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Bishops begin final conference of the millennium in Washington D.C. with showdown looming on direction of Catholic Colleges
High Noon could be coming to Washington D.C. this month when the National Conference of Catholic Bishops tackle an issue that is brewing between the bishops' loyalty to the Holy Father's directives in Ex Corde Ecclesia and a bloc of liberal Catholic College administrators who are fighting it tooth and nail in an effort to keep the education process status quo and separate itself further from the Catholic curriculum. Also on the agenda are new elections, reorganization and tightening seminary requirements. For more, click on Bishops' conference
Pro-life victory with agreement that could solve UN funding issue while the right to pray moves front and center in Supreme Court
Persistance and prayers do pay off as evident from a compromise agreement reached between the Hill and the President which effectively blocks him from vetoing the UN back-dues payment and keeps intact the important provision that none of it goes to the international population control fund for abortion. If it does, Clinton loses support for the sum of $385 million. Meanwhile in the Supreme Court the justices were ready to face the prayer in schools issue head on, studying its relevance in regard to student prayers during high school games, specifically football games where God and football rule on Friday nights across the U.S. but especially in Texas where the challenge comes from. For more, click on Pro-life and prayers
Syria's Orthodox Church gives green light to Pope to visit Damascus and trace the footsteps of the Apostle Paul
While the Greek Orthodox Church refused to extend the Holy Father an invitation, the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignace Zakka I was only too happy to extend an invite to the Pope to include Damascus in his historic "Jubilee Journey" next year. The Patriarch pointed out the need for unity and that Pope John Paul II best represents and exhibits that goal. This could very well take the place of the anticipated Greece trip and would fit in very well with the Holy See's plans. For more, click on Pope Syrian-bound? .
Prefect for Congregation for Catholic Education Cardinal Pio Laghi retires
On the eve of when the United States Bishops are about to decide the course of Catholic Education in America, the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education Cardinal Pio Laghi has retired at the age of 77. The Holy Father has appointed fellow countryman Archbishop Zenon Grocholewski who had been the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. Cardinal Pio is no stranger to American politics and the situation with the Catholic university system in the states for he served as Apostolic Nuncio from 1984 to 1990. He steps down after 47 years of service to the Church in the papal diplomatic corps and the Roman Curia. For more, click on Cardinal Laghi steps down.
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The 19th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
The fifty-third installment in our daily series on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.
The twenty-seventh installment of our weekly abridged series on the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
Biography on Cardinal Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi, the 124th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 17th.
More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for Wednesday's Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Wife, Mother and Queen and Thursday in Ordinary Time as well the duo feasts of the Dedication of Sts. Peter and Paul Basilicas and Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin and Religious Missionary.
...and more in our 218th issue for 1999!
TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY - Number 20:
Once a skeptical journalist, he said "Yes" to Our Lady at Medjugorje and since has effected the conversions of countless souls for God
The voters chose Wayne Weible, the South Carolina journalist who turned a weekly journalism venture into a worldwide crusade for Our Lady of Medjugorje in spreading her messages to millions over the past fourteen years, writing four best sellers that have touched countless souls in their conversion of heart and living the messages. For more on the 20th selection, click on WAYNE WEIBLE
Without Y2KJ the idea of Y2K is as scary as hell!
In today's editorial, we vent on about the fact that so few truly know Jesus and the Faith He left us and that - Yes, 2 Know Jesus is to love Him and be obedient to His Holy Church. That is why Y2KJ is what we should be concerned about and not be fooled by all the rhetoric on Y2K which, we suspect, is being orchestrated by that great conjurer of fear and despair - the man from hades. For the editorial, Can you think of a better way to ring in the Jubilee? see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Events Today in Church History
On this date ten years ago six Jesuit missionary priests were shot down by El Salvadoran soldiers during a bloody coup in Central America. It was the beginning of a decade that would see more priests, religious and Catholic laity martyred worldwide than any other time in modern history. All part of the prophecies of Our Lady at Rue de Bac, Lourdes and La Salette as well as Fatima, Garabandal, Akita and Medjugorje. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciation of Purgatory
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 continue with the Heroic Act of Charity. For the fifty-third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
SIMPLY SHEEN:Nothing can replace the joy of God
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".
"The man who has integrated his personality in accordance with its nature, and oriented his life towards God knows the intense and indestructible pleasure the saints call joy. No outward event can threaten him or ruffle his happiness. But many men look outward for their pleasure and expect the accidents of their lives to provide their happiness. Since nobody can make the universe his slave, everyone who looks outward for pleasure is bound to disappointment."
Today is the Thirty-third Tuesday in Ordinary Time plus the dual feast of two great women of the Church - Saint Margaret of Scotland, Wife, Mother and Queen and Saint Gertrude, Virgin and Religious while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Wife, Mother and Religious. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"But Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, 'Behold, Lord, I give one-half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.' Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, since he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.'"
Luke 17: 8-10
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.