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Famous tenor Placido Domingo endorses Pope for Time's Man of the Century
The Spanish tenor Placido Domingo when approached by Time Magazine on the selection of the "Man of the Century" did not hesitate in offering Pope John Paul II for all he has accomplished and the truth and goodness he has brought to the world and how he has effected world politics with the fall of communism. The honoree of the distinction as "Time's Man of the Century" will be revealed in December, about the same time the DAILY CATHOLIC reveals their TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY. For more, click on Pope John Paul II for Man of the Century.
Refugees in East Timor emerge from mountain hiding hungry and weak, but buoyed by the fact they persevered
The spirit of East Timor is beginning to show again as, protected by UN peacekeepers and with most of the pro-Indonesian militia having fled, people are more confident to come out of hiding, hungry and weak, but encouraged that they have perservered as efforts got underway for the massive project of not only feeding tens of thousands who haven't eaten much in weeks, but bringing back the hundreds of thousands refugees who were deported or fled to West Timor. The Catholic nation's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo is expected back in Dili today. For more, click on Recovery in East Timor .
Sacrilegious and Catholic-bashing film angers New York Catholics as they clash with stars of irreverent movie "Dogma"
A film that mocks Catholic teaching and makes fun of Jesus Christ and all Catholics hold sacred is drawing protests from all circles of society in New York when it was previewed Monday at the New York Film Society. It is especially offensive to Catholics segment who vigorously oppose the movie "Dogma" for its content and irreverence and lack of sensitivity toward the Roman Catholic Church. Believe us, folks, this is only the tip of the iceberg and its stars Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Chris Rock as well as the director and producers are going to come under heavy criticism for this atrocity and rightly so. Wouldn't you know Disney, though they pawned it off, are behind this latest Catholic-bashing effort. For more, click on "Dogma" is for the dogs
National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors' meeting in St. Louis encourages directors and faithful that the fruits of vocations are ripening
Several positive things came out of last week's annual National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors held in St. Louis, Missouri. Over 200 directors representing 97% of the dioceses in the United States were in attendance and came away renewed with the theme of recommitment to their calling and to evangelizers for the new millennium in a society that is badly in need of priests and their ministry to helping heal the soul. The challenge also went out to go to confession more regularly and to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation more available to all and encourage the faithful to partake in this healing sacrament. For more, click on Vocations for the new millennium.
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The 46th selection in the Countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
27th 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 October 7th.
DAILY LITURGY for Thursday's Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and Friday in Ordinary Time.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 191st issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY COUNTDOWN:
Father Solanus Casey, OFM Cap.
Modern U.S. Capuchin Saint of Love, Humility and Healing
Today we bring you the 47th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Solanus Casey a Capuchin Friar whose life was one of healing and humility. While the world knows of that famous Capuchin in San Giovanni Rotundo, Italy who will soon be a saint Blessed Padre Pio, few outside Detroit, New York and Huntington, Indiana know of a man who lived the same obedience as Padre Pio and whose healing powers were legendary. Hindered academically, he made up for his deficiencies in studies by being the perfect professor for the sick in body, mind and soul. He had time for everyone and a kind word for all, exemplifying the ideals and virtues of the original friar Saint Francis of Assisi. For more on the 47th selection, click on FATHER SOLANUS CASEY, OFM CAP.
The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
The Ark of Gold
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 continue our short series on the "Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" with the focus today on the Ark of the Covenant - the Holy Tabernacle where Our Lord resides in the Blessed Sacrament. For Installment twenty-one The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass part two: The Tabernacle, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Events Today in Church History
On this date twenty years ago in 1979 Pope John Paul II became the first Sovereign Pontiff to ever visit the White House, meeting with then President Jimmy Carter. It would be the first of several trips to the United States for this pilgrim Pope who redefined the word global as the most traveled Roman Pontiff in history. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
We continue our new daily series in uncovering the great treasuries of the Church contained in her Deposit of Faith. Today, we continue with the Hierarchy, featuring the first of several parts on priests and their role and their vital importance to the life of the Church. For the twenty-sixth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini, now 93, served his Church well in the Vatican Diplomatic Corps
Our one-hundred-seventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is nearly 94 year-old Italian prelate Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini, Korea's first Apostolic delegate who served diplomatic missions in France, England, Lebanon, and Chile as well as serving as special envoy to the Council of Europe. He was one of the oldest cardinals to receive his red hat at the age of 73 during Pope John Paul II's first Consistory of June 30, 1979. For more on Cardinal Egano Righi-Lambertini, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
SIMPLY SHEEN: "He became like us in all things, except sin."
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".
" Power to appreciate temptation is the fine condition of being able to help others out of temptation. The first step God took toward making us become like Him was to become, as far as He could, like us."
Today we commemorate the Twenty-seventh Wednesday in Ordinary Time along with the Feast of Saint Bruno, priest, hermit and religious founder plus the Feast of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin and religious founder. Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, first instituted as Our Lady of Victory by Pope Saint Pius V in 1571. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Since we brought you the prayer honoring Saint Bruno yesterday, today we bring you the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher:
Lord, You enkindled in the heart of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher the flame of ardent charity and a great desire to collaborate, as a teacher, in the mission of the Church. Grant us that same active love so that, responding to the needs of the world today, we may lead our brothers and sisters to eternal life.
September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today again I call you to become carriers of my peace. In a special way, now when it is being said that God is far away, He has truly never been nearer to you. I call you to renew prayer in your families by reading the Sacred Scripture and to experience joy in meeting with God Who infinitely loves His creatures. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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