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; LXXX. NO. 46 DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK, AR DECEMBER 8, 1991 Joseph Cicippio ore hostages released; Anderson next Press services -- As his brother and two to Germany to meet him, Ameri- hostage Joseph Haines Cicippio cel- his release by his pro-Iranian Leba- captol~ Dec. 2. That release was followed a day later by release of American Alarm Steen, and 4 of Ter~, Anderson, the longest-held aerican hostage. No other details were at pre~ thne. The releases brought to an end the hostage saga in Lebanon. Two and an Italian remahl mi~ing. Cicippio, 61, ~as abducted Sept. 12, 1986, en route to Iris job ,as acting comp- ~anerican University in Beirut, His release followed the release Dec. 1 of 25 Arab detainees held by Israers s~te militia in the strip of southern Lebanon that Israel calls its "security zone." Israel contin- ues to hold some 275 Arabsl Although Israel had earlier insisted it would release none of the Arabs, United Natons Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar had asked for a "special gesture" to help him bring about a comprehensive exchange of captives before his term ends the end of this month. The day before Cicippio's release, the Revolutionary Justice Organization had is- sued a statement saying "comprehensive agreements have been reached" to end the saga invoMng ~restem hostages, Arabs held by Lwael and Israeli soldiers missing in Leba- non. Six other Western hostages have been released since last August, and Israel has released some 91 detainees. "The fn'st thing I will do is give him a hug, of course, and I definitely will want to take a good look at hhn," .said his brother, Thomas Cicippio, of Norfistown, PA. Thomas Cicippio, 67, has marked each day that Americans have been held in Leba- non with lawn signs bearing the name of each U.S. hostage and his days in capm~ty. To the sign for his brother', he hammered up a tag that read, "Free at Last." In Paris, a French television camera op- erator who ~ts held hostage with Cicippio for nine months said the American read the Koran every day and Iris Islamic faith helped him through the ordeal. The Koran is the holy book of Islam. Raised a Catholic, Cidppio converted to Islam prior to his 1985 marriage to Lebanese-born Elham Ghandour, 34. Dm-ing the lhne they were held captive together, Jean-Louis Normandin said Cicippio cltmg to his faith. "It was strange," Normandin told a French television network. "He was very Catholic and was very much in agreement "Release," page 7 - ~. ? ii ............. i::i! ........ H Ci ........ - PPIO i i .... NE OF OUR i iii!ii : :ili!ii =omas Cicippio gives a thumbs-up after nailing a "Free at Last" sign sign tracking the days his brother, Joseph, spent in captivity. Routenl over Joseph Repech Bishop Andrew J. McDonald dedicated the Columbarium at St. Mary of the Mount in Horseshoe Bend Nov. 16. He was assisted by Fr. Ralph Esposito and Deacon Robert Clark. The Columbarium, the site for burial of ashes, is built in the shape of a hollow cross and contains 73 crypts. It was funded by the Jim and Adeline Rizzuti Memorial Fund and by parishioners who purchased crypts. Trustees of the Columbarium are Joseph Repech, chair; Roy Sigman; and Orval Altpeter. Standing with the bishop are children of the Rizzutis, L to R: Jeanette Reker, Jo Ann Orndorff and James Rizzuti, Jr. Five Eastern Orthodox churches pull out of National Council of Churches By Tracy Early do leave. Br. Gros, now on the staff of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and lnferreligious Affairs, said that more important for Catholics will be council de- cisions about future directions of Faith and Order work. The Catholic Church is not an NC; member, but has official observer status. New York ((INS)- Five Eastern Ortho- dox churches have suspended theft mem- bership in the National Council of Churches pending a review of the relationship. Churches affected are the Greek Ortho- dox, Orthodox Church in America, Anfiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, Serbian Orthodox Church, and a Ukrainian Ortho- dox Church. Orthodox churches not part of the standing conference, such as the Armenian, Coptic and Syrian, will remain on the council. The Rev.Joan Brown Campbell, general secretary of the National Council of Churches general secretary, expressed "ear- nest sorrow." She said the council, which indudes 32 communions representing 42 million members, would be ' nmeasurably impoverished even by the temporary loss" of the churches' partidpation. But she said a council committee would be named soon to meet with the Orthodox theologians. The Orthodox body gave no reason for suspending membership, but the action followed a similar decision June 6 by the synod of the Greek Archdiocese, the largest of the Orthodox bodies in the U.S. At the same time, the Greek synod sus- pended its participation in the U.S. Ortho- dox-Angfican (Episcopal) dialogue, and the standing Orthodox conference followed suit. Christian Br. Jeffrey Gros, former NCC Faith and Order director, said in a telephone interview that he did not think Catholic relations with the NC~ would be affected by the Orthodox action, even if the chtadaes Sr. Quintilla Halter, RSM, dies Page 6 I'd