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  • MOVIES & MORALS continued
    WORLD NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant:
  • Blessed Catherine Drexel to become American Saint
  • Pope John XXIII to be beatified this year
  • Interfaith service at Auschwitz for 55th Anniversary
  • Supreme court in Massachusetts cave to culture of death
  • Embargo is killing thousands of Iraqi children
  • Towering statue of Christ overlooking Rio de Janiero will be completely restored this summer
  • Unmistakable proof dating back to 1500's presented to Rome on behalf of Juan Diego's cause
  • Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 25th
  • Latest ShipLogs for visitors to DailyCATHOLIC

  • MOVIES & MORALS continued:

  • 10.   ANGELA'S ASHES

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    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

    Columba Marmion and Asian Martyrs Scheduled for Beatification

        VATICAN CITY, JAN 27 (ZENIT).- Very soon the United States will have a singular model of sanctity. This morning, the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Catherine Marie Drexel, opening the doors directly to her canonization, which will take place during the Jubilee year 2000.

        Drexel was born in Philadelphia in 1858. Her father was a Catholic, and her mother Protestant. She founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, dedicated to the defense and promotion of Native and African Americans in the United States. She established Xavier University to offer ethnic minorities the possibility of development through Catholic education, and she became a real pioneer in the advancement of human rights. Catherine Marie died on March 3, 1955 in Conwells Heights.

        In addition to John XXIII, the decrees promulgated this morning by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints prepare the way for the beatification of 3 martyrs representing the Asian missionary Church, and who were killed out of hatred for the faith at different periods, between the 17th century and the first half of the 20th. They are diocesan priest Fr. Nikola Bunkerd Kitbamrung, who was martyred in Bangkok, Thailand in 1944, and two lay catechists: Andrea (no surname), who was killed in Vietnam in 1644, and Pedro Calungsod, a Filipino who gave his life for the faith several decades later on the Island of Guam.

        This morning's decrees also open the path to beatification by approving miracles attributed to Irish Benedictine Columba Marmion (1858-1923); Fr. Georges Preca (1880-1962), a Maltese priest and founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine; Indian Sister Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan (1876-1926), founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family; Swedish Sister Marie Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870-1957), founder of the Order of the Most Holy Savior and St. Bridget. Finally, the decree officially proclaimed the heroic virtues of German priest Fr. Franciscus Saverius Seelos (1819-1867), who dedicated himself to helping immigrant compatriots in the United States.

        The path to official recognition as a saint in the Catholic Church begins with a diocesan investigation. Afterwards, if all goes well, the cause moves to the Vatican, where a proclamation of the "heroic virtues" of the Servant of God must be made. At this point, the future saint carries the title "Venerable." If he or she died for the faith, a declaration of martyrdom on the part of the Vatican suffices to allow beatification, giving the title "Blessed." Those who did not die for the faith require documented evidence of a miracle to be beatified. Finally, for canonization, which brings the title of "Saint," all candidates must have documented evidence of a miracle brought about by their intercession after their beatification. ZE00012708

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    Nun Miraculously Cured Through his Intercession Attends Ceremony

        VATICAN CITY, JAN 27 (ZENIT).- John XXIII will soon be beatified, as established today by a decree of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of the "Good Pope." John Paul II was present for the promulgation, which took place in the Vatican Consistory Hall.

        John XXIII led the Church for 5 years -- from 1958 to 1963. His name was one of several on the list of causes: one for canonization and six for beatification, as well as three declarations of martyrdom and one acknowledgment of heroic virtues.

        Archbishop Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, highlighted the "ecumenical context" of these promulgations, which were declared shortly after the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In particular, he mentioned that on June 5, 1960, Pope John XXIII established the Secretariat for Christian Unity, which in 1988 became a Pontifical Council. He also spoke about Pope Roncalli's work in promoting relations with other Christian Churches. "The pastoral contact he had with so many brothers and sisters who were not in full communion with the Catholic Church during his mission to Bulgaria and Turkey created in him a kind of categorical imperative that led him to seek the recovery of the unity lost over the centuries, for which Jesus prayed ardently to the Father before dying."

        Sister Caterina Capitani was present at the moment the decree was promulgated. She is a religious of the Daughters of Charity who benefited from a miracle now recognized by the Holy See, opening the doors for John XXIII's beatification. Sister Caterina works in the St. John of God Hospital in Agrigento, in southern Italy. "I felt great joy and was very moved, but could one feel otherwise?" she said after the ceremony.

        During the promulgation ceremony, John Paul II blessed Sister Caterina Capitani "he did the sign of the cross over me and patted my cheek," stated the nun, who was cured of a gastric perforation. Very moved, Sister Caterina said she regarded Pope John XXIII as "a great innovator of the Church with his gifts of openness to the world, his goodness, simplicity and poverty. These were values we were able to touch with our hand during his life; how different our world would be if they were more widespread."

        Sister Caterina hopes to be present for the beatification ceremony, which should be held this year in Rome. For the time being, no date has been set, however. ZE00012707

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        WARSAW ( - Representatives of six faiths gathered on Thursday at the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz to pray for the 1.5 million people killed there during World War II on the 55th anniversary of the camp's liberation.

        Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski told the assembly the world should seek to free itself of hatred upon the advent of a new millennium. "This inconceivable crime must change the world's history. But with alarm we observe new mounting threats to peace and security. Wars continue and people kill one another," he said to 1,000 survivors of the camp who had come from all over the world to commemorate their liberation in 1945 by the Soviet Red Army.

        Prayers for the victims, 90 percent of whom were Jewish, were recited by Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim, and Buddhist representatives. "This soil is soaked with blood. These signs, here in this camp, must be a warning against racism and anti-Semitism," said Kazimierz Albin, one of Auschwitz's first prisoners, weeping as he remembered his escape from the camp in 1943.

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      Supreme Court in Massachusetts succumbs to culture of death opinion, approves Buffer zone around aborturaries

         Long considered a Catholic state, Massachusetts is sadly only a shell of what it once was for there has been little outcry and outrage over the recent ruling of permitting buffer zones around abortion mills even though the US Supreme Court is studying the appeals in other states. Possibly the only hope for the state will be prayer and a changing of the guard in eliminating Ted Kennedy and voting in such stalwart moralists as Catholic World News editor Phil Lawler who has announced his candidacy to unseat Kennedy and help return the state to where God wants it to be. continued inside.


        BOSTON ( - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said on Thursday that a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics would be constitutional if a law is passed by the state legislature.

        The state Senate had requested an opinion from the court on a proposed bill to establish the zones. Pro-abortion leaders said the zones are necessary to prevent pro-lifers from attacking clinics, workers, or people entering the building, but pro-life groups rejected the characterization that they are violent.

        Dwight Duncan of Massachusetts Citizens for Life said the bill will violate the constitutional freedom of speech and assembly and his group will challenge any such law in federal court. The zone law would be the first such law enacted by a state. Other zones around the country have been set up by judges.

        Under the law, people would be banned from a 25-foot zone around building entrances and driveways unless they were going in or out of the building, worked in the building, or were police, firefighters or other types of public officials, regardless of whether they were protesting or not.

        The US Supreme Court is currently considering the constitutionality of a Colorado law setting up "floating" buffer zones around people entering abortion clinics, and is expected to be rule by July.

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      Thousands of innocents dying in Iraq as result of embargo

         As we complete Respect Life 2000 Week the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad is reminding all that this doesn't only apply to the preborn, but men, women and children who are dying of starvation and disease in Iraq due to the embargo. He claims 8,000 children died last month due to lack of food and medicine to nourish and heal the people. The Church has called for an end to the embargo for just these reasons for the embargo is not hurting Saddam Hussein but the innocent people of Iraq. continued inside.

    Chilling Statistics on Rise in Infant Mortality

        BAGHDAD, JAN 27 (ZENIT).- The nine-year U.N. embargo of Iraq and the constant U.S./British bombing attacks are taking their toll on the weakest citizens of this nation. "This is a killing of innocents -- a tragedy that affects the whole world," stated the Catholic Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans.

        Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid, whose Episcopal See is based in Baghdad, was commenting to "Fides" on data recently disclosed by Iraq's Ministry of Health, comparing infant mortality in December 1989 (just eight months before the imposition of the embargo) with that of December 1999. According to the report, 8,000 children died last month in Iraq. Lack of medicines and food is taking an enormous toll not only among children, but also among the elderly.

        The increase in the rate of mortality over the last decade is startling. In 1989, 101 children younger than 5 died of dysentery. Ten years later, the figure rose to 1,576. Children younger than 5 dying from lack of food numbered 81 in 1989, as compared to 3,060 in 1999. Deaths among children from pneumonia and other respiratory infections increased from 117 in 1989 to 3,372 in 1999.

        In a December 16 speech, Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan, a practicing Catholic, presented much the same data. He cited a first-hand report last year in the "New York Times." "The reporter led readers through a day with the chief resident at the central teaching hospital for pediatrics in Baghdad. Iraq, the doctor told his visitor, was once the most advanced country in the Arab world for science and medicine. Now, Iraq's doctors cannot even read medical journals; because medical journals are embargoed."

        Buchanan noted that childhood leukemia is almost always fatal in today's Iraq, while it has a 70% cure rate in the U.S. Even the most basic supplies are withheld in the name of the embargo. "Disposable syringes must be used over and over again. Their importation has been blocked out of fear that medical syringes will be used to create anthrax spores. Ancient X-ray machines leak radiation. Chlorine, a vital water disinfectant, all the more necessary because Iraq's sewage treatment plants were bombed in Desert Storm, is embargoed, lest it be diverted into chlorine gas. Even the plastic bags needed for blood transfusions are restricted."

        Before he left the country in protest, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Denis Halliday estimated the death rate of Iraqi children at 60,000 per year, with a total of 500,000 since the start of the embargo. Buchanan noted that "if his figures are correct, more Iraqi children have been lost in nine years to U.S. sanctions than all the American soldiers killed in combat in all the wars of the 20th century."

        The Vatican Ambassador to the Holy See today released a report revealing the current death toll: "Since the imposition of sanctions in August 1990, 1,215,787 people, mostly children and old people, had died of sanctions-related causes."

        In 1989 adults older than 50 who died of hypertension numbered 91, but in December of 1999 this figure jumped to 594. Deaths from diabetes increased from 82 to 831, and from cancer, from 347 to 1,913.

        Patriarch Bidawid said the "data of the Ministry of Health was substantially confirmed by the investigation of United Nations' commissioners who visit our hospitals. These deaths are the clearest proof that should move the world to do something against the embargo."

        Patriarch Bidawid also commented on the Holy Father's much desired pilgrimage to Ur of the Chaldeans, Abraham's birthplace. "I continue to hope. The visit has been postponed until further notice, but I think that the prayers of the whole world and the Holy Father's desire cannot remain frustrated." ZE00012702

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        RIO DE JANEIRO, JAN 27 (ZENIT).- Restoration work began yesterday on the 1931 statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks Rio de Janeiro. The statue has been deteriorating over the years because of climatic effects. The statue is a towering 125 feet tall.

        The project is the initiative of the Municipality and the Archdiocese of Rio. It is known as "Christ the Redeemer of the Open Arms." The project is being funded by the Brazilian Environmental Institute, the newspaper "O Globo," and Banco Real.

        This is not the first time the statue has undergone restoration. But this time, the most advanced techniques will be used. A titanium mesh will be placed in its interior to conduct electric current, preventing salt from damaging Christ's robe.

        In 4 months time, tourists in Rio will be able to admire the statue with recovered splendor and new electrical lighting. ZE00012709

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    Further proof of Guadalupe Apparition presented to Rome to corroborate Blessed Juan Diego's cause

      To offset negatives being spread by the former disgruntled abbot of Guadalupe, those working for Blessed Juan Diego's canonization have uncovered a rare work of art that gives proof to the Guadalupe tradition from the time of Diego. continued inside.


        MEXICO CITY, 27 (NE) A high relief witnessing the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico, which dates back to the XVI century, has been sent to Rome as further evidence for the cause of canonization of Blessed Juan Diego. The high relief was sculpted by a group of stone sculptors of Xochimilco, four months after the Virgin's apparition to Blessed Juan Diego on December 12, 1531. The work of art was donated as a gift for the Chapel of the Assumption, so it could be appreciated and would help evangelization, for this place was a necessary stop in the way to Acapulco. In the XIX century, the colonial temple of Assumption, built between 1529 and 1552, became the Cathedral of Cuernavaca.

        The artwork shows God the Father crowning Blessed Mary, as a native girl. The "Guadalupana" -the Virgin's image as it appeared to Blessed Juan Diego- stands upon a half moon supported by four couples of angels. Two more angels are at each side, playing the trumpets, as a manifestation of joy. Specialists explain that the work is of European inspiration, but of Indian craftsmanship. Therefore it has the artistic traits of that age, and also a traditional Franciscan's seal: the rose.

        Members of the Commission for the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Juan Diego have emphasized the value of this work. "The relief depicts the Virgin of Guadalupe. Each of the elements verifies that there is a tradition of Guadalupe, even by the type of rock with which it was elaborated. The style is well defined, eloquent and beautiful," they stated. After the historicity of the work was proved, the image was taken to Rome for further studies and as further evidence for the apparitions of the Virgin to Blessed Juan Diego.

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    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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