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Holy Father calls on India's Catholics to continue to evangelize the Faith as security tightens in New Delhi
John Paul II arrived Friday in India to virtually a non-reception, but this has not daunted the Sovereign Pontiff who realizes that this most populous nation in the world has long lived with the Hindu culture and more need to know of Jesus Christ. Despite limited demonstrations by Hindu fundamentalist, the Holy Father did not back down from challenging Indian Catholics to evangelize the Faith. He is in India to officially close the Asian Synod and in tomorrow's issue we will carry a summary of his Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia Asia. Tomorrow he will head for Georgia. For more, click on The Pope in India
Nazareth leg of Pope's "Jubilee Journey" could be in jeopardy because of Israel's lack of cooperation over mosque next door to Basilica of the Annunciation
Sadly, because of the furor over the Muslim mosque and Israel's refusal to convince the arabs to curtail their plans, word comes from the Latin-rite Patriarch of Jerusalem that the Holy Father may bypass Nazareth in his trip to the Holy Land as part of his historic "Jubilee Journey." That would be a real shame since he had intended to be at the Basilica of the Annunciation on March 25, 2000. This is the exact place where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary and March 25th is the Feast Day - the 2001st anniversary of this wondrous mystery. Though other churches have vowed to protest the mosque by closing down for a few days later this month, the Vatican has not made an official statement yet on the Pope's intentions. For more, click on Will Nazareth be a no-go?.
Holy See expresses grave concern over so many going to Communion and so few utilizing the Confessional
What's wrong with this picture? Priests are reducing confessional times because so few people are confessing their sins, yet everyone goes to Holy Communion at Sunday Mass. Even saints went to confession. The Vatican expressed grave concern that people are not respecting the sacraments for surely not everyone is in the state of grace all the time; but from the number of communicants it would seem they are. But the Holy See is not so sure of that and the head of the agency for implementing Canon Law sees an alarming trend that leans toward sacrilege because without the absolution of the Sarament of Reconciliation, one cannot worthily receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. By receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist with the stain of mortal sin, man only compounds a very grave sin. For more, click on Confession is a must .
Though naturally they deny it, UN guilty of interfering with Venezuela's pro-life provision
The United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) is up to their old tricks again and this time they're backpedaling, getting caught in one lie after another as they have been called on the carpet by Venezuela's press and the Church for warning Venezuela that it would violate international conventions by stating that life begins at the moment of conception. The bishops of Venezuela went on the offensive, counseling their clergy to preach stronger than ever against the evils of abortion at all Masses yesterday. The new president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, who promotes himself as a strong pro-lifer, has been strangely silent on the UN's threat. For more, click on UN trying to forcefeed the culture of death.
Number 25 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
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Forty-eighth installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in 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 events that occurred on November 9th
DAILY LITURGY for Ordinary Time on Tuesday and Wednesday.
More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
And more in our 212th issue for 1999!
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz
The energetic shepherd from the heartland has made the Lincoln Diocese an oasis for orthodoxism as his flocks' loyalty to the Magisterium has produced abundant fruits
Today we bring you the 26th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz, the loyal shepherd of the Lincoln, Nebraska Diocese who has gained in popularity among those loyal to the Holy See. He has become one of the staunchest voices in calling for compliance to all the Church teaches and professes. He's had his share of run-ins with the modernists but, armed with the truths of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, he never wavered in standing up to such dissident groups as A Call To Action, "Catholics" for a Free Choice and We Are church. For more on the 26th selection, click on BISHOP FABIAN BRUSKEWITZ
Loyal Catholics, sign in please...
In his column today, Pat Ludwa turns temporary gameshow host in asking for the identity of the true Vatican II. But, as he illustrates, it is no game when it comes to our Faith; for the misinformation that has been propagandized by such dissidents as Call to Action and that ilk has done great harm to the faithful. Pat shows that all that the modernists espouse turn to puddy and crumble in the sands of shallow belief when compared to the solid foundation that Christ has established on His Rock - the Church, headed by His Vicar on earth and regulated through the Magisterium of the Church. In this gameshow it is not a democracy and the clue to winning is called "obedience." The prize is not the American church, but rather the universal Church loyal to all Rome teaches without exception. Anything less and the "game" is over! Pat points out that it is time for the real Vatican II to stand up and be counted...and to bury, once and for all the destructive "spirit of Vatican II" that has haunted us since the late sixties and has just gained more steam as the lies continue to pile on higher and higher. In effect, the barn is getting full and it's time to clean it out! For Pat's column Will the real Vatican II please stand up! , click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Holy Father once again reiterates need to forgive all debts to show the true value of wealth as God intended
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 concentrating on forgiving one's neighbor of debt especially richer nations towards third world or poorer nations. He didn't stop there, entreating all Christians to consider forgiving debts as a new beginning for the Jubilee Year 2000. For the Pope's words on his talk, "Jubilee calls for Economic Solidarity," click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
Retired Bishop of Sion Cardinal Henri Schwery is Switzerland's only cardinal
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-twentieth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 79 year-old Cardinal Henri Schwery, Switzerland's sole member of the Sacred Conclave. Born and raised in the Diocese of Sion, he has spent practically his entire life there including the chief shepherd there from 1977 to 1995 when he retired. He was elevated to the cardinalate during Pope John Paul II's Consistory of June 28, 1991. For more on Cardinal Henri Schwery, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Appreciation of rebuilding bridges with those who turned their backs on the Church
Today we continue our 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-seventh installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events Today in Church History
On this day 1,602 years ago in 397 Saint Martin of Tours was called to his Heavenly home after a life of dedication to God. He fought valiantly for the Church against heresy and was not afraid to preach to royalty as well as the pauper. His feast day is celebrated in the universal Church this Thursday. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Leave the judging to God
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".
" There is so much goodness at one moment, badness at another, sin in one instance, virtue in another, sobriety at one post, excess in another, that it is well to leave the judgment to God and to give the most charitable interpretation one can."
Today is the Thirty-second Monday in Ordinary Time while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignette on tomorrow's feast, click on DAILY LITURGY.
The DAILY WORD
"And He said to His disciples, 'It is impossible that scandals should not come; but woe to him through whom they come! It were better for him if a millstone were hung about his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother sin, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if seven times in the day he sin against thee, and seven times in the day turn back to thee, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him.'"
Luke 17: 1-4
October 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Do not forget: this is a time of grace; that is why, pray, pray,
pray! Thank you for having responded to my call.