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November 12-14, 1999
Feast of St. Mother Francis Cabrini on Saturday Feast of Saint Josaphat on Friday
Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini on Saturday and
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Stewardship Sunday
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November 12-14, 1999   FRI-SAT-SUN   vol. 10, no. 215
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The Week in Church History

Liturgy for the Weekend




Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.
Former Vicar General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate returned to his Chicago roots three decades later to become the see's first shepherd born and bred in the windy city
Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I.Cardinal George is a new orthodox force in the Church in AmericaThe Oblate Cross    This weekend we bring you the 22nd person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I., the 62 year-old American prelate who has experienced a meteoric rise in the hierarchy in the nineties. From Vicar General for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to shepherd for nearly three million Chicago Catholics as the new archbishop there, he was the only current American Bishop stationed in the U.S. to be elevated to the Sacred Conclave during the Holy Father's most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. For more on the 22nd selection, click on CARDINAL FRANCIS GEORGE, O.M.I.

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Can't make it to Rome or the Holy Land for Jubilee 2000? No problem! Cardinal Baum signs decree allowing indulgences for staying home as well
Cardinal William Baum, Major Penitentiary of the Holy See      Anticipating not only the crush of pilgrims descending on Rome next year during the Jubilee 2000 celebration, but also the fact that countless Catholics simply cannot afford the trip or time, the Holy See announced that the President of the Apostolic Penitentiary Cardinal William Baum signed a decree that permits the faithful, with the proper disposition and intention, to receive the same Jubilee indulgences before the Tabernacle in their own home parish. For more, click on Expanded indulgences

Cardinal George encourages Catholics to read guideline for voters as responsible citizens, cites ignorance of narrow minded who think this is violation of Church and State
Cardinal Francis George, OMI     Our featured TOP 100 CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY today Cardinal Francis George, OMI is in the news today responding to reaction from those who don't understand the reasoning behind the Bishops' publishing of a special guide book for all Catholics to help them decipher voting issues by reminding them of their moral responsibilities as Catholics. He criticized those who do not understand the intrinsic connection between issues and human dignity including the Sanctity of Life. The only way we can return America to God is by taking responsibility for our actions and holding our leaders at all levels responsible as well. That can only happen through the solidarity of Catholics everywhere as a formidable voting bloc. The guidebook does not deal in politicians, only issues. For more, click on Cardinal George defends Voter's Guide.

Beware: China is trying to lay a trap for the Vatican and loyal Chinese Catholics

Flag of ChinaFlag of Taiwan
    The Fides News Agency has reported that Red China is up to their old tricks, intensifying persecution while putting on a front to the world and the Holy See that they are sincere about allowing religious freedom. It is all a lie as you'll see from reading the special report from Fides which exposes the secret plan by the communists to totally suppress those Chinese Catholics who are loyal to Rome. There are also reports that special privileges are being granted to the state-run Patriotic Chinese Catholic leaders while Roman Catholic leaders in mainland China are being persecuted. Meanwhile Taiwan continues to hope and pray the Vatican will not be forced to cut off diplomatic relations with this loyal nation. For more, click on China's tactics.

Criminals of East Timor massacres must be brought to justice asserts Bishop Belo in calling for an international tribunal
    During a memorial Mass in Dili for nearly 1,000 slain victims of the savage massacre in the town of Suai in East Timor, Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo spoke out strongly during his homily against their killers and called for an international tribunal to bring the murderers to justice. He stated that his people cannot rest until justice is done. Tens of thousands are still unaccounted for and the worst is expected as East Timorites try to reconstruct their life and homeland. For more, click on Justice must be served in East Timor.

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The transparency of film translates to seeing through Hollywood's efforts to bash Catholics and demean the Faith! But all can look forward to the Triumph which is...
    In this weekend's editorial, we break down Hollywood's subliminal message against Catholics frame by frame exposing to the light of conscience the errors of their ways and the insidious ways they water down respect for the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Hopefully through prayer and sacrifice, with all the drivel out there and declining morals, we won't have to wait too long for the blockbuster sequel from above! For the commentary, The sequel promised by Christ can't come soon enough! , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

The Power of the Rosary through the Message of Medjugorje
Fruits of Medjugorje
   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues to relate a story from a friend who experienced conversion through God's providence and His Blessed Mother's secret weapon - the Rosary. It all began in Medjugorje after her dear friend Kathy, like so many other millions, had read about the "Miracle of Medjugorje" from Wayne Weible and heard the call of Our Lady to come to her special Oasis of Peace in then Yugoslavia back in 1988. Sister writes from Kathy's point of view in sharing how Kathy's heart was moved to pray with the heart for that is truly the crux in getting to the heart of the matter as Sister Lucy shows in the second of a multiple series. For her column this weekend, Kathy's Rosary Story part two, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Feast of St. Mother Francis Cabrini on Saturday   This weekend we celebrate two saints of the Church - Saint Josaphat, the martyred bishop on Friday and Saint Frances Mother Xavier Cabrini, the beloved American saint on Saturday shared by the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Sunday is the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on WEEKEND LITURGY

Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir - photo from Inside the VaticanAs Patriarch of Antioch Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir is the Cedar of Lebanon for the Maronites in union with Rome
Lebanon     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-twenty-second red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 79 year-old Patriarch of Antioch Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir who leads the Maronites in union with Rome. He is five days older than the Holy Father and has been instrumental as a peacemaker over the many years of conflict in Lebanon. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Weekend Events in Church History
Funeral of Cardinal Bernardin   Cardinal Joseph Bernardin
    Sunday is the third anniversary of the death of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the seventh Archbishop of Chicago who preceded today's TOP 100 CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY selection Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I. His funeral was attended by bishops across the country and Rome. Cardinal Bernardin died of liver and pancreatic cancer. Though his liberal policies and leniency towards modernism were often questioned by orthodox believers, all must agree that in the months before he died the way he conducted himself as an example of accepting suffering was an inspiration to Catholics and non-Catholics, conservatives and liberals alike. He bore up under other sufferings as well including accusations of molestation that proved false. His response was not an "I told you so" but rather forgiveness for his accuser in the manner Jesus would ask of his shepherds. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

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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 fifty-first installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

The Man of Sorrow knows our sorrows
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
   They say a picture is worth 1000 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".

"The principal reason why Christ suffered was to make Him not only our Savior, but also our Sorrows: 'He was a Man of Sorrow and acquainted with grief.' Hence the sufferer who is despised by his prosperous brethren can turn with assurance of sympathy to the Savior of men. Our Lord learned compassion by what He suffered and thereby converted the Cross into a lever for raising a fallen world. Those who receive mercy from Him should show mercy; those who owe all they have to the pity of God, will not be pitiless to their brethren."

It's slim pickins at the movies, nothing left but "The Bone Collector"

Top Ten Films
for the first week of November

Denzel Washington portrays a paraplegic in The Bone Collector - photo from Universal   The Halloween fallout continued this week with "The Bone Collector", a thriller starring Denzel Washington easily knocking the marrow out of all the rest, more than doubling up on last week's top film "House on Haunted Hill." With only a few on the list worth seeing, why not rent one of the finest movies in years "Life is Beautiful", Roberto Benigni's Oscar-winning film - which the Pope loved - now available at the video store in your neighborhood. We highly recommend it as one of the best movies you'll see in a long time! As for the Top Ten reviews for the first week of November prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS

1999 is dedicated to God the Father
49 - 48 - 47 days
and counting and hoping and praying...
Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"For to everyone who has shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him who does not have even that which he seems to have shall be taken away. But as for the unprofitable servant, cast him forth into the darkness outside where there will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Matthew 25: 29-30
The Gospa's message for OctoberOctober 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Do not forget: this is a time of grace; that is why, pray, pray, pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.

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