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MONDAY      March 1, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 41

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Why are so few taking advantage of the Confessional?

      In his column today, Pat Ludwa deals with forgiveness and asks the question why so few populate the confessionals. In fact, many of these confidential cubicles are more populated by spiders who spin their silk than penitents whose sins need forgiveness. Lent is the time to clear out those cobwebs both around the confessionals and around our hearts so that we can avoid condemnation. For his column titled Do it yourself confession?!?, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW

Do it yourself confession?!?

A sure signal to the Americas: Be one in purpose!

      Following up a year after the Bishops of North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean contingent, met for the month-long Synod of the Americas in Rome at the end of 1997, Pope John Paul II officially closed the Synod with his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City in January. Because of its significance for all Americans, we begin today this important document in several installments over the next few months. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical or check footnotes, go to Ecclesia in America For the first installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America


Cardinal Edward Clancy: The only active cardinal residing in Australia is a giant down-under as Archbishop of Sydney

     Our twenty-fifth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy current Archbishop of Sydney, Australia who was granted the cardinalate in the Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Clancy, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

25.   Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy

February 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   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.
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"Be merciful, therefore, even as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you shall not be judged; do not condemn, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive and you shall be forgiven."

Luke 6: 36-27

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March 1, 1999 volume 10, no. 41   DAILY CATHOLIC