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West Timor Bishop joins the refrain of East Timor's Bishop Carlos Belo in protecting the refugees as latter given heartfelt sendoff in Rome
Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo flew out of Rome Friday after meeting last week with the Pope and gaining great support from Church and the Italian people. Meanwhile, the Bishop of West Timor Bishop Anton Pain Radu of the Diocese of
Atambua reaffirmed Indonesia militias are hunting down refugees who had been taken there and he called for international help to combat these atrocities after his appeals to the Indonesian army and pro-Jakarta militias failed. Bishop Belo hopes to return to his beloved East Timor this week, protected by UN troops composed mostly of Australian units. For more, click on East Timor turmoil
Russian Orthodox Church at a crossroads. Could Our Lady's words at Fatima be fulfilled with its eventual return to the true fold?
By the admission of one of the higher Patriarchs in the Russian Orthodox Church, the Church is in an identity crisis and is adopting many of Rome's statutes to impress upon the people the necessity of living their faith and turning their backs totally on the communist regime and any government interference. As the new millennium dawns, these are merely signs that Our Lady's words that if we pray Russia will be converted could materialize but we all need to continue to pray. For more, click on Russian Orthodox Church.
Bishops of Canada unanimous in preserving the sacredness of the Seal of Confession as Canadian government representative proposes abolition of it
The Canadian Bishops Conference has sounded a severe warning that the Canadian government's representative of the International Criminal Court is pushing to ban the sacred and secret nature of the confessional by forcing priests to reveal sources and sins when they concern crimes. The Bishops have said this is a litmus test that could have catastrophic repercussions for one billion Catholics universally and must be defended at all costs for it is intrinsic to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For more, click on Confesson and crime .
New Manual on Indulgences emphasizes nature of indulgences and fulfillment of all requirements with the proper disposition
Ready for the Jubilee Year 2000, the Apostolic Penitentiary Tribunal, headed by United States' Cardinal William Baum, is preparing a 100-page manual that will emphasize Pope Paul VI's Apostolic Constitution which reminds all that the indulgence is not granted if the person does not have the proper dispensation. Nothing is automatic and God knows the heart. There is also no new indulgences listed and none eliminated from the Church's official list of indulgences. For more, click on Indulgences .
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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of today's Feast of the Korean martyrs, we present the Opening Prayer for the Mass in their honor:
O God, You have created all nations and You are their salvation. In the land of Korea Your call to the Catholic Faith formed a people of adoption, whose growth You nurtured by the blood of Andrew, Paul and their companions. Through their martyrdom and their intercession grant us strength that we, too, may remain faithful to Your commandments even until death.
- Number 58 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
- Fifteenth installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PEWPOINT
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on events that occurred on September 21st.
- DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of the Apostle and Evangelist SAINT MATTHEW on Tuesday and the Twenty-fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time.
- More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- And more in our 179th issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY
Father Robert J. Fox
Cultivator of vocations to the priesthood, religious life and laity through his Fatima Family Apostolate
Today we bring you the 59th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Robert J. Fox, the 72 year-old founder and director of the Fatima Family Apostolate and author of numerous books and tapes. Farm-bred on the plains of South Dakota, this holy priest chooses to remain close to the soil in Alexandria where his apostolate is headquartered but that doesn't stop him from traveling around the world from Fatima to Moscow for Our Lady's cause in spreading the message of Fatima and how it ties in with the Gospel and the Holy Father's teachings. For more on the 59th selection, click on FATHER ROBERT J. FOX
Got Milk? If we are not nourished slowly, our faith can turn sour and then we will cry over spilt milk!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa drinks from the Scriptures and the teachings of the Church to convey to all that it is impossible to understand the meat of Church Doctrine if we have not been weaned on the milk of the Word and brought along slowly and surely to the truth of Christ's teachings. Too often, many assume they know the Church and refuse to listen to those who have the God-given authority to impart the truths in doses that all can digest and be nurtured with. As Pat points out, even the Apostles were brought about slowly Jesus gave them small doses of nourishment in the truth so that they could mature in their faith and confidence to teach others. Like little children, they fussed and questioned much, but through the milk-fed process Jesus employed, they became strong in their faith and had the teeth to digest much more. Today, if we have not been weaned on the spiritual milk, we will reject solid doctrine and go for the contaminated mush of heresy. When we do that, we end up souring our entire life and others'. For Pat's column Milk does a body and soul good!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Appreciation of the Sacred Congregations
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 Roman Curia, treating today the next three Sacred Congregations. For the fourteenth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Holy Father charges the priests to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation more accessible and often
In his most recent regular weekly Wednesday Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II entreats the bishops and priests to carry out their duties as ministers of the Sacrament of Penance and make confession more readily available so all can partake of the cleansing process in preparation for the new millennium and a new beginning spiritually . For the Pope's words, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Florence's present greatest treasure could be her shepherd Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundredth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 75 year-old Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli, Archbishop of Florence. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of May 24, 1985 For more on Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Today is the Feast of the Korean martyrs Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and companions while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of the Apostle and Evangelist Saint Matthew. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Events Today in Church History
This date 129 years ago in 1874 officially signaled the death knell of the Papal States when Pope Pius IX was forced to surrender to King Victor Emmanuel to avoid bloodshed. The 255th successor of Peter chose to become a self-prisoner inside the Vatican never venturing outside. The Vatican would not receive its freedom, so to speak, until the Lateran Treaty in 1929. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
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".
"It makes little difference in the moral character of a person whether we believe golf is better exercise than tennis, but it makes all the difference in the world whether we believe that a human being is a creature of God or a beast."
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.
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