TUESDAY     vol. 11, no. 37     February 22, 2000
DAILY CATHOLIC for 

February 22, 2000

Feast of the Chair of Peter
Feast of the Chair of Peter

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Chair of Peter
Feast of the
CHAIR OF PETER

TODAY'S LITURGY:

First Reading:
  1 Peter 4: 1-4
Responsorial:
  Psalm 23: 1-6
Gospel:
  Matthew 15: 13-19

DAILY LITURGY

   Today is the Feast of the CHAIR OF PETER while tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of the martyred bishop Saint Polycarp. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

The DAILY WORD

"Blessed art thou, Simon Bar Jona, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to thee, but My Father in Heaven. And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; and whatever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven."

Matthew 17: 17-20

The Gospa's message for January
January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

    "Dear children! I call you, little children, to pray without ceasing. If you pray, you are closer to God and He will lead you on the way of peace and salvation. That is why I call you today to give peace to others. Only in God is there true peace. Open your hearts and become those who give a gift of peace and others will discover peace in you and through you and in this way you will witness God's peace and love which He gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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Pope begins his historic 'Jubilee Journey' tomorrow

Retracing Salvation History begins tomorrow when the Holy Father is guided by Genesis before making his Exodus to Egypt
CATHOLIC PewPOINT     In today's editorial, we look forward to the historic Papal Pilgrimage in which His Holiness John Paul II will retrace the footsteps of biblical giants Abraham tomorrow in spirit at Paul VI before embarking for Egypt the next day and the start of a grueling "Jubilee Journey" that will take him high up Mount Sinai where he will walk and pray in the footsteps of Moses. Next month the Holy Father will set foot in the Holy Land where Our Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles and disciples walked. For today's editorial The Papal Path of the Pentateuch , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

By turning her back on Hollywood, Celine Dion's loyalty and love prove her heart will go on!
Celine Dion wearing Star of the Ocean diamond from Movie 'Titanic'My Heart will go on from movie 'Titanic'Celine and husband Rene Angel'lil
Quebec    Today in his probing, in-depth column, Michael Vincent Boyer, a well-respected Catholic insider expert on what's happening in the entertainment industry, brings the reader a heart-rending story on Celine Dion and how her dedication and Catholicity have rewritten the term "superstar" in many people's hearts. For his column, "Showbiz is not a life" - Celine Dion takes charge, see HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD


Appreciation of Revelation and Science
    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. Today we present the second part of our catechesis on Revelation and Science in showing the compatibility between the two as God intended. For the 115th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


Events that happened this Weekend in Church History
Kosovo   On this date one year ago His Holiness Pope John Paul II issued an impassioned plea for peace in Kosovo as the rumors of all-out war rumbled across the globe. The Holy Father reminded all that force ends up hurting everyone, especially innocent citizens caught in the crossfire. He called for an international forum to bring all sides together for compromise. From this time on, the Pope appointed his Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran as his chief spokesman working on it day and night in an effort to stave off the inevitable. All the Holy See said came true and now Kosovo is in ruins just as is East Timor and countless other countries. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


The golden rule of love!
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    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".

"Since God finds us lovable because He put some of His love into us, so we can find others lovable because we put some of our love into them. But to do this implies a basic kindness which is always prepared to be pleasant with other people."

    Coming Wednesday:

  • The 36th installment of THE 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER

  • Pro-Life Prescriptions by Dr. Frank Joseph in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

  • The 116th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on February 16th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • DAILY LITURGY for the Sixth Wednesday and Thursday in Ordinary Time and Thursday's Feast of the Seven Servite Founders

  • ...and much more in our 33rd issue for 2000!
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News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below


Pope begins Jubilee of the Roman Curia celebration today on the Feast of the Chair of Peter
   On the heels of back-to-back Jubilee celebrations this past weekend for Artists and Deacons, the Pope announced in his Angelus message Sunday that beginning today on the Feast of the Chair of Peter the Holy See would acknowledge the Jubilee of the Roman Curia examining the role of the Roman Curia as one body, composed of different Congregations, Pontifical Councils, Tribunals, Administrative Offices, the Pontifical Household and the Office of Liturgical Celebrations comprising the Church's governing body. The Pope is asking for the Roman Curia to be in a "communion of love so profound so as to make of the Curia 'a permanent Cenacle.'" continued inside


Jubilee for Deacons wraps in Rome with Pope encouraging their unique vocation and importance in the universal Church
Jubilee for Deacons    The Permanent Deacons of the Church wrapped up their special Jubilee by celebrating their vocation in Rome with Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the governing Congregation for Clergy while the Holy Father reminded them of their special place in the Mystical Body of Christ with stirring words that all should take to heart and will be published in this Thursday's edition of THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS. continued inside.


Iraqi Chaldeans enthused over Holy Father's acknowledgment of Chaldean culture and Abraham for his spiritual pilgrimage in spirit tomorrow in Rome
Iraq   
   Iraqi Catholics of the Chaldean rite are enthusiastic about joining the Holy Father in spirit in his "in spirit" pilgrimage of walking in the footsteps of Abraham. The Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar and professor of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome told the faithful that the Pope's spiritual pilgrimage does not rule out the possibility of a physical pilgrimage either later this year or next. He also reminded them that the Chaldeans will have their Jubilee Celebration in Rome on March 16th, thereby celebrating twice with the Pope. continued inside.


Bush refutes nasty accusation that he's anti-Catholic in trying to win Catholic vote in Michigan
Governor George W. Bush    The Governor of Michigan John Engler has come to the defense of presidential candidate George W. Bush on the eve of the GOP Primary in his state over accusations by Bush's opponent John McCain that the Texas Governor is anti-Catholic because he graced Bob Jones University, a known bigoted establishment. Yet it was pointed out Alan Keyes, a staunch Catholic himself, also made an appearance at the University and Bush asked how he could ever be anti-Catholic, especially after encouraging his brother Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, to convert to Catholicism. Bush himself is Episcopalian like his father. continued inside.


Luciano Pavarotti hits the high notes with announcement he will campaign for forgiving immense debts accrued by third world countries
Luciano Pavarotti    In harmony with the Holy Father's call for forgiving debts this Jubilee Year, famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti will be a spokesman in asking advanced nations to forgive nearly three hundred billion in debts of poorer third world countries in the spirit of reconciliation. He is donating his time in calling for relief and speaking for the Jubilee 2000 Relief Debt Group. The amply girthed Italian singer has started a trend with Irish rock star Bono also doing the same. continued inside.


Archbishop-elect of Westminster launches first volley in calling for end to Catholic exclusion to the Throne
Archbishop-elect of Westminster Cormac Murphy-O'ConnorEngland   The newly appointed Archbishop of Westminster Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor is not timid and that leadership shown forth this weekend when he not only sided with his fellow Anglican archbishop over morality and virtue as lived and presented by politicians, but called for an end to the law that prohibits any heir of the English Throne to marry a Catholic. He is calling on Britain to be tolerant and offer religious freedom to all, including heirs to the Throne. continued inside.


FDA asks R-U ready for RU-486? Pro-lifers shudder at the thought but relish irony of Planned Parenthood predicament
Massachusetts where Planned Parenthood is being sued    There's good news and bad news on the pro-life front. For the bad word that the FDA is about six months from fully approving the dreaded RU-486 abortion pill for distribution in the United States by Danco Laboratories will send shivers up and down every God-loving Catholic who shuns the thought of so many innocent unborn souls never having a chance. On the positive side, Planned Parenthood is finally getting a dose of their own medicine. The suing-crazy organization is being sued by a security guard injured outside an abortion clinic in Massachusetts in 1994 by a mentally ill gunman. continued inside.


Bishop Belo delighted World Bank will pour $21.5 million into reconstruction efforts of East Timor. But is it too much too late?
East Timor Bishop Belo   All of the time and effort in stumping the world on behalf of East Timor's cause by the country's spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, Apostolic Administrator of Dili, is paying off with the announcement that the World Bank has earmarked $21.5 million toward reconstruction in East Timor. He also noted that though the money is much needed and will help, it cannot help those hundreds of thousands who've shed their blood for freedom or the uncounted refugees who are still oppressed. In other words, you can't buy freedom. It is a God-given right that needs to be respected in order to stop future tragedies like East Timor, Kosovo and the Sudan. continued inside.

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