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  • Daily WORD
  • Monthly Medjugorje Message for February 25th
  • Be an angel! Irish eyes will be smilin' if you can help
    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant:
  • German bishops praise Pope's pardon
  • European Rabbis also favorable to Pope's apologies
  • Pontifical University providing exposition of Jewish traditions
  • Cardinal Etchegaray reminds governments and media: Pope will not be sucked into politics during "Jubilee Journey"
  • Cardinal Sanchez reaches 80th birthday, must say adios to Conclave
  • Cardinal Ratzinger concerned about demise of dignity of fatherhood through biotechology
  • Latest ShipLogs of visitors sailing on the DailyCATHOLIC


    For the Second Sunday of Lent:

        "Elias is to come first and will restore all things. But how then is it written of the Son of Man, that He should suffer many things and be despised? But I say to you that Elias has come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him."

    Mark 1: 15

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    Special Prayer for Friday in the First Week of Lent

    O Lord, be gracious to Thy people; and as Thou makest them devoted to Thee, in Thy mercy cherish them by Thy kind assistance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

    Special Prayer for Saturday in the First Week of Lent

    Look down graciously upon Thy people, we beseech Thee, O Lord: and mercifully turn away from them the scourges of Thy wrath. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

    Special Prayer for the Second Sunday of Lent

    O God, Who seest that we are wholly destitute of strength, keep us within and without: that we may be defended in body from all adversity: and cleansed in mind from evil thought. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

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    Life's inside-out puzzle!

       They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Archbishop 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".

    "A Father gave his little son a cut-up puzzle of the world and asked him to put it together. The boy finished the picture in an amazingly short time. When the astonished father asked him how he did it, the boy answered: 'There was a picture of a man on the other side; when I put the man together, the world came out all right.' Such is the key to the understanding of all the political and economic problems of our day. Nothing ever happens to the world which does not first happen inside man."

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    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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    WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant:

    Interview with Evangelical Leader Manfred Kock

        BERLIN, MAR 15 (ZENIT-AVVENIRE).- "Words worthy of the greatest respect and gratitude," was the reaction of the German Evangelical Church (EKD) to John Paul II's "mea culpa" last Sunday. The EKD represents 28 million German Protestants and, at the international level, is one of the most important manifestations of the Reformation. Rev. Manfred Kock, its leader, had a substantially positive reaction to the act.

    ZENIT-AVVENIRE: Reverend Kock, this is the first time a Pope had pronounced such a broad admission of guilt. What is your first impression?

    Manfred Kock: The Roman Catholic Church and John Paul II deserve gratitude and respect for the way in which they have addressed the faults of the past. The gesture is important because, up until now, many of us had the impression that the Catholic Church had problems recognizing its past errors.

    Z-A: John Paul II explicitly mentions the "sins against the unity of the body of Christ." Do you think the Pope's words make the unity among Christians easier?

    Manfred Kock: Certainly, without a doubt it can be said that unity can be favored by his words. But in order to make rapid progress, from our point of view it will also be necessary that the Pope' words have concrete effects on the affirmations pronounced by the Catholic Church over the centuries in relation to us, and that, in our view, do not help on the road to unity.

    Z-A: In recent statements you stated that the German Evangelical Church might recognize the Pope in the future as "a unitary figure symbolic of Christianity." Do you see this recognition as being closer?

    Manfred Kock: In order to take this step, time must go by. The differences that affect the respective ecclesial conceptions and the differences over the Pope's infallibility, differences that I already mentioned at the time, have not been overcome yet.

    Z-A: The impression is given, however, that the "mea culpa" pronounced by the Pope not only affects Catholics, but the whole of Christianity. In this connection, John Paul II would already have carried out on this occasion the function of "symbolic unitary figure." What is your opinion?

    Manfred Kock: I think that above all the Pope spoke for Catholics In any event, it is true that, until the advent of the Reformation, we had a common history. Because of this, at least up until that time, the Protestant Churches are also involved in the admission of fault made by John Paul II. However, I do not believe that one can see in this a first action of the Pontiff as symbolic unitary figure.

    Z-A: Do you think the Protestant Church will pronounce a similar admission of faults?

    Manfred Kock: In past decades, the German Protestant Church already acknowledged its own fault with reference to particular historical events: the errors of Protestant Christians in relation to racism; its relation with Jews; and past faults with Czechs and Poles. Once this is clarified, we must acknowledge that these admissions are not, in fact, the end of our examination of the past. ZE00031503

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      Jewish leaders in Vienna also give Pope high marks for Day of Pardon

         Meeting in Vienna, Austria, the highest leaders of European Judaism have given high marks to the Holy Father's appeal for forgiveness on March 12. The president of the Conference for European Rabbis stated, "It is not necessary to say everything in words," suggesting that in the Pope's appeal for forgiveness, he certainly implied the Holocaust on behalf of the entire Catholic Church,as well as all peoples persecuted during the reign of the terrible Third Reich. continued inside.


        VIENNA, MAR 15 ( The highest leaders of European Judaism meeting in Vienna, expressed their appreciation for John Paul II's petition last Sunday, in which he acknowledged the sins committed by the children of the Church. "It is very important to ask for forgiveness," Frenchman Joseph Sitruk, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said. "It is not necessary to say everything in words," he commented, in reference to the Pope's not explicitly mentioning the Holocaust, which has been criticized by some Jewish groups.

        Rabbi Jonathan Sachs of the United Kingdom said that the Pope's gesture was a "courageous" step, and explained that it is a "beginning." "We acknowledge the Pope's serious intention," Sachs said, explaining that in life there are only two ways: either one of lies, or one of truth and forgiveness. ZE00031511

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    Explaining Jewish Traditions and Beliefs

        ROME, MAR 15 ( On the eve of John Paul II's trip to the Holy Land, the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome inaugurated an exposition that offers some of the most important symbols of the Jewish religion. Entitled "From the Temple of Jerusalem to the Synagogue: The Feasts of Pilgrimage and the Western Wall," the initiative was organized by the St. Andrew of the Quirinale Association of Roman citizens, established for the Jubilee, along with the Gregorian University, the Jewish Community of Rome, and the Israeli Embassies to the Vatican and Italy.

        This is the first stage of a series of expositions and other cultural initiatives dedicated to Christianity and Islam, in addition to Judaism. The purpose is to foster mutual understanding among believers in the one God.

        More than an exposition, this is a communications event that facilitates exposure to a different reality. According to Fr. Giovanni Notari, president of the St. Andrew Association, this "meeting" is important, "as Jews and Christians contemplate together a long passage of the history of salvation." Because of this, it is expected that the exposition "will help us to intensify an increasingly significant relation."

        Fr. Notari recalled what John Paul II said during an audience in April of last year: "the dialogue between Christians and Jews must look to the future. The memory of sad and tragic events from the past can open the road to a new sense of fraternity and commitment, so that the infected seeds of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism will never take root in the heart of man."

        "This is the purpose of the endeavor we are carrying out: to establish a real dialogue. Dialogue is an exchange between two, it is 'dia-logos,' the space of novelty that opens up when each one forgets himself to become a gift and meeting; a dialogue made in truth, justice and love, terms that have served as methodology in the conception of this exposition." Fr. Notari clarified, "We are not the ones who speak about our interlocutor; it is the Hebrew community that speaks about itself."

        Judaism is defined as a religion of the temple; the community's life is organized around dates, celebrations and fasts, which help the believer to live fundamental principles on which existence is based. As a result, the exposition speaks about Hebrews through the representation of three important feasts: "Sukkoth," the feast of bells; "Pesach," Passover; "Shavuoth," feast of first fruits. All are linked by the common element of pilgrimage to the Temple.

        A second room of the exposition is dedicated to 25 pictures of the Western Wall of Jerusalem, known as the Wailing Wall, by photographer Michal Ronnen Safdie.

        Antonella Catani, who designed the exposition, has captured the most important moments in the life of the believing Jew with objects loaned by the Hebrew Museum in Rome. With these, the visitor can submerge himself in Jewish atmosphere and contemplate, for example, the "parokhat," ancient silver objects, or the "talled," worn by the Rabbi. It should be noted that the Jewish community in Rome is the oldest of the Diaspora; consequently, it has objects that are of incalculable historical value. ZE00031504

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      Cardinal for the Jubilee warns governments not to expect Pope to get politically involved in the peace process in the mideast.

         With the Holy Father's pilgrimage set to begin Monday, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, Prefect of the Committee for the Jubilee, has reiterated the Latin Patriarch's words yesterday that the Pope's pilgrimage should be seen in a spiritual light in the light of Salvation history. Any government or group who expect the Holy Father to get embroiled in politics, political correct demands such as radical Jews' insistence that he apologize for the Holocaust specifically, or trying to lure him into on-going peace negotiations by pitting him against one side or the other, are sadly mistaken.continued inside.


        VATICAN ( -- Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, the head of the Vatican committee coordinating the Jubilee celebration, has warned against a tendency to see the visit by Pope John Paul II to the Holy Land exclusively in political terms-- and, in particular, in terms of Christian-Jewish relations.

        Cardinal Etchegaray stressed that the Pope's plan was to make a spiritual pilgrimage. He pointed out that the trip had been scheduled to coincide with the feast of the Annunciation-- March 25-- because the Holy Father had been particularly anxious to celebrate that feast in Nazareth.

        While conceding that the Pope's meeting with Jewish leaders and his visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem would be "particularly impressive," he emphasized that the highlights of the trip would be the visits to the sites connected with the history of salvation. As for the political affairs of the region, the cardinal warned that "those who expect John Paul II to become involved in the details of the peace process are deceiving themselves."

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        VATICAN ( -- Cardinal Jose Sanchez, the native of the Philippines and former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, will celebrate his 80th birthday on March 17, and therefore become ineligible to vote in a papal election.

        As Cardinal Sanchez passes the maximum age for cardinal electors, there will be 103 cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave. Of there 46 are from Europe, 18 from Latin America, 12 from North America, 12 from Africa, 11 from Asia, and 4 from Australia and Oceania.

        For our profile on Cardinal Sanchez, see Cardinal Jose T. Sanchez in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION.

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      Cardinal Ratzinger warns against decreasing dignity of fatherhood by letting science rule over faith and reason

         As biotechnology continues to dismiss God as Creator of all, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, warned against this trend, saying that such technology presents the danger of the destruction of the image of God by reducing the role of fatherhood to a mere biological phenomenon. Again, the Holy See, guided by the Holy Spirit, warns all peoples to beware that science is becoming its own god. The cardinal made his remarks in preparation for the Feast of Saint Joseph on Monday, the greatest human example of paternal purity. continued inside.

    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Warns against Dangers of Biotechnology

        PALERMO, MAR 15 ( Yesterday, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger warned some 1,500 persons against what might well be the gravest danger facing humanity at present: the destruction of the image of God, by reducing fatherhood to a merely biological phenomenon. The Bavarian Cardinal addressed a congregation gathered in the Cathedral of Palermo, as well as students of the Theology Faculty of Sicily, during the inauguration of the Third Diocesan Week of Faith.

        Cardinal Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who was invited for the occasion by Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi of Palermo, said that God himself "willed to manifest and describe himself as Father." "Human fatherhood gives us an anticipation of what He is. But when this fatherhood does not exist, when it is experienced only as a biological phenomenon, without its human and spiritual dimension, all statements about God the Father are empty. The crisis of fatherhood we are living today is an element, perhaps the most important, threatening man in his humanity. The dissolution of fatherhood and motherhood is linked to the dissolution of our being sons and daughters."

        However, there are examples, like Maximilian Kolbe and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who demonstrate how it is possible to live fatherhood and motherhood in the most real and profound sense, even without the biological aspect. The risk the Cardinal is concerned about, is intimately linked with our technological era. "At present, man has power over the world and its laws. He is able to dismantle this world and reassemble it."

        Cardinal Ratzinger spent some time reflecting on the "name of God." "The Apocalypse speaks about God's antagonist, the beast. This animal does not have a name, but a number."

        In order to understand what this means, he recalled the dramatic experience of the concentration camps. "In their horror, they cancel faces and history, transforming man into a number, reducing him to a cog in an enormous machine. Man is no more than a function."

        This is a risk being repeated today. "In our days, we should not forget that they prefigured the destiny of a world that runs the risk of adopting the same structure of the concentration camps, if the universal law of the machine is accepted. The machines that have been constructed impose the same law. According to this logic, man must be interpreted by a computer and this is only possible if translated into numbers. The beast is a number and transforms into numbers. God, however, has a name and calls by name. He is a person and looks for the person."

        To have a name means to have the possibility of being called, it means communion. If through biotechnology man becomes a laboratory product, along with the biological he will lose the human and spiritual relation with his father and mother. Then the threat mentioned by Cardinal Ratzinger will become a dramatic reality. ZE00031501

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: Next week, during the major portion of his "Jubilee Journey," we will provide comprehensive coverage in this section of Pope John Paul II historic pilgrimage in Salvation History as the Vicar of Christ walks in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

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