MONDAY     vol. 11, no. 41     February 28, 2000

February 28, 2000

Review of the weekend: John Paul II in Egypt

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Eighth Monday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
  1 Peter 1: 3-9
  Psalm 111: 1-2, 5-6, 9, 10
  Mark 10: 17-27

   Today and tomorrow we observe Ordinary Time in the last full week of Ordinary Time until June 12th. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, see DAILY LITURGY.

"And Jesus looking round, said to His disciples, 'With what difficulty will they who have riches enter the Kingdom of God!' But the disciples were amazed at His word. But Jesus again addressed them, saying 'Children, with what difficulty will they who trust in riches enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to to enter the Kingdom of God!'"
Mark 10: 23-24

The Gospa's message for February
February 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! Wake up from the sleep of unbelief and sin, because this is a time of grace which God gives you. Use this time and seek the grace of healing of your heart from God, so that you may see God and man with the heart. Pray in a special way for those who have not come to know God's love, and witness with your life so that they also can come to know God and His immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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  • Crowds clamor for Barrabas and to crucify Jesus
    Do the dissidents within the Church realize, by their "Call to Action," how they are crucifying Our Lord?
       In his column today, Pat Ludwa equates the dissident left with the frenzied crowds of the Passion who clamored for the release of Barrabas at the expense of the Son of God. Though today's crowd is more of a minority than they would like you to believe, they have been whining and complaining enough to capture the ear of the media - who personify the pass-the-buck Pontius Pilate, washing their hands of it all while immersing themselves in the middle of the controversy doing whatever they can to keep their jobs or keep the ratings or circulation up. That includes kowtowing to the modernists who, stirred up by the chief priests of malcontent within the Church, call for an agenda that would hand over Jesus and His Church to them so they can tear the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church apart and put it together the way they want, unmindful of the authority Our Lord bestowed on Simon Peter in Matthew 16: 18-19. For his column today, Secularizing the Sacred part five: Give us Barrabas!, see VIEW FROM THE PEW

    UnitÓ, Unitad, UnitÚ, Unity!
       Today, we bring you the meaningful words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II's ecumenical discourse on his second day of his "Jubilee Journey" to Egypt. In this important address, the Holy Father reaches out to the various Orthodox leaders in reiterating what he wrote in his encyclical Ut Unum Sint - "That All May Be One." The Pope cites the common bond they all have with Theotokos - the Mother of God and Our Lady's unifying role in reuniting the Churches and the Vicar of Christ's urgency in reunifying the Church's as soon as possible. See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

    Appreciation of an Image of God
        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 catechesis on Image of God as explained in My Catholic Faith. For part one in the 119th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    Events that happened today in Church History
    Pope Hadrian II   On this date 1,131 years ago in 869 Pope Hadrian II officially closed the landmark Eighth Ecumenical Council, also called the Fourth Council of Constantinople, which deposed the heretic Photius and effectively ended the Greek schism where the East and West were reunited for a few more centuries before the terrible split in 1154. Pope John Paul II is hoping he, too, can accomplish what Hadrian was able to do in reuniting the East and West as he emphasized in calling for more dialogue between the Churches while in Egypt this weekend. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    A compassionate man always has time!
    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".

    "The truly compassionate and kind man who gives up his time for others manages to find time. Like the bread, miraculously multiplied, he gives, and yet he gathers up for himself more than he gave."

      Coming Tuesday:

    • The 120th installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

    • Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    • Another column by Michael Vincent Boyer in HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD

    • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on February 29th

    • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

    • DAILY LITURGY for Tuesday and Wednesday in Ordinary Time.

    • ...and much more in our 42nd issue for 2000!
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    Holy Father completes the successful, fruitful second leg of his "Jubilee Journey" with great hope for dialogue with both the Orthodox and Muslims
    Pope by almond trees at site near where burning bush once stood Chapel at the top of Mt. Sinai
       The Holy Father safely completed the second leg of his historic "Jubilee Journey" this weekend realizing a goal he had long dreamed of - to visit Mt. Sinai and pray near the spot where Moses received the Ten Commandments. There the Pope prayed for unity as God has always intended, and toured the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Catherine's whose tomb he also visited and knelt before. Just as he had welcomed the Pope, so also President Hosni Mubarak bid him farewell at the Cairo airport early Saturday evening after his successful, fruitful three day spiritual pilgrimage. continued inside
        To review the Holy Father's three-day "Jubilee Journey" to Egypt, see the special JOHN PAUL II IN EGYPT section
        DAY ONE and
        DAY TWO and
        DAY THREE

    Final Symposium Vatican zeroes in on bringing the universal Church back into adherence with the true Vatican II directives
    The Second Vatican Council - photo from Inside the Vatican   The Pope returned to participate in the final symposium he had called in preparation for the First Sunday of Lent's universal "examination of conscience" and on the agenda for this third and final mini-synod at the Vatican is carrying out what the Vatican II Council Fathers determined and which over the past thirty some years has been grossly misinterpreted and changed to resemble nothing of what was intended. continued inside.

    There are many prodigal sons in Germany and the German hierarchy wants to make sure they have their doctrinal table set to receive them
    Germany    Meanwhile in Germany, a recent report shows that the Deutchland has undergone a transformation from mainstream religions to the more new-age "do-it-yourself" sects and the pendulum is ready to swing back for their is an inate void with the latter religions. The bishops of Germany want to be ready to receive these wandering souls into the Church but make sure the Church in Germany is doctrinely prepared for there has been much dissension as many German Catholics have adopted a "smorgasbord Catholicism" - picking and choosing what they want to believe and disgarding the rest. continued inside.

    Congress out to curtail culture of death threat at the UN against the Vatican with resolutions in support of the Holy See
       Enough is enough! That is how many in the United States Congress feel about the planned subterfuge of the Vatican as a Permanent Observer to the UN by Catholics for a Free Choice who are squarely a front for the larger, more dangerous and largest culture of death advocacy - Planned Parenthood who are now pushing the drive to remove the Holy See from their status because Rome stands in their way of pushing population control through abortion and sterilization. Thus they have introduced resolutions that would censure those who are trying to undermine Rome such as Frances Kissling, founder of CFFC, who snidely remarks the whole intent is to keep the Vatican "on its toes." If she were truly Catholic she would be "on her knees" in reparation for her anti-Catholic stance of pro-abortion. continued inside.

    Democracy disintegrating in Nigeria, death toll reaches 400
    Nigeria unrest in Nigeria   While the Holy Father dialogued with Muslim leaders in Egypt, south in Nigeria the unrest between Muslim and Christian has resulted in at least 400 dead in the city of Kaduna, in northern Nigeria. The Muslim president of Nigeria has spoken out against the application of the "sharia" as a violation of the Nigerian Constitution and Catholic leaders there have decried the the application of this Muslim law, which forces Christians to be marginalized, as the beginning of the end of democracy there, noting that the few militants behind the violence are receiving funding from outside Nigeria. continued inside.

    Prejudicial double-standard employed in India to curtail conversions to Christianity
    India    In Calcutta, apparently conversions of a religious nature need police okay before taking place. Christians, however, are protesting this move to enforce a state-run religion and pushing for freedom for many faiths to co-exist peacefully together in this troubled area of the world where Mother Teresa personified quiet, loving peace in all the turmoil and squalor. The problem is there's a double standard in India for the police approval only applies to those converting to Christianity, not to other faiths. continued inside.

    Prisoners fess up to bilking Archdiocese of Boston over false claims they were molested
    Massachusetts    Here is a story you won't see on the front pages of most major newspapers around the country but should since they devote so much time to sensationalizing accounts of pedophile priests. This involves the guilty plea by two prison inmates and their mother that they filed a false claim of molestation by a priest in order to defraud the Archdiocese of Boston. Though the former priest was found guilty, it shows the greed of those who would capitalize on that to bilk the archdiocese out of more money that they had no right to receive. continued inside.

    Pope pledges help the Church's aid for the plight of Mozambique in the aftermath of the devastating cyclone and ensuing floods with more bad weather on way
    Mozambique    The Holy Father has launched a solidarity campaign for the devastated country of Mozambique which has been set back years by the devastating effects of the recent cyclone "Eline." Death, disease, starvation are all very real factors for this country, especially with the Save River overflowing and hundreds of thousands homeless. The Pope's prayers as well as his support of aid to Mozambique are the only hopes that the residents have at this time of tribulation. Mozambique hugs the Indian Ocean in the far southeast part of Africa on the Tropic of Capricorn where more storms are threatening. continued inside.

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