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Papal Nuncio Shot and Killed in Burundi
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Posted on 12/29/2003 9:13:41 AM PST by TexKat

Papal Nuncio Shot and Killed in Burundi

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican 's nuncio, or ambassador, in Burundi was shot and killed, the Vatican said Monday.

Monsignor Michael Courtney, 58, died while undergoing surgery, the Vatican's Misna missionary news agency said. A Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the Irish-born prelate's death but would offer no further details until the nuncio's family had been informed.

Further details were not immediately available.


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KEYWORDS: assassination; burundi; catholiclist; courtney; michaelcourtney; vatican
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1 posted on 12/29/2003 9:13:41 AM PST by TexKat
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To: TexKat
Tom Clancy..fiction precedes fact...
2 posted on 12/29/2003 9:14:33 AM PST by ken5050
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To: MEG33; Ragtime Cowgirl; windchime; Dog; blackie; Grampa Dave; radu
Ping
3 posted on 12/29/2003 9:15:14 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: TexKat
Another version with slightly different details:

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The papal nuncio in Burundi, Monsignor Michael Courtney, has been shot and killed, the Vatican has announced.

A Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity Monday, confirmed the death but would offer no further details until the nuncio's family had been informed.

The Irish-born prelate was 58.

The Misna missionary news agency said in a statement that Courtney had died from a major hemorrhage while undergoing surgery at a hospital.

Further details were not immediately available.

4 posted on 12/29/2003 9:15:15 AM PST by B Knotts (Go 'Nucks!)
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To: TexKat
May God have mercy on his soul. Amen.
5 posted on 12/29/2003 9:16:48 AM PST by RiflemanSharpe (An American for a more socially and fiscally conservation America!)
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To: TexKat
No word on who did the killing?????
6 posted on 12/29/2003 9:17:50 AM PST by mware
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To: mware
No, but one version of the story I saw had this tacked on:

Burundi, a poor Central African nation, has been gripped by a civil war for more than ten years.

7 posted on 12/29/2003 9:18:44 AM PST by B Knotts (Go 'Nucks!)
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To: mware
You,ve got what I have so far. I have checked CNN,Fox, and MSNBC. So far this is it for this minute.
8 posted on 12/29/2003 9:20:05 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Shermy
fyi
9 posted on 12/29/2003 9:20:06 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Kaddaffi, "I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq. ")
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To: TexKat
Last time the slaughter started after a plane crash. What will this bring?
10 posted on 12/29/2003 9:22:12 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: B Knotts
I was curious since the President of Italy had mentioned a possible attack on the Vatican.
11 posted on 12/29/2003 9:22:35 AM PST by mware
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To: ken5050
Yeah but will a war result?
12 posted on 12/29/2003 9:22:35 AM PST by dts32041 ("Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed" RAH)
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To: B Knotts
Burundi, a poor Central African nation

Poor, because the King stole all of the money.

This is the same country that swiped a few Texas models under the guise of modeling jobs & then kept them as "slaves" & prostitutes.

13 posted on 12/29/2003 9:22:37 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: TexKat
CIA - The World Factbook -- Burundi
15 posted on 12/29/2003 9:23:30 AM PST by B Knotts (Go 'Nucks!)
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To: Puppage
You're mixing Burundi AND BRUNEI!!! ;-P
16 posted on 12/29/2003 9:23:43 AM PST by Cronos (W2004!)
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To: TexKat
How horrible! Prayers for the Monsignor and his family.
17 posted on 12/29/2003 9:24:46 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: B Knotts
"A report released Tuesday said Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network has been largely dismantled, but the threat posed by extremist Muslim terrorists remains high and has grown harder to track. The report by the London-based Control Risks Group said the number of countries likely to pose a medium security risk to Western businesses operating in them was 71 for 2004, with 14 countries bumped up from low-risk. The group is a private consultancy that advises companies on security.....Many of this year's medium risk countries were in the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. Among the other nations moved from low to medium risk were Thailand, Bolivia and Morocco, according to the report, which was meant to aid companies in evaluating risks in different parts of the world....The number of countries where the risk was categorized as "extreme" increased from two this year to three for 2004. They were Burundi, Somalia and Liberia." -- USA Today 11/11/03
18 posted on 12/29/2003 9:24:48 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; still, we only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: Cronos
Thank you, you're right. I sit corrected.

Pete

19 posted on 12/29/2003 9:25:09 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: TexKat; american colleen; sinkspur; Lady In Blue; Salvation; Polycarp; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; ...

Monsignor Michael Aidan Courtney

On Sunday, November 12, 2000 in the Church of St. Mary of the Rosary, Nenagh, Rt. Rev. Mgr Michael Aidan Courtney was ordained Archbishop of Eanach Dúin and appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi. The ceremony was celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Francis Arinze, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, assisted by Most Reverend John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert and Most Reverend William Walsh, Bishop of Killaloe.

Monsignor Michael Aidan Courtney was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (in the diocese of Killaloe), in 1945, the youngest child of a family of seven of the late Dr. Louis and Elizabeth Courtney. He was educated in Nenagh Primary School, the Christian Brothers and Clongowes Wood College (1956-62). After studying economics and law at UCD for one year, he then transferred to Rome where he studied for the priesthood and was ordained in 1968 for the diocese of Clonfert.
After ordination, Michael served as curate in Tynagh parish, Co. Galway for five years (1969-73) while also acting as chaplain to Tynagh mines and teaching in St. Raphael's College, Loughrea. He served as curate in Woodford parish for two and a half years (1973-75). During all these seven years, he was also Diocesan Advisor on religious education, responsible for introducing into the diocese of Clonfert new insights into catechetics.
Returning to Rome in 1976 for post-graduate studies, after taking out a Licentiate in Canon Law and a Doctorate in Moral Theology, he entered the Pontifical Diplomatic Academy where he studied political science, international and diplomatic law, among other disciplines. In 1980, he was sent to the Pontifical Representation of the Holy See in South Africa and subsequently to Zimbabwe, Senegal, India, Yugoslavia - the only Diplomatic Mission of the Holy See in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin wall - Cuba and Egypt. In 1987 he was awarded an M.A. in legal philosophy by N.U.I. Galway.
For the past five years, Michael has been the Special Envoy of the Holy See to the council of Europe and allied Institutions in Strasbourg. He has directed the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to this oldest of European Institutions (founded in 1949) where the Holy See participates in some sixty European committees of experts. He has also followed the plenary sessions of the European Parliament (the “15” of the European Union) and those of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (the “41” which comprises also the Russian Federation and the Ukraine). Strasbourg is also the seat of the European Court of Human Rights whose judgements and jurisprudence the Mission of the Holy See follows with careful attention. During this time, Monsignor Courtney has also been Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the International Commission of the Civil State and a member of the Governing Board of the Council of Europe Development Bank in Paris.

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May he rest in peace.

Catholic Ping - let me know if you want on/off this list


20 posted on 12/29/2003 9:25:31 AM PST by NYer (Is Your Mass Valid? http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/articles/badliturgy.htm)
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To: mware
FYI, this is probably a spillover of the Hutu-Tutsi violence in that country, although you never know.
21 posted on 12/29/2003 9:25:53 AM PST by B Knotts (Go 'Nucks!)
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To: NYer
It may well have been al-Qaeda.
22 posted on 12/29/2003 9:26:13 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; still, we only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: Salvation; *Catholic_list
FYI -- Papal nuncio shot and killed.
23 posted on 12/29/2003 9:26:20 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I wonder why they lump Burundi in there. They only have 10% Muslims. Although that's more than enough, I suppose.
24 posted on 12/29/2003 9:27:00 AM PST by B Knotts (Go 'Nucks!)
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To: B Knotts

25 posted on 12/29/2003 9:27:43 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; still, we only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: mware
Burundi papal nuncio shot dead

Monday, December 29, 2003 Posted: 1724 GMT ( 1:24 AM HKT)

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The papal nuncio in Burundi, Monsignor Michael Courtney, was shot and killed in the East African nation, the Vatican said.

A Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity, on Monday confirmed the death but would offer no details until the nuncio's family had been informed.

The Irish-born prelate was 58.

The Misna missionary news agency said in a statement that Courtney was shot in the head, the shoulder and a limb in Minago, 50 kilometers (about 30 miles) south of the Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. It described the circumstances of the attack as "still not completely clear."

The agency said Courtney had been traveling by car with three other passengers when gunfire from a nearby hill sprayed the vehicle. In addition to Courtney, a priest was also lightly injured, while the driver and a hitchhiker were unharmed.

Bullets also struck the wheels of the car, slowing the passage to the capital and medical help there, Misna said. Courtney died from a major hemorrhage while undergoing surgery at a hospital, it said.

Further details were not immediately available.

26 posted on 12/29/2003 9:28:43 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: JackRyanCIA
Just curious, which book of Tom Clancy's?
27 posted on 12/29/2003 9:29:02 AM PST by jacquej
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To: *Catholic_list
† Requiescant In Pace †

"On Sunday, November 12, 2000 in the Church of St. Mary of the Rosary, Nenagh, Rt. Rev. Mgr Michael Aidan Courtney was ordained Archbishop of Eanach Dúin and appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi. The ceremony was celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Francis Arinze, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, assisted by Most Reverend John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert and Most Reverend William Walsh, Bishop of Killaloe.

Monsignor Michael Aidan Courtney was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (in the diocese of Killaloe), in 1945, the youngest child of a family of seven of the late Dr. Louis and Elizabeth Courtney. He was educated in Nenagh Primary School, the Christian Brothers and Clongowes Wood College (1956-62). After studying economics and law at UCD for one year, he then transferred to Rome where he studied for the priesthood and was ordained in 1968 for the diocese of Clonfert.

After ordination, Michael served as curate in Tynagh parish, Co. Galway for five years (1969-73) while also acting as chaplain to Tynagh mines and teaching in St. Raphael's College, Loughrea. He served as curate in Woodford parish for two and a half years (1973-75). During all these seven years, he was also Diocesan Advisor on religious education, responsible for introducing into the diocese of Clonfert new insights into catechetics. Returning to Rome in 1976 for post-graduate studies, after taking out a Licentiate in Canon Law and a Doctorate in Moral Theology, he entered the Pontifical Diplomatic Academy where he studied political science, international and diplomatic law, among other disciplines. In 1980, he was sent to the Pontifical Representation of the Holy See in South Africa and subsequently to Zimbabwe, Senegal, India, Yugoslavia - the only Diplomatic Mission of the Holy See in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin wall - Cuba and Egypt. In 1987 he was awarded an M.A. in legal philosophy by N.U.I. Galway.

For the past five years, Michael has been the Special Envoy of the Holy See to the council of Europe and allied Institutions in Strasbourg. He has directed the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to this oldest of European Institutions (founded in 1949) where the Holy See participates in some sixty European committees of experts. He has also followed the plenary sessions of the European Parliament (the “15” of the European Union) and those of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (the “41” which comprises also the Russian Federation and the Ukraine). Strasbourg is also the seat of the European Court of Human Rights whose judgements and jurisprudence the Mission of the Holy See follows with careful attention. During this time, Monsignor Courtney has also been Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the International Commission of the Civil State and a member of the Governing Board of the Council of Europe Development Bank in Paris.

We wish him every blessing and happiness in his challenging mission in Burundi."

Diocese of Clonfert, Ireland

28 posted on 12/29/2003 9:29:49 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Ah. Re-reading more carefully, they are talking about general threats to Western businesses, not just al-Qaeda-related.

Which would make sense. e.g., you're going to have a pretty bad threat level in the middle of a civil war.

29 posted on 12/29/2003 9:30:59 AM PST by B Knotts (Go 'Nucks!)
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To: TexKat
What the heck .. shot by who?

Prayers to Monsignor Michael Courtney
30 posted on 12/29/2003 9:32:17 AM PST by Mo1 (House Work, If you do it right , will kill you!)
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To: NYer
Putting a face on the victim sure does make the story more human. A very sweet, devout face, IMO.
31 posted on 12/29/2003 9:34:59 AM PST by EggsAckley (......................... IT'S NOT MY FAULT ! ! ! ...................................)
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To: JackRyanCIA
Just curious, which book of Tom Clancy's?
32 posted on 12/29/2003 9:37:01 AM PST by jacquej
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To: B Knotts
According to the Fact Book the country is about 65% Catholic. Retribution seems likely.
33 posted on 12/29/2003 9:37:54 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: jacquej
Just curious, which book of Tom Clancy's?

Not sure if it's what the others are referring to, but in the set up for The Dragon and the Bear a Chinese Baptist Minister (trained at Oral Roberts or Bob Jones, I believe) and the newly arrived Papal Nuncio to Beijing go to a Chinese hospital to stop one of the minister's parishoners from being forced to undergo an unwanted abortion (while she's in the process of delivering the unlicensed child). Chinese police shoot both clerics for interfering. It sets off the chain of events that leads to a big war.

34 posted on 12/29/2003 9:37:58 AM PST by Phsstpok (often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: TexKat
Be Well ~ Be Armed ~ Be Safe ~ Molon Labe!
35 posted on 12/29/2003 9:37:58 AM PST by blackie
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To: NYer
.Thank you for ping. Happy New Year and God Bless. Well, it seems war against Christianity that started in 60's is now in full swing. Get ready for it is going to be even worst; nevertheless we have hope, May God bless his soul.

God bless all of you and Happy New Year
36 posted on 12/29/2003 9:40:02 AM PST by matrix2225
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To: Phsstpok; cardinal4
Sounds more like "Red Rabbit," wherein the KGB targetted the Pope for assasination.
37 posted on 12/29/2003 9:43:53 AM PST by Ax
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To: Phsstpok
Thanks, just happen to have a copy on my bookshelf, given to me. Just haven't had the time to get around to it yet.

Maybe now is the time... my copy is "The Bear and the Dragon, though.
38 posted on 12/29/2003 9:45:08 AM PST by jacquej
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To: TexKat
Papal Envoy to Burundi Shot Dead, Rebels Blamed

Dec. 29 — BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The Vatican's ambassador to Burundi was shot dead on Monday in an attack which Burundi's army blamed on Hutu rebel fighters who have refused to join a peace process.

Army officials in the tiny African country said papal nuncio Michael Courtney was ambushed by National Liberation Forces (FNL) rebels and shot three times. He later died in hospital. "The nuncio was ambushed this afternoon by elements of the FNL near the Minago locality 25 miles south of Bujumbura," army spokesman Augustin Nzabampema said.

It is estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Burundi's decade-old civil war, in which rebels of the majority Hutu ethnic group are fighting to end the political dominance of the Tutsi minority.

The main rebel group in Burundi, the FDD (Forces for the Defense of Democracy), has signed a peace deal with the government, which has awarded top ministerial posts to rebel leaders.

But the FNL has refused to negotiate with the government and has continued to fight it. African leaders have given the FNL three months to join peace talks or be branded as outcasts.

39 posted on 12/29/2003 9:49:11 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: Ax
Sounds more like "Red Rabbit," wherein the KGB targetted the Pope for assasination.

That's fiction based on fact...

40 posted on 12/29/2003 9:55:00 AM PST by NittanyLion
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To: TexKat; All
Latest news breaking on the AP Wire

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ The pope's ambassador in Burundi was shot and killed by gunmen who opened fire at his car in the Central African nation, the Vatican and a missionary news agency said Monday.

Monsignor Michael Courtney was shot in the head, shoulder and a limb, according to the Misna missionary news agency. He died from a major hemorrhage during surgery. A Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the death of the papal nuncio but would offer no details until his relatives had been informed. The Irish-born prelate was 58.

The Misna news agency said in a statement that Courtney was shot in Minago, about (50 kilometers) 30 miles south of Burundi's capital of Bujumbura. It described the circumstances of the attack as ``still not completely clear.'' The agency said Courtney had been traveling by car with three other passengers when gunfire from a nearby hill sprayed the vehicle. A priest in the car was lightly injured, while the driver and a hitchhiker were unharmed.

Bullets also struck the wheels of the car, slowing its arrival to the capital and medical help there, Misna said. Further details were not immediately available.

Major violence has torn Burundi for a decade. Conflict broke out there in 1993, when rebels from the Hutu majority took up arms after Tutsi paratroopers assassinated the country's first democratically elected leader, a Hutu. Peace deals have taken hold in Burundi, with three rebel groups, including the largest agreeing to join the transitional government and integrate their forces into a new national army. However, one main rebel group, the National Liberation Forces, is still fighting. The group carried out attacks around the capital over the weekend, although there is no indication yet that it was involved in the attack on the Vatican envoy. Banditry is also common on many roads in Burundi.

Courtney was born in 1945 in Nenagh, 140 kilometers (85 miles) southwest of Dublin. As a young man, he briefly studied economics and law at University College Dublin, then moved on to Rome where he prepared for the priesthood and a varied diplomatic career for the Holy See. The 2000 announcement of Courtney's appointment as Burundi nuncio described him as ``one of the church's most experienced diplomats,'' recounting over 30 years of work in the church.

He was ordained in 1968, and worked as a parish priest around Ireland until 1976, it said. He then moved back to Rome for postgraduate studies, and entered the Pontifical Diplomatic Academy.

Beginning in 1980, he was a papal representative in South Africa, then in Zimbabwe, Senegal, India, Yugoslavia, Cuba and Egypt, the 2000 announcement said. Prior to going to Burundi, he worked for five years as special envoy in Strasbourg, France, monitoring the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.

41 posted on 12/29/2003 9:59:11 AM PST by NYer (Is Your Mass Valid? http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/articles/badliturgy.htm)
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To: freeperfromnj
Massoud was killed 2 day before 911,now a religious leader,sure to make headlines,2 days before New Years.Not a good sign at all.
42 posted on 12/29/2003 10:05:26 AM PST by eastforker (Money is the key to justice,just ask any lawyer.)
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To: eastforker
Do you think it's al qaeda related?
43 posted on 12/29/2003 10:07:09 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: Puppage
That was the Sultanate of Brunei....a vastly different and wealthy Far Asian shiekdom.
44 posted on 12/29/2003 10:10:06 AM PST by wardaddy ("either the arabs are at your throat, or at your feet")
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To: wardaddy
Yes, thank you. (see post #16)
45 posted on 12/29/2003 10:11:40 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: freeperfromnj
We didn't know it was al queda that killed massoud till later,masquerading as journalist.Look how close burundi is tokenya, ethiopia and somalia.
46 posted on 12/29/2003 10:11:54 AM PST by eastforker (Money is the key to justice,just ask any lawyer.)
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To: Puppage
sorry....I am bad about not following a whole thread before posting.

Happy New Year btw!
47 posted on 12/29/2003 10:13:38 AM PST by wardaddy ("either the arabs are at your throat, or at your feet")
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To: TexKat

Archbishop Michael Aidan Courtney

Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi

Titular See: Eanach Duin


Events

Date Age Event Title
5 Feb 1945 Born Nenagh, Ireland
9 Mar 1968 23.1 Ordained Priest Priest
18 Aug 2000 55.5 Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi
12 Nov 2000 55.8 Ordained Bishop Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi

Please contact the Archbishop through the Nunciature to Burundi.

  • a priest for years
  • a bishop for years
Episcopal Lineage / Apostolic Succession:

48 posted on 12/29/2003 10:15:33 AM PST by Romulus (Nothing really good ever happened after 1789.)
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To: wardaddy
Me, too.

And a Happy New Year to you, too!!

49 posted on 12/29/2003 10:16:59 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: B Knotts
I wonder why they lump Burundi in there. They only have 10% Muslims. Although that's more than enough, I suppose.

Look around the world and think about it.
0.00001% is too many!

50 posted on 12/29/2003 10:19:25 AM PST by Publius6961 (40% of Californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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