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Pope calls for all Catholics to be "courageous missionaries of the Gospel" in Mission Sunday Angelus
His Holiness John Paul II took the opportunity on World Mission Sunday to entreat all Catholics to be faithful to their charge to be missionaries where they are planted, encouraging them to preach the Gospel in word and action to all they meet. He made his remarks during his Angelus message at St. Peter's Square, emphasizing the need to evangelize to newer and younger generations especially in Europe which has been under the magnifying glass with the European Synod which wrapped up this weekend. For more, click on Sunday Angelus
Holy Father receives Russian Foreign Minister at Vatican, calls for solution in Chechnya and improved relations between Russia and Holy See
With his trip to India very much on his mind, and the Iraq Papal Visit still very much up in the air, the Holy Father turned his attention to Russia and the situation in Chechnya and possible salvaging rapport with the Russian Orthodox Church as the Pope received the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Vatican yesterday morning. The Pope called for a swift solution to the conflict in the Chechnya region where turmoil has existed. He also expressed hope that Church-State relations in Russia would improve. For more, click on Russian relations
Paris Archbishop brings seminarians to meet Pope reinforce need for strong formation in the seminaries
The Holy Father welcomed a group of French seminarians from Paris Monday morning accompanied by Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Archbishop of Paris. The Pope praised them for their loyalty and determination to uphold all the Church teaches and challenged them to continue this trend with their younger classmates and be fruitful and multiply in vocations through their actions and total dedication to Jesus and His Holy Church. He reminded them that the Church's future depends on the formation of seminarians in the new millennium. For more, click on Future Priests .
Roman billing department tries to short circuit Vatican with humongous utility bill while headaches persist with delays in building due to archeological finds
Someone is threatening to turn out the lights in the Vatican if they don't pay a 24 million dollar utility bill but the Holy See stands on the Lateran Treaty that exempted the Vatican from all utility and sewer charges. Chalk it up to computer error but someone has to pay and odds are the Italian government will get stuck with the bill. But that's not the only problem facing Rome right now for excavation of ancient Roman frescoes is delaying completion of badly needed parking garage for the anticipated traffic overflow during Jubilee 2000 celebrations. For more, click on Short-circuited in Rome.
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The 33rd duo selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
The forty-one installment in our daily series on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.
The twenty-fourth installment of our weekly abridged series on the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
Biography on Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, the 116th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 27th.
More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for the Thirtieth Wednesday in Ordinary Time plus the Feast of the Apostles Saint Simon and Saint Jude.
...and more in our 205th issue for 1999!
TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY - Number 33:
Father Rene Laurentin
Renowned French priest who is the world's foremost Mariologist and leading authority on Apparitions today
Today we bring you the 33rd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Rene Laurentin, the 82 year-old esteemed and respected French Theologian and leading Mariologist in the Church today who has written thousands of articles, hundreds of books on the subject of Marian Apparitions, supernatural phenomena and Church doctrine. He has been a lecturer in several universities and played a significant role in drafting the document on Marian Doctrine for Vatican II. He has traveled to the most remote sites on all continents to study and meet visionaries throughout the world. For more on the 33rd selection, click on FATHER RENE LAURENTIN
Maybe it's time to start using scare tactics to save our children from the fires of hell
In today's editorial, we examine the shocking scenes today that our children are constantly being exposed to and bombarded with through images that are not pleasing to Jesus and His Blessed Mother. With Halloween just days away we suggest a revolutionary twist: If kids want to be scared then let's start doing the scaring by describing the horrors of hell to them. It might be the only solution to saving them from everlasting haunting. For the editorial, This Halloween let's turn the tables by doing some scaring of our own! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Events Today in Church History
On this date 49 years ago a frail little nun left her Order of the Sisters of Loretto to begin a new religious order of nuns - sisters dedicated to caring for the poor in the most desolate slums with no regard to creed, color, race or caste system. They would be called the Missionaries of Charity and this nun was of course Mother Teresa who established her order on this date in 1950 in Calcutta, India. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciation of the Infallibility of the Church
Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We complete our short series on the issue of Infallibility and what it means in respect to doctrine and faith and morals for the Church cannot teach error because it was founded by the Son of God Himself. For the fortieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Only by walking in another's shoes...
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".
"The professor of moral theology and of canon law will generally be found to be less sympathetic to human weakness than the priest or minister or rabbi who works in the slums, or with delinquents, and certainly less merciful than one who is truly saintly, for he above all knows how weak he is."
Today is the Thirtieth Tuesday in Ordinary Time with tomorrow continuing with the Thirtieth Wednesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I liken it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and cast into his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air dwelt in its branches."
Luke 13: 18-19
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.
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.