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FRI-SAT-SUN      May 28-30, 1999      SECTION THREE       vol 10, no. 104

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Cardinal William Keeler breaks down walls in leading the way in America for interfaith ecumenism, especially with the Orthodox and Jews

     We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our fifty-ninth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal William H. Keeler, the Archbishop of Baltimore, oldest Diocese in the United States. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Keeler, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

59.   Cardinal William Henry Keeler

"O! Why do you not hear My voice pleading? Why do you reject My Mother? Why do you place barriers where My Spirit cannot penetrate?"

      Those questions above come from Our Lord in Message #532 on August 21, 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in which Jesus asks His children why so many refuse to heed what He and His Blessed Mother are conveying, why they refuse His Mercy and why they think they have a better idea when it has been proven that His Way is the only Way! He prefaces this with His Message three days earlier on August 18 in which Our Lord reinforces the Way of the Most Holy Trinity and the Gospel Message which proves Jesus is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life". For Messages 531 and 532, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 531 and 532

Message Five-Hundred-thirty-one, August 18, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred of Jesus)

Message Five-Hundred-thirty-two, August 21, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

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      WARSAW ( - The leader of a grassroots campaign that planted hundreds of crosses outside the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp said on Wednesday that he has wired the crosses and his hut at the site with explosives.

      Kazimierz Switon, 68, who has lived in the hut -- consecrated as a chapel last month by a retired priest -- at the site over the past year, has also threatened to set himself on fire if the government removes 300 crosses planted at the site and his hut as required by a new law. Catholic groups, without the support of the country's bishops, have planted 300 crosses outside Auschwitz in the past year as a protest against Jewish calls that a large papal cross already there be removed.

      The original 26-foot original cross at the site, which commemorates Pope John Paul II's visit to the death camps in 1979, will remain under the government law. But activists, who originally erected the field of crosses to protect the original, now want all of the crosses to remain.


      ROME, 27 (NE) The Sanctuary of our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico, has been in 1998 the most visited sanctuary in the world. According to calculations offered this week by the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, approximately 14 million pilgrims venerated the Patron of the American Continent in this sanctuary.

      At some distance, with 7.5 million pilgrims, is the sanctuary of Saint Giovanni Rotondo, where the recently beatified Padre Pio of Pietrelcina lived during many years of his life. The third place would correspond to another Marian sanctuary in Latin America: The Sanctuary of our Lady of Aparecida, where Brazilians venerate the Mother of God, receives almost 7.3 million visitors.

      Czestochowa (Poland), Lourdes (France), Lujan (Argentina), Fatima (Portugal) and Padua (Italy), welcomed about five million pilgrims in 1998. Finally, Santiago of Compostela (Spain), Asissi and Loreto (Italy) received an esteemed number of 4.5 million pilgrims.


      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II will travel to Ancona, on Italy's eastern coast, on May 30, to help celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the city's cathedral.

      Arriving in the city by helicopter, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass for a congregation expected to number 30,000, in a local soccer stadium. He will also meet with the bishops of the region, and with a delegation of bishops from Croatia, which lies just across the Adriatic Sea.

      The Pope's visit will be his 135th trip to Italian sites outside Rome during his pontificate. The next such trip on his schedule will be in July, when he travels to the Dolomite mountains for his annual summer vacation.


      NEW YORK ( - A report by two pro-family groups on Thursday said the United Nations' Population Fund (UNFPA) may be violating the human rights of Kosovar refugees and endangering their health through its campaign to provide them with abortion and birth control.

      The Population Research Institute (PRI) and Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (CAFHRI) reported that shipments of UNFPA's "reproductive health kits" have bumped basic medical supplies and even food from supply convoys to refugee camps.

      Dr. Gezim Bashka, head of maternity services in the Kukes hospital, told the Italian ANSA press agency that she was short of antibiotics, sheets, and serum. "I don't want to seem ungrateful," she said, "but much superfluous material has arrived. Today a shipment of birth-control. Explain to them that we need other things."

      The report also said women from the camps were being transported to abortion clinics and maternity hospitals equipped with sterilization and abortion equipment. PRI said it fears the refugee women, who rely upon the camps for everything, including food and protection, may feel pressured to make the trip to these centers. They also reported widespread use of so-called "emergency contraception," and that the women are being told it does not end an "established pregnancy." In reality, the pills abort an unborn child in the first hours after conception.

      UNFPA has "constructed a social marketing‚ campaign to fabricate demand for 'reproductive health services' among a 'captive audience' of refugee women," said Steve Mosher, president of PRI. "Given the trauma of these helpless women, the filthy conditions of the camps and of the 'reproductive health facilities,' set up by UNFPA, we are concerned about the health, safety, and the rights of Kosovar women."

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     This weekend because we are featuring Cardinal William Keeler in our College of Cardinals Collection, we bring you his Archdiocese's website at ARCHDIOCESE OF BALTIMORE website featuring the Cardinal's page. Also, we include his Diocesan publication which he oversees in Baltimore - THE CATHOLIC REVIEW. Baltimore is the oldest Diocese in the United States, founded by Archbishop John Carroll in 1789.

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May 28-30, 1999 volume 10, no. 104   DAILY CATHOLIC