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Pope calls East Timor "A new defeat for the cause of humanity" as Vatican seeks answers to massacres
In Geneva to address the UN's Human Rights Commission, Vatican representatives are insisting on inquiries as to how such a travesty as East Timor could ever have happened. The Holy See is asserting that this was a planned demolition of a population and the Church charted well before the vote had been taken and that Indonesia knew exactly what the military and their own trained militia would do. Their feigning ignorance to this is part of the guilt that lies with Indonesia. For more, click on Seeking answers for East Timor
German Bishops give their response: We will not abandon the counseling centers but will never advocate abortion!
Per the Holy Father's instructions, the German Episcopal Conference, meeting in Fulda, Germany Friday voted to continue the counseling centers for women, but with new guidelines that will prevent loopholes where the German government can make certificates from the centers a passport to having an abortion. That the bishops will not stand for and will instruct all counselors as to the dire consequences of such actions. One way to prevent this abuse is to no longer issue certificates. For more, click on German Bishops.
Showdown looming for November NCCB Meeting of Bishops vs. Universities in upholding Catholic values and principles
While some Catholic colleges and universities remain stubborn in their resolve to not comply with Pope John Paul II's directives in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, his 1990 document on higher education, the United States Bishops are drafting a document that will back the Pope and insist on implementation. The main argument by the Catholic institutions of higher learning is that their status or independence will be threatened but the document assures those rights will be protected, thus eliminating the last vestige of opposition to fulfilling the Holy Father's directive. For more, click on Catholic education .
Parishioners of Roman parish finally get their church after forty years of waiting. Dedicate it to Saint Peter's immediate successor
A parish established during the early reign of Pope John XXIII finally has its sanctuary 40 years later in the 21st year of the Pope John Paul II's pontificate. The church in question is the new temple dedicated to Saint Peter's immediate successor Pope Saint Linus, which until now had not been built. Some 10,000 parishioners used the parish hall for Masses and liturgical celebrations. The new church will seat 500 at a time and was consecrated by the Holy Father's Vicar of Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini. For more, click on New church for St. Linus .
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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
In honor of today's Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul we present a special prayer from My Daily Prayer book:
O God, Who, for the preaching of the Gospel to the poor, and for advancing the honor of the priesthood, didst endow Blessed Vincent with apostolic power; grant, we beseech Thee that we who honor his godly life, may likewise be taught by the example of his virtues. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Number 53 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Twentieth 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 28th
DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-sixth Tuesday in Ordinary Time along with the Feasts of Saint Wenceslaus and Saint Lawrence Ruiz and companion martyrs, plus a preview of Wednesday's glorious feast of the Archangels Saint Michael, Saint Gabirel and Saint Raphael.
More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
And more in our 184th issue for 1999!
September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today again I call you to become carriers of my peace. In a special way, now when it is being said that God is far away, He has truly never been nearer to you. I call you to renew prayer in your families by reading the Sacred Scripture and to experience joy in meeting with God who infinitely loves His creatures. Thank you for having responded to my call.
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY
Former Jesuit and staunch traditionalist whose novels on the Church many believe are truer than fiction
Today we bring you the 54th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose the late Malachi Martin, the 78 year-old former Jesuit who is best known for his best-selling novels on the Church and the Vatican. Through all his novels there is a fine line between fact and fiction and many claim his work is prophetic, but we will not go that far. A confidant of two Popes, he was a voracious reader and collector of information and is believed, when he received his dispensation from the Jesuit Order, to have been placed under special Pontifical protection according to Martin. This, many think, gave him the freedom to write what he did and reap the many years of research and actual Vatican dealings he experienced in translating into novel thrillers of intrigue and espionage in the genre of John Le Carre and John Grisham that many believe are truer than fiction. For more on the 54th selection, click on MALACHI MARTIN
The ANSWER lies within the Luna
In his column today, Pat Ludwa emphasizes the hidden warriors, those souls who fight the battle on their knees before the Most Blessed Sacrament in calling down Divine Mercy on the world. How much has been mitigated through the selfless, loving efforts of these souls who endeavor to spend a few minutes, maybe an hour a week before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament? Pat equates it to a small spark of love that can trigger a Torrent of Love from Above. He shows how this has been accomplished throughout history and that today, when so many advocate relaxing God's laws to conform to society so things go easier, he reinforces that revolutionary idea of bowing before the Almighty in humility and love. For Pat's column The Answer to Crisis, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Appreciation of the Sacred Offices
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 three Offices of the Holy See. For the nineteenth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Holy Father emphasizes communitarian nature of pardon and peace
In his most recent regular weekly Wednesday Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II continued his treatise on reconciliation speaking on Reconciliation with God and others in preparing all in the universal Church for the Jubilee Year 2000 in which we first must reconcile with God, then with each other. For the Pope's words, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Archbishop of Cordoba Cardinal Raul Francisco Primatesta has always placed formation of priests foremost
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-third red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 80 year-old Cardinal Raul Francisco Primatesta, Archbishop of Cordoba. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI during the Consistory of March 5, 1973. For more on Cardinal Raul Francisco Primatesta, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Today is the Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul, priest and religious founder while tomorrow, besides being the Twenty-sixth Tuesday in Ordinary Time is also the Feast of Saint Wenceslaus, ruler and martyr and Saint Lawrence Ruiz, husband, father and martyr along with his companion martyrs in Nagasaki, Japan. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Events Today in Church History
On this day 459 years ago in 1540 Pope Paul II officially approved the Society of Jesus religious order of priests founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola and others. The Holy Father's Papal Bull Regimini militantis ecclesiae gave solemn recognition to the Company known as Jesuit Fathers with the specific purpose of defending the Faith against Protestantism and to be the vanguard for the Pope. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Clear the beam in our own eye first!
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".
"If we are proud, covetous, conceited, selfish, lustful, constantly wanting our own way, it is far better to come face to face with our own ugliness than to live in a fool's paradise. The basis of all criticism of neighbor, the source of false judgments, slander, jealousies and pulling down the reputation of others is our refusal to look into our own soul. "
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
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