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TUESDAY      November 17, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 225

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"Now the world must drink the bitter chalice. Those of pure heart shall continue in the way of Divine Peace."

      Those alarming words in the Blessed Mother's 281st message on the Feast of the martyr Saint Agnes and followed up with messages 282 and 283 on the feast of another marytr Saint Vincent foretell of what has happened today in regard the terrible sin of abortion which Bill Clinton has promoted during his six plus years in office, just as Our Lady prophesized in January 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Clinton's inaugural address sounded the death knell for millions of unborns and, as the Blessed Virgin Mary predicted, many would go along with this atrocity before the Almighty. Reread these messages and see if everything Our Lady has not foretold is coming or has come to pass. She reminds us to be rooted in her Divine Son Jesus and His Holy Church, the one bright beacon in a world of tears in which all must "drink the bitter chalice." For messages number 281, 282 and 283, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Two Hundred Eighty-one, Two Hundred Eighty-two and Two Hundred Eighty-three

Message Two Hundred Eighty-one, January 21, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of St. Agnes, virgin and martyr)

Message Two Hundred Eighty-two, January 22, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of St. Vincent, deacon and martyr)

Message Two Hundred Eighty-three, January 22, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of St. Vincent, deacon and martyr) - Our Lady's words following the preceding interior vision)


      Today is the Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, wife, mother and religious. Tomorrow, we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of Saints Peter and Paul Basilicas in Rome as well as the Feast of Saint Rose Phillippine Duchesne, religious missionary to the United States. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes of these saints, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Tuesday, November 17, 1998

Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Wife, Mother and Religious

Wednesday, November 18, 1998

Feast of the Dedication of Saints Peter and Paul Basilicas in Rome

Feast of Saint Rose Phillippine Duschesne , Virgin, Missionary and Religious


      Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring Saint Elizabeth of Hungary:

Father, You helped Elizabeth of Hungary to recognize and honor Christ in the poor of this world. Let her prayers help us to serve our brothers and sisters in time of trouble and need.

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      VATICAN ( -- An Italian missionary priest has been released to authorities in the Philippines, more than two months after he was kidnapped by Islamic rebels.

      Father Luciano Benedetti, a PIME missionary who was abducted on September 8 from the town of Dipolog in Mindanao, was reunited with his superior, Father Giulio Mariani, after the conclusion of successful negotiations between government officials and Islamic leaders. Government authorities said that no ransom had been paid, but some rebels involved in the kidnapping had been released from criminal charges.

      The kidnappers, connected with the Islamic group Abu Sayyaf, had originally taken 30 hostages during a night raid in Dipolog. Armed and masked, the Abu Sayyaf band originally took 11 hostages, but released all but Father Benedetti within a few days.

      Bishop Jose Manguiran of Dipolog had appealed from help from other Islamic groups in negotiating the release of the Italian missionary. Another Islamic separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) recently concluded a pact with Abu Sayyaf, in which each group agreed to stop kidnappings. (In 1997 there were 249 people kidnapped in the southern Philippines, where the Islamic groups are seeking autonomy; thus far in 1998 there have been another 146 people held for ransom.) It was MILF which first announced the liberation of Father Benedetti.

      Immediately after his release, Father Benedetti was taken to Manila to meet with President Joseph Estrada, who had promised to aggressive action against the Muslim guerrillas during his electoral campaign this summer.

      Interviewed by telephone, Father Mariani, the PIME superior, reported that Father Benedetti had been treated with respect throughout his imprisonment, but was suffering from the effects of hunger and isolation. The missionary priest is expected to return to Italy, to live with his family during a period of recovery.


      VATICAN ( -- The Pontifical Council for the Family today released a 5-page document containing the conclusions of an October meeting of European political leaders. The document lamented "a certain contempt for the rights of the family and of life," and new threats to human rights. It called upon political leaders to "recognize and help" the family.

      "The family is prior to the state, and more necessary," the document states unequivocally. Thus every government is obligated to respect the province of family life, and both justice and sound public policy require efforts to build strong families. However, the European legislators saw many government initiatives which are hostile to the family.

      Among the violations of the right to life, the document cited abortion, euthanasia, and the destruction of human embryos. The report also condemned the public campaigns of vilification which have been undertaken against pro-life leaders.

      The rights of the family are also being jeopardized, the group noted, by the "devaluation of the institution of marriage," as well as by public indifference to the evils of fornication, promiscuity, homosexuality, and pornography. The group also insisted on the right of parents to guide the education of their children, free from coercion by the state and with equal rights to choose religious schools.


      LONDON ( - The Vatican is quietly collecting stories of miracles attributable to Pope John Paul II as evidence for an eventual cause for canonization, according to The Express Newspaper of London on Sunday.

      The newspaper claimed to have been told by a Vatican insider that the investigators have already collected dozens of cases for eventual examination. The newspaper documented one case of a five-year-old French boy with leukemia whose mother claimed he was healed after meeting the Pope at an audience nineteen years ago.


      JERUSALEM ( - The Latin-rite Patriarch of Jerusalem unveiled plans by the Catholic Church in the Holy Land for millennial celebrations on Monday, but said political realities and Pope John Paul II's health made the prospects for a papal visit unclear.

      "The situation of confusion in the land is one main reason for which we cannot, or Rome cannot, decide the date," said Patriarch Michel Sabbah told a news conference. The Holy Father has repeatedly made known his desire to tour the Holy Land to celebrate the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.

      The newly-released calendar of events covers 54 weeks of celebrations in Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Jerusalem. Festivities will open on December 24, 1999 with midnight Mass in Palestinian-ruled Bethlehem and conclude in the same town on January 6, 2001. All six rites of the Catholic Church present in the Holy Land will participate in the events.

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