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January 20, 1998
volume 9, no. 14
January 20, 1998

Holy Father in Cuba - EWTN symbol for live coverage    Super Bowl Week from a Catholic Perspective    March for Life Week in Washington, D.C.
  Busy landmark week
     Probably no week in the year is filled with more international significance then this week. We feature the three major events we will be covering. Because of the importance of these three events we are making these available free this week in the preview issue to all who browse the Daily CATHOLIC. Because of this and these many events, we are suspending our two feature series this week THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH and THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS. They will return next week with the installments you were expecting this week. The other feature mega-series WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM? will be available Thursday with the second of two parts on Abortion to mark the 25th Anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision.

Holy Father in Cuba - EWTN symbol for live coverage Full coverage of the Pope's four-day visit to Cuba
Pope John Paul II touches down on Cuban soil tomorrow and EWTN will be there to cover as much as they can with live coverage on the internet. In addition, we will be bringing you stories and up-dates on all the activities in Cuba this week during this historic pilgrimage to this tiny communist island which is heavily Catholic. Click on THE HOLY FATHER IN CUBA

Super Bowl Week in the Catholic Zone
Super Bowl Week from a Catholic Perspective     With all the hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl in San Diego this week, we will be bringing you a different twist...the Super Bowl from a Catholic perspective featuring 32 Catholic churches within a ten-mile radius of the stadium for visitors to check out so they do not miss Mass. In addition, if we can secure press credentials we will be bringing you features on some of the Catholic players and coaches on both teams and the role of the team chaplains. Click on SUPER BOWL WEEK: THE CATHOLIC ZONE

Defending the Culture of Life in the face of the culture of death
March for Life week commemorating the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision 25 years ago Thursday      Pro-lifers will mass in great numbers this week carrying the banner high in defending life in all its stages as they march in Washington, D.C. to protest the horrendous decision by the U.S. Supreme in 1969. This week we will be bringing you articles and features on pro-life activities through links to Human Life International and Catholic World News service. Click on CELEBRATING LIFE

The Triumph can't come soon enough!
      With the culture of death gripping society's throat, many pray constantly for Mary's Immaculate Heart to triumph so that the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart can be ushered in. That is the gist of today's 69th Lesson/Meditation from Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart with Hastening the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart! Click on THE HIDDEN WAY

Nourishing advice to help us grow spiritually
Father John Hampsch, C.M.F.      Claretian Father John Hampsch brings us food for thought in his column today with Steak and Potatoes Faith - stage two - a more substantial diet of faith. in his column "Faith: Key to the Heart of God." Click on KEYS TO LIVING GOD'S WILL

Commemorating the Martyrs
      With the Pro-life march this week remembering the millions of slain babies through abortion and the Holy Father's visit to Cuba where many have died for the faith, it is fitting that we begin three days of memorials of martyrs. Today's feast is that of two martyrs - Pope Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian. Tomorrow we remember Saint Agnes. For their stories and the readings for both days, Click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY

"Walk with wise men and you will become wise, but the companion of fools will fare badly."
Proverbs 13: 20

Medjugorje Monthly Message for December 25th

The Gospa     Dear children! Also today I rejoice with you and I call you to the good. I desire that each of you reflect and carry peace in your heart and say: I want God in the first place in my life. In this way, little children, each of you will become holy. Little children, tell everyone, I want the good for you and he will respond with the good and, little children, good will come to dwell in the heart of each man. Little children, tonight I bring to you the good of my Son Who gave His life to save you. That is why, little children, rejoice and extend your hands to Jesus Who is only good. Thank you for having responded to my call!

For more on Medjugorje, Click on MEDJUGORJE

710 days and counting...

Worldwide Catholic NewsWORLDWIDEBR> NEWS
with a Catholic slant
    Consistory to be February 21 for Pope to fill out roster of red hats
    Archbishop Francis George, OMI of ChicagoArchbishop Francis Stafford, formerly of Denver

         True to Vatican prognosticators the Holy Father made the expected announcement of cardinals-to-be, but he surprised many by naming more than the sixteen necessary. Two were left out for security and political reasons but were notified of their appointment, keeping it hush for their own safety. As we reported yesterday, two prelates named Francis: Archbishop Francis P. George, OMI who replaced the late Cardinal Bernadin and former head of the Denver Archdiocese Archbishop Francis James Stafford, now head of the Pontifical Council for Laity, were the two American bishops to receive the red hat. Click on Consistory to read more.

    Republicans show their colors in Palm Springs: Black and blue after failing to outlaw funding of abortion candidates
          The GOP Party has a lot of healing to do after failing to fully commit to the culture of life by voting down the pro-life initiative that would have withheld funding for any Republican candidate who supported abortion. Despite a strong presentation and around-the-clock lobbying pro-life advocates fell short of convincing the Republicans that by not committing totally to pro-life it would greatly endanger the Party's direction. Click on Republicans to read more.

    Israel's Deputy Prime Minister optimistic of Holy Father's visit to Holy Land
         Not knowing when but readily assured it will happen, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister expressed delight that the Pope would follow through on his plans to travel to Jerusalem. He made these remarks after a private audience with the supreme pontiff this past Friday. The Holy Father confirmed to Moshe Katzav that this pilgrimage to where Christ walked was "on the horizon." Click on Holy Land to read more.

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Prayer taken from Opening Prayer of both martyred saints today.

God our Father, glory of Your priests, may the prayers of Your martyr Fabian help us to share his faith and offer You loving service.

Lord, fill us with that spirit of courage which gave Your martyr Sebastian strength to offer his life in faithful witness. Help us to learn from him to cherish Your law and to obey You rather than men.

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  • More on preparations for the Holy Father's visit to Cuba tomorrow
  • Directory of Catholic churches for Super Bowl visitors to San Diego
  • Comic commercials provide midweek humor for the lighter side
  • Liturgy of the Day
  • ...and much more in our fifteenth issue for 1998!

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