NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Holy Father stresses need for Catholic chaplains at every university in the world to minister to Catholic students in secular institutions
Addressing a world congress of delegates involved in pastoral care at universities during a seminar in Rome, the Pope called for intensive efforts to place chaplains in every secular university in the world coordinated by each diocese so all Catholic students will have the opportunity to stay in touch with their faith while in the sterile atmosphere of the secular institution for higher learning globally. For more, click on Call for more Catholic chaplains in colleges.
East Timor still not safe after news that two nuns, two deacons, a seminarian and reporter slaughtered by militia
Just when we thought East Timor was finally under control and protected by the UN peacekeepers from Australia with the militia retreating, word comes that the militia are still very much a dangerous presence. Even in retreat they are striking back in anger. One such act ended in death for a group of Catholic religious returning from a mission to a refugee camp in the mountains outside the capital city of Dili. For more, click on Will the killing ever end?.
Coming-out party for new, bright look to St. Peter's Basilica planned for tomorrow in Rome
The proud, ancient Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome is about to reveal its new face to the world with special ceremonies tomorrow officiated by the Holy Father which will mark the first time in over two years that there won't be a scaffold in sight. The "new-look" Basilica has shed its centuries-old "dark look" and the cleaning and resurfacing has produced a light stone finish that shows the heart of Roman Catholicism in a most favorable, bright light - just in time for the millennium. For more, click on Putting on a new face
This year British Catholic women intent on making sure Christ is the reason for the season leading into the new millennium and beyond
Leave it to the ladies of England to get the job done and spread the word of what the new millennium truly means - 2000 years since the birth of Christ, and so, to put Christ back into the millennium, the Catholic Women's League of Britain are spreading this Christ-centered millennium theme through promotional posters that will emphasize Jesus as the central focus for celebration throughout the British Isles from Christmas to New Years and beyond into the third millennium. For more, click on Christ-centered millennium celebration.
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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
The 51st selection in the Countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
22nd installment on our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Retro issues of our on-going series in our feature series on the Church today with the Archives of WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on September 30th.
DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of Saint Jerome, Doctor of the Church on Thursday and Friday's Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 186th issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY COUNTDOWN:
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The early nineteenth century converted Catholic novelist and poet who translated his thoughts into a tremendous tool of apologetics and evangelization for the Church
Today we bring you the 52nd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Gilbert Keith Chesterton, the distinguished and acclaimed English author, poet and media marvel of the early century. His conversion to Catholicism at the age of 48 influenced his writings, though he wrote with a Catholic slant twelve years prior with his introduction of the Father Brown Mysteries. For more on the 52nd selection, click on GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels - Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael while tomorrow we conclude the month of September honoring the great Doctor of the Church Saint Jerome. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
For the Feast of Archangels we honor Saint Michael with the prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII:
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou o Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
We honor Saint Gabriel with this prayer from My Daily Prayer:
O God, Who, from among other Angels, didst chose the Archangel Gabriel to announce the mystery of Thine Incarnation, mercifully grant that we, who celebrate his earthly feast, may experience his Heavenly protection.
We honor Saint Raphael with this prayer from My Daily Prayer:
O God, Who didst give the Blessed Archangel Raphael to Thy servant Tobias, to be a companion on his way, grant that we, Thy servants, may ever be sheltered by his guardianship and strengthened by his aid.
The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
part one: The Altar
We continue with our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we begin a short series on the "Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" beginning with the central focus for the sacrifice - the Altar. For Installment twenty The Tools of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass part one: The Altar, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Appreciating the Sacred Offices
We continue our new daily series in uncovering the great treasuries of the Church contained in her Deposit of Faith. Today, continuing with the Roman Curia, we cover the three day-to-day temporal Offices that compose the Sacred Offices at the Vatican: Apostolic Chamber, headed by the Vatican Chamberlain or Camerlengo, the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. For the twenty-first installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Sarajevo's shepherd Cardinal Vinko Puljic has been the guiding light through the turmoil and tribulations in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Our one-hundred-fourth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 54 year-old Bosnian prelate Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo throughout this past decade - a decade of decimation and despair for many of his countrymen who have endured a war that plundered the lives of thousands of the faithful and destroyed hundreds of churches. Through it all Cardinal Puljic has been there for his flock. Ordained an archbishop by the Pope himself, he was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Vinko Puljic, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
SIMPLY SHEEN:"Take up thy cross and follow Me."
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 is the trials imposed upon us by others, such as their injustices, their harsh words, their knife-in-the-back attitudes, and their peevishness, that gall us; yet these are counted as the daily crosses of the man who would be truly religious. Much of the weariness of the spiritual life is due to the constant necessity of bearing the shortcomings of others, along with the never-ending strife against our own base inclinations."
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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
Events Today in Church History
On this date 1,559 years ago in 440 A.D., Pope Saint Leo the Great was elected the 45th successor of Peter. While his 21-year pontificate is remembered for his defining the Dogma of the Incarnation and convening two ecumenical councils. what most associate Pope Leo I with is that he saved Rome from Attila the Hun through the grace and miracle of the Holy Spirit. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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