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Pope's "Jubilee Journey" in retracing the footsteps of Our Savior gets a boost from UN ruling of "free access" to Bethlehem and other places in the Holy Land
To the delight of the Holy See, the UN has helped pave the way for pilgrims as well as the Holy Father to visit the Holy Land by declaring "free access" to Bethlehem, taking it effectively out of the quarreling hands of Israel and Palestine for the Jubilee 2000 year. The resolution guarantees all pilgrims the opportunity to move freely within the Holy Land with few restrictions and makes it more possible for the Pope to complete his historic "Jubilee Journey" to the places where Christ was born and walked the earth. For more, click on Bethlehem open to all
Ecumenism in vogue at St. Peter's as Swedish King and Pope honor St. Bridget and Catholic-Lutheran pact
The Holy Father presided at an ecumenical Vespers service in St. Peter's this past weekend with Lutheran leaders and the King and Queen of Sweden in a moving ecumenical service that capped a Symposium on Saint Bridget of Sweden and the Jubilee. The saint who the Pope named one of three patronesses of Europe is an important link between Scandinavian Lutherans and Rome. For more, click on Swedish connection.
Pope remembers three cardinals and 111 bishops who passed away this past year during traditional Mass at St. Peter's Friday
This past Friday Pope John Paul II celebrated the annual traditional memorial Mass for the repose of the souls of Cardinals and Bishops at a special altar at the Chair of St. Peter's. He prayed for the repose of the souls of 111 Bishops and three cardinals who passed on this year - two from Chile Cardinal Carlos Oviedo Cavada who died at 72, his predecessor Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez, S.D.B.; and England's Cardinal George Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster who died this past summer of cancer. That leaves only 154 in the College of Cardinals and 4,466 Bishops worldwide. For more, click on Memorial Mass for deceased prelates .
Connection from Vatican to Castel Sant' Angelo to reopen for Jubilee after 130 years since King Emmanuel captured it from Pius IX
During the Jubilee Year 2000 Celebration pilgrims will be able to resurrect memories of heroism along the passageway between the Vatican palaces and the famed Castel Sant' Angelo where nearly 150 Swiss Guards gave their lives to protect, defend and help the Sovereign Pontiff Pope Clement VII flee to safety in the castle during the bitter battle with Protestant emperor Charles V in 1527. The passageway itself that links the Vatican with the castle is about the length of 8 football fields between the wall of the Holy See and the circular castle overlooking the Tiber River. Pilgrims will be able to travel its distance in a special arrangement between the Italian government and the Vatican. For more, click on New passageway to open.
Number 20 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
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Fifty-second installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PEWPOINT
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on November 16th
DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time and Tuesday's Feast of Saint Margaret of Scotland and Wednesday's Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.
More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
And more in our 217th issue for 1999!
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.
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TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY
Dr. Mark Miravalle, S.T.D.
President of Vox Populi, Professor, and tireless Mariologist promoter for the Final Dogma which will be the definitive initiation of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart
Today we bring you the 21st person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Dr. Mark I. Miravalle, S.T.D., the President of the International Marian movement Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici which has been promoting since the early nineties the proclamation of the fifth and final Dogma - that of Mary, the Mother of God as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix of all Graces, and Advocate. In addition to this responsibility he is a full time professor of Mariology and Spiritual Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, an accomplished author, a permanent deacon, television and radio guest, and a lecturer much in demand throughout the world. For more on the 21st selection, click on DR. MARK MIRAVALLE
Wander not into the myths
In his column today, Pat Ludwa informs us of the inaccuracies and misconceptions of "Sola Scriptura" for the Sacred Scriptures are not solely the means to salvation. He warns about "Bible Study" groups who endeavor to interpret the Word from their own limited knowledge. He points out how we must be on our guard not to interpret the Bible as we think but to depend on those qualified and approved Fathers and Doctors of the Church who, through the discernment of the Holy Spirit, have been able to convey to God's people the meaning intended in Sacred Scripture. He shows how anything can be twisted and turned to suit someone's agenda, rationalizing something that is not intended. This holds true for the Bible and if it were left to the individual to interpret we would have total anarchy and spiritual gridlock, especially in these times which Saint Timothy warns that "the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths." For Pat's column Biblical Illiteracy, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Holy Father extols Asia as the land where the Mother of God and the Christ Child were born and entrusts all Asians to Mary; prays on Italy's Thanksgiving Day for victims of casualties last week
Today we bring you a bonus - two Angelus addresses for the "price of one." Last Sunday in India, the Holy Father delivered his Angelus to about 60,000 at an outdoor stadium dedicated to the memory of Jawaharlel Nehru on the Indian feast of "Diwali" which represents victory of life over death through the festival of light in defeating the darkness. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was the perfect complement to this for Christ conquered death and gives us everlasting life through His Death and Resurrection and the remembrance of Him in consecration of the bread and wine into His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Pope also shed light on a radiant memory of Mother Teresa extolling her as forever India's own. Yesterday on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day in Italy the Bishop of Rome gave thanks and asked special prayers for the victims of two devastating fatal plane crashes and the 7.2 earthquake last week in Turkey. For the Pope's words on his Angelus, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
New cardinal of Taiwan Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi realizes time is running out on his people in the shadow of communist China's threats
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-twenty-third red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 76 year-old Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J., Taiwan's youngest cardinal who has served as novice master for the Jesuits before becoming bishop. He was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's most recent Consistory of February 21, 1991. For more on Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J., click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Appreciation of Purgatory and the Heroic Act of Charity
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 today we deal with the Heroic Act of Charity. For the fifty-second installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events Today in Church History
On this day 602 years ago in 1397 Pope Nicholas V was born in Svizzera, Italy as Tommaso Parentucelli and would become the 202nd successor of Peter on March 19, 1447. It was Nicholas who would begin construction on the present St. Peter's complex. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
SIMPLY SHEEN:We control the weather within
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".
"Each one of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits. We can, by a creative effort, bring such sunlight to our souls that it makes radieant whatever events may come our way. We can, on the other hand, permit ourselves to slump into a state of inner depression so deep and filled with gloom that only the most intense outward stimulations of the senses are able to rouse us from our apathy."
Today is the Thirty-third Monday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of Saint Albert the Great, Bishop, Religious and Doctor of the Church while tomorrow we commemorate the Thirty-third Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of two great women of the Church - Saint Margaret of Scotland, Wife, Mother and Queen and Saint Gertrude the Great, Virgin and Religious. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"Then Jesus stopped and commanded that he should be brought to Him. And when he drew near He asked him, saying, 'What wouldst thou have Me do for thee?' And he said, 'Lord, that I may see.' And Jesus said to him, 'Receive thy sight, thy faith has saved thee.' And at once he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people upon seeing it gave praise to God."
Luke 17: 1-4