NEWS & VIEWSwith a Catholic slant
Pope tired but not ill as he proves during appearance on St. Peter's Balcony after canceled Wednesday Audience
The Holy Father, totally exhausted from his grueling five day trip to India and Georgia which ran the gamut of emotions and temperatures, canceled his scheduled Wednesday Papal Audience but dispelled all rumors that he is sick by appearing to pilgrims in the afternoon, addressing them briefly and blessing them from the balcony. The Vatican felt it was necessary to refute rumors spread in the Italian press that the Pope was sicker than the Holy See had let on. His appearance proved them wrong. After another day or two of rest, he will resume his regular activities this weekend. For more, click on Pope healthy but exhausted
Scandinavian Lutherans to honor Saint Bridget of Sweden at Vatican on Saturday
The first fruits of the Catholic-Lutheran pact signed two weeks ago in Germany will manifest themself Saturday at the Vatican when the Lutheran primates of Sweden and Finland will join Pope John Paul II in a special ecumenical prayer service. It will also be the occasion of the unveiling of a statue of Saint Bridget of Sweden in an alcove of St. Peter's Basilica. St. Bridget, along with Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Edith Stein were recently named Patroness of Europe. Bridget's heritage will be celebrated with the king and queen of Sweden in attendance along with other Catholic and Lutheran dignitaries. For more, click on The Swedish connection.
Process for Mother Teresa's Beatification is accelerating
The flood of testimony and reported miracles attributed to Mother Teresa, are truly accelerating the process for her beatification, much further along than anyone could imagine. The fact there is so much documentation makes it possible that her Beatification could come as soon as 2000 if medical and scientific experts verify at least one of the four certain miracles attributed to the intercession of this beloved "Saint of the gutters" who died in October 1997. For more, click on How soon will Mother Teresa's be called Blessed? .
Congress passes resolution to investigate abortion industry's trafficking in preborn body parts
Suspecting a vast network of the abortuaries and third parties selling body parts of advanced fetuses, the United States House of Representatives passed by a majority voice vote a resolution Tuesday in which a thorough investigation will be conducted to uncover the horror of these reported atrocities which has become a million-dollar business in the abortion industry. Many pro-life congressmen feel this is the main crux of why pro-aborts have fought the ban on late-term abortions so vehemently because it's all about money. For more, click on Million dollar business at the expense of the unborn.
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50 and counting,
hoping and praying...
The 22nd selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
The fifty-first installment in our new feature on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 12th through the 14th.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir of Lebanon in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of the martyr Saint Josaphat on Friday, the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini on Saturday, and the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
...and much more in our 215th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives. To read the front page graphics versions click on the desired Year below
The Fire of God's Love can be warm and cozy or hotter than hell!|
In his column today, Pat Ludwa ignites hearts on the "Eternal Flame of Love" - a Fire we cannot escape and one, that if we are faithful and loyal to God, then we will welcome and be warmed by His Love forever. If we are loyal to Him, but not ready to be at the hearth of Heaven, then we must first be cleansed in the fires of Purgatory in order for our love to burn ever brighter and purer as a reflection of Divine Love. Pat pulls no punches in reminding readers of Christ's words on the other conflagration that awaits us if we reject His love. They say there is no wrath like the wrath of a soul scorned and, in God's Infinite Mercy and Justice He rewards love with various degrees of His burning Love. For those who, by their own free will, turn down that Love, they have only the everlasting fires of hell to remind them of the Love they are missing. In essence, it is something so esoteric that man cannot comprehend in his finite ways, the greatest punishment man can ever experience is the scorching emptiness of the soul, the stark realization of an eternal void - the absence of God's Love. For Pat's column Hell, the fire of God's Love!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
The DAILY WORD
"The days will come when you will long to see one day of the Son of Man, and will not see it. And they will say to you, 'Behold, here He is; behold, there He is.' Do not go, nor follow after them. For as the lightning when it lightens flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation."
Luke 17: 22-25
Appreciation of the Existence of Purgatory
Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We look again today at that merciful gift from God - Purgatory - where we are able to be cleansed before looking upon the Beatific Vision forever. There have been many misconceptions about this intermediate "stopping off point" between earth and Heaven and we hope to convey what the Church teaches about Purgatory over the next several installments. For the fiftieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today in our series Where is Holy Mother Church heading as we near the millennium?
Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
The graces of sympathy
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, one of the ways this late luminary 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".
"Suffering may be sent to us because we have been too narrow and selfish in our view of it, and also to prepare us for our work in helping others in trouble. The widow can sympathize with the widow; the poor show most kindness to the poor. The experience of the prostration of a great illness enables a person to understand and help sick people. Sorrow can thus become a talent to be used for the good of others by being invested in sympathy. "
Today is the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop of the late fourth century. Tomorrow we commemorate the Feast of Saint Josaphat, bishop and religious who was martyred in Russia in the seventeenth century. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.
Events that happened this day in Church History
Today is the 582nd anniversary of the election of Pope Martin V as the 206th successor of Peter. The selection of Cardinal Oddo Colonna also ended the Great Schism by way of the Council of Constance which deposed two antipopes and accepted the resignation of Pope Gregroy XII. His fourteen year pontificate from November 11, 1417 to February 20, 1431 signaled the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy. He opened the "Holy Door" at the Lateran for the first time ever in the second millennium and Pope John Paul II will open the "Holy Door" at St. Peter's for the last time in the second millennium on Christmas Eve this year. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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