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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
For the Advent Novena Prayer and all prayers up until today, click on ADVENT Novena Prayers
December 16, 1997
Blessed Mother, we can not be sure just when the journey began for you and St. Joseph to Bethlehem. You had so little that you had to take with you. It was difficult to travel in those days. Through your intercession, help us to remember that we offer so little sacrifice to God, and that we could give Him so much more by surrendering the luxuries of this life in anticipation of the glories of the next.
Song of Advent
The Liturgy of Advent presents a veritable chorus of harmonious prayers and preparation for the glorious solemnity of Christ's birth. The nine day novena leading up to Christmas begins today with the first prayer: FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS NOVENA: "O Shepherd that rulest Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep, come to guide and comfort us. (Add an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be) For today's Liturgy for Late Advent, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY
Medjugorje Monthly Message for November 25th
Dear children: Today I invite you to comprehend your Christian vocation. Little children, I led and am leading you through this time of grace, that you may become conscious of your Christian vocation. Holy martyrs died witnessing: I am a Christian and love God over everything. Little children, today also I invite you to rejoice and be joyful Christians, responsible and conscious that God called you in a special way to be joyfully extended hands toward those who do not believe, and that through the example of your life, they may receive faith and love for God. Therefore, pray, pray, pray that your heart may open and be sensitive for the Word of God. Thank you for having responded to my call!
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NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Guadalupe waiting with open arms for Holy Father
The Rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City extended a warm invitation to Pope John Paul II to come for His papal visit even earlier than anticipated, suggesting July when 5,000 priests will convene there. Click on Guadalupe visit to read more.
MEXICO READY FOR POPE, SAYS RECTOR OF GUADALUPE BASILICA
MEXICO CITY (CWN) - Monsignor Ramon Ortiz, rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, said on
Sunday that "Mexico is ready for a papal visit," after
learning that the Synod for the Americas in Rome
recommended that Pope John Paul announce his post-synodal
Apostolic Exhortation at the basilica.
"We only hope the Apostolic Exhortation could be ready by
July, 1998, so the Pope's visit to the Basilica could
coincide with the Third World Meeting of Catholic Priests,"
said Monsignor Ortiz. The meeting, which will gather more
than 5,000 priests from around the world, will take place
from July 7 to 12 at the Guadalupe Basilica.
If the Holy Father accepts the Synod's proposal, Mexico
would receive its fourth visit from the present pontiff.
Pope John Paul visited Mexico in January 1979, May 1990,
and August 1993. Mexicans celebrated the 466th anniversary
of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Blessed Juan Diego
on Friday. Between 3.5 to 4.5 million pilgrims converged on
the basilica dedicated to the patroness of the Americas as
they do every year.
Vatican ecstatic that Cuba will honor Christmas!
The Holy See responded with great joy over the anticipated announcement by the Cuban government that they would make an exception this year and allow the Cuban people to celebrate the Christmas Holiday in honor of and preparation of Pope John Paul II's first visit ever to this tiny communist island. Click on Christmas in Cuba to read more.
VATICAN PLEASED CUBAN WILL REVIVE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
VATICAN (CWN) -- The Vatican today is anticipating a welcome change in policy by the Cuban government: a decision to make Christmas a legal holiday, for the first time since 1969. While no official announcement to that effect has been made in Havana, sources at the Vatican have already proclaimed their "satisfaction and recognition" over the coming announcement.
The December 13 edition of Juvendud Rebelde, a Communist Party
publication in Cuba, reported that Fidel Castro had made the decision
to reinstate the Christmas holiday in response to a request from Pope
John Paul II. The publication said that Castro was making the
gesture-- for one year only-- as a sign of welcome to the Pope, who
will visit Cuba in January.
According to Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana, the Holy
Father had asked Castro to restore the holiday during a private
conversation in Rome last year.
Christmas is widely celebrated in Cuba, but the government-- which
still embraces an official ideology of atheism-- has made December
25 a normal day of work.
Violence revisits Northern Ireland over the weekend, threatens shaky truce.
Just as Christmas nears, a time for peace and togetherness, warring factions in Northern Ireland threaten to break the fragile peace that has existed since the IRA truce this past summer. After a Catholic church was ransacked by Pro-Brits, Catholic lads retaliated the next day causing unrest throughout the northern tip of the Emerald Isle. Click on Northern Ireland to read more.
NORTHERN IRELAND CATHOLIC CHURCH ATTACKED; IGNITES UNREST
BELFAST (CWN) - A group of masked men attacked a Catholic
church in Londonderry in Northern Ireland on Friday
sparking a weekend of violence between Catholics and
The men wielding sticks caused extensive damage to the
building but no one was injured, police said. On Saturday,
a Catholic mob responded to a pro-British march by the
Protestant Apprentice Boys by throwing thousands of
gasoline bombs, burning several buildings and many
vehicles. The violence was the worst in the province since
the Irish Republican Army declared a unilateral ceasefire
in its guerilla war last July.
A police spokesman said the city had returned to an uneasy
calm on Sunday morning after a full-night of rioting and
that 13 arrests had been made, five policemen had been
injured, and an 11-year-old boy was in the hospital after
being hit by rock. None of the Friday night vandals were
captured by police.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"The wicked man steps into a snare, but the just man runs on joyfully, singing and rejoicing."
Proverbs 29: 6
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