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Pope remembers Catholic leader of Croatia Franjo Tudjman who succumbed to cancer Friday. He was Croatia's first president and father of his country.
The Holy Father sent his deepest sympathy to the people of Croatia on the loss of their beloved Catholic leader Franjo Tudjman, Croatia's first recognized president who was considered the "father of Croatia" in present time. He had welcomed the Pope warmly when the Holy Father visited Zagreb in October last year and had also recently had a private audience with His Holiness at the Vatican. He was 77 years-old and had been suffering for years from cancer which finally took his life this past Friday. Hundreds of thousands of mourning Croats braved the rainy, cold weather to pay their respects with Masses throughout Croatia. For more, click on Death of Croatian leader
Holy Father blesses Christmas creches brought to him by families, sends them back into their homes to live the Christmas story
Gaudete Sunday is the traditional day children from families in Rome bring the Holy Father statues of the Christ child and other manger scenes to be blessed by the Vicar of Christ and then taken back into their homes to take center stage for the Christmas season. The Pope encouraged all to make room for Jesus not only in the crib between Mary and Joseph but also in hearts everywhere in the new Jubilee that officially begins the night before His birth when His Holiness will open the Holy Door. For more, click on Christmas cribs
Shepherd's Field in Bethlehem to host "Night of Peace" with broadcast of Holy Door Opening and Midnight Mass at Basilica of the Nativity by Latin Patriarch
Christmas Eve there will be a festive, but religious prayer vigil in Bethlehem when nearly 10,000 are expected for a special "Night of Peace" with translations in Arabic and English with large screens mounted around the grounds so all can witness the Holy Father opening the Holy Door to officially usher in the Jubilee Year 2000 and cap the evening with Midnight Mass in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem celebrated by Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah. This will all be broadcast with multi-translations provided in numerous language for the people from all lands expected to assemble and finish the night with a festive fireworks display to welcome in the Christ Child and the Jubilee Year. For more, click on Night of Peace.
Samuel Armas, child in the womb who became famous for clutching finger of doctor during operation, is alive, well and gaining strength daily
The miracle baby has been born. That would be tiny Samuel Armas, the brittle child in the womb of his mother Julie Armas who hung on for dear life through a very sensitive spina bifida operation while still in the womb as we reported back on November 17th in issue 218. Little Samuel became famous the world over with the photo of him grasping the surgeon's finger, a definite sign of life in the womb and the sacredness of God's creation that caused a stir with pro-aborts who don't want to face up to the truth. That truth is very much alive today and hopefully pro-abort consciences are seriously rethinking the fate of the preborn. Today all little Samuel's fingers are clearly visible as everyday he is getting stronger and stronger after an early birth on December 2 this year. For more, click on Miracle baby.
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The number two selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
The seventy-first installment in our daily series on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.
The thirtieth installment of our weekly abridged series on the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
Biography on Cardinal Kasimierz Swiatek, the 135th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on December 15th.
More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for the Third Wednesday and Thursday of Advent.
...and more in our 238th issues for 1999!
TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Blessed Padre Pio
The obedient Capuchin monk who gave all to God for souls the world over and accepted the intense mystical sufferings and ecstasies God chose for him
Today we continue counting down to number one with the number three person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the Capuchin mystic monk who bore the visible stigmata and could read souls. It is appropriate he is featured on this day, the Feast of Saint John of the Cross for Padre Pio had his own "dark night of the soul" imposed by others and yet he bore up under the suffering with great love and obedience which God rewarded with special Heavenly gifts granted to few saints. For more on the 3rd selection, click on BLESSED PADRE PIO
The only place to spend New Years Eve!
In today's editorial, we discuss the speculation of when the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart will occur in the new millennium. Our consensus: it's fruitless to try to spin our wheels in pinpointing the time and the only fruitful thing we can all do to hasten it is to trust in God and pray. And that brings us to the crux of the article, to usher in the new millennium with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It beats the hub-bub and hectic New Year's Eve bashes that are not only so expensive but tiring and even dangerous. We want peace so badly in this world so why not pray for peace in the most peaceful of settings - before the Tabernacle of the Holy of Holies. For the editorial, "Could you not watch one hour with Me?" see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Appreciation of the Bible and the Old Testament
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 series on the Bible and Sacred Scripture with an overview of the Old Testament today and tomorrow an overview of the New Testament before briefly explaining the origins and meaning of each book of the Bible in subsequent installments. For the seventieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Today is the Feast of the religious priest and Doctor of the Church Saint John of the Cross, author of the tremendously inspiring book "Dark Night of the Soul." He served as Saint Teresa of Avila's confessor and with her helped reform the Carmelites. Tomorrow is the Third Wednesday of Advent. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and profile on St. John of the Cross, click on DAILY LITURGY
Events Today in Church History
On this date 1,132 years ago in 867 Pope Hadrian II was elected the 106th successor of Peter. He would be the last married Pope since he was a married deacon at the time and because he was married and elevated to the Papal throne, he was allowed to stay married just as Saint Peter was married. His five year pontificate was truly universal as he reached out to the west in crowning kings and to the east where he consecrated Saint Methodius Archbishop in Yugoslavia, giving him and Saint Cyril - the Apostles of the Slavs - apostolic permission to supplant the Cyrillic Old Slavonic language into the liturgy in place of the the Latin liturgy. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
SIMPLY SHEEN: All love springs out of goodness
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".
"Without a reaching-out toward goodness, there would be no love; neither love of country, nor of pleasures, of friend, nor of spouse. Through loving, each heart tries to acquire a perfection which it lacks, or to express the perfection it already owns. All love springs out of goodness, for goodness, by its nature, is lovable to man."
The DAILY WORD
"...even as the Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."
Matthew 21: 28
Retroactive articles on Church history available from 33 to 1515 A.D. for review
To allow all readers to catch up on our popular on-going series, 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. Until we are back to full strength we will continue the archives, giving readers the opportunity to catch up 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.
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.