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Record number of cardinals elevated at Consistory.
News from ROME

Joe Dalton shares the dirty little secret of blood money. FAITH IN THE FAMILY

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Cutting a deadly swath across the earth! GIFT OF FAITH

Cardinal Bevilacqua: "Choose life, not the death penalty!" USA News

UN crying foul in ramrodding contraception! Pro Life News

Death of the original Viking of the Church!. TIME CAPSULES

The divine wonders of discovery! SIMPLY SHEEN

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THURSDAY     February 22, 2001     volume 12, no. 53
Feast of the Chair of Peter

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Archbishop Edward M. EganArchbishop Theodore McCarrickFather Avery Dulles

Three from United States elevated to cardinalate

Cardinals Dulles, Egan and McCarrick add to record number of red hats in Pope's Eighth Consistory

   Yesterday morning in St. Peter's Square His Holiness Pope John Paul II convened his Eighth Consistory that will conclude today with the presentation of rings. During a special Liturgy of the Word, the Holy Father presented the red hat to 44 new cardinals, including three from the United States - Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., Cardinal Edward M. Egan, and Washington D.C.'s Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. It was the largest Consistory in the long, illustrious history of Holy Mother Church. Cardinal Egan was also the fastest Archbishop in the history of New York prelates to be elevated to the Conclave. With the addition of 42 more, it will bring the total of Cardinals to 184 with 134 eligible to vote in the next Papal Conclave as active members of the College of Cardinals. For more, see News from ROME

blood money The Judases among us

The numbers are staggering - not only the 43.6 million babies that have been murdered in the womb, but also the conservative estimate of 22.4 billion dollars raised to perpetuate the culture of death

   In this issue Joe Dalton shares some startling figures and the crux of why abortion is such a lucrative industry today. It is not about ideology, but rather money, dirty money. The Apostle Saint Paul reiterated the root of evil to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6: 10, "For covetousness is the root of all evils, and some in their eagerness to get rich have strayed from the faith and have involved themselves in many troubles." So also Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NOW, 'catholics' for a free choice, and the Democratic Party, as a whole, have sold out to the devil. The family as we know it has been under seige for the past three decades and, if the pro-aborts had their way, they would eliminate it all together. In Noah's time it was the flood that destroyed the inhabitants of the earth; today it is the flood of the blood of nearly 50 million unborn that has spilled over the earth, smudging souls with the terrible sin of murder. The family unit is greatly threatened...all because of the almighty dollar! For his column The Love of Money, see FAITH IN THE FAMILY

Feast of the Chair of Peter

   Today is the glorious Feast of the Chair of Peter in which the Church recognizes the First Sovereign Pontiff and the legitimacy of the line of Peter through our present Holy Father Pope John Paul II, 264th successor to hold the keys. Tomorrow is the Feast of the martyred Bishop Saint Polycarp. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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THURSDAY February 22:
Feast of the Chair of Peter

    First Reading: 1 Peter 5: 1-4
    Psalms: Psalm 23: 1-6
    Gospel Reading: Matthew 16: 13-19

"And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven."     Matthew 16: 18-19

Feast of the Chair of Peter

The following Prayer for today's feast is taken from My Daily Prayer

      O God, Who, in delivering the keys of the kingdom of Heaven to Thy Blessed Apostle Peter, didst confer upon him the pontifical power of binding and loosing; grant that by the help of his intercession we may be loosed from the bonds of our sins. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

Cardinal BevilacquaPennsylvania
"Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord"

Led by Philly's Cardinal Bevilacqua, Pennsylvania Bishops unanimously state their objection to the Death Penalty

   Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the 16 other Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania have issued a document that restates their opposition to the use of the death penalty in Pennsylvania. The statement, "The death penalty: choose life", clarifies their reasons for their opposition to capital punishment. "The Catholic Church remains steadfast in its defense of life. While punishment for convicted criminals is just, vengeance is never a Christian or human rationale for inflicting the death penalty," said Cardinal Bevilacqua, commenting on the document. For more, see USA News

"Contraceptive Imperialism," as Pope calls forced birth control by UN on Third-World nations, is suffocating the culture, ethics, morals, and economic balance of many countries

    The United Nations Population Fund is begging help from Western governments, claiming it faces a "condom crisis" in Third World nations. But Pro-Life critics and Catholic activists call it a sham crisis manufactured by an agency that is dedicated to population control, the National Catholic Register reports. Pro-Life advocates claim that the surge in demand for condoms in developing countries is due to aggressive promotion by U.N. agencies, Western governments and pro-contraceptive nongovernmental organizations which is affecting the economic and spiritual balance of life in many countries. For more, see Pro Life News

Novel on Papal Visit and how it affected Cuba is heart of new work by anti-Castro author

    A controversial Spanish novelist, Juan Jose Armas Marcelo, author of several novels involving sex and violence, has announced he is finishing a book inspired by Pope John Paul's visit to Cuba. He was inspired to write the novel after a meeting with one of Cuba's bishops, who, for the prelate's protection, Marcelo did not reveal. For more, see Universal News

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The Commandments have been challenged to the limits by the blood-drenched curse of the hammer and sickle.

   Today in our 219th installment of our catechetical series on My Catholic Faith we present the second of a four-part series on an ideology that is very much an invader and violater of the Seventh and Tenth Commandments. In this issue we continue to focus on the roots of the Communist curse. Little did anyone know in May of 1917 that the Blessed Virgin Mary had been sent by God to warn the world and seek global prayer to defeat this horror, this fearful menace which cast its shadow over an entire century. Though we have seen the fall of the iron curtain, Communism is not dead. We must continue to pray that it will be completely eradicated and true Justice restored for all God's children. For the second part of Communism: The Fearful Menace!, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Sweden 961st Anniversary of the Death of the "Apostle of Sweden"

  On this date in 1040 A.D. we commemorate the death of Saint Sigfrid of Wexlow, missionary bishop who retrieved the severed heads of his three martyred nephews and used that as incentive to convert and baptize countless pagans in Sweden including King Saint Olaf. He traveled throughout Scandinavia bearing much fruit and is considered the "Apostle of Sweden." For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

The science of discovering God's wonders

   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 scientist of our modern civilization has a blessed advantage over most men, for to him is given a deeper vision of creation."

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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