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FRI-SAT-SUN      February 5-7, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 25

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The blood of the innocent marks those who consciously and willfully condone this holocaust of holocausts!

     In this weekend's editorial we decry the tragedies that have taken the lives of so many modern martyrs around the world from the jungles of Africa, South and Central America, and Southeast Asia to the wombs of millions of would-be mothers. Adding to this abomination is the most recent verdict against Pro-Life advocates in which the Free Speech amendment and common sense were thrown out the window in favor of fear tactics that have labeled those who want to uphold the Sanctity of Life a threat to the culture of death antagonists. Talk about topsy-turvy!!! For this weekend's commentary Miscarriage of Justice! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Miscarriage of Justice

Michael Cain, editor

Who can question God's choice of victim souls?

      In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues with the second part of her clarification manifesto to right the wrongs perpetrated by the media regarding victim soul Audrey Santo from Worcester, Massachusetts. Sister negates media reports that the Bishop is negative toward the phenomena occuring there, in fact reassuring all that the prelate responsible is very open to believing. We, too, should be open for not to be translates to us mistrusting in God. For Sister's column, The Truth about Little Audrey part two, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER



Know news is good news!

     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. Today we begin famous quotes from this late luminary who 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". On Fridays we bring you more than just a quote; we bring you a brief homily on a subject that is pertinent today. That subject today is the fact that headlines influence human behavior and most blare bad news. The Bishop calls for more good news, for good begets good and that's what the world needs. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.

The cream always rises to the top while tainted milk grows sour!

From an early age, Cardinal Canestri showed the fruits of fostering vocations to the priesthood

      We continue with this new series that debuted three weeks ago, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our fifteenth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the Archbishop emeritus of Genoa - Cardinal Giovanni Canestri who retired from active ministry in 1995 but still serves as a member of numerous Curial offices. For more on Cardinal Canestri, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

15.   Cardinal Giovanni Canestri


Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

The Papal States

    Sunday is the 121st anniversary of the death of Pope Pius IX, who, outside of Saint Peter, remains the Pope with the longest pontificate - 32 years. It was Pius who, in an unselfish effort to prevent the shedding of blood in Rome, agreed to surrender the papal states as the Holy See's temporal land holdings. The Papal States first originated in 754 when Pope Stephen II and the Holy See was given the temporal territories of the Duchy of Rome, the Exarchate of Ravenna and the Marches of Ancona by the king of the Franks, Pepin. The Papal States remained relatively intact until the time of the French Revolution. After centuries of governing these territories, the political landscape was changing drastically in the mid nineteenth century and Pius IX could see the handwriting on the wall when King Victor Emmanuel, in an effort to unite Italy, laid seige to Rome. Rather than more killings and ransacking, Pius surrendered the city and thereby gave up his right to govern Rome on September 20, 1870. After centuries of governing numerous territories under the Apostolic Signature of the Holy See, the many temporal land possessions were whittled to one - the 104-acre area called Vatican City which Emmanuel allowed the Church to retain. Emmanuel also agreed that the new Italian government would pay the Church three and one quarter million lire per annum; yet Pius refused this concession and, in protest, vowed to remain a voluntary "prisoner" in the Vatican. This agreement would not be recognized by the Popes until 1929 when a Treaty of Peace - called the Lateran Treaty - was signed by Pope Pius XI and the Italian Government officially granted the Vatican separate sovereignty. (source: The Story of the Church, Tan Books, Publisher; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon S.J., Doubleday).

    Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"And they who have done good shall come forth unto resurrection of life' but they who have done evil unto resurrection of judgement."

John 5: 29

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February 5-7, 1999 volume 10, no. 25   DAILY CATHOLIC