, before a group of pilgrims touring the Basilica, proceeded to the front of the altar beneath the great canopy or Baldechino designed by Bernini and shot himself in the temple. The Basilica needed to be cleansed through a special rite performed by one of the Vatican's parish priests Fr. Giovanni Ferrotti during a Mass later that same day. He blessed the area three times with Holy Water and those in attendance in a special "reparation rite" to cleanse the area after the suicide. It could prompt discussion for setting up a metal detection entrance to the great Basilica for the Jubilee Year when millions are expected to pass through the great portals of St. Peter's. For more, click on Suicide in St. Peter's

For more headlines and articles, we suggest Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and 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.


"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me; to bring good news to the poor He has sent Me, to proclaim to the captives release, and sight to the blind; to set at liberty the oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of recompense."

Luke 4: 18-19
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 123 and counting, hoping and praying...

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