Feast of Saint John Bosco, "Apostle of the Youth" DAILY LITURGY

Hypocrisy has many faces, especially in Washington D.C.

Steering through the storms. CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Pope resumes ad limina visits after 14 month hiatus. News from ROME

Cardinal Schotte sees missionary spirit thriving in Taiwan Universal News

Catholics turning back to Vatican II documents to stop architectural and liturgical abuses in their local parishes USA News

Sticky abortion issue resolved between Germany and Rome Pro Life News

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WEDNESDAY     January 31, 2001     volume 12, no. 31
Feast of Saint John Bosco, Priest, Visionary and Religious Founder
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Ted Kennedy John Ashcroft The Democrats' demonizing of good and decency in the name of righteous pomposity exposes their hypocrisy

    Today, Dr. Frank Joseph asks how can any decent citizen buy the hypocrisy that is being visited upon America by the lunatic left led by Senator Ted Kennedy, who pounds his fists in a purposely-planned-for-the-cameras show of pompous righteousness that reeks of all the Scribes and Pharisees were charged with by Our Lord. Yet the liberal media holds him up as their poster child in their cooperating effort to finger the blame for the politics of personal destruction on those who are seeking to heal and bring our nation together, not divide. It is in that latter unity that the fate of the innocent unborn lies. For Dr. Frank's column today The Gall and Hypocrisy of those who oppose Right and Good see PRO LIFE PRESCRIPTIONS

Vision of St. John Bosco Have Faith in Faith-based agencies. They'll steer in the right direction if they are guided by the Beacon of God's Love

   In our commentary today, we address President George W. Bush's latest initiative, implementing Faith-based initiatives to carry out the Corporal Works of Mercy. We tie it in to the mystical vision given to today's saint, Saint John Bosco and see a virtual reenactment of all he saw being carried out today as the Vicar of Christ's counsel is being heard by this new compassionate conservative administration who truly are interested in carrying out Christ's commands above temporal and immediate gains. For our editorial The spiritual siren of the Two Pillars! see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

The Holy Father resumes his ad limina visits with bishops in Rome

    The great challenge for Christians in a godless society is the defense of human life from conception until natural death, John Paul II warned today. "The abortion statistics published over the last decades in your country are alarming." And, surprise, he's not talking about the United States but about Hungary as the Holy Father addressed the Hungarian bishops during their "ad limina" visit to Rome, the first such visits since November of 1999. "Do everything possible to encourage pregnant women to continue their pregnancy to full term," he strongly urged. The Pope conveyed his thoughts in his message to the Magyar Church, which embraces 6.5 million baptized Catholics among Hungary's 11 million people. Now that the nation's Communist persecution is over, the Holy Father observed, Hungary is living in a materialist society in which the life and dignity of man are in grave danger. For more, see News from the Holy See

Faithful rising up in rebellion over runaway aberrations in church architecture, checking Vatican II documents

    Finally the faithful are fed up with all the double-speak people like Sister Arlene Bennett, director of the secretariat for worship and liturgical formation for the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, are trying to pawn off on parishioners. Catholics are starting to fume over these aberrations that are denuding our churches of style and substance and going back to the Vatican II documents in discovering what really was intended by the Council Fathers. Eureka! It contains nothing of the propaganda Sr. Arlene is spreading. Another good thing about this increased scrutiny by the faithful is that the U.S. Bishops' new document "Built of Living Stones" had better be carried out in full harmony with what Rome has decreed For more, see USA News

Germany Last German Diocese to comply with Rome reaches agreement on counseling certificates for women seeking abortion

    The last Roman Catholic Diocese of Germany has reached an agreement with the Vatican that will allow its pro-life program to continue offering certificates of counseling to women who may then seek an abortion. Bishop Franz Kamphausof Limburg said the compromise would allow him to continue offering the certificates until the end of the year. They serve as proof of counseling and must be obtained by women in Germany to legally have an abortion. Limburg is the lone remaining diocese to resist. The German Bishops Conference, which decided in 1999 to comply with the Pope's request to stop issuing the certificates, said it welcomed Kamphaus' agreement with the Vatican. Germany's other dioceses have already ceased to issue the certificates, although many continue to offer counseling. For more, see Pro Life News

Cardinal Jan Schotte Taiwan Cardinal sees hope for mainland China from new missionary spirit in Taiwan

    The Catholic Church in Taiwan is committing herself to be a bridge for the evangelization of mainland China, highlighted this week Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte, Secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. In declarations to Fides during his trip to Taiwan, Cardinal Schotte said that Church in the island "welcomed the mandate issued by the Pope in 1984. It is giving serious attention to his call to be a bridge between the universal Church and the Church in mainland China, today a martyr Church." For more, see Universal News

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    Feast of Saint John Bosco

        Today is the Feast of Saint John Bosco, Priest, Confessor, Visionary and Religious Founder, who is considered the "Apostle of the Youth." Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time before celebrating the Presentation of Our Lord on the First Friday of February. For more on today's and tomorrow's Liturgy, see Daily LITURGY

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    WEDNESDAY January 31:
    Feast of Saint John Bosco, Priest, Confessor and Religious Founder
      First Reading: Hebrews 12: 4-7, 11-15
      Psalm: Psalm 103: 1-2, 13-14, 17-18
      Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 1-6

    "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, and among his own kindred, and in his own house."    Mark 4: 18-20

    Pope Saint Sylvester I The Pope to whom we owe the Nicene Creed

        On this date 1,687 years ago in 314 Pope Saint Sylvester I was elected the 33rd successor of Peter. It was this saintly Pontiff who convened the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea where the Nicene Creed was formulated. It was also Sylvester who established Sunday as the day of Sabbath, ergo a holyday in honor of the day Our Lord rose from the tomb on Easter Sunday. Since 1054 there has been a dispute on the day of Easter and recently Pope John Paul II has called for all Christian faiths to celebrate Easter on the same day. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History

    Our exterior behavior is revealed by what is within

       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".

      "Only in a limited sense is it true that circumstances make us who we are; they do so only to the extent that we permit them to form us. It is not so much the outward that influences the inward, as the inward that influences the outward. If the reservoir is to be kept clean, all the streams that pour into it must be pure."

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

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

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