July 26-27, 2000
Month of the
Precious Blood
volume 11, no. 126
July 26-27, 2000
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St. Joachim (not pictured) and St. Anne, parents of Mary

Wednesday has been declared "Grandparents Day" by the United States Bishops Conference to acknowledge and extoll the virtues of grandparents appropriately scheduled for the special day the "first grandparents" are celebrated - the Feast of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and natural grandparents to her Divine Son Jesus

For more, see INSPIRATION.

The U.S. Congress has shown how much they agree with Al Gore's stance that a woman can decide what to do with her body by a 417-0 vote to prohibit the execution of a woman who "carries a child in utero" in any of the states or the U.S. military. It shows a proper disregard for Gore's false beliefs. Hopefully he'll think twice about his culture of death stand.

For more, see NEWS.

Have we lost reverence for Who is in the Tabernacle?

In his column in this issue, Pat Ludwa returns with an alarming account of why there has been such a lack of respect for the Blessed Sacrament and the devotions Catholics once held so dear. Also in this section, Dr. Frank Joseph exposes yet more lies from presidential candidate Al Gore, recently magnified during a nationally televised network news program with host Tim Russert.

For more, see FEATURES.

St. Patrick was sent to Ireland by Pope Saint Celestine I

Thursday is the 1,568th anniversary of the death of Pope Saint Celestine I, the 43rd successor of Peter who not only condemned Nestorius, but sent the young bishop Saint Patrick to Ireland. It is also the 939th anniversary of the death of Pope Nicholas II, the 144th in the line of Peter in 1061. He was the first Pontiff to determine that only cardinals were eligible for Papal Conclave.

For more, see CURRENTS.

Pope emphasizes need for everyone to get away and rest a while every once in a while!
    Holy Father once again emphasizes necessity of vacations in resting a while as Our Lord recommends in the Gospels during the Pope's first Sunday Angelus Address from his summer palace

GIF images used with permission of EWTN    In his first Sunday Angelus from his summer palace at Castel Gandolfo, Pope John Paul II looked upbeat, refreshed and ruddy after spending twelve days in the Italian Alps. He re-emphasized his topic from the previous Sunday in Aosta by extolling the need for all to be able to take some time off, get away into "the desert" of peaceful relaxation to regroup. Basing his reasoning on the Gospels, the Holy Father said it was a necessity for the spiritual growth and sanity of all and expressed special prayers for those who could not get away this summer. For the full text of the Holy Father's Address, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS


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