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Online Edition - Vol. IX, No. 7: October 2003

Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Pope John Paul II

Photo by Hilary Hitchcock © 2003

Pope John Paul II - On Luminous Mysteries

"And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun" (Mt 17:2). The Gospel scene of Christ's transfiguration, in which the three Apostles Peter, James and John appear entranced by the beauty of the Redeemer, can be seen as an icon of Christian contemplation. To look upon the face of Christ, to recognize its mystery amid the daily events and the sufferings of His human life, and then to grasp the divine splendor definitively revealed in the Risen Lord, seated in glory at the right hand of the Father: this is the task of every follower of Christ and therefore the task of each one of us. In contemplating Christ's face we become open to receiving the mystery of Trinitarian life, experiencing ever anew the love of the Father and delighting in the joy of the Holy Spirit. Saint Paul's words can then be applied to us: "Beholding the glory of the Lord, we are being changed into His likeness, from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit" (II Cor 3:18).

Rosarium Virginis Mariae §9

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Pope John Paul II's Silver Jubilee Celebration -- Consistory for 31 new Cardinals; Prelates to Rome for Four-day meeting; Post-synodal exhortation to be signed; Beatification of Mother Teresa -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock

News -- Pope to Sign 2001 Synod Exhortation on October 16 -- Luminous Mysteries Show Divine Nature of Jesus -- Passions Run High over "The Passion"

Cardinal Responds to Questions on Liturgy -- Wide-ranging questons on Liturgy were answered by Cardinal Francis Arinze at a conference in July sponsored by the Apostolate for Family Consecration.

Belgian Cardinal Advocates Women as Leaders of Vatican Congregations -- The hierarchy of the Catholic Church is an outdated structure, and women should be allowed to head Vatican Congregations, in the opinion of Cardinal Godfried Danneels....

Musicians in Catholic Worship: Part III Bells and Whistles, Guitars and Tambourines -- This is the third of a three part series. -- by Lucy E. Carroll

Readers' Forum -- Compelling Case for Quality Music at Mass -- What's Next? -- Missals at Mass -- Purification of Vessels -- Mother Teresa -- What can we do?

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