Abducted Men Still Missing

Three Americans serving with New Tribes Mission (NTM) who were abducted January 31 from the Kuna Indian tribe village of Pucuro in Panama (CT, Mar. 8, 1993, p. 63) remain missing, with the missionary agency not knowing if they are still alive.

“We are overdue for positive proof they are alive,” says Dave Zelenek, spokesman for the Sanford, Florida-based NTM. The last sign was an April 8 audio recording of the men. Colombian guerrillas suspected of kidnapping the trio have demanded $5 million for their release, first from NTM, then from the wives, who returned to the United States in February.

“There isn’t that kind of money, and there won’t be,” Zelenek says. “They are a little slow to comprehend that we can’t pay it. To pay would place missions in jeopardy around the world.”

The men are being held in the dense, mountainous jungle along the Colombia-Panama border.

Kidnappers initially communicated via two-way radio, but since May, sporadic negotiations have involved Panamanian Indian couriers carrying messages into the jungle.

Pope Fires Warning Shot

In an encyclical six years in the making, Pope John Paul II reaffirms moral truth and calls upon church leaders to resist the tide of relativism that has swept through the church in the nearly three decades since the Second Vatican Council.

The release of Veritatis Splendor in October is a shot across the bow of Catholic clergy and teachers who have challenged the Vatican’s authority on issues ranging from abortion to homosexual activity.

Though the encyclical had been expected to be a diatribe against homosexuality, abortion, and contraception, the final document contains little about such subjects, reserving most of its space and energy ...

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