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PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 24, 1991 "Jeneo,- from page 1 Lawrence MartinJenco, a Servite Father who was kidnapped in Beirut in Janumy, 1985, while serving as pr%n-am director for Catho- lic Relief Services. He was kept under guard with other Western hostages, including Sutherland, before being freed in July, 1986. In an interview last sunmmr with the Arkansas Catholic, Fr,Jenco denounced the U.S. policy of no negotiating for hostages, and said that the "American lifestyle hurts other people" and would have to be ad- dressed for world justice to become pos- sible. Saying that "some people wanted basic human rights" so badly that they "somelimes use violence," Fr. Jenco said he came away from his time of capm~ty with a renewed understanding of history. Still awaiting release is senior hostage Terry Mlderson, one of six Westerners still missing in Lebanon. Anderson, an aneri- can, was Middle East chief con-espondent for The Assodated Press when he was cap- tared in March, 1985. Fr.Jenco wears a metal bxacelet beming Anderson's name. During theh" shared time of captivity, Fr. Jenco, Anderson and Waite prayed together. Waite, now 52, was a spedal envoy for then-Mlglican Archbishop Robert Runcie when he disappeared in Beirut after going to meet representatives of Islmific Jihad to negotiate the release of hostages held by the Shi'ite Muslhn extrenfists. His appear- ance was especially disturbing because he had been working successfully for years in Lebanon, Iran and Libya to free such hos- tages, including Fr.Jenco. His patient nego- tiating style had been credited with secur- ing the release of thiee Americans held by Lebanese captors. Thomas Sutherland, the second-longest held Western hostage, arrived at the Ameri- can University in Beirut one year after Is- rael invaded Lebanon. That invasion was followed by a stfidde bomber's attack on U.S. Marine headqum'ters in Beirut, killing 241 Americans. That attack was followed by the assassination of univm.'sity president Malcom Kerr, a killing for which Islanfic Jihad took credit. As a result, Sutherland had a bodyguard with him at all thnes; yet, he was abducted whilst being ch'iven home fi'om the Beh'ut airporC No gTOUp claimed responsibility, and some sources claimed that he had been mistaken for the president of the university. Islamic Jihad never mentioned Sutherland hi its smtelnents, ,and the only news of him crone fi'om freed hostages. During his captivity, Sutherland used his time teaching his fellow hostages. In a mosquito-infested basement, he defivered lectures on genetics, anhnM husb,'mthy and his beloved 27-year-old Volvo. Fr. Jenco, who spent much of his im- prisonment re-reading the Bible through bollowed eyegk~s.ses, has ~aid repeatedly that tie cannot t~dk about file "many dfings in my heart" until all the hostages are free. Still on his wrist is the bmcdet bearing the name of Terry Anderson, who renmins in Lebanon with Americans Joseph Cidppio and Mann Steen. "I'he sale of arms was called 'negotiat- ing' for my release," Fr.Jenco told Arkansas Catholic, referring to the U.S. malls deals in the Middle East. "To secure the release of one American, they had to kill "women and children. We have to negotiate. Nego- tiation doesn't lead to inore hostages. How long will it take our governlnent?" The families of sevend American hos- tages have said that their pl~as to Washing- ton for help fell on deaf ears. In New York, U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar said he hoped all the hostages would be freed before the end of the year. says Catholic By Jerry Fdteau Washington (CNS)- The Catholic Chm'ch hi the state of Washington made "a huge im'estment of thne, effort and energy" to defeat euthanasia and abortion initiatives on the state ballot this November, Arch- bishop Thonms J. Murphy of Seattle told the nation's Catholic bishops Nov. 12. The result was a dear defeat of a pro- posal to legalize physician-assisted and a vote so close statutes that a recount was required. This happened "despite the told us, even up to two months ago, voters were in favor of both initiatives by margin of two to one," Archbishop Murph? said. He said the Washington State Conference, the chief agency of the bishops to address public policy issues, tided a year ago to do everything to defeat Initiative 119 (on " " death) and 120 (on abortion)." Catholic officials adopted three strategies, he mid: "I"o enable Catholics and people good will to form their consciences on two moral issues" by education, lion on the nature of the initiatives, and reflection and a variety of efforts to~ the Chm'ch's position dearly publicized. 'Fo facilitate the acm'e paitidpafion Cathofics ,and others in the electoiM cess" by promoting voter regiswation " parishes, tnging people to vote and hel people apply for absentee b',dlots." "Fo cooperate actively mad with other gn'oups in conducting the wide opposition to either initiative" ing coafifions, iMsing funds, getmig care offidals involved mad engaging at levels in the public debate. Axcht)ishop Murphy .said that "the lenge did not end (with the election); only begmL mid we are conmfitted to ! and live" a conthming witness to of human life. HOME MPROVEMEN Remodeling -Additions - Decks - Siding call 753-7698, GOINES CONSTRUCTION CO. HgME FOR ALE Brick, 2 bedrooms, carport, fenced yard, lots of storage, near St. Mary's in N.L.R., phone 835-6672. FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY HA THCOTE & SONS - a creative art, 50 years 372-6486. With us upholstery is experience. Call MI CELLANEO Advertise here for only $1.50 per line. Call Ron, 664-0340, extension 326. 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