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THURSDAY      October 15, 1998      SECTION TWO       vol 9, no. 202

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"See the Signs of God upon you and return to His Embrace"

     Those are the words from the Blessed Mother Mary in message 234 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, which we bring you today. Our Lady urges her children to "to keep guard over their minds and their tongues. These are powerful tools that the evil one uses. By means of them he whispers his lies and the uttered words cause division and grave harm to all of my children.". In both message 234 and 235 Our Lady reminds us to be watchful and pray for satan will stop at nothing to deceive us and try to get us to misinterpret the Heavenly signs, causing us to detour and to get lost in worldly things that do not guide us to salvation. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Two Hundred Thirty-four and Two Hundred Thirty-five

Message Two Hundred Thirty-four, October 2, 1992

(Feast of the Guardian Angels)
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Two Hundred Thirty-five, October 4 1992

(Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi)
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service



      VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II astonished an Italian broadcasting team last night when he placed an unexpected telephone call to a live show being aired to outline the 20 years of his pontificate.

      The Italian network Rai had prepared a 3-hour show to prepare viewers for the 20th anniversary of the Pope's election. The show, which included interviews with a number of international figures, was being broadcast live from Rome.

      Bruno Vespa, the host for the Rai broadcast, was stunned when he received a phone call from the third floor of the Vatican apostolic palace. The call was placed by Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Pope's personal secretary, who quickly handed the phone over to the Holy Father himself.

      "Mr. Vespa, I want to thank you and all the other participants for all you have done and said about these 20 years. Thank you very much," the Pope said.

      The phone call was obviously not planned by anyone involved with the special broadcast. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the chief spokesman for the Holy See, said, "I didn't even know he was watching the broadcast."

      Navarro-Valls said that the call had been a spontaneous gesture. "He wanted to call, so he did," he remarked. Vespa, clearly astonished and moved by the Pope's gesture, told reporters today, "This is a Pope who has never been formal."

      Among the other luminaries interviewed for the Italian broadcast were Italian Cardinals Noe and Biffi; political leaders Helmut Kohl, Kofi Annan, Yasser Arafat, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Lech Walesa; soccer star Ronaldo; singer Luciano Pavarotti; and the Pope's would- be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca.

      During the program the former chief of East Germany's spy service said on Tuesday that his agency had managed to insert a spy into the Vatican during the 1980s.

      Former Stasi chief Markus Wolf told Italy's state-run RAI-TV, during a special broadcast to mark Pope John Paul II's 20th anniversary, that the mole -- a Benedictine monk from Germany working in the Vatican's science offices -- had supplied information on Vatican foreign policy and especially the late Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Agostino Casaroli.

      Wolf and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who also appeared on the program, both denied that any Soviet-bloc country played a role in the assassination attempt on the Holy Father in 1981. Convicted Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca initially said the KGB and Bulgarian secret service helped him in his attempt on the Pope's life, but later changed his story. Italian courts also found insufficient evidence to support the claim.


      CONYERS, Georgia ( - More than 100,000 people gathered on a rural farm in Georgia on Tuesday to hear the last message in a purported apparition of the Virgin Mary that has continued since 1983.

      Nancy Fowler, 47, relayed to people gathered from throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, the message she allegedly received from the Mother of Christ. "My dear children, I have come to be with you today as your loving mother to instruct you. Children, please live your life in full union with God. It is most pleasing to God when you imitate Him," she said. Fowler also said the Blessed Mother urged them to pray and shun materialism.

      The late Archbishop of Atlanta, James Lyke, had expressed caution about the apparitions before his death in 1992. Diocesan priests may not celebrate Mass at the site and parishes may not sponsor pilgrimages, but individual Catholics may continue to go there. Last year, more than 30,000 people showed up.

      Fowler had said last year that this would be the last message she was going to receive. She has claimed to receive message from the Virgin Mary since 1983, but since 1993 has only offered the messages once per year on the anniversary of the last apparition of Fatima, October 13.


      NEW YORK ( - The controversial play "Corpus Christi" opened in New York on Tuesday, fulfilling the worst fears of Christian critics who feared it would portray Christ and His apostles as homosexuals.

      The play, written by award-winning playwright Terence McNally, portrays a modern-day Christ-figure, Joshua, and his apostles with whom he engages in homosexual activity. The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights has opposed the play since it was made public in May, and has called it "sick beyond words."

      Catholic League president William Donohue led hundreds of protesters outside the Manhattan theater, denouncing the play as hate speech. But counter-protesters said the performance was a free-speech issue. "Given how radical Jesus was, there is no doubt which side he'd be on tonight," Episcopal priest the Rev. Richard McKeon said. "He was always annoying the church elders, and would probably be equally glad to anger the Catholic Church," an institution McKeon said "can have extreme power to control what people see and cannot see."

      In the scenes most offensive to critics, Jesus maintains a homosexual affair with Judas, a cigarette-smoking Virgin Mary advises against listening to the advice of nuns, the Last Supper degenerates in a drunken stupor, and Jesus performs a same-sex wedding between the apostles James and Bartholomew while denouncing a critical Jewish rabbi as a bigot.


      BEIJING ( - The Communist Chinese government has detained a Catholic priest, a nun, and dozens of laity -- all members of the clandestine Catholic Church in China -- on August 15, according to the US-based Cardinal Kung Foundation.

      That arrests occurred on the Feast of the Assumption is especially egregious, said foundation director Joseph Kung. Father Wei Jingkun was detained while celebrating Mass near his home in Baoding and remains in police custody, while six members of the church were also either detained or fined. Sister Zhang Yanzhi was arrested and detained for 15 days for teaching catechism to children. Another woman, Xie Suqian, who allowed the catechism class to meet in her home, remains in detention, the foundation said in a statement.

      Police also briefly detained 100 Catholics who were enroute to a Mass, while 11 of them were held for 15 days and fined up to $120. Another priest escaped when police arrived in an orchard where 1,000 people had gathered for Mass.

      China requires Catholics to belong only to the state-controlled Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association which eschews connections to the Pope and the Universal Church as well as many Catholic doctrines. Several million Chinese Catholics belong to the underground Church which pledges loyalty to Rome and holds the faith in its entirety.

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"Arrogant men set the city ablaze, but wise men calm the fury."

Proverbs 29: 8

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