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FRI-SAT-SUN      January 8-10, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 5

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The Agony and the Ecstasy: A dichotomy of emotions

      In this weekend's editorial we stretch out the canvas of hope, applying the lacquer of truth and the palette of examples in which Pope John Paul II has proven he is a "man for the millennium" providing the spiritual and temporal brush strokes to complete God's masterpiece in time for exhibiting this exemplary artwork in the new millennium, promoting the sanctity and dignity of life in all its stages just as the Almighty designed. God has charged His specially chosen protege and Vicar on earth to be the beacon of morality, goodness and decency in a world blinded by the dark shadows of satan. For this weekend's commentary "The Agony and the Ecstasy", click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

"The Agony and the Ecstasy!"

Michael Cain, editor

Turning over a new leaf in 1999.

      In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto delves into what New Year's resolutions mean and what resolutions are really important in this final year of the millennium, a year that could be turned topsy-turvy for 1999 turned over reads 6661. Could that be an omen? Even if it were, Sister points out that we have nothing to fear if we resolve to follow God's Will on a daily basis for we are totally at His Mercy and that Divine Mercy can truly be our salvation. For Sister's column, How 'bout a daily resolution?!? , click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER



Like the sands of time, the mind sifts through memories that can be good or bad

      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 education and learning. For words of wisdom from Bishop Sheen, click on Simply Sheen.

Simply Sheen:
"The mind is like an hourglass through which ideas pass like sands, nothing remaining."

Though not eligible for the Sacred Conclave, Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini's tireless work with health care workers makes him eligible for great graces

      We continue with this new series that debuted last week, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our third red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the Italian Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini who hails from Rome where he was born and has served the Church for most of his 82 years. For more on Cardinal Angelini, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

3.   Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini

      One of the oldest of the cardinals, Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini is 82 years-old and has exceeded the age limit for being eligible to participate in a papal election. Nevertheless, we are bringing you all of the Princes of the Church and Angelini has a distinguished past. Despite his age, he is one of Pope John Paul II's selections, having received his red-hat at the Consistory of June 28, 1991. He is is now retired after faithfully creating and serving as the President of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers from 1989 through 1996. He gained this office for his exemplary pastoral experience with hospital chaplains as head of the Rome Vicariate's section for the apostolate to health care workers. In 1956 he began his life-long work in the field of medical health by providing spiritual direction and assistance to Roman clinics and hospitals, founding the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors in 1959. His work has been greatly commended and we only wish there was such devotion to health and the concern for both body and soul in the United States as Cardinal Angelini promotes.

      Cardinal Angelini has spent nearly his entire life in Rome where he was born on August 1, 1916 in the midst of World War I. On the eve of World War II on February 3, 1940 he became a priest. Early in his ministry he saw a need to assist the impoverished and sick, organizing the Secretariat for People's Assistance which provided aid to downtrodden Italians. At the end of the war he was appointed the national ecclesiastical assistant for Catholic Action in Italy in 1945, a position he held until 1959. Seven years after his ordination to the priesthood he was made Master of Pontifical Ceremonies during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. On July 26, 1956 Pius XII made him a bishop, assigning him as Titular Bishop of Messene. In 1985 he was elevated to Archbishop and four years later the curial agency for health care workers was established. His dedication to helping heal the soul and the body is greatly admired and his only ambition has always been the care of man's human dignity and wellness.

    Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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January 8-10, 1999 volume 10, no. 5   DAILY CATHOLIC