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Everyone still mum on Pope's inaugurating historic "Jubilee Journey" in January to Ur as Vatican delegation returns from Iraq
Returning back to Rome from Baghdad after a four-day fact-finding visit in preparation for the Pope's hoped-for visit to Iraq, both the Vatican and Iraqi officials were still mum on whether the Holy Father will still make it to Ur the end of January as predicted by the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Bidawid who seems to be the only one speaking on it. The visit was originally planned for December but delayed at least until January because of problems with the Iraqi government and pressure from western interests, though the latter is not expected to affect the Papal visit for it will be totally void of any politics, but strictly spiritual as the Pope will endeavor to trace the heritage of our Faith from the Old Covenant and Abraham to the New Covenant in the Holy Land and places evangelized by the Apostle Saint Paul. For more, click on Still waiting for word on Iraq
Chechnya conflict cutting into priestly vocations in Russia by mandated draft for seminarians
At the eleventh hour of the 20th Century and the second millennium, satan is doing all he can to dissuade Russian seminarians from their appointed rounds of study, thus diffusing the fire of vocations by effecting the Russian military to draft seminarians. It's now mandatory through a recent court decision because of the Chechnya revolution and the head of Catholic Seminary in Moscow is not happy, fearing the two year military action will be greatly harmful to the student's resolve, interrupting his studies and dissuading him from returning to the seminary after serving duty. For more, click on Draft is an ill wind in Russia.
There's a worm in the apple as homosexual agenda making inroads in American education despite protests of family and Christian groups as the Decline of the American Empire continues
You can't mention God's name in school, nor can you read the bible, but you can promote everything the Ten Commandments abhor. Because of that, the pro-homosexual people are at it again, this time trying to foist a mandatory guideline that will promote the abberrant behavior of homosexuality as normal and a practice to be emulated. This atrocity has been accepted by the liberal teachers' associations who will incorporate it into their curriculums further deteriorating young minds. Is it any wonder more and more responsible parents are pulling their children from the hopeless public education system in America today and home schooling their offspring? Many are turning to traditional Catholic curriculums to ensure their kids receive the best education possible and the truth. For more, click on Decline of education.
St. Joseph's nun in the Congo is the Angel of the Aborted
Lamenting the terrible treatment of aborted babies in a Congo hospital where she works, Sister Anna Perez Cossio, a Spanish missionary nun of the Order of St. Joseph of Cluny has established herself as the "angel of the aborted babies" who are discarded like so much garbage by insensitive workers and administrators. She has determined she would be their voice since they have been silenced by the senseless slaughter of these innocents and through her efforts, some are seeing the light and rethinking these atrocities. For more, click on Angel in the Congo.
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hoping and praying...
The 12th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
The sixty-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
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 30th.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN
DAILY LITURGY for the Feast of the Apostle Saint Ambrose on Tuesday and the First Wednesday of Advent.
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How does God want us to adorn ourselves? From riches to rags or rags to riches?
In his column today, Pat Ludwa asks why so few fail to dress their best for their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He points out that for holiday parties, we spend more money than we can afford so we can dress to the nines in order to impress. But who are we impressing? Certainly not God Who sees our souls. Certainly not God at Mass on Sundays when so many come as if they're headed for the beach or the backyard. This lack of respect, Pat points out, extends to their souls as well which can translate to riches turning to rags in God's eyes, while rags worn for Him through evangelical poverty turn to riches. For his column today, Do we dress for success here or for the Hereafter? , click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
The DAILY WORD
The Centurion's Servant|
"And when Jesus heard this, He marvelled, and said to those who were following Him, 'Amen I say to you, I have not found such great faith in Israel. And I tell you that many will come from the east and from the west, and will feast with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven.'" Matthew 8: 10-11
Pope extolls dignity of womanhood as masterpiece of God's creation
In his most recent regular weekly Wednesday Papal Audience Pope John Paul II extolled the dignity of womanhood, personified in God's great creation as a manifestation of His love for man and His all encompassing love by giving us the perfect role model in the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Son. With all the talk of 'women's lib' the Holy Father truly shows how the woman who obeys God's Will is liberated beyond any worldly restrictions. For the Pope's words on his talk, "Woman as masterpiece of God's creation," click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Appreciation of Life Everlasting: Heaven
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 begin today a short two-parter on the Heaven and the rewards inherent to those who are faithful for the Prize is undescribable and forever, the reward of everlasting life. There is nothing else that can compare and nothing else we should strive for save this Goal. For the sixtieth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The Archbishop emeritus of Kaunas in Lithuania Cardinal Vincentas Sladkevicius, M.I.C. was placed under house arrest for thirteen years by the communist government
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-twenty-eighth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 79 year-old Cardinal Vincentas Sladkevicius, M.I.C., who was denied his episcopal privileges from 1959 to 1982 because of communist suppression in Lithuania, but he was rescued by Pope John Paul II in 1982 and elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Vincentas Sladkevicius, M.I.C., click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Any worthwile goal takes hard work!
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".
"The sense of vocation is sadly lacking nowadays. The blame should not be placed on the complexity of our economic system, but on a collapse of our spiritual values. Any work, viewed in its proper perspective, can be used to ennoble us; but a necessary prelude to seeing this is to understand the philosophy of labor."
Events that happened today in Church History
On this day 731 years ago in 1268 Pope Clement IV, the 183rd successor of Peter, died in Viturbo, Italy. Because Rome and Naples were occupied by Conradin whom Clement had excommunicated, he ran the affairs of the Church from the See of Viturbo during his three year pontificate. Of French descent, Clement was chosen to succeed Pope Urban IV on February 15, 1265. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. In this time of grace, may the cross be a sign-post of love and unity for you through which true peace comes. That is why, little children, pray especially at this time that little Jesus, the Creator of peace, may be born in your hearts. Only through prayer will you become my apostles of peace in this world without peace. That is why, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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