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Chaldean Patriarch confirms that Iraqi Papal Visit won't be before the next millennium
Though the Vatican has not officially confirmed it, more and more it looks like the Holy Father's planned visit to Ur in Iraq to trace the footsteps of Abraham will not take place in early December but possibly in January if other obstacles can be cleared. Time was running out for an amiable agreement to the visit by the Iraqi government and so it will definitely be a "Jubilee Journey" for all will then take place in 2000. The Pope still hopes to visit the birthplace of Abraham and Mt. Sinai where Moses received the ten tablets as well as journey to the Holy Land to walk where Our Lord walked. Later next year the Vicar of Christ hopes to conclude his historic journey by going to Syria, Greece or Turkey to touch on the journey of the Apostle Saint Paul. For more, click on Delay in Iraq
Partial birth abortion bans upheld by courts of appeals in Illinois and Wisconsin, more states hope to follow suit as it looks like challenge will go to Supreme Court
Finally some good news on the pro-life front! A federal appeals court upheld the bans on late trimester abortions in Illinois and Wisconsin. Twenty of thirty other states where local judges have overruled the ban, are expected to follow suit setting up a further challenge to the Supreme Court. Pro-aborts are outraged by the decision and vowed to appeal but what it comes down to is that their appeal is not very appealing to the young innocent pre-borns whose lives are threatened by the selfish agenda of the culture of death. For more, click on A defeat for the culture of death.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with many denominations of religious leaders who gather in prayer at Assisi for Inter-religious Conference hosted by Cardinal Arinze
The scene shifted from Rome to Assisi Wednesday when the President for the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue Cardinal Francis Arinze accompanied 230 religious leaders from various faiths to the town whose most famous son is the esteemed Saint Francis of Assisi. The group convened in the lower church of the main basilica in Assisi reopened after earthquake damage. The theme was to tear down the walls of ignorance and prejudice between faiths. The group will return to Rome today for a special meeting with the Pope. For more, click on Breaking down the walls .
Cardinal George entreats gays to forsake their sin and embrace the teaching of Christ by leading a celibate life
Why is it some publications want to implicate by association? That was the underlying impression when The Wanderer reported last week that the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, OMI spoke at the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian & Gay Ministries held in Chicago. What the ultra-conservative paper failed to include is that Cardinal George was entreating the participants to be obedient to the Church's teaching on homosexuality and that he would not allow such a gathering if it was intent on lambasting the Vatican or circumventing the doctrines of the Church and Sacred Scripture. He invited those to come forward to join Courage, an organization for Catholic gays who, despite their inclinations, remain faithful leading celibate lives as opposed to such groups as Dignity which advocates an active illicit sex life and rakes the Church over the coals for refusing to recognize and be lenient to their sinful ways. For more, click on Cardinal George entreats gays to toe the line.
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The 30th selection of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
Heart-filled words from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto in her column GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Forty-third installment of our new daily feature APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on October 29th through 31st
DAILY LITURGY for the weekend of the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time including the Solemnity of All Saints celebrated this year on Sunday as well as Monday, November 1.
Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN and we highlight another Prince of the Church: Cardinal Alexandre Jose Maria dos Santos, OFM of Mozambique in our COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
...and much more in our 207th issue for 1999!
TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY Countdown - Number 31:
Father Frank A. Pavone
The dynamic, energetic Director for Priests for Life has been a major force in the battle for defending life in all its stages
Today we bring you the 31st person selected out of the TOP 100 CATHOLICS OF THE CENTURY. The voters chose Father Frank Anthony Pavone, the 40 year-old priest from New York who has become one of the world's leading advocates for the pro-life movement as Director for the mushrooming Priests for Life non-profit organization and as an official of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Ordained by Cardinal John J. O'Connor in 1988, he has dedicated the rest of his life to upholding and defending the Sanctity of Life and has become a permanent fixture on EWTN and the new Catholic Radio Network. For more on the 31st selection, click on FATHER FRANK PAVONE
See no evil, hear no evil, beware of speaking evil for it lurks where you least expect it!
In his column today, Pat Ludwa warns about the hidden demons in the denizons of doublespeak who say one thing, but mean something else. They lull unsuspecting souls into a false sense of security, sneaking up on them in sheeps' clothing and not revealing the wolf within until it is too late to escape the clutches of the goblins of greed and power. It happened with Hitler and it is happening again today in our system of checks and balances where the scale is tilting toward self-righteousness and the means justifies the end rather than the end justifying the means. This is evident with the pro-aborts, the gay rights advocates, the live-and-let-live pacifists who preach tolerance for all as long as one adheres to what they want. Any veering from that agenda and we see how they really feel about tolerance. But that is what Christ preaches: tolerance and forgiveness. He asks us to be on our guard, but do not shut out the sinner, only the sin. For Pat's column The hidden face of evil!, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
Appreciation of the Indefectibility of the Church
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 conclude our two part feature on the Indefectibility of the Church showing how no matter the obstacles, Christ's promise to with His Church until the end of time proves true at every turn in Church history. For the forty-second installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH
Events that happened this day in Church History
Today is the 41st anniversary of the day when an aged Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected the 261st successor of Peter after the death of Pope Pius XII who had served for nineteen years. Roncalli, at 77 was a compromise candidate, a sort of stop-gap on the twelfth ballot until the College of Cardinals could decide on another successor for they didn't expect the former Patriarch of Venice to live long. But he fooled them all as Pope John XXIII, calling for the Second Vatican Council in an announcement that took everyone by surprise on January 25, 1959 on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul at St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls in Rome and the rest, as they say is history. His pontificate lasted from this date in 1958 to June 3, 1963 during which time he convened the 21st Ecumenical Council on October 11, 1962. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
SIMPLY SHEEN: Reaching out in tender mercy
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".
"Virtuous innocence never claims immunity from the guilt of others. That is why an innocent woman was found at the foot of the Cross. The truest sympathy is found in those who, with the strength of love, come out of the sunshine into the gloom and dimness of others, to touch wounds tenderly, as though their own nerves throbbed with pain."
The clarion sounds as a wake-up call to Catholics as we provide a review of all past articles on the Church today
Like our other feature series, we present installments 1 through 105 of this series which is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as we prepare for this glorious event - the second coming of Christ and the Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Second Pentecost, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the Advent of Peace. To read any of the over one-hundred previous installments in this long on-going series, click on the Archives ofWHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
The DAILY WORD
"And when day broke, He summoned His disciples; and from these He chose twelve (whom He also named apostles): Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alpheus, and Simon called the Zealot; Jude the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who turned traitor."
Luke 6: 13-16
Today is the Feast of the Apostles SAINT SIMON, known as "the Zealot," and SAINT JUDE THADDEUS, the brother of James who is the patron saint of hopeless cases. Tomorrow we commemorate the Thirtieth Friday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these two Apostles, click on DAILY LITURGY.
To review past articles in textonly format, click on Archives.