September 13, 1999
  • Today's TOP CATHOLIC: Cardinal Basil Hume, O.S.B.
  • Holy Father expresses grave sorrow for genocide in East Timor
  • The Bishops: Successors of the Apostles
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September 13, 1999
vol. 10, no. 173

Feast of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church


with a Catholic slant


Bishop Belo to meet with Pope today; both call for an immediate end to the genocide before it is too late

    With minutes the difference between life and death, Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo spiritual leader of East Timor and Nobel Laureate huddles with the Holy Father today at the Vatican. Both are in agreement the killing must stop and are frustrated by the UN and the rest of the world powers, especially the US for their hesitancy to offend the Indonesia military while hundreds of thousand Catholics are slain in barbaric fashion in Dili and other areas of the tiny island on the far east end of the Indonesian archipelago. For more, click on East Timor

Holy See makes it official: India and Georgia on itinerary for November

    The Vatican has made it official. The Holy Father will travel to India on November 5 for three days, then stop off in Tbilisi, Georgia on the 8th for a day before returning to Rome. He is expected to release the final Apostolic Exhortation on the Asian Synod while in Delhi, India. For more, click on Asian Papal Trip.

UN contributing to ethnic cleansing through abortion and birth control distribution in Kosovo

    The United Nations isn't what most think it is. Rather than being a guardian for the Sanctity of Life they have subscribed to the culture of death by bowing to the constant harassing of pro-abortion forces to distribute contraceptives and abortions in Kosovo and Slobodan Milosevic couldn't be happier because they're playing right into the hands of satan and the Serb leader's goals of eliminating the Kosovars with this "White Plague" that is laced with threats of murder if the truth reaches the world. For more, click on The silent genocide .

Move over Disney and Warner Brothers, Vatican adding mascots to Jubilee 2000 celebration

    Disney, Warner Brothers and nearly every college and pro team have their mascots and now, just in time for Jubilee 2000, the Vatican has added four fictitious children from various parts of the world as mascots to help direct pilgrims and spice up the appeal for youngsters going to Rome during the year-long celebration there. The characters are two young girls - one African - "Schanty" and the other Filipino "Lyn", and two male youths - an Italian "Luca" and an American "James" replete with a baseball cap turned backwards, so popular with today's youth. For more, click on Jubilee Mascots .
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    In honor of today's Feast of Saint John Chrysostom, we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass in his honor:

Father, the strength of all who trust in Your, You made John Chrysostom renowned for his eloquence and heroic in his sufferings. May we learn from his teaching and gain courage from his patient endurance.


  • Number 63 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY

  • Tenth installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Earlier installments of our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on September 14th.

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross on Tuesday and Wednesday's Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

  • More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • And more in our 174th issue for 1999!

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Cardinal Basil Hume, O.S.B.

The Archbishop of Westminster was a unifier for all of Europe

    Today we bring you the 64th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Cardinal George Basil Hume, O.S.B., the late Archbishop of Westminster who died this past June 17th. The selection of this beloved Benedictine came from many voters in Britain and Europe who loved this shepherd who treated young and old, rich and poor, Catholic and non-Catholic alike - all with love and respect, upholding the Pope's policies and teachings in trying to bring people together for one common purpose - to love and serve God. For more on the 64th selection, click on CARDINAL BASIL HUME, O.S.B.

"Have Mercy on East Timor!"

    Today, with every minute counting and the world taking their sweet time in coming to the aid of the helpless Catholics of East Timor who are falling by the thousands to the Muslim mauraders of Indonesia, we bring you the Holy Father's consoling words this past weekend to Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, spiritual leader of East Timor who meets with the Pope today in Rome, and Bishop Basilio Do Nascimento of Baucau. In addition we bring you the Pope's brief words from his regular weekly Wednesday Papal Audience on the theme of conversion. For the Pope's words, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

A common sense approach to our Faith through the eyes and heart of the laity!

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, Pat Ludwa's column has been delayed. Therefore, we bring you his past columns giving you the opportunity to review any of his forty-four columns for this year. This Thursday hopefully his regular column will resume. For Pat's past columns, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW ARCHIVES

Appreciation of the Successors of the Apostles: Bishops

    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, treating today the successors of the Apostles - the Bishops of the world and the charge given to them. For the ninth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

The torch has been passed in Tanzania to its newest Prince of the Church Cardinal Polycarp Pengo

    We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our ninety-seventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 55 year-old Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Tanzania, Africa. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. He replaced Cardinal Laurean Rugambwa, Tanzania's first redhat ever, as Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam. For more on Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION


    Today is the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church and tomorrow is the Feast of the HOLY CROSS. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Events Today in Church History

    On this date 1,395 years ago in 604 Pope Sabinian was elected the 65th successor of Peter. He succeeded Pope Saint Gregory the Great after a six month vacancy for replacing Pope Gregory I was a major project. Sabinian introduced the regulation of the ringing of the bells to indicate to the people the canonical hours for meditation and prayer. In addition, it was Sabinian who decreed that the sanctuary lamps be kept lit wherever the Blessed Sacrament was reposed. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


We are truly in perilous times!

      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".

"Never before in the history of the world was there so much wealth, and never before so much poverty; never before was there so much power, and never before so little peace; never before so much education, and never before so little coming to the knowledge of truth. This latter discrepancy is the Scriptural sign of 'perilous times.'"

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


"So Jesus went with them. And when He was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to Him, 'Lord, do not trouble Thyself, for I an not worthy that Thou shouldst come under my roof' this is why I did not think myself worthy to come to Thee. But say the word and my servant will be healed.'"

Luke 7: 6-7
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE: 109 and counting, hoping and praying...

September 13, 1999       volume 10, no. 173

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