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December 17-19, 1999

  • This weekend's TOP CATHOLIC:
      Pope John Paul II
  • The profiles of the TOP 100 have served as an encouragement to all
  • Appreciating the Bible and the Books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth
  • Cardinal Edmund Szoka featured
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December 17-19, 1999

vol. 10, no. 240


Late Advent Weekdays



Number 1

His Holiness Pope John Paul II

Our beloved Pontiff who's kept the Church together and thriving in the throes of the dissident diatribe of modernists in the Church and a turbulent world that embraces the culture of death

    It's been a long journey since we began this series back on July 23rd, but finally we have arrived at the number one person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose, to no one's surprise Pope John Paul II, our great current Sovereign Pontiff and 264th in the succession of Peter whose pontificate has been one of the most remarkable in Church history and one of the tenth longest of the Popes. From the over 25,000 total votes received, we truly feel, as do the overwhelming number of voters who voted for him, that he will go down as John Paul the Great. To honor him we profide the conclusion of this special multi-part profile on the Holy Father and the conclusion of this series. For more on the number one selection, click on POPE JOHN PAUL II

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Cardinal Cassidy asserts Trent had it right when it comes to the Declaration of Justification

    Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Vatican representative who signed the Joint Declaration on Justification with the World Lutheran Federation on October 30 at Augsburg in Germany, reiterated strongly that nothing has changed since the Council of Trent for the Council Fathers got it right the first time and if one follows the conciliar documents they will realize the Church has never waivered on this. The problems arise when one is emphasized over the other or taken out of context. For more, click on Trent had it right

Congregation for Causes of Saints will publish list of all saints past, present and future since just after the Council of Trent

    Archbishop Jose Saraiva Martins of Portugal, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will officially publish its findings dating back to when Pope Sixtus V first began the curial office back in 1588. Not only will it go back four hundred years, but it will also detail the status of present candidates for beatification and canonization including the Popes of this century and others under consideration for sainthood. The book will be a 780-page tome. It will be the first since 1880 but this one will be available for the public to peruse. The one thing it will not include are the announcements expected by Pope John Paul II on Monday when he announces the status of those who will be beatified and canonized in the Jubilee Year 2000. For more, click on Causes of Saints book.

Hip! Hip! Hooray! Porn on way out of Poland!

    If only more countries, especially the U.S., would follow the example of Poland where the lower house of Parliament, akin to the American House of Representatives, voted to outlaw all hard-core pornography. The measure had been strongly supported by the Chucrch in Poland and the Solidarity Block. It's now up to the upper house which is our equivalent of the Senate and then must avoid a veto by Poland's communist president. Sound familiar? For more, click on No more porn in Poland!.

Our Lady's not safe in the Galveston-Houston Diocese as thefts of her statues increase

    Either someone hates Catholics and is harassing them in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston by stealing statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary of every size or they are collectors of Our Lady's statues. Either way, it has police puzzled and Church officials concerned. With the Christmas season more statues are on display and the thief has taken them right off lawns, in front of churches and even in cemetaries, including heavy cement statues. For more, click on No silent nights in Galveston-Houston.

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The TOP 100 CATHOLICS are Beacons that help keep us steering straight between the two guiding pillars

    In today's editorial, we share with the reader some of our experiences in compiling the profiles and research over this past five months for the long list of TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY which is now concluded with revelation of the number one Catholic of the Century Pope John Paul II. We also show how these people were real people, suffering the pains of original sin and human weaknesses, but how most overcame these finite faults by trusting in the Infinite to guide them and nourish them in their Journey toward Heaven and how God helped them to help others. It's all about sharing and helping others. By doing this we, too, can all become beacons for the lost sheep who are drowning in the sea of blackness and the void of sin so prevalent in our world today. We need these beacons to encourage us to help others. For the editorial, "Profiles of Encouragement!" see CATHOLIC PewPOINT

"Be fruitful and multiply"...That goes for the Power of the Rosary, too.

   In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto continues the story from a dear 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, even though she did not fully understand, to use and share her Rosaries and by so doing pray with the heart for that is truly the crux in getting to the heart of the matter. For her column this weekend, Kathy's Rosary Story part six, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


    Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Fourth Sunday of Advent:
"But Mary said, 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to Thy word.' And the angel departed from her."
Luke 1: 38

Events this weekend in Church History

    Sunday is the 627th anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope Urban V, the 200th Sovereign Pontiff chosen in the line of Peter. He was the sixth of the Avignon Popes and this French-born Vicar of Christ actually returned to Rome to reestablish the papacy in its rightful place, but Roman feuds placed him in even more danger and he had no choice but to flee, hightailing back to Avignon. Urban is the one who placed the third tier on the papal tiara. This represented imperial power while the other two symbolized royal power and spiritual power. Pope Pius XII was the last of the modern Popes to wear the tiara. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


    This weekend we are strictly in Late Advent with all liturgies devoted to this season of preparation as we enter the final week of Advent with the FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT. Late Advent signifies the Antiphons beginning with Friday through next Thursday. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and antiphons, click on WEEKEND LITURGY

As President of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See and the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State, Cardinal Edmund Szoka has rescued the Church from the throes of debt

    We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-thirty-sixth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 72 year-old American-born prelate Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka formerly of Michigan who the Holy Father plucked from the Archdiocese of Detroit as their shepherd to help bale the Holy See out of the red. This he has done over the nine plus years working in the curia. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of June 18, 1988. For more on Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Appreciation of the Bible and the Book of Joshua, Judges and Ruth

    Today we continue our search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith with our series on the Bible and Sacred Scripture, presenting an overview of each of the Old Testament books, featuring today the Books of Joshua, Judges and Ruth. For the seventy-third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

Love by any other name is not love

    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".

"When knowledge has been transmuted to love, it fills the heart so full that no outsider could contribute anything further, and the matter need never be aired. People who talk about their intimate relations confess, by doing so, that they have not raised their love high enough to turn it into a mystery, or transformed it into the only kind of love between the sexes that deserves the name."

Even as "Toy Story 2" starts to lose its appeal, it remains on top in movie-goers toy chest

Top Ten Films for the second week of December

   Even though the numbers dropped off drastically from last week's phenomenal eighty million opening week, just as interest for a new toy wanes after some use, "Toy Story 2" still managed to cling to the top spot by only $200,000 over runner-up "The Green Mile" whose word-of-mouth promotion after you see it should keep it in the upper echelons at least until Jim Carrey's "Man in the Moon" debuts next week. Other holiday movies with no holiday theme are scheduled for release and there is no clear-cut winner among them but if more dogs like "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo" are in the offing, we're in trouble, folks. As for the Top Ten reviews for the first week of December prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS


8 - 7 - 6 DAYS and counting, hoping and praying...

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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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

December 17-19, 1999       volume 10, no. 240

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