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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 15, 1991 PAGE 11 credits Wi~n, Germany (CNS) -- Former hostage Teny Anderson says his faith kept him from "giving in to my despair" during Iris six-and-a-half ),ears in captivity in Leba- lion. The 44-year-old Anderson said that as a Catholic, he felt compelled to forgive his captors. He added that though his kidnap- pets "did great wrong to me and my farn- ily," he doesn't "hate anybody." ! "I am a Oafisfian and a Catholic and I ~n ~ believe that it is required of me that I forgive, no matter how hard that maybe," ~u- he said. ich He said he was given a Bible during his ~na .captivity and "my faith kept me from giving m to my despair. The Bible gave me a lot of hope." ok, i Anderson, chief Middle East co,xespon- in dent for The Associated Press and the long- ose iest_beld Western hostage, praised former ion hostages Servite Fr. Lawrence MartinJenco Lnd and ale Rex,. Benjanfin Weir as men of great the faith and said he was grateful they had shared their faith with lfim. da- Fr.Jenco, who ~,as released in July, 1986, led now works ,as a campus minister at the ree University of Southern Galffomia. Rev. Weir, i in a Presbyterian nfinister freed in September, e a 1985, is professor of mission and evange- dth )lism at San Frandsco Theological Seminary. op.. Fr. Jenco said seeing Anderson freed re- ~ort ...... ,, immded him that hmnan beings are able mg to cope with so much pain and suffering !and still come out healthy and holy." hat Watching Anderson on television as he to addressed reporters on his first day of free- son faith for keeping him dom "was fun," said Fr.Jenco. "It made me remember how bullish Terry was" when the two were confined to the same room. "He would pound (on the walls) and demand a radio. The vibrancy and tena- dousness are still there," said Fr.Jenco in a Dec. 5 radio interview. Fr. Jenco spoke with Catholic News Ser- vice a day after .Aalderson was freed. Ander- son was the third U.S. hostage released in thi-ee days. The others were Joseph Cicippio and Mann Steen. Meeting with reporters after his release, Anderson was asked what kept him going all those yemx "My compmfions. I was luckT enough to have other people with me most of the time," he said. ',~My faith. Stubbornness, I guess." "You jtLst do what you have to do. You wake up evoy