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Holy Father returns home to Vatican weary from grueling trip that took him from searing heat of India to bitter cold of Georgia's early winter
His Holiness Pope John Paul II is back home ready for a well-deserved few days of rest after his grueling trip to India and Georgia. It was an unusual Papal Trip for it took him to two nations where Catholicism is in the vast minority and where prejudice against Catholics has lead to tensions from the Hindu fundamentalists to the Orthodox in Georgia. Yet there were Orthodox followers who defied the Patriarch's snub of the papal Mass to attend and give the Holy Father respect and honor. For more, click on Pope back home.
The 23rd selection in the Countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Vatican makes it official: Iraqi trip off until at least January 2000. Holy See rethinking "Jubilee Journey" by not lumping too many together.
Maybe the delay of beginning the Holy Father's historic "Jubilee Journey" is a blessing in disguise. The Vatican not only made it official that the trip to Ur in Iraq would be postponed until at least late January next year, they are rethinking the stress it puts on a nearly 80-year old Pontiff who is showing the fatigue of age and his possible Parkinson's disease that is getting increasingly worse as the years go by. To preserve the strength and stamina of the Pope, they have decided for him to make more trips covering less time. Thus his Iraq trip will be only to Ur and not to Egypt as originally planned. The Holy See planners see merit in quick, shorter trips for the Sovereign Pontiff in the coming year's stressful schedule in which Pope John Paul II hopes to retrace the footsteps of our religious heritage from Abraham to Saint Paul. For more, click on "Jubilee Journey".
Israel says "sorry, but that's the breaks" but they may be crying last from findings that point to place of Jesus' Baptism being in Jordan, not Israel
Israel was in an apologetic mode yesterday as they apologized to the Holy See for the brouhaha centering around the construction of a mosque immediately next to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth where countless pilgrims are expected to flock next year. Though they apologized, they rationalized they had no choice but to allow the mosque to be built and suggested building an additional door to reach the Basilica from the other side. It could be from the other side of the Jordan, not Israel's side that pilgrims will come and spend money thus denying the tourist industry in Israel from recent findings that point to the fact Our Lord was baptized east of the Jordan River in Jordan. For more, click on East Timor turns to thankful prayer.
California Court not playing ball with Ten Commandments
Can you believe a federal appeals court in San Francisco believes that the Ten Commandments are not educational? That was their decision in upholding a ban of religious material on advertisements on high school ballfields and outfield fences. Place any immoral thing you want on the billboards, but don't dare try to instill in the kids and parents the values passed down by Almighty God to Moses on Mount Sinai as the benchmark for human behavior for all generations. Does one wonder why this generation is so confused and misguided when our judges determine that the Ten Commandments are controversial? Just another sign that we had better pray harder for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. For more, click on Judges strike out in decision
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A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Forty-ninth 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 November 11th.
DAILY LITURGY for Thursday's Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop and Friday's Feast of Saint Josaphat, Bishop, Religious and Martyr.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 214th issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY COUNTDOWN:
Pope Leo XIII
He brought the Church into the turbulent 20th Century, warning the world of the escalating class struggle and the greater struggle ahead in the battle with satan for souls
Today we bring you the 24th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Pope Leo XIII, the 256th Sovereign Pontiff who reigned from 1978 to 1903. He truly deserves to be higher, but 24th is where he finished in the final tally. We suspect he didn't finish higher because many associate him with the 19th rather than the 20th century. What is fitting is that he is honored today on the feast of his namesake Pope Saint Leo the Great. The parallels between Leo XIII and Pope John Paul II are more than coincidental as you'll see in today's profile. For more, click on POPE LEO XIII
Schism seaps into Rome during second half of the seventh 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 Sovereign Pontiffs from the second half of the seventh century covering ten Popes from Pope Saint Eugene I in 654 to Pope Saint Sergius I who died in 701. For Installment twenty-six The Agony and ecstasy of the Church after Pope Gregory the Great - part three: "The Apostolic Line of Peter during the second half of the seventh century" in the BARQUE OF PETER
Events Today in Church History
On this date 450 years ago in 1549 Pope Paul III, 220th in the line of Peter, passed away after a successful fifteen year pontificate. It was Paul, a promoter of the arts, who promoted Michelangelo as honorary architect for life at St. Peter's and who gave papal approbation to the Jesuits and convened the landmark Council of Trent - the 19th Ecumenical Council, opening it in the remote village of Trent in Northern Italy in 1545. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciating of the Existence of Purgatory
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 look again today at that merciful gift from God - Purgatory - where we are able to be cleansed before looking upon the Beatific Vision forever. There have been many misconceptions about this intermediate "stopping off point" between earth and Heaven and we hope to convey what the Church teaches about Purgatory over the next several installments. For the forty-eighth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Italy's retired Cardinal Giuseppe Maria Sensi will celebrate the 70th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood next month
Our one-hundred-twenty-first red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 92 year-old Cardinal Giuseppe Maria Sensi, retired Nuncio prelate who has lived under seven different Popes during this century. Since 1987 he has been totally retired in Rome. He received his red-hat and elevation to the cardinalate from Pope Paul VI in the Consistory of May 24, 1976. For more on Cardinal Giuseppe Maria Sensi, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
SIMPLY SHEEN: Console can have more merit than counsel
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".
"When one is looking for counsel, it is always well to seek out those who themselves have suffered. There is much more wisdom resulting from patient bearing of suffering than there is from books. No sinner is ever consoled by having a moral theology flung at his head. Perhaps the reason why Peter and not John was chosen as the Head of the Church was because he fell and, therefore, understood human weakness."
Today we commemorate the Feast of Pope Saint Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, bishop. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
October 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Do not forget: this is a time of grace; that is why, pray, pray,
pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.