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FRI-SAT-SUN      September 17-19, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 177

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Number 60

Cardinal Angelo Sodano

As Secretariat of State since 1991 he has been the second most powerful man inside the Vatican

    Today we bring you the 60th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the 72 year-old Secretariat of State for the Holy See. Possibly because of his anonymity in light of the high profile of Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he did not receive as many votes as expected, yet he remains the number two man in control as head of the curia office which sees to the daily operations of the Holy See within and outside the Vatican. For more on the 60th selection, click on CARDINAL ANGELO SODANO

62.    Cardinal Angelo Sodano

We're all wet when we hang others out to dry!

    In this weekend's editorial, we answer those who have criticized some of the selections for the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY, reminding them of what Jesus said and asking "Who among you is without sin?". We are all sinners, but the majority of those chosen for this prestigious list that continues with number 60 above endeavored to overcome sin by striving to be saints in their way and in God's time - not ours. When we scramble the truth, we only end up with egg on our face for he who judges will be judged. For the editorial, Ask not what God can do for you, but what you can do for God!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT

Ask not what God can do for you, but what you can do for God!

Michael Cain, editor

Satan is reaping the spoils of a spoiled America that is looking for cheap thrills and horror!

   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shrinks from the grotesque, deafening and all-consuming horror mentality sweeping this country from the micabre to satanic, America is caught up in the thrill of danger and the results have materialized in places like Columbine, drive by shootings across the country, day care facilities and the other night a church in Texas. Violence and evil permeate our society and Sister, frankly, is sick of it. She asks how can anyone stomach the trash that dares to scare our souls? She gives validity to the fact generations of America have not known pain or terror like so many of their brothers and sisters throughout the world from Kosovo to East Timor, from Rwanda to Northern Ireland, from China to Colombia. Americans have become spoiled and satan is trying to reap the spoils by dulling our sense of decency. For her column this weekend, Why love the monstrous?, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


After nearly 20 years as Archbishop of Bombay Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta retired in 1996

   We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our ninety-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 79 year-old Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta of India, the Archbishop emeritus of Bombay, having served from 1978 to 1996. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

99.   Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta


Truth can fade if we don't seek it!

    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 tragedy of today is that the world is not only tearing up the photographs of a good society, but also tearing up the negatives. By denying truth the world gives up the search for it, just as the person who believes that blindness is normal will never seek a cure."


   Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Twenty-fifth Saturday of Ordinary Time:
"Take what is thine and go; I choose to give to this last even as to thee. Have I not a right to do what I choose? Or art thou envious because I am generous? Even so the last shall be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few are chosen."
Matthew 20: 14-16

Finally the long-awaited books "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." and THE HIDDEN WAY are NOW available!

   With the messages completed, you can now order the book that contains ALL the messages. This much-anticipated 224-page book of ALL the messages to the world imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a lasting gift that will inspire you in your faith, and all God asks of us. You can acquire your own handsome, coffee-table top copy of "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." containing all 632 messages or the THE HIDDEN WAY containing 100 inspirational Meditative Lessons from Our Lord and Our Lady on Church Doctrine by clicking on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..." or THE HIDDEN WAY or both books at BOOKS

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September 17-19, 1999 volume 10, no. 177   DAILY CATHOLIC