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16, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana p rejects alleged messages from Mary in Ohio UBENVILLE, Ohio rosary, heart when Mary started talk- Orthodox Church. At the time Bishop Gilbert I. After the bishop's state- ingtohim, an icon of Mary hanging on of Steubenville de- March 26 that "we do as authentic the al- paritions and 'mes- Mary claimed by in Kilgore, Ohio. Fernwalt -- who has been receiving sages from the since March he is Orthodox to become Most of his follow- late October until 6, he and his follow- meeting daily at Church in n to say the ment, however, they moved the daily rosary and messages from the Carrollton church to the farm near Kilgore where Fernwalt and seven of his fol- lowers live. None are em- ployed, and they are report- edly living on their savings. Kilgore and Carrollton are near the northern edge of tile Diocese of Steubenville, which covers eastern Ohio along its border with West Virginia. Fernwalt, 40, who has a long history of mental illness and violent crime, has said that he underwent a conver- sion and found peace in his His arrest and conviction record stretches across four states and includes arson, kidnaping, assault and vari- ous drug and weapons charges. In 1976 he firebombed his first wife's house after he was released from a psychiatric facility. After he divorced his second wife in 1983, he mar- ried her sister. He is currently divorced and engaged to marry a fourth time. Fernwalt claims Mary first appeared to him March 10, 1992, in Barberton, Ohio, in a former barber shop that had been converted into St. Jude's .. ''1 .." % :!'..).. he Divine Word Gift Annuities 8.6% return or better ,.;;!::':):" ..... ,:. :..U" of your life! y of the Divine Word, you can lock in ............ tax savings. The rate gets better the the annuity! When you sign on at age 65, len you sign on at age 70, it's 9.7%. 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For additional information send this coupon to: the Divine Word Gift Annuity Planning 6067 IL 60082 (In full) CI Ms. 0 p , State- Zip - (Month) (Day) (Year) rajint annuity, give name, sex and date of birth of second party: C3 Mrs. C3 Ms. O date (Month) (Day) (Year) )'our reply will be kept strictly confidential FII,AXK Y()I' EV3 II the wall of the 24-seat church appeared to weep. Witnesses said streaks of moisture, run- ning from Mary's eyes to the bottom of the painting, ap- peared from time to time for several weeks. St. Jude's pastor, Fatber Roman Bernard, who has identified himself to reporters as head of the independent Orthodox Church of North and South America, later dis- associated himself from Fernwalt. Father David Gaydosik, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Carrollton, said he had let Fernwalt and his followers use his church to pray be- cause they requested it. Sev- eral of Fernwalt's closest fol- lowers are members of his parish. After the bishop is- sued his statement permis- sion for the group to meet at the church was withdrawn. Many of the messages Fern- walt says he has received from Mary are matters of commonplace Christian teaching such as calls to pray, love one's enemies and turn away from evil. Others are special rules for his followers or messages of a more apocalyptic bent, such as predictions of earthquakes and other disasters and warn- ings to prepare for Christ's second coming. Bishop Sheldon com- mented on the local claims and on other reports of Mar- ian apparitions and messages around the world in a column the March 26 issue of his diocesan newspaper, The Steubenville Register. He said the church believes "such revelations are possi- ble," but it treats actual claims "with a healthy skepti- cism." "Even in the rare instances where the church has ac- cepted sfich a phenomenon, it has approved only the de- votion that has arisen from it," not the content of the al- leged messages, he said. Some relatives of the core group of followers who live on the farm with Fernwalt have described the group as a cult. They cite fanaticism and secrecy;special disciplinary demands, personality changes and alienation of his followers from their relatives and friends Fernwalt also claims to have received the stigmata, the wounds Christ suffered on the cross, in his hands and feet. He says it was a message from Mary that led him to discovera spring on the farm where he lives. His predic- tions that the spring would be a source of spiritual and physical healings have drawn hundreiJ'f people to visit it. Local health authorities have warned:people that often sprlng ater is unsafe to drink b/tuse of bacteria and pestic[ Thank you St. Jude for three (3) favors granted. RPH 11 assassination Of South African: liberationl I hero Chs Hani leaves e ! I country! s :militant [ack] lyouths without a Ieaderl i and is a blow to negotiation I Itoward a peacefu'i sottle'l ment, church and politicall loaders said. Hani, 50, was| shot dead Ap 10  :front| of his home ne ldhanneS ! ,The Southern AMcan I i iiiiiiiiiiii! died las Bishop Bullock's i