February 26

Discovering what's on the Inside in Rome. CATHOLIC PewPOINT

We can't get through Lent without living the Beatitudes. VIEW FROM A PEW

February 25th Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje. MEDJUGORJE

Pope retraces footsteps of Moses at Mt. Sinai. Jubilee Memories

Pope has miles to go before he sleeps. News from ROME

Bush rethinking sanctions on Iraq. USA News

Planned Parenthood must pay big for botched abortion. Pro Life News

Russian rules freezing out Faith. Universal News

Mass held in first church in America. TIME CAPSULES

Our pain would be insufferable without Christ. SIMPLY SHEEN

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   In our commentary today, we share with you a treasure that many Catholics may not realize exists. We are talking about the wonderful monthly magazine called INSIDE THE VATICAN which offers a cornucopia of Catholicity straight from the source - the Holy See in Rome. In these times when confusion reigns and many fear there is a growing split between the Roman Catholic Church and the "American Catholic Church" many do not know where to turn for answers. We have the answer: INSIDE THE VATICAN magazine. It is a source we strongly rely on for reference and keeping up-to-date with all that's happening in the Church today. While we don't tout too many things in these pages in striving to keep it ad-free and pure, we can't emphasize enough the importance of INSIDE THE VATICAN in your life. It's your portal to gaining unrestricted access to many areas that most never see, to understanding clearly how the Magisterium operates, how the Curia works, how the Church is bearing great fruit and how deep our Catholic culture goes. We cannot recommend it highly enough. We challenge you to find a better magazine either Catholic or secular. We doubt you'll find it for INSIDE THE VATICAN is truly your window on the world, a must for all Catholics. For our editorial The cornerstone of Catholic publications today! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Lent is a time to take stock of the Beatitudes

   In his column today, Pat Ludwa prepares us for Lent by reminding us of the pertinence of the Beatitudes imparted by Jesus. He points out that "The Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, are not simply a type of poetry or unreachable ideals, but rather a blueprint, a map, for living a Christian lifestyle precisely. It isn't that they're easy to do, but necessary if we are to call ourselves Catholics, or Christian. To follow the Beatitudes is to accept struggles. It makes Lent that much more grace-filled if we truly comprehend this and respond accordingly. For Pat's column, The Beatitudes are the Blueprints of Success see VIEW FROM THE PEW

Pope at Mt. Sinai Final Day of Jubilee Papal Visit to Egypt

Egypt    On this day one year ago Pope John Paul II spent his third and final day in Egypt on the second leg of his historic "Jubilee Journey" retracing Salvation History. On this day he journeyed to the foot of Mount Sinai where he was greeted at the St. Catherine's Greek Orthodox monastery at the base of the peak and then, in a special ceremony above the monastery, retraced the footsteps of Moses near the place of the Burning Bush where God appeared to Moses and declared "I AM WHO AM" before giving him the Ten Commandments. For news events of this historic occasion, see PAPAL VISIT TO EGYPT. We also invite you to read our editorial regarding his journey to Egypt at The Pope may be slumped over, but he's in no slump!.

Archbishop EganArchbishop McCarrick American Cardinals dismiss conclave-talk, express their feelings that the Pope has many more years left in him

  In an informal poll of some of the new cardinals of the Church, every one of them to a man believes Pope John Paul II has still miles to go before he sleeps. Washington D.C.'s Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the newest of the Archbishops, is 71 and he doesn't believe he'll ever be called to Conclave. That's over nine years to go. Cardinal Edward M. Egan of New York believes the same thing. So while many of the media speculate on who the next Pope will be, we can feel secure that for now we have one who is very much alive and in control. For more, see News from ROME

Bush administration seriously studying sanctions

Plea from Holy Father being considered in relaxing sanctions against Iraqi people

   Secretary of State Colin Powell is finishing up his trip to the mideast and is on record as to relaxing restrictions that have greatly hampered the innocent citizens of Iraq and other countries. The Pope has pleaded with America to lift the sanctions but under the Clinton administration they were tightened even more as Clinton himself ignored the Pontiff's common sense. Now under the new administration, President George W. Bush is leaning toward heeding what the Holy Father has been asking. For more, see USA News

Planned Parenthood loses another case in court

"Why would you wash your hands if they weren't bloody?"

    That was the question the plaintiff asked and the jury as well in deciding against Planned Parenthood in a botched abortion case in which the mother, who had more than one abortions on the same child, was awarded over $672,000. in punitive damage. More and more we are seeing more abortionists being called to account for their actions and more courts are ruling against them, realizing the gruesome deed of the pro-aborts. For more, see Pro Life News

Many churches left out in the cold by Russia's big chill on religious liberty

    While the Cold War may be over, the big chill continues for many churches in the former Soviet Union. Between the governments and the Russian Orthodox hammer, many are being frozen out by unrealistic statutes that greatly punish them with rigid standards that can not feasibly meet. There is growing concern that both mosque, church and temple are being closed because of deadline regulations of re-registering with little or no notice or requirements that greatly hinder staying in existence. 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 are the final days of Ordinary Time until June 4th. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
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MONDAY February 26:
Weekday in Ordinary Time

    First Reading: Sirach 17: 19-27
    Psalms: Psalm 32: 1-2, 5-7
    Gospel Reading: Mark 10: 17-27

"Children, with what difficulty will they who trust in riches enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."     Mark 10: 24-25

Ultimate Gift of Love defines City of brotherly love 267 years ago

  On this date in 1734 the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was said by Father Greaton in the first Catholic church in America - St. Joseph's Church in the city of Philadelphia. This was 42 years before our founding fathers would gather in this same city to formulate the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is fitting that this city is known as the city of brotherly love for Jesus, offered up as a perfect sacrifice of atonement in an unbloody manner in the Mass is the apex of brotherly love for no greater love does one have than to give their life for another (cf. John 15: 13). For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

Jesus to the rescue

   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 way to conquer suffering is to conquer sin. To do so, the Son of God took on Himself a human nature. Identifying Himself with us. He took on also our guilt as a father takes on the debts of a wayward son. Being human, He could suffer as one of us, and in our name; being God, His sufferings would have infinite value, and blot out all the debts we owed. The Resurrection was the final manifestation that the love of God is stronger than the power of sin."

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

   "Dear children! This is a time of grace. That is why pray, pray, pray until you comprehend God’s love for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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

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