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Hindus threaten to disrupt Papal Visit in India
As if the Holy Father doesn't have enough obstacles facing him in upcoming papal trips, now word comes that a Hindu extremist group is advocating disrupting the Pope's visit to New Delhi, India to officially close the Asian Synod. Their reasons are for the Pope to apologize formally for converting people to Christianity, beginning in Goa when Saint Francis Xavier brought the true Faith to India. The extremist group called these conversions an atrocity against the people even though the majority were moved voluntarily throught the grace of God. In effect, what the action by the Hindus really is is to embarass the Pope and Christianity as India has had many violent clashes launched by extremist Hindus against Christians. For more, click on Foreign intrigue in India
Cardinal Rouco hopes to unite Bishops to a common cause after numerous debates last week at the European Synod in Rome
Capping a week in which liberal Cardinal Carlo Martini gave a veiled threat of a "Third Vatican Council to stop the madness of the Pope," Spain's Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela sought to bring both sides closer to the middle and remind them that the Church's origins are already in the future of the Church in Europe and that the bishops need to be aware that to change something that is unchangable will never work. However, he pointed out in his talk, it is important to re-energize in spreading Christ and His Gospel to new, modern European societies who are only a shadow of the proud tradition of past Europe. He also called for a melding of ideas in various issues to treat topics of discussion without compromising the teachings of the Church. He acknowledged it is a major project considering the different cultures, diversities, history and languages of the continent. For more, click on Second week of the European Synod.
Brazilian Bishop who was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI hands in his resignation to John Paul II
The Franciscan Archbishop of Aparecida in Brazil Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider has submitted his resignation to Pope John Paul II because Friday he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. He asked the Holy Father that he be allowed to stay in Aparecida where the national Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida is located. Elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI in 1976, he has been Archbishop of Aparecida since July 12, 1995. As President emeritus of the Brazilian Bishops Conference in the seventies, he was instrumental in negotiating many policies on human rights and helping Brazil escape from the yoke of military control in the late eighties. For more, click on Cardinal Lorscheider .
Famous author of Catholic novels dies of heart attack in Australia
Morris West, author of the best sellers "The Shoes of the Fisherman," "The Devil's Advocate," and "Eminence" among others, died of a heart attack at his home in Clareville, Australia while working on his last novel "The Last Confession". Cantankerous and at odds with the Church and cynical after she would not annul his first marriage, West walked the tightrope of staying faithful to the Church, criticizing the Magisterium for not being in touch with the people today. His most famous novel "The Shoes of the Fisherman" - dealing with a Slavic Pope from an Iron Curtain country - was written well over ten years before John Paul II became Pope in 1978. Some considered West the "Andrew Greeley" of Australia, but that is an insult to the talents and faith of this man who was born in Sydney, Australia and he should be more properly compared with the late Malachi Martin. For more, click on Morris West.
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The 43rd selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
The thirty-first installment in our daily series on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.
The twenty-second installment of our weekly abridged series on the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
Biography on Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, the 110th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 13th.
More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-eighth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the Twenty-eighth Thursday in Ordinary Time plus the Feast of the martyr Pope Saint Callixtus I.
...and more in our 195th issue for 1999!
43. TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua
Shepherd of the City of Brotherly Love exemplifies that brotherly love to all his flock
Today we bring you the 43rd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, the Brooklyn-born Archbishop of Philadelphia who was created a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II during the Holy Father's Consistory of June 28, 1991. Since his inception as head of his flock in eastern Pennsylvania on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11, 1988, he has a devoted his episcopacy to spiritual renewal and upholding the Sanctity of Life, keeping his pulse on America's heart and soul. For more on the 43rd selection, click on CARDINAL ANTHONY J. BEVILACQUA
A bouquet of blessings for America with the arrival of the Patroness of the Missions
In today's editorial, we inform readers of a special 100 day tour taking place throughout the country. No, it isn't a U-2 concert, or the Rolling Stones or any other rock or country-western group, but rather a special gift from the Carmelites who have organized this tour in cooperation with the NCCB. It is the world tour of the first class relic bones of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus which will be in America until the end of January. This special visit by the Patroness of Missions will span the second and third millenniums in a very special visit to major communities throughout the U.S. We detail some of the sites where her reliquary will be and point out its timely importance to the faithful. For the editorial, Truly, the Patroness of the Missions is on a special mission! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Events Today in Church History
Two hundred-seven years ago the United States Congress decreed that Columbus Day would be commemorated on this day in honor of the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, crediting with discovering America 507 years ago. More important for Catholics in America he was the instrument that brought the faith to these shores and has grown steadily ever since. While in our politically correct environment today he has been maligned, no one can take away the fact that through his efforts in bringing the Spanish missionaries to the western hemisphere, the Americas lead the world in the number of Catholics. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciation of the Dignity of the Priesthood
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 Hierarchy - the Priests as part of the Mystical Body of Christ - treating today the Dignity of the Priesthood. For the thirtieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Breaking up is a hard thing for the soul!
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".
"A disordered soul is characterized by the same sort of thing that has happened to an atom, namely, fission. Everywhere there is a breaking up, an alienation, a fragmentation and a dissolution. Such a person no longer is a unit. He is divided first within himself; he is divided from his fellowman; he is alienated from God."
Today is the Twenty-eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow we continue with the same theme with the Twenty-eighth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and the 82nd anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima when the Sun danced for the thousands in attendance at the Cova. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
'But the Lord said to him,' "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but within you are full of robbery and wickedness. Foolish ones! did not He Who made the outside make the inside too? Nevertheless, give that which remains as alms; and behold, all things are clean to you."
Luke 11: 39-41
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.