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Friday and Saturday are Weekdays in Ordinary Time with Saturday also being the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday while Sunday is the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time which will lead into the final week of June, one full of feasts starting with the Feast of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr on Monday.
Events this weekend in Church History
One thousand, three hundred and fifteen years ago Saturday is the anniversary of Pope Saint Benedict II becoming the 81st successor of Peter. This Roman-born pontiff's papal reign was only a year but during rhtis time he restored the privelge of Sanctuary that had been by and large ignored by the various fueding factions. Thanks to his intercession, he liberated the Church from the interference of Byzantine Emperor Justinian or else the Church could very well have succumbed to the Greek influence. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Colombia's rising star is Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo who has aided the Holy Father greatly in promoting the culture of life as President of the Pontifical Council for the Family
We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our sixty-sev red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, Archbishop-emeritus of Medellin and current President of the vital Pontifical Council for the Family playing a key role in the laity's welfare spiritually, psychologically and physically. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of February 2, 1983. For more on Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
All systems go for the "little shepherds" of Fatima to be beatified in the Jubilee Year
On Monday the Vatican will officially announce the pending beatification of deceased Fatima visionaries Francisco and his sister Jacinta Marto. The other Fatima seer is still alive. Sister Lucia dos Santos is a contemplative, cloistered Carmelite nun. Speculation is that the Holy Father will be invited to beatify them at Fatima on the 83rd anniversary of the final apparition on October 13th of the Jubilee Year if schedules can be juggled; otherwise it will be in Rome. It is not known if Sr. Lucia would be able to attend both for cloister purposes and health reasons. The final hurdle was cleared this past week when their cause was brought before the Sacred Conclave of Cardinals and passed with flying colors. For more, click on Fatima Blesseds
Colombian hostages holding up under stress through Faith, Hope and Charity according to Red Cross officials
Taken forcefully from Mass on Pentecost Sunday, many of the hostages being held for ransom are surviving because of their faith, realizing that only by hoping in the Lord and praying they will survive the ordeal. They have been held prisoners by the Cuban-backed rebel guerillas known as the National Liberation Army since May 30th. The rebels allowed an international contingent of Red Cross workers to survey the situation and talk to the hostages to assure all that they were not being harmed. Still, the Archbishop of Cali and President of Colombia have both called for their immediate release. For more, click on Holding up under stress.
Vatican preparing for onslaught of pilgrims with reinforcements with well over 27,000 strong!
If anyone had any doubts that the Holy See was not going to be able to handle the influx of pilgrims and tourists expected to flock to Rome and specifically the Vatican for the symbolic Jubilee Year 2000, they can set aside their fears for the Vatican has announced that 27,500 volunteers have signed on to handle all the vast responsibilities inherent with such a monumental year-long task. But it is well-organized and on schedule and officials are expecting things to run smoother than many anticipated, especially in handling senior citizens and the handicapped. For more, click on Getting a jump on the Jubilee.
Saint Isidore of Seville didn't have Windows 98 or a Mac but he's still odds-on favorite to be declared "Patron saint of the Web"
The printing press had not been invented, very few could handle a quill pen, yet a saint born during the sixth century is the odds-on favorite to be named the "Saint of the Internet" according to Archbishop John Patrick Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications- the organization which sent out the survey to determine what saint would be most appropriate as the patron saint of internet users and webmasters. The odds-on choice is Saint Isidore of Seville who was one of the most learned men of his time and admired for his work with liturgy and the laws of the Church, as well as writing numerous books. If only he had had a laptop think of how much more he would have accomplished! He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1722 by Pope Benedict XIV. For more, click on Saint Isidore.
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"There are many who proclaim that soon I shall send My warning to all of mankind. This I solemnly assure you is truth. Yet you must not yield to speculation, My children, choosing this day or that, this hour or the next."
Those words above come from Our Lord in Message #572 on December 4, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus warns all His little ones not to spend so much time in speculation but to put into action what He and His Blessed Mother have been imparting. Our Lord reaffirms that the Warning and all He has foretold will come to pass, but in His time, not ours. In this message and His previous message of December 2nd He reinforces that we all need to spend more time with Him in the Blessed Sacrament; in other words pray more, talk less. For Messages 571 and 572, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Eighteen years of grace: The Miraculous Miracle of Medjugorje!
In this weekend's editorial, we commemorate the eighteenth anniversary of the reported Apparitions at Medjugorje. We say "reported" because they have not yet been fully approved by the Church, but the important aspect of all this is that in eighteen years they have not been disapproved. Satan and his cohorts have tried to discredit Our Lady's work at her special Oasis of Peace, but, as we deduce in today's commentary what her Divine Son Jesus has said to the fact that a good tree cannot bear bad fruit. We point out how Medjugorje has withstood the test of time and time is waning down, the sands of this millennium sifting down to the final grains as Our Lady strives to complete the mission she began at Fatima. For this weekend's commentary, Medjugorje is a successful syllogism that makes sense!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.
For an in-depth feature on Medjugorje and why it has impacted so many throughout the world, click on THE STORY OF MEDJUGORJE: 18 YEARS OF GRACE
Too many so-called experts complicate and confuse the simple message of Medjugorje
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto celebrates the 18th anniversary of the apparitions at Medjugorje and asks why we can't get with the program and understand that all Our Lady has conveyed from her special Oasis of Peace comes straight from the Blessed Trinity. She reinforces the good fruit of Medjugorje and how the finite mind cannot fathom why God would allow His Mother to appear there for eighteen straight years. The answer is simple. Man is thick-headed and time is running short, very, very short. Our Lady's messages are mankind's last hope before satan would devour a humanity that would rather embrace the world, the flesh and the devil instead of the rewards and riches of Heavenly bliss as Mary foretells in her messages from Medjugorje - a special spiritual phenomena that has produced a plethora of good fruits worldwide. For her column this weekend, Medjugorje's 18th Anniversary click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Tarzan swings into first, unseating last week's swinger Austin Powers during third week of June for Top Ten Movies
In the third week of June a legendary swinger "Tarzan" ousted another swinger - "Austin Powers: the Spy who...". Probably a bigger surprise was that the megahit Star Wars' "Episode One - The Phantom Menace" dropped to fourth behind first-run "The General's Daughter" a taut, sleazy who-dunnit touting John Travolta. "Notting Hill" came in fifth followed by "Instinct", then "The Mummy" in 7th, "Entrapment" held down 8th, with The Matrix at 9th, and, even though it was only shown in 283 theatres nationwide, "Tea with Mussolini" stayed in the top ten and could stay there when the film is put into wider distribution next week. The next test will be the heavily anticipated Fourth of July weekend when many blockbusters will be released including the campy Wild, Wild West. For the Top Ten review for the third week of June, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
SIMPLY SHEEN: God doesn't want to hear excuses!
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".
"Psychoanalysis does a world of good when it skims off the superficial justification for actions and discovers the real reason beneath. But there is no field in which more excuses are given than in the realm of the spiritual and the moral."
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
In honor of the 18th Anniversary of the Medjugorje Apparitions, we present a special prayer composed by Father John H. Hampsch, C.M.F. in a Prayer of Healing for the people of the Balkans. For this special prayer, click on Prayer for Healing