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Pope and Armenian Patriarch celebrate 1700th Anniversary of Church in Armenia in St. Peter's News from ROME

Brooklyn's Bishop Daily decries Brooklyn's shameful exhibit
USA News

Hong Kong Catholics could be in jeopardy! Universal News

Dana singing the blues after Ireland betrays her and her Faith!
Pro Life News

The Pope who bridged the Schism and the Renaissance. TIME CAPSULES

For man a discovery, for God a revelation! SIMPLY SHEEN

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Too often we're willing to accept mediocrity and inferior goals because we don't feel worthy. When will we realize, because of Christ's sacrifice, we are worthy of Heaven?

   In her inspirational column today, Cyndi Cain continues her three part series on the differences between Presumption and Trust in the Lord as well as seeking to live the teachings of the Little Flower Saint Therese of Lisieux. Too many assume they're not good enough to get into Heaven right away and so accept the "second class' status, resigning themselves that no matter what they do, they'll spend a good deal of time in Purgatory. Cyndi reminds us that we can easily live our Purgatory here on earth by taking up our crosses daily as Jesus asks and, by living His Holy Will and striving towards sanctity, we can set the bar higher, much higher and attain our goal. We can bypass Purgatory and go directly to Heaven. All we need to do is realize it and live it. If we understand this, then the hell we may have been living can give us tremendous hope, a hope that can be equated to "Heaven on earth" - for we have the realization that we can attain Heaven. For her column Aim your soul for the Highest! see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX1700 anniversary of Church in Armenia

Holy Father recognizes 1700th anniversary of Armenian Church with special 3-hour liturgical ceremony in St. Peter's

Armenia   On Sunday Pope John Paul II presided at an Armenian Liturgy with the Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX serving as the chief celebrant in St. Peter's Basilica in celebrating the 1700th anniversary of the Armenian Church, brought to Armenia by Saint Gregory the Illuninator. The Holy Father released a special Papal Letter the day before extolling the faith of Armenians, one built on the "blood of the martyrs." The liturgical ceremony - a sign of Armenian communion with Rome - took three hours with rites incorporating Latin, Byzantine and Syrian practices. The Pope expressed a strong interest to visit Armenia "if it pleases God." For more, see News from ROME

Brooklyn's Bishop Thomas DailyR. Cox and her defiant obscenity - AP photo

"Why another vulgar display of anti-Christian sentiment?"

Bishop of Brooklyn laments the sordid museum exhibit; had hoped museum would have learned lesson

   As recently as Friday evening, supposed-Catholic Charles Rangel, D-Rep of New York defended the obscene, immoral and sacriligeous photo exhibit at the Museum of Brooklyn and, when asked why he is not outraged, he said, "No one from the Church has said anything." Wrong! For the day before the Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Bishop Thomas V. Daily expressed his great chagrin and disappointment in the museum's curators and asked if the "publicity is more important than respect for religious belief?'' Evidently, it Catholic-bashing and blasphemy is the fastest and cheapest way to get attention at the expense of Catholics and decent citizens everywhere. For more, see USA News

Dana Rosemary Scallon Shame, shame on Ireland!

European staunch Catholic Parliamentary member Dana Scallon mortified at Ireland's doubling the commitment to abortion funding

    The country evangelized by Saint Patrick, the land of saints, the emerald isle that fostered so many vocations has sunk to an all-time low by not only embracing abortion, but willing to double the funding for it in light of President George W. Bush's reinstating the overseas abortion funding ban. To make up the costs the UN has solicited other nations and Ireland shamelessly has anteed-up double what they were paying in the past. The staunch Catholic singer from Ireland Dana Scallon has promised to challenge it because any funding for murder in the womb flies against the Irish Constitution. For more, see Pro Life News

Rough Seas ahead for Church in Hong Kong?

Treatment of Falun Gong and impression Hong Kong governor instills gives rise to Bishop's fears

   An omen of what might be in store for the faithful in China could be the treatment the Falun Gong sect is receiving from the Chinese government. Hong Kong Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Zen fears persecutions will increase in light of the rhetoric and flow of feelings stemming from highly explosive comments by the governor of the former British Colony of Hong Kong who called the Falun Gong an "evil cult." The underground Catholic Church has escaped such treatment as the Falun Gong because their protest has only been low key and the international prestige of the Catholic Church cannot be ignored. But what has been done to the former could easily be extended to suppress the latter," warns the Catholic leader. For more, see Universal News

For more Daily News, we recommend sources we rely on. For these news agencies, see News Sources

Weekday in Ordinary Time

   Today and tomorrow we observe the liturgy of Ordinary Time. Tomorrow we also celebrate the Feast of Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. For more on these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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TUESDAY February 20:
Weekday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Sirach 2: 1-11
Psalms: Psalm 37: 3-3, 18-19, 27-28, 29-40
Gospel Reading: Mark 9: 30-37

"The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and having been killed, He will rise again on the third day."     Mark 9: 30

Pope Martin V Death of the Pope who bridged the Great Schism of the West and the Renaissance

   On this date 570 years ago in 1431, Pope Martin V passed away after a fourteen year reign as the 206th successor to hold the keys. He was the first acknowledged Pontiff after the great Schism of the West. Elected on November 21, 1417, his papacy was noted for the beginning of the period known as the Renaissance. He was also the first Pope to open a "Holy Door" at the Lateran Basilica. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

With God nothing is hidden, with man there is a constant discovery of the beauty He has wrought.

   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".

    "Every new invention, every newly discovered law, whether in biology, or astronomy, or physics, is in the truest sense of the word a 'discovery.' Columbus could not have discovered America if America were not 'there.' A scientist actually unwraps a secret, a rhythm, a melody, a law that God already placed in the universe. As Michelangelo 'unwrapped' marble, so the scientist unwraps what has been hidden in the cosmos since the beginning."

The Gospa's message for January Monthly Medjugorje Message for January 2001

For Our Lady's January 25th message for 2001 and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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