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Holy See not pulling any punches in acknowledging the "quiet apostasy" in Europe, sets sights on healing strife
"The idea that Christianity has failed is widespread" admitted Cardinal Pierre Eyt of France who also coined the phrase "quiet apostasy." The lukewarm atmosphere of most of Europe has caused concern by most of the Bishops at the Synod this month, attended daily by the Holy Father, and the Body of Bishops is hoping to formulate programs that will bring the faithful back with a renewed enthusiasm and zeal for the Faith in the new millennium. For more, click on European Synod
Head of Caritas Priest and workers thought to be murdered emerge safe and sound in East Timor as citizens prepare to welcome back Bishop Belo
Finally some good news out of East Timor. Just days before the island's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo returns to Dili, Father Francisco Barreto, head of Catholic Caritas in East Timor and feared murdered two weeks ago, emerged from his hiding place in the mountains along with twenty of his workers safe and sound and giving thanks to God for protecting them during the terrible ordeals where so many of their countrymen were killed by pro-Indonesia militia Moslems. For more, click on Safe in East Timor.
Papal itinerary for closing Asian Synod set for November
The Holy Father will spend November 5 to November 8 in India then spend two days in Georgia in the capitol city of Tbilisi. Highlights of his Indian trip will include a visit to the tomb of Mahatma Ghandi and a meeting with religious leaders of India. On the second day of his visit he will formally sign the Apostolic Exhortation containing the conclusions of the Synod held last year in Rome. He will do so at the Cathedral in New Delhi and the next day officially close the Synod with an outdoor Mass in the massive New Delhi soccer stadium before heading for the former Soviet Union satellite in Georgia. For more, click on Asian itinerary .
Group of staunch Catholic businessmen who form Legatus spending week at the Vatican
On their annual pilgrimage to Rome, the forty-five businessmen which compose Legatus, a non-profit organization of influential Catholic businessmen founded by pizza magnate Thomas Monaghan a few years ago, visited with various curia members and were given an inspirational talk by the Archbishop of Vienna, Austria - the dynamic Cardinal Christoph Schonborn who is rumored to be in line for a high curial post though he would prefer to stay in Austria with his people and continue the healing. He encouraged members of Legatus not to compromise their principles or feel guilty for making a profit as long as it is all for the glory and honor of God and to not be afraid to speak out for God as leaders of their communities. Most members will stay through the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary before returning to the states. For more, click on Legatus.
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- The 47th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- The twenty-sixth installment in our daily series on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.
- The twenty-first installment of our weekly abridged series on the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
- Biography on Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini, the 107th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 6th.
- More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-seventh Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Bruno, priest, hermit plus the Feast of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin and religious founder as well as Thursday's Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
- ...and more in our 190th issue for 1999!
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48. TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla
Wife, Mother and Physician - an ideal model for the Sanctity of Life who sacrificed her own life for sake of her child in childbirth
Today we bring you the 48th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla, a devoted Wife, Mother and Doctor from the Milan region of Italy who lived the Sanctity of Life and offered her very own life for it. It is most appropriate and a Godincidence that her selection falls immediately after Judie Brown, the strong Catholic pro-life leader and two days after "Respect Life Sunday." In fact, as you'll see there is a pattern during the whole week for the Sanctity of Life. She was beatified at the same time as Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska. For more on the 48th selection, click on BLESSED GIANNA BERETTA MOLLA
The secret behind the beads
In today's editorial, we look at what "victory" means in preparation for the Feast coming up Thursday - Our Lady of the Rosary. The power of prayer is so powerful as Saint Louis Marie de Montfort so eloquently has pointed out and the Rosary remains that secret weapon we need to use today just as Pope Saint Pius V advocated back in 1571 when, against unsurmountable odds, the Rosary was the turning point in producing a necessary victory. Today, faced with unsurmountable odds massed by the promoters of the culture of death, we fall back on the one weapon that will be victorious for the Sanctity of Life. For the editorial, The victory can be ours if we take up the Rosary and pray! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Events Today in Church History
Today is the sixty-first anniversary of the death of Blessed Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun and Messenger of Divine Mercy who was given the devotion to Divine Mercy and many lessons from Jesus which she recorded in her diary Divine Mercy in My Soul. Today the Chaplet of Divine Mercy has become widespread and countless Catholics reserve three o'clock in the afternoon, the hour Our Lord died on the cross, to call down Divine Mercy on the world through the Chaplet. As a Godincidence, she was beatified the same day as Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla, our featured TOP 100 CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY today. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciation of the Commissions and Committees
Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the great treasuries of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We continue with the Roman Curia, treating today the second part of the non-curial offices of the commissions and committees assigned to the Curia in Rome. For the twenty-fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Relating to others as Christ would
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 best way to help others is by identifying ourselves with their affliction, getting into them and feeling their pains as our own. It is not enough merely to have an intellectual understanding of another person's difficulty; we need to go a little farther to feel it as our own burden, as the Samaritan put the wounded man upon a beast of burden and took him to an inn."
Today is the Twenty-seventh Tuesday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow we continue with Ordinary Time plus the Feast of Saint Bruno, priest, hermit and religious founder and the Feast of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin and religious founder. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Tomorrow we will feature the Opening Prayer for Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher. Today we present, for tomorrow's Feast of Saint Bruno, the Opening Prayer for the Mass in his honor.
Father, You called St. Bruno to serve You in solitude. In answer to his prayers help us to remain faithful to You amid the changes of this world.
The DAILY WORD
'But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled about many things; and yet only one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the best part, and it will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10: 41-42
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.