with a Catholic slant
More details surface as to KGB involvement in trying to destroy the Church in the eighties
On the heels of the article in yesterday's issue revealing the attempted assassination plots against the Holy Father in an effort to undermine and discredit the Roman Catholic Church in retaliation for Pope John Paul II's intrinsic role in bringing down the iron curtain, more details have been released that name specific persons who were spies within the Vatican though those prelates who are still alive vehemently deny the Czech dossier. This is looking more and more like a spy novel to end all spy novels and we'll know more as the story unfolds. For more, click on Spies in the Vatican
Pope heads for India this weekend to close Asian Synod
The Holy Father undoubtedly will face tension and radical Hindu demonstrations once he lands in New Delhi this weekend to officially close the Asian Synod. India has been racked with violence both man-made and natural from the killings and persecution of many Christians to the devastating storms in Eastern India that have killed over 10,000 and left well over a million homeless. Though it is dangerous times, it is fitting that the Pope will be here for he is the earthly shepherd of peace and this is what India desperately needs. It is also necessary the Holy Father assure the Catholics of India of his approval and thank them for so many vocations. He truly feels India is the key for Asia. For more, click on Papal Trip to India.
Former Soviet Premier speaks of prayer as vital in "breaking down walls and building bridges"
Former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev gave an extensive interview to L'Osservatore Romano recently in which he praised the Church and Pope John Paul II for upholding the dignity of life and generating hope through an unbreakable faith. He spoke of the relevancy and importance of prayer in everyone's life. He also asserted that prayer was necessary in the political arena as well in order to do the right thing no matter the consequences. He speaks from experience for he took the unpopular route with hardliners in dissolving the former Soviet Union. For more, click on Gorbachev interview.
Christian churches band together to protest construction of Nazareth mosque
The stubborn insistence of the Moslems to build a mosque immediately next door to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth has prompted Christian churches of various faiths to show solidarity by closing their churches down for two days at a time to be determined later this month. The controversy revolves around Israel's siding with Islam interests in allowing the construction which truly is a slap in the face of such an august shrine as the Basilica where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary. For more, click on Christian solidarity in the Holy Land.
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The Pope and the President
The inspiring impact of two moral giants of our times
In this weekend's editorial, we take a short trip down memory lane to ten years ago when the iron curtain came tumbling down. The architects were Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan who, though no longer president in 1989, had laid the groundwork with the Holy Father, with Mikhael Gorbachev and the "Catholic connection" within Reagan's cabinet which included Dr. Alan Keyes, the only hope for continuing that connection and for righting America's slide into the abyss of immorality and perdition. For the commentary, The "key" to continuing the "Catholic connection" in fighting the "evil empire!" , click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The Power of the Rosary through the Message of Medjugorje
In her column this week, 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
Belgian Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte, C.I.C.M. has been a pivotal figure as Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops for nearly fifteen years
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-nineteenth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is 71 year-old Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte, C.I.C.M. the Belgian prelate who has worked in the Roman Curia since 1980. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte, C.I.C.M., click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events this weekend in Church History
Friday represents the 43rd anniversary of the release of the encyclical Datis nuperrime by Pope Pius XII which dealt with the Soviets' invasion of Hungary and the tanks in Budapest. It is another example that refutes those who criticize Pius for being a weakling and not speaking out against tyranny. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
This weekend is entirely devoted to Ordinary Time shared only on Saturday by the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Sunday is the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on Saturday's commemoration, click on WEEKEND LITURGY
Appreciation of rebuilding bridges with those who turned their backs on the Church
This weekend we begin a short series on the Church's vigilance in the face of Protestantism with an eye on both the Reformation and Reconciliation, something that has begun with the historic concordat signed last Sunday in Augsburg, Germany on the 482nd anniversary of where the Reformation began. For the forty-sixth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The DAILY WORD
Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"Finally there came also the other virgins, who said, 'Sir, sir, open the door for us!' But He answered and said, 'Amen I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."
Matthew 25: 11-13
Current fare of films are disheartening, but take heart "Life is Beautiful" will be released this Tuesday!
Top Ten Films for the final week of October
Blame it on Halloween but this past week's top ten was a sorry lot with "House on Haunted Hill" outgrossing the rest of the sorry fare offered in the final week of October. That's the bad news. The good is that one of the finest movies in years will be available on video tape this Tuesday when finally the long-awaited "Life is Beautiful", Roberto Benigni's Oscar-winning film - which the Pope loved - will be released. 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 final week of October prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
SIMPLY SHEEN: A different kind of spin!
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".
"Human nature is something like a child's top painted in the variegated colors of the rainbow. When the top is at rest, each single color and tint can be distinguished, red on one side, blue on another, white on the top, green on the bottom. When the top is set in motion and made to spin, darkness is suffesed with brightness, brightness is mixed with darkness, the colors melt into a confused gray until at last one knows not what hues it be."
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE:
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