CARDINAL Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, said this week that he regretted the decision last week by one of the founding fathers of Liberation Theology, Fr Leonardo Boff, to leave the Church. But at a press conference in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, Fr Boff attacked the Vatican as "an oppressive regime which, like the bat, is afraid of the light".
Fr Boff said that for 20 years he had been under pressure from the Holy See to refrain from preaching and writing. Last year he was sacked from his post as editor of the Catholic journal Vozes at the behest of the Vatican.
DUTCH Catholics are to be offered a new card which will signify that they want a priest present in the event of serious injury or death. Like the kidneydonor card, the new "credo card" is to be carried at all times. It is expected also to be available in Belgium before long.
POPE John Paul has praised Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, the former Vatican Secretary of State, for his "realism" in dealing with international affairs. At a ceremony in the Vatican to mark the 25th anniversary of Cardinal Casaroli's ordination as a bishop, the Pope said he had always exhibited an appreciation of the "value of human intelligence". The Cardinal retired in 1990 after 11 years as Vatican Secretary of State.
A VATICAN hosted meeting of Christians and Muslims has called for more to be done to fight the exploitation of women. The conference last week on "Women in Society According to Islam and Christianity" said that women deserve support in their role as mothers, and that they should receive fair treatment in all areas of employment.
CHURCH buildings suffered only minor damage in the earthquakes which hit the diocese of San Bernardino in California last week.
MULTI million pound transfer fees for soccer players are ruining the game, the Vatican daily newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said this week. £26 million has recently been paid by AC Milan for top player Pieduigi Lentini of Torino football dub.
PRO-LIFE leaders in the United States have reacted angrily to an attempt last week by a pregnant American woman to import a dozen of the French-made RU486 abortion pills into the country. The pills are banned in the United States.
ARTISTS belonging to the English-speaking region of the International Secretariat for Christian Artists (SIAC) are attending a festival of young musicians inspired by the Christian liturgy in the Olympic city of Barcelona this week.
WHITE house contender Bill Clinton has said he will oppose moves to restrict abortion in the United States although his potential Democratic running mate, Lee Hamilton of Indiana, said he favoured lighter controls.