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March for Life 2001
Bush Backs Pro Life Marchers
"We share a great goal: to work toward a day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law. We know this will not come easily, or all at once. But the goal leads us onward: to build a culture of life, affirming that every person, at every stage and season of life, is created in God's image." President George W. Bush yesterday during the massive March for Life
What a day it was for the Sanctity of Life! Hundreds of thousands mustered for life in a solidarity wave flowing through the Washington Mall during the March for Life yesterday on the 28th Anniversary of the horrendous Roe vs. Wade decision that triggered the worst slaughter of human life in the annals of history. To date over 40 million innocents have been murdered through the atrocious act of abortion. The Holocaust of the Womb has to end and Pro Lifers everywhere have greater hope that there is a light at the end of this long, dark, sinful tunnel. They were spurred on by the encouraging words of Pro Life President George W. Bush who, because of his schedule, chose staunch Pro Life Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) to convey his strong sentiments to the crowd huddled around the speakers podium. Thundering cheers went up often as Smith read the President's message. Secular media sources have been reporting that pro abort groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and NOW are alarmed. They should be because prayer and patience will win out. Finally, after eight long years of Babylon exile, we are free again and, in God's time, so will the innocent unborns! For the President's message, see Pro Life News
President Bush hears Pope's plea, announces he will cut all abortion funding overseas!
True to his pledge, President George W. Bush is off and running in the crusade to restore the culture of life. Eight years from the day that former president Bill Clinton reversed a decision that had been upheld since 1984 by President Ronald Reagan and President George H. Bush, his son President George W. Bush returned sanity and hope by reinstituting the ban on funding for overseas abortion. Not only that, but the new president even made a point to welcome the hundreds of thousands of Pro Life advocates who had gathered on the 28th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in prayer and petition to return America to God by eventually making abortion what it truly is under law - murder. Pope John Paul II urged the new American leader to draw upon the "rich political and religious heritage" of the United States in order to "build a society marked true justice and freedom" in a special communique on the day of Bush's inauguration. For more, see Pro Life News
Pope pulls some surprises in announcing Consistory, strengthens orthodox heritage as Conclave takes on a Third World flavor
While many try to predict what Pope John Paul II will do and when, most can't keep up with this phenomenal 264th successor of Peter. That was evident Sunday when he announced, during his regular Sunday Angelus, his selection for the next Consistory to be held one month from the date of the announcement. While many projected he would do it the Sunday before last or this coming Thursday on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, he fooled the majority again. Not only that, but he selected more than were expected and there are some who believe he could increase the College of Cardinals to an unprecedented 150 voting members. The Sacred Conclave will shift in balance from Europe to the Third World with Latin America leading the way as His Holiness molds the future of the Church in the new millennium with conservative Cardinals in sync with his orthodox ideology that seeks to help the poor.
For more, see News from the Holy See
Rosary Revolution 2001
Filipino Catholics' Prayers answered as Estrada is dumped in favor of Gloria Arroyo as new President
Averting certain disaster, millions of Filipino Catholics, led by Cardinal Jamie Sin gave thanks for the peaceful coup that ousted former president Estrada in favor of the new President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Cardinal Sin likened it to the "Rosary Revolution" of 1986 in which prayer overcame a strong military takeover of President Corazon Aquino's administration. The Philippines once again have a just woman in charge and the Church is solidly behind her as evidence from the gathering of all 39 Filipino bishops at the National Cathedral in Manila where Cardinal Sin celebrated Holy Mass before an overflowing crowd of grateful faithful.
For more, see Universal News
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The Jubilee is over, but we can't stop opening wide the doors of our hearts to Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament
In her inspirational column today, Cyndi Cain follows up her words last week on spending more time with Our Lord present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. She reminds us that, though the Jubilee is over, the graces from this phenomenal past year are not. If we do not use them, they waste away and we will be responsible to God for not using our talents, for refusing His graces and gifts. We all need to refuel and those "filling stations" are in our parish church - in the tabernacle where the more we visit Him in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, the more we will be reenergized to be Christ's hands and feet, his eyes and ears as He asks. For her column Refueling Regularly in the Refuge of the Blessed Sacrament , see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Today we observe Ordinary Time while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop, Religious Founder and Doctor of the Church. For the Liturgy today and tomorrow, see Daily LITURGY
First Reading: Hebrews 10: 1-10|
Psalms: Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-8, 10-11
Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 31-35
Mark 3: 34-35
"Behold My mother and My brethren. For whoever does the will of God, He is My brother and sister and mother."
Prayer for Restoration and Unity of Holy Mother Church
O Immaculate Mother of God and Our Mother, Mediatrix of every grace and Corredemptrix of mankind: as Thou didst gaze upon Thy Most Beloved Son, filled with suffering and ignominy upon His Holy Cross, on account of His most tender and loving compassion for us poor sinners, deign in Thy great Maternal sollicitude for us Thy children, to obtain from Him every grace and mercy, so that fortified in the unity of the One True Faith and restored to the bonds of charity and authentic worship, His Virgin Bride, Our Mother the Church, may once again offer to the Eternal Father, through the ministry of His sacred Priests, the holy, immaculate, and pure offering of His Body and Blood, in propitiation for our sins and those of the whole world. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.
From The Franciscan Archives, available for public domain.
Holy Father's plea for US to drop embargo on Cubans falls on deaf ears
On this day in 1998, Pope John Paul II, already frustrated with Bill Clinton and his irresponsible regime, while on his historic Papal Visit to Cuba, lashed out at the United States for the three-decade-long embargo begun by President John F. Kennedy that had not hindered Fidel Castro, as intended, but rather was greatly hurting the innocent people of Cuba, just as the embargo in Iraq is so damaging to the people and not Saddam Hussein. When will we learn? For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
It hits home when it affects us
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".
"When pestilence is abroad, it is encouraging to know that there are recoveries and there are many who are not stricken. But if our doctors are accused of being diseased and our teachers are accused of ignorance; if our public officials are all crooks, then who shall hope?"
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 23, 2001 volume 12, no. 23