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Vatican reveals that 68 were martyred in '97
Not only the persecutions but martyrdoms increased last year the Vatican revealed earlier this week, citing the number at sixty-eight missionaries who were slain for their faith around the world. The largest mass slaughter was in Burundi where forty seminarians were senselessly slain. Africa headed the list for most dangerous as well as the greatest number of martyrs being of African origin. No wonder the Holy Father is so concerned for the people of Africa and its troubled regions and provinces. For more, click on Martyrs of '97
68 CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES KILLED LAST YEAR
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Violence against Catholic missionaries is
on the rise worldwide, according to the Vatican Congregation for
Evangelization. Fides, a news service sponsored by that Congregation,
today reported that 68 missionaries were killed in 1997. That
marked a substantial increase over 1996, when 48 missionaries were
slain. Already this year there have been 10 missionaries killed
After consulting with missionary congregations and dioceses, Fides
published a full account of last year's victims: 1 bishop, 19 priests
(15 diocesan priests and 4 members of religious orders), 1 monk, 7
nuns, and 40 seminarians. The seminarians were slaughtered on
April 30, 1997, at the minor seminary in Buta, Burundi.
Most of the victims of this violence were Catholics of African origin: 8
from Rwanda, 6 from Congo, and 1 from Nigeria as well as the 40
seminarians from Burundi. There were 3 missionaries from India
who gave their lives in 1997, and 2 from Brazil. Other victims were
from Canada, Colombia, the Philippines, Belgium, France, Italy,
Ireland, Switzerland, and the United States.
Africa was also the continent where most of the missionaries died: 12
in Congo, 4 in Rwanda, 41 in Burundi, and 1 each in Chad, Kenya, and
Nigeria. There were 2 killings apiece in India and Brazil, and 1 each
in Colombia, Peru, the Philippines, and Nepal.
Thus far in 1998, there have been 7 missionaries killed in Rwanda,
and one each in Congo, India, and Paraguay.
Sudan heading for showdown with Church over arrest of Archbishop
The persecutions are instensifying in 1998, especially in the Sudan after Archbishop Gabriel Zubeir Wako was sentenced to prison for refusing to pay diocesan funds to a merchant in Khartoum. In all good conscience Wako could not justify the money going to someone who had reneged on their promise when countless Sudanese people are starving to death. The Sudanese government is using this as a test case to confront the Church. For more, click on Sudan.
ARCHBISHOP FACES PRISON TERM IN SUDAN
VATICAN (CWNews.com) Archbishop Gabriel Zubeir Wako has
been sentenced to prison by a court in Sudan, and the government
has confiscated several vehicles used by the Catholic Church for
The Comboni Press news agency-- an organization supported by the
missionary congregation of the same name-- could not report the
length of the archbishop's prison sentence. The press report indicated
that Archbishop Zubeir Wako is currently free pending an appeal.
The case against the archbishop was brought by a Sudanese
merchant, who claimed that the Catholic Church had never paid him
for aid he distributed to refugees. Church sources insisted that the
aid had in fact never been delivered, and Archbishop Zubeir Wako
indicated that he would prefer to serve a prison term rather than
pay the debt with money which could be used to serve the starving
people of Sudan.
According to Comboni Press-- whose release was distributed through
the Vatican press office today, in an unusual move-- the archbishop
was arrested on Easter Sunday by a police officer, the brother of the
merchant who brought the original charges. Sources in Khartoum
suggested that the Sudan government has welcomed the opportunity
for a confrontation with the Catholic Church.
Microsoft Head promoting the "culture of death."
Pro-abortionists worldwide profited from a gift of nearly two million dollars donated by the William H. Gates Foundation, headed by Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates, considered the wealthiest man in the U.S. Gates earmarked the contribution to research population control fostered at the Cairo Conference in 1994 which the Holy Father was able to thwart, but satan is regrouping through such moguls as Gates, Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch and many others in trying to perpetuate the "culture of death." For more, click on Bill Gates to read more.
BILL GATES GIVES TO POPULATION CONTROL FUND
NEW YORK (CWNews.com) - The United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA) announced on Wednesday that Microsoft Co. chairman
Bill Gates, the wealthiest man in the United States,
donated $1.7 million to the fund which seeks to limit
population growth in poor nations through abortion and
The William H. Gates Foundation, founded by the technology
tycoon and his wife, gave the money to cover a three-year
grant for population programs, including a nation-to-nation
technology exchange, and for a five-year review of the 1994
Cairo population conference. The Gates foundation has been
active in the population and reproductive science fields,
awarding previous grants for research on contraceptives and
last year giving Johns Hopkins University money to use
technology to address the so-called over-population problem.
Gates, who has a reported net worth of $40 billion, joins
the list of big-name donors to the UN which includes media
tycoon Ted Turner who gave the organization a $1 billion,
five-year grant last October for use in several projects.
Asian Synod tackles tough issues
The Asian Synod, with Pope John Paul II in attendance, began to wind down the first week as discussions got underway regarding various problems spots throughout Asia as well as inter-religious dialog with Hindus and Muslims plus the role of women in the Church in Asia. They also continued to address the growing poverty issue while also centering attention on the Mideast peace process, brought up by Maronite bishops. For more, click on Asian Synod to read more.
ASIAN SYNOD HEARS PLEAS ON MIDDLE EAST, CHINA
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The special Synod of Bishops for Asia
today heard pleas for reconciliation between Israel and the
Palestinians, and among the Catholics of China. The range of topics
covered by bishops' presentations at the synod included inter-
religious dialogue, the liturgy, the role of women, and the care of
people living in poverty.
Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros, the Melkite Catholic leader of
Baalbek, Lebanon, asked the synod fathers to use their influence in
support of a breakthrough in the stalled Middle East peace process.
He said world leaders should push for "a solution to the Israeli-
Palestinian problem, and put pressure on Israel to pull out of the
occupied territories in Syria and Lebanon."
Bishop John Tong Hon, an auxiliary of Hong Kong, emphasized the
need for peace among the Catholics of mainland China, where the
government's efforts to promote a "patriotic" church and to
discourage loyalty to Rome have resulted in serious division. Despite
those divisions, and despite intense persecution at times during the
past 40 years, the Church in China has grown from 3 million to over
10 million faithful.
Bishops from the Middle East played an important role on this fifth
day of discussions, as bishops delivered their individual
presentations on the topics they considered most urgent. The synod
heard from Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir and the
apostolic vicar of Kuwait as well as Archbishop Bustros and brother
bishops from Teheran, Antelias, and Damascus.
Patriarch Sfeir said that Lebanese society had been a model of inter-
religious harmony, with Christians and Muslims living together
peacefully, until outside forces (he did not name Israel, although she
seemed clearly to be referring to the Israeli invasion of 1982) caused
a political crisis. Since that time, he said, the imposition of a new
Islamic regime has made cooperate more difficult.
The theme of inter-religious dialogue was picked up by Bishop
Valerian D'Souza of Poola, India, who asked the synod to reflect on
the plight of Hindus and Muslims who discover the truth of
Christianity. Since Baptism can lead to disinheritance and even
violent reprisals, he pointed out, many Hindus and Muslims require
special protection if they are to convert to Catholicism.
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Medjugorje Monthly Message for April 25th
Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
The Essence of the Medjugorje Message
A Call To Peace from
the Queen of Peace
According to the testimony of the visionaries in
Medjugorje, Our Lady introduced herself: "I am the
Queen of Peace" Mary is calling all of humanity to
PEACE, PEACE, PEACE - for it is necessary to save all
humanity. We have to begin by first creating peace
within our hearts, then in our families and then in this
war-threatened world. This can be done in the following
COMMITMENT TO GOD
Turn to Him and communicate with Him. He is
our Eternal Father. Let Him rule your life. Begin
by turning away from sin.
Through our trust in the Lord and our total belief
that Mary is the Mother of all God's children on
earth. Faith is our lifeline to God. So live it.
Our Lady specifically calls for daily prayer
consisting of the Apostles' Creed, 7 Our Father's, 7
Hail Mary's, and 7 Glory Be's which incorporate the
"Peace Rosary"; then the whole Rosary and, if
possible, all 15 Decades meditating on the
Mysteries; daily reading of the Word of God in
Sacred Scripture; and personal communication
with God throughout our active daily duties and
during quiet time with your own special prayers
between you and God.
Mary asks us to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays
and, if possible, on only bread and water. If this is
unfeasible, then restraining from various activities
is encouraged so that we may begin to abandon
our worthless worldly values, denying the flesh,
the world, and the devil. These sacrifices will help
assure eternal bliss for ourselves and others.
Our Blessed Mother asks us to receive the Holy
Sacraments as often as possible. She requests
monthly Confession or even more frequently for the
Sacrament of Reconciliation and asks that we
worthily and reverently receive her Divine Son in
the Holy Eucharist as often as possible at the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass.
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
This weekend's Prayer is taken from the Preface for the Mass of Saint Mark.
Father, You have willed that the holy mysteries of Christ Your Son, the Source of redemption and life, should be made known through the Sacred Scriptures, the work of men illumined by the Holy Spirit. In this way the words and deeds of the Savior, contained in the immortal pages of the Gospels, are entrusted to the Church and become a fecund seed that brings forth fruits of grace and glory throughout the centuries.
PROVERB OF THE DAY
"The hope of the just brings them joy, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nought."
Proverbs 10: 28
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