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February 4, 1998
volume 9, no. 25
February 4, 1998

Governor George Bush failed to grant a stay of executionKarla Faye Tucker was executed late yesterday afternoonHoly Father made an appeal to save the condemned killer Karla Faye Tucker "Now, Lord, You may dismiss Your servant!"

     Yesterday was a sad day for those who foster the culture of life when Karla Faye Tucker, only the second woman to be executed in the United States since the Civil War, was injected on the execution "platform" at Huntsville Texas at 6:30 p.m. Central Time and within eight minutes was no longer among the living. Despite pleas by the Holy Father to Texas Governor George Bush no clemency was given. In today's commentary we treat this event with "No-Mercy Platform opens the door to Tender Mercies for Karla Faye Tucker!" for Karla, by her own admission had seen the way to salvation and willingly went to her death, reminiscent of Simeon's words in Monday's Gospel, "Now, Lord, You may dismiss Your servant! click on Daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT

We can never say Our Lady didn't warn us!
Our Lady has been warning her children for nearly two centuries of what is to come
      In today's special on-going feature series on the Blessed Mother's appearances over the last two millenniums we resume chronological visits from after the Second World War up until 1961 throughout the world. In most of these reported sightings and messages, Our Lady conveyed the same theme as she has up to today: Repent, and turn back to her Divine Son for the tribulation is at hand. For the fifty-fourth installment of this on-going megaseries, "Post-war rumblings of more tribulations on the horizon if God's people don't repent!" click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS

Our Lady of Lourdes NovenaPRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the Novena Prayer for preparation of the feast next week of Our Lady of Lourdes. This nine day novena includes a prayer to Saint Bernadette the visionary of Lourdes. Click on PRAYERS & DEVOTION

One last time to indulge in indulgences by looking back
Catechism Capsules as contained in the Baltimore Catechism       Last week we completed our capsule paragraphs on Indulgences from the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. Today we complete Indulgences with one last look by looking back to the old, but still very pertinent Baltimore Catechism as we conclude our brief series on Indulgences and the Sacrament of Penance. The answers provided in the old Catechism parallel the answers in the newer Catechism and confirm that nothing has truly changed regarding Indulgences except the fact excess ones have been eliminated as on CATECHISM CAPSULES

Inquistive Queries that may or may not provide the Quotient
      For our midweek humor today we bring you twenty-five questions that will test the mind as well as the imagination in the first of two parts that will conclude on these same pages next Wednesday. Click on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven!

"The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that a man may avoid the snares of death."
Proverbs 13: 14
Medjugorje Monthly Message for January 25th

The Gospa     Dear children! Today again I call all of you to prayer. Only with prayer, dear children, will your heart change, become better, and be more sensitive to the Word of God. Little children, do not permit satan to pull you apart and to do with you what he wants. I call you to be responsible and determined and to consecrate each day to God in prayer. May Holy Mass, little children, not be a habit for you, but life. By living Holy Mass each day, you will feel the need for holiness and you will grow in holiness. I am close to you and intercede before God for each of you, so that He may give you strength to change your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call!

For more on Medjugorje, Click on MEDJUGORJE

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Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDEBR> NEWS
with a Catholic slant
    You'd never catch the Ayatollah Khomeini visiting the Vatican, but times have changed!
          Indicating that Iran is intent on improving relations not only with the hated "satan" in the United States as well as Christians, this Moslem nation's foreign minister made inroads to re-establishing cordial and cooperative relations with the Holy See this week when Kamal Kharrazi met with the Holy Father in private talks. Click on Iran thaws to read more.

    Big Trouble in a China which belittles the faith by curtailing priests and bishops
          Contrary to China's insistence that they are being more lenient in allowing religious freedom, evidence has surfaced that things are just the opposite and that those priests and bishops who are loyal to Rome are being detained and restricted because they choose to serve God rather than the premier of China and his atheistic anti-Catholic regime. Click on China cover-up to read more.

    Holy Father lauds martyred priest
          Cuban dictator Fidel Castro lost little time in taking to the airwaves for four full hours to praise the Cuban people for "being loyal to him" and acting as model citizens during the Holy Father's historic visit there ten days ago. He also used the television medium to lash out in no unspoken terms at those who want to aid Cuba as having an agenda which is out to humiliate him and his people. Click on Castro's tirade to read more.

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  • More on the Church today in the fifty-sixth installment of the on-going megaseries feature WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?

  • Messages 119 and 120 from Our Lady in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

  • Another poignant daily CATHOLIC PewPOINT

  • Liturgy of the Day

  • ...and much more in our twenty-sixth issue for 1998!

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