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FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY     vol. 10, no. 40      February 26-28, 1999

February 26-28, 1999
For the Liturgy this weekend,
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This Weekend in Church History

Liturgy for this Weekend

Liturgy for this Weekend

CWN Catholic News for today

Medjugorje Monthly Message

Countdown to the Millennium

1999 is dedicated to God the Father
308 - 307 - 306
and counting and hoping and praying...

Lenten Liturgy
    This weekend we observe the Lenten Liturgy Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.
Cardinal Giovanni Cheli - photo from Inside the VaticanIt's only fitting that the President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Care of Migrants and Itinerant People would be born on the feast of the caring Saint Francis of Assisi
    We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our twenty-fourth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Giovanni Cheli, the Italian President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. For more on Cardinal Cheli, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION


  • Installment One of the Holy Father's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's VIEW FROM THE PEW

  • Biography on Australia's Cardinal Edward Clancy in COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

  • Messages 413 and 414 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on March 1.

  • Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Part Two of Chapter Three of "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

  • Daily Dose of Ecclesial facts in CATHOLIC CANVAS

  • Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY

  • DAILY LITURGY for Lenten Weekdays.

  • ...and much more in first issue in March and our 41st issue for 1999!

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  • Medjugorje Monthly Message for FEBRUARY 25th
    The Gospa's message for February    Dear children! Also today I am with you in a special way contemplating and living the passion of Jesus in my heart. Little children, open your hearts and give me everything that is in them: joys, sorrows and each, even the smallest, pain, that I may offer them to Jesus; so that with His immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy of His resurrection. That is why, I now call you in a special way, little children, for your hearts to open to prayer, so that through prayer you may become friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen"The truth shall make you free."
       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 search for truth, the forgotton ideal that has been so besmirched and disgarded in today's society. The good bishop points out that the only freedom is in having boundaries to curb our self-will and keep us focused on the Prize. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.

    Bishop Sheen foresaw our present problems There is no speculation when it comes to Truth!
       In this weekend's editorial we extend on Bishop Fulton J. Sheen's words in SIMPLY SHEEN today in which the good bishop points out in the simplest of terms what truth is and how to attain it. His summation and ours makes it very evident that our modern leaders - from politicians like Bill Clinton to business tycoons Ted Turner haven't got a clue when it comes to recognizing and accepting the truth. Why is that? We answer it succinctly through its simplicity. For this weekend's commentary It's not politics, it's truth! It's that simple! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

    Mortal Sin leads in only one direction! Hint: it's hot down there! Mighty hot!

       In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto begins a series on Lent, zeroing in first and foremost on the most damaging cancer that can attack us; one that is not only fatal but immortally fatal: Mortal Sin. She laments how so few of our younger Catholics have been truly educated as to how serious Mortal Sin is and harkons back to what God has said, reminding all they are not something the Almighty suggests, but commands. For Sister's column, Remember Mortal Sin?, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    Passion of Our Lord      It is Consummated!
    Remembering His Promise...
    Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries
          It was a promise Jesus made repeatedly in Sacred Scripture - the hope for all eternity. Yet Judas Iscariot had other plans for his agenda was foreign to Christ's, foreign to the Will of God. In today's Meditative Lesson 3, we get an initial look into the heart and soul of Jesus as viewed interiorly by the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in the first part of WITH THE APOSTLES ON THE EVE OF PASSOVER as we continue these inspiring lessons on the Passion throughout Lent. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

    Events this weekend in Church History
        Saturday is the day we commemorate the birth of Constantine the Great that occurred around 280 A.D. when Saint Helena, who would go on to find the True Cross in Jerusalem, gave birth to Constantine while she was still a British princess. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    "Let nothing of the world dissuade you from having absolute faith."
    Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary    Those words come from the Blessed Virgin Mary in her 412th Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of the Archangels in September, 1993 in which Our Lady reinforces her previous Message #411 two days earlier that we all need to be ready spiritually for the Warning which will come when we least expect it and is the great sign of God's Infinite Mercy before His Justice is delivered. She beseeches us to pray for the protection of the Holy Archangels, especially Saint Michael against the wiles of the evil one, imploring all to "pray, watch, wait and persevere" for "all shall come to pass." the need to trust in her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit in our constant struggle with the world, the flesh and the devil. For Messages #411 and 412, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    "He was transfigured before them. And His face shown as the sun, and His garments became white as snow. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking together with Him."

    Matthew 17: 2-3

    • Cardinal Ratzinger reinforces importance of Ad Tuendam Fidem

    • Culture of death via abortion and sterilization remain primary agenda of presidents in North & South America

    • One priest excommunicated; another caught impersonating a priest

    • Sierra Leone Bishop pleas for mercy hoping three priests will be released by rebels

    These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.

    Worldwide Catholic News

    with a Catholic slant provided by
    Catholic World News Service and Noticias Eclesiales Church News

    Head of the Doctrine of Faith intends to enforce the faith through Holy Father's motu proprio Ad Tuendam Fidem Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

        Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger believes the Pope's motu proprio Ad Tuendam Fidem released last year has been misunderstood by many but he is confident that once misconceptions are clarified all will fall in line with what was intended by the document aimed at reining in dissident theologians at Catholic universities, many of whom had gone unchecked prior to the release of the motu proprio. For more, click on Motu proprio

    One priest excommunicated in New York, while another posing as a priest is arrested in Colorado Heretical priest excommunicated in Rochester
        The rebel priest James Callan, once removed from one parish in the Diocese of Rochester, was officially excommunicated this past week for setting up his own schismatic church and leading others astray. The Diocese suggested they might petition Rome to have his priestly functions suspended as well because of his apostasy. Meanwhile in Colorado a man who is not a priest was arrested for posing as one to con unsuspecting couples out of money for marrying them. Police charged him with fraud and theft. For more, click on Priests no more.

    Culture of Death agenda pushed by Presidents of US and Venezuela and Bishops are not happy
    Bill Clinton pushing stem cell research available only through aborted fetuses     The Culture of Death once again raised its ugly head this week with the announcement by the Clinton administration that, despite vehement protests by at least seventy pro-life congressman, they were bullheadedly going ahead with stem cell research which can only be done through aborted fetuses, thus advancing that horrendous sin and making it clearer than ever the true intent of the Clinton regime. Meanwhile in Caracas, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who had pronounced himself pro-life, did an about face in promoting sterilizations as part of his "Bolivar 2000" campaign and the Venezuelan bishops are livid. For more, click on culture of death.

    Bishop makes impassioned plea to Sierra Leone kidnappers to free hostage priests
    Bishop hopes appeal will move kidnappers to release priests     Citing the fact the kidnapped priests taken by rebel forces are "men of God...not polticians" Bishop George Biguzzi of Makeni, Sierra Leone made an impassioned plea to the kidnappers to release three priests who were forcibly taken from their parishes on the outskirts of Freetown where civil war escalated earlier this year. The Bishop also complained that these rebels have ransacked the coffers of numerous churches in the region. For more, click on Sierra Leone.

    For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales Both CWN and NE are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provides this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

        Continuing with the Responsory Prayers during Lent adapted from the Byzantine Rite, we present:

    Let us cast off the works of darkness:
    And put on the armor of light.

       For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary

    Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church:
    Roman Curia
        We hear the name "Roman Curia" bandied about a lot. But what does it mean? The word curia means "court" in Latin. The roman Curia, as the Catholic Almanac points out, is "the Church's network of central administrative agencies also called dicastries which serve the Vatican and local churches, with authority granted by the Pope." The original office of the Curia was the Apostolic Chancery which was set up in the 4th century in order to transmit documents. Special commissions of Cardinals and Bishops were gradually established into divisions during the second half of the 15th Century as an offshoot of the Council of Trent and the counter-reform measures. Pope Saint Pius X revamped the governing process in 1908. It wasn't until 1967 that Pope Paul VI, after a four year intensive study of each commission, reorganized the entire Curia, publishing a special Apostolic Constitution Regimini Ecclesiae Universae on August 18, 1967. All of his decrees went into effect March 1968. Twenty years later John Paul II further modified the Curia with his Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on June 28, 1988 that was implemented on March 1, 1989. Though there have been revisions of some offices since, the current Curia compose the Office of the Secretariat of State, nine governing agencies called Congregations, three judicial agencies called Tribunals, eleven promotional agencies termed Pontifical Councils, three Offices and five Curia Agencies which deal with matters within the Vatican, and twenty Commissions and Committees, many of which are attached to certain Curial agencies. All Curial positions are appointed by the Pope and they are subject to the Roman Pontiff and Canon Law 360 and 361. Basically the Curia is the Vatican's answer to Congress, except they perform much more efficiently! (sources: Code of Canon Law, Chapter IV, The Roman Curia, c. 360 and 361; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; My Catholic Faith, Mission House; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

        This weekend we present a mega-links site called the CATHOLIC GOLDMINE which is maintained by Chris Miller who provides a plethora of pages where you can prospect for sources in their multiple corridors of categories. You might just strike a rich vein of inspiration at one of the hundreds and hundreds of links listed there.

    February 26-28, 1999       volume 10, no. 40
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