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Proof of Life in the Womb documented in crystal clear photo of fetus' hand grasping doctor's finger after operation to save baby, but Fox News bans photo, stirs controversy.
Fox won't show it, but we will. With amazing evidence of life inside the womb, photographer Michael Clancy captured on film the phenomenal photo of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Armas grasping the finger of Dr. Joseph P. Bruner with his infinitesimal still-being-formed hand in a gesture of gratitude for the surgeon's efforts to alleviate the effects of spina bifida at the parents' request. Matt Drudge of internet fame intended to use the photo on his Fox program a while back but the network, fearing he would use it to rail against partial-birth abortions, refused him permission, creating a real stink with pro-lifers and freedom of speech advocates. Fox's loss is the DAILY CATHOLIC readers' gain in verifying undeniable proof that life does begin at conception. For more, click on Sanctity of Life photo.
The 18th selection in the Countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Bishops nearing eleventh hour in showdown over compliance with Pope's directives in Ex Corde Ecclesia, call for end to Iraq boycott and Nazareth mosque
The bishops continued with their end-of-the-millennium conference in Washington D.C. this week as some of the more liberal bishops tried to stave off a vote on conformity for Catholic Education per the Pope's Ex Corde Ecclesia. The showdown is today as a vote will be called for with 2/3rds majority needed for passage. Meanwhile dissident homosexuals tried to disrupt proceedings with protests across from the conference, but the bishops dismissed it as saying they must follow the true teachings of the Church on homosexuality which undeniably call for abstinence. Besides calling for an end to the boycott in Iraq, they voted unanimously to ask Israel to stop the construction of the proposed mosque in Nazareth. For more, click on NCCB.
Holy Father inaugurates magnificent chapel that transcends millenniums
Those who are privileged to attend a private Mass in the Holy Father's papal chapel will see what many are calling the "Sistine Chapel for 2000" with mosaic artwork that transcends the centuries and millenniums inside the papal oratory of the Vatican Apostolic Palace which is called the Redemptoris Mater Chapel. If you haven't seen pictures, you'll enjoy the description inside. For more, click on New Papal Chapel
More and more it looks like Iraq will be launching point for Pope's historic "Jubilee Journey" in January
From all indications coming out of Baghdad the beginning the Holy Father's historic "Jubilee Journey" could be on again, as early as January 16-20 in 2000. That is the word from Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Bidawid whose predictions in the past have been right on. Never giving up hope that the Papal trip would still take place, he has worked closely with the Holy See and the Saddam Hussein regime to keep communications open and has indicated that Vatican officials will fly to Baghdad next week to lay out details for the Pope's itinerary. The NCCB has voted to ask Bill Clinton to rescind the economic embargo against Iraq while at the same time sites in Ur have been undergoing renovation at Hussein's command paving the way for the Holy Father to retrace the footsteps of Abraham. All that's missing is a formal invitation from Saddam. For more, click on Iraq.
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A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
Fifty-fifth installment on our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Retro issues of our on-going series in our feature series on the Church today with the Archives of WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on November 18th.
DAILY LITURGY for Thursday in Ordinary Time plus the Feast of the Dedication of Sts. Peter and Paul Basilicas in Rome and the Feast of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin, Religious and Missionary plus the 33rd Friday in Ordinary Time.
Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
...and more in our 218th issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY COUNTDOWN:
The Question: How do you refute the lies spewed out about Catholicism? Karl Keating had the Answer: Catholic Answers!
Today we bring you the 19th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Karl Keating, the dedicated apologist who became so frustrated with anti-Catholic tracts that he decided to fight fire with fire - the Fire of the Holy Spirit by refuting those lies and from it grew the international apologetic apostolate Catholic Answers and the monthly magazine This Rock. For the past 17 years Karl has assembled a reputable cadre of apologists and evangelists to combat anti-Catholicism and educate all to the Truths of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. For more, click on Karl KeatingI
Seven Sovereign Pontiffs who guided the Church in the first half of the eighth century
We continue with our on-going series of this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we feature the seven Sovereign Pontiffs from the first half of the eighth century which includes three saintly Popes in a row culminating with the death of Pope Saint Zachary in 752. For Installment twenty-seven The Agony and ecstasy of the Church after Pope Gregory the Great - part four: "The Apostolic Line of Peter during the first half of the eighth century" in the BARQUE OF PETER
Events Today in Church History
On this date 697 years ago in 1302 Saint Gertrude the Great died at a Benedictine monastery of Helfta in Germany at the age of 46 after a lifetime of writings and mysticism that included receiving the special Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory. She was canonized 374 years later by Pope Clement X who assigned her feastday as November 16th. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Appreciation of Purgatory
The Heroic Act of Charity
Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We look again today at that merciful gift from God - Purgatory - where we are able to be cleansed before looking upon the Beatific Vision forever. There have been many misconceptions about this intermediate "stopping off point" between earth and Heaven and today we continue with the Heroic Act of Charity. For the fifty-fourth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Tokyo's Archbishop Cardinal Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi has been shepherd of Japan's largest See for thirty years in his attempts to solidify Catholics in Asia
Our one-hundred-twenty-fourth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is the 71 year-old Japanese Cardinal Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi, Archbishop of Tokyo, the largest city in the world. For the past thirty years he has been shepherd of the Tokyo See as well as a unifier of Asian Catholics. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
SIMPLY SHEEN:Joy cannot be manufactured
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".
"Lasting happiness can never come from the world. Joy is not derived from the things we get or the people we meet; it is manufactured by the soul itself, as it goes about its self-forgetful business."
Today we commemorate the Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Wife, Mother and Religious while tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of Sts. Peter and Paul Basilicas in Rome and Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne plus the 33rd Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
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.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
The DAILY WORD
"I say to you that to everyone who has shall be given; but from him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away. But as for these My enemies, who did not want Me to be king over them, bring them here and slay them in My presence."
Luke 19: 26-27
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.