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Move over Saint Anthony, Saint Luke shares Padua with you now!
On the Feast of Saint Luke, Padua, Italy is no longer known only for their beloved son Saint Anthony of Padua for it has been confirmed that since 1562 the bones of St. Luke have rested in St. Justina's Basilica in Padua. In fact, recent studies claim the Evangelist was most probably in his 80's when he died and he succumbed to the same kind of illnesses so prevalent in our society today - emphysema and osteoporosis. For more, click on Padua partners
Greek Orthodox Church out to put kibosh on Pope's Jubilee Journey to trace the footsteps of the Apostle Paul
More and more it looks like the Holy Father's hopes of completing his much-anticipated historic "Jubilee Journey" in the latter part of the Jubilee Year 2000 to Athens, Greece and other parts of the country where the Apostle Saint Paul journeyed. The obstacle rests squarely with the Greek Orthodox Church which is adamant in not recognizing the Supreme Pontiff of Rome, going so far as to do so only if he renounces all Jesus bequeathed on Saint Peter which, of course, the Holy Father will never do. Ergo, the stalemate. For more, click on Beware of Greeks not bearing gifts.
Australian peacekeepers seek answers to senseless massacres in Catholic churches in East Timor
Australian peacekeepers began the gruesome task of uncovering answers to the senseless massacres of Catholics in East Timor when they entered the gutted churches of Ave Maria and Our Lady of Fatima where hundreds were mowed down by pro-Indonesian militia out to totally exterminate Catholics during the period immediately following East Timor's unanimous vote for independence. While peacekeepers have totally secured the capitol city of Dili, areas in the outskirts of the island remain tense with militia youth hiding as snipers. For more, click on East Timor .
Israel seeks damage control by responding quickly to Vatican concerns
Israel's Minister of Interior Security Shlom Ben-Ami was quick to reply to the Holy See regarding the Vatican's grave concerns of safety in Nazareth with the construction of a Muslim mosque immediately next to the Basilica of the Annunciation where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Vatican is worried that recent gains by Islam fundamentalists which are crowding out Christian rights in the Holy Land will deter the Pope's visit, but Israel responded that they will assure his safety and that of all pilgrims during the Jubilee Year even though the situation remains volatile with Muslim interests. For more, click on Israel damage control .
Number 38 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
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Events Today in Church History
Today is the anniversary of the birth of one Pius and the death of another. On this day 594 years ago in 1405 Pope Pius II was born and would go on to become Pope from 1458 to 1464 while 496 years ago Pope Pius III died of gout after only ten days as Supreme Pontiff. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Thirty-fifth installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PEWPOINT
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on October 19th
DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the North American Martyrs.
More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
And more in our 199th issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY
Sister Hermana Nirmala, M.C.
The immediate successor of Mother Teresa is a pure Hindu who has embraced God's will in guiding the Missionaries of Charity
Today we bring you the 39th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Sister Hermana Nirmala, M.C., the 65 year-old direct successor of Mother Teresa who was elected Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity on March 13, 1997 while Mother was still alive. Since then the transition has gone smoothly and to the amazement of many doubters, the Order has flourished after the death of "saint of the gutters" because of the fruits Mother planted and Sister Nirmala nourishes. For more on the 39th selection, click on SISTER HERMANA NIRMALA, M.C.
Why Andrew Greeley's ideas are alien to so many Catholics who realize modernists like him are "out there."
In his column today, Pat Ludwa examines the abuses of the Novus Ordo Mass and exposes the flimsy arguments of Andrew Greeley who is at it again in trying to throw up smokescreens on why the reforms and the importance he placed on the concept of the Mass being a meal have not worked. Rather than saying, "mea culpa" Greeley is quick to blame everyone else from the Pope to the Bishops to the priests. Pat points out that, in some instances, he is right that some bishops have been too lax in allowing abuses, but he also reveals the underbelly of Greeley's campaign and the aberrations of the Mass that Greeley fought so hard for and which, in effect, are definitely not working. For Pat's column Why we're being fed the lie that the liturgy is boring, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Holy Father traces God's Love from Old Testament to the New Covenant in leading us all back to the Father through love from and for God
In his most recent regular weekly Wednesday Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II spoke about the ultimate love God has for man through His creation and imparting the commandments to show man how to live in grace. The Holy Father traces this love from the Old Testament to the fulfillment of Love in the New Testament when He sent His only-begotten Son - the ultimate sign of Love - and Jesus exhibited His ultimate sign of Love by dying for us after teaching us of His Love. The Vicar of Christ completes his catechesis "The Theological Virtue of Love: Love for God" by showing how the Holy Spirit reinforces and perpetuates that Love from God and in us. For the Pope's words on his talk, "Who loves has known God, because God is Love," click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Former Prefect of the Apostolic Signature, President of the Fabric of Peter, and Vicar General of Rome Cardinal Aurelio Sabattani now lives in retirement inside the walls of the Vatican
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-twelfth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 87 year-old Cardinal Aurelio Sabattani, who retired in 1991 at the age of 79 from all active duty and the next year from eligibility to vote in the Sacred Conclave after faithfully serving the Church since 1935 in various Secretariat of State assignments as well as the Vicar General of Rome for Pope John Paul II, the Bishop of Rome who elevated him to the cardinalate during his Consistory of February 2, 1983. On April 5, 1993 he was transferred to the order of cardinal priest. For more on Cardinal Aurelio Sabattani, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Appreciation of the Foundation and Mission 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 focus today on the Foundation and Mission of the Church as charged by Jesus Christ. For the thirty-fourth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Hell is full of fool!
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".
"Dante in his description of hell said that when he first entered it, he found some spirits that were neither rebellious nor faithful, but existed solely for themselves. They were 'hateful, distasteful to God and to His enemies.' When these indifferent souls steal, they do not restore; when they have moral collapse, disgusting to the moral sense, they do not repent, but creep back into an old respectability; they judge themselves by the accepted standards of the group in which they move; social refinement is regarded as the flower and the aroma of virtue; secular conventions are given the force of Divine commands; and finally, they may call themselves stupid but never sinful."
Today is the Feast of the Evangelist Saint Luke while tomorrow we commemorate another martyred feast - that of the North American Martyrs including the Jesuit Missionaries Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint John de Brefeuf at the hands of the Mohawks. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, 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.
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