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Confirmation of miracles could pave way for Blessed Padre Pio's sainthood in 2001!
A British publication is claiming that the Holy See is meticulously investigating two miracles purported to be attributed to the intercession of Blessed Padre Pio whom the Holy Father beatified earlier this year. Both cases involve Italians, one a young Sicilian who emerged from a coma and a man from Naples who was cured of a paralysis. If they are both approved by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints it will put the Capuchin priest's canonization on the fast track and he could very well be canonized in the year 2001. For more, click on Padre Pio closer to canonization
Phil Lawler, Editor of Catholic World Report and Catholic World News launches his campaign as a third-party candidate to unseat Ted Kennedy with announcement on Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
The date for the surprise announcement by Philip Lawler, the respected editor of the excellent monthly publication by Ignatius Press Catholic World Report, and the editor-in-chief of the equally excellent Catholic World News - carried regularly here in the DAILY CATHOLIC - was not a coincidence but well planned by the third-party Catholic candidate to coincide with the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary Thursday for it was against overwhelming odds that the Christian troops were victorious through the recitation of the Rosary. Phil has an uphill battle ahead of him but considering the culture of death platform of his opponent, the "cafeteria" Catholic joke Ted Kennedy, we can only get out our Rosaries and pray for another upset of magnifying proportions. For more, click on The new Don Juan of Austria in Massachusetts? .
Italian author defends Pope Pius XII of slander by author of "Hitler's Pope" - points out how that British author denigrates the Jews by attacking the Pope
Well-respected Italian author Antonio Gaspari pokes holes in every argument offered by British journalist John Cornwell who wrote a scathing attack on Pope Pius XII with the title "Hitler's Pope". Gaspari exposed the lies of Cornwall in an exclusive interview with ZENIT News Agency just before Father Pierre Blet, S.J. released his book "Pius XII and the Second World War in the Vatican Archives" this weekend. The latter exonerates, through definitive proof of any charges against the former Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, the 260th successor of Peter who is seen as in actuality assisting countless Jews during the war, a fact confirmed by many Jewish experts of that time and Jewish leaders today. It makes Cornwall look like the total buffoon he is! For more, click on God's Pope not Hitler's .
Plot thickens in Bishop's Murder Trial as Prosecutor flees Guatamala
Fearing for his life, the prosecutor of the case covering the murder of Guatamalan Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, bludgeoned to death in April last year, was forced to flee the country leaving the trial in limbo for the time being as the government and military continue to intimidate and do everything unlegal to cover up the true culprits of the human-rights advocate bishop's murder - high military personnel sanctioned by the Guatamala government. The Church and human rights groups have put pressure on the government but still the trial plods along with cover-up and mirage scapegoats offered instead. For more, click on As the trial turns .
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Number 44 in our countdown of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY
Thirtieth 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 October 12th
DAILY LITURGY for the Twenty-eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time and the Twenty-eighth Wednesday in Ordinary Time.
More gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
And more in our 194th issue for 1999!
TOP CATHOLIC OF THE CENTURY
Bob and Penny Lord
Through their Commitment to Evangelization through Communication with their Journeys of Faith ministry the Lord has an able ally
in Bob and Penny Lord
Today we bring you the 44th person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose the marriage team of Bob and Penny Lord, founders of Journeys of Faith ministry, authors of twenty books and hundreds of videos and well-known on EWTN. As a team they are one which comes through in their talks and videos as one picks up right where the other left off without missing a beat. Their story, like so many Catholics, is one of struggle and survival and then triumph through the simple submission of their will to the Divine Will. For more on the 44th selection, click on BOB AND PENNY LORD
We need to be powered by God in order to tap into that Almighty Power!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa illustrates how any "power" we possess comes ONLY from God. It does not come from within, or from crystals or mantras or self-hypnosis or any other New Age devices. Power within does not come from self-will but from submitting our wills to God's Will as Pat shows how the Son of God set the example with His fiat to His Father, "Not My will, but Thy will be done". Pat proceeds to show how God has shown man, without a shadow of a doubt, that He alone has the Power, not man and the faster we realize that, the better off we will all be and be able to not only accept whatever comes our way in life, but offer all joys and sufferings up to Him for merit and graces. In other words, we rev up that Power through our "Yes" to God and then can more readily run on all cylinders on the road to Heaven. For Pat's column Whose Power?, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Holy Father calls all to practice theological virtue of charity to grow closer in God's Love
In his most recent regular weekly Wednesday Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II spoke how man "is called to love God with total commitment and, in his relationship with his brothers and sisters, to display a love inspired by that very love of God. Conversion means to convert oneself to love." After recalling the mercy of God during the Old Testament, the Pontiff stated that the New Testament "presents us the dynamism of love centered on Jesus,
beloved Son of the Father." For the Pope's words on his talk, "Who loves has known God, because God is Love," click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
New York-born Italian citizen Cardinal Opilio Rossi helped promote the increase of International Eucharistic Congresses as President of that Committee
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is 79 year-old Cardinal Opilio Rossi, who has one year of eligibility left in the College of Cardinals before turning 80 after serving as Nuncio to Germany during the war. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Paul VI during the Consistory of May 24, 1976. For more on Cardinal Opilio Rossi, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Appreciation of the Dignity of the Priesthood
Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the great treasuries of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. We continue with the hierarchy and the priesthood, treating today the Dignity of the Priesthood. For the twenty-ninth installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events Today in Church History
On this day 696 years ago in 1303 Pope Boniface VIII, the 193rd successor of Peter, who was a feisty and no-nonsense, stubborn pontiff who would take on all comers. This included the manipulative monarch of France King Philip IV better known as Philip the Fair but he was anything but fair. He constantly interferred in ecclesiastical matters and when push came to shove both Boniface and Philip excommunicated each other, but Boniface had the greatest impact with his landmark Papal Bull Unam Sanctam which determined that the supremacy of spiritual power over temporal power. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
We must share our gifts with all!
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".
" The powerful are always under obligation to the weak. Advantage of any kind is not a personal possession but a trust. St. Paul said: 'I am obligated to both Greeks and barbarians; to the wise and the foolish alike' (Romans 1: 14). In reality, of course, he owed the Greeks nothing - they had persecuted him; and the barbarians he had never seen. But Paul was conscious that God had conferred upon him great gifts and he felt bound to share these gifts with others who did not yet possess them."
The first three days of this week are all Ordinary Time with today being the Twenty-eighth Monday in Ordinary Time and tomorrow's Twenty-eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.
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.
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