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September 7, 1999
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    September 7, 1999
    vol. 10, no. 169
    TUESDAY
    23rd Tuesday in Ordinary Time

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    HEADLINES:

    Senseless violence erupts in East Timor as militant Muslim troops vow revenge for independence vote, attack Bishop's quarters

        Despite the passage for independence in East Timor from an overwhelming majority vote, East Timorese are not free. This fact was bitterly brought into focus over the weekend when Muslim youth, enlisted by Indonesia military, burned villages and killed hundreds, decapitating many innocent citizens. Nobel Laureate prelate Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo was also assaulted, his residence and office burned, but he escaped harm, calling for all parties to lay down the sword and seek forgiveness so all can live in peace as he once again appealed to Indonesian President B.J. Habibie and the U.N. for protection for his people. For more, click on East Timor violence

    Pope rejoices at Holy Land peace accord in meeting with Arafat, condemns terror in East Timor

       On Sunday at Castel Gondolfo the Holy Father received Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat fresh from his signing the peace accord with Israel that could very well clear the way for the Pope to make his "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land next year as planned. It was the seventh time Arafat has met with Pope John Paul II. Meanwhile, the joy of this meeting was tempered by the increasingly troublesome news from East Timor which greatly depressed His Holiness. He asked all to pray for East Timor during his Sunday Angeles. For more, click on Pope's activities.

    Cardinal O'Connor recuperating after brain tumor surgery

        After a ten-day stay in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City, doctors gave the green light for Cardinal John O'Connor Archbishop of New York City to return to his residence to recuperate. After extensive tests they discovered a tumor on the surface of the prelate's brain and performed surgery to have it removed. All signs are that it was a success and all reports are that there are no further complications and the cardinal, in great spirits, will be able to resume his duties soon. He is scheduled to resign in January next year after the Holy Father had personally asked him to stay on until then. For more, click on Cardinal O'Connor .

    Pope commemorates second anniversary of Mother Teresa's death

       As thousands processioned past the tomb of Mother Teresa in Calcutta, in Rome the Holy Father made a special point to honor this "saint of the gutters" and founder of the Missionaries of Charity during his public Papal Audience on Sunday at Castel Gondolfo. Simultaneously an anniversary Mass was being held in St. Peter's with many from her Order in attendance at St. Peter's Basilica. Speaking of the Basilica, the Holy See announced that the "Archeologist of St. Peter's" Margherita Guarducci,the person who discovered the Tomb of Saint Peter in 1965, had died at the age of 97. For more, click on Mother Teresa .
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    Coming WEDNESDAY

    • The 67th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

    • The sixth installment in our daily series on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH.

    • The seventeenth installment of our weekly abridged series on the 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER

    • Biography on Cardinal Salvatore Pappalardo, the 95th Prince of the Church we feature in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 8th.

    • More words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time

    • ...and more in our 170th issue for 1999!

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    68. TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

    Archbishop Oscar Romero

    A modern martyr who championed the rights of Catholics throughout Central America

       Today we bring you the 68th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Archbishop Oscar Romero, the human rights champion from El Salvador who was gunned down while celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a San Salvador hospital chapel on March 24, 1980 by paramilitary troops. His martyrdom became the rallying point for Catholics throughout Central America as he prophesied a few days before his death when he predicted, "It is my hope that my blood will be the seed of freedom and the sign that hope will soon be reality." For more on the 68th selection, click on ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO

    Our Lady of many titles can add another as we celebrate her 2013th birthday tomorrow!

        In today's editorial, we commemorate the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary tomorrow and the fact that Our Lady would be, by historical estimates, 2013 years-old. That exceeds two millenniums! We take stock of the world today and why her messages, her example and influence are so vital when we stand on the brink of the new millennium, one that the Mother of God has foretold would be a special time in which we will realize the fullness of her Eucharist Son Jesus. But she can't do it alone and neither can her Divine Son. They need our fiat just as she gave her fiat at the Annunciation when she was a mere child of thirteen. For the editorial, Mother of the Third Millennium, pray for us!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    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.

    SIMPLY SHEEN: Men cannot hide their head in the sand!

          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".

    "Those ages which have an inordinate interst in the reformation of society are often those who are most heedless of the reformation of the individual. That group of educators who say that evil is nonexistent and that there are only complexes are like those who say that there are no diseases in the body, but only imagination. "

    DAILY LITURGY

        Today is the Twenty-third Tuesday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vigette of Our Lady, click on DAILY LITURGY.

    Appreciation of the First Bishops: the Apostles

       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. Having completed the Four Marks of the Church, we begin today examining the structure of the Hierarchy of the Church starting with the First Bishops - the Apostles - the group of unlikely men Jesus personally appointed (cf. Luke 6: 12-16) to continue the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church He founded in fulfillment of His promise for the New Covenant. For the fifth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    The DAILY WORD

    "Now it came to pass in those days, that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when day broke, He summoned His disciples; and from these He chose twelve (whom He also named Apostles): Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alpheus, and Simon called the Zealot; Jude the brother of James and Judas Iscariot, who turned traitor."

    Luke 6: 12-16

    Events Today in Church History

        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.

    August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

       Dear children! Also today I call you to give glory to God the Creator in the colors of nature. He speaks to you also through the smallest flower about His beauty and the depth of love with which He has created you. Little children, may prayer flow from your hearts like fresh water from a spring. May the wheat fields speak to you about the mercy of God towards every creature. That is why, renew prayer of thanksgiving for everything He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
    For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

    Finally the long-awaited books
    "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY
    are NOW available!

         With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS
    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 115 and counting, hoping and praying...

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