Updated January 21, 2001 12:00 pm PST
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Holy Father Announces his 8th Consistory
Three Americans named in list of 37 that includes 12 curial members to bring College of Cardinals to all time high of 128!
During his regular Sunday Angelus in Rome His Holiness John Paul II announced the long-anticipated Consistory for February 21 this year, the Feast of the Chair of Peter. It will be his 8th, during which he has chosen 194 total cardinals, 154 of which are still living. His selection of 37, with 22 under the age of 80, will bring the Sacred Conclave to 128 eligible to vote, an all-time record that the Pope has the discretion to increase. Among those selected and expected were Archbishop Edward M. Egan of New York and Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Washington D.C., both appointed to their respective sees recently. The other American was a surprise when the Pope selected the noted Jesuit theologian from New York Father Avery Dulles. It was quite a jump from priest to red-hat. The list reflects a global representation and coincides greatly with Robert Moynihan's projections in these pages last week. Moynihan is the editor of the excellent and reliable publication "Inside the Vatican."
For the full list, see News from the Holy See
"If one looks at the regions of our planet, one realizes immediately that humanity has disappointed the Divine expectation"
That was the heart of Pope John Paul II's General Papal Audience this past Wednesday in Paul VI Hall as reported by the ZENIT News Agency. The Holy Father called for an "ecological conversion" as the indispensable condition to avoid a potential catastrophe for mankind. The harmony of man’s relations with nature "is continually upset by human sin," the Pope said during the traditional Wednesday General audience, with thousands of pilgrims present. The Holy Father energetically advocated for a "human ecology." For his message, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
RESPECT LIFE 2001
No baby, born or unborn, can live on their own. They need us and they need God. So do we!
Today, as we honor RESPECT LIFE WEEK 2001 we continue this series of special columns by Dr. Frank Joseph on the significance of why we must hold Life from conception to the grave in such high esteem and value. Each day he will provide a special insight on Respect Life 2001 leading up to tomorrow's March for Life in Washington D.C. on the 28th anniversary of the horrendous Roe vs. Wade decision that signaled the execution in the womb of millions upon millions of innocent unborns in the worst holocaust in the history of mankind. For Dr. Frank's column today We are dependant to live, not independant! , see PRO LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS
Holy Father to resume traditional Ad Limina visits with Bishops after year off for Jubilee
Not since November 1999 have there been Ad Limina visits by bishops with Pope John Paul II. After a year's hiatus to observe the Jubilee Year 2000, those visits will resume beginning January 24th with the bishop of Hungary. Every bishop is expected to make an ad limina visit every five years. Today bishops generally come to Rome in groups, organized by national or regional
conferences. In 2001, Pope John Paul is scheduled to receive 23 visits, from
bishops representing 40 episcopal conferences.
For more, see News from the Holy See
President Bush recalls the counsel of Mother Teresa in his Inaugural Address yesterday
The influence of the "saint of the gutters" Mother Teresa of Calcutta has finally reached the White House as President George Walker Bush cited her wise counsel in his inaugural address yesterday after he had been sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States. On a cold, rainy day from an elevated platform above hundreds of thousands reaching to the Potomac and with three former presidents present, Bush emphasized that, "Sometimes in life we are called to do great things. But as a saint of our times has said, every day we are called to do small things with great love." As we know, Mother Teresa learned that from another holy nun, Saint Therese of Lisieux. In a faith-filled address, he cited the ten "C's" - Compassion, Commitment, Civility, Citizen, Courage, Charity, Conservativism, Course, Conviction and Character as the cornerstone of his presidency. He regularly referred to God in his 15 minute speech, "we are guided by a power larger than ourselves, Who creates us equal in His image." He also emphasized that, "Church and charity, synagogue and mosque, lend our communities their humanity, and they will have an honored place in our plans and laws," possibly an implication that he will strive to uphold the Sanctity of Life and obedience to the Commandments as he finished strongly with reference to the angel who "still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm." He has a willing intercessor in the Foundress of the Missionaries of Charity in Heaven pulling for him. For his inaugural address, see USA News
Castro up to his old tricks as Pro Life Cuban Leader pleas for help
On the third anniversary of Pope John Paul II's historic trip to Cuba where Fidel Castro pledged to give more leeway to the Church per the Holy Father's request and the faithful of Cuba, the truth is that the Cuban communist dictator continues to stifle the flame of truth. That is evident by the fact that a leading Pro Life Cuban doctor Doctor Oscar Elías Biscet has been greatly persecuted and tortured in an island prison because he denounced the massive abortion techniques being forced on the Cuban people by Castro. Cuban Pro Life advocates have sent an urgent message of appeal to Cardinal Bernard Law, Chairman of the NCCB Committee for Pro-Life Activities as well as to the organizers and
participants of the 28th March for Life tomorrow in Washington D.C. The Holocaust of the Womb is not the sin of only the United States, it also reaches its deadly tentacles into the Carribean.
For more, see Pro Life News
Though there is truth in her revelation, Belgian Theologian won't get too many "Ole's" from her statements
One of Spain and Mexico's grandest traditions came under attack this week by a theologian employed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in which Belgian Marie Hendrickx spoke out against the cruelty of animals through the entertainment of bullfighting, citing the teasing and senseless lack of feelings for God's creatures. It was interesting when this statement was released in such close proximity to the Holy Father's Wednesday General Audience on "ecological catastrophe" in his request to treat man, animal and planet with care.
For more, see Universal News
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THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
Today is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time and will continue until March 4th when we observe the First Sunday of Lent. This time, prior to the Second Vatican Council was called "Septuagesima" as part of the six seasons in the ecclesial year. It was named as such for the seven Sundays between Epiphany and Lent. Vatican II changed the terminology to Ordinary Time, which is observed at the beginning of the year and the time from Pentecost Sunday to Advent. For more on today's Liturgy for the Third Sunday plus tomorrow's Weekday liturgy and the Feast of Saint Vincent, Deacon, see Daily LITURGY
First Reading: Nehemiah 8: 2-5, 8-10
Psalms: Psalm 19: 8-10, 15
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-30
Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21
1 Corinthians 12: 12-14
"For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, many as they are, form one body, so also is it with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free; and we were all given to drink of one Sprit. For the body is not one member, but many."
One of God's true lambs
Today is the 1,697th commemoration of the death of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. This is her liturgical feast. She has always been one of the youngest and most beautiful of the martyred saints both inside and out. God preserved her beauty inside and out by allowing her to emerge unscathed from a burning inferno. The governor then ordered that she be beheaded in a public display but even this the executioner botched, stabbing her in the throat where she died professing her undying loyalty to her One, True God in 304. She was buried on the Via Nomentana where a cemetary stands in her name. Over the centuries Agnes, which means "chaste" in Greek, has become the standard for chastity, purity and virginal innocence and she is always depicted with a lamb - the Lamb of God - in Latin: Agnus Dei. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
Evil has no ownership
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".
"One does not only conclude to the existence of God because there are good things in the world; but one argues that because there is evil in the world, therefore there must be a God, for evil is a parasite on goodness. It has no capital of its own."
Monthly Medjugorje Message for December 2000
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.
For more Our Lady's Christmas message for December and more on Medjugorje, see MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
January 21, 2001 volume 12, no. 21