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TUESDAY      December 7, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 232

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Number 7:

Mother Angelica

Dynamic Franciscan nun who overcame all adversity and, with Heavenly help, became the guiding light for millions of Catholics through the orthodox, inspiring and powerful Eternal Word Catholic network

    Today as we continue to narrow down the TOP TEN CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY we bring you the 7th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, better known as Mother Angelica, the 76 year-old dynamic, no-nonsense nun of Italian descent who has turned the empire of the Eternal Word Network, which includes EWTN, WEWN and the all-encompassing web site, into a triumph for the Church. Since 1981 Mother's network has been the single greatest force in America for spreading and upholding all the Church and the Holy Father teach. For more on the 7th selection, click on MOTHER ANGELICA

7.    Mother Angelica

part one:   The Formation Years

For the second part of this profile, see part two: The Fulfillment Years

Appreciation of the Perfection of God

    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. How appropriate on the eve of the celebration of the only perfect human - the Blessed Virgin Mary, we feature today the ultimate Perfection: Almighty God - the Alpha and the Omega. For He is all-perfect in every way. Today's installment is appropriately entitled Perfections of God. For the sixty-sixth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


part one

God rested on the seventh day. So should we!

      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".

"Once a week, man, reposing from work, does well to come before his God to admit how much of what he did during the week was the work of his Creator; he can remind himself, then, that the material on which he labored came from Other hands, that the ideas he employed entered his mind from a Higher Source, that the very energy which he employed was a gift of God."

Retroactive articles on Church history available from 33 to 1515 A.D. for review

   To allow all readers to catch up on our popular on-going series, we present a review of the period from the time of Christ when He founded the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to the time of the Reformation and Pope Leo X, the 217th in the Petrus line early in the sixteenth century. These are installments 1 through 106. Until we are back to full strength we will continue the archives, giving readers the opportunity to catch up To read any of the 105 installments presently available in this long on-going series, click on the Archives of THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"If a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them stray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go in search of the one that has strayed? And if he happens to find it, amen I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety nine that did not go astray. Even so, it is not the will of your Father in Heaven that a single one of these little ones should perish."

Matthew 18: 12-14


    MEXICO CITY ( - Mexican church leaders have erupted in a public argument over one of the country's most revered religious icons, a native Indian who first saw an apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

    The newspaper Reforma revealed last Thursday that the former abbot of the Basilica of Guadalupe, Father Guillermo Schulenberg had sent a letter to the Vatican's Congregation for the Cause of Saints disputing whether Blessed Juan Diego ever existed and objecting to plans for canonization. Father Oscar Sanchez, in charge of Juan Diego's cause, told the Televisa television network on Friday that the letter only delayed the process of canonization momentarily.

    Father Sanchez said he believed the process would soon resume, arguing that Father Schulenberg and two other priests who signed the letter have "zero credibility .... They have no authority." Bishop Onesimo Cepeda, a spokesman for Mexico's bishops' conference, told Televisa that Juan Diego's eventual canonization "is a given."

    In a 1995 interview with the Jesuit magazine Ixtus, Father Schulenberg said Juan Diego "is a symbol, not a reality" and he called Juan Diego's 1990 beatification by Pope John Paul II "recognition of a cult. It is not recognition of the physical, real existence of a person." He soon retired as abbot of the Guadalupe shrine following the controversy caused by his remarks.

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December 7, 1999 volume 10, no. 232  DAILY CATHOLIC