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Them E S S CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE VOLUME 23 NUMBER 11 g November 13, 1992 RED BUD, Ill. (CNS) -- New details on the fate of five American nuns in Liberia ap- arently bolster reports that uereligious were shot to ueathby rebe!s ;(1 (;ross, Sister Mlldr( provincial superior of tbe Adorers of the Blood of '-arist, based in Red Bud, said in a Nov. 9 statement she received an "eyewitness ac- COunt of,the death of our five sisters. The account was Uggled out of Liberia areu.gh a network of mis- renames and others in West Africa. of The_re.p.ort blames soldiers 0 ,.e N.ahonal Patriotic Front rl , Liberia, the insurgent orga- lzation headed by C.harlaefS Taylor Taylor s form n fairs " g " - . representative on Nov. 5 had denied rebel trooos were theperpetrators. - ,lSter Gross said she be- -eVes the report is reliable source cannot tiffed, the ara AnnO ofTw nuns, Barb , a4Uttra and Mary Joel l, r, Were slain Oct. 20 as J urove one of their hired New report bolsters earlier stories of slaying of nuns security men to visit a sick relative, according to the ac- count released by Sister GROSS. On the way, the nuns ap- parently gave a ride to two members of the joint West African peacekeeping force, which has been fighting Tay- lor's forces. "They were reportedly am- bushed by soldiers of the Na- tional Patriotic Front of Liberia," the provincial said. "All were killed by the sol- diers who then took their ve- hicle." The two sisters' bodies were reportedly later covered by a cloth as they lay on the road. Three days later another group said to be rebel sol- diers, led by a man calling himself "C.O. Devil," came to the nun's convent in Gard- nersville section of Monrovia, the capital, and killed the re- maining sisters and another security man. The detailed account said that C.O. Devil demanded the keys to the convent auto, then shot the security man and Sister Kathleen McGuire to death. He then killed Sisters Shirley Kolmer and Agnes Mueller on the road outside the convent fence, the ac- count said. "Sister Shirley begged him to spare their lives," Sister (;ross said. Sister Gross said that she met with State Department officials on Nov. 6 to discuss recovering the nuns' renlains. "We have their dental records on hand . . . to help with identifying their bod- ies," she said. "Each day brings us closer to the truth as we continue to pray for the people of Liberia," Sister Gross said. During a Nov. 5 memorial Mass attended by 2,000 peo- ple in Belleville, the five nuns killed in Liberia's civil war were recalled as women who sacrificed their lives for others. "The inspiring martyrdom of these five heroic women, and that of their fellow aspi- rants; provides an example of Christlike love that will touch I / No word on Evansville:native Evansville residents Marian Niemeyer and DoDe Miller said the), have not heard recently from their brother; Hol' Cross Brother Thomas Dillman, a missionary in Mberial Brother Dillman. an Evansville native, has been working at a boys' school in Monrovia  the same city where the five nuns were reported murdered, The most recent letter received bv Brother Dillman's fain- ily was mailed before the hostilit,,  had reached its CulTent level.  ..... I II I IIII I IIII I I III I II1' [I II all human hearts." Belleville Bishop James P. Keleher said in his homilv. He compared the five women, of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ order, to mar- tyrs of the earl)" church who "inspired the church as it struggled in the midst of its pagan environment." Four Liberian aspirants to the novitiate living with the American nuns were also re- ported killed. The nuns' deaths "changed us forever," Bishop Keleher told the congregation, which included about 100 priests, at St. Peter's Cathedral. He said the impact of their martyr- dom was not from the "in- tense sorrow we feel at their loss, not the anger at their too earh, and too sudden and so savage departure," but from their challenge to us, "to fi- delitv to our call, to closer frieldship with Jesus, to more selfless service to church and comnmnity." Sister Giuseppina Fragasso, general superior of the Ador- ers of the Blood of Christ, said that all members of the order would draw from the slain sisters "the courage to choose a life of oblation which is rooted in the source of life." See NEW page 2 By MARK PATrlSON Catholic News Service C WASHINGTON CNS a ._. ( )-- ,_ thoh.cs Voted for Bill Clin on in l a. . arger numbers Nov 3 uan th l]Us, ey dld for President to ir.. Rss Perot, according Jectmn Day exit polling COnducted at-300 polhn Places nationwide. " g Catholic voters, who made Catholics pick the winner for fifth straight campaign up 27 percent of the elec- torate, have gone with the winner in each presidential election since at least 1976, when the first comprehensive exit polling was conducted. In 1992, 44 percent of Catholics voted for the presi- dent-elect, while 36 percent voted for Bush and 20 per- cent for Parer. In 1988, they chose Bush over Michael Dukakis by a 52-47 margin. In 1984, Catholics voted for Ronald Reagan over Walter Mondale by a 58-41 margin. In 1980, they gave 50 per- cent of their vote to Reagan, 42 percent to sitting President Jimmy Carter and 7 percent to Republican-turned-indepen- dent John Anderson. In 1976, Catholics elected Carter with Brut6 Societ " i ii i i i I iii i I Y i 52 individuals, couples By PAUL R. LEINGANG, Message Editor prestigious Brutfi Society has expanded by 52 isn nominees  ndividuals and couples -" [ at special diocesan ceremonies at Good Shep- Evarsville, on Nov. 8. Nominees, along with and members of the clergy, gtithered at the d-afternoon ceremony, A reception fel- t. Society Was established in 1990 to acknowl- y Chris-tlan stewardship as demonstrated by _ nbers of the parishes, to foster an ever-deep- tr annual inspirational celebrettun for the local P Gerald A. Gettelfingar presided at the ceremony; the Brutfi medallion tO each new initie, Bishop Bishop Emeritus of Evansville, p esen:et d a Cate to each new member. 1 society is named after Bishop Simon of Vincennes, His diocese, established in f Indiana and a of Illinois. " 54 percent compared tO sit- ting President Gerald Ford's 44 percent. The 1992 statistics, com- piled by Voter Research & Surveys, were based on ques- tionnaires completed by 15,490 voters. The firm is a joint project of CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percent. More voters were queried this year than in past presi- dential election years, when comparative exit polling fig- ures were collected by CBS News or by CBS and The New York Times jointly. Father Philip Murnion, di- rector of the National Pastoral Life Center in New York, told See CATHOLICS page 3 ii i o On depicts three Ts -- f6r