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TUESDAY      April 20, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 77

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The venomous, devious and devilish Alexander VI strikes at the heart of all that is holy by abusing his position as Pope

    Continuing with our multi-part feature on Pope Alexander VI, today we detail his exploits, sexploits and abuse of all that is holy within the Church, committing every one of the seven deadly sins in a brazen act of defiance to all those who opposed him. Using his position as Supreme Pontiff, this Borgia Pope wielded simony, lust, incest, greed, sloth, pride, covetousness, anger, gluttony, sloth and murder in the name of the Church and because of it, greatly tainted the Church founded by Christ. Not since Judas Iscariot has one so betrayed Our Lord and His Church. In this second of threel installments on this pivotal pope, we examine the bad side of Rodrigo de Borgia's papal years and how this snake in papal robes met his fateful just deserts at the dinner table. For the one-hundred-first installment titled Pope Alexander VI: The lust for power and prestige part two , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Installment One-Hundred-one

Pope Alexander VI: The lust for power and prestige
part two

"Be joyful amidst persecution, for God alone brings good fruit from all when it is given to Him in faith and trust."

    Those words were spoken by the Blessed Mother on the feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist on April 25, 1994. In her Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, Our Lady urges all her little ones to persevere for the persecution is intensifying greatly and will continue because satan is furious and will stop at nothing to bring down God's children. Mary follows this up four days later on the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena by entreating all to put away curiosity about the messages and merely strive to live them. For Messages #485 and #486, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 485 and 486

Message Four Hundred-eighty-five, April 25, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist)

Message Four Hundred-eighty-six, April 29, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena)

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Beginning of the Avignon Exile

   Today is the 685th anniversary of the death of Pope Clement V, the Pontiff who played into the hands of the manipulative King Philip IV, also known as "Philip the Fair." The latter was anything but fair and would be remembered for his bitter disputes with many pontiffs, most notably the equally volatile Pope Boniface VIII. It was Clement who succumbed to the ploys of Philip and established the Holy See at Avignon in France where for the next seventy years the Papacy would be "in exile" - often called the "Babylonian Exile." It was only through prayer and the intercession of a holy woman named Saint Catherine of Siena and some help from Saint Brigid of Sweden that the Church would finally return to Rome but not without extra baggage that would take centuries to weed out. Avignon was known as a quiet fortress that Clement's successors would build on and purchase, providing a refuge that would become the focal point of future schisms as well. For more on Clement V, who convened the 15th Ecumenical Council at Vienne which abolished the Knights Templar, click on The beginning of the Avignon Exile. (sources: The Oxford Dictionary of Popes, J.N.D. Kelly, Oxford University Press).

WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News



    VATICAN CITY, 19 (NE) "Before the usual prayer of the 'Regina Coeli', I want to highlight the tender filial love that they have had toward the Virgin Mary." The Pope's words before the Marian prayer highlighted the filial piety of the new saints he had just raised to the altars as exemplar testimonies of Christian life.

    Toward Mary "with faith and confidence Saint Agostina turned entrusting her the most difficult and seriously sick," the Pontiff affirmed about the Italian religious Sister. Continuing then with Saint Giovanni, he pointed out: "Love, love, love Mary, Saint Giovanni Calabria requested to his children, requesting to 'live' and to 'breathe' Mary." And, recalling the filial piety of Saint Marcelino Champagnat, the Pope concentrated his attention on the "motto" of the new saint: "Everything to Jesus through Mary, and Mary has everything through Jesus Christ."

    Upon concluding his brief address, the Pope recalled the grave situation in the Balkans, requesting the intercession of the Mother of God. "May Mary, that we invoked as Queen of Peace in these days of great concern for the conflict in Yugoslavia, obtain the gift of peace mainly for that beloved land, that suffers and is martyred. May the force of peacefulness and the coexistence of dialogue," he concluded, "prevail over ethnic violation and the violence of weapons."


    LONDON ( -- Cardinal Basil Hume of Westminster stunned Catholics in England and Wales when he disclosed on April 17 that he is suffering from cancer, apparently in an advanced state.

    Great Britain's most prominent prelate wrote to the priests of his archdiocese that "I have cancer, and it is not in its early stages." However, he added, "I have received two wonderful graces. First, I have been given time to prepare for a new future. Secondly, I find myself-- uncharacteristically-- calm and at peace.

    Cardinal Hume said that he planned to continue working as long as he could-- although he hinted that he did not anticipate living much longer. The 76-year-old prelate had already submitted his retirement to Pope John Paul II, as required by Church law, upon reaching his 75th birthday.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. George Carey, was among the first public figures to react to the news of the cardinal's illness. The Anglican leader said that Cardinal Hume "will be in my prayers and in the prayers of the whole nation in the months ahead." The previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Runcie, added that he was "full of sympathy for Basil Hume and eager to add my prayers to the many that will be said for him."


      NEW DELHI (CWN) -- The 13-month old coalition government led by Hindu nationalist BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) lost power on Saturday, April 17, when the ruling coalition lost the crucial vote of confidence in Indian Parliament.

    Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who had headed the coalition, called on President K. R. Narayanan and resigned the office within hours after the cliff-hanger verdict of 269-270 against the BJP-led government.

    "The nightmare is over. We wholeheartedly welcome the downfall of the communal regime," said John Dayal, convenor of the United Christian Forum for Human Rights (UCFHR,) reacting to the fall of the BJP-led coalition-- during the tenure of which Christians suffered considerably. UCFHR had recorded over 150 incidents of anti- Christian violence since last March, when the coalition assumed office after a nationwide general election.

    "What a relief!" exclaimed Jesuit Father Ambrose Pinto, director of Jesuit-run Indian Social Institute in New Delhi. "In all my life, I thought myself as an Indian. But during the last 13 months (when the BJP coalition was in power), I felt that I am a Christian in India," lamented Father Pinto. The worst damage the BJP did through its ideology of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) during its tint in government, Father Pinto said, was "to define national identity in terms of religious identity, as if Christians and other minorities are second-class citizens."

    "The government that has fallen failed to protect the minorities adequately and effectively, in spite of all the promises," said Archbishop Alan Basil de Lastic of Delhi, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, in his own reaction to the fall of the BJP coalition. Summing up the legacy of the coalition government, Archbishop Lastic said that "no other government has dealt with the minorities as they did." The escalation of anti-Christian violence during BJP rule, Archbishop Lastic said, showed the "ineffectiveness of those who should have prevented it."

    The Hindu nationalist BJP, with 182 members, had called the shots in the coalition government, supported by 100 other members of parliament belonging to 16 small parties in the 545-member Lok Sabha-- the lower house of parliament. But the BJP leadership was plunged into crisis last week when one of the smaller parties which had allied with BJP withdrew from the ruling coalition, depriving the government of its ruling minority and forcing Prime Minister Vajpayee to schedule a vote of confidence.

      After two days of heated debate on the no-confidence motion, the ruling coalition was dumbfounded Saturday noon when the amalgam of 24 opposition parties voted out the BJP coalition government by the closest of margins-- a single vote.


    NEW DELHI (CWN) -- Over sixty inmates at a Missionaries of Charity home for mentally retarded and crippled orphans had a miraculous escape after neighbors evacuated the children even as flames from devastating fire in the adjacent slum cluster burnt down part of the home in New Delhi on Sunday, April 18.

    "People came from nowhere as soon as we first heard the cries of fire from the jhuggi (slum) and we moved the (crippled) children out" (to the nearby car repair center), Sister Rosebell, superior of the house, told CWNews. By the, the fire was close to the MC building.

    Even as locals tried to keep the fire at bay by throwing water at the front side of the building, the ravaging fire from the back side of the MC home rose over 40-feet and spread to the store room on the top (third) floor directly and reduced to sooth the medicines, packed food and woolen blankets stored there.

    However, the timely intervention of fire officials and locals prevented the building from being gutted.

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