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It's official: Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta to be beatified on April 9, 2000 in Rome
The Bishop of the Diocese covering the jurisdiction of Fatima Bishop Serafim de de Sousa Ferreira e Silva chose the 82nd anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima to make the announcement that the Vatican has agreed on the date of Sunday, April 9 - which will be the fourth Sunday of Lent - for Pope John Paul II to beatify two of the three Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto who both died a few years after the apparitions ended. The third, Sister Lucia, now in her nineties is in a cloistered convent and there is no word yet whether she will attend the ceremonies of her two fellow seers of 1917. For more, click on Fatima beatification
Pope remembers Our Lady of Fatima during his Wednesday Papal Audience
The Holy Father continued with his theme of the theological virtue of charity and how the love of God ties in with the love of neighbor in his regular Wednesday Papal Audience yesterday in St. Peter's Square. Over 16,000 gathered to hear the Pope pray to Our Lady of Fatima on the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of her final apparition in Portugal which is special to the heart of this 264th successor of Peter. Through Our Lady's intercession, his pontificate has been extended for eighteen years plus after he was shot in the same St. Peter's Square on the 64th anniversary of the first apparition of Fatima on May 13, 1981. This Saturday the Holy Father will celebrate the 21st year of his pontificate. For more, click on Wednesday Papal Audience.
European Synod of Bishops mull over idea of unified Catholic television programing for the continent
If the European Bishops Synod is truly serious about starting a Catholic Television Station for all of Europe, as Archbishop John Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, has suggested in his proposal this week, the bishops would be wise to consult with Mother Angelica on how it's done. The American Bishops tried to launch a Catholic Station and it never got off the ground. Our question is why do some of the bishops of the US continue to be uncooperative with EWTN's efforts? After all, it's the only Catholic programming out there. The European bishops are mulling over the concept and possibilities and hope to learn from the mistakes of their counterparts in America. For more, click on European Synod.
Pro-lifers celebrate life on "D6B Day" with emphasis that we need more lives, not fewer in exposing the sham perpetrated by the culture of death advocates
Pro-lifers are taking the six billionth person born on this earth and running with him, rejoicing at the growth instead of the culture of death's outlook that the world is overpopulated. Pro-lifers want to expose the latter claim as a smokescreen to push contraception and abortion. The pro-life group want to prove how wrong Planned Parenthood and their agencies within the UN are, while urging more births for the world, claiming we should celebrate every life as a gift from God no matter how many are born as they look forward to the seventh and eighth billion child of God. For more, click on Celebrating more lives.
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The 40th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Thirty-third installment of our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 15th through 17th
DAILY LITURGY for the weekend of the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time including the Feasts of Saint Teresa of Avila on Friday and the Feasts of Saint Hedwig and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on Saturday.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Camillo Ruini of Italy in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
...and much more in our 197th issue for 1999!
TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 41:
Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM
Franciscan Friar whose Medjugorje parish has served the world in administering to the millions of pilgrims who have flocked to Our Lady's Shrine
Today we bring you the 41st person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Slavko Barbaric, OFM, a familiar face in Medjugorje who has been a parish priest at St. James there since 1982. Because so many know this wise and inspirational Franciscan Friar from his many appearances at Marian conferences throughout the country over the years and because of his monthly spiritual and insightful common sense commentaries on the Monthly Message of Medjugorje he made the selection of the top 100. For more on the 41st selection, click on FATHER SLAVKO BARBARIC, OFM
Are we willing to take that leap of faith?
In his column today, Pat Ludwa plays the fool - the fool for Christ in advancing the cause of the fool, the one who would be ridiculed by the world for the prize of Heaven. If we have rabbit ears to the criticism of man, then how much do we weigh the judgment of God? Pat points out the various saints who were sinners and that there is no shame in falling, in being laughed at by the world and ostracized. Who wouldn't want to be ostracized from the devil? The real shame is in not responding to God's graces and not having the trust to take that leap of faith. That's what Hope is all about. To know God will not let us dash our feet against the ground if we trust in Him for He will whisk us out of danger into His loving arms. For Pat's column Hope or Despair, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Appreciation of the Foundation of the Church
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 return today to the Cornerstone which is Jesus Christ and the founding of His Church through His Foundation of the Church, the Ninth Article of the Apostles' Creed. For the thirty-second installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this day in Church History
On this day 1,777 days ago the 16th successor of Peter passed away. Pope Saint Calixtus I or Callistus was born in Rome and elected in 217 to succeed Pope Saint Zephyrinus He was responsible for the excavation of the famous Catacombs on the Via Appia where 46 popes and more than 200,000 martyrs are buried. He joined that group on this date in 222 when he was beaten to death with clubs and his remains thrown into a well where the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere stands today. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Today is the Twenty-eighth Thursday in Ordinary Time as well as the Feast of the martyred Pontiff Pope Saint Calixtus I while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin, Religious and Doctor of the Church who did so much for the Lord in reforming the Carmelites. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
For the Feast of Pope Saint Calixtus I we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass commemorating his martyrdom:
God of Mercy, hear the prayers of Your people that we may be helped by St. Callistus, whose martyrdom we celebrate with joy.
SIMPLY SHEEN: True Love means climbing rung by rung to 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".
"It is not to be thought that life is a snare or an illusion because the bubbles cease in a champagne glass. No true unhappiness comes to man unless he places his heart in a false infinite. He who sees that all human love is nothing but Divine Love on pilgrimage will use it as a kind of Jacob's ladder to climb back again through virtue to the Source of all Love Which is God Himself."
The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today
Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
The DAILY WORD
"Woe to you lawyers! because you have taken away the key of knowledge; you have not entered yourselves and those who were entering you have hindered. "
Luke 11: 52
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.