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Agreement reached between Holy See and Jews to review archives of Pius XII
Under an agreement between the Vatican and the International Jewish Committee three Catholic and three Jewish scholars will have full access to all archives during World War II to settle once and for all the controversy swirling about in the press regarding the pontificate of Pope Pius XII which has put somewhat of a crimp in his beatification process. Inside the Vatican's October issue which just came out has an excellent in-depth feature on Pius XII: Innocent or Guilty and we highly recommend it. For more, click on Pius XII archives.
New twist in Guatamala trial of Bishop's murder with surprise witness who could implicate military
Announcing that there is a new prosecutor who will bring forth a surprise witness, the topsy-turvy trial in Guatamala City to find the murder of human rights advocate Bishop Juan Girardi Conedera, mauled to death in his home a year and a half ago. Despite attempts by the government and Guatamala's corrupt military to sabotage the trial and intimidate witnesses, the jury and the former prosecutor who fled for his life, the trial will continue at the insistence of human rights promoters the world over and the Church who want to see justice done for the dastardly murder of one of its prelates. For more, click on Trail of the trial .
Dallas Bishop takes on U.S. Immigration Department, decries treatment of immigrants as inhumane
Speaking out at the Second Congress for New Evangelization being held in Cuautitlan, Mexico, the shepherd of the sprawling Diocese of Dallas Bishop Charles V. Grahmann pulled no punches in denouncing the treatment of Mexicans and other immigrants by the U.S. Government. He called for easier access for migrant workers to obtain green cards and be treated as human beings free of intimidation and arrests that have mushroomed in recent years. He admitted that the Diocese has helped integrate hundreds of thousands of immigrants because there was no avenue open to them through normal means with the government, a government he has denounced for their tactics and hypocrisy toward immigrants in intimidating and deporting them. For more, click on Deportation blues
Missionary Bishop in Sierra Leone, who was captured by rebels, is freed along with fifteen others
Bishop Giorgio Biguzzi, an Italian missionary prelate for the See of Makeni, was caught in the crossfire last Friday, along with fifteen others at an Xavier Brothers mission in Freetown, Sierra Leone in which rebels from the Revolutionary United Front clashed with renegade soldiers. The result was one of the groups snatched the bishop, two prists and workers from Caritas as hostages to escape and then held them over the weekend before releasing them without harm yesterday. The mood has been tense in this far-western province of Africa between the government and rebels from various fronts. For more, click on Bishop is safe.
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The 36th 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-seventh 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 21st.
DAILY LITURGY for Thursday and Friday in Ordinary Time.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 201st issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY COUNTDOWN:
Italian Catholic Foundress of the Focalare Movement who has become the "Apostle of Unity" for all faiths through her ecumenical evangelization
Today we bring you the 37th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Chiara Lubich, the 79 year-old foundress of the international Focalare movement with presently 110,000 members in over 180 countries. They say invention is the mother of necessity, and Chiara, while an elementary school teacher saw the necessity to heal prejudices and hate while upholding human dignity in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy of World War II. Slowly but surely, clinging to the Gospel message and spreading it to others of all faiths and cultures, she was able to show others how to live and love as Jesus loved. For more on the 37th selection, click on CHIARA LUBICH
The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
The Armor of God
Today we continue our short series on the "Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" with the focus today on the altar linens and vestments which are not just "dressings" for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but part of the sacred ritual begun in the Old Covenant and fulfilled in the New with the Mass. They are, in essence, the "armor of God." The linens required for celebrating Mass and which touch the Body and Blood of Christ represent the linens Our Lord were wrapped in when placed in the tomb. The reasons for each vestment have a special meaning as you'll see in Installment twenty-three The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass part four: The Altar Linens and Vestments in the BARQUE OF PETER
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1939 Pope Pius XII, under tremendous scrutiny by the media today for the false accusations against him in regard to being a Nazi sympathizer and not helping the Jews, proved them wrong then as well with his encyclical on the need for a new humanity united in all societies Summi Pontificatus. Four years later, from the experiences and ruin of the devastating Second World War, Chiara Lubich would put the principles of Pius' words into action with the founding of the Focalare movement. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciating the Authority of the Church
We continue our new daily series in uncovering the great treasuries of the Church contained in her Deposit of Faith. Today, we feature, in the Foundation and Mission of the Church, the Authority of the Church For the thirty-sixth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The 100th Metropolitan of Turin Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini is one of the most respected scripture scholars in Italy
Our one-hundred-thirteenth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the nearly 75 year-old prelate Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini, Archbishop of Turin and custodian of the famed Shroud of Turin. This Scripture scholar has been shepherd of this See since 1989. He received his red-hat and elevation to the cardinalate from Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of June 28, 1991. For more on Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
SIMPLY SHEEN: Appearances may be deceiving!
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".
"No one can pick up the Scriptures without reading a devastating criticism of social moral standards, as when the Divine Savior put a harlot above a Pharisee, a penitent robber above a religious leader, and a prodigal son above his exemplary brother."
Today we commemorate the Twenty-ninth Wednesday in Ordinary Time plus the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross with tomorrow being the Twenty-ninth Thursday in Ordinary Time. 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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