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Vatican Nuncio meets with Iraq's Foreign Minister to plan preliminaries for Papal Visit
The on-again, off-again trip to Iraq is on again as the Papal Nuncio huddled with the Iraqi Foreign Minister to map out plans for the Holy Father's trip there in December, even though that date is not set in stone and opposition to the Pope's trip is still swirling about. The Papal Visit would inaugurate John Paul II's historic "Jubilee Journey" that is supposed to begin with the Pope retracing the footsteps of the Patriarch Abraham in Ur, south of Baghdad. For more, click on Iraq Papal preliminaries
Holy Father encourages all to be missionaries where they're planted
The Holy Father, beaming and looking spry Sunday at St. Peter's Square, gave his first Angelus on the first day of his twenty-second year as Pope, he thanked all for their prayerful support and best wishes on the 21st anniversary of his pontificate and asked for their continued prayers and obedience and support of the missionaries, many who have or are facing martyrdom for the Faith. He also anticipated World Mission Sunday next week by jumpstarting it with the call for all to be "missionaries in their own sphere of life." For more, click on Sunday Angelus.
India's Archbishop appeals to Indian government for order and protection of the Pope
Fearing that Hindus will disrupt the Papal Visit this month when the Holy Father travels to New Delhi to officially close the Asian Synod of Bishops and meet with heads of state in India, New Delhi Archbishop Alan de Lastic took steps to make sure the Holy Father would not only be safe but also afforded the protocol and respect necessary for one of his stature and office. He also announced that the Sovereign Pontiff would visit Ghandi's tomb and meet with leaders of other religions as well as celebrating Holy Mass at the large outdoor stadium in New Delhi. For more, click on Closing the Asian Synod .
Election of new Armenian Patriarch applauded by John Paul II
The successor of the former Armenian Patriarch Jean-Pierre XVII Kasparian is Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni whom Pope John Paul II warmly applauded as an excellent choice and one who can work with the Sovereign Pontiff on what he and Patriarch Kasparian had begun: reconciliation with each Church to eventually bring the Armenian Catholic Church back into union with Rome. It has been in schism since the Council of Chalcedon in 451. For more, click on New Patriarch for Armenian Church.
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The 37th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
The thirty-sixth installment in our daily series on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.
The twenty-third installment of our weekly abridged series on the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
Biography on Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini, the 113th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 20th.
More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-ninth Wednesday in Ordinary Time plus the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross and the Twenty-ninth Thursday in Ordinary Time.
...and more in our 200th issue for 1999!
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38. TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Thomas S. Monaghan
This "Pizza Tiger" has put his fortunes behind a Domino effect in the Church back towards Orthodoxy with his new Ave Maria Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Today we bring you the 38th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Thomas S. Monaghan, the 62 year-old entrepreneur who turned Domino's Pizza into a national leader and owned the Detroit Tigers baseball team until selling both off recently to devote the rest of his life and money to furthering the truths of the Roman Catholic Church with the establishment of a novel concept, an orthodox Catholic law school that will produce honest, ethical, successful lawyers for the new millennium based on the Holy Father's principles of his encyclical Fides et Ratio. For more on the 38th selection, click on THOMAS S. MONAGHAN
Mother Angelica: Is she the reincarnation of Saint Teresa of Avila?
In today's editorial, we equate the similarities and mission of the great Saint Teresa of Avila with Mother Angelica, foundress of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, EWTN and the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. We show how these two feisty women parallel history and their involvement in the Church as knowledgable, persistent nuns who were not afraid to take on the hierarchy when the latter does not convey the true tenets of the Church. The likenesses are amazing as you'll see. For the editorial, A modern day Saint Teresa: Mother Angelica see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Events Today in Church History
On this date 437 years ago Saint Peter of Alcantara died. He is renowned not just because he was a great mystic, hermit and religious founder, but also because he was the confessor and spiritual director to Saint Teresa of Avila who was inspired in her life and writings by this holy priest. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciation of the Mission and 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 focus today on the third part of our segment on the Foundation and Mission of the Church as charged by Jesus Christ. For the thirty-fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Do our souls have room in the inn?
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 is an estrangement of the human heart from God, as conscience bears witness. However much room there be for other guests in the soul, the Bethlehem story is still true: 'There is no room in the inn.' It is more often in souls that recognize their own misery and sinfulness that He is given room, as it was the stable rather than the inn which welcomed Him. What we call fate is actually opening the door, for He Who knocks never comes empty-handed."
Today is the Feast of Jesuit missionaries Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint John de Brebeuf along with their companions incorporated into the Feast of the North American Martyrs. Tomorrow we commemorate the Twenty-ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, priest and religious founder. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"Blessed are those servants whom the Master, on His return, shall find watching. Amen I say to you, he will gird Himself, and will make them recline at table, and will come and serve them. And if He comes in the second watch, and if in the third, and finds them so, blessed ar those servants!"
Luke 12: 37-38
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.