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FRI-SAT-SUN      January 29-31, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 20

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The Pope has a track record for results - instant results as he proved in St. Louis where there is a perpetual presence of Cardinals!

     In this weekend's editorial we reminisce about the fruits of this past week when Pope John Paul II touched the hearts and souls of millions throughout North, South and Central America in his "Farewell Tour" to Mexico and St. Louis. We say farewell for it is highly unlikely he will travel too much longer as the grueling schedule, jet lag, an increasing sign of Parkinson's affliction and his age take their toll of this holy pontiff who has always thrived on being active. Despite his jocular pledge to return to St. Louis to play hockey after being presented a monagramed Blues jersey and hockey stick, his hits and checks won't come on the ice but rather in furthering the doctrines through his sage and inspired documents as he prepares the Church and the world for Jubilee 2000. He can take solace in the fact someone else could live to see the millennium - the man who was to face death row. Thanks to the Pope's gentle but firm prodding and conviction of the Sanctity of Life, now another life will be saved. For this weekend's commentary Birds of a feather flock together for the sake of the flock! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

Birds of a feather flock together for the sake of the flock!

Michael Cain, editor

A victim soul is being victimized by the media and we're the victims!

      In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto clarifies some of the misconceptions perpetrated by the media regarding victim soul Audrey Santo from Worcester, Massachusetts. Not only have the fifth estate misconstrued Audrey's situation but they have also misrepresented the Diocese's position on it which Sister clears up in taking the press to task for getting the facts straight. For Sister's column, The Truth about Little Audrey , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER



Love means we have to go out of our way to love!

     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 ties in with what the Holy Father is asking in extending love to our neighbors out of pure intentions and not ego or selfishness. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.

To love is to be free; to hate is to be enslaved!

An Italian Cardinal who spans the lifetime of eight Popes

      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 twelfth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the retired Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes for Saints - Cardinal Corrado Bafile who will turn 96 on the fourth of July. For more on Cardinal Bafile, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

12.   Cardinal Corrado Bafile


Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

Ecumenical Councils

    Sunday we remember the election in 314 of Pope Saint Sylvester I, the Vicar of Christ when the First Ecumenical Council was convened. It was called the Council of Nicaea. An ecumenical council does not necessarily mean ecumenical in the sense of accepting all faiths, but rather as universal in inviting the world's bishops who are in union with Rome. This has been the case for the twenty-one ecumenical councils held. The most famous are the Council of Nicaea, the Second Council of Nicaea which condemned Iconoclasm, The Council of Trent which condemned Protestantism and set in motion the reforms of the Counter-reformation and the Second Vatican Council which issued the most documents. Vatican II lasted three years but Trent was the longest, lasting 18 years. (source: My Catholic Faith, My Mission House, Publishers; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers).

    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


"Amen I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of My brethren, you did it for Me."

Matthew 18: 7

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January 29-31, 1999 volume 10, no. 20   DAILY CATHOLIC