The International Commission for English in the Utast), (IC EL) has approved the final version of the new rite of anointing. The decision was taken at the Commission's annual meeting which ended in Edinburgh, Scotland yesterday.
It was the only item to be brought to completion. According to Fr John Rotelle, executive secretary of ICEL, all the other items on the agenda involved "ongoing work": they included the English translation of the rite for the initiation of adults.
The meeting was the first to be held in Scotland. Fr Rotelle explained that they went there because they wanted to pay a special tribute to Cardinal Gordon Gray for all his work and interest in the Commission.
The decision of Archbishop Jose de Jesus Pimiento of Manizales in Columbia to withhold baptism from children whose parents have not been married in church has caused anger among many priests in his diocese.
Jamaican Catholics have paid tribute to the first year's achievements of a shared Anglican Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Mr Glenroy Harper, a Catholic layman, said recently: "We are now moving eagerly into our second year of church cooperation. We have the qualities of understanding and a willingess to work together and with these two ingredients I feel the future holds a lot of hope for the further development of this unique experiment."
The election of Pope John Paul II has proved that the Church is universal in both principle and practice, Cardinal Dominic Ekandem of lkot Ekpene, Nigeria said last week. He said that the people of Nigeria were delighted with the new Pope. "It is a good lesson that in the Catholic Church, race, tribe, diocesan boundary or country of origin are not barriers to ecclesiastical appointments."