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Pope shows how the poor deserve preferential treatment from God
While still speaking in his weel;u catechesis on the Theological Virtue of Love, the Holy Father turned his attention to God's preferential treatment of the poor and downtrodden and gave examples of why we should also do the same. He made the comments during his regular Wednesday Papal Audience at St. Peter's Square. The full text can be found to the far left in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS. For more, click on The poor are God's favorites
British Catholics intent on taking back their feast day by emphasizing All Saints Day over Halloween
A group of Catholics are trying to take back Halloween from the pagans in England through special activities and the insistence that children return to the plastic pumpkins, fun activities rather than the sinister, satanic trend that has shown, without a shadow of a doubt, that the evil one controls this sadistic holiday today. To combat that these Catholic lay leaders are emphasizing the celebration of All Saints Day rather than Halloween. For more, click on Taking back a feastday.
Pope turns attention to the east, receives Croatian president and offers consolation to victims of Armenian massacre
On Thursday the Holy Father welcomed the Catholic Croatian President Franjo Tudjman at the Vatican along with several members of the Croatian cabinet and the Secretariat of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano and Secretary for Relations with the States Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran. Croatia is 80% Roman Catholic. After the meeting, the Pope sent condolences to Armenia in the aftermath of the terrible massacre in that country's parliament where the Prime Minister was shot to death along with other politicians in an attempted coup. The Holy Father has fashioned a close knit relationship with Armenia through relations between the Catholicos and the Pope. For more, click on Croatia and Armenia.
Has the commercialism and satanic influence of Halloween buried the memory of the All Hallow's Eve Christian Celebration?
While the origins of Halloween come from pagan roots, it was the Christian influence that made it into a significant holiday but over the past few decades commercialism, under the baton of satan, has transformed this day into a bizarre, sadistic affair that threatens to mock and destroy the Christian meaning. If only those who dress as satan realized he truly does exist! For more, click on Hallowed no more?.
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during this extended weekend
This special extended weekend is devoted to the Communion of Saints. While we observe Ordinary Time on Friday and Saturday representing the Church Militant during the end of World Mission Week, we celebrate the Church Triumphant Sunday or Monday (depending on your diocese) with the Solemnity of ALL SAINTS DAY and commemorate the Church Suffering remembering the souls in Purgatory on All Souls Day Tuesday. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on LITURGY
"Knock and it shall be opened to you."
In this weekend's editorial, we reveal the astounding numbers generated thus far by interest in the DAILY CATHOLIC going over four million visits for this year already. But it takes funds to continue this pace and cover the enormous costs of storing and maintaining all the files. For the commentary, "...the laborer deserves his wages." , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The evil trend of Halloween needs to be squashed like an old pumpkin!
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto takes a break from the story she was going to bring us on Kathy's Story by delaying that a week to exhort the reader to be careful how you treat the day of trick or treat activities. Candy is dandy, but the face of evil can be masked behind the hidden agenda of satan preying on unsuspecting victims who don't see the path that leads to hell strewn with sweets and bone-tingling chills. For her column this weekend, Why Halloween isn't my favorite holiday!, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
The Archbishop of Maputo Cardinal Alexandre Jose Maria dos Santos is Mozambique's first native priest and cardinal
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-fourteenth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is 75 year-old Cardinal Alexandre Jose Maria dos Santos of Mozambique, the Archbishop of Maputo, Mozambique's capital. He was elevated to the cardinalate during the Consistory of June 28, 1988 when he became the first native Mozambique member of the Sacred Conclave. For more on Cardinal Alexandre Jose Maria dos Santos, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events this weekend in Church History
Monday is the 496th anniversary of the election of Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere as the 216th successor of Peter. He became Pope Julius II and is noted for commissioning Raphael and Michelangelo and for finishing the construction of the Basilica of St. Peter's. During his ten-year pontificate he also convened the 18th Ecumenical Council. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history during this extended weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
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Holy Father reminds us all of God's charge to love and care for the poor
In his most recent regular weekly Wednesday Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II continued his treatise on the Theological Virtue of Charity, this week focusing on on love for the poor whom God has always cherished as the Pope gives numerous examples from both the Old and New Testament as to our responsibility to loving and caring for the poor and for those who help the For the Pope's words on his talk, "Preferential Love for the Poor", click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Appreciation of the Doctrine of Salvation in the Church
This weekend we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the great treasuries of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We bring you this weekend the feature on Salvation and the Church, a teaching of the Church that has been misunderstood in the aftermath of Vatican II with the false belief that the Council changed this. Nothing could be further from the truth. For the forty-third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The DAILY WORD
Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Solemnity of ALL SAINTS:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven...Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
Matthew 5: 3, 10
The Best Man: best of the worst this week
Top Ten Films for the fourth week of October
The black noir film "The Best Man" beat all other challengers down the aisle of the top ten last week, finishing ahead of all comers in a very, very mediocre week in which not one film finished in double figures. The big anticipation is not so much in the theatres as in video where finally Roberto Benigni's masterpiece and award winning "Life is Beautiful" will finally be available in a week or so. This is the same film the Pope watched with Benigni and enjoyed immensely. For the Top Ten reviews for the fourth week of October prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
SIMPLY SHEEN: The champion of the downtrodden
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 luminarydid 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 Christian law is not 'the survival of the fittest' but the 'survival of the unfit.' The inspiration for this is He Who emptied Himself of Heaven's wealth that through His poverty we might be made rich. The challenge was uttered to the Cross: 'Come down and we will believe.' But He did not come down. If He had come down, He would have been strong. He stayed there. He would die for the weak. Through that act of self-denial, the unfit lived."