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Vatican cardinal expresses hope for solution in Nazareth
Celebrating 50 years of the Holy See helping Palestinian refugees, the Prefect for the Congregation of Oriental Churches Cardinal Achille Silvestrini returned from Beirut optimistic that a solution can be attained over the mosque crisis in Nazareth because of signs of Moslem cooperation. Meanwhile at UN headquarters, Secretary General Kofi Annan sent out an appeal to both Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak to tread carefully over the mosque issue and not do anything to harm the peace process they have both been working toward in Palestine and Israel respectively. For more, click on Hopes for solution in Holy Land.
The 10th selection in the Countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Holy Father leaves grounds of Vatican to spend day at Roman parish as everyday local shepherd, thrilling parishioners
While affairs of state waited, the Holy Father ventured into the northern sector of Rome as the pastoral Bishop of Rome to spend the day at St. Innocent's parish and felt young again, revitalized by the school children who sung a beautiful ballad in Polish for the Pontiff. He was deeply touched, praying for them and counseling them to remain as pure as possible for Jesus in these times when values are challenged. He reminded them that the Jubilee is coming and many pilgrims will be in their back yard, asking them all to welcome them with open arms as Christ would welcome them. For more, click on Pope spends day at parish.
John XXIII practically a shoo-in to be beatified next year as Prefect for Congregation for the Causes of Saints explains revised processes during John Paul II's pontificate
Over the past twenty years Pope John Paul II has set all records in canonizing nearly 300 saints and beatifying many more than that as Archbishop Jose Martins explained the process in a special interview with ZENIT. Next year one of those to be beatified will undoubtedly be Pope John XXIII who is expected to be the only papal candidate to receive that honor in 2000, disappointing those who were hoping Pope Pius XII and Pope Paul VI might be included as well. For more on John XXIII, see today's TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. For more, click on
Bishop Carlos Belo raises awareness of East Timor's plight and calls for Justice in the face of broken promises and mass slaughters in September
The head of the Church in East Timor Bishop Carlo Ximenes Belo called for justice in the aftermath of the desolation in his land, citing the total destruction and no one has been accountable for bringing to justice those who perpetrated this atrocity. He lashed out at the international community for ignoring his pleas when it could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives and the fact that they didn't act until it was too late still bothers him and his people greatly. But he reassured all that with help or not, the spirit of his people will overcome all adversity, but their morale is down because of the loss of everything. He is trying desperately to instill hope in his flock when there is so little in the immediate future as the world passes on East Timor, looking now for other trouble spots while his country passes into oblivion. For more, click on East Timor.
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A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Sixty-first installment on our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Retro issues of our on-going series in our feature series on the Church today with the Archives of WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 2nd.
DAILY LITURGY for the First Thursday of Advent and Friday's Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, Jesuit Missionary Priest.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 229th issue for 1999!
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TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY COUNTDOWN:
Pope John XXIII
The rotund prelate from Venice and architect of Vatican II who hoped to open a few windows to let in some fresh air, but it turned into a gale wind that still whips at Catholic hearts today
Today we bring you the 11th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Pope John XXIII, the 261st successor of Peter and rotund Pontiff, who was Patriarch of Venice before taking the world by storm with his brash idea of a 21st Ecumenical Council forever remembered as Vatican II. During his 4-year reign this liberal, but loveable Pope endeavored to change the way the Church operated, letting in a breath of fresh air. But the window was opened too wide and the gale winds that followed over the next 3 decades have left conservative Catholics confused, calling for a return to the traditions of the Church. For more, click on Pope John XXIII
Two Pope Saint Leo's sandwich six Pontiffs between them in the first half of the ninth century
We continue with our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we feature the eight Sovereign Pontiffs from the first half of the ninth century which includes four saintly Popes including Pope Saint Leo III who crowned Charlemagne, ushering in the Holy Roman Empire, and Pope Saint Leo IV who closed the first half of the ninth century by building walls around the Vatican. It would be a wise move for the onslaught that would follow in future centuries. For Installment twenty-nine The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire - part one: "The Apostolic Line of Peter during the first half of the ninth century" in the BARQUE OF PETER
To sleep, perchance to dream
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1917, the same year as the Fatima apparitions in which Our Lady brought hope to the world, Father Edward Flanagan brought hope to countless young boys, and eventually girls over the decades when he established the world-famous Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska in a two-story Victorian home on the outskirts of town. Today it is a sprawling city outside of Omaha that is totally independent while continuing to provide hope and aspirations for thousands of young people thanks to the vision of Father Flanagan. For more on him also see 84th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciation of God's Gift of Religion
Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We begin today a two-parter on Religion and the End of Man how God in His Infinite Wisdom created man with a purpose so that man and woman could be happy in this world and even happier with Him in the next. For the sixty-first installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The Vatican's second man in charge is Italy's Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the learned Secretary of State
Our one-hundred-twenty-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 72 year-old Italian Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who has been in this vital post since Pope John Paul II appointed him a day after elevating him to the cardinalate during the Consistory of June 28, 1991. For more on Cardinal Angelo Sodano, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
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".
"True repose is not a mere intermission between the acts of the working-life. It is an intense activity, but of a different kind. Just as sleeping is not a cessation of life, but living of a different sort from wakefulness, so repose is an activity no less creative than that of our working hours."
Today we commemorate the First Wednesday of Advent and tomorrow the First Thursday of Advent, For the readings, liturgies, and meditations on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. In this time of grace, may the cross be a sign-post of love and unity for you through which true peace comes. That is why, little children, pray especially at this time that little Jesus, the Creator of peace, may be born in your hearts. Only through prayer will you become my apostles of peace in this world without peace. That is why, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
The DAILY WORD
"And He bade the crowd recline on the ground. Then taking the seven loaves and the fishes, He gave thanks, broke the bread them and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowd. And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up what was left of the fragments, seven full baskets."
Matthew 15: 34-37