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Friday is the Thirteenth Friday in Ordinary Time and First Friday while Saturday we celebrate the Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle. Sunday, Independence Day, is the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time with Monday being a special Mass for Independence Day, the Fourteenth Monday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, priest and religious founder. For the liturgy, readings, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on WEEKEND LITURGY
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the Feast of Saint Thomas, we present the Preface of the Mass:
The risen Christ appeared to the apostles the first time Thomas was absent, so that the incredulous apostle, having overcome his skepticism, would strengthen our faith by his gesture. When he saw the pierced hand of the Master, Thomas proclaimed him his Lord and his God and was able to testify with extraordinary certitude to the truth of the Resurrection.
Events this weekend in Church History
One thousand, six hundred and eighty-eight years ago Friday is the anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Militiades who became both the 32nd successor of Peter and first African Pontiff. His three year pontificate is significant not just because he built the St. John Lateran Basilica but because it was during his reign that the Roman Emperor Constantine saw the sign in the sky "In hoc signo vinces" and issued his decree of tolerance for the Christian faith, setting in motion a tremendous growth and the end of the Roman persecutions. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Israel enthused over anticipation of Pope's visit in 2000
Following on the heels of Iraq's expression yesterday of enthusiasm for the Holy Father's pending visit late this year, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and other Israeli officials expressed delight and positive anticipation of Pope John Paul II's ambitious plans to visit and pray in so many countries in retracing the roots of our faith on a Jubilee Journey: Abraham to the Apostles. For more, click on Jubilee Journey
Papal Nuncio in Belgrade visits Kosovo, sites the need to "demolish the walls of hatred and resentment"
The Holy See's Papal Nuncio in Serbia Archbishop Santos
Abril journeyed to Kosovo to visit with Catholics there as well as Orthodox and Muslim leaders in assuring them that the Roman Catholic Church, which has exhibited a need for human dignity for all parties, is striving for unity and peace and that we must all learn from the atrocities committed by all sides and "demolish the walls of hatred and resentment." For more, click on Kosovo.
UN getting bolder in promoting the culture of death
The lines are becoming clearer as the United Nations exposes its ugly side by openly promoting population control despite the Vatican's objections and many third world nations. The latest indication comes from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan himself advocating increased contraception, abortion and distribution of condoms - all contributing to the culture of death and in direct opposition to the creed of the Sanctity of Life. For more, click on UN getting pushy.
Archbishop wants to put squeeze on Colombian rebels holding hostages, calls on International help
The Archbishop of Cali, Colombia Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cansino has appealed to the international community, specifically the Inter-American Court in San Jose, Costa Rica, in an effort to isolate the rebels known as the National Liberation Army which has kidnapped numerous hostages, specifically over a hundred right out of Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost. The Archbishop has already put them under interdict, but even that has done little to obtain the release of the remaining hostages who had not been released as their leader had personally promised the Vatican. For more, click on Colombia squeeze.
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"I solemnly tell you that hour has come in each life when those who believe must not only stand firm in the faith, but go beyond such a firm rooting to declare Me before all the world."
Those words above come from Our Lord in Message #581 on the Eve of the Epiphany in 1995 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus speaks of the Magi and how these great kings were willing to humble themselves to a child because they believed. He asks the same of us and urges us to take it to the next level and go all out for Him in our words, thoughts and deeds. His Blessed Mother Mary reinforces the same on the Solemnity of the Baptism of her Divine Son four days later, encouraging us to heed all His Holy Church teaches and to pray, taking advantage of the wonderful gifts and tools we have been given in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Rosary and Scapular. For Messages 581 and 582, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky, the head of all Ukrainian-Rite Catholics, guides a peoples who have had more than their share of suffering and martyrdom
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our seventy-third red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky , Archbishop of Lviv and head of all Ukrainian-Rite Catholics. A U.S. citizen since 1952, he was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of May 25, 1985. For more on Cardinal Lubachivsky, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
The Mystery of the Most Precious Blood should never be watered down!
In this weekend's editorial, we remind all that July is not only known for fireworks and Fourth of July celebrations and summertime, but for Catholics should be remembered as the month of the Most Precious Blood Which was shed for all of us for the remission of sins. We also tackle the sticky issue of the habitual behavior of so many who take for granted Who they are receiving and why. Our Independence Day began on the day of our Baptism and continues with the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist - the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Without Him we can never be free.
For the commentary, We are freed through His Most Precious Blood - the Elixir of exctasy!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
There's never a busy signal when we call on God!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto relates how blessed we are that God does not have one of those nagging automated answering machines where one can never get through to someone, causing constant frustration as we shout and stew waiting to talk to someone, anyone. God's line is never busy and we need no technology to reach Him. He'll always answer immediately and we need not shout, a whisper will do for He hears us before we speak. She points out that many of us haven't been calling Him enough and as we enter the second half of this final year before the new millennium - in the Year of the Father, we should make a concerted effort to realize His availability and dial Him up with our soul in simple prayer at every opportunity we have. For her column this weekend, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Last week's top hit "Big Daddy" is a disgrace in the year we honor the Father!
For the Top Ten Films in the final week of June the phenomenal success of another Adam Sandler vehicle of scatological humor "Big Daddy" proves there's no accounting for good taste. But then, this may sadly be a trend since "South Park - the Movie" was released on the public this week! Meanwhile, "Tarzan" kept swinging high in second followed by that other swinger of ill repute - "Austin Powers: the Spy who...". Another sleaze-filled film "The General's Daughter" came in fourth while the megahit Star Wars' "Episode One - The Phantom Menace" continued to lose speed, dropping to fifth ahead of "Notting Hill" and "The Mummy" which is still wrapped in 7th place followed by "Instinct", then "An Ideal Husband", and holding up the rear in this week's sad commentary on what the public wants to see: "The Matrix." For the Top Ten reviews for the final week of June prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
SIMPLY SHEEN: Seeing God in everything
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".
"Blessed is the one to whom the universe is not opaque like a curtain, but transparent as is a window, and to whom reason's Author is seen behind every true act of reasoning."
The deadline for Voting for your choice of the Top 100 Catholics of the 20th Century is here!
Readers only have just hours left to vote for the Top 100 Catholics. We have had over 17,000 votes cast to date and are most encouraged by this turnout as we have been inundated in the last few days in the mad rush to get their votes in. You may vote as often as you wish and we'll begin the countdown from 100 on down daily here soon in the DAILY CATHOLIC leading up to the top ten Catholics in December. For the list of the fifty receiving the most votes as of June 25th, click on TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY