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Chaldean Patriarch refutes claims that Vatican has suspended plans for Papal Visit to Iraq, claims it's still very much on for December
Despite reports yesterday that the Vatican has suspended plans for the Pope's first leg of his "Jubilee Journey" that was to take him to Ur and retrace the footsteps of Abraham and then on to Egypt and Mount Sinai to kneel where Moses received the tablets of the Ten Commandments, Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid, head of the Chaldean Church in Iraq, said from London that all will be ironed out and the Holy Father will continue as scheduled despite the seemingly political obstacles facing his visit presently. The visit is totally spiritual and it is doubtful he will make any political statements. For more, click on Off-again, on-again papal trip
Bishop Belo sees starvation in great numbers on his return to East Timor, calls for more international help
No sooner had Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo returned to his beloved homeland of East Timor and his see of Dili than he came face to face with the fierce starvation crisis facing this Catholic nation, so devastated over the past month. He called on the international community's conscience to rescue the people from this terrible plight caused by barbaric acts of war by the pro-Indonesian militia youth aided by members of the Indonesian military. For more, click on East Timor troubles.
Pilgrimage of St. Therese's relics begins 4-month tour of United States in Washington D.C.
The relics of the famed Carmelite saint and newest Doctor of the Church Saint Therese of the Child Jesus are currently on display at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception this weekend before heading out on a 25 state, multiple diocese tour for the next four months so the faithful will be able to venerate this saint of Lisieux, both first class and second class relics. For more, click on Little Flower's relics.
California governor sells out to Culture of Death and path to immorality with passage of domestic partners law
Opening the door for a blatant spread of homosexuality and promiscuous sex that will greatly diminish the sacred institution of marriage and family, Democrat Governor Gray Davis, supposedly a Catholic but a pro-abort from the word go, further dug his own grave by signing the Domestic Partnership Law that will allow same-sex couples and heterosexual unmarried couples living together to receive the same insurance and government benefits as married couples. To further show the depravity of Davis, he signed two other bills that force health plans to cover contraception regardless of whether the HMO believes it is morally wrong. And to think Californians narrowly missed out on electing morally upright, strong Catholic who is now on Catholic Radio. For more, click on Davis defies morals.
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"Vengeance is Mine, saith the Lord"
In this weekend's editorial, we tackle a sticky issue: the death penalty and how emotions can cloud our conscience and cause many pro-lifers to allow that atrocity while fighting vigorously against abortion and euthanasia. They forget that they must be fully committed to upholding life in all its stages and that includes crusading for the most vile of criminals and murderers. Not easy, but absolutely necessary as God's Laws dictate and as the Holy Father has asserted for so long. For the commentary, It takes a heroic heart to overcome the hurt and the hate!, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Why St. Teresa of Avila is a Doctor of the Church
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shares with us poignant, insightful and common sense gems imparted by the first Teresa - Saint Teresa of Avila, one of three women Doctors of the Church. The simplicity and logic of her offerings make it perfectly clear why she has been accorded such a high honor by Holy Mother Church for she lived and conveyed all that she preached. She would not compromise her faith even during a time when laxity ruled. She faced fierce opposition to reforming the rule of her Order to bring her fellow religious back in line with God's Will. These gems Sister Lucy shares with us give us an inkling of what kind of person St. Teresa was and remind us of two others who share that name - Saint Therese of Liseux and Mother Teresa For her column this weekend, Priceless Gems from St. Teresa of Avila, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Mexico City's youthful Archbishop Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera has been a major influence in helping unite the Americas
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-eighth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is 57 year-old Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico, the youthful Archbishop of Mexico City since 1985 who has been influential in spreading devotion of Our Lady of Guadalupe as the Virgin of the Americas both north and south and uniting the western hemisphere for the Sanctity of Life. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II during the Pope's most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998. For more on Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events this weekend in Church History
Saturday is the 41st anniversary of the death of the 260th successor of Peter Pope Pius XII whose pontificate lasted nineteen and a half years and the Pontiff who declared the Dogma of the Assumption in 1950. During his regime another faithful servant of the Church became a martyr during World War II at Auschwitz and it was this Polish saint who was canonized seventeen years ago this Sunday when Pope John Paul II elevated fellow Pole Saint Maximilian Kolbe to sanctity in 1982, the Holy Father's first canonization in which he has beatified and canonized more blesseds and saints than any Pontiff in the history of the Church. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
This weekend is mostly devoted to Ordinary Time shared on Saturday by the Feast of Saint Denis, bishop and his martyred companions and the Feast of Saint John Leonardi, priest and religious founder as well as the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Sunday is not only the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time but also Vocation Awareness Sunday and Laity Sunday. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the Saturday feasts, click on LITURGY
Appreciation of Preparation for the Priesthood: Minor and Major Orders
This weekend we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the great treasuries of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. Coinciding with Vocation Awareness Sunday we bring you this weekend the process for preparing for the priesthood and why these steps are so important to the character and goals of the priesthood. For the twenty-eighth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The DAILY WORD
Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"The kingdom of Heaven is like a king who made a marriage feast for his son...Then he said to his servants, 'The marriage feast indeed is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy; go therefore to the crossroads, and invite to the marriage feast whomever you shall find."
Matthew 22: 1, 8-9
Double Trouble for competitors of Double Jeopardy
Top Ten Films for the first week of October
It was double trouble for all other films competing against Tommy Lee Jones' taut drama "Double Jeopardy" for it landed in the top spot for the second week in a row, fending off the film most thought would finish on top, "Three Kings" which has drawn rave reviews by the critics. As far as the rest of the fare, critics and audiences agree it's not worth much and the NCCB hasn't been too impressed, for they have yet to post reviews on three of the new films in the Top Ten. Our guess is it may not be worth it for they shouldn't be there long. For the Top Ten reviews for the first week of October prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
SIMPLY SHEEN: We can't afford to be smug!
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".
"Jealousy or the grudging of good to others cause many minds to rejoice in the failures and sufferings of others. Secretly they feel that sin in others pulls them down to their level, or at least the others no longer enjoy superiority."
September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! Today again I call you to become carriers of my peace. In a special way, now when it is being said that God is far away, He has truly never been nearer to you. I call you to renew prayer in your families by reading the Sacred Scripture and to experience joy in meeting with God Who infinitely loves His creatures. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE