NEWS & VIEWS
Vatican makes it official with more details of Holy Father's "Jubilee Journey" including late March trip to Holy Land and date of Mea Culpa Day for universal Church
While working behind closed doors to resolve the problems of the planned mosque immediately next door to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth which we covered yesterday, the Vatican was upbeat with the announcement that the Holy Father was cleared to travel to the Holy Land in the latter part of March to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and His Disciples in a strictly spiritual journey with no political undertones whatsoever. It was also mentioned that the Pope will open an unprecedented four Holy Doors at the four patriarchal churches in Rome. He will also increase the number of days of beatification to three - March 5, April 9 and September 3 and two canonization dates - May 21 and November 1. There is much speculation as to who will be canonized or beatified - ranging from modern Popes to Mother Teresa. For more, click on Jubilee activities
Holy Father demands the German Bishops uphold the Sanctity of Life at all costs during his no-holds barred stern ad limina talk
The Holy Father didn't hold anything back in addressing and dressing down the German Bishops in Rome for their ad limina visit. The Pope took off the gloves and told the prelates that they had better toe the line and preserve life. It is no secret there have been problems with the German episcopal body in regard the Government vouchers for abortion counseling and the seaping in of modernist thinking and the Holy Father was not shy in bringing up dissidence and relativism as cancers that need to be eradicated for the Church to thrive in Germany. For more, click on Sour Krauts meet the Pope.
Fired St. John's University Soccer Coach kicks ball into Court's court in crying foul
On the heels of the Bishops' passage of mandatory enforcement of the Pope's guidelines in Ex Corde Ecclesia, university administrators may be a bit embarassed over the latest flap that threatens to reveal the underbelly of many universities who are selling out. One of those accused was St. John's University in New York City, considered the largest Catholic institution of higher learning in America. Fired assistant coach James Heady charges that St. John's has forsaken human dignity for the almighty dollar in selling out to massive manufacturing giant Nike, thus betraying the Catholic ideals they should promote. For more, click on Penalty kick?.
Mother of Princess Diana carries through with her daughter's wish to help handicapped children travel to Lourdes
The mother of the late Princess Diana is trying to do something for both handicapped children and Our Lady by producing an album that will help fund pilgrimages for handicapped children to Lourdes where they, through God's Mercy, hope to be healed of their maladies. Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd , who converted to Catholicism in 1994 after two divorces, is reluctant to grab the limelight but in announcing this special promotion for handicapped and Lourdes she attested to Diana's sincere interest in these areas and wouldn't have undertaken it if Diana had not wanted it. For more, click on Diana's mother and Lourdes.
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From King Tut to Pokemon, kings come and go but only One King remains...forever!
In this weekend's editorial, we look back on the regal reigns of so many fallible monarchs and realize their kingdoms have dissolved while One Kingdom remains ever constant and One King in the great moral Monarchy the King of Kings established. We also delve into the Pokemon phenomena and expose it as another achilles heel that could cripple parents if they are not careful. For the commentary, Hear ye! Hear ye! The King has spoken! All hear the King! , 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 fourth of a multiple series. For her column this weekend, Kathy's Rosary Story part four, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
After nearly fourty years of service in the Secretariat of State Cardinal Achille Silvestrini was chosen to head the Congregation for Oriental Churches in 1991
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-twenty-second red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 77 year-old Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches who has worked in the Secretariat of State since 1953. His experience dealing with Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict and other wars, makes him eminently capable of dealing with his current curial post. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the Consistory of June 28, 1988. For more on Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events this weekend in Church History
Friday is the 455th anniversary of the day when Pope Paul III officially called for the landmark 19th Ecumenical Council in the Tridentine mountain village in the remote regions of northern Italy. Because of its location it was forever remembered as the Council of Trent and lasted until 1563 in which it condemned Protestantism, enacted reforms and launched the Counter Reformation. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Solemnity of CHRIST THE KING
This weekend we celebrate the glorious Solemnity of CHRIST THE KING which signals the end of the Liturgical Year with the First Sunday of Advent the following week. Before Sunday's Feast we commemorate the 33rd Friday and Saturday in Ordinary Time, shared with the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on WEEKEND LITURGY
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 complete today the short two-week series on 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 we hope to convey what the Church teaches about Purgatory. For the fifty-sixth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
To reach the heights takes total effort
The DAILY WORD
Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Solemnity of CHRIST THE KING:
"But when the Son of Man shall come in His majesty, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory; and before Him will be gathered all the nations and He will separate them one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. "
Matthew 25: 31-33
"Pocket Monsters" pick pockets of millions of gullible kids and parents with monstrous opening week for "Pokemon"
Top Ten Films for the second week of November
The phenomenon of Pokemon swept through America like a Samurai sword in a subliminal Tsunami this past week as "Pokemon: The First Movie" more than quadrupled its competition with a record take for the first week. Our editorial today best sums up the subliminal message within the entire phenomena that has the promotional wizards calling out the wizards to infiltrate and alter young minds. As for the Top Ten reviews for the second week of November prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
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".
"Pleasures must be arranged in a hierarchy if we are to get the greatest enjoyment out of life. The most intense and lasting joys come only to those who are willing to practice a certain self-restraint, to undergo the boredom of a preliminary discipline. The best view is from the mountain-top, but it may be arduous to reach it."
COUNTDOWN TO THE JUBILEE:
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