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August 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Today I invite you to come still closer to me through prayer. Little children, I am your mother, I love you and I desire that each of you be saved and thus be with me in Heaven. That is why, little children, pray, pray, pray until your life becomes prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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      CASTELGANDOLFO ( - Pope John Paul II prayed in his Sunday Angelus message for the end to fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called for the warring parties to respect life.

      "The violence in Africa has not diminished this week and my thoughts go out particularly to the population of Congo," the Holy Father said from his summer residence outside Rome. "I send a heartfelt appeal to the fighting factions to allow the population means to live and to avoid atrocities and massacres, looting, and depredation." Congo has been embroiled in violence since August 2 when President Laurent Kabila ordered Rwandan soldiers who helped him come to power last year to leave the country.

      "I ask all the forces implicated in the country's destiny to honor negotiations," he said. "This is the humanitarian road, reasonable and still possible, capable of preventing further tears and mourning and leading to a peaceful and long term solution which would prevent the conflict breaching the country's borders."

      The Holy Father, notably, did not make any reference to Thursday's attack by the United States against terrorist operations in Sudan and Afghanistan.


      OSWIECIM, Poland ( - Catholic groups on Sunday continued to erect dozens of crosses near the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, despite pleas by clergy and the protestations of Jewish leaders.

      More than 50 crosses, most nearly 13-feet tall, were added to the field of over 100 crosses as part of a campaign to prevent the original cross located in the field from being moved as demanded by Jewish groups. The original 26-foot cross was erected after Pope John Paul II prayed at the spot in 1979. Jewish groups said the presence of religious symbols at the location where more than 1 million Jews were murdered is an offense to their religion. The sponsors of the field of crosses said they want the cross to stay in memorial of the thousands of Polish Catholics also killed in the camps.

      Poland's bishops have said the placement of the crosses is irresponsible after initially taking a neutral stance. The Polish government canceled the lease on the property currently held by a war victims' group, but a legal challenge has delayed further action.


      OMAGH, Northern Ireland ( - Hundreds of thousands of people across Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic paused for a moment of silence on Saturday to mark the one week anniversary of a bombing that killed 28 people and wounded hundreds more. Meanwhile, a republican splinter group pledged to end their campaign of violence.

      More than 20,000 Protestants and Catholics crowded into Omagh's center for a tearful memorial service, and the rest of Ireland paused for a silent minute as they stood in churches, shops, town squares, and stadiums. The leaders of the country's Christian denominations -- Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican, and Methodist -- had called for a moment of silence at 3:10 pm, one week after a faction of the Irish Republican Army set off a car bomb in the crowded market center of Omagh.

      The bombers, the so-called Real IRA, claimed last Wednesday that they did not intend to kill the civilians and pledged to intend their armed revolution. Another violent splinter group, the Irish National Liberation Army, joined the cease-fire on Saturday, saying: "Armed struggle can never be the only option for revolutionaries."


      LONDON ( - The former archbishop of Canterbury called the late Princess Diana a "false goddess" leading Britain astray, The Sunday Times newspaper reported.

      Lord Coggan told the newspaper that the national obsession with the princess, who died in a car accident nearly a year ago, has turned Britain into a godless nation. "Along came this false goddess and filled the gap for a time," said the former archbishop. "The British people identified with someone who had pretty loose morals and certainly loose sexual morals."

      Lord Coggan was the spiritual leader of the Anglican church from 1974 to 1980.

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"A man may conceal hatred under dissimulation, but his malice will be revealed in the assembly."

Proverbs 26: 26

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