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Pope reminds faithful of the power of the Rosary during his Sunday Angelus
Citing the power and results achieved through recitation of the Holy Rosary, Pope John Paul II urged all the faithful in St. Peter's Square and throughout the world to utilize this special weapon of love as often as possible to remind us of the mysteries of Christ and the fiat of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who like a loving mother, is there for us always. He made the comments in conjunction with October being the month of the Holy Rosary and on the heels of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. For more, click on Sunday Angelus.
The Red Sickle shadowed the Vatican according to the KGB, Bugs placed inside the Vatican
It sounds like right out of a Malachi Martin novel, but it is evidently more true than fiction: The KGB did have bugs inside the Vatican and tried its best to recruit Vatican staffers to spy on the Holy See for the former Soviet Union. These facts were released by the former KGB in a report called the "Mitrokhin Dossier" which verifies the Kremlin's intriguing interest in the Vatican and their great fear that western powers were controlling the Holy See. The report reads like a spy novel except it is the real thing, compiled over the decades of the seventies and eighties when the cold war was at its height and the Kremlin was pulling out all stops to clandestinely infiltrate the hallowed halls of the Vatican. For more, click on Vatican bugged .
Postulator for Pius XII's cause will not be deterred by slander and lies against the 260th successor of Peter
Despite pressure from some within the Vatican and many in the secular media, not to mention the radical Jewish groups and their front man the sleaze British journalist John Cornwell, the postulator for Pope Pius XII's cause for canonization Father Peter Gumpel insists the process continues and is undaunted by the lies and slander hurled upon this Pope of World War II who is accused by many radicals, with no substantial proof from anyone whatsoever, that he did not do enough to aid the Jews and actually was an ally of the Nazis. The book by Father Pierre Blet "Pius XII and the Second World War in the Vatican Archives" brings to light the many good and even heroic deeds the former Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli performed in helping his Jewish brethren. For more, click on Slander against Pius XII will not curtail his beatification process
New book on Papacy "Pope Fiction" exposes pulp fiction of those intent on sewing dissension and bashing the Church
American author Patrick Madrid has released a work entitled "Pope Fiction" which puts to rest the rumors and slanders against the papacy that have cropped up over the years and contributed greatly to the confusion on the Vicar of Christ. Madrid's book is a refreshing positive take in light of the most recent spat against Pope Pius XII by radical Jewish groups and John Cornwell in his book "Hitler's Pope" which thrives on bashing Pius XII with no substantiation whatsoever. Madrid uses scripture and a light, even humorous style to refute all charges against the hallowed office of the Sovereign Pontiff. For more, click on Positive pitch on the Papacy.
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The 41st 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
Thirty-second 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 14th.
DAILY LITURGY for Thursday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the martyr Pope Saint Calixtus I and Friday's Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin, Religious and Doctor of the Church.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 196th issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY COUNTDOWN:
The "Blind Apostle" is the emissary of love for Our Lady's Messages of Garabandal
Today we bring you the 42nd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Joey Lomangino, affectionately known as the "Blind Apostle" who, since 1963 has been promoting the Messages of Garabandal throughout the world because he truly believes the Blessed Virgin Mary's words at the Pines in northern Spain to four young girls in the first half of the sixties, a turbulent time of change for the world and the Church. He is truly convinced that Garabandal is intricately linked to Fatima. He has been promised by Our Lady that he will live to see the Miracle which will follow the Warning when all men will know the state of their soul as God sees them. For more on the 42nd selection, click on JOEY LOMANGINO
The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
The Sign of Salvation
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 focal point of the Sacrifice - the Crucifix of Our Lord Whose image on the wooden cross represents the ultimate sacrifice for us and a reminder that Mass is not a meal per se, but the unbloody Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For Installment twenty-two The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass part three: The Crucifix and Sacred Vessels, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Events Today in Church History
On this date eighty-two years ago the Mother of God appeared to the visionaries Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia for the final time in Fatima, Portugal. On this occasion Our Lady imparted that her Immaculate Heart would triumph in the end and presented a special present for all in attendance at the Cova with the special "miracle of the Sun" in which the sun danced and darted and seemed as if it were plummeting towards earth before swinging back and remaining stationary. All saw it and attested to the supernatural phenomena. The Church agreed in later years and today Fatima is a fully approved Shrine worthy of veneration. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciating the Role of the Laity
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 Mystical Body of Christ, today featuring the Laity and their role as members of the Church Militant. For the thirty-first installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
As Archbishop of Madrid Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela is intent on keeping Spain and all of Europe on the straight and narrow
Our one-hundred-tenth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is nearly 64 year-old Castillian prelate Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, Shepherd of Spain's largest Archdiocese - the See of Madrid. Taking a more active role in European policies in respect the Bishops of Europe, Cardinal Rouco is a voice to be heard in the new millennium. He is one of the oldest cardinals to receive his red hat during Pope John Paul II's most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. For more on Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
SIMPLY SHEEN: The ultimate Harmonizer!
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".
"There are three spirits which may govern the human heart: the spirit of the world, the spirit of evil, and the Spirit of God. There is no disharmony caused by the first two that cannot be turned into a melody of joy by the Spirit of God, which is beyond the human and the psychological. When it is recognized that nothing so splits a man as sin, then immediately it becomes clear that nothing so much harmonizes a man as the Savior."
Today we commemorate the Twenty-eighth Wednesday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow the Twenty-eighth Thursday in Ordinary Time plus the Feast of the martyred pontiff Pope Saint Calixtus I tomorrow. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on this feast, click on DAILY LITURGY.
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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