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Jubilee Journey could be in Jeopardy with Israel's insensitivities toward Christians of Nazareth
A major roadblock to the Holy Father's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land in 2000 has arisen in Nazareth, home of the Savior of the world. The problem stems from Islamic interference and the construction of a Moslem mosque immediately next to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Michel Sabbah Israel's compromise agreement to allow the arab construction poses a threat to Christians and he, along with the Pope and many other Christians, wonder about the timing. For more, click on Journey in Jeopardy
Holy See decries French move to condone homosexuality and promiscuity
The Vatican strongly condemned the French government's caving to the homosexual element in passing a bill that will give same-sex unions and non-married heterosexual couples the same rights as married couples, thus weakening the sacredness of marriage and opening the door for more immorality. It is something Our Lady warned about at Rue de Bac, Lourdes and La Salette, all French apparitions sites. The same aberration was passed in California last week. When will it end? For more, click on France caves in.
Judge overrules parental notification law as culture of death gains a foothold in Florida
Florida is proving that parents don't count as a circuit judge has overturned a parental consent law that would have required parental notification if a daughter was to get an abortion. With this new aberration of the courts, now a girl can do whatever she wants with no repercussions or control by those God placed in charge but the state takes away. For more, click on Florida fiasco.
Virgin of Zapopan brings out millions to honor Our Lady on her feast day in Mexico
While crowds flocked to shrines of Our Lady of Pilar in Spain and Venezuela and other Spanish countries, the faithful of Mexico poured into Guadalajara by the millions to honor the Virgin of Zapopan on her feast day. She was carried in procession from the downtown Cathedral in a ceremony dating back to 1735 and ranks second only to Our Lady of Guadalupe for veneration by the Mexican people. For more, click on Virgin of Zapopan.
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One who displays greatness is worthy of being called by such a title!
In this weekend's editorial, we feature the accomplishments of the Holy Father on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of his pivotal pontificate and offer the idea that shouldn't he someday be seriously considered not only for sainthood, but as an esteemed Doctor of the Church. We also project that his greatness can best be summed up in the same manner as Pope Saint Leo I and Pope Saint Gregory I are known: "the Great." Can you think of a greater Pope in respect to all he has done? That's why we call this weekend's commentary, John Paul the Great, Doctor of the Church. Just click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT
More on why St. Teresa is a Doctor of the Church
In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shares with us who Saint Teresa of Avila was in simple phrases as the saint would want, for she did not want to complicate the faith but make it more accessible for all and to instill in the people, especially her fellow religious that prayer was giving of the heart and one didn't need to be intelligent to converse with God. Sister shows how this dynamic Doctor of the Church had a great sense of humor and appreciation for the simple things, but would tolerate no atrocities against the Faith or the rule and constitution of her Order which she reformed to bring her fellow religious more in line with the spirit of the rule. From the spirit would follow the letter of the law Teresa rationed. Even though she was a humble nun, she wasn't timid. In fact some consider her downright feisty for she wasn't afraid to take on bishops or priests who were in violation of God's laws and His Holy Church's teachings. For her column this weekend, The Essence of St. Teresa of Avila, click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
As Vicar General of Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini keeps tabs of all 320 parishes in Rome for the Bishop of Rome John Paul II
We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our one-hundred-eleventh red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is 68 year-old Cardinal Camillo Ruini of Italy, who was appointed Vicar General of Rome by His Holiness on July 1, 1991 three days after receiving the cardinate during the Consistory of June 28, 1991. For more on Cardinal Camillo Ruini, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
Events this weekend in Church History
Sunday is the 87th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II's predecessor Pope John Paul I who was born Albino Luciano in 1912 in Belluno, Italy and chose the name John and Paul both to honor his two predecessors. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla honored them as well as his immediate predecessor by taking the same name. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history from October 15th through October 17th, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND
This weekend we honor Saint Teresa of Avila on Friday, Saint Hedwig and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on Saturday along with the Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. Sunday is not only the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time but also the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch in preparation for Monday's Feast of Saint Luke, the Evangelist. For the liturgies, readings, meditations and vignettes on the Saturday feasts, click on LITURGY
Appreciation of the Foundation of the Church
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 with the second part on the Foundation of the Church. For the thirty-third installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
The DAILY WORD
Taken from the Gospel for the Mass on the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
"Render, therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Matthew 22: 21
Triple Trouble for competitors of Double Jeopardy
Top Ten Films for the second week of October
Despite strong competition from Harrison Ford's newest vehicle "Random Hearts," and the George Clooney pic about a heist after the Gulf War called "Three Kings," the surprising film "Double Jeopardy" starring Tommy Lee Jones fended off all competition to remain in the top spot for the third consecutive week. The rest of the pack showed poorly as is usually the case this time of the year with such poor fare as is presently being offered. For the Top Ten reviews for the second week of October prepared by the NCCB, click on MOVIES AND MORALS
It if is not the flame of the Holy Spirit, you could get burned!
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".
"Spiritual fires never cool, because they are not fed by glands, but glow with the coals lighted at the furnace of Heaven, such as touched the lips of the prophet. Many of the false enthusiasms in the world today come from unhappy minds in unhappy bodies. They find a spurious happiness in setting destructive fires, buring down the temples of worship and the home of morality."
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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