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SECTION ONE Contents: Go immediately to the article:
  • CATHOLIC PewPOINT editorial
  • COLLEGE OF CARDINALS collection: Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, S.J.
  • Simply SHEEN
  • Monthly Medjugorje Message
  • Up-to-Date SHIPLOGS for DailyCATHOLIC visitors

  • Don't ever be fooled by the smooth-talking pro-abort rhetoric that is being spewed about!

       In this weekend's editorial to kick off Respect Life Week we tackle the culture of death head-on and ask how can pro-aborts call themselves pro-choice since there is only one choice that can be made - "CHOOSE LIFE!" All other avenues are deadends that lead nowhere but straight to hell because, simply, frankly put: Abortion is murder! But the insidious emergence of political correctness has dulled our senses while trying to control our sensitivities. There is only one thing we should truly be sensitive toward first and foremost - the life of every human being - born and pre-born! All else will follow as God sees fit! For today's editorial There really is no other choice! , see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

    There really is no other choice!

    Michael Cain, editor

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    Ladies and Gentlemen: Start your Rosaries!

       In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto returns to finish her series she had been bringing us weekly up until the Holidays, called "Kathy's Story" on the power of the Rosary. It's fitting that she concludes this weekend with the final episode corresponding with the beginning of Respect Life Week for the only way to carry out the Sanctity of Life is by using the most powerful weapon we have - the Holy Rosary, the ammo that will bind satan and end human sacrifice. Kathy points out that Our Lady promised Saint Dominic that in the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph and bring an end to abortion when she imparted to him in a vision, "One day through the Rosary and Scapular, I will save the world." But she can't do it without us and our role begins with the Rosary! See GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


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    Appreciation of the Two Letters of St. Paul to Timothy

        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, concentrating on the Books of the New Testament today with the introduction to Paul's Two Letters to Timothy. For the ninety-third installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

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    The Archbishop of Lima is the Peruvian-born Jesuit Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora

        We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-forty-eighth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 77 year-old Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, S.J., the Peruvian-born Archbishop of Lima who has served as shepherd there since 1989. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of November 26, 1994 by Pope John Paul II. For more on Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, S.J., see COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

    148.   Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, S.J.

          Saint Rose of Lima would be proud of the current shepherd of Lima Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora for he exemplifies the virtues and aims the western hemisphere's first saint lived. He was born on November 9, 1922 in Lima, Peru. At the age of 18 he entered the Jesuit seminary and 15 years later on July 15, 1955 became a priest of the Society of Jesus in Spain. He was assigned various pastoral assignments in Spain before returning to his native Peru and continuing to work with his people as well as young men in the Jesuit seminary as Novice Master, Provincial Delegate to the General Chapter for Education, and Rector of the Order's School of the Immaculate Conception. On June 8, 1978 Pope Paul VI named him Titular Bishop of Cissi. He was ordained on August 15, 1978 - the Solemnity of the Assumption. At the same time he was also appointed Vicar Apostolic of San Francisco Javier in Peru where he served for six years until 1985. He was elected Secretary General of the Peruvian Bishops' Conference in 1982 and from that time on worked feverishly in helping young men and women to understand the Faith, not afraid to take them on outings into the slums of Lima so they could see first-hand the squalor and a more vivid reminder of what Christ asked in helping the poor and downtrodden. He wanted them to be strongly aware of social injustice.

          On December 30, 1989 Pope John Paul II promoted Bishop Vargas to Archbishop of Lima, a position he still holds. When he came in there was much violence by the Sendero Luminoso which means "Shining Path." They had been making waves since 1980 but in 1988 they had stepped up their campaign of violence. He made an impassioned plea to them to stop the violence. Though they were slow to respond, their own fate was sealed for in 1992 their leader Abimael Guzman Reynoso was arrested and sentenced to life, effectively ending the threat. Possibly because of his strong stand against the Sendero Luminoso and his popularity with the people - 90% of which are Roman Catholic, Archbishop Vargas was named in the Holy Father's Consistory of November 25, 1994. He received the coveted red-hat and the titular church of St. Robert Bellarmine. He enjoys curial membership in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. How long he will stay on as Archbishop of Lima is contingent on his health for he just turned 77, but seems to be holding up fairly well.

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    The inalienable right to life!

        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 moral and religious tone of our society has derived in part from our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, which affirm: first, that rights and liberties are derived not from man or majorities, but from God and, therefore, are inalienable; second, because rights and liberties are Godgiven, citizens enjoy rights and liberties in addition to those given by the Constitution; third, the 'people' and not the 'masses' hold the title to civil power, which derives from God - the people being self-determined through conscience are opposite to the 'masses,' who are other-determined or dictator ruled."

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    December 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! This is the time of grace. Little children, today in a special way with little Jesus, Whom I hold in my embrace, I am giving you the possibility to decide for peace.Through your 'yes' for peace and your decision for God, a new possibility for peace is opened. Only in this way, little children, this century will be for you a time of peace and well-being. Therefore, put little newborn Jesus in the first place in your life and He will lead you on the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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