September 9, 1999
  • Pat Ludwa on faith and reason

  • Pope goin' down to Georgia!

  • Time running out on East Timor
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    September 9, 1999
    vol. 10, no. 171

    Feast of Saint Peter Claver,
    priest, religious and missionary


    with a Catholic slant


    Time running out on East Timor as Vatican demands UN intervene to stop the killing, while another church is torched and hundreds massacred

       The Vatican is frustrated at the lack of help for Catholics in East Timor who are being slaughtered left and right by pro-Indonesian military and self-appointed militia youth. Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, who had to flee his homeland to the safe shores of Australia has made many impassioned pleas to the world to help in the aftermath of the slaughters including the most recent - a Catholic church that was burned to the ground and over 100 Catholics massacred. For more, click on Turmoil in East Timor

    Pope will visit former U.S.S.R. Republic of Georgia this November on return from India

       Though the Holy See has not made it official yet, the Russian Tass Agency announced the Holy Father will include Georgia on his papal itinerary to Asia this fall. The tentative date is Monday, November 8, when he will land in Tbilisi, Georgia - a republic of the former Soviet Union located on the Black Sea with Russia to the north, Turkey and Armenia to the south. Catholicism was brought to Georgia by Saint Nino and Saint Christiana in the early centuries. Only two percent of the total population today is Catholic and they will be greatly buoyed by the Pope's visit. There are only 30 total parishes in the country, but the Pope feels he needs to let them know he has not forgotten the Latin-rite Catholics of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. For more, click on Georgia Papal Visit.

    Archbishop of Calcutta assures all local process of Mother Teresa's beatification process will be completed by November

       Doing all he can to expedite the process for Mother Teresa's beatification in 2000, Calcutta's Archbishop Henry D'Souza, in a brief interview with FIDES news agency, assured all that the Diocesan stage will be completed by November. While not revealing the content of many interviews, he did say that the fruits of Mother's life-work are overwhelming wherever he goes and whoever he speaks to. While he would like her beatification to take place during the Jubilee Year he realizes it is out of his hands and in the hands of Rome and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints who present the findings to the Pope. For more, click on Mother Teresa's cause.

    Hong Kong prelate greatly concerned with repercussions of Papal visit snub by China

        Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun of Hong Kong is greatly concerned for Catholics in China in the aftermath of the Red Chinese government's rejection of the Holy Father visiting Hong Kong during his Asian leg of his trip this fall which will take him to India and Georgia so far. The bishop was not surprised by the snub, but fears Chinese authorities will retaliate against Catholics in Hong Kong, long a safe-haven because of English rule. For more, click on Storm warnings in Hong Kong.

    Efforts underway to save Peace Accord in Northern Ireland and prevent more violence

        It's back to the drawing board for those trying to salvage the brittle peace accord in Northern Ireland signed last year on Good Friday. This especially holds true for the chief architect, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell who is striving to get all parties to agree that peace far outweighs the alternatives of violence and death. The biggest stumbling block is the Protestant's insistence on the disarming and disolution of the IRA and Sinn Fein. For more, click on Northern Ireland.

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    Coming this weekend:

  • The 70th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

  • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT and review of past commentaries

  • Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

  • Third installment of our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 3rd through 5th

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great on Friday and Saturday's Ordinary Time plus the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday and the TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Antony Padiyara of India in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • ...and much more in our 167th issue for 1999!
    Number 66:

    Father Nicholas Gruner

    Controversial Founder of the Fatima Crusader Apostolate

        Today we bring you the 66th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Nicholas Gruner, the embattled founder of the Fatima Crusader Apostolate who, by his own admission, is the Church's most controversial priest. His inclusion came from a block of his followers who take the Fatima Messages literally. This philosophy and his aggressiveness have garnered for him many followers but also many enemies within the Church, especially inside the Vatican and at Fatima itself. For over the past twenty years this Montreal-born priest has been making waves around the world becoming the self-appointed expert on Fatima. For more on the 66th selection, click on FATHER NICHOLAS GRUNER

    God has given us a brain to reason and the reason for faith is to have faith in God's reasons

        In his column today, Pat Ludwa tackles the question of faith and reason, reasons why something may or may not be as it seems, and the faith to believe it really is what it is because of the authority behind that statement. This works in science and it also works in religion. Too often non-Catholics challenge Catholics with arguments from Sacred Scripture that may seem like they have a point and we're missing it, but when we look closer and put it all into context - for Catholic-baiters are experts at taking things out of context - we can see their argument is only an illusion for their reason is illogical simply because it lacks both faith and reason: "Reason for what we can see and understand, faith for what we cannot." For Pat's column Faith and reason, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

    Appreciation of the Bishop of Rome

        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 continue with the Hierarchy - today referring to the successor of Saint Peter - the Pope - the Bishop of Rome. For the seventh installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a summer review of all past articles on the Church today

        Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

    Events that happened this day in Church History

       On this date 1560 years ago in 439, Saint Isaac the Great passed on to his Heavenly reward. The holy monk Isaac was a bishop who founded the Armenian Church which returned to union with Rome through the efforts of Pope John Paul II and the late Patriarch Catholicos Karekin I in March this year. The Holy Father had wanted to visit Armenia this past summer but his health and the health of Karekin, who died in late June. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Rebellion in remorse

        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".

    "When an egotist begins to see that he is to blame for his condition, there is apt to be a moment which exasperates him into open rebellion; at this stage, the egotist is not immoral in action; he is anti-moral and anti-religious in his attitudes, words and thoughts."


       Today is the Feast of Saint Peter Claver, religious, priest and missionary while tomorrow is the Twenty-third Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette for St. Peter Claver, click on DAILY LITURGY.

    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

    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


    "But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who calumniate you...Forgive, and you shall be forgiven; give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they pour into your lap. For what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you."

    Luke 6: 27-28, 37-38

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    COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 113 and counting, hoping and praying...

    September 9, 1999       volume 10, no. 171

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